Issues: Miscellaneous

Senator Nozzolio Recognizes Mike Huff as "Firefighter of the Week"

Senator Mike Nozzolio has announced this week’s nomination for his Facebook "Firefighter of the Week" recognition: Mike Huff of the Lodi Fire Department. Congratulations Mike and thank you for your service and dedication to Lodi and the surrounding communities!

Click the below link to view the gallery and to learn more about Mike and previous nominees, and their service as volunteer firefighters:

http://a.pgtb.me/hHsRnG

December 1, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of December 1, 2014 ~ 'Choosing sides over an unexpected surplus'

Senator O'Mara offers his weekly perspective on many of the key challenges and issues facing the Legislature, 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..."

This week, "Choosing sides over an unexpected surplus"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the December 1st Corning Leader]

December 1, 2014
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

The Hall Closet Challenge

December 1, 2014
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Senator Skelos' Annual Holiday Toy Drive

The holiday's are a time for us to reflect and give thanks for what we have, even during difficult times. With so much to be thankful for, we should not forget those who are less fortunate than us or who may have fallen on hard times. 

December 1, 9:00 AM - December 17, 5:00 PM
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Compounding Injustice in Ferguson

What You Should Know

By Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz

32nd Senatorial District

718-991-3161

Compounding Injustice in Ferguson

You should know that in the wake of the November 24, 2014 Grand Jury ruling that Police Officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted for killing Michael Brown, demonstrations have erupted all over this nation - especially in Ferguson, Missouri.

People are frustrated and hurt and disappointed, and I agree that they have reason to be frustrated, hurt and extremely disappointed. What I cannot agree with is the way people are expressing their frustration.

November 26, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS KICKS OFF HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE TO BENEFIT CHILDREN IN WINTHROP UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL

Residents & Community Groups Invited to Donate New, Unused Toys to Benefit Children in Winthrop’s Hagedorn Pediatric Inpatient Center

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) is inviting residents to participate in his annual holiday toy drive.

     Residents and community organizations are invited to donate new, unused toys to the program. All toys collected will be donated to children in Winthrop University Hospital’s Hagedorn Pediatric Inpatient Center.

November 26, 2014
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Senator Flanagan Meets UFC Champion Weidman

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently met Dix Hills resident and UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman during a visit to an area school.  The Hofstra University graduate won his title in July of 2013 and has successfully defended it two times.

“Chris is a true gentleman who has worked hard for all that he has achieved.  It was great to meet this champion and I wish him continued success in the future,” stated Senator Flanagan.

November 25, 2014
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Winter Safety Information

Every year, our office hosts a number of Emergency Preparedness meetings throughout the area to help residents prepare for and recover from natural disasters.  The information provided to those who attended these events has been extremely beneficial during severe weather such as hurricanes and tropical storms.

November 25, 2014
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State Senate Resolutions Honor Six War Veterans

NY1 VIDEO: State Senator Tony Avella held a ceremony Monday honoring six Vietnam and Korean War veterans with New York State Senate resolutions. - See more at: http://queens.ny1.com/content/news/218719/state-senate-resolutions-honor...

November 25, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS ANNOUNCES STATE FUNDING FOR NEW IMPROVEMENTS AT WILLISTON PARK LIBRARY

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that he has secured state funding for technology and facility improvements at the Williston Park Library.

     The library will use the $25,000 in state funding to upgrade technology at the service desks, thereby allowing staff to assist patrons in a more efficient manner. The library will also be repainting and installing new carpeting in its reading and staff areas.

     “The Williston Park Library is an invaluable resource for local residents. Investing in new technology will help enhance the services the Library provides to the Williston Park community. I am pleased to support the Library’s efforts,” said Senator Martins.

November 25, 2014
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Thanksgiving Thoughts

     Every year, I ask sixth-graders in our district to write a Thanksgiving essay, the theme being, “What are you most thankful for?” Truth be told, I remember well that I wasn’t overly enthusiastic about these kinds of “extra” writing assignments as a student – especially with promise of holidays and vacation just on the horizon. Yet the response to our voluntary contest grows annually, with hundreds of entries this year. Clearly, our young people have something to say. 

