James Sanders Jr.'s Press releases

Senator Sanders' Photo of the Week - Senior Care Administrators Breakfast

State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale Village) hosted a Senior Care Administrators Breakfast today at The Door restaurant in Jamaica. It is part of a monthly series aimed at bringing resources and useful information to the leadership of senior centers in the area, so that they can pass it along to the older adults who visit their facilities.

April 10, 2015
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Senator Sanders Attends Prayer Vigil for South Jamaica Murder Victim

Senator Sanders joined dozens of residents as the community mourned the loss of Leta Webb, the 70 year-old grandmother slain in South Jamaica. She was fatally shot after she answered a knock on her door in the middle of the night on March 31, 2015. No one was immediately arrested in connection with the crime.  "You're seeing people come together to say, 'This cannot go on,'" Senator Sanders said. "This type of madness needs to stop. There should be no shelter for the person who committed this crime."

April 7, 2015
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Sanders State Budget Wrap-up - Wins, Losses and Exclusions

(Albany, NY – March 31, 2015) State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale Village) and his colleagues worked late into the night passing a state budget which proved to have more wins for the governor and Republican majority than for Democrats and working class people.

April 1, 2015
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Senator Sanders Slams Budget - No Minimum Wage Increase, No Dream Act, Weak Ethics Reform, Tax Breaks for the Wealthy

Today State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale) denounced the Governor and Senate Republicans proposed budget, which is still in the final stages of negotiations, for numerous shortfalls including failing to raise the minimum wage, providing tax breaks to the wealthy, closing the door on the DREAM Act, not implementing paid family leave, and weak ethics reform. 

April 1, 2015
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Sanders' Mobile Office Comes to the Hammel Houses

State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale Village) brought his mobile office to the Hammel Houses in Far Rockaway on March 27. There he met one-on-one with residents, listening to their concerns, which included issues such as public safety, improved lighting and renovations to the complex, which is still suffering from Hurricane Sandy damage.

March 31, 2015
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Photo of the Week - Community Clergy Breakfast

State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale Village) held a Community Clergy Breakfast on March 27 at Faith Assembly Church in Richmond Hill, bringing together faith-based leaders of different denominations from across the district to share information and discuss ways they can help their congregations. "My job is to support you," Senator Sanders said. "My job is to help shape your vision." The guest speaker was Dr. Ron Daniels, distinguished lecturer from York College, who spoke about liberation theology, a movement that attempts to interpret scripture through the plight of the poor. It states that followers of Jesus must work towards a just society by bringing about social and political change and aligning themselves with the working class.

March 30, 2015
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Senator Sanders' Photo of the Week - NYCHA Housing Rally

State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale Village), a champion of housing rights, listened intently to the concerns of hundreds of NYCHA residents who descended on Albany on Monday. They were there to demand increases in state funding for public housing developments, money which is needed to make important repairs and correct dangerous conditions.

March 17, 2015
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Inspiring Women to Run for Office: Senator Sanders hosts successful "Women in Power" workshop

State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale Village) hosted a successful "Women in Power" workshop on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at New Jerusalem Baptist Church in Jamaica. The event, which was held in honor of Women's History Month, was attended by about 100 women who were eager to explore the forum's topic - "How to Run for Office." Guest speakers included Congresswoman Grace Meng of Queens, Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte of Brooklyn and Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages of Nassau County. They discussed the unspoken side of public life, what it feels like to win (and lose) an election, and tips for managing work and family.

March 16, 2015
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Senator Sanders Celebrates Holi / Phagwah in Richmond Hill

State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale Village) attended a Holi / Phagwah celebration on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at the Maha Lakshmi Mandir temple in Richmond Hill, where dozens  of people had gathered for traditional Chowtaal music and the ritual of covering each other with brightly colored powder. The five-hour long event was sponsored by the Richmond Hill Economic Development Council.  

March 10, 2015
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Sanders Supports Religious Garb Bill to Prevent Workplace Descrimination

ALBANY, N.Y., March 3, 2015- Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Queens) and the Bangladeshi American Advocacy Group held a press conference on the Bangladeshi-Americans Annual Lobby Day to support the passing of Senate Bill S3263 and Assembly Bill A2049, which would prohibit discrimination in the workplace against attire that is worn for a religious purpose.

March 4, 2015
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Senator Sanders Presents A Free "Women in Power" Workshop

State Senator James Sanders Jr. will present a free "Women in Power" workshop on Saturday, March 14, as part of Women's History Month.  It will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at New Jerusalem Baptist Church, 122-05 Smith Street in Jamaica.

