Issues: Miscellaneous

Hope Community Community Service Awards

Senator Serrano attended Hope Community, Inc.'s 42nd Annual Community Service Awards Gala today, and presented an honorary award to Assemblyman Robert J. Rodriguez.  Rodriguez was elected to the New York State Assembly in 2010 and serves the 68th Assembly District. "It's an honor to have the opportunity to present this award to Assemblyman Robert Rodriguez for his distinctive work in the East Harlem community. Having been born and raised in East Harlem, Robert has a keen understanding of the main issues affecting this community. He has demonstrated to not only be a great leader, but a great partner in tackling many of the most important struggles of the community."

September 22, 2011
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3rd Graders at Quest Elementary School Show Off New Dictionaries

On Wednesday, September 21st, Senator Robach joined members of the Greece and Hilton Rotary Clubs to present new dictionaries to third grade students at Quest Elementary School in Hilton. The dictionary project promotes comprehension and literacy and instills at a young age the fun and importance of reading. Dictionaries are presented to 3rd grade students in the Hilton and Greece school districts.

September 21, 2011
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September 21, 2011
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Seward Applauds National Grid's Emergency Economic Development Proposal

COBLESKILL, 09/21/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today joined officials with National Grid in announcing economic development aid for upstate communities hit hardest by recent storms.

“Our small businesses and farmers, many who have lost everything in the wake of Irene and Lee, are working diligently to rebuild.  Small towns and villages are also faced with a monumental task of repairing damaged infrastructure,” said Senator Seward.  “With budgets already stretched to the max, financial assistance is needed to help make people whole and I am pleased National Grid is stepping up to help energize the rebuilding effort.”

September 21, 2011
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Senator Larkin Joins Local Dignitaries and Port Authority Officials in Unveiling a Piece of the World Trade Center Steel at Stewart Memorial Park located at Stewart Airport

A steel beam from the World Trade Center is unveiled at Stewart Memorial Park across from the main terminal entrance at Stewart Airport.

September 21, 2011
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SENATOR GOLDEN PARTNERS WITH THE VISITING NURSE SERVICE TO OFFER FREE FLU SHOTS

Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C, 22nd District) in conjunction with the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, is announcing that he will be offering free flu shots for senior citizens, uninsured residents, and those who the Health Department is encouraging to get the annual flu vaccine, at two events during the first the month of October.

Free flu shots will be available to the community on Monday, October 24, 2011 from 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 pm at the Bay Ridge Manor, located at 476-76th Street, and on Thursday, October 27, 2011, from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at the Cort Club, located at 2648 Gerritsen Avenue.

September 21, 2011
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LATEST FLOOD RECOVERY INFORMATION

The New York State Library reached out to me this week stating FEMA will be holding special meetings for public libraries and other not-for-profit organizations who suffered from Hurricane Irene. In Schenectady County, the meeting will be held on Sept. 27th at 1 p.m. at South Schenectady Fire Department, 6 Old Mariaville Road, Rotterdam. In Montgomery County, the briefing will be held on Sept. 28th at 1 p.m. at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Fonda. My office is reaching out to the Walter Elwood Museum and Old Fort Johnson about these meetings so those groups can see if they are eligible for FEMA assistance. Libraries affected by the flooding should also reach out to the Division of Library Development at www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev

September 21, 2011
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LaValle and Glick to Focus on Proprietary Schools Early in Next Legislative Session

Chair of the New York State Senate’s Higher Education Committee, New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle  and Assemblymember Deborah J. Glick, Chair of the State Assembly’s Higher Education Committee said today that the oversight and enforcement of regulations on proprietary colleges operating in New York State will be a priority for the coming legislative session.  LaValle and Glick have pending legislation  -- S4268A -- to amend the education law in relation to private proprietary schools.

 Proprietary colleges are for-profit colleges and universities. They are operated by their owners or investors, rather than a not-for-profit institution, religious organization, or government.

