Issues: Miscellaneous

Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of February 13, 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..."

February 13, 2012
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SENATOR GOLDEN: TIME FOR NEW YORK’S LICENSE PLATES TO NEVER LET US FORGET THE TRAGEDY OF SEPTEMBER 11TH

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today issued the following statement calling on the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles to permit the issuance of a license plate commemorating the World Trade Center attacks of September 11, 2001:

 

“As a former New York City Police Officer, and as one who saw firsthand my community effected like never before by a single event, it is incumbent upon the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles to issue a plate paying tribute to the tragic events of 9/11 so that we will never forget.

 

February 13, 2012
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SENATOR BALL ACCEPTS YORKTOWN’S KATHLEEN QUINN AS A WOMAN OF DISTINCTION

 

Formal Induction Ceremony to be Held March 30th

February 11, 2012
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SENATOR BALL STOPS IN PAWLING TO CELEBRATE RENOVATION OF LIBRARY ANNEX

 

Pawling, N.Y. – (2/10/12) – On Thursday, February 9th, Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) joined the staff of the Pawling Library to celebrate the reopening of the newly renovated library annex.  The annex hosts 3 to 4 programs weekly, including: early literacy, computer, and yoga classes.

February 11, 2012
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SEN. RITCHIE VISITS OSWEGO, JEFFERSON NURSING HOMES FOR VALENTINE'S DAY

Flowers and Cards for Homebound Seniors

State Senator Patty Ritchie visited several nursing homes and urged people to visit their loved ones at area nursing homes during Valentine's Week.

February 11, 2012
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Senator Farley Suggests Giving the Gift of Life As Part of a Valentine's Day Celebration

Valentine's Day is almost here and it is a day of giving.

The American Red Cross needs to collect 22,000 units of blood each weekday and around 15,000 units each weekend to meet patient needs. In fact, someone needs blood every two seconds, every day, 365 days a year.

For a list of upcoming blood drives, or for a donation facility near you, click below for the Red Cross website. Just type in your zip code on the right hand side and it will give you locations in your area: http://www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood

Your blood donation could potentially save someone’s life… and it’s a truly great way to show that you’ve got a big heart!

February 10, 2012
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A Celebration of Black History and Heritage

Special Guest Speaker & Comedian: Baratunde Thurston, author of  How to Be Black

Music

Spoken Word Poetry

Warriors for Christ Praise & Worship Dance Ministry

Steppers and Refreshments!!

 

 

February 25, 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
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Community Connection for Week Ending February 12th, 2012

In this week's Community Connection, the Senate passes legislation to increase safety for children riding school buses, Nikko Restaurant opens in Rochester, and upcoming events around the 56th Senate District. Click the link below to download a full-screen version to read.

February 10, 2012
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Senator Maziarz's Weekly Update on "Your Voice"

Senator Maziarz discusses the passage of the DNA Databank expansion, the Deputies of the Year Award and the Cambrian Award.

February 10, 2012
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WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

By Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz

32nd Senatorial District Bronx County, New York

Tel. 718-991-3161

It is a never-ending story. All we need to do is open a newspaper to find that bad news is being reported everywhere. Here are some highlights from the past two weeks:

February 10, 2012
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LO QUE USTED DEBE SABER

Por el Senador Rev. Ruben Diaz

Distrito 32 Condado del Bronx, New York

Tel. 718-991-3161

Querido lector, usted debe saber que todo lo que tenemos que hacer es abrir un periodico, sintonizar la Radio ó Television, para encontrarnos con las malas noticias que constantemente estan sucediendo a traves del mundo entero. Hoy deseo informarles de algunos de los sucesos mas destacados en las últimas semanas:

February 10, 2012
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WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

By Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz

32nd Senatorial District Bronx County, New York

Tel. 718-991-3161

It is a never-ending story. All we need to do is open a newspaper to find that bad news is being reported everywhere. Here are some highlights from the past two weeks:

