Martin J. Golden's Press releases

Remembering September 11th

Dear Fellow New Yorker:

Like so many New Yorkers, I clearly remember where I was on that crisp, clear morning of September 11th, 2001.

And while more than a decade has now passed, the memory of that tragic day is still fresh in our minds. The sorrow and the pain that we felt are still with us.

More than 3,000 people died on September 11th, many of whom lived within my Senate district and in the districts of my neighboring Senate colleagues. I attended two to three funerals a day in the weeks following those horrific attacks, and I will never forget the strength and courage of the families of those who perished. Their loss is felt every day, but never more so than on this day.

September 11, 2012
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GOVERNOR CUOMO SIGNS BILL STRENGTHENING LAWS AGAINST INTERNET ACCESS OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation that strengthens the laws against internet access of child pornography.

The new law amends New York's Penal Law to prohibit individuals from knowingly accessing with the intent of viewing child pornography on the internet. Currently, under New York law, an individual who views child pornography on a website where the images become automatically embedded in a computer does not "possess" child pornography. This legislation closes that loophole. Under the new law if an individual purposefully accesses a website, intending to view child pornography, he or she will be committing a class E felony.

As a result of this new law, child pornography can never be legally possessed in New York State.

September 7, 2012
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Back-to-School Reminder: No State Sales Tax on Clothing Purchases Up to $110

Believe it or not, it’s back-to-school time again!

Preparing our kids for a new school year can be a fun and exciting time, but with so many families feeling an economic crunch these days, it can be a stressful time as well.

That’s why I wanted to remind you of some good news that is sure to help your back-to-school budget. Shoppers will not pay state sales tax on clothing purchases up to $110.

Clothing purchases can be a big part of a family budget, and I was pleased to support this tax cut to help hardworking New Yorkers keep more money in their pockets. Repealing the sales tax on clothing is projected to save a typical family of four nearly $200 a year.

Think of it as the 4 percent off sale that never ends.

August 29, 2012
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SENATOR GOLDEN SECURES IMPROVEMENTS TO BAY RIDGE AVENUE TRAIN STATION

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today announced that the New York City Transit Authority has responded to his request to make improvements to the Bay Ridge Avenue train station along the R Line. In a recent letter sent to the Transit Authority, Senator Golden highlighted some of the concerns of commuters who utilize the subway station on a regular basis.

 

August 28, 2012
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SENATOR GOLDEN: PAROLE BOARD NEEDS TO KEEP COP-KILLER BEHIND BARS

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) is today calling upon the New York State Parole Board to deny parole for those convicted in the 1988 murder of New York City Police Officer Edward Byrne when the felons appear before the Board this Fall.

Senator Golden stated, “No one who kills a police officer should ever be able to walk freely amongst us in society again, and those who killed Officer Byrne should never be granted parole. These four thugs committed an extreme act of hatred and evil on our City streets, and at the October parole hearing, we must make sure that they are continued to be held accountable for these actions and denied parole.”

August 27, 2012
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SENATOR GOLDEN PLANS ANNUAL MEMORIAL CEREMONIES TO COMMEMORATE THE ELEVENTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ATTACKS OF SEPTEMBER 11TH 2001

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) will host his annual September 11th Memorials to commemorate the eleventh anniversary of the tragedy of September 11, 2001, on Tuesday, September 11, 2012.

 

Senator Golden will host a memorial in Marine Park, at Fillmore Avenue and Marine Parkway, at 6:00 p.m., and Senator Golden is inviting residents to attend the memorial he is planning on the American Veterans Memorial Pier, at Shore Road and Bay Ridge Avenue, at 7:30 p.m.

 

August 23, 2012
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SENATOR GOLDEN: GET COMMUNITY GUNS OFF NEW YORK STREETS

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) is announcing that he has introduced legislation, S. 7839, that seeks to enhance the public safety of all New Yorkers, by increasing penalties for the sharing, availability, sale, exchange, giving or disposal of a “community gun” so to be used to commit crimes and intimidate others.

