Serrano Helps Unveil Mural By Local Students

The Senator applauded local students from Amber Charter School for the completion of a beautiful new mural on East 106th Street and 3rd Avenue. "This is a mural that tells the story of our community," said the Senator, "and at the same time it becomes part of that story." He praised local artist Maria Dominguez for her work with the students. "Ms. Dominguez is a brilliant artist who finds the time and the passion to share her talents with others." 

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Senator Fuschillo & Supervisor Murray Visit With Seniors At Freeport Recreation Center

Photo caption: State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District, center) and Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray (second right) recently visited with local seniors during the Freeport Senior Citizen’s Center 7th annual open house luncheon. The event was held at the Freeport Recreation Center.

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Padavan Sponsoring Fall Community Health and Wellness Expo

New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) announced today that he will be hosting a Fall Community Health and Wellness Expo for families and seniors throughout Northeast Queens. The event will take place on Sunday, September 28th from 10 am to 2 pm at Mary’s Nativity Parish Center, 46-02 Parsons Blvd, in Flushing.

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Placemaking on the Upper East Side

By Brad Aaron

Tuesday evening, Project for Public Spaces held a "placemaking" community workshop for Manhattan's Upper East Side, featuring PP founder and president Fred Kent. Streetsblog regular BicyclesOnly was there and files this report.

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Statement From Senator Bill Larkin

Our hearts and prayers go out to those who were lost and to the survivors of the recent tsunami that devastated several countries in Southeast Asia on December 26, 2004. And we are grateful for the courageous people who are involved in the extraordinary humanitarian relief effort that continues.

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Senator Steve Saland Announces State Grant For Legal Aid Society

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced he has secured a $30,000 State grant for the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, Inc. to assist low income domestic violence victims in Columbia County.

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Montgomery Law Lifts Discretionary Ban on Occupational Licenses for People Released From Prison

September 10, 2008 (Albany, NY): New Yorkers will no longer be arbitrarily denied a license to barber or practice cosmetology because they spent time in prison under a new law authored by State Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn).

The law (Chapter 469), which is sponsored in the Assembly by Assemblyman Michael Benjamin (D-Bronx), prohibits licensing agencies from disqualifying someone from licensure as a barber or cosmetologist solely on the basis of a criminal conviction.

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Lanza Continues His Fight To Bring Gas Relief To New Yorkers

Senator Andrew Lanza (R – Staten Island) today continued his fight to bring gas relief to New Yorkers by introducing legislation that would reduce taxes on gasoline sales. Senate Bill S.8758 reduces the Petroleum Business Tax and State Sales Tax on qualified motor fuel and diesel motor fuel by half.

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Senator Saland Announces Grants For Dutchess County Libraries

Senator Steve Saland (R, I, C Poughkeepsie), Chairman of the New York State Senate Education Committee, today announced that he has secured close to $190,000 for technology and capital improvement grants for Dutchess County libraries.

Among the libraries receiving technology grants through the additional funding secured by Senator Saland are:

Blodgett Memorial Library                      $9,310 Clinton Community Library                     $8,342 East Fishkill Community Library            $11,591 Greater Poughkeepsie Library District   $18,676

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Senator Saland Announces Grants For Columbia County Libraries

Senator Steve Saland (R, I, C Poughkeepsie), Chairman of the New York State Senate Education Committee, today announced that he has secured more than $200,000 for technology and capital improvement grants for Columbia County libraries. Among the libraries receiving technology grants through the additional funding secured by Senator Saland are: Chatham Public Library $9,141 Germantown Library $8,042 North Chatham Free Library $7,869 Philmont Public Library $7,961 Valatie Free Library $7,996

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