Frank Padavan's Press releases

Padavan Introduces "Career Criminal Crackdown" Legislation

New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) re-introduced legislation today in the state Senate that would significantly increase criminal penalities for chronic repeat criminal offenders in New York State. The legislation known as the “Career Criminal” bill will once again be a key criminal justice initiative for Senator Padavan during the 2009 Legislative Session.   

March 2, 2009
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Padavan: Lease Agreement Reached for Food Dynasty

Calling it a significant victory for all Queens Village residents, New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) hailed the new lease agreement that will keep the Food Dynasty on Hillside Avenue in Queens Village open for the next twenty years. 

February 25, 2009
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Padavan Takes Oath Of Office

On Sunday afternoon, February 15th, New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) took the oath of office during a swearing-in ceremony at Holy Cross High School in Bayside. Padavan took the oath of office before a packed crowd of over 800 hundred supporters, community leaders and residents from throughout Northeast Queens. In his address following the oath of office, Padavan thanked the residents of the 11th Senate District for their endless support and renewed his call for unity and resolve to help build a stronger and brighter future for all New Yorkers.

February 17, 2009
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Padavan: Higher Education Remains A Priority In New Legislative Session

New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) today reaffirmed his strong commitment to ensuring all New Yorkers have access to a quality and affordable higher education. Padavan, a long-time and strong advocate of expanding high education in New York, called investing in higher education a fundamental priority during this legislative session. 

February 3, 2009
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Padavan: Gambling Expansion Is A Bad Bet

New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens), the State Legislature’s leading opponent of gambling, announced today his strong opposition to the massive expansion of gambling-related proposed initiatives contained within the 2009-2010 Executive Budget.   

December 16, 2008
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Padavan Sponsoring Fall Community Health and Wellness Expo

New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) announced today that he will be hosting a Fall Community Health and Wellness Expo for families and seniors throughout Northeast Queens. The event will take place on Sunday, September 28th from 10 am to 2 pm at Mary’s Nativity Parish Center, 46-02 Parsons Blvd, in Flushing.

September 11, 2008
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Padavan/Brennan Bill Would Prohibit Gas Drilling in Upstate New York City Watershed Areas

New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) Assemblymember James F. Brennan (D-Brooklyn) have announced their intention to reintroduce legislation in next year’s session that would prevent the immediate drilling of oil and gas wells in upstate New York. 

September 3, 2008
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Padavan Urges Queens Families To Apply For Child Health Plus

New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) is urging all families throughout Northeast Queens to apply for health insurance for their children under Child Health Plus. With the recent expansion of income eligibility limits of Child Health Plus, all uninsured children in New York are now eligible for health insurance coverage.

September 1, 2008
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Governor Signs NYC Property Tax Abatement For Renewable Energy Source Bill

New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) announced today that Governor Paterson has signed into law his legislation that will provide incentives for New York City residents and business to install and use solar power on their property.

August 12, 2008
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Governor Signs Mortgage Foreclosure Relief Bill

New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) joined Governor Paterson and local elected officials for a bill signing ceremony at Queens Borough Hall in Kew Gardens for legislation that will provide vital relief and assistance to at-risk homeowners facing an impending foreclosure on their home. The new law also provides a set of initiatives that will help prevent a future increase in foreclosures throughout New York State. 

August 5, 2008
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Governor Paterson Signs Padavan Bill Into Law Continuing NYPD Tuition Waiver

New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) announced today that Governor Paterson has signed into law legislation that will extend CUNY tuition waiver benefits for members of the New York City Police Department for two years, until 2010.

The legislation specifically continues for two years a tuition waiver for one course for NYPD officer students seeking a baccalaureate or higher degree at the City University of New York (CUNY). The course must be related to their employment and duties as a police officer. 

July 21, 2008
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'Lawn Litter Law' Final Rules Established

With the Department of Sanitation set to unveil the final rules for the ‘Lawn Litter Law’ for the City of New York, Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) announced today that he has been informed that the provision requiring homeowners to have the complaint form notarized has been removed.

July 1, 2008
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Padavan: Progress on Key Environmental Conservation and Alternative Energy Measures Made in 2008 Legislative Session

With the 2008 State Legislative Session concluded, New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) announced today that significant progress has been achieved on a myriad of important environmental conservation and alternative energy bills.

June 25, 2008
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Home Foreclosure Prevention and Relief Legislation Passes Senate

The New York State Senate today passed comprehensive legislation, co-sponsored by Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) that will help at-risk homeowners overcome an impending foreclosure and provide a set of initiatives that will prevent a future increase in foreclosures throughout New York.  A bipartisan agreement on the legislation was reached between legislative leaders and the Governor late last week. 

The legislation passed the Senate unanimous bipartisan support.

June 22, 2008
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Senate Passes Legislation to Protect Senior Services

New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) announced today that the state Senate has passed legislation that would require public input from all affected stakeholders and seniors on any proposed changes to services, such as meals-on-wheels, in a county aging plan.

The legislation (S.8357) would require the state Office for the Aging (SOFA) to solicit input from providers, consumers and especially seniors when considering the approval or disapproval of any changes or amendments to county aging plans or services. 

June 19, 2008
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Padavan, Senate Pass Bill to Crackdown on Street Racing

New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) announced today that the state Senate has passed legislation that would significantly increase criminal penalties for illegal street speed racing and drag racing statewide. The bill, known as “Michelle and Jordan’s Law”, passed the Senate with unanimous bipartisan support.

June 19, 2008
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Agreement Reached on Foreclosure Relief Bill

Following weeks of negotiations, an agreement has been reached by Governor Paterson and legislative leaders on a comprehensive bill that will help at-risk homeowners throughout New York overcome an impending foreclosure, New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) announced today.

June 19, 2008
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Senate Passes NYC Property Tax Abatement for Alternative and Renewable Energy Source

The New York State Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) that would provide an incentive for New York City residents and businesses to use solar power.

The legislative measure (S.8145) provides a four-year property tax abatement for the construction and installation of a solar generating system for class one (residential), class two (condominiums/cooperative apartments) and class four (commercial) properties within the City of New York. 

June 11, 2008
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Senate Passes Legislation Establishing New Student Loan Program

New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) announced today that the Senate has passed legislation that would provide low interest loans for the cost of higher education to students who enroll full time in a college or university in New York state.

June 9, 2008
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Senate Passes "Piracy Protection Act"

The New York State Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) that would combat the creation, distribution and sale of illegally recorded movies in New York state. The legislation passed the Senate with bipartisan support and now awaits action in the State Assembly.

June 4, 2008
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