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.
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.”
Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Queens) joined his fellow Senate Democratic Conference members at a press conference to announce the release of a detailed report describing the economic benefits New York State would receive from an increase to the minimum wage. Senator Sanders also called for the adoption of legislation that would allow local governments to raise the minimum wage within their municipalities.
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.
Lakia T. Echols is the founder of MakeMyMotherProud, whose motto is to “act as though it’s impossible to fail.” As a single mother, 13-year veteran serving with the United States Army, motivational speaker, leadership teacher and highly motivated community leader, she managed to attain a Bachelor’s in Organizing Management from St. Joseph’s College in 2013.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) proposal to divert at least $1 billion from a $60 billion Superstorm Sandy federal emergency aid package to a special fund for a national resiliency competition is both reprehensible and insulting.
(Albany) - New York State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Queens) introduces Senate Resolution J.4473 to honor the members of the 26th United States Colored Troop during the observance of the U.S. Civil War Sesquicentennial.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
Far Rockaway - New York State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Queens), appearing alongside the family of recently deceased four-year-old fire victims Jai'Launi and Aniya Tinglin, called for an independent investigation into the delayed response by emergency services to the deadly fire that claimed the young children's lives last Saturday, and appealed to the public to show its compassion for the Tinglin family's loss by donating money to help pay for their funeral service expenses.
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.
Video #2 in Chris Curry's "Stop The Violence" campaign series. A collection of songs, poetry, art, essays and spoken word depicting the hideous consequences of violent acts and the depraved disregard for LIFE by the perpetrators.
This is video #3 in the Chris Curry's "Stop The Violence" campaign. It portrays the daily concern of a 10 year old trying to cope with the possibility of being shot or killed. It is an unfortunate realistic element of the gun violence that many perpetrators fail to consider during their senseless and unnecessary acts of violence and the consequences of their depraved disregard for life.
Earth Day Poster Contest. This year we received many outstanding posters that exemplify the creativity of the young people in the 10th Senatorial District.
Each entry from my District displayed tremendous originality and vision as well as obvious concern for the ecological future of our communities and our state. I am proud of your work and that of your classmates, and encourage you to continue to study and learn more about the serious challenges that face our environment.
I am pleased to announce that the winner of the 2014 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is:
"We have made some important strides in 2013 and 2014 looks to be even more promising. We are working with members of our community to address issues throughout the district in Southeast Queens and to provide better opportunities for our community. Please take a moment to read and share what we have been working on and I look forward to continuing building on our relationships."