Issues: Miscellaneous

What You Should Know

By the Rev. Senator Ruben Diaz

While the City’s poor residents were the losers of the week, Walmart was the big winner.

The local, state and national media have reported that, in terms of sales, this past Thanksgiving weekend was the largest in history.

"Black Friday," as the day after Thanksgiving is called, generated an unprecedented $52.4 billion in sales, providing an enormous boost to the economy. Despite the fiscal crisis, consumers spent a historic amount of money on “Black Friday.”

Shopping centers, supermarkets and all types of stores were overcrowded with people, including rows of consumers who either slept or stood in lines for more than 48 hours prior to "Black Friday."

November 28, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol"--for the week of November 28, 2011

Many Albany observers agree that it's already been a pivotal year in New York State government.  But the challenges have never been greater and there's a heavy workload still facing the State Legislature.  Senator O'Mara offers his weekly perspective on many of the key issues, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and much more.  Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column "From the Capitol..."

November 28, 2011
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TEA PARTY OR OCCUPY: THIS GOVERNMENT IS FAILING

 

Senator Ball, “If you are a regular, hardworking American with a net worth

somewhere beneath a ‘gazillionaire’ this government is failing you.”

 

November 28, 2011
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November 26, 2011
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR MICHAEL GIANARIS ON CELEBRATION OF THANKSGIVING

“Despite the unfortunate economic climate we are facing, there remains much to celebrate in western Queens this Thanksgiving. Our community continues to flourish as a haven for families and businesses alike, with new residences and businesses sprouting by the day. As we pause to commemorate all for which we are thankful, I am proud of the work we have done together to make our community such a wonderful place in which to live and work. Happy Thanksgiving!”

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November 24, 2011
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Turkey donation

RWDSU Local 338 of UFCW donated turkeys to Senator Addabbo for distribution to the Our Lady of Grace food pantry in Howard Beach. Pictured L-R: Bill Ruvolo (Our Lady of Grace food pantry), Jailene Ortiz (RWDSU) and Nikki Kateman (RWDSU).

November 23, 2011
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Senator Attends Fundraiser for Earthquake Victims in Turkey

Senator Stewart-Cousins attended a fundraiser at the Westchester Turkish Cultural Center benefitting victims of the recent earthquakes in Van, Turkey. On October 23 a magnitude 7.2 tremor hit the province of Van in Eastern Turkey, reportedly killing 600 people. And just weeks later a magnitude 5.7 aftershock struck the same region. The November 12 fundraiser featured live music and a bake sale. All proceeds benefitted the Helping Hands Relief Foundation, which helps victims around the world respond to natural disasters. If you are interested in donating, visit the Westchester Turkish Cultural Center website for more information.

November 23, 2011
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Happy Thanksgiving

To all of the families, residents and communities of the 53rd Senate District, my very best wishes for a safe and meaningful Thanksgiving holiday.

Sincerely,

NYS Senator Thomas F. O'Mara, 53rd District

November 23, 2011
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Community Update: 11/23/11

Please open the attached .PDF file to view Senator Alesi's latest Community Update.

November 23, 2011
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November 23, 2011
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Happy Thanksgiving

For Immediate Release: November 23, 2011

November 23, 2011
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SENATOR NOZZOLIO REMINDING LOCAL CHILDREN TO PARTICIPATE IN THANKSGIVING DAY CREATIVE CELEBRATION

 

 

State Senator Mike Nozzolio is reminding students in grades K-6 that they can still participate in the New York State Senate’s Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration until Monday, November 28th. Students are encouraged to submit their original essays, poetry or art work for inclusion in an online Thanksgiving Day Showcase. The theme of the Thanksgiving Day Celebration is “What are you thankful for?”

November 23, 2011
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Lower Your Home Energy Bills without Sacrificing Comfort this Winter


Take the chill out of your bills with home heating tips from NYSERDA 

November 23, 2011
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Wedding of friends and constituents Lawrance Rodrigues and Frederick Bramfield

Last Friday Senator Perkins attended the wedding of his friends and constituents Lawrance Rodrigues and Frederick Bramfield who live in Harlem.  The well attended ceremony was held at Mr. Rodrigues' art gallery, Casa Frela. " This  is a great occasion for me," Senator Perkins told the couple, who had waited 25 years for the opportunity to marry.  "Sponsoring New York's Marriage Equality Bill, I hoped to give everyone the same benefits under the law. Lawrance and Fred's was the first LGBT wedding I've attended since our bill passed in June, but I'm looking forward to attending many, many more."

November 22, 2011
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Wedding of friends and constituents Lawrance Rodrigues and Frederick Bramfield

Last Friday Senator Perkins attended the wedding of his friends and constituents Lawrance Rodrigues and Frederick Bramfield who live in Harlem.  The well attended ceremony was held at Mr. Rodrigues' art gallery, Casa Frela. " This  is a great occasion for me," Senator Perkins told the couple, who had waited 25 years for the opportunity to marry.  "Sponsoring New York's Marriage Equality Bill, I hoped to give everyone the same benefits under the law. Lawrance and Fred's was the first LGBT wedding I've attended since our bill passed in June, but I'm looking forward to attending many, many more."

November 22, 2011
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Senator Young Tours Progress of New Sewer System in Town of Olean

 Senator Young gets a tour of the progress being made in the Town of Olean where a new sewer system is being installed that will benefit 28 homes still using aging septic systems. Funding for the project was made possible by a $600,000 Small Cities Community Development Block Grant administered by NYS Homes and Community Renewal.... Idents: l-r: Senator Young, Tom Swift of Clark Patterson Lee (project engineer) and Karl Northrup of J.D. Northrup Construction, Inc. (project contractor).

November 22, 2011
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Senator Young Cuts Ribbon for New Prospect St. Bridge in Cuba

Senator Cathy Young helped to officially open the Prospect Street Bridge in Cuba at a recent ribbon cutting ceremony. The foot bridge, which runs over Norfolk-Southern Railroad, is part of the Genesee Valley Greenway project, a 90-mile trail of open space from Rochester to Cuba. Senator Young helped to secure a $10,000 grant for the completed bridge.Photo ID: L-R: Wendy Brand, Representative for Assemblyman Joe Giglio; Cuba Mayor Tom Taylor; Senator Young; Betty Edwards, Vice President for the Cuba New York Chamber of Commerce; and Lee James, Representative for Congressman Tom Reed.

November 22, 2011
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Senator Young Joins in Ribbon Cutting for New 'Center Street Bridge'

Senator Catharine Young is joined by officials from the Seneca Nation and other local and state representatives at a recent ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony to mark the grand re-opening of the replaced bridge at Center Street and Front Avenue in Salamanca. The previously unnamed bridge, referred to as the “Center Street Bridge” was newly named after the famed Seneca statesman Chief Cornplanter.The new bridge includes areas for pedestrians, bicyclists and large vehicles.

November 22, 2011
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