Issues: Miscellaneous

Statement From Senator Neil D. Breslin Re: Parks

For Immediate Release: May 28, 2010Contact: Maureen Cetrino – 518-455-2225“I share the outrage that New Yorkers have expressed at the closing of Thacher Park.  At a time when people are feeling overburdened by taxes and tough economic times, it was a slap in the face to tell them they could not even use their parks to celebrate Memorial Day.”

May 28, 2010
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STATEMENT BY SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER DEAN SKELOS

 

The Governor’s proposal to re-open state parks is a classic bait and switch scam that promises open parks and delivers a mess of millions of dollars in new taxes and fees on businesses and reduces environmental protection funds.  This disgraceful plan was negotiated in secret, in the middle of the night, by Speaker Silver and Senator Sampson.

 

May 28, 2010
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Senator Maziarz welcomes Brandon Lyles, Boys and Girls Club honoree, to Albany

WHEREAS,                 it is the duty of the people of the State of New York to recognize and acknowledge those within its midst, particularly young people, who have significant accomplishments and contributions to their credit; and

May 28, 2010
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Thanking The Webster Firefighter Of The Year

Webster - Senator Mike Nozzolio recently spoke to members of the Webster Volunteer Fire Department at their annual awards dinner and expressed his deep gratitude for the service they provide to the local community.

Pictured left to right are: Senator Mike Nozzolio; Bill Southwell, Firefighter of the Year; and Peter Elder, Mayor of the Village of Webster.

 

May 28, 2010
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Senator Valesky Proposes Legislation to Celebrate Legacy of Harriet Tubman by Naming Memorial Highway

SYRACUSE, N.Y.— The State Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that will designate New York State Highway Route 34 as the Harriet Tubman Memorial Highway.”  “This legislation celebrates the hard work and sacrifices Harriet Tubman made in the name of abolition,” Senator Valesky said.

May 28, 2010
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Victor Village Cemetery Bicentennial Celebration

Victor - Senator Mike Nozzolio recently presented Victor Village and Town Historian, Babette Huber with a special New York State Resolution that was adopted in the State Senate to commemorate the bicentennial celebration of the historic Victor Village Cemetery.

Pictured are (left) Senator Nozzolio, and (right) Victor Village and Town Historian, Babette Huber.

May 28, 2010
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SENATOR GOLDEN SALUTES LOCAL VETERANS IN CELEBRATION OF MEMORIAL DAY

Senator Golden proudly honors Ruben Pratts.

May 27, 2010
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SENATOR GOLDEN SALUTES LOCAL VETERANS IN CELEBRATION OF MEMORIAL DAY

Brooklyn- State Senator Marty Golden, a member of the State Senate Committee on Homeland Security, Military and Veteran Affairs, today hosted a breakfast awards ceremony for local veterans as part of the community’s celebration and recognition of Veteran’s Day.

May 27, 2010
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Senator Thompson Presents Proclamation to the Golden Age Center of Grand Island.

State Senator Antoine A. Thompson presented a proclamation to the Golden Age Center of Grand Island May 23 during their 50th Anniversary Celebration. Pictured (l-r) Peter McMahon Grand Island Town Supervisor, Barbara Gannon, Director of the Golden Age Center and State Senator Thompson.

May 27, 2010
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Outreach House – Open To Serve The Community

Webster - Senator Mike Nozzolio recently participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony for the United Methodist Church of Webster’s “Outreach House”. Senator Nozzolio spoke before members of the community at the new facility which will provide a wide variety of services for local citizens.

