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Kenneth B. Fleiger

Kenneth B. Fleiger has devoted a life time to service of his community, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and his family; andKenneth B. Fleiger was born in New York City on April 23, 1937, and he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1956 and transferred to the Marine Corp Reserve in 1958, returning to Active Duty in January of 1963; andKenneth B. Fleiger served honorably in Vietnam from January of 1963 to May of 1969 and was placed on permanent disability in 1973 due to his military service; andWhile in the military, Kenneth B. Fleiger served as part of the Marine Barracks Honor Guard in Washington, District of Columbia, in addition to his tours of service in Vietnam and Japan; and

August 24, 2010
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Louis S. Nigrello

Louis S. Nigrello

Louis S. Nigrello honorably served in the United States Navy from 1943 to 1946 as a radioman first class and served with great distinction on the USS LSM 144 in the Pacific Theater, and was involved in significant action protecting the United States Fleet during World War II; and

August 23, 2010
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Peter Ethrain Joseph

A Great State is only as great as those Individuals who perform exemplary service on behalf of their community, and it is the custom of this Great State to pay tribute to that outstanding service; and 

Peter Ethrain Joseph was born at St Joseph's Hospital in Yonkers, New York on March 20, 1931, attended St. Mary's Grammar School and after his graduation from Saunders High School enrolled for one year at Westchester Community College prior to his military service; and 

August 23, 2010
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Geno Peter Egiziaco, Sr.

Geno Peter Egiziaco, Sr. was born in Waltham, Mass. on March 6th, 1922 to Michael and Carmela Egiziaco. His family moved to the Bronx in 1937 and from there, headed to Yonkers. He attended Yonkers Public School and went to Rutgers University in New Jersey where he studied labor law and management methods.

Mr. Egiziaco honorably served his country from 1941 to 1945 with the United States Marine Corps and from 1946 to 1948 with the United States Army Transport Service. He has the distinction of honorably serving both of these branches of the military. During his military time he served twenty-eight months in a combat zone.

August 23, 2010
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August 23, 2010
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Senate Bill Guaranteeing Protections for Tenants of Foreclosed Buildings Signed into Law

Prior Law Allowed Tenants to be Forced from Homes without Notice

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (35th District – D/WF) announced that a new law guaranteeing greater protections (S7139) for tenants of buildings in foreclosure has been signed into law. Under the new law, rent-regulated tenants are now required to receive a notice of their housing rights, along with a notice of the building owner’s foreclosure. The bill takes effect 30 days from the date of signing.

A review of the state’s prior notification requirement for renters revealed that existing law failed to effectively communicate to rent-controlled and rent-stabilized tenants that their housing rights are unaffected by a foreclosure proceeding.

August 19, 2010
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Bicycle Safety Bill Sponsored by Senator Stewart-Cousins Signed into Law

Today, legislation (S7897) Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins introduced and passed in the Senate to protect bicyclists was signed into law. The new law requires motorists to pass bicyclists proceeding in the same direction at a safe distance. Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins introduced the legislation after Merrill Cassell, an avid cyclist and safety advocate, was fatally struck by a vehicle last year, while cycling in Greenburgh, NY.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the State of New York had 42 bicycle-related traffic fatalities in 2008 alone. Requiring motorists to pass at "a safe distance," this legislation will serve to educate the public about the need for motor vehicles and bicyclists to share our roads safely.

August 15, 2010
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Protecting New York's Drinking Water

(35th District – NY) Today, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins announced the Senate Democratic Majority has passed legislation mandating a temporary moratorium on gas drilling (“hydro-fracking”) to ensure adequate time to research safety measures and regulations. Gas drilling in New York could contaminate the drinking water of more than 12 million NYC-area residents.

The Senate, on August 3, 2010, overwhelmingly passed S8129B/Thompson by a vote of 48-9. This bill provides for a suspension, until May 15, 2011, of the issuance of new permits for the drilling of a well which utilizes the practice of hydraulic fracturing. The legislation is now awaiting action by the Assembly before it can be sent to the Governor for his support.

