Issues: Miscellaneous

Community Connection for Week Ending February 5th, 2012

In this week's Community Connection, expanding the DNA databank in New York State, upcoming events around the community in the week ahead, and CrimeStoppers announces new partnerships and a fundraising campaign. You can download a full-screen version by clicking on the PDF link below.

February 3, 2012
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Senator Maziarz's Weekly Update on "Your Voice"

Senator Maziarz talks this week about the passage of Abbagail's law, the Governor's Budget Proposal and Redistricting

February 3, 2012
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SENATOR ANDREW LANZA FACES OFF WITH MA SENATOR ON SUPER BOWL SUNDAY

Just in time for Sunday’s big game, New York State Senator Andrew Lanza (R-Staten Island, NY) and Massachusetts State Senator Richard Ross (R-Wrentham) have entered into a friendly wager over this weekend’s Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants.

February 3, 2012
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LaValle to Community Colleges: Allow Greater Access to Vocational Training to Prevent Failure, Frustration and Students’ Dropping Out.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, chair of the State Senate’s Higher Education Committee, said today that the State’s Community Colleges need to better identify which students are better suited for a vocational rather than an academic track which would save students’ money and time and ensure their continued enrollment and eventual graduation.

“Our community colleges need to provide greater access to vocational training,” Senator LaValle said, “which in turn would prevent students who are currently in remedial courses and failing, the opportunity to pursue a course of study more suited to them.”

February 3, 2012
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Buffalo Bills Hall of Famer and former NFL MVP running back Thurman Thomas visits the Capitol

Senator Cathy Young (right) and Senator Joe Robach (left) greet Buffalo Bills Hall of Famer and former NFL MVP running back Thurman Thomas during his visit to the Capitol on Monday, January 30. Mr. Thomas has been involved with many worthwhile charitable endeavors over the years, including former Bills' star quarterback Jim Kelly's Celebrity Auction that he held to raise funds for children with disabilities served by The ReHabilitation Center when the Bills held their training camp at St. Bonaventure University. Senator Young, who worked with Jim Kelly on the auction, thanked Mr. Thomas for his generosity and kindness.

February 2, 2012
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D’Youville Hockey Team Honors DYC Alum Senator Kennedy at Caz Rink

Also a Homecoming for Cazenovia Park Hockey Alumni

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The D’Youville College Spartan club hockey team honored New York State Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, for his strong support of the team at a ceremony Sunday at the Timothy J. Burvid Ice Rink (“The Caz”) in South Buffalo.

Senator Kennedy, proudly wearing a D’Youville Spartan hockey jersey, and his son Connor, who had his own hockey game later that day, participated in a ceremonial puck drop before the game with Medaille College, a league rival.

February 2, 2012
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SENATOR BALL’S MOBILE OFFICE STOPS IN LEWISBORO!

 

 

Brewster, N.Y. – (1/30/12) – On Wednesday, Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) rolled into Lewisboro, with Team Ball on hand, to meet with residents and discuss any issues or concerns of the Lewisboro community.  Senator Ball encourages residents to call their neighbors, bring their friends, and come out with questions or concerns for he and Team Ball.

February 2, 2012
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Brentwood Robotics Team Participated at 8th Annual Deer Park Invitational

Senator Owen H. Johnson recently congratulated the Bay Shore Mechanical Marauders, the Brentwood Indians, and the Deer Park Falcons for their participation in the 8th Annual Deer Park Robotics Invitational.  The post-season robotics competition, held at the Deer Park High School on November 5, 2011, was sponsored by the School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. and Deer Park Union Free School District.

February 2, 2012
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SENATOR BALL CONTINUES “JOBS TOUR” IN MAHOPAC

 

Mahopac, N.Y. – (1/31/12) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) will continued his “Jobs Tour” around the district, stopping by the Mahopac Country Club to give a brief update to residents and community leaders, while asking for their input on job creation.

February 2, 2012
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Deer Park Robotics Team Participated at 8th Annual Deer Park Invitational

Senator Owen H. Johnson recently congratulated the Bay Shore Mechanical Marauders, the Brentwood Indians, and the Deer Park Falcons for their participation in the 8th Annual Deer Park Robotics Invitational.  The post-season robotics competition, held at the Deer Park High School on November 5, 2011, was sponsored by the School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. and Deer Park Union Free School District.

February 2, 2012
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SENATOR BALL SECURES $250K FOR NORTHERN WESTCHESTER HOSPITAL IMPROVEMENTS

 

Mount Kisco, N.Y.– 2/2/2012—Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) will join patients and staff of Northern Westchester Hospital on Thursday to celebrate the newly constructed radiology imaging suite, which connects directly to the hospital ER, and to present a $250,000 grant for this much needed upgrade.

February 2, 2012
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Bay Shore Robotics Team Finalist at 8th Annual Deer Park Invitational

Senator Owen H. Johnson recently congratulated the Bay Shore Mechanical Marauders, the Brentwood Indians, and the Deer Park Falcons for their participation in the 8th Annual Deer Park Robotics Invitational.  The post-season robotics competition, held at the Deer Park High School on November 5, 2011, was sponsored by the School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. and Deer Park Union Free School District.

February 2, 2012
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GOLDEN, MALLIOTAKIS, CAPPELLI CALL FOR WAIVER ON MTA BOND FEES

Legislators, board member object to budget crunch

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R,C,I –Brooklyn), Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C-Brooklyn, Staten Island) and Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) board member Allen Cappelli are calling for an end to a costly penalty levied against the MTA.

Under current state law, the MTA is forced to pay the state Division of Budget a fee for borrowing money from private investors. These fees have amounted to over $100 million since 2006, as the MTA has resorted to fare hikes, service cuts and further borrowing to fund their operations. The MTA estimates it will have to pay the State of New York another $76 million in bond fees this year.

February 2, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Celebrates the Release of the Dogs At Work Postage Stamp

Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured with Christine Buff and John Thompson at his district office on February 2, 2012.  Ms. Buff trained the Search and Rescue K-9 that is featured on the United States postage stamp, Dogs at Work.  Mr. Thompson painted the stamp's orginal artwork.  Senator DeFrancisco presented both individuals with a New York Citation, honoring them for their outstanding efforts and achievements.

February 2, 2012
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SENATOR GOLDEN COMMENTS ON BOROUGH PRESIDENT MARKOWITZ’S CALL FOR FERRY SERVICE IN BROOKLYN

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) has issued the following statement following the State of the Borough Address delivered by Brooklyn Borough President Markowitz last evening:

“As a long time advocate for waterborne transportation, I commend Borough President Marty Markowitz for announcing that among his priorities is that which seeks to bring ferry service to Brooklyn. I am especially looking forward to working with him and the City to get the boats in the water from Manhattan to the 69th Street Pier and Sheepshead Bay.

February 2, 2012
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DAILY LEWISBORO: SENATOR BALL BRINGS MOBILE OFFICE TO LEWISBORO

 

by Bob Dumas

LEWISBORO, N.Y. – State Senator Greg Ball has gone mobile.

February 2, 2012
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DNA crime fight passes in Senate

ALBANY — Expanding the state's DNA database cleared the state Senate on Tuesday but it may be impeded by a dispute about whether the change will do enough to help the wrongfully convicted.

Law enforcement groups as well as legislators from both parties agree with Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal to take DNA samples from people convicted of any crime. But Democrats that dominate the Assembly are reluctant to approve the measure without also giving defense attorneys greater access to the DNA database or adopting other criminal justice reforms.

February 2, 2012
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