Bills Would Protect The Rights and Legacies of Service Men and Women
The New York State Senate today passed legislation that would significantly enhance the protection of property, rights and services available to current and former military personnel. The seven bills would build upon the Senate’s ongoing commitment to increase support for veterans and their families.
Measure Would Reform Process To Draw District Lines In A Fair, Non-partisan Manner
The New York State Senate today passed a constitutional amendment, sponsored by Senator John Bonacic (R-C-I, Mount Hope), that would significantly reform the process by which new legislative and congressional district lines are determined. The amendment would create an independent, non-partisan apportionment commission, as called for in the NY Uprising pledge.
BREWSTER, NY- Senator Greg Ball (R, C—Carmel) is calling for a loop hole in New York State social security law to be closed, which allows public employees who are convicted of crimes related to their offices, to still receive a state pension and retirement benefits. Senator Ball has proposed an amendment which would close this loophole requiring that pension rights be forfeited, when a public employee is convicted of certain crimes related to public employment. Senator Ball noted the long list of New York public officials who have been indicted in recent years. Most recently Senator Kruger and Assemblyman Boyland of Brooklyn, as well as 6 other associates, are accused of taking bribes.
Calls Cuts to Veterans “Cruel and Unusual Punishment”ALBANY, NY (March 14, 2011)— A Bus of veterans, deemed the "Patriot Express," left from Senator Greg Ball’s (R, C—Patterson) district office at 7:00 am this morning transporting over one hundred veterans from throughout the Hudson Valley to today’s historic committee meeting, hearing and Senate session. The veterans are part of a large group of veterans which descended upon the Capitol today to lobby for important legislation and vital services.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is urging residents of the 22nd Senate District to support the American Red Cross in their efforts to assist those affected by the March 11th Japanese Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami.
Senator Golden is asking neighbors and community organizations to consider making a financial contribution to support the American Red Cross by either phone, internet, mail or via text. Those interested in donating should call 1-800 RED CROSS, or visit www.redcross.org, or text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10.00, or to mail a contribution, please send it to:
American Red Cross
P.O. Box 4002018
Des Moines, IA 50340-2018
*Please indicate Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami on the check’s memo line.
The thoughts and prayers of all New Yorkers go out to the Japanese people in the wake of this devastating tragedy. The people of New York have a long and proud tradition of providing aid and relief to those in need, and communities across our state are now pulling together to lend a helping hand during this time of crisis.
“The Specialist Thomas Wilwerth Military Dignity Act”
The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.3901), sponsored by Senator Lee Zeldin (R,C,I- Shirley), that would limit protests at military funerals. Called “The Specialist Thomas Wilwerth Military Dignity Act,” the proposed law is named for an Iraq War Veteran who lost his life in combat in 2006.
Senator Jack M. Martins wants to remind residents that those wishing to help the victims of the Earthquake and Tsuami in Japan can do so through the American Red Cross.
The American Red Cross is taking monetary donations that will go to assisting those who have been affecting by the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan. Those who want to help can go to www.redcross.org and donate to Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami. People can also text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. The Red Cross can also be reached at 1-800-redcross to make a donation.
Specialist Wilwerth was an Iraq War Veteran who lost his life in combat in 2006. This act will prohibit protests within 2,500 feet of military services, funerals, and processions of deceased service members unless the protest organizers post a bond to the local municipality to defray the increased security costs associated with demonstrations that occur closer to these funeral activities. In no case would protesters be permitted within 500 feet. The protestors will also have to apply for a permit with the New York Division of Military and Naval Affairs. This legislation lets our Gold Star families know that we are fighting for them so they can bury their loved ones with the dignity, respect and honor that they deserve.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that he will be holding Mobile Office Hours in Lindenhurst on Thursday, April 14th. All residents are invited to participate in the program, which will be held at the Lindenhurst Library, located at 1 Lee Avenue, from 1-3 pm.
State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) will introduce the resolution declaring March as Women’s History Month in the New York State Senate on March 15th. The theme for the year is "Our History is Our Strength."
"From the women's suffrage movement some 150 years ago to the present day, women have played a crucial role in New York State's political, social and economic development," Senator Farley said. "Our State and our Nation have been greatly strengthened through the valuable contributions, and it is important to recognize, remember and honor these contributions."
NEW YORK, March 11, 2011 – More than 150 leaders of business, government, academia and students gathered at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) to officially launch its new Center of Innovation for Technology and Entertainment (CITE) with a panel discussion exploring innovation in the $32-billion global video games industry – a driver of technology and innovation and a growing economic sector for the state. NYU-Poly President Jerry M. Hultin, New York State Senator Martin J. Golden (R, C), representing the 22nd State Senate District in Brooklyn, and Edward Reinfurt, Executive Director of NYSTAR, cut the ribbon for CITE, funded by a $2-million state grant.
On Sunday March 13, 2011, Senator Klein paid tribute to City Island by hosting its Annual "Women's Herstory Month" Celebration and commemorating "The Anne Hutchinson Year," in honor of this Bronx/American historic figure in recognition of her 420th Birthday Anniversary (1591-1643).
The New York State Senate today celebrated Women’s History Month by announcing an exhibit honoring historic New York women whose achievements in arts, science, government, military, labor, education, and social reform have earned them recognition as “Women of Distinction.”
Senator Klein Presents Certificates to Students and Tutors
BRONX, NY – State Senator Jeff Klein (D- Bronx/ Westchester) and President of AT&T New York Hal Lenox attended the READ Alliance Program completion ceremony at P.S. 97 on Friday. A tutoring session was held prior to the ceremony where the children were tutored by students from St. Raymond’s, St. Catherine’s, Lehman and Truman High Schools. During the ceremony, Klein and READ Alliance President Yvonne Petrasovits presented students and tutors with certificates of achievement for their hard work.
Contact: Evan Schneider | 518-455-2225 | firstname.lastname@example.org (Albany, NY) Senator Neil D. Breslin (D- Delmar) notes the month of March is Women’s History Month. This is a great opportunity to reflect not only on how women have shaped our society, government, culture and all aspects of our lives, but also the inequalities that remain, particularly the absence of equal pay for equal work.