Issues: Miscellaneous

Happy Thanksgiving

To all of the families, residents and communities of the 53rd Senate District, my very best wishes for a safe and meaningful Thanksgiving holiday.

Sincerely,

NYS Senator Thomas F. O'Mara, 53rd District

November 23, 2011
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Community Update: 11/23/11

Please open the attached .PDF file to view Senator Alesi's latest Community Update.

November 23, 2011
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November 23, 2011
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Happy Thanksgiving

For Immediate Release: November 23, 2011

November 23, 2011
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SENATOR NOZZOLIO REMINDING LOCAL CHILDREN TO PARTICIPATE IN THANKSGIVING DAY CREATIVE CELEBRATION

 

 

State Senator Mike Nozzolio is reminding students in grades K-6 that they can still participate in the New York State Senate’s Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration until Monday, November 28th. Students are encouraged to submit their original essays, poetry or art work for inclusion in an online Thanksgiving Day Showcase. The theme of the Thanksgiving Day Celebration is “What are you thankful for?”

November 23, 2011
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Lower Your Home Energy Bills without Sacrificing Comfort this Winter


Take the chill out of your bills with home heating tips from NYSERDA 

November 23, 2011
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Wedding of friends and constituents Lawrance Rodrigues and Frederick Bramfield

Last Friday Senator Perkins attended the wedding of his friends and constituents Lawrance Rodrigues and Frederick Bramfield who live in Harlem.  The well attended ceremony was held at Mr. Rodrigues' art gallery, Casa Frela. " This  is a great occasion for me," Senator Perkins told the couple, who had waited 25 years for the opportunity to marry.  "Sponsoring New York's Marriage Equality Bill, I hoped to give everyone the same benefits under the law. Lawrance and Fred's was the first LGBT wedding I've attended since our bill passed in June, but I'm looking forward to attending many, many more."

November 22, 2011
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Wedding of friends and constituents Lawrance Rodrigues and Frederick Bramfield

Last Friday Senator Perkins attended the wedding of his friends and constituents Lawrance Rodrigues and Frederick Bramfield who live in Harlem.  The well attended ceremony was held at Mr. Rodrigues' art gallery, Casa Frela. " This  is a great occasion for me," Senator Perkins told the couple, who had waited 25 years for the opportunity to marry.  "Sponsoring New York's Marriage Equality Bill, I hoped to give everyone the same benefits under the law. Lawrance and Fred's was the first LGBT wedding I've attended since our bill passed in June, but I'm looking forward to attending many, many more."

November 22, 2011
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Senator Young Tours Progress of New Sewer System in Town of Olean

 Senator Young gets a tour of the progress being made in the Town of Olean where a new sewer system is being installed that will benefit 28 homes still using aging septic systems. Funding for the project was made possible by a $600,000 Small Cities Community Development Block Grant administered by NYS Homes and Community Renewal.... Idents: l-r: Senator Young, Tom Swift of Clark Patterson Lee (project engineer) and Karl Northrup of J.D. Northrup Construction, Inc. (project contractor).

November 22, 2011
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Senator Young Cuts Ribbon for New Prospect St. Bridge in Cuba

Senator Cathy Young helped to officially open the Prospect Street Bridge in Cuba at a recent ribbon cutting ceremony. The foot bridge, which runs over Norfolk-Southern Railroad, is part of the Genesee Valley Greenway project, a 90-mile trail of open space from Rochester to Cuba. Senator Young helped to secure a $10,000 grant for the completed bridge.Photo ID: L-R: Wendy Brand, Representative for Assemblyman Joe Giglio; Cuba Mayor Tom Taylor; Senator Young; Betty Edwards, Vice President for the Cuba New York Chamber of Commerce; and Lee James, Representative for Congressman Tom Reed.

