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The Forum: State Houses Pass Bill Giving Vets Opportunity to Buy Pension Credit

The state Senate and Assembly have passed a bill that would 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, according to Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach), a co-sponsor of the legislation.

 

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July 2, 2015
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The Forum: Senate Passes Addabbo Bill to Establish Incentives for Removing Cock Lofts

The ball is in the Assembly’s court as the Senate recently approved legislation that would provide incentives for the removal of cock lofts—small, often hazardous, enclosed spaces above the highest finished ceiling of a building that allow fires to spread to attached houses.

The bill, initially introduced by state Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach) in 2013 in the wake of a raging five-alarm fire in Middle Village that damaged seven homes, injured 11 firefighters and may have been exacerbated by the existence of cock lofts in the structures.

 

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July 2, 2015
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The Forum: The Good, the Bad and Albany: Addabbo and Goldfeder Examine State Budget Results

The official end of the New York State legislative session—this year it came to a close last Thursday at 11:55 p.m.—invariably signals the start of analysis, 20/20 hindsight, griping, sniping, pouting and shouting among pundits, pols, lobbyists, and loons.

State Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach) and Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Howard Beach) took a look at 2015 in Albany and how it affected their communities and constituents.

 

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July 2, 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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Photo: Addabbo Swears in Board Members at Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corp

The board members of the Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corp were sworn in by State Senator Joe Addabbo at their June meeting. Taking the pledge at the ceremony were its President, John Alber, the Vice President Alan Wolfe, Captain Brian Montalvo, 1st Lieutenant Jack Mystkowski, 2nd Lieutenant Omar Florez, Treasurer Ron Cohen and Secretary Rafael Aranbayev.

June 29, 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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Queens Tribune: Build It Back Application Deadline Looms

The Build It Back outreach campaign seeking out the remainder of the homeowners affected by Superstorm Sandy is winding down, but the post-Sandy reconstruction project is no means coming to a close.

State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) is urging homeowners to submit documentation for eligibility determination and damage assessment as the program begins to wind down.

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June 25, 2015
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The Forum: Build It Back Deadline Fast Approaching

With the June 30 deadline for homeowners to submit the documentation required to receive funding assistance through the city’s Build It Back program less than a week away, one area elected official is urging his constituents who have applications pending to file any paperwork necessary to pursue monetary aid as soon as possible.

 

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June 25, 2015
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The Forum: First Responders Bills Pass Senate, Under Review in Assembly

Last week, the state Senate passed a bill that, according to Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach), seeks to correct the “inequity” in the city pension system that provides significantly lower accidental and ordinary disability benefits for police and fire officers hired after 2009.

 

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June 25, 2015
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The Forum: Legislators Looking to Aid Volunteer Firefighters, Ambulance Workers

Lawmakers in Albany are considering a set of bills that would help members of volunteer fire departments and ambulance companies save money on taxes, receive greater and improved timely benefits, and gain access to new educational opportunities.

The first of five pieces of legislation, S.1000, which is co-sponsored by Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach), would provide for an automatic annual Cost of Living Adjustment to disability benefits received by volunteer firefighters.  In 1998, the state Legislature raised the benefit level for firefighters with permanent total disabilities to a maximum of $400 a week regardless of their date of injury; this bill seeks to address inflation and aid disabled firefighters who are struggling to live on fixed incomes.

June 25, 2015
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The Forum: Senate and Assembly Approve Elder Abuse Bill

After gaining approval in both the Senate and Assembly, a bill which authorizes state agencies to conduct a public campaign to draw attention to elder abuse has just hit the desk of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

June 25, 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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Times Ledger: Albany Back at Work Again on Rent Laws

Elected officials are in the process of working out a four-year framework to extend rules that protect rent-stabilized apartments.

The rent regulations at stake control how much rent can be increased for about 1 million apartments in New York City. The rent-stabilized regulations expired June 15 after the state Assembly and state Senate failed to pass a bill that would either extend the regulations or expand on them.

According to state Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach), legislators were coming close to an agreement for a four-year extension. But he warned the details of the legislation have yet to be worked out.

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June 24, 2015
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Photo: Addabbo Cuts Ribbon on New Salvation Army Store in Middle Village

Senator Joe Addabbo helps Major Joe Irvine of the Salvation Army cut the ribbon on its new store on 73-26 Metropolitan Avenue in Middle Village, selling clothing, furniture, appliances, accessories, jewelry, toys and more.

June 23, 2015
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Queens Courier: Homeowners Urged to Complete Build It Back Applications Before Deadline

Queens residents who have not fully completed Build it Back applications have until Tuesday, June 30, to submit any pending paperwork needed to receive funds for construction on new homes.

State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo is urging homeowners to schedule their damage assessment and complete the application process. The initiative, which began in 2012 to assist homeowners whose property was destroyed during Hurricane Sandy, is responsible for rebuilding 262 Queens homes since 2014.

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June 22, 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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