Issues: Miscellaneous

Weatherization Assistance Program - Save on heating and cooling costs and improve the safety of your home through energy efficiency measures

The Weatherization Assistance Program assists income-eligible families and individuals by reducing their heating/cooling costs and improving the safety of their homes through energy efficiency measures. Energy efficiency measures performed through the program include air sealing (weatherstripping, caulking), wall and ceiling insulation, heating system improvements or replacement, efficiency improvements in lighting, hot water tank and pipe insulation, and refrigerator replacements with highly efficient Energy Star rated units. Both single-family and multi-family buildings are assisted. Household energy use reductions and resultant energy cost savings are significant, with an average savings in excess of 20%.

October 25, 2010
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Senator Flanagan Visits Kings Park Students

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently visited Kings Park High School to discuss the New York State Senate with students of the AP Government class.

Senator Flanagan spoke to the students, who are taking part in the class under the direction of teacher Jack Bishop, about his role in the legislative process, his efforts to protect the residents of the 2nd Senate District and other topics that provided the students with an overview of how New York State government operates.  The students were then provided with an opportunity to ask Senator Flanagan questions about the state issues that are important to them.

October 25, 2010
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Make a Chef a Celebrity At Health Action Contest

From the Staten Island Advance

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Community Health Action of Staten Island (CHASI) is holding its fourth annual Celebrity Chefs competition Monday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. at LiGreci's Staaten, West Brighton. Tickets may be purchased in advance or on the night of the event for $65 each; call Ronnie DiGiacomo at 718-808-1403. Honorary co-chairs are Jane Milza of Grasmere, former Food Editor of the Staten Island Advance and Alfred Cerullo, president/CEO of Grand Central Partnership, Manhattan.

State senators Diane Savino and Andrew Lanza will be vying against each other. Similarly, there will be a friendly competition going between two prominent Soroptimists, Joan Galestro and Fran Reali.

October 22, 2010
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RURAL FUTURES: Summer 2010 by the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources

Newsletter from the New York State Legislative Commission on Rural Resources.

File: 
Summer 2010 LCRR Newsletter

October 22, 2010
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1,200 QUEENS FAMILIES (4,000 TOTAL IN NYC) GET HELP FROM FEED THE CHILDREN CARAVAN

  State Senator Addabbo Identifies Queens Recipients and Provides Volunteer Support;October Is Hunger Awareness Month  

October 22, 2010
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SENATOR MARTY GOLDEN ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR 2010 HALLOWEEN WALK & FAIR

Brooklyn- State Senator Marty Golden today announced plans for the 2010 Halloween Walk & Fairytale Forest scheduled for Sunday, October 31, 2010 from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Owl’s Head Park, located at 67th Street and Colonial Road.

The annual event will feature the Haunted Walk, the Fairytale Forest, a pumpkin patch, a costume contest and much more. The event will also feature rides for the children, pony rides, face painting, sand art, a Trackless Train Ride and “Dracula’s Food Court”.

October 22, 2010
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Cutting the Ribbon at VillageCare's New Rehabilitation and Nursing Center

On October 21, I had the privilege of giving remarks at the ribbon-cutting of VillageCare's new Rehabilitation and Nursing Center at 214 W. Houston Street, which succeeds the beloved but outdated Village Nursing Home on Abingdon Square. This state-of-the-art center builds upon progress that has been made in rehabilitative care, providing facilities for the growing number of people requiring short-stay intensive rehabilitative services so they can return home, rather than becoming permanent nursing home residents. I particularly appreciate VillageCare's consultation with and responsiveness to community concerns throughout the center's planning and construction processes.

October 22, 2010
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Seeking the Closure of the Dangerous Nightclub Sin Sin and a More Responsive SLA

In the wake of August's shooting death in front of Sin Sin nightclub at 248 East Fifth Street, I joined Assemblymember Deborah Glick and other local elected officials in sending a letter to New York State Liquor Authority (SLA) Chair Dennis Rosen outlining our concerns not only about Sin Sin but also about the overall liquor license approval process. The current system – which allows bars and clubs like Sin Sin to open despite cogent objections from the local Community Board, elected officials and neighborhood residents and to remain open despite persistent adverse effects on the surrounding community – is clearly not working.

