Feb. 7th Is Take Your Child to the Library Day

Did you know tomorrow, Feb. 7th, is Take Your Child to the Library Day? The day promotes spending time with your family and utilizing the many services local libraries have to offer.

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National Wear Red Day Highlights Heart Disease

If you see a lot of people wearing red today, Feb. 5th, it is because today is National Wear Red Day. For more information on heart disease, visit https://www.goredforwomen.org/home/know-your-risk/

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Senator Flanagan Joining Long Island Cares For Pet Food Drive

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) is again joining Long Island Cares for its annual Legislature Pet Food Drive Challenge. Through this effort, the organization is working to collect pet supplies to stock Baxter’s Pet Panty to help ensure all Long Island families are able to care for their pets.

Baxter’s Pet Pantry was created by Long Island Cares in 2009, in partnership with the Animal Relief Fund Inc. (ARF), to help pet-owning families throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties get the supplies they need. In addition to providing pet food, the Pet Pantry offers toys, pet clothes and other supplies to Long Island families.

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Senator Dilan Joins in Calls for Greater Oversight of North Brooklyn’s Toxic Sites

Neighbors Allied for Good Growth have started a petition asking city officials to develop a timely and thorough system of responding to, and reporting of, potential exposure to toxins in the event of a fire. On Saturday, January 31 a seven-alarm fire consumed a Williamsburg warehouse used for storing office supplies. Plumes of smoke drifted in-land affecting residents and homes as far as Cypress Hills, who complained of noxious odors and ill effects. As NAG points out, communities like Williamsburg and Greenpoint, are overburdened by toxic waste sites, including the Greenpoint oil spill and numerous state and federal Superfund sites.

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Metro North Collision

There are many questions regarding last night’s unfortunate accident. I can only hope the coming investigation gives us some answers as to why we have another fatal accident, its deadliest to date, on the Metro North line. In the meantime, my thoughts are with the victim’s families. It truly is a tragic and senseless loss.

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SEN. FARLEY ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSES THE CRIMINAL STREET GANG ACT

For far too long, gang violence has posed a threat to public safety and security, while also wreaking havoc on local neighborhoods, families and young New Yorkers.

That's why I was proud to recently support legislation that provides a comprehensive structure for the prosecution and prevention of criminal gang activity.

The New York State Criminal Street Gang Act would:

• increase penalties for gang-related violence;

• provide gang prevention programs in schools;

• establish a new gang prevention fund; and

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NYS Reviews Proposed State Budget

Senator Serrano Discusses the Importance of Arts and Music Education on “Meet The Leaders”

(Albany, NY)- Senator Serrano appeared as  a guest on “Meet the Leaders” and spoke about his priorities for 2015, especially the incredibly urgent call for more arts and music education. Serrano expressed the importance of bringing back arts and music education in schools that have cut or reduced them to provide our children with the best education possible.

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Senator Serrano's February 2015 Off-Site Constituent Services Hours and Locations Schedule

My favorite part of this job is meeting and speaking with my constituents, and with a Senate District as large as ours, we feel it's important to bring our staff out to the various communities we serve.

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