Issues: Miscellaneous

Great Injustices

by New York State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz

This past week, Troy Davis was executed under Georgia’s death penalty laws. He was convicted in 1989 of shooting Police Officer Mark MacPhail.

Many believe he was wrongfully convicted, and a plea for his clemency was heard from almost a million people worldwide with petitions from Hands Off Cain, Pope Benedict XVI, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Jimmy Carter, William Sessions, Amnesty International and at least 40 members of the US Congress.

A series of court appeals ended with a unanimous decision late Wednesday night by the US Supreme Court refusing to block the execution of the 42-year old Black man.

September 26, 2011
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Senator Klein, Irish Foreign Minister Gilmore Celebrate Revival of Meals on Wheels Program

Program to serve 25 residents through $50k Klein Grant

WOODLAWN HEIGHTS, BRONX, N.Y. – Senator Jeffrey D. Klein, (D-Bronx/ Westchester) joined Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, to celebrate the launch of the Woodlawn “Meals on Wheels” Program at the Emerald Isle Immigration Center. The two were joined by the seniors and staff members of Emerald Isle who have been participating in the program.

September 25, 2011
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FLOOD RECOVERY INFORMATION UPDATE

The State continues to focus on victims of Irene and Lee and now disaster food stamp benefits are available to those in Montgomery and Schenectady counties. Called the Disaster Food Stamp Benefits Program, this temporary help will aid those who were displaced from their homes and have become unemployed because of the storms. To learn more about the program and to apply, call (800) 342-3009 or contact your local Department of Social Services.

September 24, 2011
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Serrano attends the Second Annual Harlem River Festival!

Senator Serrano joined community residents, environmental organizations, and other elected officials at Mill Pond Park for the second annual Harlem River Festival. The festival was hosted by the Harlem River Working Group, and included activities for children and residents to better educate them on the wonders of the Harlem River.

September 24, 2011
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September 23, 2011
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Community Connection for Week Ending September 25, 2011

In this week's community connection, a new website making the New York State government more trasparent, Longridge Elementary School 3rd Graders get a special visitor, and upcoming events around the district.

September 23, 2011
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Windham Flood Relief Receives Boost From Guardian

WINDHAM, 09/22/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today joined officials with The Guardian Life Insurance Company in announcing special funding to assist flood victims in storm damaged Windham.

“Guardian is setting the example for how good neighbors treat one another in times of tragedy,” Seward said. “Touring storm damaged portions of my district, including Windham, I have witnessed people banding together – neighbors helping neighbors, strangers helping strangers – with a common goal of rebuilding.  Guardian is clearly on the front line of the reconstruction effort.”

September 23, 2011
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Senator Montgomery Praises Student Achievers in the Bard Early College High School Program

Senator Montgomery introduces the Bard High School Early College program and praises its director, Martha Olson (left, rear) and program graduates for their outstanding achievements.

September 23, 2011
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Senator Farley Introduces New Bill to Help Flood Victims With Assessments

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) is co-sponsoring a bill that would establish the Flood Assessment Relief Act of 2011 for those areas that were declared a State disaster emergency area by Governor Cuomo during the time period of August 26th to September 11th. If this legislation becomes law, it would give local taxing authorities the option to assign a new taxable value to properties damaged 50 percent or more by Irene or Lee for the 2011 - 2012 tax cycle.

September 23, 2011
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Early College High School Advocates Team Up

At a September 14, 2011 news briefing, education advocates (from l-r) Assemblywoman Annette Robinson; Gale Stevens Haynes, Provost of Brooklyn Campus, Long Island University; and Dr. Kathleen M. Cashin, Member of the New York State Board of Regents, join Senator Montgomery to announce the start of the "Smart Scholars" Early College High School Program in four Brooklyn high schools.

September 23, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of September 18, 2011

Many Albany observers agree that it's already been a pivotal year in New York State government. But the challenges have never been greater and there's a heavy workload still facing the State Legislature.  Senator O'Mara offers his weekly perspective on many of the key issues, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and much more.  Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column  "From the Capitol..."

September 23, 2011
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ASSEMBLYWOMAN MALLIOTAKIS INVITES CONSTITUENTS TO PLAY PING-PONG AT THIRD AVENUE FESTIVAL

Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny, Councilman Vincent Gentile accept challenge to ping pong match from Senator Marty Golden, Assemblywoman Malliotakis

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C-Brooklyn, Staten Island) will participate in the 38th Annual Third Avenue Festival in Bay Ridge on Sunday, October 2. She is inviting constituents to come challenge her to a game of ping-pong at the corner of 80th Street and 3rd Avenue where she will be hosting matches from 3 PM to 6 PM. At 4 PM, Malliotakis will join her colleague, Senator Marty Golden, in a match against Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny and City Councilman Vincent Gentile.

 

September 23, 2011
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