Issues: Miscellaneous

SENATOR GOLDEN PARTNERS WITH THE VISITING NURSE SERVICE TO OFFER FREE FLU SHOTS

Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C, 22nd District) in conjunction with the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, is announcing that he will be offering free flu shots for senior citizens, uninsured residents, and those who the Health Department is encouraging to get the annual flu vaccine, at two events during the first the month of October.

Free flu shots will be available to the community on Monday, October 24, 2011 from 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 pm at the Bay Ridge Manor, located at 476-76th Street, and on Thursday, October 27, 2011, from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at the Cort Club, located at 2648 Gerritsen Avenue.

September 21, 2011
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LATEST FLOOD RECOVERY INFORMATION

The New York State Library reached out to me this week stating FEMA will be holding special meetings for public libraries and other not-for-profit organizations who suffered from Hurricane Irene. In Schenectady County, the meeting will be held on Sept. 27th at 1 p.m. at South Schenectady Fire Department, 6 Old Mariaville Road, Rotterdam. In Montgomery County, the briefing will be held on Sept. 28th at 1 p.m. at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Fonda. My office is reaching out to the Walter Elwood Museum and Old Fort Johnson about these meetings so those groups can see if they are eligible for FEMA assistance. Libraries affected by the flooding should also reach out to the Division of Library Development at www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev

September 21, 2011
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LaValle and Glick to Focus on Proprietary Schools Early in Next Legislative Session

Chair of the New York State Senate’s Higher Education Committee, New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle  and Assemblymember Deborah J. Glick, Chair of the State Assembly’s Higher Education Committee said today that the oversight and enforcement of regulations on proprietary colleges operating in New York State will be a priority for the coming legislative session.  LaValle and Glick have pending legislation  -- S4268A -- to amend the education law in relation to private proprietary schools.

 Proprietary colleges are for-profit colleges and universities. They are operated by their owners or investors, rather than a not-for-profit institution, religious organization, or government.

September 21, 2011
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Bronx Chamber of Commerce Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

The Bronx Chamber of Commerce hosted their Hispanic Heritage Month Leadership Luncheon and honored Senator Serrano with theLeadership Award for being an exemplary member of the Hispanic community. "I'm extremely honored to be presented with this award," said Senator Serrano. "Hispanics are a growing demographic in the United States and make up the 15th largest consumer economy in the world.

September 21, 2011
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Gianaris, Nolan and Van Bramer Announce Improvements to Vernon Blvd. Dog Run

Queens, NY – Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblymember Catherine Nolan and Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer today announced that long-awaited renovations to the Vernon Boulevard Dog Run in Long Island City have begun. The elected officials, along with Queens West Development Corporation (QWDC), New York State Department of Parks and DOG LIC, a local advocacy group, have worked together since last year to make major improvements to the park.

Renovations to the park and dog run include:

• More than double space in dog run from 4,000 square feet to 10,000 square feet;

• Cleaned out, re-graded and leveled-off dog run with new dog-friendly gravel surface;

• New separate fenced-off areas for large and small dogs;

• Drinking fountains for dogs and their owners;

September 20, 2011
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Senator Young kicks off the seventh annual Cuba Garlic Festival


Senator Young helped kick off the opening ceremonies for the seventh annual Cuba Garlic Festival with help from Curt Crandall (far right), Chairman of the Allegany Board of Legislators. Bill and JoAnn Farrell (both in costume holding staffs), who have lived in Cuba for more than 40 years, were named the King & Queen to preside over this year's festival. Gabby Dutton and Joe Hughes also donned garlic costumes to show their support for the spirit of the festival. The two day festival featured all things garlic with vendors and visitors from all over the region and beyond.

September 20, 2011
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Legislation Sponsored by Senator Adams

S4250-2011: Increases the term of office of members of the legislature to 4 years; limits statewide elected officers and legislators to 3 consecutive 4 year terms S5319-2011: Requires the use of identification numbers for filing tax documentsS5371A-2011: Authorizes conductors and motormen to carry tasers or electronic stun guns during the performance of his or her dutiesS5480-2011: Requires health education to be taught in high schools regarding the abandoned infant protection program

September 20, 2011
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Rally Against Rep. Mica's Plan For A 30% Reduction In Transportation Funding

Amalgamated Transit Union local 726 President Angelo Tanzi (left in blue golf shirt) stands with his bus driving members, Councilman Vincent iginzio, and State Senator Diane Savino in Staten Island's rally to save transit funding from draconian cuts.  Representative and transportation chairman John Mica (Florida) has put forth a plan to drastically cut transportation funding by at least 30%. The "Don't X Out Public Transit Campaign Kicked off nationwide today.  on Staten Island 35% of the express buses would disappear under the Rep. Mica plan.

