Frank Padavan's Press releases

Padavan, Senate Republicans Present Proposals Aimed At Reducing Medicaid Fraud, Waste and Abuse

New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) and his Senate Republican colleagues today unveiled a comprehensive report and set of proposals aimed at combating fraud, waste and abuse in New York State’s Medicaid program.

March 19, 2010

Padavan: "New York Making Bad Bets For The Future With Increased Gambling"

New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) today came out in sharp opposition to the rise of gambling contained in the Executive Budget proposal and with the troubling trend that continues to grow with a reliance on array of gambling options in all reaches of New York.  Padavan is the leading opponent of gambling in the New York State Legislature and is the author of numerous reports on compulsive and problem gambling in the state including “All Gambling, All The Time” and ”Quick Draw: Time To Pull The Plug”.

March 15, 2010

Padavan and Senate Republicans Join Richmond County DA Donovan to Unveil Domestic Violence Act of 2010

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.

March 4, 2010

Statement From Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) On The Findings Of The Throgs Neck Bridge Park Environmental Analysis

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. 

March 1, 2010

Padavan Introduces Legislation Prohibiting Sex Offenders From Working With Children

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. 

February 17, 2010

Senate Passes Resolution Calling On Obama Administration To Move Terror Trials Out Of NY

New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) announced today that the State Senate has passed a legislative resolution calling upon the Obama Administration and the United States Department of Justice to move the 9/11 terror trials out of New York. The resolution (J3389), co-sponsored by Padavan, past with overwhelming support on Tuesday February 9, 2010. 

February 12, 2010

Padavan, Golden, Lanza Call For Stronger Laws To Protect Women From Abusers

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.

February 8, 2010

Padavan Reminds Taxpayers About The Earned Income Tax Credit

New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) reminded all taxpayers throughout Northeast Queens to see if they’re  eligible for the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) when they file their federal tax return this tax season. Padavan’s call is part of a national public awareness campaign aimed at informing taxpayers about the EITC. .    The EITC was created in 1975 to help low to moderate income federal taxpayers.

February 3, 2010

Padavan Unveils Job Creation and Retention Plan

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.

January 26, 2010

Senate Passes Ethics Reform Legislation

 New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) announced today that the Senate has passed ethics reform legislation. The legislation calls for the establishment of an ethics commission, reestablishes the lobbying commission, greater disclosure of legislators outside income and enhanced campaign finance laws. 

January 20, 2010

Padavan Presents "Blueprint For A Stronger NY"

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.

January 7, 2010

Senate Passes Leandra's Law

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.

December 29, 2009

Fall Health and Wellness Expo-Saturday November 21st

 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 Saturday, November 21st.  The expo will take from 11 am to 2 pm at Our Lady of the Snows Church located at 258-15 80th Ave.

November 6, 2009

Padavan Partners With Hopeline Program For Used Cell Phone Collection Drive

Continuing his partnership with the Hopeline program, New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) announced today that his Bellerose district office will be once again collecting used cell phones and related accessories for domestic violence victims throughout the entire month of October. The collection drive is a part of national and local efforts to increase awareness of domestic violence during “National Domestic Violence Prevention Month.”

October 20, 2009

Padavan Calls For Immediate Repeal of Law That Allows Convicted Murders, Rapists, Sex Criminals To Petition For Non-Terminal Medical Release

New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) today called for the immediate repeal of a dangerous new law that allows convicted murderers, rapists and sex criminals currently serving life sentences to seek non-terminal medical release and be freed from prison.

Democrats slipped the provision into the State Budget at the eleventh hour after negotiating the spending plan in unprecedented secrecy and behind closed doors. Senate Republicans sharply criticized the change and voted against it during the floor debate on the budget, but Democrats rammed it through anyway.

October 8, 2009

NYS Department of State Extends Public Comment Deadline For Cease and Desist Programn to October 31st

New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) today urged any and all homeowners affected by intense and repeated solicitations from real estate brokers to provide evidence in writing to the New York State Department of State in order to continue to keep all of Queens county as a cease and desist zone.

October 7, 2009

Democrat's State Budget Increase DMV Fees Starting Today

Continuing the pile on from the disastrous 2009-2010 State Budget enacted by Democrats in both houses of the State Legislature and Governor Paterson, New Yorkers who drive a car, truck or any motor vehicle will be paying more with increased Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) fees which will take effect starting today.  Most of the fees are increased by 25 percent on motor vehicles across the state.

September 1, 2009

Senate Passes Padavan's NYC School Governance Legislation

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.   

August 6, 2009

Padavan Calls For Immediate Action On Legislation To Fix Criminal Background Check Problem

New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) today called immediate action today on his legislation that would fix a dangerous problem with the soon to be enacted, so-called Rockefeller Drug Law reforms. Under a state budget measure which will take effect on June 8th, courts may seal criminal records of certain drug felons at the completion of drug court effectively leaving no criminal record and conviction when they apply for employment. 

June 1, 2009

Senator Padavan Proposes Bill To Fix Criminal Background Check Problem Created By Rockefeller Reforms

Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) today introduced a bill that would fix a dangerous problem created by the so-called Rockefeller drug law reforms enacted as part of the 2009-10 state budget.  Under the budget measure which takes effect on June 8th, courts may seal the criminal records of certain drug felons when they complete drug court, so there will be no record of their conviction when they apply for employment.

May 26, 2009
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