James Sanders Jr.'s Press releases

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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Sanders Thanks NYC Council for $253,000 Rochdale Village NORC Funding Restoration

Late yesterday, the New York City Council adopted a $75 billion dollar city budget for fiscal year 2015. Included within the new budget is a $253,000 appropriation to fund the Rochdale Village Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC).

Rochdale Village's NORC was scheduled to close next month after its application for a renewal of funding was declined by the New York City Department for the Aging (DFTA) due to projected budget constraints.

Upon learning of the NORC’s impending discontinuation, New York State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale) immediately convened a meeting between him, his aides and DFTA Commissioner Donna Corrado, to urge the program's funding be renewed.

June 26, 2014
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Sanders Votes “Yes” for Medicinal Marijuana in New York State

Sanders Votes “Yes” for Medicinal Marijuana in New York State

On the final day of the legislative session, New York State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Queens) voted in favor of passing the bill (S7923) to legalize medicinal marijuana in New York State.

Before announcing his vote on the bill, Senator Sanders expressed his dismay at the onerous restrictions recently added to the legislation after an eleventh-hour accord between the bill’s sponsors, Senate Majority Co-leader Dean Skelos, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and Governor Andrew Cuomo was reached before today’s vote. Sanders remarked, “This is a very timid beginning, but perhaps it is a beginning.”

June 20, 2014
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Sanders’ Minimum Wage Bill Right Up Governor Cuomo’s Alley

This past weekend, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo vowed to support the passage of legislation that would raise the state’s minimum hourly wage to $10.10 next year, and provide for annual increases that would be indexed to the rate of inflation.

This past January, New York State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Queens) introduced a bill (S6334) that would achieve those very aims, help to upgrade the standard of living for the state’s working poor, and spur economic growth in every county.

June 3, 2014
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Sanders Applauds Expansion of City Program to Help Displaced Sandy Survivors Pay Rent

(Far Rockaway) – New York State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Queens) commented on today’s announcement by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio that the city’s federally funded Temporary Disaster Assistance Program (TDAP) will now be available to low earning residents displaced by Superstorm Sandy who need help with paying their rent.

April 28, 2014
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NYS Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Queens) Issues Statement on Findings of DOI Investigation Into FDNY Response to Far Rockaway Fire Tragedy

(Far Rockaway) – New York State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Queens) expressed dismay at the FDNY for the apparent failure of emergency services to dispatch ambulances to the site of the fire that killed four-year-olds Jai’Launi and Aniya Tinglin until thirteen minutes after the first call to 911 had been placed.

April 25, 2014
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Sanders Blasts HUD for Turning Sandy Recovery into “Game Show”

(Far Rockaway, NY) - Senator James Sanders Jr. (D- Rochdale Village) has sent a letter to Secretary Shaun Donovan, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) blasting HUD’s recent proposal to divert $1 billion or more of money designated for the rebuilding of the communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy into a nationwide competition for disaster resiliency projects. The money would come from funds diverted from the final $3.6 billion that HUD has to distribute for Sandy-related projects.

In the letter to Secretary Donovan, Senator Sanders stated, “Every day I witness my neighbors and constituents struggling to recover from the storm. Our communities are still in desperate need of rebuilding and recovery funds.

April 24, 2014
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Senator Sanders and the Queens Public Library Provide Rochdale Village’s Seniors a Key to Maintaining an Active Lifestyle

Contact: Dara Bragg | dbragg@nysenate.gov | (718) 523-3069

(Rochdale) – To ensure his community’s seniors are no less actively engaged than today’s generation in the use of digital media, New York State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Queens) arranged for representatives of the Queens Public Library to join him and the staff of the Rochdale Village Senior Center in helping its seniors sign-up for library cards.

Having access to their local library branch will allow them to experience the arts through traditional media forms, like books and video, but using the latest technological devices of our era, such as eReaders and Tablets.

April 24, 2014
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NYS Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Queens) Issues Statement on Kids Death by Fire: Parents Requesting Help with Funeral Costs

NYS Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Queens) Issues Statement on Kids Death by Fire: Parents Requesting Help with Funeral Costs

Far Rockaway - State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Queens) and the parents of four year olds Jai'Launi Tinglin and his half-sister Aniya Tinglin, victims of a tragic fire in Far Rockaway last Saturday, are asking for help with funeral expenses. State Senator Sanders visited the parents of the two children, killed in a basement fire of a two-story house on Saturday night, earlier.

April 22, 2014
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Senator Sanders’ Holiday Mandela Salute Hits Big

(Queens, NY)- On Friday, December 27, 2013, Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Jamaica) and Dreamland Amusements hosted a free viewing of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom at the Jamaica Multiplex in Jamaica, Queens. Close to 500 Queens residents and members of the community came out for the free showing and to remember a great man. Because of the overwhelming demand to attend the movie and panel discussion on the former South African president, Senator Sanders helped secure additional spaces for more community members to attend. 

December 27, 2013
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NEW YORK STATE SENATOR JAMES SANDERS, JR. TO HOST JOBS FAIR ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19TH 2013

JAMAICA, NY - New York State Senator James Sanders Jr. announced today that he will host a jobs fair for the 10th Senatorial community on Saturday, October 19th from 10am to 3pm at the Police Athletic League on 116-25 Guy R Brewer Blvd. Jamaica, N.Y. 

Queens residents will have an opportunity to find jobs with local area businesses. Employers such as the New York Cosmos, Millennium Development, the New York Police Department, DeVry University, and others will offer both entry-level and advanced positions. Some employers will provide on-site interviews and fill job openings on the spot. 

October 19, 2013
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