Issues: Miscellaneous

Community Connection for Week Ending July 17, 2011

In this week's Community Connection:

Senator Robach announces his 'Back to School Backpacks and Supplies Drive'
Monroe Litho honored for Green Business practices
Events coming up around the district this week

 

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July 15, 2011
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STATEMENT FROM NYS SENATOR MALCOLM A. SMITH ON ATTACKS IN MUMBAI

 “ I have the pleasure and honor of representing Indian Americans throughout Southeast Queens. I have traveled to India several times and I offer the citizens of India and Indian Americans around the world my deepest sympathy.  Mumbai is the financial capital of India, just like New York is the financial capital of the world. I trust that India will be guided by the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi to heal.

July 14, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO UPDATES RESIDENTS ON PUBLIC PROTECTIONS APPROVED BY SENATE THIS YEAR

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently updated residents about legislative actions taken during the 2011 legislative session to improve public protections. Senator Fuschillo sponsored the legislation in the Senate.  

July 14, 2011
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO INVITES FAMILIES TO PARTICIPATE IN HIS SUMMERTIME READING PROGRAM

New York State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is inviting local families to participate in his annual Summertime Reading Program. 

July 14, 2011
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SENATORS FOR SALE

PRESS RELEASE

July 14, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SENATORS FOR SALE

By Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz

It appears that State Senators Stephen Saland, Mark Grisanti, James Alesi and Roy McDonald sold their votes to the Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg for $10,300 each.

At least this is the impression and feeling everyone is getting by reading the city newspapers that two weeks after their vote, Mayor Bloomberg, who previously declared his intentions to support and help finance any senator who would vote in favor of gay marriage and complied with his edict, sent a check to each one of them for the maximum amount allowed by law.

July 14, 2011
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Downtown Express: Trial points to need for new policies

With the culmination of the Deutsche Bank trial last week, in which all three defendants were found “not guilty,” there is a movement to reopen the case so that a tragedy such as the one that, in 2007, took the lives of NYC firefighters Joseph Graffagnino Jr. and Robert Beddia, will never happen again.

Last summer the New York State legislature passed a bill, sponsored by Sen. Daniel Squadron and supported by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, that established a task force to address the problems that may have led to the incident. When the fire broke out, firefighters did not have architectural plans for the building and essentially went into the blaze blindfolded. Once inside, they confronted a nightmarish labyrinth of sealed plywood hatches and thick plastic sheeting.

In Squadron’s own words, “In any privately-owned or city-owned building, firefighters and first responders can be sure that if the rules were followed, everything will be consistent. In state-and public-authority owned buildings, they can’t be sure of that.”

July 14, 2011
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CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN: MAKE THE PUNISHMENT FIT THE CRIME

Senator Golden Calls for Expedited Legislative Action to Guard Our Youth

 

Following the death of Brooklyn 9-year-old Leibby Kletzty, Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), has renewed his call for passage of legislation that would make the intentional murder of a child under 12 years of age a first degree offense.

 

July 13, 2011
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Annual Tour De Queens

Queens Gazette wrote about Senator Gianaris' participation in the Tour de Queens.

A record number of people biked through Eastern and Southern Queens on July 10 as part of the Fourth Annual Tour de Queens. Around 2,000 bicyclists were joined by New York Mets mascot Mr. Met, state Senator Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) and Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson for the event.

“Bicycling is truly a fiveborough phenomenon,” Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives Paul Steely White said. “Thousands of people proved that in Queens yesterday as they rolled through 20 miles of New York’s largest borough for the fourth year in a row.”