August 11, 2010
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Rising Times: COUNCIL PASSES CITY BUDGET THAT PROVIDES RESOURCES FOR MAYOR TO RESTORE JOBS & SERVICES

Bi-Partisanship Effort Amongst Members is Key to Approval

The Yonkers City Council tonight voted 6-1 to approve the City’s FY 2010-11 Budget and provide the mayor with the necessary financial resources to restore essential services and jobs. Councilmember Joan Gronowski voted against its adoption.

The budget’s passage follows an announcement earlier today by NYS Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, NYS Senator Jeff Klein, NYS Assemblyman Mike Spano and NYS Assemblyman Gary Pretlow that $36.4 million in educational aid was being returned to Yonkers for school funding.

July 16, 2010
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Agreement to Restore Yonkers Education Funding

Today, we are happy to announce that working with Senator Sampson, Assembly Speaker Silver, State Comptroller DiNapoli, and Governor Paterson, an agreement has been reached which enables the City of Yonkers to adopt and certify its budget to include the $36.4 million in education funding that had been vetoed.

July 14, 2010
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Capitol: Utility Companies Clear-Cutting Of Trees Threatens Community Landscape

Since late last year, residents across Westchester County have witnessed, with disbelief, the disappearance of the natural landscape that has shielded homes and properties from exposure for decades. In the days following the removal of broad swaths of vegetation with chainsaws, the lush greenery that had always been there was gone and left behind were areas littered with debris and the stumps of trees.

July 7, 2010
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WGRZ: Bicycle Safety Legislation Passes New York Legislature

Following the death of a 66-year-old bicyclist in Westchester County last November, the New York Senate and Assembly have passed legislation that would require vehicles to pass cyclists at a safe distance to prevent accidents.

Westchester Putnam Bike Walk Alliance member Merrill Cassell was biking on Route 119 at the Greenburgh/White Plains border Nov. 6 when he was sideswiped by a Bee-Line public bus and killed. The bus driver didn't receive a ticket.

July 7, 2010
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Additional Funding to Yonkers School District Approved by the Senate

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF – 35th District) announced that two pieces of legislation (S7190 and S7189) she introduced to provide additional aid to the Yonkers City School District passed in the Senate.

Senate bill 7190, if enacted into law, would provide $4.8 million in additional aid to the District for its successful full day Universal Pre-Kindergarten program. Senate bill 7189 would provide a one-time payment of $3.9 million to address the dramatic increase in enrollment from 2008-09 to 2009-2010.

June 30, 2010
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Senate Passes Legislation to Protect Cyclists

On Friday, June 25, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins announced the Senate passed legislation (S7897) requiring motorists to pass bicyclists proceeding in the same direction at a safe distance. Once the bill has passed in both houses it will be sent to the Governor for his signature. Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins introduced the legislation after Merrill Cassell, an avid cyclist and safety advocate, was fatally struck by a vehicle last year, while cycling in Greenburgh, NY.

June 25, 2010
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Legislation to Audit Local Government Subsidiary Organizations

Today, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (35th District – D/WF), Chair of the Senate Local Government Committee, announced that the Senate has approved legislation (S7909) to empower the State Comptroller to conduct audits of local government subsidiary organizations. State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli drafted the legislation, which Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins introduced and passed in the Senate with an overwhelming 53-7 majority.

June 24, 2010
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HV Press: New act fights voter intimidation tactics

In an effort to end voter coercion and intimidation practices, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (35th District –D/WF) announced passage of legislation in the Senate (S2554-B) making voter suppression punishable as a misdemeanor. If signed into law, the legislation will amend New York State election laws to address issues pertaining to voter coercion and intimidation that are not currently covered.

June 24, 2010
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Providing All Students With A Safe Learning Environment

Senate Passes Landmark ‘Dignity For All Students Act’

June 23, 2010
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