December 2009 Community Bulletin

Letter to Governor Paterson: Eminent Domain

December 8, 2009Hon. David A. PatersonGovernor, State of New YorkState CapitolAlbany, New York 12224Dear Governor Paterson:I write with a great sense of urgency in respectfully calling upon you to forego an appeal of last week’s decision in Kaur v. New York State Urban Development Corporation, and to order a statewide moratorium on the use of eminent domain within the State of New York pending legislative action. 

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Letter to Governor Paterson.pdf

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Senator Flanagan Helps Kings Park Students Achieve Badge

To help the Webelos of Cub Scout Pack 379 in Kings Park achieve their Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge, Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently visited their meeting to discuss his job as a New York State Senator.  This visit, which helped the troop satisfy one of the requirements for obtaining the badge, was coordinated by Den Mom Christine Rome.

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SENATOR GOLDEN TO HOST CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTINGS IN THE COMMUNITY


Brooklyn- State Senator Marty Golden, in partnership with the South West Brooklyn Parks Task Force will host two Christmas Tree lightings throughout the community this December in preparation for the upcoming Christmas season and to bring out the holiday spirit in all as we celebrate this magical time of year.

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Useful Resources

Am I Eligible for Benefits?www.mybenefits.ny.gov

How do I contact my Local Department of Social Services?http://www.otda.state.ny.us/main/workingfamilies/dss.asp

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SENATOR FUSCHILLO HELPS WANTAGH SCOUTS LEARN ABOUT CITIZENSHIP

New York State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) recently helped cub scouts from Pack 191 in Wantagh learn about government and citizenship. The scouts were learning about the topics as part of the requirements to get their citizen activity badges.

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Senate President Malcolm A. Smith and Senator Antoine Thompson Present Funding for Operation SNUG. "Erie County Community Organizations Receive $500,000 for the Prevention of Gun Violence."

(Buffalo, NY) – In an effort to cut down on illegal guns and gang violence that plagues communities across the State of New York, Senate President Malcolm A. Smith and Senator Antoine Thompson presented funding to community organizations in Erie County for Operation SNUG, that will help local law enforcement and anti-violence community groups engage in innovative tactics to steer at-risk New Yorkers away from the culture of gangs and illegal guns.

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Conviction offers material for state ethics law reform

By James Odato

ALBANY — The conviction of former state Sen. Joseph L. Bruno gives several lawmakers and government reform advocates plenty of material as they seek ethics and disclosure law amendments, they said.

Even friends, who reacted Monday with disappointment over the conviction, noted the case has stirred an Albany debate on what part-time lawmakers can and cannot do to earn outside income.

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