“FEMA's announcement it will be conducting a review for Sandy victims' insurance claims is a major development, but just the first step in ensuring my constituents and everyone affected get the recovery funding they are entitled to. I hope to work with federal officials to see this process is executed in a timely, efficient and -- above all -- fair manner. It is atrocious to even think people who lost everything in Sandy have been shortchanged or taken advantage of.
“This year's St. Patrick's Day Parade in the Rockaways once again was enjoyed by thousands. The always-incredible turnout continues to prove our people's devotion to community, and of course is a fantastic testament to the area's rich Irish history. I love being able to be a part of that.
Queens, NY (March 6, 2015) – State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr. recently joined his Senate colleagues to approve a series of bills designed to better protect children, victims of sexual assault and other New Yorkers from potentially dangerous convicted sex offenders.
Queens, NY (March 5, 2015) –State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr. recently joined his Senate colleagues in approving a bill (S.2207) he co-sponsors to create a new felony offense for criminals who desecrate cemetery plots and other burial places where veterans have been laid to rest after serving their country.
Queens, NY (March 5, 2015) – At a recent meeting of the Senate Education Committee, State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr., a longtime committee member,had the opportunity to directly question Acting State Education Department (SED) Commissioner Beth Berlin, as well as other SED representatives, about a variety of important issues related to New York’s teach
Queens, NY (March 4, 2015) – Calling it “a great way to honor our Irish-American residents and a long-standing Rockaway tradition,” State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr. applauded the recent State Senate passage of a Resolution he sponsored and wrote to commemorate the 40th Annual Queens County St. Patrick’s Day Parade, slated for March 7th in Rockaway Beach.
Queens, NY (March 3, 2015) – State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr. raised a number of issues related to emergency preparedness with representatives of the State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) at a recent legislative hearing to examine the broad Public Protection aspects of the proposed 2015-2016 New York State Executive Budget.
Pedro Martinez, former New York Mets pitcher and 2015 inductee to the Baseball Hall of Fame, was honored in Albany as part of Dominican National Heritage month. A loyal Mets fan, State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr. took time to congratulate Martinez and thank him for his work with the Dominican community.
"My constituents, after dealing with the ravages of Superstorm Sandy, should not have to have dealt with dishonest FEMA personnel. It's unacceptable to think that the initial federal agency that was to help my people after the storm was actually another roadblock to full recovery. I'm calling upon our federal elected officials to investigate FEMA and help those individuals who were previously denied FEMA assistance."
The P.S. 88 administration and staff in Ridgewood participated in raising awareness and teaching their students about "respect for all" and highlighting the dangers of bullying and cyber bullying. The children made anti-bullying posters, took part in discussions with guidance counselors and most recently sat in on an assembly with State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr.
Children from five different continents found themselves in one third grade English Language Arts class at P.S. 88 in Ridgewood making Valentine's Day cards for local veterans. State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr., Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans Committee, visited the class and spoke about the importance of the holiday and caring for one another, especially veterans. The students, many of them bilingual, shared their own thoughts on what Valentine's Day and veterans mean to them. Addabbo took the children's handmade cards and delivered them just in time for the holiday to the St. Albans Veterans Hospital.
"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.