Issues: Miscellaneous

Statement From Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson On Retirement Of Secretary To The Senate, Angelo Aponte

Today, Secretary to the Senate Angelo Aponte announced his retirement. As a friend, colleague, and admirer of the devoted service he rendered to the State, I am sorry to see him depart, but grateful for the opportunity to have worked with a truly extraordinary public servant. Even during the most difficult of circumstances, Angelo remained a friend to members from both sides of the aisle and oversaw an unprecedented modernization of the Senate. He helped usher in a new era of openness, transparency, and accountability to the public by utilizing new technology and guiding the application of new Senate rules to ensure more bipartisan operations were available to all 62 members and the people they serve. 

November 29, 2010
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STATEMENT BY SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER DEAN SKELOS

 

I am very proud to say that my colleagues in the Senate Republican conference have unanimously voted for me to be the Temporary President and Majority Leader of  the State Senate.

 

I appreciate their support and their trust. Our conference is unified and we are ready to move forward. The election is over and the people want us to get to work and govern.

 

The last two years the taxpayers in this state have been abused – and that has to stop. Everyone has to understand that we must put the taxpayer first.

 

November 29, 2010
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New York State Senate Puerto Rican and Latino Caucus to Host Public Meeting on “The State of The Latino Women Entrepreneurs”

PRESS RELEASEFor Immediate ReleaseNovember 29, 2010

New York State Senate Puerto Rican and Latino Caucus to Host Public Meeting on “The State of The Latino Women Entrepreneurs”

Bronx, NY- State Senator Rubén Díaz, Chairman of the New York State Senate Puerto Rican and Latino Caucus, announced that the Caucus will host a Public Meeting to hear testimonies from interested individuals about The State of the Latino Women Entrepreneurs in New York State. “Oral and written testimonies related to issues and concerns, affecting Latino Women in business will be presented,” Sen. Diaz expressed.The meeting will take place on Wednesday, December 1, 2010 from 10 am to 1 pm, and will be held at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center – Auditorium, located at 234 East 149th Street, Bronx, NY 10451.

November 29, 2010
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November 29, 2010
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Tips For Safe Holiday Shopping

The following information is provided by the New York State Consumer Protection Board (NYSCPB).

November 24, 2010
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Helping Long Islanders In Need

Below are links that will allow you help those who work so hard to provide for our friends and neighbors:  ISLAND HARVEST SALVATION ARMY of Greater New York UNITED WAY OF LONG ISLAND LONG ISLAND CARES CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME

November 24, 2010
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SENATOR GOLDEN ANNOUNCES SPECIAL CHRISTMAS VILLAGE EVENT

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) is proud to announce plans to host a “Brooklyn’s 1st Christmas Village” on Saturday, December 11, 2010, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Cannon Ball Park, located at 100th Street and 4th Avenue. The event is being organized in an effort to help local families in need this holiday season.

The event will feature a chance to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, Frosty the Snowman and friends, be entertained by carolers and see Brooklyn’s own Rockettes in a special Christmas Show. There will be candy canes, hot chocolate, and more, and a U.S. Postal Mailbox which will provide direct mail service to the North Pole for letters to Santa.

November 24, 2010
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John Pickett and Michael Brown honored at The Second Annual National Kidney Registry Gala.

Senator Owen H. Johnson was pleased to join friends of the National Kidney Registry in honoring John Pickett and Michael Brown at The Second Annual National Kidney Registry Gala.  The two highly valued employees of the Atlantic Automotive Group were honored for their commendable involvement in many local charitable organizations.  The event, which took place at the La Grange Inn on November 17, 2010, raised critically important funds for The National Kidney Registry.

November 24, 2010
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Westfield Memorial Hospital Saved!

Westfield Memorial Will Remain Full-Service Facility

WESTFIELD - For Westfield and the surrounding communities, Monday brought some very welcome news.

Westfield Memorial Hospital will remain a full-service facility, hospital officials said.

This means the hospital will continue providing an around-the-clock emergency room department,......

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November 24, 2010
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SENATOR GOLDEN STATEMENT URGING COMMISSIONER STEINER TO GRANT WAIVER FOR CATHIE BLACK

Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today issued the following statement in response to the State Education advisory panel that yesterday voted to recommend denying a waiver that would permit Cathie Black to be appointed as the next New York City public schools chancellor:

“I strongly disagree with the members of the State Education Commissioner’s advisory panel who believe that Cathie Black is undeserving of the waiver necessary in order for her to be named the next schools chancellor. The members obviously didn’t do their homework and research her educational background, her experience and her achievements.

November 24, 2010
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Advocating for Community Stewardship of Green Spaces Bordering Bike Lanes

After hearing reports that a small vegetable garden planted by a Chelsea resident in a Ninth Avenue bike lane median was removed by a landscaper commissioned by the New York City Parks Department, I and my staff took immediate action to ensure that such plantings not be removed again.  We have had continued dialogue and correspondence with the Parks Department seeking written affirmation of the constituent’s right to plant in that public space.  I am also in the process of organizing a meeting to discuss how the small but much-needed plots of green space created by protected bike lanes can be planted and maintained by community members across the city.  Please see the Chelsea Now story on the issue

November 23, 2010
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Letter From Senate Majority Conference Leader re: Extraordinary Session

The following letter regarding the November 29th extraordinary session from Senator John L. Sampson to Senator Dean Skelos was delivered Tuesday afternoon.

Dear Senator Skelos,

November 23, 2010
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New York State Senate Puerto Rican and Latino Caucus to Host Public Meeting on “The State of The Latino Women Entrepreneurs”

PRESS ALERTFor Immediate ReleaseNovember 22, 2010Contact: 718-991-3161New York State Senate Puerto Rican and Latino Caucus to Host Public Meeting on “The State of The Latino Women Entrepreneurs” Bronx, NY- State Senator Rubén Díaz, Chairman of the New York State Senate Puerto Rican and Latino Caucus, has announced that the Caucus will host a Public Meeting to solicit testimonies from interested individuals about The State of the Latino Women Entrepreneurs in New York State. “The public meeting will accept oral and written testimonies related to issues and concerns affecting Latino Women in business,” Sen. Diaz expressed.

November 23, 2010
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November 22, 2010
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Vivian Hart honored for service to our community and our country.

State Senator Owen H. Johnson honored Vivian Hart of Bay Shore at an Hispanic Heritage Award Ceremony on November 18, 2010.  Vivian is currently the Executive Director of Pronto of Long Island, Inc., a non-profit community outreach center in Bay Shore serving Brentwood, Bay Shore, Central Islip and neighboring communities.

“Each year we embrace the history, culture and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America,” Senator Johnson said. “This year I am very pleased to honor Vivian Hart for her work and tireless efforts serving our community and our country.”  Vivian was born in the Republic of Honduras and her mother and father are from La Lima and La Ceiba respectively.

November 22, 2010
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO HONORED BY NASSAU COUNTY POLICE EXPLORERS

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) was recently honored by the Nassau County Police Explorers.

November 22, 2010
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Statement regarding Special Session

November 22, 2010

For Immediate Release

Statement from State Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz

 

Bronx, NY – State Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz released the following statement:

“Governor David A. Paterson has called the Legislature back to Albany on November 29, 2010 in order to address so-called ‘unfinished business’.

“I will be present for this session.

“What I will not do is vote for any more cuts, especially cuts that will harm senior citizens, the Black and Hispanic community, and our children’s education.

“I was re-elected with a strong mandate from my community to protect their services, not to cut them, especially during this holiday season.

November 22, 2010
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