February 10, 2012
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Serranos Celebrate Black History Month

Bronx, NY--State Senator José M. Serrano and Congressman José E. Serrano today honored four exceptional local community leaders in their annual celebration of Black History Month.The Honorees were Robert T. Johnson, Bronx County District Attorney; Carl E. Heastie, Assemblyman of the 83rd NYS Assembly District and The Bronx County Democratic Party Chair; Karen Washington, President of NYC Community Garden Coalition; and Deirdre Scott, Executive Director of The Bronx Council of the Arts. Each honoree received a Congressional Record and a State Senate Proclamation.

February 10, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO SPONSORING FIRST AID SUPPLY DRIVE

        Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is partnering with the Interfaith Nutrition Network (INN) in sponsoring a first aid supply drive to help individuals in need. All first aid items collected through the drive will be used by the INN to serve families in need throughout our communities.

        Residents are invited to donate any of the following new, unused items:

        * alcohol swabs

        * gauze pads

        * cotton balls

        * band-aids (adult & child)

February 9, 2012
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Griffo Wants Counterfeits to Go to Good Cause

Griffo: Don’t Destroy Merchandise, Help The Poor Instead

February 9, 2012
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Senator Montgomery Announces NYSABPRL's 41st Annual Legislative Conference Workshop & Event Schedule

The 41st Annual Legislative Conference of the NYS Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators will convene on Friday, February 17th and conclude on Sunday, February 19th, 2012. The theme of this year’s conference is “Open Doors to Employment, Opens Doors to Empowerment."

The Conference schedule of educational workshops and weekend-long events is included here in a pdf format that can be downloaded.  More information on the Legislative Conference may be obtained by visiting www.nysabprl.org.

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February 9, 2012
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THE PATCH: EX-KISCO MAYOR REILLY HONORED AS 'WOMAN OF DISTINCTION'

 

By Tom Auchterlonie

Speaking to congratulate his precedessor on becoming a "woman of distinction," Mayor Michael Cindrich noted that Patricia Reilly's career and volunteerism is more extensive than the biography submitted for the honor.

February 9, 2012
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DAILY CORTLANDT: LIGHT ATTENDANCE AT BALL’S BUCHANAN OFFICE HOURS

 

by Jessica Glenza

BUCHANAN, N.Y. – Less than a dozen people showed to State Sen. Greg Ball’s (R-Patterson) office hours, a question and answer session with the senator, late Wednesday morning at Buchanan Village Hall. Points of concern among the scant crowd were split between state issues, like tax cap legislation, and micro-issues, including village signage.

February 9, 2012
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Senator Golden asks you to consider nominating a youngster to be one of "Frankie's Heroes".

The Francesco Loccisano Memorial Foundation, (www.FrankiesMission.org), a non-profit serving pediatric cancer patients nationwide, will host an event to celebrate children and teens who demonstrate outstanding qualities and values toward bettering the lives of others and their community.

The inaugural ceremony will be held on Saturday, March 24th, and will take place at New York City Events-Dyker Beach Catering. The proceeds will benefit the Foundation’s mission of assisting the pediatric cancer community.

 

The Board of Directors of the Foundation, and event chairman, Richard Rizzuto, are encouraging the community to nominate children and teens who:

 

February 9, 2012
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Senator Breslin Celebrates February as Black History Month

(Albany, NY) “February is a time to observe and remember the history of African American’s in our society, but also embolden ourselves in the continuing fight for social and economic justice,” said Senator Neil D. Breslin (D – Delmar), marking February as Black History Month.

The history of racism in the United States – in our economy, legal and justice system, as well as everyday life – is one often difficult to talk about, but which helps define every American, regardless of race or ethnicity. Recognizing the need to reflect on our roots every day, not just during the month of February, Senator Breslin observed that the celebrations, exhibits, and ceremonies dedicated this month to black history allow for both reflection and recommitting oneself to equality.

February 9, 2012
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