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LONGTIME BAY RIDGE MERCHANT, COMMUNITY LEADER, ARLENE RUTUELO JOINS STAFF OF SENATOR MARTY GOLDEN

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is announcing that longtime Third Avenue Merchant and community activist, Arlene Rutuelo, has joined his staff and will serve as Executive Assistant.

Senator Marty Golden stated, “I am so proud to welcome Arlene, her enthusiasm, and love of our community to my staff. Arlene has long been an outstanding local leader who has made a difference in our neighborhood at so many levels. I am confident that she will be a stellar addition to my staff and I look forward to working with her.”

February 9, 2015
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State Senator James Sanders Jr. Confronts PBA President Pat Lynch Over Police Turning Their Backs on Mayor de Blasio

(Manhattan, NY) – State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale Village) confronted Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch at a senate hearing Wednesday questioning his support of police officers turning their backs on Mayor Bill de Blasio in the days following the execution-style shooting of two cops in Brooklyn back in December. 

February 9, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS SECURES STATE FUNDING FOR COMMUNITY PROGRAMS IN MANHASSET

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that he secured state funding for community parent education programs at the Manhasset Public Library. 

     The $5,000 in state funding will help Manhasset Community Coalition Against Substance Abuse (CASA), in partnership with the Manhasset Public Library, present its “Power of Parenting” series. The workshops, which will take place at the Manhasset Public Library, provide parents and caregivers with the skills, insight and knowledge they need to raise healthy youth in today’s world.

     The “Power of Parenting” series includes the following programs:

February 9, 2015
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Help Support our Kids: End the GEA Budget Cuts!

I am proud to be leading the fight to help completely eliminate the GEA school aid budget cuts once and for all.This effort is designed to protect our local schools from harmful cuts in State education aid.  This will not only ensure more resources for classroom instruction and quality programs, but will also help us to achieve our goal of ensuring an outstanding education for every child, in every school.

February 9, 2015
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Join me for an Important Community Forum!

Prescription Drugs and HeroinWhat Our Community and Schools Need to Know

February 9, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Helps Kick Off the 2015 Special Olympics in Syracuse

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped kick off the 2015 Special Olympics New York State Winter Games, by wishing all of the athletes the best of luck during a press conference on February 6, 2015, at the Oncenter in Syracuse.  

February 9, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Tries Out the New 2-1-1 Call System in Onondaga County

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco is pictured at the 2-1-1 Call Center in East Syracuse, after a press conference on February 6, 2015, to kick off the new system in Onondaga County. Residents of Onondaga County can now find a variety of resources by dialing a simple three-digit number, 211.

211 CNY brings together organizations in the community to better serve the residents of five counties: Onondaga, Oswego, Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence. Under the three digit phone number, 2-1-1, updated information is kept under national standards, and the call or use of the database is free and available 24/7.

February 9, 2015
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Senator O'Mara's weekly column 'From the Capitol' ~ for the week of February 9, 2015 ~ "Cuomo's 'fix your own pipes' doesn't hold water"

Senator O'Mara offers his weekly perspective on many of the key challenges and issues facing the Legislature, as well as on legislative actions, local initiatives, state programs and policies, and more. Stop back every Monday for Senator O'Mara's latest column "From the Capitol..."

This week, "Fix your own pipes?"

[see attached copy of Senator O'Mara's column in the February 8th Corning Leader]

February 9, 2015
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Brownstoner Queens: Local Pol Rallies Against Abandoned, Rundown Home in Jamaica Hills

On Friday, State Senator Tony Avella joined Jamaica Hills residents to speak out against the abandoned home at 80-44 233rd Street. This home has a long and troubled history, dating back more than ten years. Senator Avella first called attention to the home in 2010, but since then its condition has only worsened. There are boarded up and broken windows, scattered refuse, and dead, overgrown trees and bushes surrounding the property. The current owner owes $27,049.63 in property tax debt, with the last property tax payment made in 2009. The Department of Buildings also has over fourteen complaints against the property dating back to 2002.

February 9, 2015
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Wendelville Fire Co. Celebrates Accomplishments

The Wendelville Fire Company celebrated its accomplishments over its annual dinner party Saturday.  The brave men and women volunteer in the Town of Pendleton, putting their lives on the line to protect us.  

