Issues: Miscellaneous

SENATE PASSES MICHELLE AND JORDAN’S LAW

Increases Penalties For Participating in Illegal High-speed Vehicle Races

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to increase penalties for unlawful high-speed car racing which has caused numerous accidents across the state, including the deaths of a 17-year-old Staten Island girl and a 5-year-old Queens boy. Michelle and Jordan’s Law (S.2938A)  is sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza (R-I, Staten Island) and stems from tragic crashes involving suspected drag racing at excessive speeds.

 

May 9, 2011
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SENATOR GOLDEN TO HOST CELEBRATION OF ASIAN PACIFIC HERITAGE MONTH

Brooklyn- State Senator Marty Golden (R-C, Brooklyn) today is announcing that he will be hosting his 9th Annual Asian Pacific Heritage Festival at McKinley Park on Sunday, May 22 2011, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at McKinley Park, located at Bay Ridge Parkway and Fort Hamilton Parkway, and is inviting the community to join in this special event held in conjunction with the national celebration of Asian American Heritage which is the month of May.

The program will include ethnic dances including the Chinese Lion Dance, demonstration of Buddhist Monk Kung Fu, Thai dance, Malaysian dance, Burma dance and Chinese dance. A wide array of ethnic food, arts and crafts and prizes will be available as well.

May 9, 2011
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STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE EDITORIAL: PHRAGMITES OFFENSIVE

On Thursday, the New York State Senate passed a bill which would never have been necessary but for the zealotry of the state Department of Environmental Protection. The measure, sponsored by state Sen. Andrew Lanza, would force the DEC to allow the unrestricted removal of phragmites and other fire-prone weeds from state-regulated wetland areas. The debate over the eradication of phragmites, which serve as abundant tinder for dangerous brush fires, has been a fascinating and infuriating story of the ideological intransigence of a government agency even in the face of a serious threat to citizens.

May 9, 2011
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SENATOR GOLDEN STATEMENT ON COURT RULING REGARDING CIGARETTE TAX COLLECTION ON NEW YORK’S INDIAN RESERVATIONS

Albany - State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today issued the following statement in response to the United States Court of Appeals Second Circuit’s unanimous decision maintaining New York State’s authority to collect taxes on cigarettes sold on Indian reservations for all non-Indian Tribe members:

“I applaud the unanimous decision of the 2nd Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals that upholds New York’s ability to collect taxes on cigarettes sold on Indian reservations throughout the Empire State.

This decision is most welcomed news amidst discussions of budget cuts, including the possible lay offs of thousands of New York City teachers, as we now stand to collect hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes.

May 9, 2011
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO AND COLLEAGUES PASS LIBRARY COST SAVINGS BILL

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) today sponsored a bill (S3297) that would authorize the State Library to coordinate and negotiate purchases of electronic databases and information resources on behalf of libraries, state agencies and other governmental agencies to save money.

“As our state struggles with escalating costs, we must provide ways for governmental organizations to operate more efficiently and reduce their costs, while maintaining quality services,” said Senator DeFrancisco.

May 9, 2011
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“He Who is Not With Us, Is Against Us” (Luke 9:50)

May 9, 2011FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               “He Who is Not With Us, Is Against Us” (Luke 9:50)The Newspaper, El Diario La Prensa, calls itself “The Champion of the Hispanics.”But you will never read or find a reporter from El Diario La Prensa covering one of the hundreds of events that we Evangelical Christians celebrate throughout the year.

May 9, 2011
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Senator Carlucci Hosts Screening of the Film Gasland

 Senator David Carlucci on Friday, May 6th hosted a screening of the documentary Gasland by filmmaker Josh Fox who was asked to lease his land for hydrofracking.  The film follows his travels exposing the dangers and hazards related to gas drilling.

Over 60 people attended this important event to inform the public about the potential dangers of hydrofracking. 

