Joseph P. Addabbo Jr's Press releases

Release: Addabbo to Hold Mobile Office Hours in Rego Park

Howard Beach, NY (July 21, 2015) This week, State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. will continue his series of mobile office hours in Rego Park.

As part of his ongoing commitment to connect with all his constituents, Addabbo travels to libraries throughout his district each year to be able to meet with constituents who are unable to visit his offices. These office hours provide an extra opportunity for residents to come in and meet with Addabbo to discuss problems they may be having or issues within the community.

July 23, 2015
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Release: End of Session Agreement on Education Issues Provides Welcome $250 Million to Fund Costs of State Mandates at Non-Public Schools

Queens, NY (July 2, 2015): In an effort to offer needed assistance to non-public schools, including yeshivas and private schools, that are struggling to meet often costly state education mandates, the State Assembly and Senate, with the support of NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., approved a measure in the last hours of the 2015 legislative session to provide $250 million to these educational institutions.

July 7, 2015
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Release: Addabbo Announces Mobile Office Hours for July

Howard Beach, NY (July 7, 2015) As part of his ongoing commitment to connect with all his constituents, State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. has scheduled a series of upcoming Mobile Office Hours at locations across his Senate district.

Every year, Addabbo travels to libraries throughout his district to be able to meet with constituents who are unable to visit his offices. These office hours provide an extra opportunity for residents to come in and meet with Addabbo to discuss problems they may be having or issues within the community.

July 7, 2015
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Release: Addabbo Joins Senate Colleagues in Passing Wide Variety of Bills to Address Criminal Behavior in New York State

Queens, NY (June 30, 2015) Over the last few weeks of the legislative session, NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. voted with his Senate colleagues to approve a wide selection of bills to crack down on serious criminal behavior in New York State – ranging from drug activity, to dangerous driving, to assaulting people based on the kind of work they do, to sexual assault and stalking.  While most of the bills remain under review by the State Assembly, Addabbo hopes that they will see additional legislative action at a later date. 

July 2, 2015
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Release: Statement by State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. on New York City Appealing FEMA Flood Maps

Howard Beach, NY (June 30, 2015) “I believe that without federal officials altering the FEMA flood maps themselves, the city took a step in the right direction when it appealed the proposed flood maps. The planned FEMA maps could put many of my constituents in the objectionable position of paying exorbitant flood insurance premiums or making the complicated decision to elevate their home. I am hopeful that with either the city appeal, state or preferable federal action, my constituents may someday witness some relief from the stressful possibility of being in a flood zone.”

June 30, 2015
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Release: Senate and Assembly Pass Bill Co-Sponsored by Addabbo to Provide All Veterans With Opportunity to Purchase Up to Three Years of Retirement Credit

Queens, NY (June 29, 2015) NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. recently joined with his Senate colleagues in approving legislation (S.5937) he co-sponsors to 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. The bill (A.8174) has also been passed by the State Assembly, and will be heading to the Governor for final action.   

 

June 29, 2015
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Release: Statement by State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. on Implementation of Community Policing Strategy

Howard Beach, NY (June 29, 2015) “Returning to community policing is the first step toward improving community safety and repairing the relationship between civilians and the police who bravely risk their lives to protect them. By placing the same patrol officers in the same neighborhoods every day, police and citizens will have the opportunity to build a mutual trust and work together to prevent crime and keep our city safe. As these officers become more familiar with the ins and outs of a particular neighborhood, it allows them to better serve the residents by knowing each community’s specific strengths and weaknesses.

June 29, 2015
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Statement by NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. on the Close of the 2015 New York State Legislative Session

Queens, NY (June 26, 2015) NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. made the following statement on the official end of the 2015 New York State Legislative Session, which closed down in the Senate at 11:55 p.m. on June 25th:

“Whether you want to call it ‘The Big Ugly,’ ‘The Big Lovely,’ or something in between, I think we can all agree that the end of the 2015 legislative session brought with it a number of successes and a number of failures, particularly with regard to the big ticket items that were the focus of such intense negotiations over the last week. 

June 26, 2015
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Release: Addabbo Legislation to Address Fire Hazards Associated With Cock Lofts in Residences Passes Senate

Queens, NY (June 26, 2015) In order to help out homeowners who have hazardous cock lofts in their residences that may present significant fire hazards, NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. sponsors legislation (S.3005) that was recently approved by the State Senate to provide incentives for the removal of these dangerous structures. 

June 26, 2015
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Release: Senate Approves Bill Co-Sponsored by Addabbo to Better Track Use and Spending of Hurricane Sandy Funding

Queens, NY (June 25, 2015) NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. recently joined with his Senate colleagues in approving legislation (S.5231) he co-sponsors to provide more oversight and information to the public on the way Hurricane Sandy recovery funds are spent by the State. The bill has also been approved by the State Assembly, and will ultimately be sent to Governor Cuomo for final action.

June 25, 2015
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Release: Addabbo Bill to Cut Down on Workplace Injuries in State Agencies Approved by State Senate

Queens, NY (June 22, 2015) Calling it a “forward-looking approach to cutting back on state workforce injuries and potentially saving on disability and workers’ compensation costs,” NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. today announced that legislation (S.2842) he sponsors to implement the “State Workforce Injury Reduction Act” has been approved by the full State Senate.

