Issues: Miscellaneous

SENATOR GOLDEN VOTES TO SUPPORT IRAN DIVESTMENT LEGISLATION

Albany- State Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today joined his colleagues in the New York State Senate today in giving final legislative passage to the Iran Divestment Act, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos. The bill would prohibit companies that provide goods, services or credit worth $20 million or more to Iran's energy industry from entering into or renewing state and local government contracts.

Senator Golden stated, “The Senate’s swift action shows how important it is that we stand together to condemn tyrannical governments like Iran which sponsor terrorism, have attempted to acquire nuclear weapons and threaten U.S. allies like Israel, as Iran has repeatedly done.”

January 10, 2012
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Senator Skelos Comments on the Iran Divestment Act of 2012

Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos comments on his legislation, the Iran Divestment Act of 2012, during Senate session.

January 9, 2012
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Senator Grisanti is First Western New York Lawmaker to Co-Sponsor & Support Cyberbullying Bill

Bullying in ANY form will not be tolerated

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti is the first Western New York lawmaker to co-sponsor and support Senator Jeffery Klein’s and his fellow members of the Independent Democrats Conference on legislation to crack down on cyberbulling in New York State.

The bill (S.6132) updates New York’s stalking and harassment laws to cover electronic bullying. Additionally, it allows for criminal prosecution of particular cyberbullying incidents under New York’s hate crime statutes.

January 9, 2012
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Avella Presents State Proclamation to Zion Episcopal's Retiring Rector

State Sen. Tony Avella, D-Bayside, honored the long-time rector at Douglaston’s Zion Episcopal Church last weekend following the recent announcement that he planned to retire.

The church, located at 243-01 Northern Blvd. in Douglaston, held a reception on July 23 to honor Rev. Patrick Holtkamp, who has served as rector since 1992.

Avella presented the rector with a state Senate proclamation to recognize his years of dedication to northeast Queens.

Holtkamp was born in St. Louis, but moved to New York City with his wife, Elizabeth, and two daughters in 1982.

January 9, 2012
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Fed. study may aid ‘Deadman’s Curve’

After three fatal accidents on the Cross Island Parkway and repeated calls for safety improvements, the Federal Highway Administration has indicated it’s studying possible changes to the design of the roadway’s guardrails.

The plan was announced last week by state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), who has been calling for changes since 2006. Avella got involved that year when he was a city councilman after 24-year-old motorcyclist Eric Arsenault crashed into a guardrail on the parkway and was killed.

The accident site is known as “Deadman’s Curve” and is near Exit 36S toward the southbound Whitestone Expressway. The area dips down quickly around the bend and at night foliage hides the upcoming barrier created by the nearby overpass.

January 9, 2012
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WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

By Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz

32nd Senatorial District Bronx County, New York

The Mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, has decided to prohibit churches and religious groups from using auditoriums in public schools for worship services to our God.

You should know that this is not the first time that Mayor Bloomberg has demonstrated his rejection of everything that has to do with religion.

During the commemoration of the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attack on the Twin Towers- where more than three thousand people died- Bloomberg forbid formal prayers and the participation of religious leaders, including the Catholic church’s Archbishop Timothy Dolan.

January 9, 2012
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SENATE PASSES IRAN DIVESTMENT LEGISLATION

   The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to the Iran Divestment Act, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos.  The bill would prohibit companies that provide goods, services or credit worth $20 million or more to Iran's energy industry from entering into or renewing state and local government contracts. 

January 9, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO INVITES RESIDENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN HIS ONLINE Q & A CHAT SESSION ON JANUARY 20TH

            Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today invited residents to participate in an online Q & A session he will be holding on Friday, January 20th between 12:30 pm and 1 pm. The Q & A will be held on Senator Fuschillo’s website.

            “This Q & A session allows people to participate in a town hall style meeting without ever having to leave their home or office,” said Senator Fuschillo. “I encourage everyone to submit their questions and then watch the session on January 20th.”

January 9, 2012
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CAPITOL CONFIDENTIAL: BALL’S BULL

by Rick Karlin

He’s cast himself as an arch-conservative and defender of gun owner rights but has staunchly opposed hydrofracking and now Hudson Valley Senator Greg Ball is going after industrial agriculture, complete with a You Tube video of a bull he apparently rescued. Details of the animal’s history are sparse but toward the end, Ball, a Republican, denounces large-scale agribusiness with its use of chemicals, hormones and, critics say, poor treatment of livestock. So far, he notes, “Vegan” is turning out to draw the most votes in the senators’s Facebook contest to name the animal.

January 9, 2012
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LO QUE USTED DEBE SABER

Por el Senador Rev. Ruben Diaz

Distrito 32 Condado del Bronx, New York

El Alcalde de la Ciudad de New York, Michael Bloomberg, ha decidido prohibir a las Iglesias y grupos religiosos a usar los auditorios de las Escuelas Públicas para dar servicios de adoración a nuestro Dios.

