Joseph P. Addabbo Jr's News items

Times Ledger: State Fully Funds Backlog of Requirements for Private Schools

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.

 

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July 13, 2015
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Queens Chronicle: Civic, Residents Stood Up By Agency

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.

 

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July 7, 2015
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TimesLedger: Two Sandy Bills Will Help Recovery Funds

Two state legislative bills related to Hurricane Sandy recovery funds, sponsored by Queens elected officials, should help New Yorkers across the state who were devastated by the 2012 superstorm.

One bill, co-sponsored by state Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach), provides more oversight and information to the public on the way Hurricane Sandy recovery funds are spent by the state.

 

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July 7, 2015
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The Forum: State Houses Pass Bill Giving Vets Opportunity to Buy Pension Credit

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.

 

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July 2, 2015
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The Forum: Senate Passes Addabbo Bill to Establish Incentives for Removing Cock Lofts

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.

 

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July 2, 2015
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The Forum: The Good, the Bad and Albany: Addabbo and Goldfeder Examine State Budget Results

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.

 

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July 2, 2015
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Queens Tribune: Build It Back Application Deadline Looms

The Build It Back outreach campaign seeking out the remainder of the homeowners affected by Superstorm Sandy is winding down, but the post-Sandy reconstruction project is no means coming to a close.

State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) is urging homeowners to submit documentation for eligibility determination and damage assessment as the program begins to wind down.

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June 25, 2015
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The Forum: Build It Back Deadline Fast Approaching

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.

 

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June 25, 2015
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The Forum: First Responders Bills Pass Senate, Under Review in Assembly

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.

 

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June 25, 2015
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The Forum: Legislators Looking to Aid Volunteer Firefighters, Ambulance Workers

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.

June 25, 2015
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The Forum: Senate and Assembly Approve Elder Abuse Bill

After gaining approval in both the Senate and Assembly, a bill which authorizes state agencies to conduct a public campaign to draw attention to elder abuse has just hit the desk of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

June 25, 2015
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Times Ledger: Albany Back at Work Again on Rent Laws

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.

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June 24, 2015
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Queens Courier: Homeowners Urged to Complete Build It Back Applications Before Deadline

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.

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June 22, 2015
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Sandy Relief _ Foreclosure sales & Eviction lockouts meeting

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), a not for profit that does economic development, is working on Sandy Relief.

February 11, 2013
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FEMA Application Deadline Extended

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

December 11, 2012
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Addabbo Focuses on Families

Families are the backbone of our communities, and they are always changing.See attcahed PDF to read more on what Senator Addabbo and the state are doing assist families.

September 20, 2012
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Back to School News

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August 15, 2012
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JFK not expanding into bay, boro yet

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.

 

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http://www.qchron.com/editions/queenswide/jfk-not-expanding-into-bay-boro-yet/article_a21d7936-720e-599b-b39a-210c345c291d.html

March 27, 2012
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Unions hit back on state pension vote

CSEA halts political contributions, endorsements over Tier VI outcome. To read full article click on the link below...

http://www.qchron.com/editions/queenswide/unions-hit-back-on-state-pension-vote/article_b964bbab-2308-5fb7-94e8-13a9083603d4.html

March 27, 2012
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Hydraulic Fracturing statement

 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.

June 8, 2011
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