November 22, 2011
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Senator Young Joins in Ribbon Cutting for New 'Center Street Bridge'

Senator Catharine Young is joined by officials from the Seneca Nation and other local and state representatives at a recent ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony to mark the grand re-opening of the replaced bridge at Center Street and Front Avenue in Salamanca. The previously unnamed bridge, referred to as the “Center Street Bridge” was newly named after the famed Seneca statesman Chief Cornplanter.The new bridge includes areas for pedestrians, bicyclists and large vehicles.

November 22, 2011
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Senator Young Given Tour of Lutheran Social Services New 'Smartbuilding'

Sharon Hamilton (right), Vice President of Lutheran Senior Housing, and Deborah Robbins (left), Director Clinical & Sales Support for Advantage Home Telehealth, talk with Senator Young about some of the new monitoring features that are offered to residents at the new state-of-the-art senior living facilities at the Lutheran Social Services campus.A new “Smartment” building was constructed to include 14 apartments with technology built into them that can help people remain independent and lead healthier lives.

November 22, 2011
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Sen. Young Honors Long Time Library Director

Long time director of the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System and the James Prendergast Library Association, Catherine Way, was presented a Senate Proclamation by Senator Catharine Young at a recent retirement party that honored Ms. Way for her 38 years of dedicated service to both organizations.

Catherine’s library career began when she was hired in 1973 as a children’s librarian at Prendergast Library. After three years in that position, she was named general services librarian for one year before serving as assistant director for Prendergast Library from 1976 to 1998, assistant director of both Prendergast Library and the Library System from 1998 until 2003; and director of both organizations for the past eight years.

November 22, 2011
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Sign My Petition to Help Reform Medicaid

Overburdened taxpayers in upstate New York and across the state are desperate for relief. The tax cap was a great first step but to actually cut property taxes, county governments need relief from unfunded mandates handed down by the state. Medicaid is the largest mandated budget item for every county in New York State and is the primary reason that New Yorkers pay the highest property taxes in the nation.

November 22, 2011
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NY1 News: Senator Espaillat leads End to End for 99% march in support of Occupy Wall Street

Minority Labor Leaders March 11 Miles For "99 Percent"

In a show of solidarity for the Occupy Wall Street movement, minority and labor leaders led hundreds of New Yorkers in an 11-mile march from Washington Heights to Zuccotti Park on Monday.

The march began around 10:45 a.m. at 181st Street in Washington Heights and ended right before 5 p.m. at Zuccotti Park, where protesters have been camped for nearly eight weeks.

Led by community leaders, State Senator Adriano Espaillat, Manhattan Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, other elected officials and grassroots organizers, the march protested how the state's so-called "millionaires tax" is set to expire at the end of the year.

November 22, 2011
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New hotels in Queens sign of tourism boom: Mayor

Times Ledger wrote on Mayor Bloomberg's praise for the tourist boom, stating the increase in hotels in Long Island City as one of the pimrary reasons for such an improvement. Senator Gianaris is proud of Long Island City's many hotels and its achievement in establishing itself as a tourist hot spot.

Surrounded by a spectacular rooftop view of Manhattan, Mayor Michael Bloomberg touted the increase in hotels in Long Island City and elsewhere in the five boroughs during a visit to Z NYC at 11th Street and 43rd Avenue, saying the tourism industry has earned the city $31 billion.

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“It’s a great sign that Long Island City is desirable to come to,” state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) said.

November 22, 2011
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November 22, 2011
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FOREST LAKE STUDENTS HELP SENATOR FUSCHILLO COLLECT CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS

Students at Forest Lake Elementary School in Wantagh recently helped Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) collect cell phones to benefit soldiers serving overseas. Senator Fuschillo visited the school to personally thank the students for participating in his “Cell Phones for Soldiers” program.

“Forest Lake’s students will really make a difference in the lives of the men and women serving our country overseas. Each cell phone they collected will help bring American servicemen and women closer to home while they’re serving abroad. I thank them for participating in this program and congratulate them on doing such a great job,” said Senator Fuschillo.

November 22, 2011
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