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

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

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

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

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

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

$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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 12, 2008

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 4, 2008

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 2, 2008

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 13, 2008

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 6, 2008

Senator Padavan Calls On Medicaid Inspector General to Crackdown on Medicaid Fraud

Senator Frank Padavan today called on Medicaid Inspector General James G. Sheehan to take immediate action to recover the tens of millions of dollars New York State is losing each year because of former residents who remain enrolled in the State’s Medicaid system and continue to receive benefits despite having left the State.

August 4, 2008