Joseph P. Addabbo Jr's Press releases

STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF PAT TORO

Last week we lost one of the strongest and most ardent advocates for veterans I have ever met, Pat Toro.  His devotion and commitment to our country and to the needs of our veterans will always be admired.

July 8, 2014
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ADDABBO LEGISLATION TO ADDRESS FIRE HAZARDS ASSOCIATED WITH COCK LOFTS IN RESIDENCES PASSES SENATE

Queens, NY (June 30, 2014): In an effort to create a safer home environment and to help homeowners who have hazardous cock lofts in their residences that may present significant fire hazards, State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr. recently sponsored and passed legislation (S.5944) at the end of the State Senate session to provide incentives for the removal of these dangerous structures. 

June 30, 2014
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STATEMENT ON LACK OF ROCKAWAY FERRY FUNDING

I'm disappointed to learn of the de Blasio administration's decision to stop the funding flow to the Rockaway Ferry, docking it officially in October. However, I do not feel this fight is over.

June 26, 2014
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STATEMENT ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA

I believe individuals suffering from serious illnesses should have access to the medically necessary treatments that would help them cope with their situation. The approval of medical marijuana will help New Yorkers, who currently experience debilitating illnesses and endure great pain and suffering, will have the opportunity to seek relief as prescribed by authorized medical professionals. I supported this bill and its safeguards that will ensure that the medical marijuana program cannot be abused.

June 23, 2014
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BILL CO-SPONSORED BY ADDABBO TO ENCOURAGE SAFE DISPOSAL OF EXCESS HOUSEHOLD MEDICATIONS PASSES BOTH SENATE AND ASSEMBLY, AWAITS GOVERNOR'S APPROVAL

Queens, NY (June 23, 2014): In order to help ensure the safe disposal of leftover prescription and over-the-counter medications, State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. has been pushing the Senate-approved legislation (S.6691) which would help encourage communities to work with appropriate government agencies to hold local Household Pharmaceutical Collection events.

June 23, 2014
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STATEMENT ON LAW ON TAX RELIEF FOR PROPERTY OWNERS WHO REBUILT AFTER HURRICANE SANDY

I want to express my appreciation to Governor Cuomo for taking another positive step in assisting those who suffered damage from Superstorm Sandy by signing the property tax relief law today.

May 29, 2014
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ELECTED OFFICIALS APPLAUD SLA DENIAL FOR KNOCKDOWN CENTER CABARET LICENSE

Queens, NY (May 6, 2014) – At a full board hearing this morning of the State Liquor Authority (SLA), the Knockdown Center and applicant DMI Inc. were denied their full liquor license to serve over 600 patrons.

May 6, 2014
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ADDABBO BILL TO PROVIDE VETERAN ORGANIZATIONS WITH 120 DAYS TO REMEDY VIOLATIONS APPROVED BY STATE SENATE

Queens, NY (May 1, 2014): In order to help veterans’ organizations avoid hefty, unaffordable fines for minor building and other code violations, State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. has been advancing legislation (S.2962) to provide these groups with 120 days to fix problems before fines are assessed. The bill was recently approved by the full State Senate after clearing the Senate Consumer Protection Committee.

May 1, 2014
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ADDABBO AND CITY OFFICIALS TOUR HOWARD BEACH HOMES OF BUILD IT BACK APPLICANTS

Howard Beach, NY (April 25, 2014) – State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. brought members of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Sandy Recovery team to Howard Beach to hear firsthand from residents struggling with the Build it Back program.

April 25, 2014
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ADDABBO TO HOST 50+ JOB FAIR FOR SENIORS STRUGGLING TO FIND EMPLOYMENT

Kew Gardens, NY (April 17, 2014) – State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. wants to lend a helping hand to the growing senior community and seniors who are looking to work.  The Senator is hosting a Job Fair for those 50 years old and over.

April 17, 2014
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NYS SENATOR JOSEPH P. ADDABBO, JR. STATEMENT ON THE FUNERAL OF P.O. DENNIS GUERRA

While at the funeral for Police Officer Dennis Guerra, I kept thinking to myself that while it was the dedicated intention of Guerra and his partner, Police Officer Rosa Rodriguez, to go towards a dangerous situation to help save others, it is now our intention to pray for his soul and for his family, as well as the full recovery of Police Officer Rodriguez. 

