Issues: Miscellaneous

Senator Rivera Visits Kingsbridge Heights Community Center, Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

On March 25th, Friday afternoon, Senator Rivera visited the Kingsbridge Heights Community Center's new 'Room to Grow' program. Over a hundred parents and toddlers came out to celebrate the opening. That same afternoon, the Kingsbridge Heights Community Center hosted a Safer Sex/AIDS Awareness fair Event, where Senator Rivera stopped in to greet parents and kids.

Thanks to Anne Rousselot for the pictures!

In the photo are: from left the staff members from KHCC are Giselle Melendez-Susca, Executive Director; Yenny Disla, Assistant Executive Director; and Lori Spector, Associate Executive Director.

 

 

March 31, 2011
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Keeping the Commitment - Information on the 2011-12 State Budget

The New York State Senate has completed passage of the 2011-12 state budget one day prior to the April 1st budget deadline.  The budget, which has now received final approval by the Assembly, achieves the critically important goals of reducing state spending, not raising taxes and creating new private sector jobs.

To learn more about the State's new fiscally responsible budget plan, I encourage you to review the documents below. 

March 31, 2011
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STATE BUDGET STATEMENT

The 2011-12 New York State Budget is complete.  The good news is that this year’s plan was negotiated in public, is on time and most importantly contains not a single new tax.  It reduced year to year State spending by over $3 billion. The bad news is there are many painful cuts, necessary, but painful. 

March 31, 2011
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Faculty Council of Community Colleges and SUNY Stony Brook’s Center For Italian Studies Honor LaValle

Recognizing individuals who have made major contributions to higher education in general and community colleges in particular, The State University of New York (SUNY) Faculty Council of Community Colleges has awarded New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, chairman of the Senate’s Higher Education Committee,  its 2011 Distinguished Service Award.  The award was presented at the SUNY Faculty Council of Community Colleges’ Spring  Plenary.

March 31, 2011
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Senator Lanza joins Marti Wimmer, her daughter Christina Criscitiello and other Staten Island elected officials at a press conference announcing legislation named after Marti's daughter, Caroline Wimmer, who was murdered in March of 2009.

The bill would make it a felony for public servants to broadcast unauthorized crime scene images that were taken during the course of their official duties. In 2009, an EMT that responded to the scene of Caroline Wimmer's death, later posted a photograph he took of Wimmer on Facebook.

March 31, 2011
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March 31, 2011
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Senator Maziarz' district office to move

Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) today announced this his district office is relocating. The following will be effective on Monday, April 4, 2011:

MAIN DISTRICT OFFICE:

Senator George Maziarz

175 Walnut St., Suite 6

Lockport, NY 14094

Phone: (716) 434-0680

Fax: (716) 434-3297

E-mail: maziarz@nysenate.gov

Senator Maziarz’ satellite district office on the SUNY Brockport campus, which is usually staffed on Tuesdays and Thursdays, has not moved. The contact information remains:

SATELLITE DISTRICT OFFICE:

Senator George Maziarz

March 31, 2011
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Senator Robach Speaks at Delta Days

March 31st, 2011

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to speak at the "Delta Days in the Capitol" event. Pictured with me are Brenda, Patricia, Mildred, Rhondalynn, and Rev. Fannie Reeves of Rochester.

March 31, 2011
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Senator Gallivan Applauds Both Product and Process of Budget

ON-TIME STATE BUDGET BALANCES THE DEFICIT, CUTS SPENDING AND HOLDS THE LINE ON TAXES

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District) announced today that The New York State Senate has approved the state budget for fiscal year 2011-12. The adopted plan, closely resembling Governor Cuomo’s initial spending proposal, closes a $10 billion deficit, holds the line on taxes, and cuts government spending by $3.5 billion compared with last year. The agreement reached early Thursday morning marks the first time in over 5 years that the Governor and the Legislature were able to finalize a budget by April 1.

March 31, 2011
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March 30, 2011
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Brian T. Culhane of Sayville Takes New Post as Suffolk County’s Commissioner of Energy and Environment.

Senator Owen H. Johnson congratulates long time staffer Brian T. Culhane of Sayville as he takes his new post as Suffolk County’s Commissioner of Energy and Environment.  “Brian has been a an integral member of my staff for 16 years, working diligently on issues regarding Long Island’s Marine District.  He is well-prepared to serve in Suffolk County’s top environmental post and I wish him great success in his new position as Commissioner of Energy and Environment,” Senator Johnson said.

March 30, 2011
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SENATE ACTS TO PROTECT CHILDREN AND FAMILIES FROM ABUSE

Bills Propose Stronger Orders of Protection, Penalties For Sexual Assault of Children

The New York State Senate today passed a legislative package that would strengthen penalties and provide additional protections for children and families who are victims of domestic or sexual abuse. The proposals build upon the Senate’s commitment to supporting victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, preventing abuse from continuing, and ensuring appropriate penalties for criminals who prey upon the state’s most vulnerable populations.

 

March 30, 2011
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Staten Island Delegation Join Family of Caroline Wimmer in Push to Modernize Criminal Laws; Protect Crime Victims

ALBANY, N.Y. – The Staten Island Legislative Delegation joined the family of the late Caroline Wimmer, on the second anniversary of her tragic death, to push for the passage of important legislation named in her memory.

The bill, (S.3958/A.6376), would make it a felony for public servants to broadcast unauthorized crime scene images that were taken during the course of their official duties.

In March 2009, an EMT responding to the scene of Wimmer's death posted a picture of the victim on Facebook. This photo was later discovered by Caroline's mother, Marti Wimmer.

March 30, 2011
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SENATOR MARTY GOLDEN ARRANGES FOR METRO CARD BUS TO VISIT COMMUNITY OFFICE

SENATOR MARTY GOLDEN ARRANGES FOR METRO CARD BUS TO VISIT COMMUNITY OFFICE

March 30, 2011
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Senator Martins Legislative Report From Albany

Senator Jack M. Martins discusses the budget, Long Island Bus and making children and seniors a priority in his latest legislative report from Albany.

March 30, 2011
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Senator Martins Legislative Report From Albany

Senator Jack M. Martins addresses the state budget, Long Island Bus and making children and seniors a priority in his latest legislative report from Albany.

March 30, 2011
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SENATOR MALCOLM A. SMITH PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Shown in photo:  Senator Malcolm A. Smith was presented with the Youth Juvenile Justice Award by members of the NAACP Youth Council this past Saturday. Senator Smith stated that he felt truly honored to be recognized by leaders of tomorrow and looks forward to continuing to working with the NAACP Youth Council in the future.

March 30, 2011
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NEWS FROM SENATOR MALCOLM A. SMITH

Shown In Photo:  Hank Auffarth, Board Member for The Child Center of NY, awarded Senator Malcolm A. Smith for his continued support of the social services agency at their annual gala this Saturday. The Child Center of NY provides family intervention, youth development, counseling and home visiting services that help keep families healthy and intact.

 

March 30, 2011
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PROTECT YOUR 2nd AMENDMENT RIGHTS!

The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states that “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Despite the intentions of our founding fathers, some in both state government and local government are considering measures that could restrict your right to possess and use legally owned firearms.

Please join with me to help defend our Second Amendment rights.

By signing the petition below you can help send a clear signal that you do not support any actions by government officials that would compromise your freedom to bear arms.

March 30, 2011
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