The Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State have announced that they are presenting New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) with their prestigious Legislator of the Year Award for 2010 in late October. The Cerebral Palsy Association of New York State was founded in 1946 and serves as a multi-service organization to assist and provide vital services to the families of children with cerebral palsy. The award recognizes Padavan’s significant contributions through the legislative process that have resulted in increased independence, productivity or integration for people with cerebral palsy and other significant disabilities, or is a benefit to their families.
New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) announced today that he will be hosting his annual Fall Community Health and Wellness Expo for families and seniors throughout Northeast Queens on Sunday October 3, 2010. The expo will take from 12 pm to 3 pm at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church located at 34-45 202nd Street in Bayside.
New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) urged local residents today to donate blood during the twentieth anniversary of the New York Hospital Queens and the Deepdale Gardens Community Council’s annual community blood drive. The blood drive will take place this Sunday August 8, from 7:30 am to 4 pm at the Samuel Field YM & YWHA located at 58-20 Little Neck Parkway in Little Neck.
State Senators Frank Padavan (Queens). Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) and Andrew Lanza (R-Staten Island), today are responding to a New York State Comptroller’s report highlighting yet another financial failure of the Metropolitan Transit Authority, that of their failure to collect more than $9 million in back rent from nearly 1,000 commercial tenants. The State Senators are charging, in the wake of this week’s severe bus and train service reductions across New York City, that the mismanaged MTA has failed New Yorkers again.
New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) announced today that he is teaming up with the Poppenhusen Institute in sponsoring the first annual Family Fun Day at MacNeil Park in College Point. The event will take place on Sunday July 11 from 2 pm to 6 pm.
A free concert sponsored by Senator Padavan, featuring the Columbian folklore band Groupo Latino will follow the family fun day festivities at 6 pm.
New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) announced today that the State Senate has passed legislation (S.7000B) he co-sponsored that would expand health insurance policies in New York to cover screening, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder.
New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) announced today that he has signed the “Pledge for Change New York” which is calling upon elected officials in New York state to enact reforms to state ethics laws, budgetary process and institute new measures aimed at increasing accountability and transparency.
New York’s Medicaid spending has risen to a point that it is now simply unsustainable. New York spends an estimated $52 billion a year on Medicaid- that’s astounding $1 billion a week. Future projections have state spending for Medicaid increasing by 37 percent over the next five years costing New Yorkers approximately an additional $5 billion.
New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) announced today that once again his Bellerose District office will be collecting used cell phones in order to recycle and donate them to victims of domestic violence. “With many New Yorkers undertaking their annual spring cleanings, many are coming across an old cell phone or charger they no longer use,” Padavan said. “Far too often these used phones are eventually discarded in the trash and pose a hazard to environment.
Following weeks of discussions with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), I have just been informed that clean-up of lead paint debris uncovered in Throgs Neck Bridge Park is now underway and should be completed within the next week. The clean-up action by the MTA comes following an independent and comprehensive environmental analysis conducted by environmental scientist Dr. James Cervino which detailed the impact the paint scraping project of the Throgs Neck Bridge has had on immediate surrounding area.
New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) and his New York State Senate Republican colleagues today joined Richmond County District Attorney Dan Donovan in Albany to unveil the Domestic Violence Act of 2010, a comprehensive effort to strengthen the State’s porous and ineffective domestic violence laws. Among other things, the initiative would for the first time ever create a specific crime of domestic abuse in the State penal law and provide law enforcement with greater tools to stamp out domestic violence.
Last evening I sponsored a well attended important community meeting at Holy Trinity in Whitestone to unveil the findings of a comprehensive environmental toxin analysis surrounding the Throgs Neck Bridge. The analysis conducted by environmental scientist Dr. James Cervino clearly and unequivocally uncovered significant lead paint contamination in the soil samples, which poses serious health risks, and large lead paint chips in piles of debris located under the bridge in ball fields, soccer fields and walking paths enjoyed by children and families of our community.
In the wake of a Fox 5 NYC exclusive story revealing that Edwin Rodriguez, a Level 2 sex offender was operating a karate school in Glendale, Queens and having close contact with young children every day, Senator Padavan has introduced state legislation (S.6851) to prohibit sex offenders from working or volunteering with children.
Three New York City State Senators today called for stronger laws to protect women from abusers in the wake of the gruesome murder of a Flushing, Queens woman who had filed at least five orders of protection against her murderer, Huang Chen, before he killed her. In 2006, the suspected murderer spent 30 days in jail for choking and punching the same woman in the face.
The economic woes facing our nation and state have placed tremendous strain and immense challenges on New York small businesses and middle class families. Last year alone, New York State lost 270,000 jobs in the private sector and unemployment in the state and city continues to climb. For all the promise of results, the federal stimulus package has failed to yield any progress towards improving New York’s economic and job climate.
New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) and his Senate Republican colleagues today unveiled a comprehensive plan that would stimulate job creation and help retain businesses and employees through tax credits, capping state spending and lessening burdensome regulations and red tape.
With the 2010 New York State Legislative Session underway, New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) today unveiled his “Blueprint For A Stronger NY” plan that would reform New York State Government and instill much-needed fiscal responsibly, accountability and transparency.
New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) announced today that the Senate has passed Leandra’s Law, the nation’s strongest DWI law by a unanimous bipartisan vote. The legislation, co-sponsored by Padavan, is the largest increase of criminal penalties for DWI convictions and includes the expansion of measures aimed at preventing drunk driving incidences throughout the state.
The New York State Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Senator Frank Padavan (S.5887) that extends and improves mayoral control of New York City schools. The legislation now goes to Governor Paterson where he is expected to sign it into law before the start of the school year.
Over the past few years, the State Legislature has proactively and consistently enacted laws strengthening public safety by requiring background checks for numerous position of trust such as teachers, nursing home aides and day care center workers.
Now that progress is in jeopardy with a soon-to-be enacted dangerous provision that was included in the state budget. As you may be aware, considerable attention and debate has been focused on this provision that will be implemented into law on June 8th.