Issues: Miscellaneous

Plan to close Bryant draws ire at hearing

The Queens Chronicle reports on the public hearing held in regards to Mayor Bloomberg's proposal to close down and overhaul Bryant High School, which drew a great deal of protest.

The rumblings started low at first — emanating from the football players in the middle of the room, the student government leaders perched closer to the stage and the parents dispersed throughout Bryant High School’s auditorium —and grew until loud boos drowned out a deputy schools chancellor, whose voice was no match for the hundreds of people protesting the city’s plan to shutter the institution established in 1889.

April 9, 2012
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HUDSON VALLEY HOSPITAL CENTER AND SENATOR GREG BALL HOST “SPRING CHECK UP” SENIOR HEALTH FAIR

 

  Health Screenings April 20 at Muriel Morabito Community Center    

April 9, 2012
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Astoria Civic Holds Annual Scholarship Dinner Fundraiser

The Queens Gazette wrote an article covering the Astoria Civic Association's annual gala dinner for the Judge Charles J. Vallone Scholarship. Many distinguished guests were in attendance, including Senator Gianaris.

The Astoria Civic Association (ACA) held its annual gala dinner to raise funds for the Judge Charles J. Vallone Scholarship. The association honored philanthropists John and Margo Catsimatidis, CEO of Red Apple Group and president of MCV Advertising respectively. Also honored was Astoria resident and business leader Santino DiFiore. More than 300 guests were in attendance including state Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblymember Aravella Simotas and Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. at Riccardo’s By the Bridge Catering Hall in Astoria.

 

April 9, 2012
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Community Fights To Save Bryant H.S.

An article written by The Queens Gazette reports on the rally held by Assemblymember Aravella Simotas opposing the City Department of Education's proposal to drastically alter Bryant High School. Senator Gianaris attended the rally and believes that the proposed changes will bring more harm than good.

Assemblymember Aravella Simotas held a rally at William Cullen Bryant H.S. on April 3, in opposition to the city Department of Education’s proposal to dramatically overhaul the structure of the Western Queens institution.

 

Simotas, a Bryant alumna, was joined by elected officials, community leaders as well as Bryant students, teachers and parents in calling on the city to reconsider Bryant’s designation for the Turnaround model.

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April 9, 2012
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April is Autism Awareness Month

April is designated "Autism Spectrum Disorder Awareness Month" in New York state, to raise awareness about the disorder, and to support families of autistic individuals.

As your Senator, I was proud to co-sponsor a bill last year, which Governor Cuomo signed into law, that will provide families with better access to critically important medical care for both adults and children who have autism.

April 9, 2012
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SENATOR BALL TO UNVEIL TRAVELING VETERANS’ WALL OF FAME AT SOMERS HS

 

Brewster, N.Y. – (4/5/12) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) will present his traveling Veterans’ Wall of Fame at Somers High School with some local veterans whose own faces grace this wall of tribute.

April 9, 2012
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POUGHKEEPSIE JOURNAL: BALL HONORS LOCAL WOMEN

 

Written by: Journal staff

More than 300 people gathered at the Putnam County Emergency Services Center recently when state Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson, hosted his inaugural 40th Senate District “Women of Distinction” ceremony to honor more than 30 women for their community service and dedication.

April 9, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of April 9, 2012

Many state government watchers agree that 2011 was a pivotal year in New York.  But with the new year underway, the challenges remain great and a heavy workload still faces the Legislature. Senator O'Mara will continue to offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues throughout 2012, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and more.  Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column "From the Capitol..."

April 9, 2012
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SENATOR BALL DELIVERS BUDGET, FRIENDLY TO OUR SPORTSMEN

The 2012-2013 budget was favorable to our Sportsmen, and I would like to thank Senator Greg Ball for his leadership and advocacy for all Sportsmen in Albany.

April 7, 2012
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Community Connection for Week Ending April 8, 2012

In this week's Community Connection: details regarding the 2012-2013 New York State Budget, commemorating International Children's Book Day, and upcoming events throughout the community in the week ahead. Click the link below to read this week's Community Connection in full-screen view.

April 6, 2012
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SENATOR BALL: WE MUST HOLD CORPORATE PARTNERS ACCOUNTABLE

Global giants who offshore jobs shouldn’t take taxpayer dollars.

April 5, 2012
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Senator Maziarz introduces Governor Cuomo at Buffalo Post-budget Press Conference

On April 4, 2012 Senator Maziarz introduced Governor Cuomo for his Post-Budget Press Conference in Buffalo.

April 5, 2012
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Senator Maziarz's Weekly Update on "Your Voice"

Senator Maziarz talks about the 2012 Budget Process and Nik Wallenda's Tightrope Walk on his cable show taped March 26, 2012.

April 5, 2012
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Governor Cuomo in Syracuse to Discuss Budget

I was pleased to join Governor Cuomo in discussing budget accomplishments for Central New York. Click the link for more details.

File: 
Gov Cuomo CNY Budget Presentation.pdf

April 5, 2012
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THE EXAMINER: WOMEN OF DISTINCTION HALL OF FAME INDUCTION

 

by Faith Ann Butcher

There are many women whose work has left a lasting impression on the local community. Last Friday night, over 30 women from northern Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess were inducted into the Women of Distinction Hall of Fame sponsored by state Sen. Greg Ball. The women were honored for their service and dedication to their communities.

April 5, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO ANNOUNCES STATEWIDE BAN ON SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA

        Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently announced that the sale of synthetic marijuana has been banned throughout New York State.

        Known as the “legal alternative” to marijuana, synthetic marijuana was primarily sold in convenience stores, smoke shops and tobacco stores. Since it is easily accessible and relatively affordable, synthetic marijuana is extremely attractive to young people.

April 5, 2012
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INFORMATION REGARDING THE ELIMINATION OF THE STATE SALES TAX ON CLOTHING & FOOTWEAR PURCHASES UP TO $110

Beginning Sunday, April 1, 2012 shoppers will no longer pay state sales tax on clothing and footwear purchases up to $110!    This new tax cut, which is in effect year-round, will help put money back into the pockets of hard-working families. All clothing and footwear sold for less than $110 per item (or per pair of footwear) will be exempt from the New York State 4 percent sales tax, saving the average family $200 a year. Additionally, most fabric, thread, yarn, buttons, snaps, hooks, zippers and similar items that are used to make or repair exempt clothing will also be eligible for the exemption. In this economy, where many family budgets are stretched to the breaking point, every dollar counts. Below you will find additional information about this exemption.

April 4, 2012
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Senator Gallivan Addresses 2012 State Budget In Video Message

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) speaks to the taxpayers and families of Western New York concerning the just enacted 2012 State Budget.

April 4, 2012
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