(Albany, June 26, 2015) State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale Village) expressed disappointment over the passage of an end of session multi-legislation or "omnibus" bill that excludes key pieces of legislation, leaves critical reforms incomplete and fails to properly extend necessary programs that are essential to millions of New Yorkers. However, it is not a complete failure, as some minor wins were also included.
State Senator James Sanders (D-Rochdale) hosted a Father's Day Comedy Show on June 21, 2015 at August Martin High School. The performers included comedians Ray DeJon, Damon Rozier and SINC, singers Petawane and Jezel Loren, and music was provided by DJ "A." About 900 people attended the free show, which revolved around dad-related humor and stories. A complimentary meal was provided by Golden Krust on Parsons Boulevard. Other sponsors were Cross Island Realtors, My Ideal Property, Evers Pharmacy, Holistic Concerns and Home Depot.
State Senator James Sanders (D-Rochdale Village) hosted a free financial planning event called "Women, Power, Wealth" on June 20, 2015 at Grace Episcopal Church in Jamaica. The mission was to help empower women by educating them about savings, money management and credit repair. Other topics included the importance of long term care insurance and having an "escape plan" in case of financial crisis. "I'm trying to shake things up," Sanders said of his inspiration for holding the event. "I don't like where things are currently. I don't like the hand that women have been dealt. I think we need a new deal. The hand that says women will always be less than men, the hand that says women can't move forward - I think we need to take that hand and throw it away."
(Albany, NY) – State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale Village) today introduced a bill (S5924A) that will increase opportunities for Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises and spur the creation of sustainable small businesses and jobs. Assemblymember Rodneyese Bichotte (D-Brooklyn) will carry the bill (A8044A) in the Assembly. The legislation expands the State's General Municipal Law and thus creates additional procurement opportunities for M/WBE by the following:
(Albany, NY - June 3, 2015) - State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale Village) joined members of the New York State Nurses Association for a rally in support of paid family leave, an important initiative that was not included in the 2015-2016 budget. The NYSNA members carried signs that read "When the new baby arrives, should you have to worry that a few weeks home means not being able to pay the rent," and "New York Babies Need Paid Family Leave. Make New York Next." Eighty-seven percent of the state's workforce does not have such coverage through their employers. The Albany rally was part of the New York Paid Family Leave Insurance Campaign.
State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale Village) hosted a Community Clergy Breakfast on May 29 at New Haven Ministries in Jamaica, featuring special guest speaker the Rev. Floyd H. Flake, pastor of Greater Allen AME Cathedral, who shared his expertise on economic development and expanding one's church and congregation. "Church is not merely what you do on Sunday morning," Rev. Flake said. "It is an understanding that everything that surrounds the church, that is a part of the church, is part of the community. You have a responsibility to help and make changes so that it is a better place for people to live."
State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale Village) nominated Rodney K. Moore of Jamaica for the New York State Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame. He was officially inducted at a ceremony in Albany on May 19. Moore served in the U.S. Air Force from 1976-1984 and in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1987-1998. He presently works for a non-profit organization that assists homeless veterans.
State Senator James Sanders (D-Rochdale) paid tribute to Jamaica resident Harold Tate, who turned 100 years old on May 16, by presenting him with a certificate of recognition in celebration of his 100 years of life and contributions to the community.
(Albany, NY - May 11, 2015) - State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale) celebrated Haitian Unity Day with his colleagues in government - Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages, Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffe, Senator David Carlucci, Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte and Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre.
"Haiti needs its sons and daughters today more than ever," Senator Sanders said.
Haitian Unity Day is held annually in Albany and is a time to recognize the great impact that the country, culture and people of Haiti have had on the United States.
Senator Sanders said he was from the part of Haiti called South Carolina, his way of connecting with the Haitian people as part of the African-diaspora, which drew some laughs from the crowd. They made him an honorary Haitian.
(Albany, NY – May 6, 2015) State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale Village) honored Jacqueline (Jackie) Campbell as his 2015 “Woman of Distinction,” an award given to outstanding women living and working in New York State whose contributions have enriched the quality of life in their community and beyond. "I am proud to be able to recognize a hard working community advocate like Jackie, who is so deserving of this award," Sanders said. "I am sure she will continue to do great things for this district."
(Albany, NY - May 6, 2015) - State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale) today joined Senate Democrats who walked off the senate floor after Republicans refused to call a vote on whether Senator Dean Skelos should retain his position as leader of the Senate following his arrest earlier this week on corruption charges.
"We can not continue as though this is business as usual," Sanders said following the walkout. "This is insulting to the people of New York State."
This is the first time the Senate Majority has refused to vote on a measure brought before the house. This move demonstrates divisions within the Republican Conference as they will not publicly vote to support Skelos nor will they call upon him to step down.
State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale Village) brought his mobile office to the South Jamaica Houses on April 30, 2015. There he met one-on-one with residents, listening to their concerns and discussing enhancements to area such as possible improvements to building management, renovating a nearby park and re-opening a shuttered senior center.
State Senator James Sanders Jr., who is a big proponent of educating and motivating youth, was proud to co-sponsor a Teen Job Fair and Career Expo in Rockaway on April 17 where attendees received tips on resume writing and dressing for success as well as the chance to meet with various companies who were looking to hire new staffers.
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.
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."
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.