Martin J. Golden's Press releases

SENATOR GOLDEN ANNOUNCES “AMERICAN IDOL” ALLOWS BROOKLYN SENIOR IDOL TO KEEP CONTEST NAME

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is announcing that American Idol has agreed to allow the annual talent show contest, billed as Brooklyn’s Senior Idol, to keep its name for the October show.

The future of the event’s name only, not the show itself, was in jeopardy earlier this Summer. At that time, Senator Golden issued a press release seeking the assistance of the community in selecting a new name for the show, stating “Brooklyn’s talented seniors will make you laugh, cry and celebrate at the show, regardless of what we will call it.”

August 3, 2015
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SENATOR GOLDEN TOPS LIST OF LEGISLATORS WITH 38 BILLS APPROVED BY SENATE AND ASSEMBLY THIS LEGISLATIVE SESSION

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is announcing that for the second year in a row, he is a leader amongst his colleagues within the State Legislature in passage of legislation, with 103 bills he introduced approved by the State Senate, and 38 bills he sponsored approved by both the Senate and the Assembly. The bills approved by both houses of the New York State Legislature have been, or will be, under review of the Governor for his consideration to sign them into state law.

July 8, 2015
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GOLDEN: GOVERNOR SIGNS LEGISLATION TO HELP THOSE WHO HELPED NEW YORK CITY IN WAKE OF SEPTEMBER 11TH ATTACKS

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is announcing that Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has signed into law legislation that extends the September 11th Worker Protection Task Force Act for another five years. This extension will allow the Task Force to continue helping those who have been afflicted with a disability as a result of working at the World Trade Center and other sites.

July 7, 2015
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SENATOR GOLDEN STATEMENT ON AMERICAN FLAG BURNING DEMONSTRATION IN FORT GREENE PARK

Brooklyn - State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) has issued the following statement tonight in response to the the protest in Fort Greene Park where two American flags were burned:

"As a proud American, I was disheartened to learn that an American Flag was burned tonight in historic Fort Greene Park. It is a sad day for all of us to watch this despicable act of hatred take place on sacred Brooklyn ground. I salute the many pro-Americans who showed up and stood tall in the name of our rights and liberties.

To all, remember that freedom is not free. Never forget it. And fly those flags. The stars and stripes, the red, white, and blue, are not going anywhere. These colors don't run."

July 2, 2015
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GOLDEN TO CITY OFFICIALS: CALL OFF BROOKLYN AMERICAN FLAG BURNING RALLY

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs, today has issued the following statement urging Mayor Bill de Blasio and City officials to prevent an American flag burning rally from taking place in Brooklyn’s historic Fort Greene Park:

June 30, 2015
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DSNY ANNOUNCES SCHEDULE FOR OPERATIONS ON JULY 3 AND JULY 4, IN OBSERVANCE OF INDEPENDENCE DAY HOLIDAY

The New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) announced today that in observance of Independence Day, there will be changes to garbage, recycling and organics collection, and street cleaning.

Friday, July 3

DSNY WILL COLLECT garbage, organics and recycling on Friday, July 3. DSNY administrative offices will be closed on July 3 in observance of the holiday. There WILL NOT be street cleaning on July 3.

Saturday, July 4

DSNY WILL NOT COLLECT garbage, organics or recycling on Saturday, July 4 in observance of the holiday. There WILL NOT be street cleaning on July 4.

June 30, 2015
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GOLDEN INVITES LOCAL RESIDENTS TO HELP RENAME SENIOR MUSICAL CONTEST IN WAKE OF LEGAL NOTICE FROM AMERICAN IDOL

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), who has for the past seven years co-hosted “Brooklyn Senior Idol”, is inviting local residents to submit suggestions to rename the show in the wake of a legal letter from the firm representing American Idol.

June 29, 2015
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SENATOR GOLDEN ANNOUNCES LEGISLATION THAT PROVIDES PROTECTION FOR RENTERS AND HOMEOWNERS

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is announcing that the New York State Senate concluded the 2015 legislative session by voting to bring much needed protection for the renters and homeowners of his district.

Senator Martin J. Golden stated, “The Senate continues to fight to protect renters from unscrupulous landlords and alleviate financial burdens for homeowners. We must continue our efforts to ensure that all New Yorkers have access to quality affordable housing and provide real tax relief for homeowners.”

Senator Marty Golden joined his colleagues in the State Senate in supporting legislation that included the following protections for homeowners and renters in New York City:

June 26, 2015
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SENATOR GOLDEN ANNOUNCES SUMMER CONCERTS IN THE PARK

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), in partnership with the Southwest Brooklyn Parks Task Force, today has announced the complete lineup of summer concerts set to take stage in our local parks this Summer. The concert series kicks off on Tuesday, July 7th when Out Of The Blue play Shore Road Park at 79th Street.

The series of fifteen concerts will feature an array of musical acts including Head Over Heels, Carl Thomas, Generation Gap, Bobby Valli, and a special “Irish Night on Shore Road” featuring the Canny Brothers.

June 26, 2015
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DA VANCE AND SENATOR GOLDEN ANNOUNCE SENATE PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION TO PROTECT IDENTITY THEFT VICTIMS

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., and New York State Senator Martin J. Golden today announced the Senate passage of legislation that will better protect identity theft victims and enable prosecutors to bring stronger cases against cybercriminals and scammers. The bill, S.4072/A.8149, amends New York State criminal statues and establishes a fundamental framework for the prosecution of online privacy violations by creating a graduated series of penalties based on the severity of a crime and the number of affected victims.  

