Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz Announces Children’s New York Evangelical Parade

Senator Reverand Ruben Diaz invites all to attend and participate in the New York Children’s Evangelical Parade. This parade, in which many churches participate with floats and other types of demonstrations, is organized by the New York Evangelical Association of New York, which is presided over by Reverend Luis Serrano.

The parade will be held this Saturday, June 20th. The parade will kick off at 12 noon from 97th Street and Third Avenue. The parade will go up Third Avenue to 119th Street. The reviewing stand will be located on Third Avenue and 116th Street.

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Serrano Marches in the 52nd Annual Puerto Rican Parade

Senator Serrano made his annual trek up Fifth Avenue during the Puerto Rican Day Parade, which was held on Sunday, June 14. The parade, which attracts more than one million people, celebrate the history and culture of the Puerto Rican people.

“I am never more proud of my Puerto Rican heritage than I am on this day,” said the Senator, who joined his father, Congressman José E. Serrano, on the parade route. “Today we come together as one community, united in our strength, our priniciples and the extraordinary contributions we have made to this city.”

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SENATOR FUSCHILLO JOINS LOCAL VETERANS, VILLAGE & TOWN OFFICIALS IN BREAKING GROUND ON NEW VETERANS MEMORIAL IN MASSAPEQUA PARK

State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District), recently joined with officials from the Village of Massapequa Park, Town of Oyster Bay, and members of VFW Post 7763 in breaking ground on the Village’s new Veterans Memorial.

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Senator Thomas K. Duane 2009 Rent Guidelines Board Testimony

Testimony By New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane Before The New York City Rent Guidelines Board Hearing On Proposed Rent Increases
June 17, 2009

My name is Thomas K. Duane and I represent New York State's 29th Senate District, which includes the Upper West Side, Hell’s Kitchen, Greenwich Village, Chelsea, and parts of the East Side, including the East Village, Stuyvesant Town, Peter Cooper Village and Waterside Plaza.

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SENATOR GOLDEN TOWN HALL SPARKS CLEAN UP OF FARMER’S MARKET

Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) has been informed today that the Farmer's Market at 2961 Avenue U at Brown Street has been inspected, cleaned and issued violations by the various city agencies involved.  

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Albany Update

June 17, 2009

Dear Friend,

The last two weeks in Albany have taught me that no matter how dysfunctional I thought this place was, it really was possible for it to get worse.  I assure you that I share your frustration over the current power struggle and the failure of the Democratic majority to act on important issues that matter to the daily lives of New Yorkers.  While things are still in flux, I wanted to give you my perspective on what happened and what it all means.

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Court Recognizes Only The Election Of Senator Smith As Temporary President Of The Senate, Says Senate Must Decide

(Albany, NY)- Today, the Albany County Supreme Court ruled that the issue of control over the State Senate was for the Senate to decide and not the court. The court also recognized only the validity of the January 7, 2009 election of Senator Malcolm A. Smith as Temporary President of the New York State Senate. 

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Revised Bi-Partisan Operating Agreement and Letter

Attached please find a letter from Senators Smith and Sampson and a revised proposal for a Bipartisan Operating Agreement for the New York State Senate, effective until 11:59pm on Monday, June 22, unless otherwise extended by the parties.

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Senator Aubertine and Senate Democrats: Let’s Put Politics Aside, Get Back to Work

Court asks lawmakers to create power sharing agreement, Espada-led GOP refuses fair deal

ALBANY (June 16, 2009)—State Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine said today that the Senate must move beyond new Senate Republican Leader Pedro Espada’s power grab and get back to work on important legislation to create and sustain jobs, provide flexibility for school districts and local governments, and provide substantive property tax relief.

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Judge McNamara's June 16, 2009 Decision in Smith v. Espada

Justice McNamara issued a decision in the case on June 16, 2009.  The ruling dismissed the matter while explicitly declining to rule on the validity of either party's claim to Senate leadership.  A copy of the decision is available here.

Image caption: Counsel for Senators Smith and Espada gathered around Judge McNamara in the court room.

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