Dr. Donald Mandel

Captain Donald Mandel, MD was born on January 15, 1938 and is the proud father of three adult children and eight grandchildren. He attended Pennsylvania Military College from 1955 to 1959 when he earned his Bachelor of Science Degree and then furthered his studies at Chicago Medical School from 1959 to 1964 where he graduated with a Medical Doctor’s degree.

Captain Mandel did both his internship and residency at Maimonides Medical Center between (1964-1965) and (1968 -1971).

He became a Captain in the United States Army Medical Corps (1965 – 1968) serving as a Brigade Surgeon in the Vietnam War for one year (1966 -1967) and won seven medals including the Bronze Star. He was assigned to the 25th Infantry Division’s 3rd Brigade.

May 18, 2012

Debra Brawley

Debra Brawley was born and raised in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn. Upon graduation from high school, she attended Johnson and Wales University in Rhode Island where she earned a degree in court reporting. Mrs. Brawley went on to work for more than 20 years for the New York City court system. 

May 14, 2012

Statement from Senate Democratic Spokesman Mike Murphy on Siena Poll

“Today's Siena Poll confirms that, by a nearly 20% margin, New Yorkers believe that Senate Democrats better represent their values. Whether it is raising the minimum wage, protecting women's health or standing up for the environment New Yorkers agree with the Senate Democrats' agenda and prefer that the Senate returns to Democratic control this November.”

May 14, 2012

Statement from Senate Democratic Leader John L. Sampson on President Obama's Support of Marriage Equality

“I am so glad and proud that the President has announced his support for true marriage equality.Last year, the Senate Democratic Conference provided the overwhelming majority of votes to passsame sex marriage in New York. Today, I am hopeful that with the help of President Obama thiswave of equality will spread across the Country and all citizens will experience true equality.”

May 9, 2012

Senate Republican Conference Votes Down Six Pieces of Legislation Which Would Provide Aid and Opportunities to New Yorkers

Health Care Exchange Legislation Would Ensure Better Insurance Options and Protection for Many Currently without Coverage

DREAM Act and Increased Foundation Aid Would Provide Greater Access and Resources for New York’s Education System

April 3, 2012

Earth Day 2012 Poster Contest: District 19

Dear Participant,

Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest.   This year we received many outstanding posters that exemplify the creativity of the young people in the 19th 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 2012 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is:

Abigail Rosas

Grade: 1

April 1, 2012

Senate Democrats Urge Republicans to Include Key Programs in Final Budget

(Albany, NY) The Senate Democratic Conference today urged their Republican colleagues to include a number of key initiatives into the chamber’s budget proposal.

March 22, 2012


Sandra Holder was born on November 14, 1956 on the Island of Grenada, in the Caribbean. She relocated to the United States in 1981 in search of the American dream. Ms. Holder accepted a position at Metropolitan Jewish Geriatric center as a nurse assistant in 1983 and has worked there ever since. Metropolitan Jewish Geriatric Center was renamed to Shorefront Jewish Geriatric Center. Her most recent position at Shorefront Jewish Geriatric Center was that of a unit clerk.
Ms. Holder has cared for the elderly for many years. Her work gave her tremendous satisfaction. However, her greatest joy came from being able to provide for her family especially her only child, Nigel.

February 6, 2012