February 7, 2015
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Senator Skelos' Cold Weather Tips

To stay safe during this bout of cold weather, please think about the following tips compiled by our friends at the Red Cross:

-Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will help prevent losing body heat.

February 7, 2015
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Sen. Ortt Helps to Raise Awareness of the Homeless and Needy

Senator Ortt helped set up cardboard boxes for those braving the cold Friday night as part of the Jerry Starr Ken-Ton Schools' Sleepout. Organized by Educators Totally Committed (ETC), the event brings awareness to the plight of the homeless and those in need. Dozens of students, teachers and parents took up temporary residences in boxes in the parking lot of Hoover Middle School. Monetary donations along with food, clothing, and other items were collected throughout the evening. The sleepout event has been running for 28 years.  

February 6, 2015
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$5.4 Million Available to Help Businesses Train & Hire Formerly Unemployed Individuals

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo this week announced that $5.4 million is available to help businesses grow by training and hiring formerly unemployed individuals. Overseen by the Governor’s successful Unemployment Strikeforce, the funding is available to businesses in amounts of up to $100,000 to support a variety of essential worker training programs.

February 6, 2015
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SENATOR GOLDEN PROPOSES TOUGH PENALTIES IN AN EFFORT TO FIGHT AGAINST RASH OF ILLEGAL CONVERSIONS IN COMMUNITY

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is announcing that he has introduced legislation, S. 3239, designed to improve public safety by increasing penalties for those who fail to obtain proper permits or certificates, prior to altering a multiple dwelling.  Additionally, this legislation will create penalties for individuals that allow an altered building to be inhabited.

February 6, 2015
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Your Voice With Sen. Ortt

Feb. 3, 2015 - Senator Robert Ortt invited a mother from his district to Albany for a special ceremony to honor 13 lives lost in the November snowstorm. He talks about what the day meant to Barnette Burton and him. Senator Ortt also talks about the work ahead of him as Chairman of the Mental Health Committee. He weighs in on the arrest and resignation of then Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and speaks out about how it is impacting the budget process.

February 6, 2015
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Feb. 7th Is Take Your Child to the Library Day

Did you know tomorrow, Feb. 7th, is Take Your Child to the Library Day? The day promotes spending time with your family and utilizing the many services local libraries have to offer.

February 6, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS VISITS CARLE PLACE HIGH SCHOOL

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently visited Carle Place High School to speak with 9th and 10th grade students.

     Many of the students had written to Senator Martins expressing their opposition and concern to the proposed VLT facility at the former Fortunoff’s store. Rather than simply write them back, Senator Martins met with the students to talk about the issue, thank them for voicing their concerns, and tell them why it was so important to remain involved in the community.

     Senator Martins is pictured speaking with Carle Place High School students during his recent visit to the school.

February 6, 2015
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AARP COMMENDS SENATOR GOLDEN FOR VOTING TO HELP NEW YORK'S FAMILY CAREGIVERS

ALBANY, New York – Family caregivers are too often left unprepared to provide proper care before taking their loved ones home from the hospital. State Senator Martin Golden cast a key vote this week to advance legislation ensuring caregivers are offered instruction in any post-discharge tasks their older parents, spouses or other loved ones will need at home, fostering better care and potentially avoiding costly hospital re-admissions.

Senator Golden and his colleagues on the Senate Health Committee unanimously advanced the CARE Act (S.676-Hannon) this week for consideration by the full Senate.

February 5, 2015
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Ortt Supports Efforts to Change Broken Culture in Albany

In an article by the Niagara Gazette, State Senator Rob Ortt states he’s open to ethics reform, but doesn’t agree with the governor’s proposals 100 percent. Sen. Ortt admits there is a broken culture in Albany that needs to change. He says he whole heartedly supports efforts to change that culture. Read the full article here.

 

February 5, 2015
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Senator Bonacic meets with leadership team of the Center for Discovery

Senator Bonacic is pictured with Patrick Dollard, President and CEO of the Center for Discovery, Theresa Hamlin, Associate Executive Director of the Center for Discovery, Caryn Anderson, Executive Vice President of Admissions, and Steve Mosenson, Esq., General Counsel for the Center for Discovery.”

February 5, 2015
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