Issues: Social Services

STATEMENT FROM STATE SEN. PATRICK M. GALLIVAN REGARDING GOVERNOR CUOMO’S 2013 STATE BUDGET PROPOSAL

Review The Governor's Proposal Yourself: openbudget.ny.gov

“State government has been able to change direction the last two years largely because Albany has adopted a course of fiscal prudence. Today’s budget proposal demonstrates the Governor’s continued commitment to financial responsibility, keeping state spending growth below two percent while closing a $1.35 billion budget deficit without proposing any new taxes.”

January 23, 2013
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Squadron, Silver, Glick, Kavanagh, Stringer, Chin, Mendez Urge City to Make Disaster Food Aid More Accessible

Electeds Urge Expanded Eligible Zip Codes, Additional Application Center in Lower Manhattan, Extended Deadline for D-SNAP Program

Letter Comes Alongside Push By Nadler and Federal Legislators

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Assemblymembers Deborah Glick and Brian Kavanagh, Borough President Scott Stringer, and Councilmembers Margaret Chin and Rosie Mendez sent a letter to NYC Human Resources Administration Commissioner Robert Doar urging the City to make the Hurricane Sandy Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) more accessible to more New Yorkers in need. The letter comes alongside a similar push from federal elected officials, led by Congressman Jerrold Nadler.

December 12, 2012
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GALLIVAN HONORS NEW YORKERS WITH DISABILITIES

Celebrates International Day of Persons with Disabilities in Amherst and Warsaw

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-Elma), joined with community leaders and advocates for the disabled in Amherst and Warsaw today to celebrate the first annual “International Day of Persons With Disabilities” in New York State and to recognize the achievements that the community have contributed to the diverse fabric of New York State and Western New York.

December 4, 2012
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Statement from Senator Michael Gianaris on Governor Cuomo's creation of a Moreland Commission to investigate Public Utilities

STATEMENT FROM SENATOR MICHAEL GIANARIS ON

GOVERNOR CUOMO’S CREATION OF A MORELAND COMMISSION TO

INVESTIGATE PUBLIC UTILITIES

November 13, 2012
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GALLIVAN ANNOUNCES WAYS WESTERN NEW YORKERS CAN ASSIST DOWNSTATE NEIGHBORS IMPACTED BY SUPERSTORM SANDY

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) today announced several ways that Western New Yorkers, and all New Yorkers, can help the massive relief effort underway in the New York City Metro Area in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy that ravaged the Eastern Seaboard last week.

Gallivan urged New Yorkers to utilize The American Red Cross and Catholic Charities, or other trusted charitable organizations who have strong track records of efficiently and effectively distributing relief aid in disaster situations.

November 5, 2012
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Hurricane Sandy Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Benefit Replacement

If you lost food purchased with SNAP benefits due to Hurricane Sandy, there is help available. Current SNAP households that have lost food purchased with their benefits as a result of the storm are entitled to replacement benefits.

Q - What do I need to do?

November 5, 2012
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Korean Community Resources 한국 커뮤니티 리소스

Following a roundtable meeting held on June 15, 2012, the Office of New York State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky has partnered with key Korean community organizations in order to connect Korean-language constituents with important services. The following is a bilingual list of community organizations and the services they provide, as well as links to other helpful resources:

주 상원 의원 토비 앤 스타비스키 의원실이 한인 성인들에게 중요한 서비스를 드리기 위해서 한인 지역 사회 단체랑 제휴했습니다. 다음은 지역 사회 단체들이 제공하는 서비스뿐 아니라 기타 유용한 리소스에 대한 링크의 이중 언어 목록입니다 :

July 10, 2012
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End of the 2012 Legislative Session

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: June 29, 2012Contact: Bryant G. Gaspard | gaspard@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

**PRESS RELEASE**

Senator Huntley Commemorates the End of the 2012 Legislative Session While Urging More Progressive Growth for the Future

As the 2012 Legislative Session came to a close last week, Senator Huntley (D-Jamaica) and the Democratic Conference highlighted some great accomplishments made this year while also emphasizing the essential work that still has left to be done.

June 28, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO PROTECT SOCIAL SERVICES WORKERS FROM ASSAULT

    The New York State Senate yesterday passed legislation to enhance the criminal penalties for assaulting employees of a county social services district while in performance of their duties.  The bill (S7720) represents a three-way agreement with the Governor and Assembly.    In April, the City of New York released the latest data on social service workers assaulted on the job. Last year, 61 employees of the City’s three social services agencies were assaulted while performing their job duties, a 10 percent increase from 56 assaults in 2010.

June 20, 2012
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Griffo Supports Welfare Reform Bill Passing Senate

Griffo Supports Welfare Reform Bill Passing Senate “Public Assistance Integrity Act” Would Comply with Federal Guidelines, Safeguard Taxpayer Dollars while Ensuring Individuals Get Assistance They Need

June 19, 2012
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Public Assistance Integrity Act Passes Senate

ALBANY, 06/19/12 – The New York State Senate today passed the “Public Assistance Integrity Act” to protect public assistance for welfare recipients from being used to purchase cigarettes, alcoholic beverages, lottery tickets or for casino gambling.  Unlike Food Stamps purchases, cash assistance purchases are currently permitted under New York State law.

The legislation (S.7671), co-sponsored by Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) would also prevent individuals receiving welfare from using their electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card to make ATM withdrawals from certain places, including liquor stores, casinos and strip clubs. 

June 19, 2012
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Senate Passes Bill to Protect Social Services Workers From Assault

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), to enhance the criminal penalties for assaulting employees of a county social services district while in performance of their duties.  The bill (S7720) represents a three-way agreement with the Governor and Assembly.

June 19, 2012
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Libous Welfare Reform Bill Passes Senate

The New York State Senate today passed the “Public Assistance Integrity Act” to protect public assistance for welfare recipients from being used to purchase cigarettes, alcoholic beverages, lottery tickets or for casino gambling.  Unlike Food Stamps purchases, cash assistance purchases are currently permitted under New York State law.

June 19, 2012
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RITCHIE: NO WELFARE BENEFITS FOR SMOKES, BOOZE OR LOTTO

Sponsors Bill After Constituent Complaints About Misuse of EBT Cards

Senator Patty Ritchie today announced legislation to stop the use of taxpayer-paid EBT welfare cards to buy lottery tickets, beer and cigarettes.

June 15, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Social Services Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Social Services Senator Patrick Gallivan, Chair 10:00 AM, Tuesday, June 5, 2012 Room 901 LOB

June 5, 10:00 AM - 10:08 AM
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Sen. Krueger Writes in The Hill: Washington's Fad Diet

Sen. Krueger wrote this piece for The Hill's Congress Blog, explaining why Congress' proposed millions in cuts to the food stamps program make no sense.

May 24, 2012
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Governor Cuomo Announces New York State to End Finger Imaging Requirement for Food Stamp Recipients

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York State will end the finger imaging requirement for all food stamp applicants and recipients, helping simplify the application process and removing a barrier to reducing hunger among the state’s children and adults.

May 17, 2012
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