Senate Bill Allows for Keeping the Regents Program through 2011
Queens, NY, August 16, 2010 – During the recent summer session in Albany to finalize the state’s budget, NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., reports that the Senate passed legislation that would restore the New York State Italian Regents High School Exam until 2011.
Addabbo said, "Working with Senator Diane Savino and my colleagues in the State Legislature, I am proud that we saved the exam from extinction when we went back into session and passed the final piece of this year’s budget. I intend to work just as diligently with them to insure this Regents Program is again saved for 2012."
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, August 11, 2010 – NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., Chair of the Senate Elections Committee, is sponsoring a series of Town Hall Meetings for Voting Machine Demonstrations around his district to help familiarize Queens voters with the introduction of the new optical scan voting machines in the primary elections next month. Admission is free.
Senate Bill Co-Sponsored by Addabbo Mandates Moratorium to Allow for Comprehensive Study of Drilling in Marcellus Shale
Queens, NY, August 11, 2010 – Just back from the end of a rare summer session in Albany, NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., reports that due largely as a result of the public support to hold off on a natural gas drilling process known as hydrofracking, the Senate passed legislation that would put a hold on hydrofracking in the state. The legislation, which now goes to the Assembly for a vote, would stop the issuing of upstate drilling permits until May 2011.
Queens, NY, August 4, 2010 – NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., a co-sponsor of the Senate bill (S8129B) calling for a moratorium on hydrofracking, or drilling for natural gas reserves in the upstate watershed, today issued the following statement on the bill’s passage after being brought to the floor for a vote last night:
Queens, NY, August 3, 2010 – NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., a member of the Senate's Racing, Gaming & Wagering Committee, today issued the following statement on the winning Aqueduct bidder: “Today’s selection by the New York Lottery of Genting New York LLC, means that finally, after almost a decade-long process, the future of Aqueduct Racetrack and the surrounding communities looks bright.” According to sources at New York Lottery, Genting was chosen for their professionalism and for their understanding of the needs of the community.
Queens, NY, August 3, 2010 – On the day he’s being called back to Albany for another rare summer legislative session to renew budget negotiations, NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., voiced his own frustration with the dysfunction in Albany. Addabbo is returning the per diem pay provided by NYS taxpayers for his travel and meal expenses for the recent session called for last week by Governor David Paterson that turned out to be anything but extraordinary or special. The Governor called the legislators back on July 28 and July 29 for a "special session" to pass his budget proposals. Since the Governor’s budget bills were not sent to the Senate for a vote neither session day, no vote was ever taken by the Senate during their time in Albany last week.
I hope this email finds you well. I wanted to keep you up to date on some ways to find jobs. First, I will be sponsoring my 3rd Job Fair on Friday, November 12, 2010 from 10 AM to 3 PM at Aqueduct Racetrack. Aqueduct is located at 110-00 Rockaway Boulevard in South Ozone Park, Queens. Mark your calendars. For more information please call Peter DeLucia in my office at (718) 738-1111.
Are you thinking about a career in public service? Government careers can be both exciting and rewarding. New York State and local governments offer a broad range of career opportunities, from law enforcement to medical, conservation to education, and much more.
Senator Addabbo: Law Requires Sex Offender, Abuse Screening for Jobs Working with Children
Queens, NY, July 16, 2010 -- NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach) announced the passing of legislation in the Senate (S6998A) which will help prevent employers from hiring registered sex offenders and those guilty of child abuse for jobs that require a significant time spent around children.
While hiring policies utilized by public schools already include background checks and ensure this security for children, other organizations do not currently practice similar diligence.
Law Penalizes Lenders Who Fail to Engage in Good-Faith Foreclosure Settlement Negotiations
Queens, NY, July 12, 2010 – NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., announced today that in an effort to help more New Yorkers remain in their homes, the New York State Senate passed critical legislation that he supported (S7798A), empowering homeowners facing foreclosure to take action when lenders fail to meet their obligation of entering into good-faith settlement negotiations at “settlement conferences.”