Issues: Miscellaneous

Community Connection for Week Ending October 9, 2011

Here is the Community Connection for the week ending Sunday, October 9th. In this week's issue, facts about Columbus Day, upcoming events around the 56th Senate District, and commemorating National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

October 7, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco At Turkish Cultural Center's Friendship Dinner

Senator John A. DeFrancisco spoke at the Turkish Cultural Center's annual friendship dinner, held on October 6, 2011.  He is pictured with members of the TCC. 

October 7, 2011
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Governor Cuomo Issues Executive Order to Improve Access to State Services for Non-English Speakers

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo issued an Executive Order requiring state agencies that provide direct public services to offer free interpretation and translation services to members of the public for vital forms and instructions.

Based on census data, the services will be offered in Spanish, Chinese, Italian, Russian, French, and French Créole.

Approximately two and a half million New Yorkers do not speak English as their primary language and have limited ability to read, speak, write, or understand English. This presents potential barriers when trying to access important government benefits or services.

October 7, 2011
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7 NY Dems Call for Investigation Into NYPD Syping

Associated Press NEW YORK — Seven Democratic state senators called Wednesday for the state attorney general to investigate the New York Police Department's spying on Muslim neighborhoods.

In a letter to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, the senators cited an Associated Press investigation that found the NYPD has subjected entire communities to surveillance and scrutiny, often without any allegation of wrongdoing. Police built databases of businesses that catered to Muslims and monitored where certain Muslims ate, shopped, lived and prayed.

October 7, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Participates in Taiwanese Flag Raising Ceremony at City Hall

On October 7, 2011, Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped celebrate the 100th birthday of the Republic of China, know as Taiwan.  The Taiwanese flag was raised at Syracuse City Hall.  Senator DeFrancisco spoke at the event.

October 7, 2011
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Senator Lee Zeldin Honors Local Community Leaders at Hispanic Heritage Ceremony

Hauppauge, N.Y. – In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) hosted his first annual Hispanic Heritage Ceremony this past Wednesday, October 5, 2011, at the New York State Office Building in Hauppauge.

Senator Zeldin (above center) honored five local Hispanic leaders from the 3rd Senate District for their many achievements and contributions to the community.

October 7, 2011
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AMITYVILLE RESIDENTS MEET WITH SENATOR FUSCHILLO DURING HIS “MOBILE OFFICE HOURS”

Photo caption: Senator Fuschillo speaks with a constituent during his mobile office hours at the Amityville Library.

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today held Mobile Office Hours at the Amityville Library, where he met individually with residents and listened as they voiced their concerns about a number of different issues.

“It was great to be able to sit down with Amityville residents, speak with them individually about their concerns, and provide assistance if they needed it. I thank everyone who took the time to come to the Library and meet with me today," said Senator Fuschillo.

October 6, 2011
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Serrano Statement Re: Governor Cuomo's Executive Order Requiring Language Assistance Services

Today Senator José  M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) praised Governor Andrew Cuomo for issuing an Executive Order to provide language assistance services at 27 state agencies that have direct interaction with the public.  These agencies will be required to provide official documents, forms, instructions, and translation services in six languages. 

October 6, 2011
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Senator Carlucci-Working to Provide Real Mandate Relief

(New City, NY) Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange) was joined by Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee, Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski, Rockland County Executive, Scott Vanderhoef, Chairwoman Rockland County Legislature, Harriet Cornell and NYS Association of Counties Executive Director, Stephen Acquario to announce legislation co-sponsored by Senator Carlucci that will relieve taxpayers by shifting the burden of the cost of Medicaid from counties to the State.

October 6, 2011
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STATE LEGISLATORS TO PROPOSE TOUGHER PENALTIES AGAINST CHILD PREDATORS

Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-C, Brooklyn/Staten Island) will host a press conference tomorrow, Friday, October 7, 2011, at 11:30 a.m., outside the Bay Ridge Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library located at 7223 Ridge Boulevard in Brooklyn.

The lawmakers will announce legislation they have sponsored in both the Senate and the Assembly that will increase the penalties for predators who attempt to lure or entice a child by means of a computer, or into a vehicle or a secluded area, for the purposes of a sexual encounter or to commit a criminal offense.

Local members of the community have been invited to join the legislators at the announcement.

October 6, 2011
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Senator Gianaris announces opening of renovated Vernon Blvd Dog Run in Long Island City.

Senator Gianaris at the the podium, surrounded by (from left to right) Tiffani Minatel of DOG LIC, QWDC President Paul Januszewski, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, Assemblymember Cathy Nolan, and State Parks Commissioner Rachel Gordon.

October 6, 2011
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***MEDIA ADVISORY*** SENATOR BALL PAIRS WITH ECONOMIC HEAVYWEIGHT TO CREATE JOBS

***TONIGHT AT 8 P.M. IN POUND RIDGE***

Ball, Delfino Discuss Economic Recovery at Pound Ridge Town Hall

October 6, 2011
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LOHUD: BALL EARNS TOP MARKS FROM CONSERVATIVE PARTY

Posted by: Joseph Spector

Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson, Putnam County,received the top grade from the state’s Conservative Party in its annual report card today, voting with the party on 19 of the 24 votes it monitored during the legislative session.

October 6, 2011
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GIANARIS, NOLAN AND VAN BRAMER HOLD RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY TO OPEN RENOVATED VERNON BLVD DOG RUN

Queens, NY – Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblymember Cathy Nolan and Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer today held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the refurbished Vernon Boulevard Dog Run in Long Island City. The elected officials, along with Queens West Development Corporation (QWDC), New York State Department of Parks and DOG LIC, a local advocacy group, worked together since last year to secure funding for the much-needed renovations to the dog run and are pleased to finally announce the renewed run is open and ready for use.

October 6, 2011
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Gianaris To Hold Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony of Renovated Vernon Blvd Dog Run with Nolan and Van Bramer

Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblymember Cathy Nolan and Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to formally open the renovated Vernon Boulevard dog run on Thursday, October 6 at 11 am. The elected officials worked with Queens West Development Corporation, New York State Department of Parks and DOG LIC, a local advocacy group, to secure funding for the much-needed renovations. The press conference will be held at the dog run on Vernon Boulevard at 48th Avenue.

October 6, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Peace Rally in Morris Heights

Senator Serrano joined the Morris Heights Community for a Prayer Vigil and Peace Rally organized by Assemblywoman Vanessa Gibson.  The event, themed "Community in Crisis", took place in the Sedgwick Avenue Playground in the Bronx, and was structured as a forum to speak out against the high volume of gun related violence that has recently plagued the community. "The recent shootings are a strong indication that all of us- parents, teachers, community residents, and elected officials- must work together to educate our youth", said Senator Serrano. "The youth are an integral part of our future and we must provide them with positive outlets where they can focus their attention, and safe alternatives to the streets."

October 5, 2011
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Shed the Meds/Cell Phones for Soldiers

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that he will be sponsoring two programs on Saturday, October 29th where residents can safely dispose of expired and unwanted medication or old cell phones.

Senator Fuschillo’s “Shed the Meds” and “Cell Phones for Soldiers” programs will be held at the Bellmore Train Station’s far west parking lot, located on the northwest corner of Sunrise Highway and Centre Avenue, between 9 am and 12 pm on Saturday, October 29th.

Participating in both programs is easy; residents can drive up, drop off their unwanted medications and/or old cell phones, and drive away.

October 29, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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