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WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

By Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz

32nd Senatorial District, Bronx County, New York

Tel. 718-991-3161

God Hates Ugly and He is Watching

A few days ago, the New York State Attorney General conducted a press conference to announce that thanks to the good work of his office, he just indicted Mr. Clement Gardner, the chief fiscal officer of the Christian Community Benevolent Association for criminally directing payments to himself.

March 19, 2012
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3/15/12: Your Voice with Senator John Bonacic: Redistricting Legislation

Senator John Bonacic discusses the Senate passage of Redistricting Legislation.

March 16, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO CONGRATULATES FREEPORT RESIDENT ON BEING NAMED ADULT EDUCATION STUDENT OF THE YEAR

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently congratulated Freeport resident Smaily Ogando on being named Adult Student of the Year by the New York Association for Continuing/Community Education.

     “Smaily Ogando is an inspiration and a wonderful example of how studying and working hard can help achieve your goals, no matter what your age. It was a pleasure meeting this remarkable man and congratulating him on earning this honor. I wish him the very best for continued success,” said Senator Fuschillo.

March 16, 2012
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LEGISLATURE & GOVERNOR APPROVE EXPANDED DNA DATABANK

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) announced legislation that will implement the largest expansion of the State’s DNA databank since it was first created in 1994, will become law.

The databank expansion, which has been agreed to by Governor AndrewCuomo and the State Assembly, will help close thousands of unsolved cases, bring justice to crime victims, help prevent dangerouscriminals from committing additional crimes, and help to exonerate the innocent.

“Fingerprints have been an important tool relied on by law enforcement agneices.  DNA is a more accurate and reliable method to help solve crimes, prove guilt, and exonerate the innocent,” said Senator DeFrancisco.

March 16, 2012
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Community Connection for Week Ending March 18th, 2012

In this week's Community Connection, details on the Senate's 2012 Job Creation Plan, events coming up this week around the community, and looking back at the 9th Annual Gabe Dalmath Memorial Walk.

March 16, 2012
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SENATOR GOLDEN INVITES NOMINEES TO BE NAMED 2012 “WOMAN OF DISTINCTION”

Brooklyn- Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today invited local residents to nominate friends, coworkers and neighborhood leaders whose outstanding work on behalf of their communities makes them deserving of special recognition by the State Senate as a New York “Woman of Distinction”.

The Senate will honor a distinguished woman from our area and throughout the state at a May 15th Albany ceremony, where each honoree’s photograph and biography will become part of a special exhibit proclaiming the contributions of these exemplary New York woman.

March 16, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Honors Noela Niyonkuru in Albany

On March 14, 2012, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco honored Noela Niyonkuru in Albany with a New York Resolution. Noela was named "Student of the Year" by the New York Association for Continuing/Community Education.  She attended school at a refugee camp in the United Republic of Tanzania, until she and her family moved to the United States in 2007.  Noela continues to advance her education in Syracuse, and in June 2010, she earned her Teacher's Assistant Certificate.  Pictured with the Senator in Albany, are Noela and her mother. 

March 16, 2012
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Senator Parker interviews Patricia Baker Vice- Chair of PEF

March 13, 2012

State Senator Kevin Parker (D-21) Interviews Patricia Baker, State PAC Vice Chair of the New York State Public Employees Federation

Discussion Topics:

The Proposed Executive Budget, Kingsboro Psychiatric Hospital, Tier VI

About PEF:

March 16, 2012
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SENATOR PROMISES TO FIGHT FOR PARENTS CHOICE ON EDUCATION

 

Parents concerned over devastating potential reduction in transportation mileage for catholic and private schools

March 16, 2012
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WWII Veteran Honored Posthumously

