Issues: Miscellaneous

Senator O'Mara, Assemblyman Palmesano highlight rural legislation

Albany, N.Y., July 12—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C-I, Corning), each following their first session on the Legislature’s 10-member Commission on Rural Resources, said today that several pieces of the commission’s 2011 agenda were approved by the Senate and Assembly and are expected to be signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

July 12, 2011
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WEST NILE VIRUS DETECTED IN STATEN ISLAND MOSQUITOES (ZIP CODE 10312) – SENATOR LANZA OFFERS TIPS TO REDUCE EXPOSURE

Senator Lanza reminds Staten Islanders to take precautions in protecting themselves by reducing their exposure to mosquitoes by:

Using an approved insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus (not for children under 3), or products that contain the active ingredient IR3535.

July 12, 2011
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IN THE NEWS - STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE: Staten Island pol introduces 'Caylee's Law,' wants felony charges for parents who don't report missing kids

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- In wake of the controversial Casey Anthony murder trial in Florida, state Sen. Andrew Lanza has introduced a bill that would allow prosecutors to bring felony charges against parents who do not quickly report missing children.

The bill -- named "Caylee's Law" -- would make it a Class E felony for a parent or guardian who does not report a child in their custody missing within 24 hours of disappearance.

July 12, 2011
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"A HEAT ADVISORY IS ISSUED FOR NEW YORK CITY WHEN THE COMBINATION OF HEAT AND HUMIDITY IS EXPECTED TO MAKE IT FEEL LIKE IT IS AT LEAST 95 OR 100 DEGREES.

"A HEAT ADVISORY IS ISSUED FOR NEW YORK CITY WHEN THE COMBINATION OF HEAT AND HUMIDITY IS EXPECTED TO MAKE IT FEEL LIKE IT IS AT LEAST 95 OR 100 DEGREES FOR ANY LENGTH OF TIME. TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS IF YOU WORK OR SPEND TIME OUTSIDE. WHEN POSSIBLE...RESCHEDULE STRENUOUS ACTIVITIES TO EARLY MORNING OR EVENING. KNOW THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION AND HEAT STROKE.

July 12, 2011
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Search Continues For Missing Brooklyn Boy Leibby Kletzky

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Dozens of Borough Park residents spent the night searching for 9-year-old Leibby Kletzky. The boy has been missing for over 12 hours.

WCBS 880′s Mike Xirinachs In Borough Park

Leibby was supposed to meet his mother at 5 p.m. Monday after leaving day camp in Brooklyn, but never showed up.

Those with the Flatbush Shomrim Safety Patrol said they’ve seen surveillance video that shows the little boy leaving the camp, but there was no sign of him otherwise.

Almost immediately people in the community came out to search, continuing through the overnight hours.

It’s unclear if Leibby’s disappearance is suspicious, but residents said they’re not taking any chances.

July 12, 2011
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SENATOR MONTGOMERY HONORS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENT DOROTHY BURNHAM, A BROOKLYN “RENAISSANCE WOMAN”

The lifetime achievements of Brooklyn native Dorothy Burnham were recognized and lauded by NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) during the reading of a Senate resolution, which was unanimously passed by the full Senate during the final days of the 2011 Legislative Session. The resolution paid tribute to Dorothy Burnham’s many notable contributions to our public education system, the advancement of civil rights, and to the promotion of racial and economic equality. Ms. Burnham was also honored for her designation as recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the New York Friends of the People's World. “Dorothy Burnham is a Renaissance Woman,” said Senator Montgomery.

July 11, 2011
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END-OF-SESSION MESSAGE FROM SENATOR JOSEPH P. ADDABBO, JR.

 
Queens, NY, July 11, 2011 -- NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. (D-Queens), released the following summary of the recently ended legislative session to his constituents:
 
The 2011 legislative session started off right - by putting the people first.
 

July 11, 2011
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SENATOR LANZA INTRODUCES “CAYLEE’S LAW” IN NY - Bill Would Create Felony Charge for Failing to Report a Child Missing

Senator Andrew Lanza has introduced “Caylee's Law” in New York State which would allow prosecutors to bring felony charges against parents who do not quickly report missing children. The bill would make it a class E Felony for a parent or guardian who does not report a child in their custody missing within 24 hours of disappearance.

July 11, 2011
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Emergency Loan Program for Homeowners

Brooklyn Housing & Family Services is available to help homeowners in determining if they are eligible for financial assistance under the federal Emergency Homeowners’ Loan Program (EHLP). Sponsored by HUD, the program is intended to help mortgage holders of one to four unit homes who have suffered a loss of income resulting from unemployment caused by adverse economic conditions or a medical emergency.

