Here is my Community Connection for the week ending Friday, November 5th, 2010. It's a special issue to honor all of our Veterans, as we celebrate Veterans Day on Thursday. To view it in full screen, click the pdf file link below.
New York State Senate Puerto Rican and Latino CaucusChair: Senator Ruben DiazPublic Hearing: The State of the Latino Women EntrepreneursPlace: Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, 234 East 144th Street, Auditorium, Bronx, New YorkTime: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PMMedia Contact: Ralph Morales (718) 991-3161
October 2010 was marred by reports of three apparent hate crimes perpetuated in Greenwich Village and Chelsea in which the victims were perceived to be gay men. In response to each of the attacks, my office has been working with the Manhattan District Attorney's office, the New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP), and NYPD Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender liaison Tim Duffy to ensure that those who are responsible are brought to justice.Hate and prejudice of any kind are unacceptable in New York City or anywhere, but there is a heightened injustice that these apparently anti-gay attacks occurred in Chelsea and Greenwich Village, neighborhoods with their long-standing connections to the LGBT community.
The upper level of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge will be closed in both directions from 12:01 a.m. through 3 p.m. Sunday, and the lower level will be closed in both directions from about 7 a.m. until about 3 p.m.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. --- If you're not wearing running shoes and a number on your chest, prepare to have a tough time getting around on Sunday. Streets will be closed throughout the five boroughs during the running of the 26.2-mile ING New York City Marathon. The upper level of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge will be closed in both directions from 12:01 a.m. through 3 p.m.
Earlier this fall, a number of Hell's Kitchen residents notified my staff about suspected gang activity and violence, particularly around Matthews-Palmer Playground on West 45 Street between Ninth and Tenth Avenues. In response, my office reached out to the New York Police Department's (NYPD) Midtown North Precinct, which has since stationed a uniformed officer outside the playground, and continued to patrol other locations where incidents have been reported. I want to thank the Midtown North Precinct for its swift attention to this matter as well as its participation along with NYPD's 10th Precinct in a community meeting to address concerns regarding increased violence in Hell's Kitchen.
Although the constituents in the 30th senatorial district vary ethnically, culturally and economically, they all encounter the same chronic rat problem whenever they use the subway system. Most people have a visceral reaction to rats, but that alone is not why we must make every effort to rid them from our subways.
Photo from left to right: Leslie Salanitri, South Bay PTA President; Diana Doerbecker, South Bay PTA Past President; JoAnn Scott, Principal, South Bay Elementary; Steve Ballone, Supervisor, Town of Babylon; Corrine DiSomma, Receiver of Taxes, Town of Babylon; Wayne Horsley, Suffolk County Legislator; Senator Owen H. Johnson; Lindsay Henry, Town Councilman; and Roger Smith, Principal Architect, BBS Architects.
The Mechanical Marauders Robotics Team from Bay Shore took first place at the 6th Annual Deer Park Invitational Robotics Competition sponsored by the Deer Park High School on October 16, 2010. The competition was supported by School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. and LI FIRST.
Participating teams used the robots they built for the 2010 LI FIRST Regional Competition, which was held at Hofstra University in March. Students programmed their robots to compete on a 27 by 54 foot playing field attempting to earn points by collecting soccer balls in goals. Additional bonus points were earned for each robot suspended in air and not touching the field at the end of the match.
Recently, Senator Nozzolio met with members of the Walworth Fire Department to acknowledge their service to the community.
Pictured with Senator Nozzolio: Jon Alo, Karel Ambroz, Buzz Appleman, George Consiglio, Captain Rich Dierks, Commissioner Jim Drew, Chief Gary Germano, Ron Hermanet, Christopher House, Katie House, Commissioner Steve MacNeal, Deputy Chief Ed Parkhurst, Deputy Chief Charlie Phalen, Town Supervisor Bob Plant, Mark Rutkowski, Patrick Schmitt, Jason Strickland, and Gen VanDeWalle.
Senator Mike Nozzolio recently held a ceremony at the site of the future Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery to unveil the new Sampson Veterans Memorial Highway signs. The new signs will be placed at the intersection of 96A and 5 & 20 in Geneva and near the intersection of State Route 414 and 96A in Ovid. Senator Nozzolio has been instrumental in the establishment of the Veterans Memorial Cemetery and sponsored the legislation that dedicated part of State Route 96 leading to the cemetery as the Sampson Veterans Memorial Highway.
Pictured left to right: Chris Covert, Don Linborg, Senator Mike Nozzolio, Assemblyman Brian Kolb, and members of a number of area veterans organizations.
Senator Adams is interviewed on legislation he will co-sponsor to establish residency as a condition of employment in the FDNY. The legislation will make our firefighters a more integral element of the city that they serve and safeguard and bring a demographic diversity reflective of New York's citizenry
Senator Owen H. Johnson presented a Legislative Resolution to Marc Horowitz, Library Director, commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the North Babylon Public Library. The celebration took place on October 3, 2010.
The Library’s History:In 1969, the North Babylon Public Library began in a small store at the Sunset City Shopping Center in North Babylon. The first Library Director was Andrew Ippilito. In 1968, the library moved into its current building at 815 Deer Park Avenue. It began as a repository for books and has expanded its role to help improve the quality of life in the community, providing reading programs for all ages as well as workshops and classes for town residents.