Issues: Miscellaneous

SENATE PASSES BOATER SAFETY BILL

 

Measure Requires Those Convicted of BWI to Obtain a Boating Safety Certificate

 

The New York State Senate today passed an important bill that  requires all individuals, regardless of age, who have been found guilty of operating a boat after consuming alcohol to take a boating safety course before they can operate a boat again. With peak boating season soon approaching, bill S.2903B, sponsored by Senator John DeFrancisco (R-C-I, Syracuse), helps prevent accidents stemming from individuals who are guilty of boating while intoxicated. 

 

May 16, 2011
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SENATE ACTS TO CREATE NEW PANEL TO SUPPORT AGING VETERANS

Measure Seeks To Improve State Consideration of Issues Facing Vets

 

The New York State Senate today approved legislation to help older veterans by creating an advisory committee that specifically assists state officials in addressing important veterans issues. New York has the second highest veteran population in the United States and bill S.3337, sponsored by Senator Michael Ranzenhofer (R-C-I, Amherst), focuses on improving the care and state support available to aging veterans by creating a panel of gerontology and veterans’ issue experts.

 

May 16, 2011
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SENATE PASSES “ADOPT-A-PARK” PROGRAM

Bill Would Facilitate Volunteer-Driven Park Improvement Projects and Beautification

 

The New York State Senate today passed the “Adopt-a-Park” bill, which allows the state and municipalities to work together to develop agreements with volunteers to beautify parklands. Bill S.2686A, sponsored by Senator Mark Grisanti (R, North Buffalo), would assist local governments in continuing to provide communities with safe and enjoyable public spaces by allowing volunteer groups to provide services to enhance and maintain parks.

 

May 16, 2011
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Senator Rivera Hosts Second Town Hall Meeting as Part of District 33 Tour

Senator Gustavo Rivera (D, WF-Bronx) and Assembly Member Jose Rivera held a Town Hall Meeting on Sunday, May 15 at the Kingsbridge Heights Community Center. This is the second in a series of town hall meetings that Senator Gustavo Rivera is hosting throughout the 33RD Senate District over the next month. The next town hall meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 18 from 6:30PM-8:00PM at Twin Parks – 1880 Valentine Ave. Bronx, NY.

 

May 16, 2011
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McDonald Recognizes Verdile’s Restaurant with Small Business in Excellence Award

Lansingburgh, Troy  May 13, 2011 – Senator Roy McDonald honored Verdile’s Restaurant with a Small Business in Excellence Award on Friday, May 13. Verdile’s is a third generation family-owned and operated Italian restaurant in Lansingburgh, the award presentation occured  at the restaurant, 562 Second Avenue at 115th Street in Lansingburgh.

May 16, 2011
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Senator Golden Announces Sing for Hope Street Pianos Schedule for 2011

Sing for Hope Street Pianos 2011 brings live art to the 5 boroughs with the installation of 88 pianos, representing the 88 keys on a piano, placed at locations throughout the 5 boroughs. The Shore Road Parks Conservancy in conjunction with “sing for hope” and the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation is pleased to announce that Bay Ridge are receiving 2 baby grand pianos. These pianos will be placed in John Paul Jones Park gazebo on 101st Street and 4th Avenue and the 90th Street gazebo on Shore Road. The pianos feature formal and impromptu concerts by amateurs and artists for a 2 week period, beginning June 18th and ending July 2nd.

 

A series of “Pop-Up Concerts” will be performed as follows:

May 16, 2011
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IN THE NEWS: Staten Island Advance: Cusick, Lanza pushing for more judges here

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- New York state's empty pocketbook could keep Staten Islanders from getting swifter justice.     State Sen. Andrew Lanza (R-Staten Island) and Assemblyman Michael Cusick (D-Mid-Island) have introduced legislation that would add six judges to the Island bench over the next three years. But with each judge costing an estimated $1 million in salary and support costs per year, that would add $6 million to an already financially strapped state budget that is predicted to face further deficits in the future. The new legislation would bring the borough's total of elected Supreme Court justices to 10, roughly in line with rule-of-thumb that says counties should have one judge for every 50,000 residents.

May 16, 2011
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Senator Breslin Urges Awareness and Involvement During Foster Care Month

 

(Albany, NY) Senator Neil D. Breslin (D-Delmar) recognizes May as Foster Care Month and encourages New Yorkers to learn more about the foster care system and to help our state’s youth.

Each May, National Foster Care Month shines a light on more than 400,000 children within the foster care system. The campaign is concentrated in the month of May, but extends to the other 11 months of the year helping to raise awareness on the urgent need for these young people have a safe home and support system.

“By dedicating the month of May to raising awareness and promoting involvement, together we can continue to make strides to improve the lives of all children.,” said Senator Breslin

May 16, 2011
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Sen. Espaillat with Local Leader Maria Luna and "Honorary Chef" NYC Comptroller John Liu

Sen. Espaillat with District Leader Maria Luna and "Honorary Chef" NYC Comptroller John Liu

May 15, 2011
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Senator Malcolm A. Smith Finds Young Diamond

(St. Albans, NY)- Senator Malcolm A. Smith has welcomed 13-year-old Diamond Moody as an intern in his office. She is the youngest intern that Smith has ever had.

May 13, 2011
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Senator Malcolm A. Smith Finds Young Diamond

Senator Malcolm A. Smith has welcomed 13-year-old Diamond Moody as an intern in his office. She is the youngest intern that Smith has ever had.

 

May 13, 2011
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13th Annual Ugly Tie and Purse Luncheon

On Friday, May 13th, Senator had the privilege to judge the 13th Annual Ugly Tie and Purse Luncheon. This event, which benefits St. Joseph's Villa, was attended by 270 people and emceed by 13 WHAM's Doug Emblidge. Congratulations to all the winners of this year's luncheon! Prizes were handed out for the ugliest homemade and store bought ties, along with the ugliest homemade and store bought purses. For more information on the great work that St. Joseph's Villa does, visit their website at https://www.stjosephsvilla.org/. Senator Robach is pictured with the group from Summit Federal Credit Union.

May 13, 2011
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Community Connection for Week Ending May 15th

Here is Senator Robach's Community Connection for the week ending Sunday, May 15th. In this week's edition, new legislation regarding high-speed car races, the Hilton Girls Lacrosse Team goes pink for breast cancer awareness, and some of the events taking place around the district in the coming week.

May 13, 2011
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SUNY Empire State College Opens Troy Location

(TROY, N.Y. – May 11, 2011) - SUNY Empire State College today held an open house to recognize the college’s brand new 35th location: 216 River St., Troy, N.Y. 

Click here to learn more about the opening of the new Empire State College location in Troy.

May 13, 2011
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