Issues: Miscellaneous

JetBlue moves to Queens Plaza

The Times Ledger talks about JetBlue's move to a new office located in Long Island City's Brewster Building. Senator Gianaris joined other elected officials at the ribbon-cutting of the new corporate office.

Two long-awaited changes came to Queens Plaza last week as the recently completed park near 29th Street was named “Dutch Kills Green” and airline company JetBlue opened its new Long Island City office a few blocks away.

 

“What a terrific day in the ongoing renaissance in the Queensboro Plaza area,” state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) said. 

 

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April 18, 2012
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Sex Attack Suspect Sought

The Queens Gazette investigates the recent attack on a 30-year old woman in Sunnyside by a man who is suspected to be involved in similar attacks in Jackson Heights.

Queens detectives are trying to determine if a man who stalked and groped a 30-year-old Sunnyside woman early Sunday morning, is the same suspect sought in connection with a series of recent attacks in Jackson Heights.

 

The victim in the Easter Sunday attack told investigators the man followed her when she exited a nearby No. 7 train at about 5:45 a.m. on April 8.

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April 18, 2012
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NEWS 12: SOMERS PARENTS FIGHT FOR SCHOOL BUS RIGHTS

 

(04/18/12) SOMERS - Some parents in Somers are traveling to Albany this morning to fight for school bus rights for their kids.

April 18, 2012
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Albany Busing Talking Points

Albany Busing Talking Points (download below)

April 17, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILLS TO HELP TAXPAYERS

On New York State’s tax filing deadline, the state Senate today passed legislation that would expedite payment of income tax refunds and simplify STAR property tax relief filings for senior citizens.

 

A bill sponsored by Senator Carl L. Marcellino (R, Syosset) ensures prompt payment of a state income tax refund. Traditionally, the state Department of Taxation and Finance has held returns requesting refunds for up to two months, starting from when taxpayers file their return to when they may actually see the refund. 

 

April 17, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO INCREASE PRISON SENTENCES FOR PERSISTENT VIOLENT OFFENDERS

“Three Strikes and You’re In”

 

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that would keep the most dangerous, violent, repeat criminals behind bars and out of our communities.

 

The bill (S.1539), sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R-C, Rockville Centre),  requires persistent violent felony offenders be sentenced to life imprisonment without parole.  This bill recognizes that persistent violent offenders are most likely to commit violent crimes again and would ensure that violent, recidivist criminals are permanently prevented from posing a danger to society.

 

April 17, 2012
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SENATOR ANDREW LANZA TO HOST MOBILE LEGAL HELP CENTER - FREE CIVIL LEGAL SERVICE APPOINTMENTS FOR STATEN ISLANDERS

In last year’s state budget Senator Andrew Lanza helped to secure funding for a Mobile Legal Help Center which will which will be available to Staten Islanders on Monday, April 23rd from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at his office located at 3845 Richmond Avenue.

April 23, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Spring into Fun with Senator Marcellino at the 9th Annual Health & Fitness Fair

Saturday, May 19th Audrey Avenue in Oyster Bay will be the home to over 100 exhibitors as they demonstrate their specialties.

April 17, 2012
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DAILY SOMERS: WESTCHESTER RESIDENTS DEFEND SCHOOL BUSING

 

by Katherine Pacchiana

SOMERS, N.Y. – A busload of concerned Westchester residents will head to Albany on Wednesday to demand their right to public busing for private school students.

April 17, 2012
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200 Jam Elmont Library for Martins Classic 3on3 Tournament Planning Session

Volunteers from Elmont, Franklin Square, South Floral Park, Bellerose Terrace, New Hyde Park, Floral Park and North Valley Stream jammed the Elmont Library this past Saturday for a planning session of the Martins Classic 3on3 Basketball Tournament.  The tournament is in its 9th year and is being sponsored by State Senator Jack Martins. Joining him in sponsoring the event is State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos. The tournament is being held at Dutch Broadway School in Elmont on July 14th.

April 17, 2012
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GOLDEN, GRIMM AND MALLIOTAKIS WELCOME ITALIAN DIGNITARY TO BROOKLYN

Brooklyn – State Senator Marty Golden, Congressman Michael Grimm, and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis this past weekend met the Mayor of Bari, Michael Emilliano in Bay Ridge. The elected officials were honored to welcome the Italian dignitary to their district on his recent trip to New York City.

April 17, 2012
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DAILY NEWS: GOV. CUOMO SAYS OK TO PRESIDENT OBAMA’S HEALTH CARE PLAN

 

Governor signs executive order creating statewide health insurance exchange

April 17, 2012
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BUSINESS JOURNAL: CUOMO ISSUES EXECUTIVE ORDER TO ESTABLISH HEALTH EXCHANGE

 

by Rick Seltzer

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ordered state agencies to set up a health-benefit exchange in New York that will meet requirements in the federal government’s 2010 health-care reform law.

April 17, 2012
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TIMES UNION: CUOMO USES CLOUT TO SIDESTEP GOP ON ‘OBAMACARE’

 

By Casey Seiler

ALBANY — Sidestepping opposition from Republicans, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday issued an executive order creating a state health exchange to help small businesses and individuals secure medical insurance in accordance with the federal Affordable Care Act.

April 17, 2012
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SUNNY DAY IN CORTLANDT FOR LITTLE LEAGUE OPENING

 

Cortlandt, N.Y.  – (4/17/12) – On Saturday, April 14th, Cortlandt Little League hosted their Opening Day Ceremony. Pictured above is Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson),  and the Westchester County Legislator John Testa.

April 17, 2012
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IN THE NEWS: Staten Island to get new section of bike path in New Dorp Beach

Published: Friday, April 13, 2012, 9:36 AM     by Michael Sedon

April 17, 2012
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DAILY OSSINING: SEN. BALL TALKS ECONOMY AT BRIARCLIFF LIBRARY

 

by Nathan Bruttell

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. – State Sen. Greg Ball (R-Patterson) said it’s easy to find signs of economic strife in Westchester.

April 17, 2012
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