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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of February 26, 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..."

February 27, 2012
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ADDABBO SPONSORS LEGISLATION TO STRIP STATE FUNDING FROM COMPANIES THAT OUTSOURCE NEW YORK JOBS

Queens, NY,  February 24, 2012 -- Charging that “companies shouldn’t be rewarded with our tax dollars when they move New York jobs out of New York,” NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. (D-Queens) announced that he is introducing legislation (S.1244) that would prevent businesses from reaping state tax breaks and other economic benefits when they outsource employment opportunities to other states and countries. 

February 27, 2012
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Black History Month Celebration in East Harlem

Councilmember Melissa Mark-Viverito and Senator Jose M. Serrano honored two local leaders from the East Harlem community for Black History Month.  This year’s honorees were Dr. Sean P. Gardner, Jr., Senior Pastor/Chief Executive Officer of East Ward  Missionary Baptist Church and John Ruiz, District Leader of the 68th Assembly District, Retired NYC Firefighter, and Founder of the Fireman Fire Safety School Program.

February 27, 2012
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SENATE PASSES FUSCHILLO RESOLUTION HONORING WANTAGH FIREFIGHTER FOR 60 YEARS OF SERVICE

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that the New York State Senate recently passed a legislative resolution he sponsored honoring Wantagh Fire Department Commissioner and Ex-Chief Donald Snyder for his 60 years of service to the Wantagh community.

     “For the last 60 years, Donald Snyder has selflessly volunteered his time and energy to protect the residents of the Wantagh Fire District. His devoted service to the community deserves our admiration, respect, and gratitude. I’m pleased that the Senate passed this resolution to recognize his long and dedicated service to the Wantagh Fire Department and the community,” said Senator Fuschillo.

February 24, 2012
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ADDABBO RECEIVES AWARD FROM TOURO LAW SCHOOL

 
 
Queens, NY, February 24, 2012 -- NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., received the Keith Romaine Elected Official of the Year Award from Touro Law School for his work in Albany. Addabbo, a graduate of the law school in 1992, was bestowed the award by Touro Law School Dean Lawrence Raful.
 

February 24, 2012
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Community Connection for Week Ending February 26h, 2012

In this week's community connection, tax forms are still available in my district office to pick up, events around the community in the week ahead, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Rochester test their pizza making skills. Click the link below to read this week's community connection in full screen.

February 24, 2012
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MTA Payroll Tax Freedom Day Rally

MTA Tax Freedom Day is April 1, 2012! Please join us for a rally and BBQ at 12p.m. at Senator Ball’s District Office 1441 Route 22 Suite 205 Brewster, NY 10540

April 1, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Free BBQ for Americas Bravest

 

For more information contact: 

Email: lgoldste@nysenate.gov

Phone: 845 279 3773

 

July 7, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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May 12, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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SENATOR GOLDEN PLANS EVENT TO CELEBRATE THE YEAR OF THE DRAGON

Brooklyn; State Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) and the Chinese American Partnership, are today announcing plans, with the Chinese American Partnership, to host his 10th Annual Lunar New Year Celebration on Sunday, March 4, 2012, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at New Utrecht High School located at 1601-80th Street in Brooklyn.

The community is invited to attend the celebration of the Year of the Dragon that will include cultural performances, including the Lion Dance, Chinese opera, singing and dancing. The performance of the Cantonese opera will feature colorful costumes, bilingual subtitles and literature to introduce this traditional art.

February 24, 2012
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SENATOR BALL ATTENDS ‘FRIENDS OF EDDIE’ FUNDRAISER TO RAISE MONEY FOR DETECTIVE SGT. EDWARD DICAPRIO

 

Yonkers, N.Y.  – (2/19/12) – On Sunday, February 19th, Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) attended a benefit fundraiser at the Empire City Casino in Yonkers for Mahopac resident Sergeant Edward DiCaprio of the Yonkers Police Department.  Sgt. DiCaprio is a 21-year veteran of the department and a single parent of three who was recently diagnosed with cancer.

February 24, 2012
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Woodside awaits 440-seat school slated to open in ‘15

The Times Ledger wrote about the construction of a new public school in Woodside, which is scheduled to open in 2015.

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) announced Friday the city Department of Education and city School Construction Authority had agreed to purchase four lots to build a 440-seat school in Woodside.