June 25, 2015
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SENATOR GOLDEN STATEMENT ON NEW YORK CITY’S DESIGNATION OF ASIAN LUNAR NEW YEAR AS A PUBLIC SCHOOL HOLIDAY

Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) has issued the following statement following today’s announcement of the City’s designation of Asian Lunar New Year as an official Department of Education school holiday:

“Today, I am pleased that the City has made official the recognition of the Asian Lunar New Year, following the State Legislature’s approval of such legislation. Today, we can all agree that New York has fulfilled its promise to the Asian American community to make the Lunar New Year an official school holiday,” said Senator Marty Golden.

June 23, 2015
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR GOLDEN ON SANDY RECOVERY FUND OVERSIGHT

ALBANY– State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is announcing that the New York State Senate has passed legislation he sponsored, S. 5231A, that will necessitate oversight of Superstorm Sandy recovery funds.

June 18, 2015
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SENATOR GOLDEN ANNOUNCES UNEMPLOYMENT STRIKEFORCE PRESENTATION

Brooklyn– State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), in partnership with the New York State Department of Labor and the 13th Avenue Merchants Association, will host an Unemployment Strikeforce presentation on Wednesday, June 24, 2015, beginning at 7:00 P.M. at the Knights of Columbus, located at 1305-86th Street in Brooklyn.

The main goal of the program is to reduce unemployment rates within communities. Additionally, the outreach event is designed to ensure that the New York State Department of Labor is investing in their workforce development effectively.

June 18, 2015
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SENATOR MARTY GOLDEN ADVANCES LEGISLATION TO PROTECT NEW YORKERS AND THEIR CHILDREN FROM SEX OFFENDERS

ALBANY– State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is announcing that the New York State Senate has passed two pieces of legislation that he sponsored that would help protect New York residents from convicted sex offenders.

Senate Bill S 5000A amends the Correction Law to require the Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), upon notification that a sex offender who has been released or discharged from a correctional facility, hospital, or local correctional facility or placed on probation, to confirm that the sex offender's proposed residence is not within an area considered to be school grounds or a playground. (A. 7409, Assemblymember Braunstein).

June 15, 2015
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR GOLDEN ON CITY COUNCIL’S IRRESPONSIBLE RESOLUTION URGING CLEMENCY FOR CONVICTED TERRORIST

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today has issued the following statement denouncing City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the other forty members of the New York City Council for their vote to support a resolution asking President Obama to grant clemency to convicted terrorist Oscar Lopez Rivera:

“It is inconceivable that the Council of the City New York, the City that suffered the largest terrorist attack on American soil in history, is looking to release a terrorist from jail because they believe his being in jail ‘serves no legitimate purpose.’ Each of the New York City Councilmembers who supported this resolution should ponder the severity of the message they have sent all New Yorkers and Americans.

June 12, 2015
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SENATOR GOLDEN GIVES HOPE TO NEW YORKERS BATTLING LYMPHEDEMA

Albany– State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is announcing that legislation he sponsored, S. 1058 that would create a Lymphedema and Lymphatic Diseases Research Grants Program in New York, has been passed by the State Senate. The legislation is designed to promote a greater scientific understanding of lymphedema and lymphatic disease.

The Research Grants Program would award funds, in an amount not in excess of $50,000, to biomedical research institutions that are conducting direct research related to Lymphedema and Lymphatic Disease. Additional mechanisms are also outlined to additionally support research, as well as providing a program report to the Governor, Senate and Assembly.

June 11, 2015
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SENATOR GOLDEN LEADS LEGISLATIVE EFFORTS TO IMPROVE TRANSIT SYSTEM SAFETY

Albany – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), a member of the Metropolitan Transit Authority Capital Review Board and a former New York City Police Officer, today is announcing that two pieces of legislation he introduced, designed to improve safety of all riders of public transportation, have been approved by the New York State Senate.

The Senate acted today on S. 3203 that would make it a crime for a person to rub his or her sexual or intimate body parts on another person while aboard public transportation. The bill approved would classify such behavior as a Class A misdemeanor, and where forcible touching is coupled with an emission of certain bodily fluids, the offense would be a Class E Felony.

June 10, 2015
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SENATOR GOLDEN ANNOUNCES PASSAGE OF CHILD PROTECTION LEGISLATION

ALBANY– State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is announcing that the New York State Senate has passed two important bills that he sponsored, S. 1269 and S. 3459, that will further protect children from harm throughout the Empire State.

Senate Bill 1269 amends the current penal law to mandate a first degree murder charge for anyone who murders a child under that age of 12. This will give prosecutors the legal means to seek the appropriate punishment for this heinous crime. (A. 4918, Assemblymember Cook).

June 10, 2015
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BUILD IT BACK APPLICATION COMPLETION DEADLINE OF JUNE 30TH APPROACHING

Please be advised that in order to ensure that all homeowners can move forward into a program pathway this year, Build it Back is setting a deadline for homeowners to complete their applications.

By June 30, 2015:

*Applicants must submit all documents for eligibility determination; and

*Applicants pending a damage assessment must schedule one with Build it Back.

The NYC Build It Back program is currently reaching out to these applicants to notify them of the deadline. If they are interested in continuing, they will have field staff available throughout the month of June providing assistance and free counseling.

June 10, 2015
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SENATOR GOLDEN LEADS PASSAGE LEGISLATION TO PROTECT FIRST RESPONDERS

Albany – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), a former New York City Police Officer, today is announcing that a series of bills he introduced to create better protections for law enforcement officers and emergency medical service personnel, have been approved by the New York State Senate this afternoon.

Senate Bill 4133 creates a new crime for the aggravated assault of a police or peace officer when a person is aided by two or more persons at a protest. This amendment to the penal law would ensure further protection for officers tasked with monitoring demonstrations and would punish those who use a means of peaceful protest as an opportunity to assault police or peace officers. (A. 6249, Weprin).

June 9, 2015
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