Issues: Miscellaneous

Can you help support a Bay Ridge couple who are both diagnosed with advanced cancer?

Elisa and Nathan Bond, two artists both full of charm, humor, talent, zeal, love for each other and their families, are a couple one feels lucky to have in their life. Together for more than six years, Elisa (36) and Nathan (38) currently reside in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn with their 18 month old daughter, Sadie, and their dog Griffin. They are extremely passionate people and talented in their own way - Elisa, a former teacher and aspiring actress, and Nathan, a painter - they bring their wide-ranging talents, energy and creativity to their day jobs. Elisa through real estate as a broker at Corcoran and Nathan as an educator at Parsons.

March 25, 2011
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Senator Golden's Women's History Event in Marine Park

Pictured here are the honorees and the McGregor Family.

March 25, 2011
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Honoring Firefighter Mike Giroux and Yonkers Police and Fire Departments

Senator Stewart-Cousins and Assemblyman Mike Spano passed resolutions in honor of Firefighter Mike Giroux and the Yonkers Fire and Police Departments this week, for their heroic rescue of two workers who were dangling 13 stories above ground from a collapsed scaffold at the St. Casimir Apartments in Yonkers on March 4th.

March 25, 2011
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Honoring Firefighter Mike Giroux, and Yonkers Police and Fire Departments

Senator Stewart-Cousins and Assemblyman Mike Spano passed resolutions in honor of Firefighter Mike Giroux and the Yonkers Fire and Police Departments on March 23, for their heroic rescue of two workers who were dangling 13 stories above ground from a collapsed scaffold at the St. Casimir Apartments in Yonkers on March 4th. “This was a truly heroic rescue effort, and it once again displayed how our firefighters and police officers act with courage on a daily basis,” said Senator Stewart-Cousins. “And I am struck by how humble the firefighters and officers that we are honoring today have been in the aftermath of the rescue; not wanting to be called heroes and sharing recognition with their colleagues.

March 25, 2011
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Community Connection for Week Ending March 25th

Here is my community connection for the week ending Friday, March 25th. In this week's edition, I had the honor of hosting a "Youth of the Year" in Albany this week, my legislatively speaking column looks at diving New York into two seperate states along with initiative and referendum, and some great events taking place over the next week. Click the pdf link below to view it in full screen.

March 25, 2011
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McDonald Hosts Saratoga County Budget Public Hearing

Halfmoon March 25 -  Senator Roy McDonald will host a budget public hearing on the New York State budget for Saratoga County residents this Saturday, March 26th beginning at 10A.M. The event will be at the Halfmoon Senior Center in the Town of Halfmoon.

March 25, 2011
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NY 1: Albany Lawmakers Close To An On-Time Budget Deal

By: Erin Billups

As a deadline of April 1 approaches, state lawmakers say they are very close to a budget deal.

After emerging from a closed-door meeting with Governor Andrew Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said they are close to a deal, and that there will be some school aid restoration in the budget.

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos said a deal could be reached as early as Friday evening.

That means there could be a vote on Monday.

March 25, 2011
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Senate Passes Klein Bill to Crack Down on Auto Insurance Fraud

Measure Would Increase Penalties for Criminals Who Forge Auto Insurance Cards

ALBANY, NY – Legislation sponsored by Senator Jeffrey D. Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) that would impose tougher penalties on those who commit auto insurance fraud, passed the State Senate today.

Klein’s bill (S.578) would make it a felony to forge an auto insurance card or certificate of insurance. In New York State, these documents are necessary to obtain the government issued documents, such as a vehicle registration, that are required to legally operate a motor vehicle.

March 24, 2011
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Forum/Town Hall: ROCKAWAY PENINSULA Town Hall Meeting - About the New York State Budget

Sponsored by Rockaway Peninsula Legislators:

Senator Malcolm A. Smith

Assemblywoman Michele Titus

 

March 26, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Forum/Town Hall: Town Hall Meeting - About the New York State Budget

Sponsored by Southeast Queens Legislators:Senator Malcolm A. SmithSenator Shirley L. HuntleyAssemblywoman Barbara ClarkAssemblywoman Vivian CookAssemblyman William ScarboroughAssemblywoman Michele TitusWe invite you to take part in an open forum to define the priorities for our community. Come share your thoughts on such issues as the State budget, neighborhood school funding, job creation and economic development.We want to hear from you before we vote!What's at risk?Education FundingHealthcare CutsMillionaire's taxpension reformSummer Youth Employment

March 25, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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LOCAL VOICES

Governor Andrew Cuomo released his proposed 2011-2012 state budget on February 1st and since then we've done our best to encourage local feedback on the potential impact of the governor's plan.

March 24, 2011
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR GOLDEN CRITICIZING OFFICIAL U.S. CENSUS FIGURES

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today issued a statement strongly criticizing the United States Census Bureau in response to the announcement of the official 2010 United States Census figures:

“The United States Census Bureau did an abominable job in conducting a full and thorough count of the people who reside in New York. These depressed numbers will be sure to have a long term effect on both federal and state funding for the City of New York. The truth of the matter is that this did not have to conclude this way.

March 24, 2011
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Chopper Noise: Squadron Responds to Reader Complaint

Brooklyn Heights Blog

by Claude Scales on 24. Mar, 2011

BHB reader drewb, who has frequently and helpfully commented on the helicopter noise problem, wrote to State Senator Daniel Squadron, and has received a reply which provides useful information and a guide to making effective complaints. The full text of the letter follows the jump.

Thank you for contacting me regarding helicopter traffic over Brooklyn Bridge Park and Brooklyn Heights. I appreciate your vigilance in alerting us about ongoing helicopter concerns, so that we can continue to push for more effective rules and better enforcement.

March 24, 2011
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Senator Diane Savino’s Ferry Report Card

State Sen. Diane Savino dispatched staff to the St. George Ferry Terminal to man a mobile office. They responded to constituents’ queries, complaints and distributed and collected ferry report cards. Curtis HS students assisted in the collection and distribution in the afternoon.

Ms. Savino (D-North Shore) said she’s interested in riders’ opinions of the retail options in the terminals, and what additional amenities they might prefer.

Also, “the last survey highlighted the ferry riders’ discontent with bathroom cleanliness, buses/ferry coordination, smokers and security on the bus ramps,” Ms. Savino said. “I am interested to see what progress, if any, has been made in those areas.”

March 24, 2011
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