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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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Release: Legislation Co-Sponsored by Addabbo to Aid Unpaid Family Caregivers and Patients Passes Senate and Assembly

Queens, NY (June 22, 2015) In an effort to provide enhanced services for elderly New York residents and others who need assistance at home after leaving health care facilities, NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. recently voted to approve legislation (S.676) he co-sponsors to provide greater information and assistance to unpaid family, friends and neighbors who step in to lend a helping hand to discharged patients.  The bill has now been approved by both the Senate and Assembly, and will be sent to the Governor for his consideration.

June 22, 2015
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Release: Addabbo Joins with Senate Colleagues in Passing Bills to Aid Volunteer Firefighters and Ambulance Workers

Queens, NY (June 22, 2015) In recognition of the extraordinary public service provided by members of volunteer fire departments and ambulance companies, NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. recently joined with his Senate colleagues in passing legislation to help these volunteers save money on taxes, receive greater and improved timely benefits, and gain access to new educational opportunities.

June 22, 2015
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Release: Addabbo Supports Bill, Passed by Both Houses, to Increase Public Awareness of Elder Abuse

Queens, NY (June 22, 2015) NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., a member of the Senate Committee on Aging, recently voted with his Senate colleagues to approve a bill (S.5328) which authorizes the State Office for the Aging (SOFA) to conduct a public campaign to draw attention to the serious problem of elder abuse in New York State and across the nation.

June 22, 2015
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Release: Addabbo Supports Bills to Protect Police Officers From Harm, Provide Equity in Disability Benefits

Queens, NY (June 22, 2015) In the waning days of the 2015 regular session of the New York State Senate, NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. joined with his Senate colleagues in approving several pieces of legislation to better protect police officers from harm and to provide equity in disability benefits for injured New York City police and fire officers who have been inexplicably provided with compensation lower than that of their peers.

June 22, 2015
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Release: Addabbo Urges Build It Back Applicants to Complete Projects as Program Begins to Wind Down

Howard Beach, NY (June 22, 2015) State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. is advising home owners who currently have applications pending with Build It Back to submit any paperwork needed to pursue funding as soon as possible.

After nearly three years, the Build It Back initiative, which was implemented in 2012 to assist New York City residents whose homes were damaged by Superstorm Sandy, will soon be coming to an end. The City has set June 30 as the final deadline for homeowners to submit the documentation required to receive funding assistance. Applicants who are awaiting a damage assessment with Build It Back must schedule it by the end of this month.

June 22, 2015
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BILL TO PERMIT PETS ON PUBLIC TRANSIT DURING STATES OF EMERGENCY OR EVACUATIONS APPROVED BY STATE SENATE WITH ADDABBO’S SUPPORT

Queens, NY (June 16, 2015): Noting that many residents were reluctant to leave their pets behind when they were asked to flee their homes during Hurricane Sandy, NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. recently joined with his Senate colleagues to approve a bill (S.3321) that would allow companion animals to board Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) vehicles during states of emergency or times of evacuation. 

June 16, 2015
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ADDABBO JOINS WITH 11-YEAR-OLD DOG BITE VICTIM FRANKIE FLORA TO CALL FOR PASSAGE OF HIS BILL THAT WOULD HOLD DOG OWNERS LIABLE FOR VICIOUS ATTACKS ON PEOPLE OR PETS

“Frankie Flora’s Law” Would Require Owners to Pay Medical Bills of VictimsQueens, NY (June 16, 2015): NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. recently joined at a State Capitol press conference with Frankie Flora – an 11-year-old boy who was badly mauled by a pit bull in 2009 – to call for the passage of his legislation (S.2494/A.6210) which would hold dog owners legally accountable if their animals seriously injure other people or pets.  Specifically, owners would be required to pay the medical bills of both human and companion animal victims of dog bites, even if it is a first incident.  

June 16, 2015
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ADDABBO LEGISLATION TO MAKE QUEENS BOROUGH PUBLIC LIBRARY AND OTHER LIBRARY SYSTEMS ELIGIBLE FOR EFFICIENCY GRANTS APPROVED BY STATE SENATE

Queens, NY (June 15, 2015): Under legislation (S.3209) recently approved by the State Senate and sponsored by NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., the Queens Borough Public Library and other public library systems throughout New York State would become eligible to participate in the state’s Local Government Efficiency (LGE) Grants program – an initiative that encourages local governments and other entities to explore cooperative projects aimed at improving services and achieving government savings. 

June 15, 2015
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LEGISLATION CO-SPONSORED BY ADDABBO TO COMBAT SUICIDE AMONG SCHOOL-AGED CHILDREN APPROVED BY STATE SENATE

Queens, NY (June 15, 2015): Noting that suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people aged 15 to 24 in the United States, NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. applauded the recent State Senate passage of a bill (S.4261) he co-sponsors to require the State Education Department (SED) and State Office of Mental Health (OMH) to develop materials focusing on suicide prevention and signs of depression among school-aged children and to provide them to educators throughout New York State.

June 15, 2015
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