Issues: Miscellaneous

TimesLedger: Bayside Historical Society Rewarded $100k from State

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) presented the Bayside Historical Society with a $100,000 grant Thursday, allocated from the recently adopted state budget, to help cover the nonprofit’s operating expenses.

The award came as a surprise to BHS, located at the Fort Totten Castle, 208 Totten Ave., as Avella worked quietly to recoup state money for programs and organizations he knew were struggling financially.

“I’m very happy to be here as a former president of the Bayside Historical Society many years ago to help the organization to continue its great work, not only helping to preserve the history of Bayside and their landmark building, but also the cultural work they do for Bayside and the entire borough of Queens,” Avella said.

May 11, 2015
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Dean Skelos, Sheldon Silver, et al, and the J51 and 421a Tax Break

What You Should KnowBy Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz32nd Senatorial District718-991-3161Dean Skelos, Sheldon Silver, et al, and the J51 and 421a Tax Break You should know that with all of the media focus on Senator Dean Skelos and Assemblyman Sheldon Silver, the J-51 tax break and the 421-a tax benefit have become hot topics, and they will get even hotter as their sunset date in June approaches.

May 11, 2015
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7th Annual Staten Island Welcomes Our Heroes Armed Forces Day

Saturday, May 16, 2015 

WATCH THE MOTORCADE ESCORT OUR WOUNDED HEROES TO STATEN ISLAND

 Richmond Ave from Platinum Ave to Travis Ave

Estimate Time of Arrival is 1 pm

May 16, 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
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Happy Mother's Day ~ Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day to all mothers throughout the 58th Senate District and across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions.

Thank you!

May 8, 2015
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Two Minutes with Tom 5/8/15

Senator Croci's regular update of action in the 3rd Senate District and at the State Capitol in Albany.

May 8, 2015
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SENATOR AMEDORE SPEAKS ON WEST POINT DAY

Senator George Amedore speaks during a Senate resolution honoring the institution of West Point. He welcomed Cadet Gregory Larson, from Voorheesville. Cadet Larson will graduate from West Point this year, and head to Fort Hood. Senator Amedore thanked Cadet Larson, and all the West Point Cadets, for their service, honor and courage.

May 8, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Holds 2015 Teachers of Excellence Ceremony

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco held his second annual Teachers Of Excellence awards program on May 7, 2015, at Solvay Middle School. More than 30 educators from throughout Onondaga County were honored for their outstanding efforts to help children learn during the 2014-15 school year. They were nominated by students, school administrators, faculty and staff.

“Teachers are instrumental in enabling our youth to succeed in life,” said Senator DeFrancisco. “I am very pleased to recognize those dedicated educators within my district, who consistently go above and beyond to educate, mentor and inspire their students.”

The 2015 Teachers of Excellence honorees are listed in alphabetical order of schools:

May 8, 2015
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Release: Avella Praises Stopping Sale of Lumber Liquidators Flooring

(QUEENS, NY) Today, State Senator Tony Avella, Vice Chair of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, commended Lumber Liquidators’ decision to immediately halt the sale of certain Chinese-made laminate flooring that was recently found to contain dangerously high levels of formaldehyde.

The company announced Thursday that it was suspending the sale of the controversial flooring that caused them to come under fire after a “60 Minutes” report aired in March showed that the product contained extremely high levels of the chemical. Formaldehyde can pose serious health risks – including coughing, nausea and dizziness – and has been linked to certain types of cancer, if exposed for long periods of time.

May 8, 2015
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Release: Avella Announces 3rd Ave Exit Opening

(QUEENS, NY) State Senator Tony Avella today announced that the 3rd Avenue Exit of the Whitestone Expressway has finally been reopened to all traffic.

May 8, 2015
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SENATOR AMEDORE RECOGNIZES LOCAL WEST POINT CADET

Senator George Amedore recognized West Point Cadet Gregory Larson, from Voorheesville, in the Senate Chamber on Tuesday, May 6, 2015. Cadet Larson traveled to the Capitol as part of the traditional West Point Day, held annually for the Legislature to pay tribute to the great institution of the United States Military Academy. 