May 27, 2010
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DEP Completes Key Phase in Odor Control Upgrade

Senator Golden interviewed by NY1

May 27, 2010
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DEP Completes Key Phase in Odor Control Upgrade

 

 

Senator Golden speaking at the event and pressing the switch to activate the carbon vessels

May 27, 2010
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DEP Completes Key Phase in Odor Control Upgrade

DEP Completes Key Phase in Odor Control Upgrade

At Owls Head Wastewater Treatment Plant

Activated Carbon Filters Will Help Reduce Odors in Neighborhood

May 27, 2010
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Beach Clean-up at Historic Denyse Wharf

On Sunday May 23rd 2010, members of the Harbor Seals Swim Team, students from local schools, parents and teachers continued a tradition begun in 1985 by cleaning up the beach at Denyse Wharf. The DEP provided a dumpster to cart away tons of the marine debris including plastics, glass, metal, and driftwood. Senator Marty Golden stopped by to commend all who participated in the clean-up and to support community efforts to rehabilitate this landmark structure.

May 27, 2010
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Senator Owen Johnson Honors Carol Quirk, 2010 Woman of Distinction

State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), recently honored Carol Quirk of Deer Park as a 2010 New York State Senate “Woman of Distinction.”  Carol Quirk currently serves as Town Clerk in the Town of Babylon, where she is responsible for maintaining and archiving all town records as well as issuing state and town permits. Before serving as Town Clerk, she served as a Babylon Town Councilwoman for over seven years. She has been a resident and active community member of Deer Park for over 40 years.

May 27, 2010
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Senator Young Honors "Woman of Distinction" Helen Worth

ALBANY - State Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) honored Portville resident Helen Worth yesterday at the annual prestigious “Women of Distinction” ceremony at the State Capitol in Albany.  Mrs.

May 27, 2010
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Recognizing 60 Years Of Fire Service

Newark - Senator Mike Nozzolio recently spoke at the annual Newark Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary dinner where he presented a special New York State Resolution that he adopted in the New York State Senate to commemorate the 60th anniversary of their organization.

Pictured left to right are: Carol Scott, Vice President; Orintha Orbaker, President; Senator Mike Nozzolio; Ida Mae Hylkema Monje, the only remaining charter member; Elaine Snow, Secretary; Shirley Menton, Chaplin; and Esther Ahrens, Treasurer.

 

 

 

 

May 27, 2010
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Senator DeFrancisco Honors 2010 Woman of Distinction, Peggy Liuzzi, Executive Director of Child Care Solutions

Senator DeFrancisco started the "Women of Distinction” Award in 1998 to recognize and honor women who excel in their fields and contribute to the community.  Recipients are women from the 50th District who have exemplified personal excellence and inspired other women to realize mea

May 27, 2010
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5-27-10 Senator Owen H. Johnson Comments on the State Budget and State Park Closures

Given the nature of the economy, Long Islanders want an affordable vacation and will want to use our State Park facilities for swimming, camping, golfing, picnics, and hiking beginning on the Memorial Day Weekend.  I am outraged that our State Budget is 56 days late and that State Parks are being targeted for closure or service reductions. 

Last night, my Senate Republican colleagues and I introduced a proposal to restore funding to State Parks by using excess funds relating to the New York Power Authority without the necessity of dipping into the Environmental Protection Fund. 

Senate Democrats have talked about the need to reopen our parks, but every single one of them voted against our plan that would have ensured that all New Yorkers have access to fully operational parks as the holiday weekend approaches.

The Democratic leadership in the State Senate has continuously dragged their feet on passing a State Budget that stops irresponsible spending, targets fraud and waste in government, and reduces a bloated bureaucracy. 

Simply put, if the Democratic Senate leadership established Budget Conference Committees, as required by law, a Budget would be in place and all of our State Parks would be open and fully operational. 

Let’s stop the games and start negotiations immediately!  Our families and all New Yorkers are starting to face serious consequences due to this late Budget.  In my own district, the contractors performing work for the state are not being paid, school aid payments are late, the grass on our parkways is not being cut, and even the state DOT is rationing gas! This is outrageous!  We need to pass a responsible state budget today!

Never in the history of our state, even during the Great Depression, have New York State Parks closed.  Let’s stop the games and begin negotiating a responsible Budget that includes more than three Democrats from New York City.

May 27, 2010
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