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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 8, 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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SENATOR LANZA INFORMS RESIDENTS HOW TO PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM CHARITY SCAMS

Following reports that a Long Island based charity allegedly spent millions of donor dollars on non-charitable expenses, Senator Andrew Lanza is reminding residents about several precautions they should take to avoid becoming victims of charity scams. 

July 7, 2011
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Unashamed To Be A Christian

For Immediate Release

July 7, 2011

Unashamed To Be A Christian

by Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz

On June 24th I voted my conscience and opposed Governor Andrew Cuomo's key piece of social legislation in the New York State Senate that redefines our marriage laws away from the traditional definition of one man and one woman. I was the only Democrat in the Senate to vote against this legislation, and I wear my vote as a badge of honor.

July 7, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE THANKS GOVERNOR FOR SAVING OUR PRISONS

SENATOR RITCHIE THANKS GOVERNOR FOR SAVING OUR PRISONS

State Senator Patty Ritchie today personally thanked Gov. Andrew Cuomo for his decision to spare five state prisons in Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties from further budget cuts.

Sen. Ritchie was with the Governor in suburban Syracuse for a bill signing event for New York’s new Property Tax Cap law, a measure designed to end runaway state property taxes and get the state back on track to creating jobs.

Following the formal ceremony, Senator Ritchie spoke with the Governor about the prisons in Northern New York.

July 6, 2011
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August 7, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Security gates get makeover to fight graffiti

Queens Courier wrote about the roll down gates press conference Senator Gianaris participated in.

New York City storefronts are getting a makeover.

July 6, 2011
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Schools Chancellor Walcott, NYC Agencies & Non-Profit Groups Announce Outreach Initiatives to Promote Free Summer Meals for Youth 18 and Younger

Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott, joined by City agencies and non-profit organizations, today announced outreach initiatives to notify families with children 18 years old and younger about the City’s annual summer meals program, which provides nutritious and tasty meals at no charge.

July 6, 2011
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