October 22, 2010
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Community Update for Week Ending October 22nd

Here is my Community Update for the week ending Friday, October 22nd. As always, click on the link below to view it in full screen.

October 22, 2010
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Statement from Senator McDonald on Inspector General's Report on AEG VLT Deal

October 21, 2010 - The economic well being of the Capital Region and New York State has been jeopardized once again.

October 21, 2010
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO: GOVERNOR WRONG TO VETO AUTISM INSURANCE REFORM LEGISLATION

“I am extremely disappointed that Governor Paterson vetoed autism insurance reform legislation I sponsored, which was unanimously passed by both the Senate and Assembly, that would have helped individuals with autism get the care and treatment they need.

October 21, 2010
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STATEMENT BY SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER DEAN SKELOS

The Inspector General’s report confirms what I said in February, that the initial award of the Aqueduct VLT contract to AEG reeked of favoritism and was a corrupt a backroom deal.  The disgraceful, criminal conduct of Senate Democrats exposed by the Inspector General makes it clear they were only looking after their own political best interests, not the public’s.

 

In February, I wrote a letter to Senator Sampson asking for a Senate hearing to examine all the Aqueduct bids in public to ensure an open, transparent process. Senator Sampson never wrote back.  Now I know why, because the fix was in and AEG’s winning bid was already wired, bought and paid for through contributions to the Senate Democrats.

 

October 21, 2010
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The Babylon Village Arts Council honors Senator Owen H. Johnson.

On October 13, 2010, the Babylon Village Arts Council honored Senator Owen H. Johnson at a fundraiser at the Babylon Masonic Lodge.  Senator Johnson was instrumental in securing the initial funding for the not-for profit organization. 

The Babylon Village Arts Council was formed in 2003 by a group of  village residents who recognized the need to present various art experiences to the Babylon Village community. From that vision  the Babylon Village Arts Council has become an integral part in the cultural lives of its residents. 

Photo left to right:  Stannis Beck; Senator Owen H. Johnson; Rose Ann and Robert Norman, Co-Presidents of the Babylon Village Art Council Board.

October 20, 2010
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Veteran's Day Musical Tribute November 9th

On Tuesday, November 9th, Greece Concert Band, Choral Society, and Community Orchestra present A Veteran's Day Musical Tribute. This musical salute to all those who have served and are currently serving our country begins at 7:15p.m. at the Athena Performing Arts Center, 800 Long Pond Road, in Greece. Admission is free, and no tickets are required. For all the details, click on the link below.

October 20, 2010
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MTA Rally to Restore Bus Service

Senator Golden at the MTA Rally to restore bus service on October 19, 2010.

October 20, 2010
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October 20, 2010
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NCT Presents "The Curious Savage"

Greed! Millions! Insanity! Intrigue! Mystery!

Curiously..."The Curious Savage" is a heartwarming tale about Ethel Savage,

a weathy widow committed to a sanitarium by her greedy stepchildren.

Come and meet the wacky, welcoming and wonderful inmates who help

us re-define and re-think our notions of what is normal...and what is crazy.

October 19, 2010
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Fairville Fire Department

Our emergency rescue workers put their lives on the line to protect their communities every single day. That is why it is important that we provide them with all of the equipment and tools necessary to protect us and their own safety. Recently, Senator Nozzolio met with the Fairville Fire Department at their open house to inspect their emergency equipment as well as their off-road rescue vehicle. ATV’s such as the Fairville Fire Department’s have been used all across the State to save lives in places where other rescue vehicles could not have reached.

Pictured left to right: Russel George; Senator Mike Nozzolio; Jay Rice

 

October 19, 2010
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