September 21, 2011
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Bronx Chamber of Commerce Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

The Bronx Chamber of Commerce hosted their Hispanic Heritage Month Leadership Luncheon and honored Senator Serrano with theLeadership Award for being an exemplary member of the Hispanic community. "I'm extremely honored to be presented with this award," said Senator Serrano. "Hispanics are a growing demographic in the United States and make up the 15th largest consumer economy in the world.

September 21, 2011
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Gianaris, Nolan and Van Bramer Announce Improvements to Vernon Blvd. Dog Run

Queens, NY – Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblymember Catherine Nolan and Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer today announced that long-awaited renovations to the Vernon Boulevard Dog Run in Long Island City have begun. The elected officials, along with Queens West Development Corporation (QWDC), New York State Department of Parks and DOG LIC, a local advocacy group, have worked together since last year to make major improvements to the park.

Renovations to the park and dog run include:

• More than double space in dog run from 4,000 square feet to 10,000 square feet;

• Cleaned out, re-graded and leveled-off dog run with new dog-friendly gravel surface;

• New separate fenced-off areas for large and small dogs;

• Drinking fountains for dogs and their owners;

September 20, 2011
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Senator Young kicks off the seventh annual Cuba Garlic Festival


Senator Young helped kick off the opening ceremonies for the seventh annual Cuba Garlic Festival with help from Curt Crandall (far right), Chairman of the Allegany Board of Legislators. Bill and JoAnn Farrell (both in costume holding staffs), who have lived in Cuba for more than 40 years, were named the King & Queen to preside over this year's festival. Gabby Dutton and Joe Hughes also donned garlic costumes to show their support for the spirit of the festival. The two day festival featured all things garlic with vendors and visitors from all over the region and beyond.

September 20, 2011
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Legislation Sponsored by Senator Adams

S4250-2011: Increases the term of office of members of the legislature to 4 years; limits statewide elected officers and legislators to 3 consecutive 4 year terms S5319-2011: Requires the use of identification numbers for filing tax documentsS5371A-2011: Authorizes conductors and motormen to carry tasers or electronic stun guns during the performance of his or her dutiesS5480-2011: Requires health education to be taught in high schools regarding the abandoned infant protection program

September 20, 2011
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Rally Against Rep. Mica's Plan For A 30% Reduction In Transportation Funding

Amalgamated Transit Union local 726 President Angelo Tanzi (left in blue golf shirt) stands with his bus driving members, Councilman Vincent iginzio, and State Senator Diane Savino in Staten Island's rally to save transit funding from draconian cuts.  Representative and transportation chairman John Mica (Florida) has put forth a plan to drastically cut transportation funding by at least 30%. The "Don't X Out Public Transit Campaign Kicked off nationwide today.  on Staten Island 35% of the express buses would disappear under the Rep. Mica plan.

September 20, 2011
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TEDISCO, FARLEY INTRODUCE NEW BILL TO HELP FLOOD VICTIMS REBUILD HOMES, BUSINESSES

 State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) and Assemblyman Jim Tedisco are introducing new legislation that would eliminate state sales tax on essentials for victims of Tropical Storms Irene and Lee.

The sales tax credits are for moving expenses (renting a truck, placing belongings in storage) and for replacing sump pumps, furnaces, refrigerators, washers, dryers, dehumidifiers, boilers, furniture, construction materials and clothing. Governor Cuomo recently announced that NYSERDA will be offering rebates for replacement of some household appliances.

September 20, 2011
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How to Start a Business and Stay in Business

The St. Anselm Workforce Ministry in Partnership with

The Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation

Presents…

“How to Start a Business

and Stay in Business”

· An informative FREE event for professionals looking to start their own business or expand an existing business.

· An opportunity to profit from the vast experiences of

successful business owners including:

· Sheila Brody: The Green Spa & Wellness

Center

· Brian Coleman: Greenpoint Manufacturing

& Design Center (GMDC)

· Rob Long: Yellow Hook Grille

· Bina Valenzano: The Book Mark Shoppe

When: November 3rd, from 7:00pm (promptly) – 9:00 pm

November 3, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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