Strongly Criticizes Council Speaker Quinn’s Efforts to Eliminate Requirement
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today has issued a statement strongly criticizing City Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s proposal that seeks to eliminate the fingerprinting requirement for New York City residents applying for food stamps. Senator Golden is urging Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the NYC Human Resources Administration to oppose any such efforts within the City Council.
Mastic Beach, N.Y. – State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) attended the official kick-off of the "Can Tabs for Kids" program at the William Floyd Elementary School in Mastic Beach this past Friday, October 7, 2011. The program is a fundraising project to help in the fight against childhood cancer. Last year, the students of William Floyd Elementary collected over 1,000 tabs and were able to donate $1,506 to the Sunrise Fund of Stony Brook Hospital.
Each week, the students bring bags of can tabs (similar to the one pictured here) to Gershow Recycling where they are weighed and recycled. "Can Tabs for Kids" was the idea of Maria Marks, a William Floyd Elementary School student who was diagnosed with cancer at an early age.
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State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) toured the new George E. Franchere Education Center at the Mabee Farm, Rotterdam Junction, on Oct. 7th. The 13,000 square-foot building is "green," meaning it is energy efficient with 100 solar panels and is environmentally friendly. The cost of the project was some $2 million and Senator Farley was able to obtain two grants totaling $100,000 for it. For more information on the George E. Franchere Education Center and the historic Mabee Farm, visit website http://www.schist.org/mabee.htm
Governor Cuomo awarded $2.5 million in College Access Challenge Grants (CACG) to programs that will help thousands of low income students obtain a college degree.
These programs, run by organizations and schools across the state, provide crucial services including academic support for students at risk of dropping out, training for high school guidance counselors serving low income students and college financing workshops. Last year, these CACG funded programs helped more than 47,000 New Yorkers apply for and succeed in college.
Senator Patty Ritchie was a guest recently on Ch. 7's morning show with Jeff Cole, and discussed calls for a higher St. Lawrence County sales tax. Some county leaders are proposing raising the sales tax rate, even though they already announced a new busget that doesn't rely ono added revenue. A sales tax increase would cost a typical St. Lawrence County family $140 a year in higher taxes.
Senator Patty Ritchie recently hosted a visit by Candian Sen. Bob Runciman, and announced creation of a bi-nation, bipartisan caucus to address border issues like jobs, the economy, and the recent fishing dispute. Channel 7's Caitlin Cissne reports.
Queens Courier wrote about Long Island City's improved Vernon Blvd. Dog Run. Hailed as "the Rolls Royce of dog parks," this renovated run will benefit the pet-loving community of western Queens.
A place to meet and socialize is important for members from all Queens communities – even four-legged ones. That is why elected officials and community leaders transformed a once “ruff” looking dog run into one that canines will agree is through the “roof.”
Jasper, N.Y., October 11—New York State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R-C-I, Corning) reminded area residents that they will hold a community meeting in Jasper (Steuben County) later today.
The meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Jasper Town Hall.
Un Juez de la Corte Federal acuso al Alcalde Michael Bloomberg y su administración de discriminar contra los negros é hispanos.
El Juez de la Corte Federal de Brooklyn Nicholas Garaufis, dictamino que el Alcalde Michael Bloomberg y su Comisionado del Departamento de Bomberos de la Ciudad de New York han ignorado lo que el Juez describe como una permisiva discriminación contra todos los que no sean blancos al ser empleados en el Departamento de Bomberos de la Ciudad.
Por esta razón el Juez Nicholas Garaufis, ordenó la instalación de un arbitro imparcial que supervice todo aspecto de contratos, empleos y promociones que se hagan en el Departamento de Bomberos.