Issues: Miscellaneous

A Letter to New Yorkers

Dear New Yorkers,

For the last two years, the Democrat-controlled State government has launched a merciless assault on the quality of life of our State residents.

Under their leadership, the Democrats took more of your hard earned money through higher taxes while at the same time killing over 245,000 jobs in 2009 alone.

They eliminated our STAR rebate checks, which were given to every homeowner to feed the super-sized state budgets that increased spending by over 14 billion in two years. Additionally, their infamous MTA bailout saddled every church, charity, school and small business with a job-killing payroll tax while leaving upstate bridges and roads to crumble.

December 16, 2010
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SENATOR GOLDEN AND SANTA CLAUS HOST CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING

Brooklyn- State Senator Marty Golden, in partnership with the South West Brooklyn Parks Task Force, hosted a Christmas Tree lighting last evening in McKinley Park to bring out the holiday spirit at this time of year.

 

Senator Golden stated, "During the Christmas season, and all year, residents of our community should join together in the Christmas spirit and exhibit good will to serve the most needy." The Christmas Tree lighting featured Christmas caroling, hot chocolate and a special visit from Santa Claus.

December 15, 2010
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Suffolk County National Bank celebrated its 30th branch office opening in Amityville.

Senator Owen H. Johnson recently celebrated with the staff and management of the Suffolk County National Bank.  The official ribbon cutting ceremony at their newest branch office at 400 Merrick Road in Amityville marked the opening of their 30th  branch office.  It also marked the 120th anniversary of the Bank’s founding.   

December 15, 2010
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122 Precinct Blood Drive


On Tuesday, December 21 the 122 Precinct will host a blood drive in the Muster Room from 12pm-5:30pm. Blood donors must be between the ages of 16 and 76 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in good health. There is no substitute for human blood. Its only source is healthy caring people who understand that giving blood is a community responsibility. Please come out and donate blood alongside Staten Island's finest!

 

December 21, 12:00 PM - 5:30 PM
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SENATOR GOLDEN CRITICIZES GOVERNOR’S LACK OF LEADERSHIP ON OTB; OFFERS PROPOSAL TO REOPEN PROFITABLE NYC OTB PARLORS, PUT PEOPLE BACK TO WORK

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) is strongly criticizing Governor Paterson today for refusing to provide any real leadership in an effort to reopen New York City Off- Track Betting, get OTB employees back to work, and develop a long term solution to help OTB and the racing industry statewide.

In response to the Governor’s paralysis, Senator Golden highlighted existing state authority that would allow profitable New York City OTB parlors to re-open as soon as tomorrow and rehire displaced workers.

December 14, 2010
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December 16, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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George Bailey Award

Senator Mike Nozzolio recently met with Anita Fitzgerald to congratulate her for receiving the prestigious George Bailey Award, an annual award given to a Seneca Falls resident who exemplifies the spirit of George Bailey. Among her many accomplishments, Anita worked with the Seneca Falls Historical Society to record and preserve the records of generations of Seneca Falls residents.

December 14, 2010
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December 29, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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COAT DRIVE AT THE 122 PRECINCT - Help Someone Who Needs a Warm Coat this Winter

 

90% of homeless adults need a new, warm coat each winter because they have no place to keep one over the summer months. But it's not just homeless people who need our help; thousands of New Yorkers each year are forced to make a choice between buying a winter coat and putting food on the table, or meeting other basic survival needs.

New York Cares collects nearly 70,000 gently used, freshly laundered winter coats each December and distributes them to thousands of men, women, and children who would otherwise be cold.

Please help and bring a gently used coat to the Holiday Treat Open House at the 122 Precinct on December 17 from 6am-9pm

December 13, 2010
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Westchester Korean American Association’s Annual Dinner

On Saturday, December 11th, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (35th District – D/WF) delivered remarks during the Westchester Korean American Association’s Annual Dinner, held in honor of the Korean War Veterans.

(Photo by Hoon Lee)

December 13, 2010
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Literacy Volunteers of Rochester Opens New Offices

On Friday, December 10th, 2010, Senator Robach attended a ceremony to mark the opening of Literacy Volunteers of Rochester's new location. Earlier this year, LVR moved their offices to 1600 South Avenue at Wolk Hall. The new offices give LVR the opportunity to expand programs and services. For more information, visit http://www.literacyrochester.org/.

December 13, 2010
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An Open Letter to Governor-Elect Andrew Cuomo By State Senator Martin J. Golden

With November’s elections behind us, we finally have an opportunity to look past partisan politics and look toward solving, the many on-going problems facing our great state.

For the last four years, fiscal responsibility has been a catch phrase, thrown around during those months leading up to elections, and then no follow up after. This disregard for what must be done in order to ensure the solvency of our state, has left us with the following: an unemployment rate of 10%, a state pension fund in crisis, and a projected state budget deficit of 9.2 Billion Dollars.

December 13, 2010
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It Stinks, by Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz

For Immediate ReleaseDecember 12, 2010It Stinksby Senator Reverend Ruben DiazKudos to Ms. Joanna Molloy from the New York Daily News for her sharp warning to us in Saturday’s column, New Yorkers rip Bloomberg on crash tax, say he's 'bleeding the middle class' dry.Her comparison of Mayor Bloomberg’s intention to allow the FDNY to bill drivers involved in accidents to the Emperor Nero’s tax on urine collectors may sound grotesque. According to history, Nero’s son complained about the gross nature of that tax. A gold coin was held high before him and a voice of authority stated: “This doesn’t stink.”

December 13, 2010
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NYS Senator Eric Adams And Other Electeds Hold a Press Conference to Decry FDNY "Crash Tax" on Auto Accidents

On Saturday, December 11th, NYS Senator Eric Adams was joined by Council Member Jumaane D. Williams and Assembly Member Hakeem Jeffries to protest the FDNY “crash tax” (“accident tax”) on individuals involved in motor vehicle accidents

NYS Senator Eric Adams stated: “The FDNY proposes to add insult to injury; it has announced its intention to impose a fee on individuals involved in auto accidents. Under the plan, a car fire with personal injury will cost $490, a car fire without personal injury will cost $415, an accident with injury will cost $490, and an accident without injury will cost $365. This so-called ‘accident tax’ is unconscionable; if the FDNY responds, you will be charged, even when the accident is NOT your fault!

December 12, 2010
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Community Connection for Week Ending December 10th

Here is my community connection for the week ending Friday, December 10th. As always, you can view it in full screen by clicking on the link below.

December 10, 2010
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December 10, 2010
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Helping those in need

Dear Friend:

As we share the joys of the season with friends and family, let’s not overlook those neighbors who are most in need.  Having served in the U.S. Marine Corps, I am reminded of those brave men and women in our Armed Forces who have spent the holidays away from their homes and families.  Many soldiers have returned home to Long Island and are suffering the hardships of this difficult economy.  They have my utmost respect and deserve our support and encouragement, especially during the holiday season. 

December 10, 2010
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SEN. YOUNG ATTENDS DEDICATION OFNEW FRIENDSHIP CENTRAL SCHOOL RENOVATIONS

Many happy and excited community members, students, parents, and school personnel celebrated the official dedication of the Friendship Central School’s beautiful new classroom facilities and refurbished gymnasium. A sportsmanship statue was unveiled as part of the ceremonies. Sportsmanship essay contest winner Caylen Bednow (pictured right) earned the honor of being the model for the bronze figure that will be permanently displayed at the school. The statue was created by renowned artist David Poulin (pictured center). Mr. Poulin cast the bronze from a clay figure that was created by students under his supervion.

December 10, 2010
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