Issues: Miscellaneous

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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Honoring our Military Servicemen on the 4th!

While attending the Fourth of July Bicentennial Parade In Mayville yesterday, Senator Catharine Young was presented a U.S. flag that was recently flown over the U.S. Capitol by Staff Sergeant Joseph C. Gullo, III of Brocton for her dedicated service to veterans. Staff Sergeant Gullo was the first person from Chautauqua County to be s...ent overseas after the 9/11 attacks. During is military career, he served in multiple tours in Afghanistan and Iraq while with the 82nd Airborne Division and the 10th Mountain Division. He has also served with the Patriot Guard Riders in both New York and Pennsylvania. He is a recipient of the Combat Action Badge.Also pictured is Staff Sgt.

July 8, 2011
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Sign Up for the 2011 Summer Reading Program


Reading is a cornerstone of a solid education. My Summer Reading Program will help parents and educators keep children interested in reading while preparing them for the next school year. I urge all children to head down to their local library and pick up a book today and take part in my Summer Reading Program.

The program is designed for students in Grades 4-6 but is open to any child in the community who enjoys reading.  Complete details are available at the New York State Senate’s summer reading program website at www.nyread.com.

A parent or guardian can register a child. The complete program will be administered online.

 

July 8, 2011
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SENATOR GOLDEN JOINS VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA TO SUPPORT OPERATION BACKPACK 2011 FOR NEW YORK CITY’S HOMELESS CHILDREN

Brooklyn - State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) is announcing that his community offices will serve as drop off locations for the Volunteers of America OPERATION BACKPACK 2011, their 9th annual drive to collect brand-new backpacks and school supplies for the thousands of children living in New York City shelters. The campaign continues through July 24th and the district office is located at 7408-5th Avenue and the satellite office is located at 3604 Quentin Road.

 

July 8, 2011
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Elmira native Eileen Collins, an American hero, reflects on today's final space shuttle launch.

It's always a welcome occasion for area residents to have the chance to see or hear from Elmira native and American hero Eileen Collins, one of our region's and the nation's most well-known and revered citizens.

July 8, 2011
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American Cancer Society Brooklyn's 10th annual "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" Walk

Join 30,000 of your fellow Brooklynites in Brooklyn's largest fundraising walk and largest cancer event!

Number one breast cancer fundraiser in New York and New Jersey!

Making Strides is the largest breast cancer event in New York and New Jersey—raising more funds for the cause than any other organization in these two states—$18.3 million in 2010!

How does it raise money?

Teams of walkers ask co-workers, family and friends to support them. Each walker tries to raise as much money as they can May through October. On the morning of the walk, each walker turns in their funds at registration, and then, led by survivors and dancing to music, the Walk begins at 11:00 am.

Can I be a team leader?

October 16, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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City offers free inspections of decks and porches

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Staten Islanders can request free inspections of their decks and porches through Aug. 1 with violations deferred if there are no immediate risks to public safety. Through Aug. 1, residents of the five boroughs can call 311 to request the free inspection to make sure they are in compliance with all city regulations under the No-Penalty Deck and Porch Inspection Program. Inspectors from the city Buildings Department will check for structural conditions, such as cracking, rotting, failed connections and other signs that can lead to a potential collapse. The agency will only take action to address structural concerns if there is an immediate risk to public safety.

July 7, 2011
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