May 9, 2011
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Senator Malcolm A. Smith Joins Secretary LaHood, Senators Schumer, Lautenberg and Congressman Nadler To Announce $2 Billion High Speed Rail Award

(New York, NY)- Senator Malcolm A. Smith joined U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Senators Chuck Schumer, Frank Lautenberg and Congressman Jerrold Nadler to announce a $2 Billion award for High Speed Rail (HSR) in the Northeast Corridor (NEC). Smith, a strong advocate of HSR, serves as Co-Chair of the High Speed Rail Working Group for the National Conference of State Legislators.

May 9, 2011
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Savino’s Ferry Report, Riders say, “Overall Ferry a B-, Bus Ramps a D+” Riders Lament Homeless in Terminals; Smoke and Crime Mar Bus Ramps

For Immediate release May 7, 2011

Savino’s Ferry Report, Riders say, “Overall Ferry a B-, Bus Ramps a D+”

Riders Lament Homeless in Terminals; Smoke and Crime Mar Bus Ramps

St George- State Senator Dine J. Savino (D-I-WF Staten Island) once again set up a “Mobile District Office” in the Staten Island St. George Ferry Terminal in late March. The Senator’s staff was able to take specific constituent complaints from commuters and disperse some information.

May 9, 2011
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column "From the Capitol..."--for the week of May 9, 2011

It's going to be a pivotal year in New York State government.  That's one thing most Albany observers already agree on.  The challenges have never been greater.  Throughout 2011, Senator O'Mara will offer his weekly perspective on many of the key issues, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and so much more.  Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column  "From the Capitol..."\

May 9, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO JOINS MERRICK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN WELCOMING NEW SMALL BUSINESS

            Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently joined with members of the Merrick Chamber of Commerce in celebrating the grand opening of La Mystika.           

May 9, 2011
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Senator Rivera Welcomed Over 100 Community Members at 33rd Senate District Office Opening

Senator Gustavo Rivera (D, WF-Bronx) was joined by more than 100 community members to celebrate the official opening of the 33rd Senate District Office on Wednesday, May 4, 2011. The office is located at 2432 Grand Concourse, Bronx NY in Suite 506.

May 9, 2011
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Forum/Town Hall: Senator Rivera Holds Town Hall Meeting

Senator Gustavo Rivera (D, WF-Bronx) will hold a Townhall Tour of the 33RD Senate District over the next month, visiting with community leaders from throughout the district.

 

WHO:   State Senator Gustavo Rivera

WHAT:  Town hall meeting

WHERE:  Kingsbridge Heights Community Center - 3101 Kingsbridge Terrace, Bronx, NY

WHEN:   Sunday, May 15 from 2:00PM-3:30PM

May 15, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
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Forum/Town Hall: Senator Rivera Hosts Town hall Meeting

Senator Gustavo Rivera (D, WF-Bronx) will hold a Townhall Tour of the 33RD Senate District over the next month, visiting with community leaders from throughout the district. The first in this series of town hall meetings will be held on Wednesday, May 11 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Bronx Works Morris Senior Center.

WHO: State Senator Gustavo Rivera, Assemblyman Nelson Castro and City Councilman Fernando Cabrera

WHAT: Community Town Hall

WHEN: Wednesday, May 11 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm

WHERE: Bronx Works Morris Senior Center – 80 E 181 St. Bronx, NY

May 11, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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33rd Senate District Office Open House

Senator Gustavo Rivera (D, WF-Bronx) will be joined by community members to celebrate the official opening of the 33rd Senate District Office on Wednesday, May 4, 2011. This office was selected due to its location in a central and accessible area of Senate District 33, on Grand Concourse in the Fordham Road area.

 

WHO: Senator Gustavo Rivera and community members

WHAT: Official District Office Opening Celebration and Open House

WHEN: Next Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at 6:00PM

WHERE: 2432 Grand Concourse, Bronx NY – Suite 506

 

May 4, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Senator Martins Legislative Report From Albany

In his latest Legislative Report, Senator Jack M. Martins speaks about what's going on around the Seventh Senate District. 

May 7, 2011
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