Joining Assemblyman Matthew Titone and Council Members
Domenic Recchia, James Oddo and Debi Rose at the announcement of $1.5 million
in funds for the completion of the new Eden II school at 15 Beach Street which
will contribute to the renaissance of Stapleton as a thriving business and
entertainment hub. In addition, the funds added tot he half a million I
was able to allocate will provide people with intellectual and developmental
disabilities with a state of the art facility so they can grow and
Please take a moment to read my Staten Island Railway Rider Report; just as in my past reports, I go right to the commuter, and the commuters have spoken, it is my hope is they will once again be heard. Most Staten Island Railway riders noted the lack of newsstands and metro card machines, litter, closed waiting rooms, darkness and lack of security cameras or personnel at their stations, while bemoaning the deteriorating connections to their buses and ferry connections. The report will be distributed to commuters, elected officials, transportation advocates, and Administration officials.
Today, the Independent Democratic Conference released its 2013 Working Women's Agenda, a five point plan to build a stronger future for New York’s working women and their families. As part of the IDC’s agenda, the conference also released a comprehensive report entitled Building a Stronger Future for New York’s Working Women that details the impact each proposal will have on New York’s workforce.
Patient advocates – including patients who use marijuana for medical purposes – and health care professionals rallied on the steps of City Hall today to support legislation allowing medical use of marijuana in New York. Patients suffering from severe debilitating or life-threatening conditions could be treated with medical marijuana under legislation introduced by Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried and Senator Diane J. Savino. New York’s bill A. 6357/S.4406 is co-sponsored by 68 other legislators. The bill was recently reported from the Assembly Health Committee by 21-4, including 3 of the Committee’s 7 Republicans voting in favor.
Senator Diane Savino (D- 23rd District) announced today that the New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators is now accepting applications for four $1,500 scholarships to be awarded June 10th at their Annual Legislative Conference Day. Scholarship winners must be present to receive their awards.
“Given the high costs of college, every opportunity must be made by local students and their working families to meet their required expenses with scholarships as well as with student loans, available financial aid, and personal contributions,” said Senator Savino. “I highly recommend that our area’s students apply to the Conference for these prestigious scholarships so that they may hopefully secure as much extra help with their expenses as possible.”
The lesson here is never to give up on a good idea. The station is old and it only serves the first five cars, but, it beats having nothing until the new South Ferry Station reopens. Thanks to MTA interim President Thomas Pendergast and the Governor for hearing my call to help tens of thousands of Island commuters.
Q: What does the colored sticker found on my property mean?
A: In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the New York City Department of Buildings is conducting an inspection of structures affected by the storm. Department issued inspection stickers have been placed on inspected properties as follows:
GREEN: No restriction. No apparent structural hazard was observed; you are not restricted from entering and re-occupying your building.
YELLOW: Restricted use. Property is damaged; entry limitations are specified on each posting.
RED: Unsafe. Property is seriously damaged and is unsafe to enter or occupy.
Q: Does a red sticker mean I cannot enter my building?
Q: When are schools reopening? A: The majority of schools reopened to students on Monday, November 5. However, some schools that were being used as shelters or that did not yet have electricity as of Monday are being reopened on Wednesday, November 7. In addition, a number of our schools sustained severe damage and will be unable to open for some time. Students from these schools will be directed to new school buildings beginning as soon as possible this week. You can check the status of your school and find information on temporary relocation for damaged schools and the buildings that will host them on the DOE website.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The MTA is reporting that among renewed subway and train service, limited Staten Island Railway service has resumed in both directions from the St. George Station and the Tottenville Station. The Staten Island Railway began limited hourly service at 10 a.m. as well, and service is expected to become more frequent throughout the weekend.
The Railway had been out of service due to severe damage in the Clifton station sustained during Hurricane Sandy and power outages, and track debris.
Other major restorations of the MTA New York City Transit subway system will have more than 80 percent of the system's track miles in service by the end of Saturday.
Current SNAP recipient households that have lost food purchased with SNAP benefits due to a disaster are entitled to a replacement issuance of benefits provided that the loss is reported within 10 days of the event and the household returns a signed and completed form LDSS-2291, “Request for Replacement of Food Purchased with Food Stamp Benefits,” by close of business on Thursday, November 8, 2012.