Issues: Miscellaneous

LO QUE USTED DEBE SABER

Por el Senador Rev. Ruben Diaz

Distrito 32 Condado del Bronx, New York

El Alcalde de la Ciudad de New York, Michael Bloomberg, ha decidido prohibir a las Iglesias y grupos religiosos a usar los auditorios de las Escuelas Públicas para dar servicios de adoración a nuestro Dios.

Usted debe saber que esta no es la primera vez que el Alcalde Bloomberg muestra su rechazo a todo lo que tenga que ver con religión.

Durante la celebración del décimo aniversario del ataque terrorista a las Torres Gemelas, donde murieron más de tres mil personas, Bloomberg prohibió toda participación de oraciones y lideres religiosos incluyendo al Arzobispo Católico Timothy Dolan.

January 9, 2012
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SENATOR GOLDEN TO PROVIDE FREE INCOME TAX SERVICE TO SENIOR CITIZENS AND LOW INCOME RESIDENTS

Brooklyn- State Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) has announced that he will provide free income tax preparation services, for the 15th consecutive year, to senior citizens and residents of his district earning less than $30,000.

Appointments will be available at his district office located at 7408-5th Avenue, on Thursdays and Saturdays from February 2nd through April 7th. Thursday appointments will be scheduled from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and appointments will be scheduled for Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

January 9, 2012
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Forum/Town Hall: Online Q & A Chat Session

             Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today invited residents to participate in an online Q & A session he will be holding on Friday, January 20th between 12:30 pm and 1 pm. The Q & A will be held on Senator Fuschillo’s website.

            “This Q & A session allows people to participate in a town hall style meeting without ever having to leave their home or office,” said Senator Fuschillo. “I encourage everyone to submit their questions and then watch the session on January 20th.”

January 20, 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
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Senator Martins on the State of the State

As is custom, Governor Cuomo gave his State of the State speech last week in which New York governors traditionally outline where we stand and where they hope to take us. The news outlets naturally put their own spin on things so although there’s not enough room here to touch on all aspects of the speech, I thought it would be good to review a few major ones together.

January 9, 2012
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SENATOR GOLDEN TO HONOR THE LATE SENATOR CHRISTOPHER MEGA: “RESPECTED POLITICIAN, DISTINGUISHED CITIZEN AND DEVOTED MEMBER OF HIS COMMUNITY”

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) will introduce a New York State Senate Legislative Resolution tomorrow during session honoring the late Senator Christopher J. Mega, who died on Sunday, October 30, 2011. The resolution is expected to pass and members of the Mega family, including his wife Madelyn, will be in the Senate gallery.

 

Mega, who served as a State Senator, State Assemblyman, State Judge and long time civic leader, graduated from Fort Hamilton High School, studied at St. Francis College and attended Brooklyn Law School.

January 9, 2012
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Sen. Klein, IDC, Introduce Legislation to Crack Down on Cyberbullying

 

Following months of consultation with prosecutors, advocates and students, Senator Jeffrey D. Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and his fellow members of the Independent Democratic Conference introduced legislation to crack down on cyberbullying in New York State.

The bill (S.6132) updates New York's stalking and harassment laws to cover electronic bullying. Additionally, it allows for criminal prosecution of particular cyberbullying incidents under New York's hate crime statutes.

January 9, 2012
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LEGISLATIVE GAZETTE: SEN. BALL HOLDS CONTEST TO NAME HIS NEW BULL

 

By ANTHONY MANCINI, Gazette staff writer

State Sen. Greg Ball, R–Patterson, began a contest asking fans of his Facebook page to help him name his bull, which he adopted over the summer. Whoever suggests the name that attracts the most “likes” will win the contest.

January 9, 2012
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SENATOR BALL INTRODUCES GOV. APPOINTEE FOR COMMISSIONER OF STATE DIVISION OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO FIRST RESPONDERS

 

 

Carmel, N.Y.– 1/7/2012— On Friday, Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) introduced more than 100 members of New York’s law enforcement and fire prevention community to Jerome M. Hauer, the Governor’s appointee for Commissioner of the Department of Homeland Security at the district’s Inaugural Law Enforcement and Fire Prevention Roundtable Summit Meeting.

At the Paladin Center in Carmel, NY, Senator Ball provided a forum for each county and local municipality in the 40th Senate District to share feedback concerning the training and development needs of their police and fire departments, and to discuss their current emergency preparedness plans.

January 9, 2012
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NEWSDAY: Babylon Girl, 13, Honored for Irene Help

Originally published: January 8, 2012 9:17 PMUpdated: January 8, 2012 9:43 PMBy PATRICK WHITTLE  patrick.whittle@newsday.com

At age 13, with pink earrings dangling near her shoulders and a glistening smile, Jennifer Melfi stood out from the overwhelmingly older male crowd at an amateur radio convention Sunday inBethpage.

But Jennifer's age isn't the only thing that separates her from most "hams," as amateur radio enthusiasts are sometimes called, said State Sen. Owen Johnson (R-West Babylon).

