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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
Queens, NY (June 15, 2015): NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. is applauding the State Senate passage of a bill (S.3604) he sponsors that would enable step-children and other non-biological children raised by deceased 9-11 first responders to become eligible for “legacy credits” on competitive civil service exams. Addabbo credits a constituent for bringing the issue to his attention and working with him to promote the bill's passage.
Queens, NY (June 9, 2015): "As I read the NY Post article that only 16% of the Sandy funds have been spent by the city so far, I thought of the rising blood pressure and frustration of my constituents who read the same article and sustained damages from Sandy. I also remind myself that the large sums of monies allocated for flood mitigation and resiliency must be spent on credible projects that have been deemed realistic, so as not to waste these funds. The larger the project, the more planning and research involved, which takes time. I will continue to advocate for post-Sandy projects to be done expeditiously and efficiently in order to protect my residents against future storms and flood damage."
Queens, NY (June 9, 2015): NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. recently voted with his Senate colleagues to provide New York City senior citizens 65 years of age and older with a 10 percent break on their water bills – a plan that would offer welcome relief to cash-strapped residents after so many years of significant increases in City water costs. The legislation (S.4506) has now passed the Senate and is under review by the Assembly Committee on Cities.
Joint Hearing Focuses on Steps New York State Can Take To ImproveCyber Security and Combat Cyber TerrorismQueens, NY (June 9, 2015): NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. recently participated in an Albany hearing that was called to examine strategies New York State might undertake to better protect sensitive state computer information from cyber attacks and the potential misuse of this data. Noting that he represents a Senate district that is adjacent to JFK airport and close to LaGuardia, Addabbo also took the opportunity at the hearing to question expert witnesses about the potential for cyber criminals to hack into aircraft operating systems.
Queens, NY (June 8, 2015): NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. and Assemblymember Mike Miller are pleased to announce that their most recent community recycling event, which was held on April 26th, hauled in more than 30,000 pounds of paper and electronic e-waste from local residents while filling up two entire Salvation Army trucks with a variety of reusable household items. At that Spring recycling event, 24,673 pounds of electronic waste were collected and roughly 7,300 pounds of paper was shredded.
Queens, NY (June 1, 2015): NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. applauded the recent Senate approval of legislation (S.4542) he co-sponsors, introduced by Sen. Jeff Klein, that would require a far more transparent and inclusive process – with greater public notification – when homeless shelters or other social services facilities are being located in communities throughout New York City.
Queens, NY (June1, 2015): NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. recently joined with his Senate colleagues in passing legislation (S.165) that would make it absolutely clear that funds raised through the New York State Lottery can only be used to support education and not be diverted to other purposes.
Queens, NY (June 1, 2015): NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. recently joined with his Senate colleagues in approving legislation (S.3243) that would crack down on criminals on public transportation who grope and grind against other passengers in a sexual manner. The bill would raise penalties for this type of abominable behavior from a misdemeanor to a much more serious felony charge.
Queens, NY (May 26, 2015): NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. is inviting qualified job seekers who are interested in working with individuals with disabilities to come out to a mass hiring event for Birch Family Services that is scheduled for June 4th in Ridgewood from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The hiring event for the multi-faceted human services organization, which is being co-sponsored by NYS Assemblymembers Catherine Nolan and Mike Miller, is being held at the Greater Ridgewood Youth Council Building at 59-03 Summerfield Street.
Queens, NY (May 19, 2015): As part of his free community events calendar for 2015, NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. will continue meeting with his constituents at public libraries throughout the district in the coming weeks, with the next group of these special mobile office hours beginning on May 28th.
“I look forward to meeting with my constituents from throughout the district at these mobile office hour events, which I always try to hold in the evenings to make it easier for working people to participate,” said Addabbo. “I encourage local residents to come out and take advantage of these neighborhood meetings at our local libraries. Bring your questions and concerns, and we’ll work together to address them!”
Queens, NY (May 15, 2015): NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs, is urging his constituents to join with him this Saturday, May 16th, in recognizing the 65th Anniversary of National Armed Forces Day in the United States.