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

“Get Ready 2007,” Senator Lanza Announces Hurricane Preparedness Initiative


Senator Andrew Lanza (Staten Island) today announced a partnership with the American Red Cross, South Beach Civic CERT, Pathmark, Stop & Shop, Shop Rite and Waldbaum’s to help educate residents on how to prepare their homes should a hurricane strike our area. As we enter the peak of the 2007 hurricane season, the group met at New York City’s only disaster response supply trailer at the Michael J. Petrides Educational Complex. The Petrides School is one of five hurricane evacuation centers on Staten Island.

September 5, 2007

Lanza's Burden Of Proof Bill Signed Into Law

Senate bill S.5972-A, sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza (R - Staten Island) has been signed into law by Governor Elliot Spitzer as chapter number 583 of the laws of 2007. The bill places the burden of proof in an impartial hearing about services to children with disabilities on the school district or state agency responsible for providing education.

A 2005 Supreme Court decision, Schaffer v. Weast, declared that in the absence of state law, the burden of proof in an impartial hearing about education for students with disabilities is on the party that files the complaint.

August 22, 2007

Share's New York State Ovarian Cancer Toll-free Hotline Is Up And Running!

SHARE is a 30-year old not-for-profit organization that provides a peer-led supportive network and community of women and men affected by breast or ovarian cancer. SHARE’s work includes support, education, and advocacy in the struggle for access to quality health care, improved treatments and finding the cure for these diseases.

August 6, 2007

Vicious Attack On Staten Island Senior Demands Immediate Action By State Assembly

On Monday, July 30, 2007, a Staten Island senior was viciously attacked in her Port Richmond home. According to an article in the Daily News today, Sarah Dowtin, 70, was in her home at 5:15 p.m. when Julio Caesar Lainez, 41, broke in and attacked her. He punched her savagely, breaking three of her ribs, he then tied her up with an electrical cord from the TV, attempted to rape her and threatened to kill her.

August 3, 2007

Lanza Secures Funding For Memorial

A memorial honoring American and allied troops of World War II, who served on Anzio Beachhead, Italy, was unveiled yesterday at the Boy Scout Camp Pouch in the Sea View section of Staten Island. The monument, surrounded by about 10 miniature American flags and between a large American flag and POW flag, joins three other memorials in the Until We Meet Again Garden. The Staten Island monument, memorializing the more than 70,000 casualties at Anzio Beachhead, was funded by then Councilman Andrew Lanza's grant.

July 23, 2007

Senate To Convene July 16 For Special Session

The New York State Senate will convene a special session on Monday, July 16 to deal with the real unfinished business and to address the priorities that truly matter to Staten Islanders, including increased property tax relief, job creation and economic development, the death penalty for criminals who kill police officers and other important issues.

July 13, 2007

Senator Lanza Announces Vital Agreement With Hhc For Staten Island

The New York State Senate has passed legislation, S.3443, sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza (R - Staten Island), which would require the New York City Health and Hospital Corporation to spend a minimum of 10% of its budget on acute care and emergency room facilities in each borough.

The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation Act was adopted in 1969 to deliver care and treatment to those physically and mentally ill, and to promote the health, safety and welfare of the residents of the City of New York. HHC currently has at least 20 facilities under its jurisdiction.

June 26, 2007

Staten Island To Declare Judicial Independence

Today both houses of the New York State Legislature will give passage to legislation that will create the thirteenth judicial district consisting of the county of Richmond. The legislation, S.1325-B, sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza and Assemblyman Michael Cusick, will give Richmond County equal footing in the selection of justices to the State's Supreme Court.

Nominations for State Supreme Court justices are elected in a process which reflects the population of each county that comprises a judicial district. This process was deemed unconstitutional in the case of Lopez-Torres v.

June 22, 2007

Senator Lanza Announces New Legislation To Combat Cases Of Teacher-student Sexual Misconduct

Members of the Senate Majority Conference announced legislation that will be advanced to help combat the sexual abuse of students in New York State.

June 19, 2007