Brewster, N.Y. – (11/29/2011) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) will be in Pennsylvania this week at the 8th annual National Assembly of Sportsmen Caucus Summit. Senator Ball who is an avid sportsman is the Chairman of the New York Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus.
The Holiday's are a time for us to reflect and give thanks for what we have even during difficult times. We can be thankful for good friendships, loving families, or even a single moment that may have benefited our lives or the lives of others. With so much to be thankful for, we should not forget those who are less fortunate than us or who may have fallen on hard times. There are people within our community who are in need of help, especially during the holiday season, and together we can make a difference.
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District) has been named Vice Chairman of the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) Human Services and Welfare Committee for 2011-12. Gallivan was appointed by NCSL President and President of the Kansas State Senate, Stephen Morris.
“I am excited to bring my experience and ideas to the Conference of State Legislatures, and to learn from the successes and innovations occurring in state governments across the country,” Gallivan said about his new appointment. “The relationship between states and the federal government is constantly evolving and I am honored to represent the states’ agenda in this continuing debate.”
ONEONTA, 11/28/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today joined members of Governor Cuomo’s Upstate Storm and Recovery Task Force at a summit to assess the state's ongoing recovery efforts in response to the damage caused by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. The meeting was held in the Town of Windham and included state agency commissioners, local elected officials, community representatives, and was chaired by Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy.
The Babylon Village Historical and Preservation Society Building had its 100th Anniversary celebration on October 23, 2011. The building, at 153 West Main Street in Babylon, is home to the Village Museum where an exhibit of posters depicting historical images of the Village was on display for this year’s centennial celebration. After the event the exhibit was put in a time capsule intended to be opened at the 200th Anniversary Celebration in 2111.
Senator John DeFrancisco was the official starter of the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot at Schiller Park in Syracuse. Wearing the official starter hat, he is pictured with his granddaughters and his daughter-in-law and with the Friends of Schiller Park organizer. Senator DeFrancisco completed the 2 1/2 mile inaugural run.
While the City’s poor residents were the losers of the week, Walmart was the big winner.
The local, state and national media have reported that, in terms of sales, this past Thanksgiving weekend was the largest in history.
"Black Friday," as the day after Thanksgiving is called, generated an unprecedented $52.4 billion in sales, providing an enormous boost to the economy. Despite the fiscal crisis, consumers spent a historic amount of money on “Black Friday.”
Shopping centers, supermarkets and all types of stores were overcrowded with people, including rows of consumers who either slept or stood in lines for more than 48 hours prior to "Black Friday."
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“Despite the unfortunate economic climate we are facing, there remains much to celebrate in western Queens this Thanksgiving. Our community continues to flourish as a haven for families and businesses alike, with new residences and businesses sprouting by the day. As we pause to commemorate all for which we are thankful, I am proud of the work we have done together to make our community such a wonderful place in which to live and work. Happy Thanksgiving!”
RWDSU Local 338 of UFCW donated turkeys to Senator Addabbo for distribution to the Our Lady of Grace food pantry in Howard Beach. Pictured L-R: Bill Ruvolo (Our Lady of Grace food pantry), Jailene Ortiz (RWDSU) and Nikki Kateman (RWDSU).