Queens, NY, August 16, 2010 -- NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. (D-Queens) today announced that the passage of a law to enable the merger of the New York State Office of Real Property Services (ORPS) and the Department of Taxation and Finance (DTF) is a step in the right direction of making the state government more efficient. “By consolidating the agency responsible for New York State taxation with the agency that oversees local property tax administration, the State will realize more than $2 million in annual savings,” explained Addabbo. “In addition, the merger will allow for significant administrative and program efficiencies.”
Queens, NY, January 13, 2011 – NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. released the following statement on this week's City Council hearing on the administration's response to the December 26-27 blizzard:
"I commend Speaker Quinn and Chairs Crowley, James, Vallone and Williams for their excellent work at the City Council Hearing on the December snowstorm. I also appreciate the administration’s taking responsibility for not declaring a snow emergency on the morning of December 26, and I am hopeful that the administration will implement their new 15-point plan for any future storm that approaches us this winter. I believe if a snow emergency is declared early enough, it will be the catalyst for their ability to respond appropriately."
Queens, NY, February 6, 2012 -- NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. (D-Queens) today announced that his legislation (S.1242) to protect New York residents from unfounded harassment by government agencies has been approved by the full New York State Senate.
"In the Mayor's State of the City address, he said each and every reimbursement check for Superstorm Sandy victims will be given out by the year's end. This is very encouraging, and I hope realistic given Build it Back's progress last year. Making our community whole again is long overdue and I hope this year can bring heaps of progress for those still wading through the storm's wake. I host Build it Back representatives in my Howard Beach District Office every Wednesday and look forward to continuing our working relationship until each and every resident credibly seeking assistance gets the help they need.
"My constituents, after dealing with the ravages of Superstorm Sandy, should not have to have dealt with dishonest FEMA personnel. It's unacceptable to think that the initial federal agency that was to help my people after the storm was actually another roadblock to full recovery. I'm calling upon our federal elected officials to investigate FEMA and help those individuals who were previously denied FEMA assistance."
Queens, NY (March 5, 2015) – At a recent meeting of the Senate Education Committee, State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr., a longtime committee member,had the opportunity to directly question Acting State Education Department (SED) Commissioner Beth Berlin, as well as other SED representatives, about a variety of important issues related to New York’s teach