July 13, 2011
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Spring 2012 White House Internship

Visit the White House Internship website: http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/internships/

Apply to the White House Internship program: http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/internships/apply/  Learn more about the selection process: http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/internships/selection/

July 13, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Presents Syracuse District Fire Department Chief Mike Chura with the NYS Senate Liberty Award

SENATOR DEFRANCISCO HONORS FIRE CHIEF MIKE CHURA FOR SAVING WOMAN’S LIFE 

District Fire Chief Mike Chura is Presented with NYS Senate Liberty Award 

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) today honored Syracuse District Fire Department Chief Mike Chura for his heroic actions which saved the life of a woman in August 2010. Senator DeFrancisco presented District Chief Mike Chura with the New York State Senate Liberty Award at a ceremony this morning attended by Chura’s family, friends, and Assemblyman Will Barclay, (R-I-C, Pulaski). 

July 12, 2011
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Governor Cuomo Signs Law Strengthening Enforcement Against Drivers Caught Using Handheld Electronic Devices

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed a new law that strengthens the enforcement against drivers who use handheld electronic devices for activities such as texting while a vehicle is in motion. The legislation makes this action a primary traffic offense, giving law enforcement the power to stop drivers solely for engaging in this activity.

The Governor also announced today that he will increase the penalty for using a cellular phone without a hands-free device or a handheld device while driving from two to three points through changes in state regulations.

July 12, 2011
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Senator O'Mara, Assemblyman Palmesano highlight rural legislation

Albany, N.Y., July 12—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C-I, Corning), each following their first session on the Legislature’s 10-member Commission on Rural Resources, said today that several pieces of the commission’s 2011 agenda were approved by the Senate and Assembly and are expected to be signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

July 12, 2011
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WEST NILE VIRUS DETECTED IN STATEN ISLAND MOSQUITOES (ZIP CODE 10312) – SENATOR LANZA OFFERS TIPS TO REDUCE EXPOSURE

Senator Lanza reminds Staten Islanders to take precautions in protecting themselves by reducing their exposure to mosquitoes by:

Using an approved insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus (not for children under 3), or products that contain the active ingredient IR3535.

July 12, 2011
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IN THE NEWS - STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE: Staten Island pol introduces 'Caylee's Law,' wants felony charges for parents who don't report missing kids

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- In wake of the controversial Casey Anthony murder trial in Florida, state Sen. Andrew Lanza has introduced a bill that would allow prosecutors to bring felony charges against parents who do not quickly report missing children.

The bill -- named "Caylee's Law" -- would make it a Class E felony for a parent or guardian who does not report a child in their custody missing within 24 hours of disappearance.

July 12, 2011
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"A HEAT ADVISORY IS ISSUED FOR NEW YORK CITY WHEN THE COMBINATION OF HEAT AND HUMIDITY IS EXPECTED TO MAKE IT FEEL LIKE IT IS AT LEAST 95 OR 100 DEGREES.

"A HEAT ADVISORY IS ISSUED FOR NEW YORK CITY WHEN THE COMBINATION OF HEAT AND HUMIDITY IS EXPECTED TO MAKE IT FEEL LIKE IT IS AT LEAST 95 OR 100 DEGREES FOR ANY LENGTH OF TIME. TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS IF YOU WORK OR SPEND TIME OUTSIDE. WHEN POSSIBLE...RESCHEDULE STRENUOUS ACTIVITIES TO EARLY MORNING OR EVENING. KNOW THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION AND HEAT STROKE.

July 12, 2011
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Search Continues For Missing Brooklyn Boy Leibby Kletzky

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Dozens of Borough Park residents spent the night searching for 9-year-old Leibby Kletzky. The boy has been missing for over 12 hours.

WCBS 880′s Mike Xirinachs In Borough Park

Leibby was supposed to meet his mother at 5 p.m. Monday after leaving day camp in Brooklyn, but never showed up.

Those with the Flatbush Shomrim Safety Patrol said they’ve seen surveillance video that shows the little boy leaving the camp, but there was no sign of him otherwise.

Almost immediately people in the community came out to search, continuing through the overnight hours.

It’s unclear if Leibby’s disappearance is suspicious, but residents said they’re not taking any chances.

July 12, 2011
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