Issues: Miscellaneous

Hizzoner Honors ‘Gossip Girl’

The Queens Tribune editorial covers Mayor Bloomberg's celebration of Gossip Girl's 100th episode, where he proclaimed January 26, 2012 as "Gossip Girl" Day in honor of the success of the show and the positive impact of the film industry on the local economy.

Did you hear the one about the mayor?

 

In a star-studded press conference at Long Island City icon Silvercup Studios, Mayor Mike Bloomberg proclaimed Thursday, Jan. 26, as “Gossip Girl” Day in honor of the show’s 100th episode, while highlighting the success of the film and TV industry in the City and its impact on the local economy.

 

February 13, 2012
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Eight Queens high schools could lose up to half of their staff under city plan

An editorial by the New York Daily News reports on the proposal by New York City's Deptartment of Education to overhaul struggling schools. Under the plan, schools face options that range from having to replace 50% of their staff to having to shut down completely.

The future of eight large Queens high schools — and the hundreds of educators who work there — are in jeopardy as the city plans to overhaul the struggling institutions.

 

The schools could lose up to half of their staff and receive a new principal and name this fall after the city and teachers union failed to reach an agreement on teacher evaluations.

 

The move could help the city get up to $60 million in federal funds.

 

February 13, 2012
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Bloomy gabs with Gossip Girl in LIC for show’s 100th episode

The Times Ledger editorial reports on Mayor Bloomberg's celebration of Gossip Girl's 100th episode. Senator Gianaris commends Mayor Bloomberg for promoting the film industry in New York City, which has created jobs and contributed $ billions to the local economy.

Before “Gossip Girl” fans tuned in to see if Blair Waldorf would marry Prince Louis Grimaldi of Monaco or return to her old flame, Chuck Bass, Mayor Michael Bloomberg delivered an early wedding present to the cast.

 

February 13, 2012
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The Stanley Cup

THE STANLEY CUP--The National Hockey League's (NHL) Stanley Cup recently made a stop at the State Capitol in Albany.  Last year's NHL champion Boston Bruins are owned by Buffalo, New York native Jeremy Jacobs.  Mr. Jacobs is also the CEO of Delware North Companies, a  Buffalo-based fod services company.

February 13, 2012
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Senator Malcolm A. Smith Proposes Reparation Legislation For Victimized Homeowners

(St. Albans, NY)-  In a move to address the wide-spread taint of the foreclosure process Senator Malcolm A. Smith (D-St. Albans) has proposed legislation that enhances the efforts of Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman’s recent success in preliminary settlement recovery efforts. The State reached a settlement for $136 million with the nation's five largest mortgage services over foreclosure abuse.

February 13, 2012
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SENATOR GOLDEN AND ASSEMBLYWOMAN MALLIOTAKIS DINE ON MENU OF LOBSTER, CLAM CHOWDER AND BOSTON CREAM PIE COURTESY OF NEW YORK GIANTS SUPER BOWL WIN

Senator Martin Golden (R,C,I-Brooklyn) and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C-Brooklyn, Staten Island) this past Friday dined on a New England Feast.

 

The New York Legislators had made a friendly Super Bowl wager with Massachusetts State Representative F. Jay Barrows, from the 1st Bristol District, which includes Gillette Stadium, the Patriots home playing field in Foxborough.

 

As the New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots, Golden and Malliotakis received a New England style dinner for two, that included Two 1.25 lb-1.50 lb live Legal Lobsters, one quart of New England Clam Chowder, two individual Boston Cream Pies and oyster crackers.

 

February 13, 2012
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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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