Issues: Miscellaneous

SENATOR FUSCHILLO REMINDS RESIDENTS ABOUT HIS ANNUAL GOLDEN GATHERING ON OCTOBER 27TH

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is reminding residents that his annual Golden Gathering will take place on Thursday, October 27th from 9 am to 12:30 pm at the Freeport Recreation Center, located at 130 East Merrick Road in Freeport. All residents are welcome to attend.

Over 100 exhibitors will be on hand to answer questions about a variety of issues such as health and nutrition, consumer protection, public safety, and insurance. A list of the exhibitors is available by clicking here.

Residents attending Senator Fuschillo’s Golden Gathering will also be able to take advantage of a number of different programs and services, including:

October 17, 2011
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Senator Golden and Borough Commissioner Jeffrey discuss Shore Road's Park

Senator Golden met with Brooklyn Parks Commissioner Kevin Jeffrey and members of the Shore Road Park Conservancy to discuss the future of our park. For more information on the Conservancy, please contact www.shoreroadparks.org

October 17, 2011
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SENATOR GOLDEN’S STATEMENT ON ST. NICHOLAS GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH

Brooklyn- State Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) gave the following statement regarding Friday’s agreement between The Port Authority between New York and New Jersey and Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America to rebuild St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church:

 

“I applaud the Port Authority and Governor Cuomo for hearing the calls of the Greek Orthodox community in New York and throughout the world to rebuild St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. I was proud to join the fight over the last ten years with the Greek Orthodox community, working relentlessly to make sure that this house of worship came back to lower Manhattan, where it belongs as part of America's healing from the attacks of September 11, 2001.”

October 17, 2011
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GETTING THE FACTS ON FRACKING

 

Senator Ball, Josh Fox Host GASLAND Screening in Peekskill

October 16, 2011
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Serrano Participates in "It's My Park Day" at Franz Sigel Park!

For the fourth consecutive year, Senator Serrano participated in "It's My Park Day," an event sponsored by William Casari and Partnerships for Parks. Partnerships for Parks is a joint program of City Parks Foundation and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation.This fall, the Senator and his family helped clean up Franz Sigel Park in the Bronx, where they picked up garbage, dug soil, and planted bulbs.

"I always look forward to helping out when 'It's My Park Day' comes around," said Senator Serrano. "With our busy day-to-day schedules, it is easy for our local parks to go unnoticed and unattended. We must all continue to work together to keep our parks clean so that we can enjoy them for generations to come."

October 15, 2011
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"Fall for Arts" Festival in Roosevelt Island

Senator Serrano and his family attended Roosevelt Island's 6th Annual "Fall for Arts" Festival in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month today. The festival hosted free events for children and adults such as music, entertainment, art galleries, and crafts.

"Roosevelt Island has so much talent to contribute to arts and culture," said Senator Serrano, who serves as the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks, and Recreation. "For the last six years, 'Fall for Arts' has been exposing the local community and people from outside the island to the wonderful world of the arts. My family and I enjoy attending this event and look forward to attending again next year."

October 15, 2011
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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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