May 8, 2015
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May Is Lyme Disease Awareness Month

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month. It represents an opportunity to raise awareness and spread information about this terrible disease. I have a brochure on this topic that can be accessed at http://www.nysenate.gov/files/pdfs/Farley%20Lyme%20Disease.pdf.

May 8, 2015
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SENATOR NOZZOLIO APPLAUDS CONGRESSMAN JOHN KATKO FOR OPPOSITION TO THE INTERNATIONAL JOINT COMMISSION PLAN 2014

Senator Mike Nozzolio and Assemblyman Bob Oaks recently sent correspondence to Congressman John Katko thanking him for his ongoing opposition at the federal level to the IJC’s Plan 2014.  Senator Nozzolio has long been opposed to Plan 2014 as it would devastate lakefront communities in Wayne County and across Upstate New York.

 

May 8, 2015
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Senator Farley Meets Gloversville Constituents

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of meeting John Heimer IV of Gloversville when John’s son, John Heimer V, visited the Capitol with his class from Kingsborough Elementary School on April 29th.

May 8, 2015
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Forum/Town Hall: NOTICE OF PUBLIC FORUM ON NEW YORK’S EFFORTS TO COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE

SUBJECT: The current and anticipated effects of global climate change on the State of New York, and the State’s efforts to combat man-made climate change.

PURPOSE: To hear from scientific experts, New York residents and businesses impacted by climate change, and environmental advocates and government officials about the progress of New York State’s Climate Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

May 19, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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FREE Civil Legal Services

Senator Phil Boyle is bringing free civil legal services to your neighborhood. The Mobile Legal Help Center is a partnership between the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) and the New York State Courts’ Access to Justice Program that provides free civil legal services to New Yorkers in need.

May 7, 2015
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SENATOR GOLDEN ATTENDS FONTBONNE HALL ACADEMY'S FLEUR DE LYS DINNER DANCE TO SUPPORT SCHOOL

Senator Golden had the pleasure of attending Fontbonne Hall Academy's Fleur de Lys Dinner Dance raising funds to support the school.

May 7, 2015
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SENATOR GOLDEN SHINES STATEWIDE RECOGNITION ON COMMUNITY LEADER TERESA MCPHAIL

Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) earlier this week honored Teresa McPhail, a Bay Ridge resident and community leader, as a “State Senate Woman of Distinction” at a ceremony held in the State Capitol in Albany.

Teresa McPhail is a longtime resident of Bay Ridge, holds a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education and has devoted much of her life to educating children. Mrs. McPhail has been involved within her faith community for the past forty years, and is currently the Director of the Universal Pre-Kindergarten program at Gateway City Church.

May 7, 2015
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Release: Avella Gives $100,000 to Bayside Historical Society

(BAYSIDE, NY) Today, State Senator Tony Avella was joined by Paul DiBenedetto, President of the Bayside Historical Society, to present the organization with a $100,000 grant.

Senator Avella obtained the money for the Bayside Historical Society from this year’s state budget and will help the group cover operating costs. The funding is part of more than $1.3 million Senator Avella secured for programs and organizations through his district and across the borough of Queens. The historical society was in desperate need of additional funding in order to continue operating, and the money provided by Senator Avella will allow the organization to continue serving the community.

May 7, 2015
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Release: Avella Announces Opening of 11th Avenue

(QUEENS, NY) Today, State Senator Tony Avella announced that 11th Avenue in College Point will be reopened to the public Friday after months of construction to repair sewer pipes.

The stretch of roadway between 130th and 132nd Streets has been closed to residents for more than a year as the City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) made improvements to the sewer system for residents along 11th Avenue and to the Tallman Island Water Pollution Control Plant. When the project began, DEP anticipated the work to be completed by the fall of 2014, but the opening of the roadway was pushed back by several setbacks in the process.

May 7, 2015
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