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“The construction of additional classroom space is welcome news that will help the children of Woodside obtain a more productive learning environment,” state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) said in a statement.

Read the full article here.

February 24, 2012
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Senator Malcolm A. Smith Photos of the Week

 

Senator Malcolm A. Smith Photos of the Week

 

February 23, 2012
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First “African American Abrazo in New York”

PRESS RELEASE

February 23, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

First “African American Abrazo in New York”

Bronx, NY-Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz, will celebrate the First “African American Abrazo “Embrace” in New York.” This event is in honor of Black History Month and the contributions of African-Americans to our community.

This event, by invitation only, will take place at Maestros Caterer’s located at 1703 Bronxdale Avenue, Bronx, New York, today, Friday, February 24, 2012 from 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.

February 23, 2012
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El Primer “Abrazo Afro-Americano en Nueva York”

COMUNICADO DE PRENSA

23 de febrero de 2012

PARA PUBLICACIÓN INMEDIATA

SENADOR REV. RUBEN DIAZ

El Primer “Abrazo Afro-Americano en Nueva York”

Bronx, NY – El Senador Rev. Rubén Díaz, celebrará el Primer “Abrazo Afro-Americano en New York.” Este evento es en honor al Mes de La Herencia Afro-Americana y las contribuciones de la comunidad Afro-Americana en nuestra comunidad.

Esta actividad, solamente es por invitación, se llevará acabo este Viernes, 24 de Febrero de 2012 en el Restaurante Maestros Caterer’s ubicado en el 1703 Bronxdale Avenue, Bronx, New York de 8:00 p.m. a 12:00 a.m.

February 23, 2012
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Touring Flood Zones Along the Saw Mill River With DOT

Senator Stewart-Cousins invited representatives from the Department of Transportation to her district for a tour of flood zones along the Saw Mill Parkway. On the tour, DOT gave the Senator on-site progress reports of their debris clean- up efforts along the Saw Mill River. In many communities throughout the region, debris build-up has worsened flooding problems. To provide some relief, DOT workers have pulled several tons of downed trees, garbage and rubble from the Saw Mill in Mt. Pleasant and Greenburgh, and they just began clean- up efforts in Yonkers. This project was initiated in January at the request of the Saw Mill River Watershed Advisory Board (SWAB), which works to alleviate the regional flooding problems in Westchester. Senator Stewart-Cousins, who is represented on SWAB by her Director of Constituent Affairs Janis Morris, was instrumental in placing a representative from DOT on the board.

February 23, 2012
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Speaking to Constituents at a Meet and Greet in Yonkers

Senator Stewart-Cousins and Westchester County Board Chairman, Ken Jenkins, hosted a “Coffee and Conversation” meet and greet at the Yonkers Riverfront Library. With over eighty people in attendance, topics covered included: education funding, support for Kinship caregivers, the overall legislative process, healthcare and local issues of concern to residents. The Senator has previously hosted “Coffee and Conversation” events in Mt. Pleasant and Greenburgh with the local County Legislators.

February 23, 2012
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Presenting a Proclamation to Captain Lawrence Brewing Company in Elmsford

Senator Stewart-Cousins presented a Proclamation to the Captain Lawrence Brewing Company at the grand opening of their brand new facility in Elmsford. The craft beer brewing company re-located from Pleasantville to the larger facility late last month. Owner Scott Vacarro says the new facility will help him ramp up production, sell new products and provide better accommodations to customers. Senator Stewart-Cousins, one of several elected officials and community leaders in attendance, congratulated the company on its continued success and briefly discussed legislation passed by the Senate this year (S.1315) which provides small brewers with greater contract flexibility with wholesalers.

February 23, 2012
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Kicking Off Opening Night of "Big River" at Westchester Broadway Theatre

Senator Stewart-Cousins was invited to kick off the opening night of “Big River” at the Westchester Broadway Theatre as part of their inaugural Black History Month celebration. Prior to the start of the show, the Senator delivered welcoming remarks to a full house of theatre-goers, praising the Westchester Broadway Theatre for their commitment to recognizing Black History Month. She also introduced two Westchester actors who starred in the show that evening; Anthony Malchar of Yonkers who played Huck Finn and FaTye of Elmsford who played Jim. “Big River” is a musical adaptation of the story of Huckleberry Finn. It addresses the enduring themes of acceptance, freedom, diversity and respect.

February 23, 2012
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