Frank Padavan's Press releases

Domestic Violence Awareness Workshop May 30

New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) and Community Prevention Alternatives for Families in Crisis will be partnering on Saturday May 30, 2009 to present a domestic violence awareness workshop.

The workshop will take place at the Poppenhusen Institute located at 114-04 14th Road in College Point from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm.

May 26, 2009
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Padavan Meets With Public Service Commissioner Following Tragic Gas Explosion

In the wake of the tragic gas explosion in Floral Park on April 24th which claimed the life of Ghanwatti Boodram, mother of three, and destroyed the adjacent homes of the Levin and Barth households, State Senator Frank Padavan met with New York State Public Service Commissioner Garry Brown to discuss responses to the incident.  The Commission is charged with overseeing public utilities in New York such as Con Edison, which provided service to the area where the explosion occurred.

May 21, 2009
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Padavan Honors 2009 Teachers of Distinction

New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) presented awards to forty teachers during an awards ceremony in celebration of National Teacher Appreciation Week. The third annual event took place at the Queens County Farm Museum in Floral Park on Thursday afternoon, May 7th. 

 Teacher Appreciation Week was established in 1985 when the National Parent-Teachers Association (PTA) agreed to observe the first full week in May in dedication to teachers across the country.

May 11, 2009
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Cease and Desist Zone Designation Hearing On May 29

New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) announced today that the Department of State will be convening a public hearing in Northeast Queens regarding the re-adoption of the “cease-and-desist” zone designation for Queens County.

The public hearing will take place on May 29, 2009 at the Queens High School of Teaching (The Frank Padavan Campus at Glen Oaks) at 74-20 Commonwealth Boulevard in Bellerose starting at 7:00 pm.  

May 5, 2009
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"Career Criminal Crackdown" Legislation Moves From Committee

 During the State Senate session today, the Senate ruled in favor of a motion to discharge on Senator Padavan’s “Career Criminal” bill, which will increase criminal penalties for persistent high-level misdemeanor offenders.  The legislative motion now moves the bill (S.2632) from the Codes committee and will face an eventual vote by the entire State Senate sometime in the near future.

May 5, 2009
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Padavan Sponsoring Mobile Mammography Screenings on May 30

New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) announced today that he will be partnering with the American-Italian Cancer Foundation in providing no-cost mammography screenings to residents of Northeast Queens on Saturday May 30.   The mobile mammography van will be outside of Senator Padavan’s District Office at 89-39 Gettysburg Street in Bellerose. There are no-out-of-pocket expenses and no copays for both insured and uninsured women.  

May 5, 2009
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Padavan Sponsoring Cell Phone Recycling Drive In Recongition Of Earth Day

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 them and donate to victims of domestic violence.

April 27, 2009
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Padavan Votes Against Reckless and Fiscally Irresponsible Budget

Calling it the worst budget process he has ever seen, New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) voted against the 2009-2010 State Budget presented by Governor Paterson, Speaker Silver and Senate Majority Leader Smith.

April 3, 2009
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"Three-Men-In-A-Room" Eliminate Northeast Queens Nature and Historical Preservation Commission

The Northeast Queens Nature and Historical Preservation Commission has been eliminated by Governor Paterson, Speaker Silver and Senate Majority Leader Smith as a part of their 2009-2010 State Budget, New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) said today. The commission, established by legislation sponsored by Padavan in 1973, is a citizen watchdog panel charged with protecting and preserving the Northeast Queens shoreline.   

March 31, 2009
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Statement From Senator Padavan on State Budget

 After many rounds of secretive budget negotiations between Governor Paterson, Speaker Silver and Senate Majority Leader Smith their plan for a $132 billion 2009-2010 State Budget has finally come to see the light of day and it packs a walloping amount of pain for New York’s middle class families and small businesses. This budget is fiscally reckless, highly irresponsible and will only continue New York’s fiscal woes.

March 30, 2009
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Padavan Strongly Opposes Inclusion of Changes to Drug Laws in State Budget

 New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) today proclaimed his staunch opposition to the so-called reforms of the Rockefeller Drug Laws that have been announced by Speaker Silver and Senate Majority Leader Smith following secret budget discussions with Governor Paterson. 

March 27, 2009
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Budget Dysfunction Reigns With Less Than A Week Before Deadline

With less than one week to go before New York reaches the constitutionally mandated April 1st deadline for the adoption of the state budget, Governor Paterson, Speaker Silver and Senate Majority Leader Smith continue to hold secret three way discussions on the state fiscal policy for the upcoming fiscal year.

March 27, 2009
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Padavan Calls For Governor, Legislature To Restore Child Abuse Prevention Funding

New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) today called for Governor Paterson and his legislative colleagues to restore the funding for child abuse prevention services contained within the 2009-2010 Executive Budget.  Padavan joined his fellow members of the New York State Senate Republican Conference Urban Issues Task Force in calling for the restoration of the funding before April 1st which marks the start of Child Abuse Prevention Month and the 2009-2010 State Fiscal Year.  

March 24, 2009
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State Budget Secrecy Continues

New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) today blasted Senator Majority Leader Malcolm Smith, Speaker Silver and Governor Paterson for continuing to work in secret on the important issues facing our state, especially the 2009-2010 State Budget.

March 23, 2009
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Padavan, District 26 UFT Members Meet In State Capitol

New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) met with local teachers and United Federation of Teachers (UFT) members from District 26 at the State Capitol on Tuesday afternoon, March 17th. The meeting focused on the issues impacting New York City schools, teachers and students in the 2009-2010 Executive Budget. Additionally, the discussion focused on the money earmarked for education as a part of the recently enacted federal economic stimulus package.

March 20, 2009
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Padavan Meets With DC 37 Members In Albany

On Tuesday morning March 17th, New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) met with members of DC 37 Local 372 during their Lobby Day at the State Capitol. Padavan spoke about the importance of school based drug prevention programs. During his remarks, Padavan applauded Substance Abuse Prevention Intervention Specialists (SAPIS) who have consistently proven their worth and effectiveness in providing a safe school environment for our children and SPINS and SPARK workers who educate our youth on the dangers of drug and alcohol use.

March 18, 2009
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Padavan Demands AIG Executives To Forfeit Bonuses

New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) today blasted the recent revelation that American International Group (AIG) executives received $165 million in bonuses after receiving a taxpayer bailout last fall. Word of the bonuses comes as middle-class families continue to struggle in an uncertain and challenging economic climate.

 As a result of this shocking and disgusting revelation, Padavan is demanding that all executives at AIG who received bonus money forfeit it back to the taxpayers.

March 18, 2009
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$1.3 Billion In Burdensome Taxes and Fees Removed From State Budget Talks

Following months of strong opposition from Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) and his Senate Republican colleagues along with millions of New Yorkers, Governor Paterson has capitulated and agreed to remove the onerous tax and fee increases on numerous goods and services contained in the Executive Budget.

March 11, 2009
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Padavan Unveils New Higher Education Plan for SUNY and CUNY

New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) joined with his Senate Republican colleagues today in unveiling a new proposal aimed at making tuition at SUNY and CUNY more affordable and accessible while generating revenue for the higher education systems. 

March 5, 2009
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Padavan Urges Legislative Colleagues To Restore Cuts to Home Care

As New York rapidly reaches the April 1st deadline for the enactment of the 2009-2010 State Budget, New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) today called upon his fellow state legislative colleagues to eliminate the cuts and proposals detrimental to home health care.

March 3, 2009
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