April 15, 2014
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SENATOR JOSEPH P. ADDABBO, JR. STATEMENTS ON THE STATE BUDGET

Generally, this state budget is the fourth consecutive, on-time, fiscally responsible budget. It addresses the need to control spending, assist the middle class and improve educational opportunities for our children.

April 1, 2014
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SENATOR JOSEPH P. ADDABBO, JR. STATEMENT ON MAYOR DEBLASIO AND SENATOR SCHUMER BUILD IT BACK ANNOUNCEMENT

I WANT TO THANK MAYOR DEBLASIO AND SENATOR SCHUMER FOR THEIR EFFORTS AND INTENTIONS TO ASSIST MY CONSTITUENTS STILL RECOVERING FROM THE AFTERMATH AND DEVASTATION OF SUPERSTORM SANDY. I ALSO WANT TO THANK THEM FOR INVITING ME TO THE PRESS CONFERENCE ANNOUNCING CHANGES TO THE BUILD IT BACK PROGRAM.

March 31, 2014
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ADDABBO AND FELLOW LEGISLATORS SEEKING TO CHANGE COMMON CORE IMPLEMENTATION LEGISLATIVELY

Queens, NY, March 31, 2014 – Changes to New York State schools’ Common Core are coming, and State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. and fellow legislators are prepared to monitor how and when the changes are executed.

March 31, 2014
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ADDABBO DISCUSSES NEEDS OF FORMER SERVICEMEN AND SERVICEWOMEN AT AMERICAN LEGION MEETING & GOVERNOR’S SUMMIT ON VETERANS AND MILITARY FAMILIES

Queens, NY (March 25, 2014):  Earlier this week, State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. and his colleagues responded to concerns of New York’s veterans and passed a bill in which businesses owned by service-disabled veterans will receive 6 percent of state contracts and a Division of Service-Disabled Veterans’ Business Development will be established within the State Office of General Services.

March 25, 2014
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NURSING STUDENTS DISCUSS NEW LEGISLATION WITH STATE SENATOR JOSEPH P. ADDABBO, JR.

Middle Village, NY, March 21, 2014 – Nursing students from Long Island University sat down with State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. to express their support for new, patient-related legislation and to ask the senator to be their “voice to the health care industry.”

March 21, 2014
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SENATOR JOSEPH P. ADDABBO, JR. STATEMENT ON PROPOSED COMMON CORE CHANGES BY BOARD OF REGENTS

I truly believe the proposed changes to the implementation of the Common Core standards delivered by the Board of Regents are a direct result of the outcry heard from parents, teachers and administrators. We should consider these proposals in light of the major, valid concerns raised and the goal of providing the best educational environment and opportunity for our children. The issues related to the roll-out of the Common Core standards and its effect on the curriculum and testing of our students is far from over.

February 11, 2014
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ADDABBO JOINS WITH COMMITTEE COLLEAGUES IN QUESTIONING STATE EDUCATION COMMISSIONER ABOUT IMPLEMENTATION OF CONTROVERSIAL COMMON CORE LEARNING STANDARDS

Queens, NY (January 27, 2014): During a very lengthy and occasionally contentious Senate Education Committee meeting with NYS Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr., NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. (D-Queens) and his colleagues posed serious questions to the  Commissioner about the implementation of the controversial “Common Core” learning standards in New York schools, and expressed their concerns about excessive testing, how the tests affect teacher evaluations, the privacy of student data, and a number of other related issues.

January 27, 2014
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ADDABBO VOTES TO ADVANCE LEGISLATION TO BETTER PROTECT PRIVACY OF STUDENT RECORDS AND ASSESS EFFECTIVENESS OF “COMMON CORE” TESTING

Queens, NY (January 27, 2014): At a January meeting of the Senate Education Committee, NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. (D-Queens) voted to approve two pieces of important legislation: one to protect the privacy of student and educator records (S.6007) and another that would require a comprehensive analysis of the effectiveness and fairness of the controversial new “Common Core” assessments (S.6009). 

January 27, 2014
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GOVERNOR SIGNS LAW CO-SPONSORED BY ADDABBO TO PROMOTE ANIMAL WELFARE AND PROTECT PETS FROM IRRESPONSIBLE DEALERS & BREEDERS

Queens, NY (January 14, 2014): Calling it “an important step forward for animal safety in New York State,” NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. (D-Queens) today hailed Governor’s Cuomo’s approval of a new law, co-sponsored by the Senator, which will help to crack down on pet dealers and breeders who neglect to provide humane treatment for animals in their care.

January 14, 2014
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