The state Legislature passed a last-minute, end-of-session agreement to allocate $250 million to fund the costs of state mandates at secular, religious and independent schools throughout the state.
The measure was pushed through with the support of state Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach), who said the chambers of the Legislature heard the concerns of several parents and religious leaders who described how the Compulsory Attendance Law is a financial drain on private institutions.
The Department of Design and Construction last Thursday canceled its appearance at the New Hamilton Beach Civic Association meeting hours before it was supposed to update residents on a capital project on James Court.
The project was first proposed when state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) was a councilman. He, too, expressed anger at the DDC not showing up to the meeting.
The state Senate and Assembly have passed a bill that would provide all active state public employee veterans with the opportunity to purchase up to three years of pension credit prior to retirement—a benefit that is now only available to former members of the armed forces who served during certain specified conflicts, according to Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach), a co-sponsor of the legislation.
The ball is in the Assembly’s court as the Senate recently approved legislation that would provide incentives for the removal of cock lofts—small, often hazardous, enclosed spaces above the highest finished ceiling of a building that allow fires to spread to attached houses.
The bill, initially introduced by state Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach) in 2013 in the wake of a raging five-alarm fire in Middle Village that damaged seven homes, injured 11 firefighters and may have been exacerbated by the existence of cock lofts in the structures.
The official end of the New York State legislative session—this year it came to a close last Thursday at 11:55 p.m.—invariably signals the start of analysis, 20/20 hindsight, griping, sniping, pouting and shouting among pundits, pols, lobbyists, and loons.
State Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach) and Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Howard Beach) took a look at 2015 in Albany and how it affected their communities and constituents.
With the June 30 deadline for homeowners to submit the documentation required to receive funding assistance through the city’s Build It Back program less than a week away, one area elected official is urging his constituents who have applications pending to file any paperwork necessary to pursue monetary aid as soon as possible.
Last week, the state Senate passed a bill that, according to Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach), seeks to correct the “inequity” in the city pension system that provides significantly lower accidental and ordinary disability benefits for police and fire officers hired after 2009.
Lawmakers in Albany are considering a set of bills that would help members of volunteer fire departments and ambulance companies save money on taxes, receive greater and improved timely benefits, and gain access to new educational opportunities.
The first of five pieces of legislation, S.1000, which is co-sponsored by Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach), would provide for an automatic annual Cost of Living Adjustment to disability benefits received by volunteer firefighters. In 1998, the state Legislature raised the benefit level for firefighters with permanent total disabilities to a maximum of $400 a week regardless of their date of injury; this bill seeks to address inflation and aid disabled firefighters who are struggling to live on fixed incomes.
Elected officials are in the process of working out a four-year framework to extend rules that protect rent-stabilized apartments.
The rent regulations at stake control how much rent can be increased for about 1 million apartments in New York City. The rent-stabilized regulations expired June 15 after the state Assembly and state Senate failed to pass a bill that would either extend the regulations or expand on them.
According to state Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach), legislators were coming close to an agreement for a four-year extension. But he warned the details of the legislation have yet to be worked out.
Queens residents who have not fully completed Build it Back applications have until Tuesday, June 30, to submit any pending paperwork needed to receive funds for construction on new homes.
State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo is urging homeowners to schedule their damage assessment and complete the application process. The initiative, which began in 2012 to assist homeowners whose property was destroyed during Hurricane Sandy, is responsible for rebuilding 262 Queens homes since 2014.
NEW YORK – The deadline for Hurricane Sandy survivors in 13 designated New York counties to register for Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster assistance has been extended to January 28, 2013.The extension agreed upon by the state and FEMA is for survivors living in disaster-designated individual assistance counties: Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster, Westchester.Federal disaster assistance for individuals and families can include money for rental assistance, essential home repairs, personal property losses and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance.Individuals can register online
Queens legislators and some good government groups are lashing out at an agreement reached in Albany during a session that ran into the early hours last Thursday morning on a number of unrelated issues, including redistricting, pension reform and casino gambling, saying it was a “dirty” back-door deal that kicks the public in the gut.
I have stood against the process of hydraulic fracturing since it was brought to my attention in 2009, and remain opposed to this practice for the detrimental effects are great andnumerous in such states as Pennsylvania, which had adopted hydraulicfracturing operations several years prior. I have cosponsored S.5592,which suspends hydraulic fracturing for the extraction of natural gas oroil, and prohibits the issuance of new permits for the drilling of a wellutilizing the practice of hydraulic fracturing, until June 1, 2012.