Issues: Miscellaneous

Statement by Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Nassau):

"I am among those who have a strong emotional reaction to the mosque controversy and am opposed to its construction in the shadow of Ground Zero. There is no dispute that the mosque's developers have a constitutional right to build there, but that doesn't mean it's the right thing to do. That's why I support efforts by the Governor, Arch Bishop Dolan and others to find a alternative site that is not in close proximity to where more than 3,000 Long Islanders, New Yorkers, and Americans of all faiths were killed."

August 20, 2010
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STATEMENT BY SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER DEAN SKELOS

Governor Paterson Should Allow Rebuilding of Greek Orthodox Church at Ground Zero

Paterson Focuses on Mosque, But Stalls Christian Church Project 

 

Governor Paterson is anxious to broker a deal for the construction of a Mosque, yet he has abruptly turned his back on a long-standing deal to rebuild the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Christian Church,  the only church destroyed at Ground Zero on September 11th.  

 

August 19, 2010
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STATEMENT BY SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER DEAN SKELOS

 

One moment Nancy Pelosi talks about upholding freedom of religion, the next she says people who exercise their freedom of speech to protest construction of a Mosque near Ground Zero should be investigated.  This issue is not about religious freedom, it’s about what’s right and what’s wrong. There is no need for an  investigation  -- the Mosque is overwhelmingly opposed by the majority of people in the state, and throughout the country. Most importantly, it is opposed by the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives on 9/11. 

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August 19, 2010
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New York State Senate Launches Nation's First iPad App For Legislation

Senate Majority Continues National Leadership in Using Technology to Foster Transparent, Efficient, Participatory Government

August 19, 2010
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO & NEW YORK BLOOD CENTER TEAM UP TO HELP SAVE LIVES

Photo caption: Senator Fuschillo (right) is pictured as he speaks with a constituent during the blood drive he sponsored at the Sunrise Mall. 

August 19, 2010
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Senator Hugh Farley Named a Guardian of Small Business

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) today named State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R,C,I - Schenectady) a 2010 Guardian of Small Business for his consistent support on issues that affect small businesses.

"Senator Farley has long been one of the staunchest supporters and defenders of small business in the Legislature," said Mike Elmendorf, NFIB/New York State Director. "Senator Farley has consistently stood in opposition to job-killing tax and fee increases and has fought for policies to lower New York’s high cost of doing business. We are grateful for Senator Farley’s support, and we are proud to name him a ‘Guardian of Small Business," Elmendorf continued.

August 18, 2010
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Summer Concert

"Class Act" performing Classic Rock Party Band.

August 30, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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SENATOR FARLEY CALLS FOR A STOP TO THE GROUND ZERO MOSQUE

Senator Hugh T. Farley (R-I-C, Schenectady) called today to immediately stop the proposed plans to build a mosque in lower Manhattan. The mosque would be sited mere blocks from the Ground Zero site where the World Trade Center was violently attacked on September 11, 2001. Senator Farley noted that the placement of the proposed mosque and community center, is an affront to all of those New Yorkers who lost friends and relatives in the World Trade Center Attacks. Moreover, it would present a serious security threat in an area of New York that has already seen repeated attacks by radical Islamic terrorists.

August 17, 2010
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Co-op, Condo Owners Have to Back Bill Creating Ombudsman Agency

Having lived in a co-op for the past 15 years, I cannot speak out enough on supporting bill 7958-A, introduced by state Sens. Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan), Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) and George Onorato (D-Astoria). This bill would create a government agency that would hear the cries of hundreds of thousands of residents who own shares in co-ops.

Presently, our only course of action in the event of a conflict between shareholders and the board or management is to hire an attorney and be at the mercy of a corporate checkbook and the numerous ways of abusing the judicial system to protect what may not be in the best interest of shareholders.

August 17, 2010
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David Paterson Signs Safe Driving Law Stemming from Deaths of Two Kids from Chinatown

By Patrick Hedlund

MANHATTAN — New legislation that creates "real penalties" for careless drivers was signed into law by Gov. David Paterson on Friday.

The “Hayley and Diego Law” is named for pre-schoolers Hayley Ng and Diego Martinez, who were killed last year on East Broadway near Chatham Square by a delivery van that was left in reverse and backed up onto the curb.

The new law will punish drivers whose failure to exercise caution behind the wheel results in injury or death to pedestrians or bicyclists. Penalties under the new legislation include 15 days in jail or a $750 fine for a first offense, and a misdemeanor charge for a second offense.

August 17, 2010
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An update for Senate District 38

Access New York Statehttp://www.state.ny.us/Helps constituents connect to various state representatives and agencies.

Tappan Zee Bridge Monitoringhttp://www.tzbsite.com/index.htmlEnables constituents the ability to track the progress on the TZ Bridge repairs and future corridor upgrades. 

Information Rocklandhttp://www.informationrockland.com/InfoRock is the access point for residents of Rockland County to connect to the vast array of health and human service offerings available to them.

Rockland County Governmenthttp://www.co.rockland.ny.us/Helps constituent who reside in Rockland County (Clarkstown, Haverstraw, Orangetown, Ramapo and Stony Point) access their local representatives and agencies available. 

Orange County Governmenthttp://www.co.orange.ny.us/Helps constituent who reside in Orange County (Tuxedo and Warwick) access their local representatives and agencies available.

August 17, 2010
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Squadron/Schimminger Bill to Crack Down on Problem Nightspots Signed by Governor Into Law

New Law Allows SLA to Revoke Licenses After

Police Refer 6 or More Noise or Disorder Incidents in 60 Days

August 17, 2010
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Squadron/Kavanagh Bill Increasing Penalties Against Careless Drivers Signed Into Law

“Hayley and Diego Law” to Make Streets Safer for Pedestrians, Bicyclists New Law

Another Step in Comprehensive Plan to Improve Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety

August 17, 2010
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Senator Marty Golden invites you to attend An Evening of Music Under the Stars

Senator Marty Golden invites you to attend An Evening of Music Under the Stars“Broadway to Opera”Presented by the Italian Opera Company, Wednesday, August 25th at 6:30 p.m.in Bensonhurst Park at Cropsey Avenue and Bay ParkwayThe event is free and open to the public. Bring a blanket or a beach chair.

September 15, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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Thompson Works To Bring Change To The North District. "Creating Positive Change."

Immediate ReleaseAugust 16, 2010Contact: Ken Houston 716.854.8705 houston@senate.state.ny.us

Buffalo, NY – The Black Rock and Riverside communities are preparing for major changes and New York State Antoine M. Thompson ( D-parts of Erie & Niagara Counties) is lending a hand.  Thompson is hosting a North District Housing and Community Redevelopment Forum to address concerns of the people who live there.

August 17, 2010
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