The EHLP offers a declining balance, deferred payment loan up to a maximum of $50,000 or 24 months, whichever occurs first, to assist eligible homeowners with payments of arrearages and monthly payments on first mortgages.

July 11, 2011
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Emergency Preparedness Seminar

            With Long Island in the middle of hurricane season, New York State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is inviting local residents to an emergency preparedness seminar he is sponsoring on July 27th.

July 27, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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GOLDEN, MALLIOTAKIS ATTEND 5TH ANNUAL BAY RIDGE ARAB AMERICAN BAZAAR

Senator Martin Golden (R,C,I-Brooklyn) and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C-Brooklyn, Staten Island) recently attended the 5th Annual Bay Ridge Arab American Bazaar, hosted by the Arab American Association of New York (AANY) at Shore Road Park. The event featured live music and dance performances, vendors and children’s activities. Joining the legislators at the event were AAANY President Dr. Ahmad Jaber, AAANY Vice President Habib Joudeh, and AAANY Treasurer Fr. Khader El-Yateem.

July 11, 2011
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July 11, 2011
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My Spirit Continues To Be Uplifted

By New York State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz

During the past two weeks, I have worn a badge of honor as the only Democrat in the New York State Senate to oppose Governor Andrew Cuomo's legislation to redefine our definition of marriage from one man and one woman.

Christians are never afraid to be alone because we know that we are never alone.

I have been blessed the past two weeks with an outpouring of support from countless New Yorkers who have embraced me on the street, called me, written to me, and posted online thanking me for standing strong for my convictions. These include:

July 11, 2011
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Staten Island Parks and Recreation Food Truck Festival 2011

 

Friday, July 15, from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


FREE parking available south of Turtle Circle at Hunter Avenue

 

See attached flyer for more details.

July 15, 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Cyclists Undertake Annual "Tour De Queens"

Senator Gianaris attended the "Tour de Queens" bike race and talked to NY1 about the importance of and fun in biking around New York City.

Cyclists took to the streets of the city's largest borough Sunday for the fourth annual "Tour de Queens."

Organizers said more than 2,000 people showed up for the 20-mile ride that started and finished in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park and took riders through the eastern and northern parts of the borough.

Advocacy group Transportation Alternatives organized the event, and spokesman Michael Murphy said today's enthusiasm shows biking is truly a five-borough phenomenon.

July 11, 2011
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Senator Martins Speaks About Legislative Session

Senator Jack M. Martins spoke about the legislative session in Albany during which there were many accomplishments.

July 11, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol..."--for the week of July 11, 2011

Many Albany observers agree that it's already been a pivotal year in New York State government. But the challenges have never been greater and there's a heavy workload still facing the State Legislature.  Senator O'Mara offers his weekly perspective on many of the key issues, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and much more.  Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column  "From the Capitol..."

July 11, 2011
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Family Day at River Park Towers!

Senator Serrano, his father, Congressman Jose E. Serrano, and Assembly Member Vanessa Gibson joined the River Park Towers Community for Family Day in Roberto Clemente State Park. This yearly celebration is an opportunity for the River Park Towers Community to come together with family and friends and enjoy time outdoors."Each year, it's a joy to get together with the River Park Towers community to celebrate the summer season and meet with my constituents," said Senator Serrano. "This is a wonderful family tradition that I hope continues for many years to come."

July 9, 2011
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Senator Serrano Celebrates Bronx Pride 2011

Senator José M. Serrano today attended Bronx Pride 2011 in Crotona Park.  The event was organized by the Bronx Community Pride Center, which provides much-needed services and programming for LGBT individuals in the borough of the Bronx. The Senator presented a Proclamation to the organization’s executive Director, Dirk McCall, a long-time community leader. 

July 9, 2011
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Preliminary Report regarding hydrofracking posted to DEC's website

Below please find the letter I sent to Commissioner Martens regarding hydrofracking.  The Department of Environmental Conservation posted the preliminary report regarding hydrofracking today.  There will be a public comment period soon and I encourage all New Yorkers to review the report and make your concerns known.  Please go to http://www.dec.ny.gov/energy/75370.html to review the report.

July 10, 2011

Dear Commissioner Martens,

I appreciate the Department of Environmental Conservation’s hard work in thoroughly looking at the safety of hydraulic fracturing in New York State.  However, I do not agree with the state’s consideration at this time to potentially lift the moratorium on high volume horizontal drilling.

July 8, 2011
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