Albany – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), a member of the Finance Committee, has issued the following statement regarding the 2015-2016 New York State Budget:
“Late last night, I joined my colleagues in the State Senate in approving a fiscally responsible budget for New York State. New Yorkers can be proud that this budget includes significant investments in economic development, job creation, public safety, healthcare, and education. This year’s budget additionally encompasses significant ethics reforms, making New York a leader in the Nation in strengthening the public trust of officials.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), today is announcing that he will host two free shredding events, at both of his district offices during the month of April, to assist residents in protecting themselves against identity theft.
The shredding truck will be parked outside Senator Golden’s office at 7408 5th Avenue on Saturday, April 25th, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and will be outside his satellite office located at 3604 Quentin Road the following day, Sunday, April 26th, also from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Residents are invited to bring as many personal documents as they wish to shred.
Brooklyn - State Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is offering his congratulations to the Manhattan Beach Jewish Center for being placed on a list of twenty-two properties nominated by Governor Andrew Cuomo, to the State and National Registers of Historic Places by the New York State Board for Historic Preservation.
Legislators in the Senate unanimously passed a resolution earlier this year declaring September 2015 as Kinship Care Month, and members of the Assembly are set to vote on the same resolution today.
Kinship care refers to the more than 200,000 families in New York State who are relatives raising the children of other family members. Children who enter into the care of relatives often do so for the same reasons they might enter into foster care, because their parents are unable or unfit to care for them. Though the challenges are similar for kinship families compared to foster families, only about 5% of kinship caregivers receive the support and financial benefits that come with being in the foster care system.
The New York State Senate today passed four measures to keep New York’s roadways safe. The bills create tougher crimes to deter criminals who seek to commit automobile fraud by staging car accidents, allow auto insurers to cancel fraudulent polices, close a dangerous loophole that allows drunk drivers to avoid prosecution for leaving the scene of an accident, and enforce tougher penalties for those who drive without a license.
Senators Andrew Lanza, Marty Golden, Simcha Felder, Tony Avella and Diane Savino today passed property tax relief legislation, Senate Bill S.3709, sponsored by Senator Lanza that would establish limitations upon real property tax levies in New York City. The bill places a cap on the growth of property taxes at two percent (or the Consumer Price Index (CPI), whichever is less).Senator
The New York City Department of Sanitation has issued a ‘snow alert’ for Friday, March 20, at 9 a.m.
A snow alert indicates the possibility of a snow event. In preparation for a snow event, DSNY personnel begin initial equipment readiness, including loading its salt spreaders, attaching plows when necessary, preparing tire chains and notifying supplementary personnel as needed. DSNY is coordinating with the Office of Emergency Management and the Department of Transportation on snow clearing protocol in accordance with each agency’s written snow plan. All relevant city agencies have been notified of the snow alert. DSNY will continue to monitor forecasts and will provide updates as the snow event approaches.
New York- Assemblyman Joe Borelli (South Shore – R,C,I) and State Senator Marty Golden (Brooklyn – R,C,I) are calling on Mayor de Blasio to adjust for inflation the City’s contributions to the MTA Capital Plan Budget. The current annual contribution from New York City is only about $100 million and, as Borelli and Golden have noted, is lower than it was in 1982.
Mayor de Blasio was in Albany earlier this month and had indicated that the city would like to see the state make larger contributions to the capital plan budget to help close a multi-billion dollar funding gap. However, as Assemblyman Borelli and Senator Golden have pointed out, New York State has contributed over $250 million each year for the last 3 years, more than double the City’s contribution.
Albany, NY – Charter school families, educators, and supporters from across the state today thanked the State Senate for budget proposals that would add considerable support to their schools and called on lawmakers for continued leadership throughout the next two weeks of budget negotiations.
The Senate’s “Brighter Future” budget proposal includes three major boosts to charter schools:
· Access to the state building aid program. Right now, half of the state’s charter schools, including 40 percent of the charter schools in New York City, are denied public support for a facility. They are the only public schools in the state that are denied this state aid. The Senate proposal would be a tremendous boost to charter schools located in private space.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), today is announcing plans to host two Easter Egg Hunts in neighborhood parks that will feature games, music, activities, and prizes on Saturday, March 28th in Marine Park (Fillmore Avenue and Madison Place), and on Saturday, April 4th at Shore Road Park (Shore Road and 79th Street).