January 9, 2012
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of January 9, 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..."

January 9, 2012
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MIDHUDSON NEWS: STATE HOMELAND SECURITY CHIEF WARNS TERRORISTS CONCOCT PLANS IN SUBURBS

 

CARMEL – Noting that when terrorists hatch plans to attack large metropolitan areas like New York City, they hatch those plans in the suburbs and for that reason, the state’s homeland security commissioner briefed first responders from Putnam and Westchester counties in Carmel on Friday. They gathered at the Paladin Center for a summit conducted by State Senator Gregory Ball.

January 9, 2012
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Senator Gianaris co-hosts a CUNY Citizenship Now! event

Senator Gianaris speaking at the CUNY Citizenship Now! event he co-hosted with Assemblymember Nolan and Councilmember Van Bramer.

January 9, 2012
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January 8, 2012
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LOHUD: PUTNAM, WESTCHESTER ARE KEY TO RESPONSE IN CASE OF NYC TERROR ATTACK

 

Written by: Terence Corcoran

CARMEL — The northern suburbs may not be a prime target for a terrorist attack, but if New York City is hit again, Westchester and Putnam counties could be thrust into major roles, the governor’s appointee for commissioner of homeland security said Friday at a forum for emergency responders.

January 7, 2012
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Newsday: Toy Drive Wows Young Patients at Winthrop

January 7, 2012

For a few moments, the children had more pressing issues than aches, boo-boos, yucky medicines and scary-looking medical devices at Winthrop-University Hospital's pediatric center.

"Look at all the toys," Carey Davis Jr., 7, shouted to his mom.

Mounds of stuffed animals, board games and toy cars awaited children at the Mineola hospital Friday.

It was part of the 14th annual Extend the Holidays toy drive organized by state Sen. Charles Fuschillo Jr. (R-Merrick). More than 2,000 toys were collected to be given to Winthrop's young patients throughout the year.

January 7, 2012
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Yonkers Human Rights Commission and YWCA Celebrate Human Rights Day

Senator Stewart-Cousins was the Mistress of Ceremonies at the annual Human Rights Breakfast organized by the Yonkers YWCA and the Yonkers Human Rights Commission. The breakfast commemorated Human Rights Day and featured a keynote speech by Sobeida Cruz, the first Latina woman to serve as a Vice President at the New York Power Authority. Senator Stewart-Cousins, who authored Westchester’s first human rights laws as a county legislator, said human rights are just as important in our own communities as they are around the world. She quoted Eleanor Roosevelt, who said, “Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home - so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world…”

January 6, 2012
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State Representatives Pushing For Speedy Reopening of Old Route 219 Bridge

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I - Olean) will be meeting on Monday with Governor Cuomo’s office and local state representatives to advocate for the old Route 219 bridge to be reopened quickly.

The New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) closed the old Route 219 Bridge Thursday afternoon, citing structural problems found during an inspection last week. The inspection, conducted as part of a plan to rehabilitate the 50-year-old bridge, revealed a seized bearing, which DOT officials said compromised the safety of the bridge.

January 6, 2012
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Senator Young Sponsored Iran Divestment Legislation, Expected to Pass Monday

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I - Olean), sponsor of a bill that would bar companies that invest in Iran’s energy industry from doing business from state and local businesses in New York, expects the legislation to pass Monday.

The Iran Divestment Act of 2012 (S5197-A), which also has support in the Assembly, is modeled after similar legislation in California. It directs the Office of General Services to create a list of people, corporations and other organizations with investments of more than $20 million in the Iranian energy sector. Those on the list would be excluded from bidding on government contracts.

January 6, 2012
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO HELPS “EXTEND THE HOLIDAYS” FOR CHILDREN IN WINTHROP HOSPITAL

          Photo caption: Senator Fuschillo helps a child pick out a toy from the over 2,000 toys collected through his annual “Extend the Holidays” toy drive.

          New York State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today helped put smiles on the faces of Winthrop Hospital’s child patients by delivering over 2,000 toys collected through his annual “Extend the Holidays” toy drive. Representatives from the Nassau County Sheriff Officer’s Association, Laborers Local 66, and Local 1298, all of whom participated in the program, joined Senator Fuschillo in delivering the toys to the hospital.

January 6, 2012
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The 35th Annual Three Kings Day Parade!

Senator Serrano today celebrated Three Kings Day with El Museo del Barrio at their 35th annual Three Kings Day parade in the streets of East Harlem. The annual celebration brings together local school groups, families, community organizations, and elected officials from all over New York City.“It is always a pleasure to be a part of this wonderful tradition,” said Senator Serrano. “El Museo del Barrio does a terrific job at ensuring that the parade gets better and better each year. It is important that we continue to pass down this tradition and teach younger generations about our heritage and roots. The camels, live music, dancing, puppets, and parranda make this an enjoyable experience for everyone in the East Harlem community.”

January 6, 2012
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