Calls for New York City Water Board to reconsider raising rates on our middle class families
Brooklyn, NY – New York State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I), today is calling for The New York City Water Board not to increase water and sewage fees. As of today, the New York City Water Board is considering a proposal for a 3.35% increase in water rates, making it the 11th increase in as many years, stifling away much needed income from our already struggling middle class families.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is encouraging residents to turn in unused or expired medication for safe disposal at the 8th Annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative, Saturday, April 26, 2012, from 10 AM to 2 PM at either the 68th Precinct (333-65th Street), or the 61st Precinct (2575 Coney Island Avenue).
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) has issued the following comments related to Super Storm Sandy recovery in New York City, following the Mayor’s address this afternoon at Cooper Union, in which Senator Golden attended:
"Today, Mayor De Blasio announced that all people who need to have their homes rebuilt, regardless of their priority, will have their homes rebuilt. I want to thank the Mayor for ensuring that Priority I, II, & III will have the funding needed in order to get their lives back to normal following the devastation of Superstorm Sandy.
“For 52 years, Bishop Ford Central High School has served a vital role for the education of students throughout our community. The sad truth today is the failure to pass the Education Investment Tax Credit was the final straw on this school. There is no doubt in my mind that the tax credit would have made a difference here. Equally, if we do not take immediate action to enact the Education Investment Tax Credit, we will continue to see closings at an accelerated rate,” said Senator Marty Golden.
Brooklyn –State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), is announcing plans to host simultaneous free shredding events, on Saturday, April 26, 2014, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at both of his Brooklyn district offices, located at 7408-5th Avenue and at 3604 Quentin Road. Senator Golden is partnering with the community in protecting residents against identity theft. Those attending should bring as many personal documents as they wish to shred.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today has issued the following statement on the New York State 2014-2015 budget’s inclusion of funding for early intervention programs:
“I am proud to have voted for a New York State budget last week that provides $163 million for early intervention programs. This funding is so critical as it will offer a variety of therapeutic and support services to eligible infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), a member of the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s Capital Review Board, has issued the following statement regarding the NYC Transit Authority’s planned Summer 2014 reinstatement of the B 37:
“Today we celebrate a long, hard fought transportation victory for our community. The people who were served by the B 37 bus route have waited three years for this bus to return. The rallies, the petitions, and the activism worked, and the announcement we have all been waiting for has finally been made.
Event will be the first of its kind in New York City
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), a member of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security, Military and Veterans Affairs, will join representatives of the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Organization, the Brooklyn Cyclones, and community leaders at a press conference this Thursday, April 3, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at Shore Road Park located at 79th Street and Shore Road.
The officials, and a representative of the Brooklyn Cyclones, will announce details of the first ever Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball League game to be played in New York City against the Bay Ridge All-Stars. The team has traveled extensively throughout the United States.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, 22nd District), the former Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee, is today applauding the significant achievements of the 2014-2015 New York State Budget on behalf of our state’s senior population.
“This year’s budget has established significant increases in the income eligibility requirements for the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption Program and has expanded the New York State EPIC Prescription Drug Program. This action will provide true relief for thousands of seniors living on a fixed income, facing the rising costs of medication, rent and other living expenses,” said Senator Marty Golden.
Albany – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, has issued the following statement as approval of the 2014-2015 New York State Budget continues today, resulting in New York’s fourth consecutive on-time budget:
Chemical Tests Would Be Required If Injury or Death Occurs
The New York State Senate today passed legislation that would help convict dangerous drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The bill (S1446), sponsored by Senator John Flanagan (R-C-I, East Northport), would require testing drivers suspected of being under the influence when an accident occurs and results in serious injury or death.
Albany – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) has issued the following statement after his vote this afternoon to support legislation (S. 306), sponsored by Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola), that would create a penalty for endangering the welfare of a child in circumstances where a child is left unattended in a motor vehicle:
State Senator Martin Golden said, “I sponsored the Transit Funding Lockbox Act in the State Senate so to stand up for all those who ride the buses and trains and have been asked to pay more for less service. This legislation will guarantee that funds dedicated to support the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s commuter system, will actually be spent for such purposes and not get lost on the account of other State expenses. It is vital that this year's budget retains the $40 million for transportation purposes so to create greater financial integrity for the Metropolitan Transit Authority and end the days of simultaneous fare hikes and service reductions.”
Last year, Senate Republicans approved new tax credits to encourage employers across the State to provide job opportunities to New York’s courageous veterans.
To build upon this initiative, the Senate has just approved the “Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act” to help New York’s Service Disabled Veterans pursue successful new business ventures. A three-way agreement on the bill was announced during the Governor’s Veterans and Military Families Summit held last week in Albany.
Modeled after a highly successful federal initiative, New York’s new law will establish a new contract preference “set-aside” for service disabled veterans.
Albany, NY – Today the New York State Senate passed S1959A, sponsored by Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), which allows insurance companies to retroactively cancel policies taken out by people who commit auto fraud. These criminals often take out policies and pay for them with bad checks or stolen credit cards just before they stage accidents. Under current law, insurance companies cannot cancel the policy and policyholders wind up paying for it through higher premiums. This bill would take that burden off honest consumers and therefore lower the insurance rates.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, 22nd District), a member of the Senate Banks Committee, this afternoon was joined by merchant leaders, including Robert Howe, President of the Third Avenue Merchants, at a press conference announcing legislation he has sponsored (S. 6551-A) which would require credit cards issued to New York State residents to be equipped with smart chip technology.
Senator Golden also spoke about the recent rash of credit card and debit card fraud which has impacted a significant number of local residents. Golden was joined by Dimitri Akhrin, the President of the Bank Associates Merchant Services, who spoke about the effects that such fraud has on retail profit, and preventive measures.
New York’s Catholic leaders have joined with top politicians and union chiefs to make a major push to pass a new law that’s designed to help schools – both public and parochial. Currents correspondent Konrad Aderer has been following the story for several days now and spoke with a state senator from our diocese.