It's hard to believe that it has been four years since the state Legislature finally gave Staten Island its own, separate judicial district after decades of rejecting calls for this borough's judicial independence. Of course, partisan politics factored heavily into that steadfast refusal. Leaders of the Democratic-controlled Assembly preferred it that Staten Island was an appendage of Brooklyn's 2nd Judicial District because Brooklynites invariably elect judicial candidates nominated by the Democratic Party. But in 2007, the Assembly finally relented and passed a bill creating the 13th Judicial District.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Published in the Staten Island Advance: Saturday, April 09, 2011, 1:18 AM
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- When a new ambulatory care center was first imagined for the hospital in West Brighton, the facility was on the cusp of a transition to new owners and was struggling with financial uncertainty.
Now that Richmond University Medical Center has reclaimed its status as a linchpin of Staten Island’s health care network, the dream for the Ambulatory Care and Endoscopy Center has been realized, hospital leadership said yesterday during an emotional groundbreaking ceremony for the $6 million upgrade.
We are going to develop the finest ambulatory care and endoscopy center on Staten Island," said Richard Murphy, president and CEO of the hospital.
Throughout his lifetime, Antonio Meucci (1808-1889) was responsible for many inventions, improvements and ideas. In addition to his discovery of the telephone in 1848 and his development of that instrument over the next 30 years, Meucci manufactured smokeless candles, created a tea and coffee filtering system, made improvements in oil and kerosene lamps, found a way to make paper from wood pulp, and even canned tomato sauce. In keeping with his legacy of ingenuity and innovation, the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum, in conjunction with Time Warner Cable, is sponsoring the Antonio Meucci Young Inventors’ Competition.