Issues: Miscellaneous

Community Connection for Week Ending February 25

Here is this week's Community Connection. As always, click the link below to view it in full-screen.

February 25, 2011
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Statement By Senator Griffo on Governor's Nomination of Assemblywoman Destito as New Commissioner

Griffo Thanks Destito for Service to Her District 

State Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R-C-IP, Rome) today thanked departing Assemblywoman RoAnn Destito for her 19 years of service to the 116th Assembly District.

February 25, 2011
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Senator Gustavo Rivera Responds to Borough President's "State of the Borough" Address

Senator Gustavo Rivera released the following statement in reaction to Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.’s State of the Borough Address:

“Bronx Borough President Diaz focused on some of the key issues impacting Bronxites: income disparity, education, health and economic development, including the redevelopment of the Kingsbridge Armory. I was heartened to hear the Bronx Borough President talk about an unsettling and difficult reality regarding income disparity in New York City. New York City has the highest income disparity in its modern history and the state of New York has the highest income disparity of any other state. Bronxites are feeling squeezed by 13% unemployment in the Borough and record-high income disparity.

February 25, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO CONGRATULATES CALHOUN HIGH SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY TEAM ON WINNING NASSAU COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently visited Calhoun High School to congratulate the boys cross country team on winning the 2010 Nassau County Class A Championship.

February 24, 2011
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SENATOR GOLDEN WARNS THE MEDICAID REDESIGN TEAM TO BE MINDFUL OF THE DEDICATION AND SERVICE OF SAFETY NET HOSPITALS

Senator Martin Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today cautioned Governor Cuomo’s Medicaid Redesign Team against advancing proposals that would directly lead to the reduction of essential services and the possible closing of some city hospitals that serve our most vulnerable population.

February 24, 2011
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Senator Owen H. Johnson, Sr. Assistant Majority Leader and Vice Chairman of Finance

Senator Owen H. Johnson, Sr. Assistant Majority Leader and Vice Chairman of Finance at Budget Hearing on Education in Albany on February 15, 2011.

February 24, 2011
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Staten Island Advance: OTB: The sequel?

Published: Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 9:52 AM     Updated: Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 9:55 AM

http://blog.silive.com/editorials_impact/print.html?entry=/2011/02/otb_the_sequel.html

Give state Sen. Andrew Lanza credit for sticking with a thorny issue that other elected officials might have walked away from and never looked back.

In December, Mr. Lanza along with 21 other state Senators, voted against a bill to bail out the city’s foundering Off-Track Betting Corp.

February 24, 2011
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Senator Lee M. Zeldin Tours New Health Facility

Central Islip, NY- State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) recently toured the new NYIT Community Health Clinic being built on Carleton Avenue in Central Islip.  Pictured here is Senator Zeldin (above, right) with Dr. Tom Scandelis, Dean of NYIT School of Medicine, reviewing the blueprints for the new facility.

 

February 24, 2011
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Forum/Town Hall: Coffee and Conversation With County Legislator John Nonna

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins and County Legislator John Nonna would like to invite you to, "Coffee and Conversation." Come discuss critical issues with you State and County officials. This event is open to the public. See below for details. To RSVP, please call Senator Stewart-Cousins' office at 914-423-4031.

March 12, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
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Senator Gallivan Opens Office In Livingston County

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R – 59th District) was joined by many of Livingston County’s local elected officials, members of the public, and a representative of Assemblyman Dan Burling Wednesday as he cut the ribbon on his new, one-room office at the Livingston County Government Center in Geneseo.

“Our goal is to provide comprehensive constituent service and effective representation to every resident across the four counties of the 59th Senate District. Locating an office in Geneseo will provide easier access to the resources available through a state senator’s office for all of our constituents in Livingston County,” said Gallivan.

February 23, 2011
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Free Tax Filing Service for Eligible Taxpayers

If you earned $58,000 or less, or served in the military in 2010, you may be eligible to use FREE state and federal tax preparation services.  The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance is urging eligible taxpayers to use FreeFile, a program providing user friendly software  that makes it easy to claim all the credits and deductions to which you are entitled.  In addition, your taxes will be E-Filed, meaning quicker and more accurate processing and faster returns.  Go to the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance’s website at www.tax.ny.gov  and click on FreeFile for more information.

February 23, 2011
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Senator Espaillat's Flan Plan for Peace

State Senator Adriano Espaillat is putting forward a plan to create a community relations council in Northern Manhattan.  The council would provide an opportunity for residents to discuss neighborhood tensions and quality of life issues that divide them - over local cuisine.

The idea stems from Inwood resident Rachel Figueroa-Levin's food blog (posted in both english and spanish) which presents recipes from members of the community as a means to bring people together through a common love of food. Be sure to check out Sen. Espaillat's family recipe for pinapple flan!

February 22, 2011
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Senator Skelos Provides Information and Seeks Constituent Input on Governor's Budget Proposal

"Information is the currency of democracy." -- Thomas Jefferson

With our State clearly facing serious fiscal and economic challenges, it's important for all New Yorkers to get the facts about Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposed Executive Budget for 2011-2012.

My Senate colleagues and I have begun carefully reviewing the Governor's plan to determine its potential impact on taxpayers, our local communities, and New York's economic future. You can help play a role in this process by reviewing the budget briefing documents below, and then providing me with your feedback on the plan.

February 22, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO TO HOLD MOBILE OFFICE HOURS AT FARMINGDALE LIBRARY

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that he will be holding mobile office hours in Farmingdale on Friday, March 11th. All residents are invited to participate in the program, which will be held at the Farmingdale Library, located at 116 Merritts Road, from 1-3 pm.

February 22, 2011
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Senator Robach Presents Flag to Evelyn Lashley

Recently, Senator Robach had the opportunity to present Miss Evelyn Lashley with an American flag in honor of her receiving her U.S. citizenship. The ARC of Monroe County assists Evelyn, and she currently lives in a residence in Penfield.

February 22, 2011
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BONACIC: ORANGE AND ROCKLAND COUNTY UTILITIES' RATE HIKE PROPOSAL ILL-CONCEIVED

 February 22, 2011 State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I – Mt. Hope), today described O&R’s proposed rate hike as outrageous. The proposed increase would raise customers’ electric delivery bills by 32.5 percent over the next three years.

February 22, 2011
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Senator Andrew Lanza Announces Free Tax Filing Service For Eligible Taxpayers

 

Website Offers Qualifying Guidelines For Using FreeFile

Senator Andrew Lanza today urged taxpayers to take advantage of FreeFile - a program providing free state and federal tax preparation and e-filing services to qualified New York State taxpayers.

Half of New York's taxpayers qualify for free or reduced fees to file electronically through FreeFile. You may be eligible if you earned $58,000 or less in 2010 or you served in the military in 2010.

February 22, 2011
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Last Call for New York's ‘Great Appliance Swap Out’


$1 Million in Rebates Still Available for Energy Efficient Appliances

Nearly $1 million in rebates is still available for New Yorkers who purchase energy efficient appliances through "New York's Great Appliance Swap Out," a program that has provided $15,790,080 million in rebates to more than 157,000

 

February 22, 2011
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RITCHIE ATTENDS MORRISTOWN CHILI COOK OFF

State Senator Patty Ritchie attended Sunday's Morristown Chamber of Commerce Chili Cook Off.

"When the Morristown Chamber of Commerce contacted me and asked for my help to make sure that their annual chili cook off could be held, I told them I would do everything I could to insure that this North Country tradition continued," she said. "That's why I spent Sundaymorning with the contestants at the chili cook off."

February 22, 2011
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