Senator Marty Golden stated, “I am sure that our children, much like our parents and grandparents, are very much looking forward to the warmer weather and getting out and enjoying our beautiful parks. The Easter Egg Hunts are shaping up to be a great afternoon full of fun activities, and prizes for all, and I know the Easter Bunny is planning to be there as well.
As of April 1st, New Yorkers will receive a $100 fine for placing electronic waste at the curb. The New York City Department of Sanitation and its partners are holding several events this spring to offer residents a chance to get rid of their unwanted electronics.
Bring harmful household products, electronics, and unwanted medications to:
Brooklyn: Sunday, April 19 at MCU Park, Surf Ave Parking Lot; Cars approach from Surf Ave and W 21st St between 10AM and 4PM.
NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner William J. Bratton today announced the deployment of new gunshot detection technology that will decrease officer response times to gunshot incidents and enhance community and public safety. NYPD will pilot the ShotSpotter system in five zones of approximately three square miles each located within various precincts in the Bronx and Brooklyn. The first pilot area to go operational on Monday, March 16, 2015 will be in the Bronx.
New laws allowing the Department of Sanitation to immediately remove illegally placed clothing collection bins on public property take effect tomorrow, March 14. Past regulations required the Department to tag the bin for removal within 30 days which allowed owners to move them from place to place within the grace period.
Brooklyn- Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is inviting local residents to nominate friends, coworkers, and neighborhood leaders whose outstanding work on behalf of their communities makes them deserving of special recognition by the State Senate as a New York “Woman of Distinction.”
The Senate will honor a distinguished woman from our area and throughout the state at a May 5th Albany ceremony, where each honoree’s photograph and biography will become part of a special exhibit proclaiming the contributions of these exemplary New York women.
The New York State Senate will hold its second joint committee hearing examining police safety and public protection on Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at 10 a.m. in Hearing Room A of the Legislative Office Building in Albany.
The hearing will be convened by four Senate committees – Codes, chaired by Senator Michael Nozzolio (R-C, Fayette); Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections, chaired by Senator Pat Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma); Investigations and Government Operations, chaired by Senator Carl L. Marcellino (R, Syosset); and Civil Service and Pensions, chaired by Senator Martin Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn).
The New York State Senate today passed two drug prevention bills to combat the spread of methamphetamine use in New York and to stop parks and playgrounds from being used by drug dealers.
Bill (S1150), sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), would deter the growing use of methamphetamine in New York by strengthening penalties for the sale and possession of meth and make them consistent with penalties for crimes involving heroin and cocaine.
The Healing Center is looking for volunteers to help with the NYC Teen Dating Violence Awareness Walkathon on Saturday April 18,2015. Attached is the link to Idealist describing the responsibilities, requirements, and contact information.
Beginning Saturday, March 7 until summer 2017, there will be lane closures on the upper level of the Verrazano Bridge for replacement of the existing roadway. During the first phase, drivers who need to access the BK-bound Belt Parkway ramp from the upper level in the morning must use the left lane of the bridge. Signs will be in place directing drivers to the dedicated lane. During the work, all current lanes of traffic will be maintained during peak weekday morning and afternoon drive times using a movable barrier that can be shifted to allow for three Brooklyn-bound, upper level lanes in the morning and three Staten Island-bound, upper level lanes in the afternoon.
Notification issued 3/4/15 at 7:06 AM. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens from 7:00 PM, March 4th to 7:00 PM, Thursday, March 5th. The current forecast calls for 4-8 inches of snow. Visibilities are expected to be approximately one quarter to one half mile at times. A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for Manhattan and The Bronx from 7:00 PM, March 4th to 7:00 PM, Thursday, March 5th. The current forecast calls for 3-6 inches of snow. For updates please visit: http://www.weather.gov/nyc.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is announcing his plans to celebrate Women’s History Month at an event scheduled for Thursday, March 12th, at the Norwegian Home, located at 1250-67th Street, beginning at 7 PM.
This year, Senator Golden will be honoring the Women’s Council of Realtors Brooklyn Chapter, the Knights of Columbus Columbiettes Rev. Matthews Council #126, and the Healing Center New York Domestic Violence Counseling Program. Senator Golden will also recognize the women who lead and volunteer at the Norwegian Christian Home, the Guild for Exceptional Children, the Parents Association of PS 277, and the Coalition for Asian American Children.