At the American Legion Post in Brocton on Friday, February 24, Senator Cathy Young (R,C,I - 57th District) presented Jean and Steve Milliman (right) and John Morehouse (left) with medals honoring their father Gunner's Mate, Second Class Lewis Morehouse for his service with the United States Navy during WWII. Petty Officer Morehouse's great-grandson, Brody Rowan (center) also attended the event. Petty Officer Morehouse received all his honors posthumously, including the World War II Victory Medal, a Combat Action Ribbon, an Honorable Service Lapel Pin, and the U.S. Navy Honorable Discharge Lapel Pin

March 16, 2012
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Veteran Honored for Service in Cold War

Fifty years after U.S. Air Force Retired Second Class Airman Karl Grantier retired from the military, he received a medal and certificate recognizing his service. During a meeting at the Angelica American Legion on Thursday, February 16, 2012, Senator Cathy Young presented Airman Grantier with the Good Conduct Medal and a Cold War Recognition Certificate.

March 16, 2012
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West Dunkirk Installation Banquet

During West Dunkirk Fire Company's annual installation banquet on March 3, Senator Cathy Young (R,C,I – 57th District) and West Dunkirk Fire Chief Steve Davis (left) recognized former Chief, James Gee Jr. for 30 years of service to the West Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Company, serving the last 11 years as chief.

March 16, 2012
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Mike Hutchinson Honored

Senator Cathy Young and Assemblyman Joe Giglio honored Mike Hutchinson for his retirement following 37 years of outstanding service to the village of Gowanda.

March 16, 2012
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Community Arts Mosaic

Senator Young stands with Heather Carroll (left) of Americorps and Gilda Oliver (right) during St. Bonaventure University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts' unveiling of the Community Art Mosaic exhibit on February 24, 2012.

The mosaic was created during the Summer 2011 by nearly 200 area residents at the Cattaraugus County Arts Council under the direction of Ms. Oliver, an acclaimed clay artist and arts instructor.

March 16, 2012
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Senator Farley Salutes Miss Empire Rose

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting Katelynn Smith of Fulton County, the current 2012 Miss Empire Rose, on March 14th when she came to Albany as part of Mental Health Matters Legislative Advocacy Day. Smith’s platform is suicide prevention and she spoke to Senator Farley about this topic. Smith has a blog and wrote about her day at http://missempirerose12.blogspot.com/

March 16, 2012
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Senator Rivera Says Republican District Lines Disenfranchise Minority Communities, Violate Voting Rights Act

Albany, NY – State Senator Gustavo Rivera (D,WF-Bronx) spoke on the floor of the New York State Senate, declaring the Republican redistricting proposal that was debated and passed last night to be in violation of the Voting Rights Act because it disenfranchises minority communities in the State of New York. After speaking on the floor of the Senate, Senator Rivera issued the following statement and examples of how the Republican redistricting proposal disenfranchises minority voters throughout the state.

 

March 16, 2012
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BONACIC OPPOSES ORANGE AND ROCKLAND UTILITIES (O&R) PROPOSAL FOR INCREASED RATES.

 

 

 

State Senator John Bonacic has filed comments with the State Public Service Commission in opposition to a plan by Orange and Rockland Utilities (O&R) to increase rates on customers. You can file your own comments on the rate hike by going to:

http://documents.dps.ny.gov/public/Comments/PublicComments.aspx?MatterCaseNo=11-E-0408

March 15, 2012
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BONACIC OPPOSES ORANGE AND ROCKLAND RATE HIKE

State Senator John Bonacic has expressed his opposition to a proposed rate hike by Orange and Rockland Utilities for electric service.  O&R is proposing to increase rates by nearly $55 million over the next two years. 

March 15, 2012
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SENATE PASSES LANZA'S BILL TO INCREASE PORT AUTHORITY ACCOUNTABI​LITY

 Legislation Seeks To Reform Organizational Deficiencies

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to ensure theproper functioning of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey as anopen, transparent and accountable interstate authority. The bill (S.5878)is named the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Transparency andAccountability Act and is sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza (R-I, StatenIsland). The Act is part of a bipartisan, bi-state effort designed tocreate a new system of accountability at the Port Authority.

March 15, 2012
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