STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - The longer the city resists providing yellow bus service to certain Staten Island seventh- and eighth-graders, the more we have to wonder about the motives of the people making the decisions at the Department of Education.
What kind of people begrudge providing safe transportation to 12- and 13-year old kids, after all?
The Staten Island Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its 51st Annual Building Awards on December 7, 2012. Awards will given in a number of categories including exterior and interior design. Applications are due September 14th. For more information follow the link below:
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation today, cosponsored by Senator Andrew J. Lanza, that will reduce telemarketing by prohibiting calls that deliver prerecorded messages unless the recipient has expressly consented to such calls and requiring telemarketers to provide call recipients with the option to put their phone number on the telemarketer’s do-not-call list.Thelegislation would also give authority to the Department of State to ban telemarketing companies that violate New York’s telemarketing laws from doing business in New York State.
Uninsured women age 40 and over who have not had a mammogram in the past year can sign up for a free screening Sunday at the Staten Island Hindu Temple in Sunnyside.
Project Renewal’s Scan Van will be on hand to offer the mobile mammograms beginning at 10 a.m. outside 1318 Victory Blvd. An appointment is necessary and can be made by calling 800-564-6868. The service also accepts Medicaid/Medicare and most other insurance plans, in addition to being offered free to uninsured eligible women.
The screenings are funded by the Cancer Services Program of Staten Island, Richmond County Savings Foundation and Avon Breast Care Fund.
To reduce mosquito activity and the risk of West Nile virus, the Health Department will spray pesticide from trucks in parts of Staten Island on Wednesday, August 15, between the hours of 8:15 p.m. and 6 a.m. the next morning, weather permitting. In case of bad weather, application will be delayed until Thursday, August 16 during the same hours. These neighborhoods are being treated due to rising West Nile virus activity with high and/or increasing mosquito populations. The areas to be treated appear below.
The New York City Department of Environmental Protection, together with the Department of Sanitation and the Department of Parks and Recreation, recently launched their Clean Streets=Clean Beaches campaign to educate citizens about the effects that improperly disposed of street litter can have on our enjoyment of the beaches during the hot summer months. During a rain storm, street litter can wash into storm drains and be carried into local waterways and onto the beaches.
Published: Monday, August 06, 2012, 1:45 AM by John Anese
The rainstorm that barreled in from left field might have been a mercy in disguise for this rag-tag team of softball "All Stars."
But even though a brief torrential downpour washed out Sunday night's benefit softball game between Oddo's All Stars and the Wounded Warriors at the Richmond County Bank Ballpark at St. George, both sides ended up winners -- the game raised more than $20,000, organizers said.
"The whole point of this was to raise some money, also to go out there and have some fun," said City Councilman Jimmy (Mr. Tranquility) Oddo, who headed up the squad of elected officials, business leaders and Island luminaries.
I am pleased to present you with the first annual Staten Island Guide to Summer Fun 2012. Summer interns from my office worked hard to compile a list of concerts, pools, programs and other summer fun ideas being offered on Staten Island this month. I hope you find the information useful and make time to enjoy some of what Staten Island has to offer.
Please open the attached document to view the Staten Island Guide to Summer Fun 2012.
Senator Andrew Lanza today urged Staten Islanders to be prepared as severe thunderstorms storms pass through the state today. The storms are forecasted to bring heavy rain, high winds, and possible tornadoes, and may cause widespread power outages.The National Weather Service today briefed state officials on the approaching storms and declared a Moderate Risk of Severe Weather for New York State. The prediction includes the possibility of high winds and possible tornadoes. At the Governor's direction, the State Emergency Operations Center will be activated today at 1:00 PM.
Senator Andrew Lanza today outlined some of the free and low-cost, family-friendly cultural activities occurring throughout the five boroughs this summer. There are countless opportunities for New Yorkers and visitors to experience the creativity that makes New York City a great place to live, work and visit. New York City offers hundreds of events, exhibits and performances that are free or low-cost to the public.
Senator Lanza today announced that legislation he supported to improve early breast cancer detection has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The new law (S6769B) will increase women’s awareness of the presence of dense breast tissue found during a mammography exam. Dense breast tissue may make it more difficult to detect tumors.
Published: Friday, July 20, 2012, 1:00 AM by Tom Wrobleski
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. --- Staten Island officials who have slammed draconian toll hikes are applauding a new federal probe of toll increases on Port Authority of New York and New Jersey bridges and other spans in the region.
The federal Government Accountability Office said is it has begun investigating toll increases on bridges in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
GAO spokesman Ned Griffith said the agency is looking into whether bi-state transportation authorities are accountable.
The authorities, including the Port Authority, were created by compacts approved by Congress.
One of the most pressing issues facing all New Yorkers is increasing property taxes. For many, it is the defining factor that contributes to their exodus from our City and State. Now more than ever we need to enact a common sense plan that takes an aggressive stance and puts an end to out of control property tax increases.