Albany, NY- Antoine M. Thompson, New York State Senator, 60th District (D-60, Parts of Erie & Niagara Counties) is hosting a roundtable meeting today at 1:00pm in the Senate Minority Conference Room, located in Room 315 of the State Capitol Building, with invited representatives from sixteen (16) entertainment industry companies that New York State invests over $2.8 billion in retirement pensions with. This is a follow up to the initial meeting that was held on July 31, 2007.
Buffalo, NY- On Friday, August 31st at 11:00am, Antoine M. Thompson, New York State Senator, 60th District (Parts of Erie & Niagara Counties), in conjunction with the City of Buffalo Wellness Institute will host a press conference on Safe Routes to School at Thompson’s Buffalo District Office located at 65 Court St in downtown Buffalo.Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a federally funded program geared at developing strategies to improve safety and reduce traffic congestion, fuel consumption, and air pollution in the vicinity of schools.
Buffalo, NY- Today, Antoine M. Thompson, New York State Senator, 60th District (Parts of Erie & Niagara Counties), in conjunction with Keep WNY Beautiful, announced his annual School Supply Giveaway. The giveaways are scheduled for Saturday, September 1st at two (2) locations. The first will be held from 10:00am-12:00pm at his Buffalo District Office located at 65 Court St in downtown Buffalo, and the second will be held from 2:00pm-4:00pm at 619 Pine Ave. in Niagara Falls.School supplies will be available in limited amounts and will be on a first come, first served basis.
Niagara Falls, NY- Antoine M. Thompson, New York State Senator, 60th District (Parts of Erie & Niagara Counties), held a school supply giveaway from 2-4pm on Saturday, September 1st, at his Niagara Falls District Office located at 619 Pine Avenue. His office was able to successfully serve approximately 200 students in the community with paper, pens, pencils, rulers, crayons, folders, notebooks etc. The students’ grades ranged from kindergarten to high school.
Buffalo, NY- Antoine M. Thompson, New York State Senator, 60th District (Erie & Niagara Counties), is eager to announce the securing a combination of approximately $5.45 million in grant funding and low-income housing credits for multiple housing initiatives and projects within Western New York. The funding sources are the New York State Department of Housing & Community Renewal (DHCR) and the New York State Housing Trust Fund Corporation.There are a total of five (5) Western New York projects that will receive state agency funding.
New York being ranked at or near the top in the number of African-American-, Hispanic-, and women-owned companies.Stewart-Cousins and Thompson co-chair a Conference task force that is exploring how the MWBE certification process can undergo a “Fast Track,” or expedited process to allow more companies to compete for state contracts.
New York State Senator Antoine Thompson (D-Parts of Erie and Niagara Counties) will hold a media availability today, Tuesday, July 31, 2007, at 12:15 p.m., in Albany to discuss the outcome of a round-table meeting he held on entertainment industry practices.Thompson recently announced that New York State's investment and pension fund holdings in the entertainment industry amount to nearly $3 billion. He arranged today's round-table to open up a dialogue with the industry about eliminating offensive content.WHEN: Tuesday, July 31, at 12:15 p.m.
“Our goal is to get these respective companies to comply with a decency public policy statement… We will not beg companies that we invest with to do the right thing; if they do not want to comply, then we will seek those that want to be responsible.”
The Senator will be available for comments and questions afterwards.
The Senate Democratic Task Force recently hosted a roundtable discussion on developing a "Fast Track" State certification model for Minority- and Women-owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs).
The meeting, which was chaired by State Senators Antoine Thompson (D-Buffalo/Niagara Falls) and Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers), brought together lawmakers and MWBE experts from various state agencies and authorities to discuss and examine the issues surrounding local, state and federal certification of MWBEs in order to develop a unified and expedited certification process.
Troubled by the prevalence of offensive and derogatory material in the media, State Senator Antoine Thompson and Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith today released a report Thompson solicited from State Comptroller DiNapoli detailing $2.8 billion worth of state pension fund investments in the entertainment industry.
“Now is the time to have an open dialogue about corporate responsibility and the need to ensure that state government also exercises responsibility with its use of investments,” said Smith (D-Queens).
free of charge and open to the public and is specifically targeted for minority and women-owned (MWBE) businesses, which are certified, eligible for certification, or currently undergoing the certification process. Lieutenant Governor David A. Paterson and Michael Jones-Bey, Director for the Division of Minority and Women's Business Development at Empire State Development Corporation, will present New York State’s executive plan for MWBE’s and discuss New York State contracting opportunities.
A number of common health conditions, including high blood pressure, diabetes and elevated blood cholesterol, can remain undiagnosed for years because they present subtle and vague symptoms, if any at all. Known as silent killers, they quietly damage body organs and tissues, sometimes for years, before reaching the stage where symptoms begin to show.
For uninsured or underinsured individuals, the sticking point may be access to care.
Senator Thompson requested the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) to perform a traffic safety study regarding the Whitehaven Road Overpass entrance and exit to Route 190. The residents are highly concerned about the public safety hazard, as only a stop sign exists for vehicles exiting the thruway. The New York State Thruway Authority and respective Erie County Departments will be involved in the study as well.
Mr. Price is believed to the oldest living Veteran in WNY; he served as a mechanic during WWII with the responsibility of inspecting and testing equipment which was invaluable to the United States in a way that one could not imagine.
’s economy and community,” stated Antoine M. Thompson, New York State Senator, 60th District.
Other award recipients included Ms. Joan Malone (Joan Malone Award), Ms. Lou Jean Fleron (Norman Harper Award), and the CBTU- Coalition of Black Trade Unionists Mentorship Program (Future of Justice Award).