Usted debe saber que esta no es la primera vez que el Alcalde Bloomberg muestra su rechazo a todo lo que tenga que ver con religión.

Durante la celebración del décimo aniversario del ataque terrorista a las Torres Gemelas, donde murieron más de tres mil personas, Bloomberg prohibió toda participación de oraciones y lideres religiosos incluyendo al Arzobispo Católico Timothy Dolan.

January 9, 2012
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SENATOR GOLDEN TO PROVIDE FREE INCOME TAX SERVICE TO SENIOR CITIZENS AND LOW INCOME RESIDENTS

Brooklyn- State Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) has announced that he will provide free income tax preparation services, for the 15th consecutive year, to senior citizens and residents of his district earning less than $30,000.

Appointments will be available at his district office located at 7408-5th Avenue, on Thursdays and Saturdays from February 2nd through April 7th. Thursday appointments will be scheduled from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and appointments will be scheduled for Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

January 9, 2012
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Forum/Town Hall: Online Q & A Chat Session

             Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today invited residents to participate in an online Q & A session he will be holding on Friday, January 20th between 12:30 pm and 1 pm. The Q & A will be held on Senator Fuschillo’s website.

            “This Q & A session allows people to participate in a town hall style meeting without ever having to leave their home or office,” said Senator Fuschillo. “I encourage everyone to submit their questions and then watch the session on January 20th.”

January 20, 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
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Senator Martins on the State of the State

As is custom, Governor Cuomo gave his State of the State speech last week in which New York governors traditionally outline where we stand and where they hope to take us. The news outlets naturally put their own spin on things so although there’s not enough room here to touch on all aspects of the speech, I thought it would be good to review a few major ones together.

January 9, 2012
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SENATOR GOLDEN TO HONOR THE LATE SENATOR CHRISTOPHER MEGA: “RESPECTED POLITICIAN, DISTINGUISHED CITIZEN AND DEVOTED MEMBER OF HIS COMMUNITY”

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) will introduce a New York State Senate Legislative Resolution tomorrow during session honoring the late Senator Christopher J. Mega, who died on Sunday, October 30, 2011. The resolution is expected to pass and members of the Mega family, including his wife Madelyn, will be in the Senate gallery.

 

Mega, who served as a State Senator, State Assemblyman, State Judge and long time civic leader, graduated from Fort Hamilton High School, studied at St. Francis College and attended Brooklyn Law School.

January 9, 2012
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Sen. Klein, IDC, Introduce Legislation to Crack Down on Cyberbullying

 

Following months of consultation with prosecutors, advocates and students, Senator Jeffrey D. Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and his fellow members of the Independent Democratic Conference introduced legislation to crack down on cyberbullying in New York State.

The bill (S.6132) updates New York's stalking and harassment laws to cover electronic bullying. Additionally, it allows for criminal prosecution of particular cyberbullying incidents under New York's hate crime statutes.

January 9, 2012
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LEGISLATIVE GAZETTE: SEN. BALL HOLDS CONTEST TO NAME HIS NEW BULL

 

By ANTHONY MANCINI, Gazette staff writer

State Sen. Greg Ball, R–Patterson, began a contest asking fans of his Facebook page to help him name his bull, which he adopted over the summer. Whoever suggests the name that attracts the most “likes” will win the contest.

January 9, 2012
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SENATOR BALL INTRODUCES GOV. APPOINTEE FOR COMMISSIONER OF STATE DIVISION OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO FIRST RESPONDERS

 

 

Carmel, N.Y.– 1/7/2012— On Friday, Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) introduced more than 100 members of New York’s law enforcement and fire prevention community to Jerome M. Hauer, the Governor’s appointee for Commissioner of the Department of Homeland Security at the district’s Inaugural Law Enforcement and Fire Prevention Roundtable Summit Meeting.

At the Paladin Center in Carmel, NY, Senator Ball provided a forum for each county and local municipality in the 40th Senate District to share feedback concerning the training and development needs of their police and fire departments, and to discuss their current emergency preparedness plans.

January 9, 2012
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NEWSDAY: Babylon Girl, 13, Honored for Irene Help

Originally published: January 8, 2012 9:17 PMUpdated: January 8, 2012 9:43 PMBy PATRICK WHITTLE  patrick.whittle@newsday.com

At age 13, with pink earrings dangling near her shoulders and a glistening smile, Jennifer Melfi stood out from the overwhelmingly older male crowd at an amateur radio convention Sunday inBethpage.

But Jennifer's age isn't the only thing that separates her from most "hams," as amateur radio enthusiasts are sometimes called, said State Sen. Owen Johnson (R-West Babylon).

January 9, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of January 9, 2012

Many state government watchers agree that 2011 was a pivotal year in New York.  But with the new year underway, the challenges remain great and a heavy workload still faces the Legislature. Senator O'Mara will continue to offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues throughout 2012, 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..."

January 9, 2012
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