Martin J. Golden's Press releases

BROOKLYN SENIOR STARS TO SHINE – SENATOR GOLDEN TO HOST 8TH ANNUAL SENIOR IDOL

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), in partnership with Xaverian High School, today is announcing plans to host Brooklyn’s 8th Annual Senior Idol, a popular contest that draws upon the talent of the senior citizens of Kings County, vying to be crowned “Brooklyn’s Senior Idol” this Fall.

 

Brooklyn residents age 50 or older are invited to register and audition on Monday, September 8, 2014, starting at 4:00 p.m. in the Xaverian High School auditorium, 7100 Shore Road (handicapped accessibility available at 71st Street door). Senior citizens trying out for this singing competition should bring a CD or cassette tape accompaniment. A piano is available for any contestant interested and participants are welcome to bring a guitar.

 

July 23, 2014
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STATEMENT BY STATE SENATOR MARTIN J. GOLDEN ON NYPIRG’S 2014 NEW YORK STATE LEGISLATIVE SESSION ANALYSIS

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), following the release of NYPIRG’s 2014 New York State Legislative Session Analysis, released the following statement:

“I am pleased that the New York Public Research Interest Group (NYPIRG) upon analyzing my legislative record from this year has shown that I remain one of the most productive members in term of legislation, having sponsored the most amount of bills that passed both houses of the legislature, and having the second highest number of bills that passed the Senate.”

 

July 21, 2014
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WOUNDED WARRIOR AMPUTEE SOFTBALL TEAM TO PLAY FIRST GAME EVER IN NYC THIS WEEKEND

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is announcing that the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team will take the field for the first time ever in New York City this Saturday, July 12, 2014, in Shore Road Park (enter at 79th Street and Shore Road), starting with the opening ceremonies at Noon.

 

The first game is set for 1:00 p.m. when the WWAST takes on the Bay Ridge All Star Sluggers, and the second game is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. against NYC first responders and NYC Army Recruiters

 

The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team has a mission to raise awareness, through softball games and exhibition, of the sacrifices and the resilience of the military. All team players have been injured in action.

 

July 9, 2014
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SENATOR GOLDEN ANNOUNCES LINEUP OF 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 8th when Head Over Heels and special guests play Shore Road Park at 79th Street.

 

The series of fourteen concerts will feature an array of musical acts, Alive N Kickin’, Carl Thomas, Frankie Marra and His Band, and a special “Irish Night on Shore Road” featuring the Canny Brothers.

 

July 2, 2014
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SENATOR GOLDEN STRIVES TO MAKE NEW YORK STATE A LEADER IN MEDICAL RESEARCH

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), the Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Science, Technology, Incubation & Entrepreneurship, today has issued the following statement praising colleagues in the Senate for passage of S. 6555 and calling on the State Assembly to advance this legislation in the future.

 

June 27, 2014
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SENATOR GOLDEN TO CITY RESIDENTS: YOUR TAXES ARE TOO DAMN HIGH

Albany, NY - State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I) today voted against renewing several taxes affecting New York City residents, including portions of the New York City Sales Tax, and the NYC Personal Income Tax. Despite approval by the New York State Legislature, Senator Golden’s “No” vote signifies his belief that New York City's taxing of middle class families is unsustainable.

 

 

 

June 24, 2014
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SENATOR GOLDEN STATEMENT ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA LEGISLATION

 

Albany – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) has issued the following statement regarding his vote to support Senate Bill 7923 which authorizes medical marijuana in New York State, prohibiting the smoking form, for treatment of certain serious illnesses and diseases.

“This afternoon, I voted to support comprehensive legislation that will provide an option to medical professionals to offer medical marijuana to New York’s most seriously ill, those battling Cancer, HIV/Aids, Multiple Sclerosis, and Epilepsy. This legislation encompasses strong safe guards against the misuse of marijuana, while making a form available through prescriptions from specialized doctors.

 

June 20, 2014
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M.A.S. Swing 15 piece big band will perform music from the Great American Songbook

M.A.S. Swing 15 piece big band will perform music from the Great American Songbook which includes songs by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Benny Goodman and Glenn MillerSunday, June 29, 20142PM-5PMSt Columba Church2245 Kimball StMarine Park, Brooklyn 11234Handicap accessible- parking on premise- large dance floor- casual dressTickets $30.00 per person and includes a luncheon buffet.Please call for reservationsMarie Stack917-841-1617www.mariestack.com

June 20, 2014
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SENATOR GOLDEN COMMENDS SENATE AND ASSEMBLY ACTION TO CREATE A MORE OPEN, TRANSPARENT AND ACCOUNTABLE PORT AUTHORITY

Albany – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), a prime sponsor of S. 7721, the “Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Transparency and Accountability Act of 2014” today is hailing passage of this legislation adopted by both the Senate and the Assembly.

 

The legislation would require the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to adhere to the accountability and transparency standards that were imposed on New York State Public Authorities in 2005 and 2009. Additionally, this bill will set a series of agency reforms in place which will govern the Port Authority moving forward.

 

June 20, 2014
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Rep. Grimm and Senator Golden Join Forces to Fight Illegal Home Conversions in Brooklyn

NEW YORK, NY – Today, Rep. Michael G. Grimm (R,C,I-NY) and State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C, I, Brooklyn) sent the attached letter to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio urging the City to immediately crack down on the growing problem of illegal home conversions in several neighborhoods in southern Brooklyn - especially Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights - and also issued the accompanying joint statement:

 

June 19, 2014
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SENATOR GOLDEN CALLS ON STATE ASSEMBLY TO APPROVE TOLL RELIEF FOR BROOKLYN RESIDENTS BEFORE THE END OF SESSION

Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) has issued the following statement following the New York State Senate’s passage of legislation he sponsored, S. 7490, which would create a Verrazano Narrows Bridge toll discount plan for Brooklyn residents.

