Statement By Senator Eric Adams

"As public officials, we welcome the mocking and joking performers provide for levity but the performance mocking Governor David Paterson’s blindness on Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update sketch went too far.

This callous form of humor showed the height of disrespect for our esteemed governor and this type of humor should not be tolerated. We should never accept the mocking of people with disabilities as an excuse for humor. There’s nothing comical about a handicap of any sort.

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Statement From State Senator Malcolm A. Smith

"Today, as an Elector for the people of New York, I will have the honor of casting a vote for Barack Obama to become the next President of the United States. 145 years since Abraham Lincoln declared all people, regardless of race, to be free citizens and just 50 years since our country recognized that separate is never equal and segregation can never be tolerated, I am deeply humbled to have the privilege of being part of the process to formally elect the first African American President.

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Local School Grants Announced

ONEONTA, 12/15/08 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/I/C – Oneonta) today announced that four local schools have received mini-grants from the Rural Education Advisory Committee.

“Assisting schools with funding of this nature enhances programs for students and does so without raising local taxes,” said Senator Seward. “This is a win-win situation, especially in these trying economic times when schools are struggling with the bottom line.”

Local grant recipients are: 

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Staten Island Pol To Stapleton Parents: Send Displaced Kids Here

Advance file photosChildren displaced when the Stapleton Community Center closes beginning Jan. 5 have a friend in state Sen. Diane Savino, inset

State Sen. Diane Savino today said kids from Staten Island's Stapleton community about to be displaced from their after-school program can hang out in her office until they have a place to go.

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Serrano Urges Mayor To Consider Threat Of "predatory Equity" In Selection Of New Hpd Chief

New York, NY - State Senator José M. Serrano today called upon Mayor Bloomberg to select a new housing chief who will carry on efforts to combat "predatory equity" real estate investment in New York City.

His statement followed news that Shaun Donovan, the well-regarded Commissioner of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), will leave to join President Obama's Cabinet.

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‘¡Sí se puede!’ is rallying cry for housing activists

By Diane Vacca

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No Senate Leader, But Transition Talks Underway

By Elizabeth Benjamin

In the alternate universe that is Albany, talks about a hand-off of power from the Senate Republicans to their Democratic counterparts are underway - albeit off to a slow start - despite the fact that it still remains unclear who (if anyone) will lead the chamber on Jan. 7.

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For The Record - By Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz

For the Record

I need to state exactly what I told Liz Benjamin from the NY Daily News this past Tuesday evening because some of the important facts that I told her were not reported:

I told Liz Smith that the gay community has been jamming my office phone line and making threats to me and my staff. I told her that I am very angry that my office has received phone calls threatening my life and calling the women on my staff "whores" and "bitches". I told her that to add to those names, Ed Koch called us rats.

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Serrano Supports Union Workers At 1520 Sedgwick

Senator Serrano returned to 1520 Sedgwick, The Birthplace of Hip Hop, on Thursday night, this time to support the rights of the hard-working union staff. The building's new owner, Mark Karasick, has threatened massive cuts to salary and benefits.

"Karasick first came to strip the affordability of the building. Not surprisingly, he's now looking to trample on workers' rights, by ignoring union contracts and cutting wages," said the Senator.

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