"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.
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.
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.
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.”
"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.
"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.
"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.
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.
Birch Family Services and State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr. once again sponsored a successful hiring event for the local community, with dozens of applicants headed down the path to potential employment.
“These mass hiring events always prove successful and I am thrilled we can continue that tradition. So many of my constituents in the Rockaways struggle with unemployment and any opportunity we can bring to ease that burden is a victory in my book,” Addabbo said.
“I always take any opportunity to visit a local YMCA. The organization shares a valuable, wholesome vision with our youth and I am honored to take a chance to be a part of that,” said State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr. “Most recently, I visited P.S.
"For the City and EDC to award $13.2 million in Madelaine Chocolate is to invest in the future of Rockaway. Its an investment in the recovery of one of the most hardest hit communities in the city by Superstorm Sandy. Its an investment in additonal jobs for one of the largest employers in the Rockaways, a peninsula with a high unemployment rate. I appreciate the award granted to Madelaine Chocolate."
“I was able to attend the career fair at the Scholars Academy in the Rockaways and speak to high school students about both my occupation as well as their interests and goals. Visiting the schools in my district and reaching out to our youth is very important to me, and in the spirit of Career Day it’s vital they are exposed to a variety of employments paths. Principal Brian O’Connell and his staff did a great job in arranging the event and I thank them for inviting me,” said State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr.
With the 2015 Legislative Session in full swing, State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr. has once again focused his efforts to continue his fight for small businesses, city schools, a transparent Albany and much more.
“The current reality leaves many of our state's post-graduate students in a state of limbo -- they may have a job, but are not earning enough to live in the real world. Some are then forced to either move back home, whether that be in or out of New York, or search for work and a life outside of the state. We want to invest in our students, literally, because as they evolve then so does our own local work force and economy.
“I have said that our small businesses keep the local communities going because of their service, convenience, merchandise and job opportunities. We must do what we can to keep these businesses afloat. Governor Cuomo's proposed tax reduction will allow the small businesses to operate at a high efficiency and continue to fuel our daily lives. Furthermore, the proposed Small Business Summit can also give business owners and stakeholders the tools needed to function at that high level.
"I look forward to exploring the details of the vision for our state presented by Governor Cuomo at his State of the State on Wednesday. His ambitious policy plans and budgetary proposals must be evaluated along with doing what is best for my constituents and the state. I agree with the Governor as he stressed the need for fiscal responsibility, creating jobs, assisting small businesses, tax cuts for homeowners and renters, continuing mayoral control of our schools with improvements and overall progress for the education of our children.
“I want to thank Fran Scarantino and STARS Programs for Children for providing my Howard Beach office with blue ribbons for any resident who wants to show their support for our local police officers and the NYPD throughout the city,” said State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr.
“Each year, when the future of our city’s finest graduate the Police Academy and become rookie officers, they are bestowed a badge. This badge shows they are our community’s protectors and allies, and we the public become their priority,” said State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr.“Jobs like that are one of a kind, and I sincerely commend these young officers for joining the NYPD and wish them nothing but the best on what is hopefully a safe and productive journey.