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IN THE NEWS: STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE - Put city under tax cap, Island electeds urge

With a property tax cap for homeowners across the state - except for New York City homeowners - taking center stage in Albany, members of the borough's delegation pointed to legislation they advanced earlier this year, co-sponsored by state Sen. Andrew Lanza (R-Staten Island) and Assemblyman Michael Cusick (D-Mid-Island). It would cap the yearly growth of property taxes at either 2 percent or the level of the Consumer Price Index, whichever is less. Also from Lanza and Ms. Malliotakis is legislation calling for an independent audit of Metropolitan Transportation Authority finances. "The MTA consistently deals with a deficit of its own creation and consistently comes to the taxpayers with their hands out," said Lanza.

May 27, 2011
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Basic Mediation Training Course offered by NYCID this June - TWO free spots in the training will be awarded to SI residents

New York Center for Interpersonal Development (NYCID) is offering a basic 30-hour mediation training course from June 13th though June 16th in New York City. The course is being facilitated by Sequoia Stalder, Esq., Director of Conflict Resolution Services for NYCID.

 

May 27, 2011
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Fleet Week 2011

Saturday* 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. * Ships will be open for public tours with military displays on the pier. At 9 a.m., a special meet-and-greet for Boy and Girl Scout troops will be held. * From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., the Northeast Navy Pops Ensemble will perform in Tappen Park, Stapleton. * Also, from noon to 5 p.m., the Fleet Week Music Festival will feature live bands.

Sunday* 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. * Ships will be open for public tours with military displays on the pier. * 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.: NYC Blood Center blood drive at the pier. * 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., U.S. Navy explosive ordnance disposal helicopter demonstration. * Noon to 5 p.m., Fleet Week Music Festival.

May 27, 2011
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SENATOR LANZA, ASSEMBLYWOMAN MALLIOTAKIS PUSH FOR AUDIT OF MTA - Legislators call on agency to put their chips on the table in the public eye

Senator Andrew Lanza (R-Staten Island) and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-C, 60th District) recently announced that they are sponsoring legislation calling for an independent audit of the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA)’s finances. The pair highlighted developments in recent years that have led to the need for light to be shed on the way that the MTA spends taxpayer money.

May 25, 2011
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SENATE ACTS TO PROTECT CHILDREN AND FAMILIES FROM ABUSE - Bills Propose Stronger Orders of Protection & Penalties For Sexual Assault of Children

The New York State Senate recently passed a legislative package that would strengthen penalties and provide additional protections for children and families who are victims of domestic or sexual abuse. The proposals build upon the Senate’s commitment to supporting victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, preventing abuse from continuing, and ensuring appropriate penalties for criminals who prey upon the state’s most vulnerable populations.

 

May 20, 2011
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IN THE NEWS: Staten Island Advance: Cusick, Lanza pushing for more judges here

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- New York state's empty pocketbook could keep Staten Islanders from getting swifter justice.     State Sen. Andrew Lanza (R-Staten Island) and Assemblyman Michael Cusick (D-Mid-Island) have introduced legislation that would add six judges to the Island bench over the next three years. But with each judge costing an estimated $1 million in salary and support costs per year, that would add $6 million to an already financially strapped state budget that is predicted to face further deficits in the future. The new legislation would bring the borough's total of elected Supreme Court justices to 10, roughly in line with rule-of-thumb that says counties should have one judge for every 50,000 residents.

May 16, 2011
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Elissa Montanti

A child’s plea for help, asking “God and all merciful people to help me getting prosthetics”, forever changed Elissa Montanti’s thinking, and her life. Those words, written in a 1996 letter by a Bosnian boy, Kenan Malkic, who had stepped on a land mine and lost both arms and one leg, moved American Medical Technician Elissa Montanti into action to help child victims of the 1990’s war in Bosnia & Herzegovina, in the former Yugoslavia.

May 11, 2011
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SENATE PASSES MICHELLE AND JORDAN’S LAW


Increases Penalties For Participating in Illegal High-speed Vehicle Races

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to increase penalties for unlawful high-speed car racing which has caused numerous accidents across the state, including the deaths of a 17-year-old Staten Island girl and a 5-year-old Queens boy. Michelle and Jordan’s Law (S.2938A) is sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza (R-I, Staten Island) and stems from tragic crashes involving suspected drag racing at excessive speeds.

May 11, 2011
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STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE EDITORIAL: PHRAGMITES OFFENSIVE

On Thursday, the New York State Senate passed a bill which would never have been necessary but for the zealotry of the state Department of Environmental Protection. The measure, sponsored by state Sen. Andrew Lanza, would force the DEC to allow the unrestricted removal of phragmites and other fire-prone weeds from state-regulated wetland areas. The debate over the eradication of phragmites, which serve as abundant tinder for dangerous brush fires, has been a fascinating and infuriating story of the ideological intransigence of a government agency even in the face of a serious threat to citizens.

May 9, 2011
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FreshkillsPark: New Springville Greenway Informational Open House

 

The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation is in the process of designing a 3.3-mile off-road bicycle and pedestrian path running north-south along the eastern edge of the future Freshkills Park site.

The path will begin at the intersection of Arlene Street and Signs Road and continue down the length of Richmond Avenue to its intersection with Arthur Kill Road, providing connection to existing and future on- and off-street bike facilities along the way.

 

May 14, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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LANZA'S BRUSH FIRE PREVENTION BILL PASSES SENATE

Bill Will Empower Property Owners to Protect Themselves & Neighbors

               The New York State Senate today passed legislation that will help protect the residents of Staten Island from phragmites-fueled brush fires.

May 6, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Cities Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Cities Senator Andrew Lanza, Chair 12:30 PM, Tuesday, May 10, 2011 Room 916 LOB

May 10, 12:30 PM - 12:35 PM
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LANZA & TITONE’S BILL TO MAKE STATE MENTAL HEALTH FACILITIES SAFER PASSES BOTH HOUSES OF LEGISLATURE

Bill Protects Patients by Preventing Commingling of Adults and Youth 

May 5, 2011
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PS #50 Earth Day Competition Posters

I would like to thank PS #50 and their students for participating in our Earth Day Poster Competition. In keeping with the theme of our Earth Day Celebration of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” We will celebrate and honor Earth Day this year  by displaying your work on my website. Also, each participant will receive a certificate acknowledging their participation in the competition. Thank you and don’t forget to “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!”

April 29, 2011
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PS #48 William G. Wilcox Earth Day Competition Posters

I would like to thank PS #48 William G. Wilcox and their students for participating in our Earth Day Poster Competition. In keeping with the theme of our Earth Day Celebration of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” We will celebrate and honor Earth Day this year  by displaying your work on my website. Also, each participant will receive a certificate acknowledging their participation in the competition. Thank you and don’t forget to “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!”

April 28, 2011
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PS #53 Earth Day Competition Posters

I would like to thank PS #53 and their students for participating in our Earth Day Poster Competition. In keeping with the theme of our Earth Day Celebration of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” We will celebrate and honor Earth Day this year  by displaying your work on my website. Also, each participant will receive a certificate acknowledging their participation in the competition. Thank you and don’t forget to “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!”

April 28, 2011
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