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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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STATE SENATOR JOSEPH P. ADDABBO, JR. STATEMENT ON FEMA ANNOUNCEMENT TO REVIEW SANDY CLAIMS

“FEMA's announcement it will be conducting a review for Sandy victims' insurance claims is a major development, but just the first step in ensuring my constituents and everyone affected get the recovery funding they are entitled to. I hope to work with federal officials to see this process is executed in a timely, efficient and -- above all -- fair manner. It is atrocious to even think people who lost everything in Sandy have been shortchanged or taken advantage of.

March 17, 2015
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STATE SENATOR JOSEPH P. ADDABBO, JR. STATEMENT ON SUCCESS OF QUEENS COUNTY ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

“This year's St. Patrick's Day Parade in the Rockaways once again was enjoyed by thousands. The always-incredible turnout continues to prove our people's devotion to community, and of course is a fantastic testament to the area's rich Irish history. I love being able to be a part of that.

March 9, 2015
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ADDABBO JOINS SENATE COLLEAGUES IN APPROVING PACKAGE OF LEGISLATION TO PROTECT CHILDREN, SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIMS AND OTHERS FROM HIGH-RISK SEX OFFENDERS

Queens, NY (March 6, 2015) – State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr. recently joined his Senate colleagues to approve a series of bills designed to better protect children, victims of sexual assault and other New Yorkers from potentially dangerous convicted sex offenders. 

March 6, 2015
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ADDABBO CO-SPONSORS AND PASSES LEGISLATION TO CREATE NEW FELONY OFFENSE FOR DESECRATING THE GRAVES OR OTHER FINAL RESTING PLACES OF VETERANS

Queens, NY (March 5, 2015) – State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr. recently joined his Senate colleagues in approving a bill (S.2207) he co-sponsors to create a new felony offense for criminals who desecrate cemetery plots and other burial places where veterans have been laid to rest after serving their country.   

March 5, 2015
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ADDABBO QUESTIONS ACTING STATE EDUCATION COMMISSIONER ABOUT IMPLEMENTATION OF COMMON CORE, TEACHER EVALUATION SYSTEM

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

March 5, 2015
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STATE WILL COMMEMORATE QUEENS COUNTY ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE 40TH ANNIVERSARY IN ROCKAWAY FOLLOWING RESOLUTION PASSED BY NYS SENATE, AUTHORED BY ADDABBO

Queens, NY (March 4, 2015) – Calling it “a great way to honor our Irish-American residents and a long-standing Rockaway tradition,” State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr. applauded the recent State Senate passage of a Resolution he sponsored and wrote to commemorate the 40th Annual Queens County St. Patrick’s Day Parade, slated for March 7th in Rockaway Beach. 

March 4, 2015
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ADDABBO QUESTIONS DIVISION OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY SERVICES REPRESENTATIVES ABOUT EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS EFFORTS

Queens, NY (March 3, 2015) –  State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr. raised a number of issues related to emergency preparedness with representatives of the State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) at a recent legislative hearing to examine the broad Public Protection aspects of the proposed 2015-2016 New York State Executive Budget. 

March 3, 2015
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ADDABBO MEETS AND THANKS METS PITCHER PEDRO MARTINEZ

Pedro Martinez, former New York Mets pitcher and 2015 inductee to the Baseball Hall of Fame, was honored in Albany as part of Dominican National Heritage month. A loyal Mets fan, State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr. took time to congratulate Martinez and thank him for his work with the Dominican community. 

March 3, 2015
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STATE SENATOR JOSEPH P. ADDABBO, JR. STATEMENT ON POTENTIAL FRAUD IN FEMA SANDY REPORTS

"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."

March 2, 2015
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ADDABBO TALKS BULLYING, CYBER BULLYING AT P.S. 88 DURING "RESPECT FOR ALL" WEEK

The P.S. 88 administration and staff in Ridgewood participated in raising awareness and teaching their students about "respect for all" and highlighting the dangers of bullying and cyber bullying. The children made anti-bullying posters, took part in discussions with guidance counselors and most recently sat in on an assembly with State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr.