September 20, 2011
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TEDISCO, FARLEY INTRODUCE NEW BILL TO HELP FLOOD VICTIMS REBUILD HOMES, BUSINESSES

 State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) and Assemblyman Jim Tedisco are introducing new legislation that would eliminate state sales tax on essentials for victims of Tropical Storms Irene and Lee.

The sales tax credits are for moving expenses (renting a truck, placing belongings in storage) and for replacing sump pumps, furnaces, refrigerators, washers, dryers, dehumidifiers, boilers, furniture, construction materials and clothing. Governor Cuomo recently announced that NYSERDA will be offering rebates for replacement of some household appliances.

September 20, 2011
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How to Start a Business and Stay in Business

The St. Anselm Workforce Ministry in Partnership with

The Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation

Presents…

“How to Start a Business

and Stay in Business”

· An informative FREE event for professionals looking to start their own business or expand an existing business.

· An opportunity to profit from the vast experiences of

successful business owners including:

· Sheila Brody: The Green Spa & Wellness

Center

· Brian Coleman: Greenpoint Manufacturing

& Design Center (GMDC)

· Rob Long: Yellow Hook Grille

· Bina Valenzano: The Book Mark Shoppe

When: November 3rd, from 7:00pm (promptly) – 9:00 pm

November 3, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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2011 Greentopia Festival

On Saturday, September 17th, Senator Robach had the honor to help kick-off the inaugural Greentopia Festival at High Falls in downtown Rochester. Businesses and organizations showcased products and programs that help restore the planet, promote green living – even save consumers some money. Greentopia is a festival of ideas that empowers everybody to create positive change on the planet we call home. Senator Robach was also proud to sponsor the essay contest, which awarded scholarships to four local students. For more information on the festival, visit http://greentopiafestival.com/.

September 20, 2011
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Holy Cross Re-Opening Mass Celebration

On Friday, September 16th, Senator Robach had the privilege to join Bishop Matthew Clark of the Diocese of Rochester for the re-opening mass at Holy Cross in Charlotte. The school closed in 2008, but re-opened this September, welcoming back students in grades K through 6. I wish all the best to the students and staff of Holy Cross for a successful school year. Holy Cross is where Senator Robach attended grammar school.

September 20, 2011
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2011 Rochester Walk to Defeat ALS

On Saturday, September 17th, Senator Robach had the honor to speak with, and visit with, participants prior to the start of the 2011 Rochester Walk to Defeat ALS at Ontario Beach Park. For more information on the great work that the ALS Association of Upstate New York does in our community, click http://webuny.alsa.org/site/PageServer?pagename=UNY_homepage to visit their website. Great job to all those who took part in this year's walk to raise money for this important cause!

September 20, 2011
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Senator's McDonald and Gallivan Propose Medicaid Relief Proposal

 

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-Erie), Senator Roy McDonald (R-Saratoga) and Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (D-Westchester) conducted a press conference Monday in Albany to outline a plan to structurally reform the cost administration of New York State’s Medicaid system by incrementally transferring full responsibility for funding the $44 billion program to the State -- gradually eliminating the local share traditionally paid by county governments. 

September 20, 2011
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PRESS RELEASE: HALDANE SCHOOL CHECK PRESENTATION

Senator Ball Secures $150,000 for Athletic Field Renovations

September 19, 2011
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SENATOR VALESKY NAMED TO TASK FORCE ON GOVERNMENT EFFICIENCY

Bipartisan panel to identify savings, eliminate wasteful spending, streamline bureaucracy

Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) has been named to the revamped New York State Senate Task Force on Government Efficiency, a bipartisan panel charged with uncovering waste, inefficiency and mismanagement throughout state government.

September 19, 2011
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