Joseph P. Addabbo Jr's Press releases

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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ADDABBO LEGISLATION TO PROVIDE LEGACY CREDITS FOR STEP-CHILDREN & OTHER NON-BIOLOGICAL CHILDREN OF DECEASED 9-11 FIRST RESPONDERS APPROVED BY NEW YORK STATE SENATE

Queens, NY (June 15, 2015): NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. is applauding the State Senate passage of a bill (S.3604) he sponsors that would enable step-children and other non-biological children raised by deceased 9-11 first responders to become eligible for “legacy credits” on competitive civil service exams. Addabbo credits a constituent for bringing the issue to his attention and working with him to promote the bill's passage.  

June 15, 2015
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STATEMENT BY NYS SENATOR JOSEPH P. ADDABBO, JR. ON RATE OF HURRICANE SANDY FUNDING EXPENDITURES BY CITY

Queens, NY (June 9, 2015): "As I read the NY Post article that only 16% of the Sandy funds have been spent by the city so far, I thought of the rising blood pressure and frustration of my constituents who read the same article and sustained damages from Sandy. I also remind myself that the large sums of monies allocated for flood mitigation and resiliency must be spent on credible projects that have been deemed realistic, so as not to waste these funds. The larger the project, the more planning and research involved, which takes time. I will continue to advocate for post-Sandy projects to be done expeditiously and efficiently in order to protect my residents against future storms and flood damage."

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June 10, 2015
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ADDABBO SUPPORTS PROPOSAL TO GIVE NEW YORK CITY SENIOR CITIZENS A TEN PERCENT DISCOUNT ON WATER BILLS

Queens, NY (June 9, 2015): NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. recently voted with his Senate colleagues to provide New York City senior citizens 65 years of age and older with a 10 percent break on their water bills – a plan that would offer welcome relief to cash-strapped residents after so many years of significant increases in City water costs. The legislation (S.4506) has now passed the Senate and is under review by the Assembly Committee on Cities. 

June 9, 2015
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ADDABBO QUESTIONS F.B.I. EXPERT ABOUT POTENTIAL VULNERABILITIES OF AIRCRAFT OPERATING SYSTEMS DURING SENATE CYBER SECURITY HEARING

Joint Hearing Focuses on Steps New York State Can Take To ImproveCyber Security and Combat Cyber TerrorismQueens, NY (June 9, 2015): NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. recently participated in an Albany hearing that was called to examine strategies New York State might undertake to better protect sensitive state computer information from cyber attacks and the potential misuse of this data.   Noting that he represents a Senate district that is adjacent to JFK airport and close to LaGuardia, Addabbo also took the opportunity at the hearing to question expert witnesses about the potential for cyber criminals to hack into aircraft operating systems.

June 9, 2015
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RECYCLING EVENT HOSTED BY ADDABBO AND ASSEMBLYMAN MIKE MILLER HAULS IN 30,000 POUNDS OF PAPER AND ELECTRONICS & ALSO FILLS UP TWO SALVATION ARMY TRUCKS WITH A VARIETY OF REUSABLE HOUSEHOLD ITEMS

Queens, NY (June 8, 2015): NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. and Assemblymember Mike Miller are pleased to announce that their most recent community recycling event, which was held on April 26th, hauled in more than 30,000 pounds of paper and electronic e-waste from local residents while filling up two entire Salvation Army trucks with a variety of reusable household items. At that Spring recycling event, 24,673 pounds of electronic waste were collected and roughly 7,300 pounds of paper was shredded.

June 9, 2015
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SENATE PASSES BILL CO-SPONSORED BY ADDABBO TO REQUIRE MORE PUBLIC NOTICE AND INPUT WITH SITING OF HOMELESS SHELTERS AND OTHER SOCIAL SERVICE FACILITIES

Queens, NY (June 1, 2015): NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. applauded the recent Senate approval of legislation (S.4542) he co-sponsors, introduced by Sen. Jeff Klein, that would require a far more transparent and inclusive process – with greater public notification – when homeless shelters or other social services facilities are being located in communities throughout New York City.  

June 2, 2015
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ADDABBO SUPPORTS LEGISLATION TO MANDATE THAT LOTTERY FUNDS BE USED ONLY FOR EDUCATION IN NEW YORK STATE

Queens, NY (June1, 2015): NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. recently joined with his Senate colleagues in passing legislation (S.165) that would make it absolutely clear that funds raised through the New York State Lottery can only be used to support education and not be diverted to other purposes.  