March 3, 2015
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Senator Sanders to Debut Mobile Office

State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale Village) will be debuting his mobile office this Friday, March 6, from noon to 6 p.m. at the Baisley Houses Community Center, 116-80 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard in Jamaica. The senator invites his constituents to meet with him and share their questions, concerns and suggestions.

March 3, 2015
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State Senator James Sanders Jr. Holds Successful Salute to Gospel Concert Event

Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale) held a hugely successful  “Salute to Gospel” concert before a packed house of more than 400 people at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center on February 27. The guests enjoyed a complimentary before the two-hour event, which boasted a variety of entertainment that included singers, dancers and a gospel comedian.  

March 2, 2015
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SCARBOROUGH, SANDERS APPLAUD NEW YORK RISING COMMITTEE APPROVAL OF FLOOD RELIEF STUDY

Assemblyman William Scarborough and Senator James Sanders, Jr. congratulated the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Planning Committee for the inclusion of a radical collection flood relief study in its recommendation for funding under the Idlewild Watershed Communities program. The study will be part of the $6 million allocated by the committee for community reconstruction and flood mitigation strategies as a result of tropical storm sandy.

February 26, 2015
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What if Malcolm X were alive today? - Senator Sanders Holds Community Discussion

State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale Village) marked the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Malcolm X as so many others did, by attending a memorial commemoration in Harlem at the educational center named after the slain human rights leader. It was the site of the former Audubon Ballroom, the location where Malcolm X was gunned down. A single blue spotlight illuminated the area where he drew his last breath.   During his remarks Senator Sanders recalled how much the Muslim minister known as  El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz had influenced him on a personal level and how his impact on the world can still be felt today.  

February 26, 2015
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State Senator James Sanders Jr. meets with Ilyasha Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X, at 50th Anniversary Memorial

State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale Village) had the opportunity to speak with Ilyasha Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X, at a memorial commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of the human rights leader. Shabazz is a motivational speaker and author, perhaps best known for her memoir “Growing Up X.” Senator Sanders delivered some brief remarks during the event on February 21, 2015, at the Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center in Harlem. He recalled how much Malcolm X had influenced him on a personal level and how the slain Muslim minister's impact on the world can still be felt today.  

February 24, 2015
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State Senator James Sanders Jr. Calls for Re-Investigation of Malcolm X Assassination

As we commemorate the life of El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, also known as Malcolm X, on Saturday, February 20, 2015, the 50th Anniversary of his assassination, State Senator James Sanders Jr.(D-Rochdale Village) is calling upon leaders of the city, state and federal government to re-examine the events surrounding the untimely death of the Muslim minister and human rights leader and to bring to justice all of the parties responsible for his murder.

February 23, 2015
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Black Lives Matter

On Tuesday night, I awaited the announcement of the grand jury decision on Officer Darren Wilson. Like many across our nation, I was saddened to learn that the grand jury did not find probable cause to indict Wilson. The purpose of the grand jury is not to determine guilt or innocence, but to decide whether there is probable cause to prosecute someone for a felony crime. Unfortunately, the grand jury decided that the shooting of Michael Brown was not even deserving of a trial. As we prepare to enter 2015, it is important to remember that this year has seen the death of numerous unarmed black young men at the hands of police officers.

November 24, 2014
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JFK Airport Rally To Raise The Minimum Wage

On Tuesday afternoon, Unite Here Local 100, Senator James Sanders, Jr., Senator-elect Leroy Comrie, Assemblyman David Weprin, Assemblyman Victor M. Pichardo, Speaker of the New York City Council Melissa Mark-Viverito and Councilman Rory Lancman joined community organizations to support Airport Workers in their quest to receive a living wage. In July, Governors Andrew Cuomo, Chris Christie and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced an agreement which enabled employees of contractors and subcontractors at JFK and LaGuardia airports earning minimum wage to receive pay increases from $9 to $10.10, linked to increases in the consumer price index, went into effect July 31, 2014.

November 19, 2014
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Senator Sanders still serving the Military …Met with Tuskegee Airman on Veteran’s Day

US Marine Veteran James Sanders Jr. honored his fellow veterans with a luncheon at Applebee’s restaurant on Jamaica Avenue yesterday.  After congratulating the service men and women for their distinguished service to this great nation of ours, he proceeded directly into a brief history of Veteran’s Day, which was proclaimed by President Woodrow Wilson in1919, as Armistice Day, and  which was later amended by congress to “Veteran’s Day” in 1938. 

November 12, 2014
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