Issues: Miscellaneous

We need a specific plan in the event of an earthquake at Indian Point

In light of the horrific recent earthquake and tsunami that caused the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan to have explosions and cooling failures, I have called on Indian Point to make all safety reports available to the public as well as their earthquake contingency plan.

According to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Indian Point has the highest risk of earthquake damage in the country.

Indian Point provides 12 percent of all power generated statewide, but has long been a concern to residents in our area.  Given the recent tragedy in Japan, and the fact that Indian Point sits within two miles of two intersecting fault lines, we need to ensure that all possible safety measures are in place in the event of an emergency. 

March 17, 2011
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Senator Carlucci at Mental Hygiene Joint Budget Conference Hearing

Senator Carlucci Protects New Yorkers

with Developmental Disabilities

 

(Albany, NY) Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange) was appointed to the Mental Hygiene Joint Budget Conference Committee and participated in the first hearing today in Albany.  The purpose of this hearing is to bring the Senate and the Assembly together to discuss areas of similarities and differences in each house’s budget resolutions in an effort to come to a budget agreement.

 

March 17, 2011
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Senator Carlucci Calls for End to Deferral of Key Upstate Development Program

Senator Carlucci Calls for End to Deferral of Key Upstate Development Program

Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit to Leverage $461 M in Upstate Investment; Create 1,600+ Jobs

 

(Albany, NY) Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange) today called for a reinstatement of an economic development program that would create more than $460 million in private investment and  more than 1,600 good-paying jobs in New York State.

 

The Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit, sponsored by Independent Democratic Conference member Senator David J. Valesky, (D-Oneida) allows for an investment tax credit in order to spur development in distressed areas.

 

March 17, 2011
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El Primer “Abrazo Garifuna en Nueva York”

COMUNICADO DE PRENSA

17 de Marzo de 2011

PARA PUBLICACIÓN INMEDIATA

 

El Primer “Abrazo Garifuna en Nueva York”

 

Bronx, NY – El Senador Rev. Rubén Díaz, junto al Caucus Puertorriqueño y Latino del Senado del Estado de Nueva York, celebrará el Primer “Abrazo Garifuna en Nueva York.” Este evento honrara las contribuciones de la comunidad Garifuna-Americana a la Ciudad de Nueva York.

 

Esta actividad, solamente es por invitación, se llevará acabo hoy Jueves, 17 de Marzo de 2011 en el Restaurante Maestros Caterer’s ubicado en el 1703 Bronxdale Avenue, Bronx, New York de 7:00 pm a 12:00 am.

 

March 17, 2011
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First “Abrazo Garifuna in New York”

PRESS RELEASE

March 17, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

First “Abrazo Garifuna  in New York”

 

Bronx, NY-Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz, in conjunction with The New York State Senate Puerto Rican and Latino Caucus, will celebrate the First “Abrazo Garifuna in New York.”  This event will honor the contributions of the Garifuna-Americans to the fabric of New York City.  

 

March 17, 2011
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Statement From Senator Malcolm A. Smith

“My heart goes out to the people of Japan and their many loved ones during this devastating natural tragedy. Currently, there are still thousands of people unaccounted for and survivors are still being pulled from the rubbish. The Japanese community is a very vibrant and important part of New York City and our State, and we will do everything possible to aid them during this painful time.”

In the wake of the tragic earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the New YorkState Senate will be providing a web page to help provide New Yorkers withdifferent ways to donate to the Red Cross.

March 17, 2011
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Copiague Firemen at the Copiague School District Legislative Breakfast.

Senator Owen H. Johnson met with Copiague Firemen on Saturday, March 12, 2011 at the Copiague School District Legislative Breakfast.  Hundreds of concerned community members attended the breakfast at the Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School.Photograph from left to right are:  Angelo Licata, Commissioner; Daniel Campion Assistant Chief;  and Owen H. Johnson, NY Senator.

March 17, 2011
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Copiague Firemen at the Copiague School District Legislative Breakfast.

Senator Owen H. Johnson met with Copiague Firemen on Saturday, March 12, 2011 at the Copiague School District Legislative Breakfast.  Hundreds of concerned community members attended the breakfast at the Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School.Photograph from left to right are:  Daniel Campion Assistant Chief; Angelo Licata, Commissioner; Arthur Steigert, Commissioner; Owen H. Johnson, NY Senator; Julian Wellington, Chief; and Peter Sayevich, Chairman of the Board of Fire Commissioners.

March 17, 2011
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RITCHIE NAMED TO BUDGET COMMITTEES ON AGRICULTURE, JOBS

Getting To Work Immediately To Bridge Gaps Between Senate And Assembly PlansState Senator Patty Ritchie has been named to two key budget subcommittees,which will begin work immediately to negotiate differences between thebudget priorities of the Senate and Assembly.Senator Ritchie will serve on the Agriculture, Environmental Conservationand Housing Subcommittee, scheduled to be the first panel to begin workingat 9:30 AM  Wednesday, as well as the Economic Development Subcommittee.“Both the Senate and Assembly have taken strong stands for our farmers, butthere are differences in our plans.

