Issues: Miscellaneous

July 20, 2011
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New Law Strengthens Ban on Texting While Driving

New legislation is now in effect in New York State that strengthens the enforcement against drivers who use handheld electronic to text while driving. The legislation was sponsored by Senator Carl Marcellino, supported by Senator Jack M. Martins and signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The new law makes texting while driving a primary traffic offense, giving law enforcement the power to stop drivers solely for engaging in this activity.  

Before this law, it was illegal for drivers to use handheld electronic devices while their vehicle was in motion, but it was a secondary traffic offense -- meaning a driver had to be stopped for another violation in order to receive a ticket.

July 20, 2011
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Senator Maziarz is Grand Marshall of Canal Fest parade

Senator George Maziarz was honored to be chosen to serve as the Grand Marshall of the annual parade during Canal Fest, a weeklong celebration in North Tonawanda and Tonawanda.  Festival-goers lined the streets to watch the parade go by on Tuesday evening.

July 20, 2011
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Senator Serrano at Bronx Constituent Hours

Senator Serrano and his staff held their monthly Bronx Constituent Hours today at River Park Towers."While we do a tremendous amount of work out of our District Office in East Harlem, there is no substitute for direct interaction with my constituents here in the Bronx," said the Senator. The Serrano Constituent Services team holds roving hours in the Bronx each month, and on Roosevelt Island (RIOC Offices, 591 Main Street) on the first Tuesday of every month. No appointment is necessary.

July 20, 2011
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Members of the NY Senate Long Island Delegation visited Brookhaven National Laboratory

Members of the NY Senate Long Island Delegation visited Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, NY on July 13, 2011.  The senators received an update from directors and researchers on the Lab’s energy and health research portfolios, New York State partnerships, and the economic impact to the state and local economies.  Brookhaven National Laboratory currently employs 3,000 people, creates over 5,400 jobs and provides $700 million in economic output on Long Island and throughout New York State. Photograph:  Members of the NY Senate Long Island Delegation visited Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton on July 13, 2011 at the site of the National Synchrotron Light Source II, still under construction. 

July 19, 2011
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New ambulance dedicated in Gates

Senator George Maziarz recently participated in a ceremony to dedicate a new ambulance for the Gates Volunteer Ambulance Service.

July 19, 2011
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Governor Cuomo Signs Law Requiring Convex Mirrors On Large Trucks

New legislation protects pedestrians by removing blind spot in front of large trucks

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed a law that requires convex mirrors to be placed on the front of large trucks being driven in New York City.

"Convex mirrors are an effective tool to protect pedestrians from accidents caused by blind spots," Governor Cuomo said. "This law will allow truck operators to see pedestrians or objects directly in front of them and will offer new safety protections to many New Yorkers. I thank Senator Golden and Assemblywoman Millman for their efforts in seeing this bill passed."

July 19, 2011
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Canal Fest kicks off in Tonawandas

Senator George Maziarz regularly visits Canal Fest in the Tonawandas.  He is Grand Marshall of this year's parade.  During his days as City Clerk in North Tonawanda, he was largely responsible for launching the popular summer festival.

July 19, 2011
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Bone Marrow Screening for Aidan Jack Seeger

There is a bone marrow screening drive for a 6 year old Brooklyn boy, Aidan Jack Seeger, who has been diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder (ADL) tomorrow at OLA. You can also add yourself to his facebook “posse” via this link: http://www.facebook.com/groups/aidanjackseeger

What: Bone Marrow Screening for Aidan Jack Seeger

When: Tuesday, July 19th; 4p-8p

Where: Our Lady of Angels Church

 

Given last week’s tragic and horrific death of young Lieby Kletzky, many people say to themselves: “I wish there was something I could have done to save his life.” Aidan’s life just might depend on the kindness of strangers coming to his aid and all they have to do is swab the inside of their cheeks with a few q-tips.

 

July 19, 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz: Let the People Vote!

July 19, 2011

For Immediate Release

New York State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) is calling for all New Yorkers to attend the “Stand Up And Be Heard Let the People Vote” Rally on Sunday, July 24, 2011 at 3PM in front of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s New York City office located at 633 Third Avenue near 41st Street and march to the United Nations.

Senator Reverend Diaz issued the following statement:

“This Sunday a thousand people will demonstrate in midtown to let Governor Cuomo and Mayor Bloomberg know that even though the same-sex marriage law was approved by the legislature we will not be silenced!

July 19, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO ANNOUNCES NEW LAWS TO HELP PREVENT SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND UNDERAGE SMOKING

             Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that Governor Cuomo recently signed three laws he supported to help prevent substance abuse and underage smoking.  

July 18, 2011
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The New Zeal

July 18, 2011

For Immediate Release

New York State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) released the following statement in response to the Alliance Defense Fund Memo for New York Municipal Clerks who are responsible for issuing marriage licenses. Their Memo addresses the right of clerks and other employees to request an accommodation for their sincerely held religious beliefs concerning the issuance of marriage licenses to same sex couples:

July 18, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO HELPS RESIDENTS “SHED THE MEDS”

Over 500 Pounds of Expired and Unwanted Medications Collected for Safe Disposal 

July 16, 2011
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Senator Farley Notes Civil War Exhibits

As the United States of America commemorates the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) says a new exhibit at the State Capitol focuses on the New York flags that were flown during the Civil War.

Located on the second floor of the Capitol in Albany, there are eight flags on display, Senator Farley said. Called "1861: Banners for Glory," the flags will be on display through June 2012. The flags have undergone restorations by staff from the New York State Military Museum. "Viewing these flags helps bring history to life," Senator Farley said. "This display is not only for Civil War enthusiasts but also a great educational opportunity for those visiting the Capitol as part of a family outing."

July 15, 2011
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GOVERNOR CUOMO SIGNS LAW PROHIBITING THE SALE OF HOOKAHS, SMOKING PARAPHERNALIA, AND SHISHA TO MINORS

New Legislation Bans Sale of Hookahs, Shisha, and Water Pipes to Individuals Under 18

 

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed a new law that prohibits the sale of shisha and certain types of smoking paraphernalia to minors. Under this law, businesses offering these products for sale may only sell to individuals who are at least eighteen years of age with proper identification.

 

July 15, 2011
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