 

“I applaud my colleagues in the New York State Senate for their passage of this legislation that recognizes the true financial burden that the Verrazano Narrows Bridge toll is having on Brooklyn families. Anyone who works or has a child attending school in Staten Island, is easily facing a $300 plus a month bill just to cross the bridge. As we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Verrazano Bridge this year, what a gift this would be.

 

June 19, 2014
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Verrazano-Narrows Bridge New Lower Level Ramp Opens

MTA Bridges and Tunnels today opened the first new ramp added to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge since the bridge’s original 1960s construction. The new, two-lane lower level connector ramp from the Staten Island Expressway heading to Brooklyn is part of the $50 million toll plaza improvement project.

 

“The new lower level connector ramp will immediately improve traffic flow through the busy I-278 corridor by accommodating more traffic from the Staten Island Expressway,” said MTA Bridges and Tunnels Engineer Project Manager Piv Lim. “We expect motorists will notice this positive change right away.”

 

June 17, 2014
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American Red Cross Move In Assistance Program Application Deadline July 1, 2014

This is the weekly reminder that the American Red Cross Move-In Assistance Program (MIAP) will be winding down over the next few months.

 

The program was established in December 2012 and has served as a bridge for thousands of families that needed financial assistance to relocate from hotels to sustainable housing, move out of state or complete repairs on their Sandy-damaged homes. As of May 28, 2014 the program has provided more than $26 million to more than 4,300 households. Because we expect that the program’s funding will soon be depleted, we are implementing the wind down process outlined below.

 

July 1, 2014 deadline for submitting completed Move-In Assistance Program applications

June 17, 2014
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A Busy Legislative Week

For those of you who are not aware, the state legislature will be wrapping up the 2014 Legislative Session on June 19th. I have been in Albany this week working on many bills that I believe are priority before the end of session. Check out some of the highlights of the week here, on my website or on social media.

 

SCHOOLS IN NEW YORK CITY TO BE CLOSED WHEN THE GOVERNOR DECLARES A WEATHER EMERGENCY

June 13, 2014
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SENATOR GOLDEN ENCOURAGES STUDENTS TO READ THIS SUMMER

Brooklyn - State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is announcing the kick off of the 2014 Summer Reading Program, organized by his office, designed to encourage students to keep learning and reading during the summer months.

 

Senator Golden’s summer reading program is a partnership between the New York State Library and New York State Senate. Participating students will use an online journal to keep track of their reading progress throughout the summer. Children who submit a completed journal will receive recognition from Senator Marty Golden in the form of a summer reading certificate.

 

June 12, 2014
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GOLDEN LEADS STATEWIDE EFFORT TO OVERSEE SANDY RECOVERY FUNDS

Albany – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is announcing that the New York State Senate has approved a bill he introduced, S. 4666, that would mandate the New York State Division of the Budget, to oversee, track and report on the State’s spending of funds set aside for the recovery efforts related to Superstorm Sandy.

The legislation would require the Division of the Budget, along with the State Comptroller, to maintain detailed information on their website regarding the expenditure of Sandy recovery monies within the State. Additionally, this bill requires that a quarterly report be submitted on the receipt, distribution and administration of this funding.

The report shall provide detailed information on, among other things, the following:

June 10, 2014
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SENATE TO ACT LEGISLATION TO CREATE A BLUE ALERT SYSTEM

Albany – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), a former New York City Police Officer, is announcing that the New York State Senate is expected to take action this afternoon on a bill he sponsored, S.2108, that would establish a Blue Alert system in NY State.

 

The bill, if passed by the Senate and the Assembly this session, and signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo, would aid in the apprehension, identification and location of individuals suspected of killing or seriously wounding any law enforcement officer.

 

June 10, 2014
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SENATOR GOLDEN: LEGISLATION SEEKS TO COMBAT GANG VIOLENCE AND DRUG TRAFFICKING ON OUR STREETS

Gangs playing major role in prescription drug and pain killer black market

 

Albany – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) is announcing that the State Senate has approved legislation he sponsored, S4444A, by a vote of 50-9, that would enact the New York State Criminal Street Gang Act.

 

The legislation, championed by the Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, would provide a comprehensive approach to protecting the public from gang-related crimes and violence, including those that relate to drug trafficking. According to the U.S. Justice Department, street gangs are among the primary distributors of illegal drugs on the streets. There are presently more than one hundred known gangs in New York City.

 

June 10, 2014
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PARKS & PLAYGROUNDS SHOULD BE ABOUT SWINGS, SLIDES AND FIELDS, NOT DRUGS, SAYS SENATOR GOLDEN

Prescription drug crisis makes law needed more than ever

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) is announcing that the New York State Senate today has approved S. 2173A which he sponsored, by a vote of 56-3, that would increase penalties for the sale of controlled substances if it occurs on park grounds or in playgrounds.

 

Today’s vote follows the recent report published by the Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, which Senator Golden is a member, that outlines and addresses the prescription drug war currently facing communities throughout the State.

 

June 9, 2014
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STATE SENATE APPROVES SENATOR GOLDEN’S BILL THAT SETS FRAMEWORK FOR COMMISSION TO STUDY CHILD ABUSE

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) is announcing that today the New York State Senate has approved legislation he introduced, S. 2095, that will establish a temporary New York State Commission to study child abuse prevention and make recommendations for the implementation of child abuse prevention programs in New York State.

 

Senator Marty Golden stated, “There is no place in our homes, schools or society for child abuse, and the unfortunate reality is that it is happening all too often in New York. I introduced this legislation because it is time that we take a stand against child abuse and make the prevention of such a priority. We must figure out how to reverse this trend that is damaging many families.”

 

June 2, 2014
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