The press conference, titled "Faces of the Unemployed," was held Tuesday, August 4th, 2009 in front of the New York State Department of Labor One-Stop Center in Long Island City, Queens.The event was to draw attention to inadequate unemployment benefits in New York and the need to bring the State's Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund back to solvency.
State Senator George Onorato (D-Queens) made the following statement regarding the 2009-2010 State Budget which received final passage by the Senate on April 3: "The 2009-2010 State Budget is by no means a perfect plan, but it does address a yawning $17.7 billion budget deficit without decimating New York’s commitment to health care, education, college aid, job creation, our environment and any number of programs that are vital to our state’s residents and the overall future of the Empire State.
State Senator George Onorato (D-Queens), who consistently stressed the significant economic importance of New York State’s film and television production tax credit throughout negotiations on the 2009-2010 State Budget, today noted that the program was provided with $350 million in the final state spending plan approved by the State Legislature last week."During such dire fiscal times as these, I am particularly pleased that we were able to reinvest in this important program," said Senator Onorato, whose Queens Senate district is home to both Sil
WORKING FOR QUEENS: Senator Onorato (seated) works with other members of the State Senate and Assembly delegation from Queens to fight on behalf of the borough’s constituents and New York City as a whole. Pictured here are some of the Senate and Assembly representatives from Queens: (l-r standing) Assemblymembers Mark Weprin, Anne Margaret Carrozza, Vivian E. Cook, and Marge Markey; Senator Serphin Maltese; and Assemblymembers Barbara M. Clark, Nettie Mayersohn, Ivan Lafayette and Michele R. Titus.
FIGHTING FOR CITY SCHOOLS: Education funding is always a hot topic in Albany, and members of the United Federation of Teachers met with Senator Onorato earlier this year to express their concerns about the education of New York City school children.