Issues: Miscellaneous

SENATOR GOLDEN HONORS BROOKLYN SPA NAMED BEST IN AMERICA

Brooklyn – State Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today honored the Green Spa and Wellness Center on their selection by Day Spa magazine as the #1 Wellness Center in America.

Senator Golden stated, “Since 1998, the Green Spa and Wellness Center has been a leader in the Bay Ridge business community. Today, we celebrate their recent recognition which has named them a nationwide leading spa. I congratulate sisters Sheila and Maureen Brody, and partner Maria Ingardia, on this honor and wish them much continued success.”

January 27, 2012
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January 27, 2012
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Governor doesn’t like lawmakers’ district lines

Tri-Lakes impact would be minimal, but big changes proposed for St. Lawrence, Hamilton counties

January 27, 2012

January 27, 2012
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Lawmakers react to redistricting plan

JON ALEXANDER -- jalexander@poststar.com | Posted: Thursday, January 26, 2012 6:11 pm

Washington County would be split into three parts in the long-awaited redistricting plan released Thursday.

And the Adirondack Park could see its Senate contingent essentially double.

January 27, 2012
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Proposed state Assembly and Senate districts released

Press-Republican -- January 27, 2012

January 27, 2012
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Your Voice with Senator John Bonacic: Public/Private Partnerships and Small Business

Senator John Bonacic of the 42nd Senate District discusses public/private partnership and Small Business in New York State.

January 27, 2012
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Reminder: New Traffic Pattern Before VN Bklyn-bound toll plaza begins Saturday

Three Traffic Lanes Closed From Fingerboard Bridge Overpass to Verrazano-Narrows Brooklyn-bound Toll Plaza

Sat., Jan. 28th Between 12:01 AM And 7 AM

Wide-load Trucks Will Be Barred Eastbound From 11 p.m. To 8 a.m.

On Saturday, Jan. 28th between 12:01 a.m. and 7 a.m. three out of four lanes of traffic on the Staten Island Expressway will be closed from the Fingerboard Bridge overpass to the Verrazano-Narrows Brooklyn-bound toll plaza while a new traffic pattern is put in place.

Motorists should expect delays and leave extra travel time.

January 27, 2012
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR JOHN BONACIC

On Re-Districting Proposals 

January 26, 2012
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR BALL REGARDING REDISTRICTING

Brewster, N.Y.— 1/26/2012— “For me nothing will change. My focus before and after re-districting will continue to be on job creation, lowering taxes and working with Governor Cuomo to get New York State back on track,” Senator Ball said.

January 26, 2012
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January 28, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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BIPARTISAN LEGISLATIVE TASK FORCE ON DEMOGRAPHIC RESEARCH AND REAPPORTIONMENT RELEASES NEW STATE SENATE DISTRICT LINES

The bipartisan Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment --co-chaired by Senator Michael F. Nozzolio and Assemblyman John J. McEneny  --  today released new Senate district lines, based on population shifts which occurred over the last ten years.

January 26, 2012
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Con Edison Warns Public to Beware of Scammers

Con Edison is warning its customers and other members of the public to be vigilant in protecting themselves against several types of scams that have been reported to the company.

The company places the safety of the public first and is working with authorities to catch those who have been trying to pull the scams.

In particular, Con Edison advises people to guard against the following:

· E-mail viruses – Con Edison has received reports of e-mails that appear to be from Con Edison and contain a ‘zip file’ that may create a computer virus. The “From” field of the e-mail reads “no-reply-billing@coned.com” or “no-reply-billing@conedison.com.” Do not open or forward these e-mails. File a complaint with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov.

January 26, 2012
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Statement By State Senator Jose Peralta On Proposed Senate District Maps

If they have at least minimal respect for voters, Republicans will spare New Yorkers further hypocrisy and keep to themselves ridiculous claims that their bold-faced power grab was done in the name of minority enfranchisement.

January 26, 2012
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Senator Grisanti's Statement on Proposed Redistricting Plans

Throughout the redistricting process, my priority has been to ensure that the communities of Buffalo and Western New York maintain strong representation in Albany. In the past, downstate political insiders with agendas that conflict with the best interests of our communities have been allowed to influence the redistricting process, often resulting in Western New York being left with gerrymandered districts with peculiar boundaries.   Having attended the public comment portion of the redistricting process, I know that many individuals expressed their desire to unite communities of interest in the City of Tonawanda, the West Side of Buffalo and Niagara County. The commission clearly heard those concerns and acted accordingly by reconnecting those communities.

January 26, 2012
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Officials Call for Statewide Ban on Fracking in New York

NEW YORK—Officials and environmental advocacy groups joined together on Wednesday to call for a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, as the comment period for fracking rules, the Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) revised draft of the Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS), comes to an end.

Throughout the public comment period, New Yorkers have consistently opposed the fracking rules. A Freedom of Information Law request to the DEC revealed that all comments from opponents outnumbered those by supporters by at least a 10-to-1 margin.

January 26, 2012
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AVELLA BLASTS DOT ON CURB REPAIRS

The city Department of Transportation (DOT) has a great citizen-friendly street-care-repair policy—if you report that the curb in front of your home needs fixing, the report will be entered into its database and will be repaired in the order in which it was called in.

Problem is, according to state Senator Tony Avella (D–Northeast Queens), at least in the Bellerose section of his district, the DOT has a 23-year backlog on repairing reported broken curbs.

Now Avella has joined with frustrated homeowners to accelerate their curb repair program.

January 26, 2012
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State Lawmakers And Environmental Activists Express Opposition To Hydro Fracking

New York Senator Tony Avella speaks at a news conference and rally against hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, in New York State on January 11, 2012 in New York City. The event, which was held on the steps of City Hall, called for an end to the controversial gas drilling method as environmental groups increasingly warn about contamination of the state's aquifers that could poison its drinking water.

January 26, 2012
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Avella Will Sit on Senate's Banking Committee

State Sen. Tony Avella, D-Bayside, has been appointed to serve on the legislative body’s Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee.

The committee covers banking, insurance, financial markets, securities, housing, urban development, mass transit, international trade and finance and economic policy.

Sen. Minority Leader John Sampson, D-Brooklyn, appointed Avella yesterday to the committee.

January 26, 2012
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