Staten Island To Receive Judicial Independence

Governor Spitzer yesterday signed into law legislation sponsored by Senator Andrewand Assemblyman Michael Cusick which willcreate the Thirteenth Judicial District consisting of Richmond County. Currently, Staten Island is part of New York State’s Second Judicial District, comprised of both Richmond County (Staten Island) and Kings County (Brooklyn). This separation from Brooklyn is the culmination of a decades-long quest for democracy and fairness in the election of judges on Staten Island.

December 6, 2007

Senator Lanza To Host Medicare Rights Forum

Senator Andrew Lanza along with the Medicare Rights Center will be hosting a Medicare Rights forum and information session. Anyone requesting more information or interested in attending should call Senator Lanza's office at 718-984-4073. A question and answer session will follow the presentation. Continental breakfast will be available. Seating is limited.Who: State Senator Andrew J.

December 3, 2007

Staten Island Legislators Team Up To Reduce Home Heating Costs This Winter

With the cost of home heating this winter expected to reach record high levels due to rising energy costs, Senator Andrew Lanza (24th District), Assemblyman Lou Tobacco (62nd District) and City Councilman Vincent Ignizio (51st District) are calling on the New

York City Council to pass legislation that would eliminate the tax on home heating fuel.

November 30, 2007

Senator Andrew Lanza, Congressman Vito Fossella And Assemblyman Louis Tobacco Call The MTA’s Art Project “fiscally Irresponsible”

Staten Island – State Senator Andrew J. Lanza (24th District), Congressman Vito Fossella (13th District NY) and Assemblyman Louis Tobacco (62nd District) called the MTA’s plan to commission four art projects at subway stations on the new 2nd Avenue line in Manhattan "fiscally irresponsible".

November 29, 2007

MTA Ordered To Present Solutions For Traffic Nightmare On The V-n Bridge

On November 5, 2007, Senator AndrewLanza, Congressman Vito Fossella, City Councilmen Vincent Ignizio (R-South Shore) and James Oddo (R-Mid-Island/Brooklyn), and Assemblyman Lou Tobacco filed a lawsuit against the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to stop the Verrazano Bridge construction project. Yesterday, a Staten Island judge told the Metropolitan Transit Auhtourity yesterday that it has three weeks to fork over information that could help end the traffic torment caused by construction on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.

November 28, 2007

Please Join Us For Senator Andrew Lanza’s Annual Senior Information Day

Who: State Senator Andrew J. Lanza


What: Annual Senior Information Day

Where: C.Y.O. Community Center

Mt. Loretto6581 Hylan BoulevardStaten Island, NY 10309

When: Friday, November 9, 2007, 10 am – 2 pm


State Senator Andrew J. Lanza will host his Annual Senior Citizen Information Day, Friday, November 9, 2007 from 10 am to 2 pm, at the C.Y.O. Community Center located on the grounds of Mt. Loretto, 6581 Hylan Boulevard.

November 7, 2007

Staten Island Receives First Red Cross Disaster Supplies Container

State Senator Andrew Lanza today joined with theAmerican Red Cross in Greater New York (ARC/GNY), Staten Island Director Suzanne Lutz, representatives from Richmond County Savings Foundation, the Staten Island Foundation, Consolidated Edison, New York Container Terminal and the Department of Education to unveill the first Red Cross disaster supplies container in New York City at Petrides School (715 Ocean Terrace). The container is storing emergency materials for residents in the Sunnyside section of Staten Island.

November 5, 2007

State Senator Andrew Lanza Says No To A Toll Hike On Staten Island Bridges

Staten Island – State Senator Andrew J. Lanza (24th District) announced today that he is opposed to the proposed toll hikes by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for the Outerbridge Crossing, Goethals Bridge and Bayonne Bridge. He also opposes the elimination of the discount for E-ZPass users.

Senator Lanza released the following statement:

"Raising the tolls on the three bridges to New Jersey is just one more insult to the injury that Staten Islanders endure.

November 1, 2007

Local Food Drives

If you would like to donate to local food drives, you may ship or drop items off at my district office located at:

3845 Richmond Ave., Suite 2AStaten Island, NY 10312

Project Hospitality is requesting the following items before December 10th:

Canned sweet potatoes


Corn bread mix

Canned vegetables & fruit


Canned cranberries






Toys for children



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October 31, 2007

Re-gifting For A Good Cause

Throughout the year we will all be receiving that certain gift that we either will never use or already have. If we don't spend hours on that return line this gift will sit in a closet or a drawer until it is finally thrown out when we do our Spring cleaning. Where to Turn and Put It Above Ground would like to give you another option. Donate your unwanted gift and we will make sure it gets to someone who could use it.

