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Serphin R. Maltese

Serphin R. Maltese was born in Corona Queens, growing up on the Lower East Side. He graduated from PS 63, JHS 64 and then from Stuyvesant High School, before enlisting in the United States Marine Corps Reserve at 17 years of age. When the Korean War began, Mr. Maltese volunteered for the U.S. Army and served as Corporal in the 45th Infantry Division in Korea. He attended Manhattan College on a Regents Scholarship and GI Bill and received his Bachelor of Arts degree. Mr. Maltese was awarded the War Service Scholarship, and received his LL.B. and J.D. degrees from Fordham University Law School.

May 16, 2014
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Marissa Bernowitz

Marissa Bernowitz has quickly and successfully become a disaster relief volunteer coordinator at 27 years of age. In just under two years she has served her community and many others around the Rockaways…and she is still going strong. 

May 13, 2014
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ADDABBO AND DOT OFFICIALS UNVEIL NEW TRAFFIC SAFETY SIGN AT LINDENWOOD SCHOOL

Lindenwood, NY (May 12, 2014) – After a long fight for traffic safety at P.S. 232 Walter Ward School, the Department of Transportation, students, the school’s administration and State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. excitedly welcomed two new street signs to combat reckless driving.

May 12, 2014
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Addabbo Installs Officers of Italian Charities of America in Elmhurst

Elmhurst, NY (May 7, 2014) – State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. was the installing officer of the Italian Charities of America’s Board in Elmhurst. Pictured with the Senator is President Rose Sproviero (left) and Vice President Vincent Maltese (right of Senator Addabbo).

May 7, 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 AND AMERICAN ITALIAN CANCER FOUNDATION PROVIDE NO-COST MAMMOGRAMS AND EXAMS TO COMMUNITY

Middle Village, NY (May 2, 2014) – State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. once again provided free mammogram screenings and clinical exams to his constituents.

May 2, 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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EARTH DAY 2014 POSTER CONTEST: DISTRICT 15

Earth Day Poster Contest. This year we received many outstanding posters that exemplify the creativity of the young people in the 15th Senatorial District.

Each entry from my District displayed tremendous originality and vision as well as obvious concern for the ecological future of our communities and our state. I am proud of your work and that of your classmates, and encourage you to continue to study and learn more about the serious challenges that face our environment.

I am pleased to announce that the winner of the 2014 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is:

Brae CecilGrade 5P.S. 144 

April 17, 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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ADDABBO, MILLER AND COMMUNITY WELCOME L&A DELI TO GLENDALE

Glendale, NY (April 14, 2014) – Senator Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. joined with Assemblyman Michael Miller and members of the Glendale community to welcome in the new L&A Deli, owned by long time resident Lou Lambros and his family.

April 14, 2014
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ADDABBO PRESENTS SENATE HONORS TO ASSOCIAZONE CULTURALE ITALIANA

Queens, NY (April 10, 2014) – Senator Joe Addabbo presented NYS Senate Proclamations to the honorees of the Associazone Culturale Italiana di New York at their annual luncheon. The honorees pictured from left to right are Salvatore Vacca, Dr.

April 10, 2014
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ADDABBO WELCOMES NEW JFK AIRPORT TRAVEL PLAZA TO COMMUNITY

Queens, NY (April 9, 2014) – Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. celebrated the opening of a new travel plaza near John F. Kennedy International Airport with fellow elected officials and members of the surrounding communities.

April 9, 2014
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ADDABBO AND FELLOW ELECTEDS THANK MAYOR DE BLASIO FOR EXTENSION OF ROCKAWAY FERRY

Queens, NY (April 9, 2014) – Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. joined city and state elected officials in commending Mayor Bill de Blasio for his efforts in extending the service of the Rockaway Ferry, but still made clear the community needs a permanent ferry service.

April 9, 2014
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ADDABBO PARTICIPATES IN LOCAL SCHOOL’S ANNUAL READ ALOUD

State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. participated in P.S. 254 The Rosa Parks School’s annual Read Aloud. This year, school officials chose Of Thee I Sing by President Barack Obama which is comprised of short biographies of influential and inspirational American heroes.

April 3, 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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