February 17, 2015
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ADDABBO DELIVERS ELA STUDENTS’ VALENTINE’S DAY CARDS TO ST. ALBANS VETERANS’ HOSPITAL

Children from five different continents found themselves in one third grade English Language Arts class at P.S. 88 in Ridgewood making Valentine's Day cards for local veterans. State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr., Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans Committee, visited the class and spoke about the importance of the holiday and caring for one another, especially veterans. The students, many of them bilingual, shared their own thoughts on what Valentine's Day and veterans mean to them. Addabbo took the children's handmade cards and delivered them just in time for the holiday to the St. Albans Veterans Hospital.

February 12, 2015
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STATE SENATOR JOSEPH P. ADDABBO STATEMENT ON NEW YORK RISING COMMUNITY CENTER PROGRAM

"The New York Rising Program was essential to my district's post-Sandy recovery. It gave local residents the chance to tell officials what their communities need to be protected from future disasters, and an example of that is these community centers.

February 11, 2015
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ADDABBO VISITS HOWARD BEACH BOY SCOUTS, RECOGNIZES SCOUTS FOR AWARDS

State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr. presented New York State Senate Citations to Boy Scouts Troop 139 in Howard Beach after the boys received the Arrow of Light Achievement Award, the highest rank in Cub scouting. The Senator thanked the Troop Masters, leaders, parents, grandparents, family and friends for their guidance and assistance to troop members.

February 10, 2015
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ADDABBO AWARDS MASPETH HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS FOR COMMITMENT TO COMMUNITY

State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr. presented Maspeth High School students with the National Honors Society citations for their exceptional volunteerism and community service. The Senator was extremely impressed with both the students and the school, including its moot court room. Addabbo expressed his thanks to the participating students and the school administration, Assistant Principal Mario Matos and Principal Khurshid Abdul-Mutakabbir.

February 10, 2015
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ADDABBO ASSUMES NEW POSITION AS MEMBER OF SENATE STANDING COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION

Queens, NY (February 9, 2015)State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr. today announced that he has been appointed to serve as a member of the Senate Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation, a post he described as “a great opportunity to work even harder to protect and conserve the precious natural resources in our state and within my district.” 

February 10, 2015
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STATE SENATOR JOSEPH P. ADDABBO, JR. STATEMENT ON STATE OF THE CITY ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR THE ROCKAWAYS

"The Mayor's announcements regarding the Rockaways gives me hope the Peninsula can emerge from decades of isolation stronger than ever. It is high time oru city make use of the area's untapped economic, commercial potential. Infrastructure upgrades are necessary to keep our community safe from any future storms and to also assure new residents that residing in the Rockaways is a one-of-a-kind experience. A ferry service is the icing on that cake -- if the Peninsula is accessible, it is desirable.

February 4, 2015
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STATE SENATOR JOSEPH P. ADDABBO, JR. STATEMENT ON MAYOR DE BLASIO’S BUILD IT BACK PROGRESS ANNOUNCEMENT

"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.

 

February 4, 2015
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STATE SENATOR JOSEPH P. ADDABBO, JR. STATEMENT ON MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO’S CITYWIDE FERRY SYSTEM ANNOUNCEMENT

"I thank the mayor for recognizing the transportation needs of my constituents in the Rockaways and also for acknowledging the economic potential the Peninsula holds. I have said and will say again, a ferry service is the Rockaways most viable transportation option and can bring great economic advantages. Including the Rockaways as part of a citywide ferry system to me makes it a more secure service that will hopefully continue permanently. 

February 3, 2015
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ADDABBO TO MAYOR: REACTIVATE A PERMANENT, FULL-TIME FERRY SERVICE IN ROCKAWAY

Queens, NY (February 3, 2015) – State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr. this week sent a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio, requesting the reinstatement of a full-time ferry service in the Rockaways following the closure of the Rockaway Ferry in October 2014. 

February 3, 2015
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