The 2014 Love Your Block grant program and applications are now available.
Love Your Block is an initiative of NYC Service in partnership with Citizens Committee for New York City that provides a unique opportunity for City resident groups to transform and improve their communities through local action while leveraging City services. Grants of up to $1,000 are awarded for block beautification projects that utilize City services from NYC Parks, NYC Department of Transportation, and the NYC Department of Sanitation. In addition to the cash grant and City services, winning groups receive project planning and community building assistance, as well as support with local media coverage for the project.
The Love Your Block application deadline is February 20th 2014.
Taxpayers Making $58,000 or Less Can Visit www.IRS.gov/freefile to Prepare and E-File Federal Tax Returns with Free Software & Step-by-Step Help
Senator Andrew Lanza today encouraged constituents to take advantage of free tax preparation services available through the Free File program. Every taxpayer with a 2013 Adjusted Gross Income of $58,000 or less may visit www.IRS.gov/freefile to prepare, complete and e-file their federal tax returns at no cost.
When your phone rings and you miss the call, do you call back to see who it was?
Con artists know a lot of us will do that, and they're using this curiosity factor to cram unauthorized charges onto people's phone bills.
The Better Business Bureau recently issued a fraud alert for the "one ring scam" after being contacted by people all across the country. Here's how it works.
The scammers use automatic dialers to randomly call phone numbers. After the first ring, they disconnect. The bad guys hope you'll see that number in your missed call log and be curious enough to return it.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Senator Andrew Lanza today announced an agreement to fund significant toll relief for Staten Island residents and commercial vehicles using the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. The toll relief lowers the effective cost of crossing the bridge to $5.50 for Staten Island residents in non-commercial vehicles, and also reduces tolls by 20 percent for commercial vehicles which make more than 10 trips over the bridge per month.
Senator Lanza, Senate Co-Leaders Skelos & Klein and Education Chair Flanagan issued the following statement:
We continue to support the goals of an improved education curriculum that increases standards and ensures that students are college and career ready.
However, after having spent months listening to parents, teachers, administrators and educational professionals at public hearings conducted throughout New York State, it is our belief that while the implementation of Common Core Learning Standards may have been well intended, it has been poorly executed.
New System Results in Significant Expansion of Practitioner-Driven Safety ChecksProgram’s Success Detailed at Joint Legislative Public Hearing on the 2014-2015 Health and Medicaid Executive Budget Proposal
Senator Andrew Lanza, Assemblyman Michael Cusick and Richmond County D.A. Dan Donovan today called on the NYS Dept. of Health to crack down on interstate ‘doctor shopping’ and overprescribing in New York State. In a joint letter to State Health Commissioner Dr. Nirav R. Shah, the elected officials argued that entering into collective information-sharing agreements with surrounding states and monitoring their controlled substance prescription activity would help to identify those who have been traveling across state lines in order to illicitly obtain multiple prescriptions for narcotic pain-killers.
Senator Andrew Lanza today annouced a new law that will help protect the health and safety of dogs and cats across New York State by authorizing local governments to adopt more stringent laws to regulate pet dealers.
Last year, Senator Andrew Lanza voted for the NY Jobs For Heroes Program, a plan that would create a state contract preference for service-connected disabled veteran-owned small businesses in New York State. The Senate-approved legislation mirrors the highly successful federal program that is presently established for a contract set aside.
Currently, nearly 40 other states are successfully using this program. Unfortunately, the bill was not addressed in the New York State Assembly.
Providing this earned opportunity to our heroes is commonsense. That is why Lanza was enthused by the Governor’s support of this plan in his recent State of the State Address.
MulchFest 2014 will be celebrated at four locations on Staten Island this weekend, giving residents the opportunity to recycle holiday trees in exchange for a free biodegradable bag of mulch.
On Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., residents can take advantage of "chipping" services provided by Department of Parks & Recreation staff: They will pulverize your tree, and send you off with its wood chips, all free of charge at these four locations:
• Clove Lakes Park, Cheshire Place and Clove Road, Sunnyside
• Conference House Parking Lot, Hylan Boulevard and Satterlee Street
• Midland Beach Parking Lot, Capodanno and Graham Boulevards
Governor Andrew Cuomo has just delivered his State of the State Message, helping to mark the official opening of the 2014 Legislative Session.
Senator Andrew Lanza will be working hard to ensure that the 2014 Session is a successful and productive one -- delivering real accomplishments that matter most for hardworking taxpayers across New York.
Working in a historic bipartisan fashion has put New York on a better and more prosperous path forward. Three consecutive early budgets put the dysfunction of the past in our rearview mirror.