June 22, 2015
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Release: Legislation Co-Sponsored by Addabbo to Aid Unpaid Family Caregivers and Patients Passes Senate and Assembly

Queens, NY (June 22, 2015) In an effort to provide enhanced services for elderly New York residents and others who need assistance at home after leaving health care facilities, NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. recently voted to approve legislation (S.676) he co-sponsors to provide greater information and assistance to unpaid family, friends and neighbors who step in to lend a helping hand to discharged patients.  The bill has now been approved by both the Senate and Assembly, and will be sent to the Governor for his consideration.

June 22, 2015
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Release: Addabbo Joins with Senate Colleagues in Passing Bills to Aid Volunteer Firefighters and Ambulance Workers

Queens, NY (June 22, 2015) In recognition of the extraordinary public service provided by members of volunteer fire departments and ambulance companies, NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. recently joined with his Senate colleagues in passing legislation to help these volunteers save money on taxes, receive greater and improved timely benefits, and gain access to new educational opportunities.

June 22, 2015
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Release: Addabbo Supports Bill, Passed by Both Houses, to Increase Public Awareness of Elder Abuse

Queens, NY (June 22, 2015) NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., a member of the Senate Committee on Aging, recently voted with his Senate colleagues to approve a bill (S.5328) which authorizes the State Office for the Aging (SOFA) to conduct a public campaign to draw attention to the serious problem of elder abuse in New York State and across the nation.

June 22, 2015
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Release: Addabbo Supports Bills to Protect Police Officers From Harm, Provide Equity in Disability Benefits

Queens, NY (June 22, 2015) In the waning days of the 2015 regular session of the New York State Senate, NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. joined with his Senate colleagues in approving several pieces of legislation to better protect police officers from harm and to provide equity in disability benefits for injured New York City police and fire officers who have been inexplicably provided with compensation lower than that of their peers.

June 22, 2015
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Release: Addabbo Urges Build It Back Applicants to Complete Projects as Program Begins to Wind Down

Howard Beach, NY (June 22, 2015) State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. is advising home owners who currently have applications pending with Build It Back to submit any paperwork needed to pursue funding as soon as possible.

After nearly three years, the Build It Back initiative, which was implemented in 2012 to assist New York City residents whose homes were damaged by Superstorm Sandy, will soon be coming to an end. The City has set June 30 as the final deadline for homeowners to submit the documentation required to receive funding assistance. Applicants who are awaiting a damage assessment with Build It Back must schedule it by the end of this month.

June 22, 2015
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BILL TO PERMIT PETS ON PUBLIC TRANSIT DURING STATES OF EMERGENCY OR EVACUATIONS APPROVED BY STATE SENATE WITH ADDABBO’S SUPPORT

Queens, NY (June 16, 2015): Noting that many residents were reluctant to leave their pets behind when they were asked to flee their homes during Hurricane Sandy, NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. recently joined with his Senate colleagues to approve a bill (S.3321) that would allow companion animals to board Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) vehicles during states of emergency or times of evacuation. 

June 16, 2015
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ADDABBO JOINS WITH 11-YEAR-OLD DOG BITE VICTIM FRANKIE FLORA TO CALL FOR PASSAGE OF HIS BILL THAT WOULD HOLD DOG OWNERS LIABLE FOR VICIOUS ATTACKS ON PEOPLE OR PETS

“Frankie Flora’s Law” Would Require Owners to Pay Medical Bills of VictimsQueens, NY (June 16, 2015): NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. recently joined at a State Capitol press conference with Frankie Flora – an 11-year-old boy who was badly mauled by a pit bull in 2009 – to call for the passage of his legislation (S.2494/A.6210) which would hold dog owners legally accountable if their animals seriously injure other people or pets.  Specifically, owners would be required to pay the medical bills of both human and companion animal victims of dog bites, even if it is a first incident.  

June 16, 2015
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ADDABBO LEGISLATION TO MAKE QUEENS BOROUGH PUBLIC LIBRARY AND OTHER LIBRARY SYSTEMS ELIGIBLE FOR EFFICIENCY GRANTS APPROVED BY STATE SENATE

Queens, NY (June 15, 2015): Under legislation (S.3209) recently approved by the State Senate and sponsored by NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., the Queens Borough Public Library and other public library systems throughout New York State would become eligible to participate in the state’s Local Government Efficiency (LGE) Grants program – an initiative that encourages local governments and other entities to explore cooperative projects aimed at improving services and achieving government savings. 

June 15, 2015
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LEGISLATION CO-SPONSORED BY ADDABBO TO COMBAT SUICIDE AMONG SCHOOL-AGED CHILDREN APPROVED BY STATE SENATE

Queens, NY (June 15, 2015): Noting that suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people aged 15 to 24 in the United States, NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. applauded the recent State Senate passage of a bill (S.4261) he co-sponsors to require the State Education Department (SED) and State Office of Mental Health (OMH) to develop materials focusing on suicide prevention and signs of depression among school-aged children and to provide them to educators throughout New York State.

June 15, 2015
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