November 24, 2014
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'Small Business Saturday' ~ November 29, 2014 ~ A reminder to 'shop small' this holiday season

You hear it all the time, especially in government where we debate constantly about how best to create jobs and strengthen local economies: small businesses are the backbone of the economy.

That's as true as it’s ever been and so is the fact that Albany and Washington can take steps to help improve the economic climate for our small businesses. That’s especially true right here in New York State, where businesses large and small continue to face one of the worst business tax climates in the nation. 

November 24, 2014
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Senator Nozzolio Recognizes Ken Eastley as "Firefighter of the Week"

Senator Mike Nozzolio has announced this week’s nomination for his Facebook "Firefighter of the Week" recognition: Ken Eastley of the Wallington Fire Department.

November 24, 2014
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Helpful Holiday Safety And Shopping Tips

    To help make this year’s holiday season safe and enjoyable for all, my office organized this holiday safety section to help you protect your family, your home and your identity during this busy time of the year.  

November 24, 2014
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Happy Thanksgiving

To all of the families, residents and communities of the 58th Senate District across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions: my very best wishes for an enjoyable and safe, meaningful and memorable Thanksgiving holiday. ~ NYS Senator Tom O'Mara

Read more on the history of Thanksgiving, including President George Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation from October 3, 1789 and President Abraham Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation from October 3, 1863: "From the Archives: Thanksgiving with the Presidents."

November 24, 2014
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of November 24, 2014 ~ 'Don't let online crime ruin the season'

Senator O'Mara offers his weekly perspective on many of the key challenges and issues facing the Legislature, 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..."

This week, "Don't let online crime ruin the season"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the November 23rd Leader]

November 24, 2014
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The Problem with New York City and the Department of Homeless Services

What You Should Know By Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz 32nd Senatorial District 718-991-3161

The Problem with New York City and the Department of Homeless Services 

You should know that a few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to meet with Commissioner Gilbert Taylor from the Department of Homeless Services (DHS), to discuss a variety of issues that impact the homeless population in the City of New York.  I am very concerned with the lack of transparency on the part of DHS with regards to the disparity and secrecy with which it pays its providers not only in the Bronx but throughout the City.

November 24, 2014
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Black Lives Matter

On Tuesday night, I awaited the announcement of the grand jury decision on Officer Darren Wilson. Like many across our nation, I was saddened to learn that the grand jury did not find probable cause to indict Wilson. The purpose of the grand jury is not to determine guilt or innocence, but to decide whether there is probable cause to prosecute someone for a felony crime. Unfortunately, the grand jury decided that the shooting of Michael Brown was not even deserving of a trial. As we prepare to enter 2015, it is important to remember that this year has seen the death of numerous unarmed black young men at the hands of police officers.

November 24, 2014
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Outgoing Third District Senator Zeldin Announces Signing of Bill to Permit Recreational Spearfishing in NY

Outgoing Third District Senator Zeldin Announces Signing of Bill to Permit Recreational Spearfishing in NY

ALBANY—Outgoing Third District Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I—Shirley) announced today that his bill to expand recreational fishing on Long Island was signed into law.

The bill, S. 3823, expands recreational spearfishing in New York's marine and coastal waters.

November 23, 2014
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Snowvember Storm: Share Your Stories

The Snowvember Storm tested every one of us, and we continue to cleanup in the aftermath. Not only did it bring a great deal of stress, but it also brought out the very best of Western New York. Whether it was bringing an elderly neighbor a warm meal, helping dig out a buried car, or simply welcoming a stranger into your home to warm up, Buffalo and Western New York showed our best as the whole country was watching. It reminded Americans that we truly are the City of Good Neighbors. Western New Yorkers who stepped up deserve to be recognized. Submit your stories to be shared for others to see.

November 22, 2014
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