March 17, 2011
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Top 10 Students from Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School Recognized.

Senator Owen H. Johnson met with the Top 10 Students from Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School where he applauded their achievements at the annual Legislative Breakfast on March 12, 2011.  Hundreds were in attendance to show support for the school district and the community. Photograph from left to right:  Charles Leunig, Superintendent; Jeanette Altruda, Principal of the Walter G. O'Connell Copiague High School; Daniel Handy, Valedictorian; Emily Hall, Salutatorian; Jacob Ohrnberger; Nicole Mangels; Shanice McKenzie; Amber Perrier; Robert K. Sweeney, NY Assemblyman; Alex Attanasio; Stephanie Diegue; Alex Preda; Owen H. Johnson, NY Senator; and Wayne Horsley, County legislator.  Top 10 Student Maxwell Woelk was unable to attend.

March 16, 2011
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Photo Of The Week

Senator Malcolm A. Smith (D- St. Albans) was joined by Congressman Greg Meeks (D-Jamaica), Senator Shirley Huntley (D-Jamaica), Executive Director and Founder of Youth and Tennis Academy Bill Briggs, Tennis Legend John McEnroe, Parks Department Queens Borough Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski, Senator Tony Avella (D-Bayside), Councilman Ruben Wills (D- Jamaica), President of Southern Queens Park Association Roger Scotland and District Leader Jackie Boyce at the Youth and Tennis Academy ribbon cutting ceremony for their new indoor junior tennis facility.

March 16, 2011
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Senator LaValle Welcomes National Champion Rocky Point Cheerleaders

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson) and Assemblyman Dan Losquadro (R,C-Shoreham) welcomed the Rocky Point High School Varsity Cheerleading Team to the state Capitol and presented the team with a proclamation on the steps of the Million Dollar Staircase for their extraordinary achievements.  In February, the team won the National Championship in the Universal Cheerleaders Association’s Medium Varsity Division in Orlando, Florida. 

March 16, 2011
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SENATE CELEBRATES SUNSHINE WEEK BY INTRODUCING SWEEPING BUDGET REFORM PROPOSAL

Creates Independent Budgeting Entity and Requires Better Fiscal Planning

The New York State Senate Majority introduced comprehensive budget reform legislation this week that would create a non-partisan budget office and require the adoption of multi-year financial plans based on sound accounting practices. The bill, introduced during national Sunshine Week, would significantly enhance independence and accountability in the budget process. 

March 16, 2011
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IDC Calls for End to Deferral of Key Upstate Development Program

Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit to Leverage $461 M in Upstate Investment; Create 1,600+ Jobs

The Independent Democratic Conference today called for the full reinstatement of an economic development program that would create more than $460 million in private investment and more than 1,600 good-paying jobs in Upstate New York.

March 16, 2011
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Senator Martins' Legislative Report From Albany

Watch Senator Martins' latest Legislative Report from Albany, where he talks about what is going on in the Senate and in the 7th Senate District.

March 16, 2011
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Tremendous Volunteer Effort Supports Fairville Fire Department’s Fundraising

Senator Mike Nozzolio recently stopped by the Fairville Fire Department to support their annual Lenten Friday night dinners. This is the 20th year that the Department has coordinated the event. Volunteers sell approximately 1,400 dinners each Friday. Pictured with Senator Mike Nozzolio is Fairville Fire Chief Rich Jordan.

March 16, 2011
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Senator Montgomery Votes Down Senate Republican's Budget Resolution, Faults Proposal for Dismissing Juvenile Justice Reform

Dear Constituents and Juvenile Justice Advocates:

The Republican-controlled Senate and the Assembly have each submitted their budget bills, which accept and reject portions of the Governor’s recommended State spending plan for FY 2011-12.

While I was pleased by many of the funding restorations contained in the Senate’s budget resolution, I voted against the proposal because it hurts our children -- our young people who are on the road to ruin because we, as a State, are not acting responsibly to reform New York’s juvenile justice system.

March 16, 2011
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SENATOR GOLDEN CALLS ON STATE LEGISLATURE TO ACT ON LEGISLATION REINSTATING THE DEATH PENALTY FOR COP KILLERS IN NEW YORK

Albany – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, 22nd District), a former New York City Police Officer, today hosted a news conference in the State Capitol, calling for the Assembly and Senate to act on legislation he has introduced (S. 645) that would reinstate the death penalty for those who intentionally kill police officers, peace officers or an employee of the Department of Correctional Services in New York State.

Senator Golden’s call for action follows the recent in-the-line-of-duty deaths of New York City Police Officer Alain Schaberger and Poughkeepsie Police Detective John Falcone. Senator Golden was joined by Senator Greg Ball (R-C, 40th District) at the press conference along with other members of the Senate Republican Conference.

March 16, 2011
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