October 29, 2007

State Senator Andrew Lanza Calls Upon Governor Spitzer To Rethink His Flawed" Licensing Plan

Staten Island, NY – State Senator Andrew J. Lanza (R-24th District) once again called upon Governor Elliot Spitzer to reconsider his plan to allow illegal aliens the right to obtain drivers' licenses in New York State.

October 24, 2007

Senator Lanza Announces Passage Of Bill To Prohibit Drivers Licenses For Illegal Aliens

The New York State Senatehas passed legislation that would stop Governor Spitzer’s plan to issue drivers licenses to illegal aliens by requiring a social security number or proof of authorized presence in the United States to obtain a New York State drivers license or non-driver identification card.

The legislation (S.6484) the Senate passed is cosponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza. It would require applicants for a drivers license or non-driver identification card to submit a social security number.

October 23, 2007

Senate Passes Bridge Reform Legislation

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.6516), to fix the State’s Dedicated Highway and Bridge Trust Fund (DHBTF) by directing more funding to bridge and road construction and repair.

The Bridge and Road Investment and Dedicated Fund Guaranteed Enforcement (BRIDGE) Reform Act will amend the State Finance Law to create a five-year phase-out (approximately 20% per year) of non-bridge and road expenses and prohibit these uses thereafter.

October 22, 2007

Senator Lanza To Hold Mobile Office Hours

Senator Andrew Lanza will hold mobile office hours tomorrow at 10:00 a.m at the Great Kills Friendship Club.

This mobile office gives residents a chance to talk to Senator Lanza and his staff and get their individual questions answered.

The Great Kills Friend Club is located at 11 Sampson Ave. Senator Lanza has also scheduled the following mobile office hours:

Monday, October 29th, 10:30 amArrochar Friendship Club

Friday, November 2nd, 10:00 amTod Hill Friendship Club

Wednesday, November 7th, 10:00 amMt.

October 15, 2007

Senator Lanza To Attend Public Hearing On Governor’s Plan To Issue Drivers Licenses To Illegal Aliens

The Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs, and the Transportation Committee, of which Senator Lanza is a member, will hold a joint public hearing in Albany to discuss the Governor’s plan to issue drivers licenses to illegal aliens.

October 12, 2007

Senate To Act On Bill Next Month To Prohibit Drivers Licenses For Illegal Aliens

In an effort to stop an ill-advised order from Governor Spitzer that could jeopardize the safety and security of New Yorkers, the New York State Senate will act on legislation next month to prohibit the state from issuing drivers licenses to illegal aliens.

October 4, 2007

Senator Lanza To Introduce Bill Ensuring Only Citizens And Legal Residents Receive NYS Drivers License

Today, Senator Andrew Lanza (R-Staten Island) announced he would introduce legislation to make sure only citizens of the United States and legal residents receive a valid New York State Drivers License issued by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles.

“This bill is a necessary measure to stop an ill-advised order from Governor Spitzer that could jeopardize the safety and security of New Yorkers,” said Senator Lanza.

September 28, 2007

Senator Lanza And Assemblyman Tobacco Call Upon New York To Cut All State Aid To Columbia University

In light of Columbia University’s decision to welcome Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a self proclaimed enemy of the United States, Columbia University should not receive financial aid from the taxpayers of New York. This year, Columbia University received $3.1 million under the Aid for Independent Colleges and Universities program, also known as Bundy Aid.

September 24, 2007

State Senator Andrew Lanza To Host An Open House Thursday At His District Office

In addition to Senator Lanza and his staff, agencies and organizations that will be available include the Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Buildings, Department of Transportation, Department of Parks, Department of Finance, the Mayor’s Office, MTA and NYC Transit, Access-A-Ride, NYPD, Department of Education, Health Plus, Con Edison, The Staten Island Free Lighting Corporation, Where to Turn, and the American Red Cross

Staten Island – On Thursday, September 20, 2007 from 11 am to 7 pm State Senator Andrew J.

September 18, 2007