Issues: Miscellaneous

Community Connection for Week Ending October 16, 2011

In this week's community connection, details regarding the 2nd Annual 'From One Closet to Another' Coats for Kids Winter Clothes Drive, Monro Muffler expands in Rochester, and some of the events coming up around the 56th Senate District this week. Click the link below to download a full-screen version.

October 14, 2011
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Sportsmen's Update: CORRECTION

Important Notice: The recent Sportsmen's Update that you may have received contains two misprints. Corrected information is:

October 14, 2011
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HINSDALE RESIDENT’S GRANDFATHER HONORED 90 YEARS AFTER HIS DEATH

Senator Catharine Young and Hinsdale residents Jeff and Susan VanDeCar stand near the Fallen Firefighters Memorial Wall in Albany on Tuesday with other members of the VanDeCar family. Almost 90 years after fighting a fire that took his life, Jeff’s grandfather, Charles H. VanDeCar, was officially inducted and included among the 2,366 names that are etched on the Memorial Wall.

October 14, 2011
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SEN. YOUNG WORKING TO REDUCE TAXPAYERS’ COSTS

ALBANY –Saying it would bring immediate taxpayer savings and mandate relief, state Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) is calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to reverse a decision that forces an extra weekly Medicaid payment from counties in 2012.

Counties make a weekly payment to the state Department of Health (DOH) on every Monday to fund its share of Medicaid. In 2012, there will be 53 Mondays, rather than the normal 52, and the state DOH is requesting that the counties submit an extra check.

In Senator Young’s district, the result would cause the 2012 Medicaid cost to county taxpayers to increase by $207,000 in Allegany, $211,000 in Cattaraugus, $600,000 in Chautauqua, and $180,000 in Livingston. Statewide, it would cost local taxpayers millions of dollars.

October 14, 2011
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Less Mandates - Lower Taxes

Overburdened taxpayers in Western New York and across the state are desperate for relief. The Tax Cap was a great first step but to actually cut property taxes, county governments need relief from unfunded mandates handed down by the State. Medicaid is largest mandated budget item for every county in New York State and is the primary reason that New Yorkers pay the highest property taxes in the nation. I have authored legislation that will remove the Medicaid burden from county government, allowing local government to reduce local taxes, not just slow their growth.Over 100 state and local officials from around the state have signaled their support for this bipartisan legislation, and you can too.Sign the petition below to show your support.

October 14, 2011
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Serrano Ranked One of the Most Environmentally Friendly State Members

(Albany, NY) State Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) was the ranked one of the most environmentally conscious members of the New York State Senate in 2011.  The EPL/Environmental Advocates scorecard, which tracks legislators' votes on bills affecting New York's environment, gave Senator Serrano a score of 99, tying him for the highest score among his Senate Colleagues. State Senators Thomas Duane, Bill Perkins, Gustavo Rivera also received a score of 99. The final 2011 scorecard issued by the EPL/Environmental Advocates follows their preliminary scorecard issued in June, which, similarly, ranked Senator Serrano tops among his peers.

October 14, 2011
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SENATOR NOZZOLIO SPONSORS LEGISLATION TO RELIEVE COUNTIES OF MEDICAID MANDATE


New York State Senator Mike Nozzolio has announced that he is co-sponsoring landmark mandate relief legislation (S.5889) that would remove the burden of Medicaid costs from county governments and save property taxpayers billions of dollars every year.

October 14, 2011
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Senator Skelos meets with Governor Andrew Cuomo and Archbishop Demetrios to Announce Agreement to Rebuild St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church

 

Statement from Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos

“Today is a very historic day for the members of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and the entire Greek American community. As the grandson of Greek immigrants, I have worked for years to ensure that this church was rebuilt, and thanks to Archbishop Demetrios, Governor Cuomo, Mayor Bloomberg and countless others, we have finally achieved that reality. Rebuilding St. Nicholas Church at Ground Zero will stand as a strong and hopeful symbol to the world of the revitalization of New York and a fitting reminder of the spiritual journey we have taken together since 9/11.”

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SENATOR FUSCHILLO REMINDS RESIDENTS ABOUT FREE CITIZEN CPR COURSE ON OCTOBER 22ND

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is reminding residents that he will be sponsoring a free citizen CPR course at the Freeport Recreation Center on Saturday, October 22nd from 10 to 11 am.

The course, which is sponsored in conjunction with the American Red Cross, teaches residents what to do in a situation where someone needs CPR.

Program participants will learn live-saving, hands-only CPR techniques from a certified CPR instructor and be able to practice CPR chest compressions on a mannequin. AED demonstrations will also be performed.

There is no minimum age or prerequisites to participate, but residents who would like to take part in the program must register prior to the event.

October 13, 2011
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Check presented to Make-A-Wish Foundation

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York and Western New York today announced it has received a $15,000 donation from One Niagara, LLC and Cataract Tours, both of Niagara Falls.  The donation is to help with the foundation’s work in making wishes come true for local children dealing with life-threatening medical conditions.

October 13, 2011
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New York State Senate Students Program Information Available

From the halls of higher-learning to the halls of the State Capitol, New York State Senate Student Programs offers undergraduate and graduate students exciting opportunities to learn about state government and to experience firsthand the legislative process.

 

If you have ever thought about a career in public service or state government, now is the time to get started! Our on-site, experiential learning programs provide students with a work experience that is both professionally rewarding and academically enriching.

For more information about internships with the New York State Senate, please click on this link:

October 13, 2011
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LANZA & CUSICK INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO HELP RESTORE SCHOOL BUS SERVICE FOR STATEN ISLAND STUDENTS

Bill exempts New York City from “Like Circumstances” Clause in Education Law

October 13, 2011
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Buehler Remembered

The Queens Gazette wrote about the renaming of 30th Road to Ann Buehler Way, in commemoration of Anna Buehler who died last year at the age of 94. Senator Gianaris attended the renaming to show his appreciation and remembrance for her hard work and dedication to the city.

For more than half a century, Ann Buehler served as a beacon for local youth seeking refuge from the troublesome life of street gangs. Her legacy was honored on October 8, with the renaming of 30th Road as “Ann Buehler Way” at the intersection of 21st Street in front of the Salah M. Hassanein Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens in Astoria. Buehler died last year, she was 94-years-old.

October 13, 2011
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Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Opens Renovated Dog Run

The Queens Gazette wrote about the reopening of the improved Long Island City dog run on Vernon Blvd. Senator Gianaris had worked on securing enough funds to create such renovations, with other elected officials, DOG LIC, and Queens West Development Corporation (QWDC).

October 13, 2011
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Astoria street renamed for leader, activist Ann Buehler

The Queens Courier wrote about the unveiling ceremony for an Astoria street renamed in honor of late activist Ann Buehler. Senator Gianaris attended the ceremony and paid his respects to this long-time community leader.

The honors bestowed upon Ann Buehler throughout her life grew in number on October 8, when the long-time community leader was memorialized with the unveiling of a new street sign bearing her name.

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Members of the Club and the Buehler family were joined at the unveiling by Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr., Congressmember Carolyn Maloney, Senator Michael Gianaris and Assemblymember Aravella Simotas.

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