Issues: Miscellaneous

Community Connection for Week Ending November 19th

Here is my Community Connection for the week ending Friday, November 19th. As always, you can download a full screen .pdf version by clicking the link below. I hope you and your entire family has a Happy Thanksgiving!

November 19, 2010
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO OFFERS TIPS TO PROTECT YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION WHILE SHOPPING ON THE INTERNET

With the holiday shopping season officially starting on Black Friday next week, State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is informing residents how they can protect themselves while making holiday purchases over the Internet.

November 19, 2010
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Angel Ortiz and Melissa Santos Asbell were honored at Town of Babylon's 12th Annual Hispanic Heritage Festival.

Senator Owen H. Johnson presented Legislative Citations to two local residents at the Town of Babylon’s 12th Annual Hispanic Heritage Festival on October 23, 2010 at the Babylon Town Hall.

Angel Ortiz, from Islip Terrace, is a Senior Advocate for the Suffolk County Office of the Aging.  He was honored for his commitment to Seniors and his willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that their concerns are handled with professionalism and efficiency.   Mr. Ortiz is well respected and loved at the Town of Babylon’s Spangle Drive Senior Center.  He was raised by parents who moved from Puerto Rico to Central Islip to raise their family.   Mr. Ortiz  has one five year old daughter, Angelina Marie.

November 19, 2010
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December 5, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Geneva Happiness House

Senator Mike Nozzolio recently participated in the opening celebration of the new Autism Diagnostic and Evaluation Clinic at the Happiness House in Geneva. Autism impacts thousands of families in our region and it is important to provide the highest level of services to both the individuals with autism and their families. The services that the Geneva Happiness House provides will serve as a blueprint for other providers across our State and our Nation.

Pictured left to right: Senator Mike Nozzolio; Mary Boatfield; David Case; Kate Davis; Mark Davis; Lynn D’Amico; Charles Graham; Cheryl Coppola; and Kevin Reeder, Chairman of the Board of Directors

 

November 19, 2010
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SENATOR GOLDEN ANNOUNCES LEGISLATION TO PROTECT RENTAL CAR RIGHTS FOR AUTO INSURERS

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R, C, I, Brooklyn) is pleased to announce the passage of Senate Bill 4651. There have been instances of insurers steering their customers with rental vehicle reimbursement coverage to use one particular rental vehicle company. This bill will help not only the consumer but rental car companies as well.

Senator Golden stated “As a member of the Insurance Committee within the State Senate many cases like this have come across my desk and, as your representative, I will continue to work to protect the rights of consumers so that we have a safe place to live, work and raise our families.”

The three main sections in this bill that would bring about equality in the process are:

November 19, 2010
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STATEMENT BY SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER DEAN SKELOS

The Chief Judge’s administrative order will ensure that the remaining legitimate votes are counted promptly and that legal issues are resolved expeditiously so we can put the election behind us and get back to governing.

 

Clearly the Judge agrees with the appeals that I have made, along with Governor-elect Cuomo, that we cannot allow the counting of ballots to needlessly drag on when it would create gridlock and dysfunction.  Senate Democrats have admitted to stalling the process of counting ballots in an effort to delay a result they don’t like, which is a Senate Republican Majority.  

 

November 18, 2010
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SENATOR GOLDEN REMINDS COMMUNITY RESIDENTS TO BE WARY OF UTILITY COMPANY SCAMS

Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), the Ranking Member of the Crime Victims, Crime, and Correction Committee, in response to recent complaints received by his office, is reminding community residents of the danger of utility company scams in our neighborhoods. The most recent complaints have involved companies and individuals, often pretending to be from National Grid, contacting residents on the phone or in person. Attempts are made to confuse residents into buying their gas service or may even intentionally break equipment in a home or building and solicit the company’s services for repairs

November 18, 2010
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO PRESENTS LIBERTY MEDAL TO MASSAPEQUA PARK POLICE OFFICER FOR HIS LIFE-SAVING EFFORTS IN HAITI

Photo caption: Senator Fuschillo (right ) presents the New York State Senate Liberty Medal to Chris Connolly (center)  for his efforts to rescue victims of the Haiti earthquake. They are joined by Mr. Connolly’s wife, Eileen (left).         

November 18, 2010
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Car rental companies gouging outer boros: pols

By SALLY GOLDENBERG Claiming geographic discrimination, three lawmakers want to put the brakes on car rental companies that charge higher rates to residents living in certain boroughs. A survey of 11 car companies that do business in the five boroughs found two – Thrifty and Dollar, which are owned by the same parent company – charge Brooklyn, Queens and Bronx residents an additional fee based on their residence. Brooklynites pay an additional $55 daily to rent from either of those companies, Bronx residents pay $53 per day and Queens dwellers are charged $11 each day, according to a survey from Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, state Sen. Daniel Squadron

November 18, 2010
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December 20, 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM
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December 7, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Babylon Breast Cancer Coalition’s Golf Skill Challenge Classic

Senator Owen H. Johnson was recently on hand for the Babylon Breast Cancer Coalition’s (BBCC) Golf Skill Challenge Classic at the Sumpwams Creek Golf Course in Babylon Village.  The October 25th outing raised funds to benefit Babylon Breast Cancer Coalition’s many patient and community services.   

Pictured from left to right are:  Keely Harris, Golf Outing Chairperson; Tess Helfman, BBCC President; Karen Kunkel, BBCC Board Member; and Senator Owen H. Johnson.

November 17, 2010
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STATEMENT BY SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER DEAN SKELOS

 

Senate Republicans share Governor-elect Cuomo’s serious concern that a needless, protracted delay in determining the results of three Senate elections would create gridlock in the Senate, that the ballots must be counted expeditiously and any legitimate legal issues must be resolved as soon as possible. 

 

November 17, 2010
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Journal News: Superconductor summit at Westchester Community College could get business flowing

VALHALLA — Move over, Silicon Valley.

Those in the business of superconductors are looking to make New York into the new Superconductor Valley.

So what exactly are superconductors?

Superconductors are materials that feature no resistance to the flow of electricity, thereby offering a significant boost to performance as well as economic and environmental benefits.

On Friday, Westchester Community College hosted the first-ever New York State Superconductor Technology Summit: Cultivating Economic Growth From Within the Empire State, attracting a mix of businesses, researchers, students and political leaders.

November 17, 2010
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Governor-Elect Andrew Cuomo and other world leaders to attend opening reception for National High Speed Rail Conference Hosted by Senate President Malcolm A. Smith

(New York, NY) - Tonight, Governor-Elect Andrew Cuomo will attend a reception hosted by Senate President Malcolm A. Smith to kick-off the historic High Speed Rail conference – the first to be held in New York.

November 17, 2010
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