Issues: Miscellaneous

Let the cops do their job!

As recently reported, New Yorkers again saw a decrease in crime in 2011 throughout New York City, and for that, we must commend the work of the New York City Police Department. Kudos to Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly for their continued efforts and diligence in keeping New York City the safest big city in America. It was not too long ago that New Yorkers could only dream of their city earning such honors.

Now, as we continue to enjoy the safety of our hometown, we must continue to allow our police officers to do their jobs in order to keep crime at bay, and to keep us feeling safe in our homes, in our communities, and in our neighborhoods.

January 10, 2012
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STATE LEGISLATURE ADOPTS IRAN DIVESTMENT ACT CO-SPONSORED BY SENATOR NOZZOLIO

Yesterday, the State Legislature adopted legislation I co-sponsored (S.5917), known as the Iran Divestment Act.  This Act would prohibit companies that provide goods, services or credit worth $20 million or more to Iran's energy industry from entering into or renewing State and local government contracts.

January 10, 2012
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ATM SCAM ALERT - Be Aware Of Your Rights

According to a report in Newsday, there has been a ring of thieves who have been placing skimming devices on ATM machines on Long Island.  Please be sure to carefully read your bank statements to find any discepancies and report any issues to your bank immediately

If you have any issues or concerns, be sure to contact your banking institution as soon as you can.

Please utilize the following links for more information on how to protect yourself:

Federal Trade Commission: Credit and Charge Card Fraud Advice

January 10, 2012
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Senate Bill 6087

For your information, this is a bill that has been introduced in the Senate by Senator Martin Golden and so far cosponsored by me and six other senators. If passed and signed into law by Governor Cuomo, this bill will allow all churches to use school buildings and school sites for religious meetings and worship when school is not in session in New York State. We are working very hard to get more senators to sign onto this bill.

Yours Truly,

State Senator Rubén Díaz (SD 32)

SUMMARY:

S6087 GOLDEN Same as A 8800 Castro (MS)

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January 10, 2012
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SENATOR GREG BALL PRESENTS MAHOPAC TEEN WITH HIGHEST SCOUTING RANK

 

Brewster, N.Y. – (1/10/2012) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) presented Daniel Marello of Yorktown Troop 911 with a proclamation for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout at Elks Lodge 2324 in Yorktown on Sunday.

January 10, 2012
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SENATOR BALL SWEARS IN NEW MAHOPAC FIRE DEPARTMENT CHIEF

Brewster, N.Y. – (1/10/2012) – On Saturday night, Senator Greg Ball (R, C-Patterson) issued the Oath of Office to Raymond Hamill who is the new Chief of the Mahopac Volunteer Fire Department.

January 10, 2012
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SENATOR BALL SAVES $20 MILLION IN ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION FUNDING

 

Brewster, N.Y. – (1/10/12) – The New York State Senate has successfully passed legislation sponsored by Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) that protects $20 million in federal funding to provide imperative support for free hunter education classes, manage fish and wildlife populations, provide public hunting, fishing and boating access, and build and maintain public shooting ranges.

January 10, 2012
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2012 Community Meetings

Join Senator O’Mara at one of his upcoming community meetings to address the concerns and challenges important to you and your community.

These meetings are informal and open to the public.  They’re aimed at giving local residents an opportunity to directly share their concerns, opinions and suggestions for better government.

January 10, 2012
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Visit the new online Hall of Governors

For more than 100 years, our state's history has been shaped in this building, and many great leaders have walked these hallways as they worked for the people of New York.

January 10, 2012
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SENATOR GOLDEN VOTES TO SUPPORT IRAN DIVESTMENT LEGISLATION

Albany- State Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today joined his colleagues in the New York State Senate today in giving final legislative passage to the Iran Divestment Act, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos. The bill would prohibit companies that provide goods, services or credit worth $20 million or more to Iran's energy industry from entering into or renewing state and local government contracts.

Senator Golden stated, “The Senate’s swift action shows how important it is that we stand together to condemn tyrannical governments like Iran which sponsor terrorism, have attempted to acquire nuclear weapons and threaten U.S. allies like Israel, as Iran has repeatedly done.”

January 10, 2012
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Senator Skelos Comments on the Iran Divestment Act of 2012

Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos comments on his legislation, the Iran Divestment Act of 2012, during Senate session.

January 9, 2012
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Senator Grisanti is First Western New York Lawmaker to Co-Sponsor & Support Cyberbullying Bill

Bullying in ANY form will not be tolerated

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti is the first Western New York lawmaker to co-sponsor and support Senator Jeffery Klein’s and his fellow members of the Independent Democrats Conference on legislation to crack down on cyberbulling in New York State.

The bill (S.6132) updates New York’s stalking and harassment laws to cover electronic bullying. Additionally, it allows for criminal prosecution of particular cyberbullying incidents under New York’s hate crime statutes.

January 9, 2012
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Avella Presents State Proclamation to Zion Episcopal's Retiring Rector

State Sen. Tony Avella, D-Bayside, honored the long-time rector at Douglaston’s Zion Episcopal Church last weekend following the recent announcement that he planned to retire.

The church, located at 243-01 Northern Blvd. in Douglaston, held a reception on July 23 to honor Rev. Patrick Holtkamp, who has served as rector since 1992.

Avella presented the rector with a state Senate proclamation to recognize his years of dedication to northeast Queens.

Holtkamp was born in St. Louis, but moved to New York City with his wife, Elizabeth, and two daughters in 1982.

January 9, 2012
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Fed. study may aid ‘Deadman’s Curve’

After three fatal accidents on the Cross Island Parkway and repeated calls for safety improvements, the Federal Highway Administration has indicated it’s studying possible changes to the design of the roadway’s guardrails.

The plan was announced last week by state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), who has been calling for changes since 2006. Avella got involved that year when he was a city councilman after 24-year-old motorcyclist Eric Arsenault crashed into a guardrail on the parkway and was killed.

The accident site is known as “Deadman’s Curve” and is near Exit 36S toward the southbound Whitestone Expressway. The area dips down quickly around the bend and at night foliage hides the upcoming barrier created by the nearby overpass.

January 9, 2012
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WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

By Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz

32nd Senatorial District Bronx County, New York

The Mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, has decided to prohibit churches and religious groups from using auditoriums in public schools for worship services to our God.

You should know that this is not the first time that Mayor Bloomberg has demonstrated his rejection of everything that has to do with religion.

During the commemoration of the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attack on the Twin Towers- where more than three thousand people died- Bloomberg forbid formal prayers and the participation of religious leaders, including the Catholic church’s Archbishop Timothy Dolan.

January 9, 2012
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SENATE PASSES IRAN DIVESTMENT LEGISLATION

   The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to the Iran Divestment Act, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos.  The bill would prohibit companies that provide goods, services or credit worth $20 million or more to Iran's energy industry from entering into or renewing state and local government contracts. 

January 9, 2012
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