June 2, 2015
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ADDABBO VOTES TO RAISE PENALTIES FOR OFFENDERS WHO GROPE AND GRIND AGAINST INNOCENT PASSENGERS IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

Queens, NY (June 1, 2015):  NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. recently joined with his Senate colleagues in approving legislation (S.3243) that would crack down on criminals on public transportation who grope and grind against other passengers in a sexual manner. The bill would raise penalties for this type of abominable behavior from a misdemeanor to a much more serious felony charge.  

June 2, 2015
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ADDABBO INVITES QUALIFIED JOB SEEKERS TO ATTEND BIRCH FAMILY SERVICES HIRING EVENT FOR RIDGEWOOD AND GLENDALE SITES ON JUNE 4TH

Queens, NY (May 26, 2015): NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. is inviting qualified job seekers who are  interested in working with individuals with disabilities to come out to a mass hiring event for Birch Family Services that is scheduled for June 4th in Ridgewood from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The hiring event for the multi-faceted human services organization, which is being co-sponsored by NYS Assemblymembers Catherine Nolan and Mike Miller, is being held at the Greater Ridgewood Youth Council Building at 59-03 Summerfield Street.

May 26, 2015
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ADDABBO SCHEDULES MOBILE OFFICE HOURS FOR CONSTITUENTS IN MIDDLE VILLAGE, REGO PARK, WOODHAVEN AND RIDGEWOOD

Queens, NY (May 19, 2015): As part of his free community events calendar for 2015, NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. will continue meeting with his constituents at public libraries throughout the district in the coming weeks, with the next group of these special mobile office hours beginning on May 28th.

“I look forward to meeting with my constituents from throughout the district at these mobile office hour events, which I always try to hold in the evenings to make it easier for working people to participate,” said Addabbo. “I encourage local residents to come out and take advantage of these neighborhood meetings at our local libraries.  Bring your questions and concerns, and we’ll work together to address them!”

May 20, 2015
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ADDABBO HIGHLIGHTS 65TH ANNIVERSARY OF NATIONAL ARMED FORCES DAY ON SATURDAY, MAY 16TH

Queens, NY (May 15, 2015): NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs, is urging his constituents to join with him this Saturday, May 16th,  in recognizing the 65th Anniversary of National Armed Forces Day in the United States.

May 15, 2015
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STATEMENT BY NYS SENATOR JOSEPH P. ADDABBO, JR. ON RELEASE OF FINAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT ON HYDROFRACKING IN NEW YORK STATE

Queens, NY (May 14, 2015): NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., a member of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee and long-time opponent of  hydraulic fracturing in New York State, released the following statement after yesterday’s release by the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) of the Final Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement on hydrofracking:

 “After seven years, more than 260,000 public comments, an extensive scientific examination of the impacts of hydrofracking on our environment and the public health, and a full consideration of the potential benefits and shortcomings of this method of high-volume gas drilling, it appears that fracking is on its way to being completely banned in New York State. 

May 14, 2015
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ADDABBO AND QUEENS COMMUNITY HOUSE HOST SECOND ANNUAL SENIOR/50+ JOB FAIR ON FRIDAY, MAY 15

Queens, NY (May 11, 2015): In an effort to help local residents 50 years or older find employment or explore new career options, NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. is holding his second annual Senior/50+ Job Fair on Friday, May 15th, in Kew Gardens. 

May 12, 2015
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SENATOR ADDABBO STATEMENT ON DEATH OF POLICE OFFICER BRIAN MOORE

For Immediate Release -- May 4, 2015Queens, NY: "My thoughts and prayers are with POBrian Moore who passed away earlier today and with his family. PO Moore joinsthe unacceptable number of Police Officers who were murdered merely because ofthe uniform they wore. I intend to continue my promotion of legislation thatcalls for the elimination of parole for those who kill police officers on duty."

May 4, 2015
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STATE SENATE APPROVES ADDABBO BILL TO PROVIDE VETERAN ORGANIZATIONS WITH 120 DAYS TO REMEDY VIOLATIONS

Queens, NY (May 4, 2015): In order to help veterans’ organizations avoid hefty, unaffordable monetary fines for minor building and other code violations, NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. has been advancing legislation (S.2495) 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 previously clearing the Senate Consumer Protection Committee.

May 4, 2015
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STATE SENATOR JOSEPH P. ADDABBO, JR. STATEMENT ON BUDGET 2015-2016

"While there are many positive items in our state budget, it can also be spoken of in terms of lost opportunities. Additional funding for our schools, veterans, libraries and seniors are in a state budget that also falls short of real ethics reform, less reliance on state tests, and shortchanges individuals with disabilities. I am hopeful that items that were intentionally omitted from the budget, such as paid family leave and campaign reform, will be addressed during the remainder of the legislative session."

April 1, 2015
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