The bill would provide prosecutors greater ability to attach criminal liability to all those responsible for sharing or making available a community gun and prosecute acts as a Class D Felony. The legislation would make the unlawful sale or transfer of a firearm, that intentionally causes the death of another person, within a three year period, a Class B Felony.

August 20, 2012
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SENATOR GOLDEN SPONSORED LEGISLATION TO PROTECT CITY WORKERS SIGNED INTO LAW TODAY BY GOVERNOR CUOMO

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), the Chairman of the State Senate Civil Service and Pensions Committee, today is announcing that Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law two bills he introduced, S. 3809A, and S. 7720, that creates better protections for City sanitation workers and social service workers.

S. 3809A would make it a Class D felony to assault a New York City sanitation worker while they are on the job performing their duties.

August 17, 2012
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SENATOR GOLDEN'S INTERCITY BUS BILL BECOMES LAW

S4313B creates safe stops for Interstate bus carriers, requires companies to receive permits from the City to obtain bus stop privileges

Brooklyn, NY - Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I) is announcing that legislation he sponsored, S4313B, that was introduced over a year ago, has been signed by Governor Cuomo and made law. The legislation requires Interstate bus carriers to obtain permits from the City in order to obtain a location where they can legally and safely load and unload passengers. The permitting process will now enable New York City to assure that all interstate buses are insured and meeting required safety standards, thus making our streets safer for all.

 

August 17, 2012
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Unclaimed Funds in New York State

I wanted to inform you about a new law I supported to protect you from being charged to retrieve your unclaimed funds.

Unclaimed funds are funds such as un-cashed checks, old bank accounts, wages, utility deposits, and stocks and dividends that people have forgotten or left dormant. State law requires banks, utilities, and many other businesses and companies to turn over these inactive accounts to the State Comptroller’s Office, which holds the funds in trust until they can be reclaimed by their rightful owner.

You can search and apply for unclaimed funds for free through the State Comptroller’s Office. However, many residents aren’t aware and are paying companies to search and retrieve these funds -- something they can do on their own at no cost.

August 16, 2012
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SENATOR GOLDEN: "STILL TIME TO CATCH A GREAT SHOW THIS SUMMER IN THE PARK"

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), with the South West Brooklyn Parks Task Force, today is reminding local residents that there is still time to see a great concert in the park this summer, and is highlighting his planned "Family Day" event.

The concerts continue tomorrow night, Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. as Risky Business, plays all of the favorite oldies at 79th Street and Shore Road. This Wednesday, August 15th, “Out of the Blue” will entertain the crowd in Marine Park, at Fillmore Avenue, with the classic rock and dance music.

August 15, 2012
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SENATOR GOLDEN URGES BROOKLYN RESIDENTS TO COOL OFF AT 4th ANNUAL ICE CREAM EATING CONTEST

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) and Maria “The Ice Cream Girl” Campanella, are inviting local residents to participate and cool off at the 4th Annual Ice Cream Eating Contest this Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. at L & B Spumoni Gardens, located at 2725-86th Street in Brooklyn.

Senator Marty Golden stated, “Who doesn’t love ice cream and who doesn’t love Spumoni Gardens? I look forward to the competition Sunday of the contestants vying to win the 4th Annual Ice Cream Eating Contest. What a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon and take a break from the summer heat. And if you don’t want to compete, be there to watch the contest.”

August 15, 2012
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Update from the 68th Precinct Community Council

Captain DiBlasio has asked that we distribute the attached sketch of an individual wanted in connection with the recent deaths of Mohammed Gebeli, a merchant owner from 5th Avenue in the 68 precinct, and Isaac Kadare, a merchant owner from 86 street in the 62 precinct. The ballistic evidence recovered from both crime scenes match. Both victims were senselessly killed and the NYPD is utilizing a great number of resources to investigate, identify, and apprehend those who are responsible for these pointless crimes.

 

Captain DiBlasio would also like to let you know that there will be an increased presence of police officers in the 68 precinct from different commands.

 

August 6, 2012
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Senator Golden Continues to Ask Community for Help to Solve Two Murders of Brooklyn Business Owners

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is again urging neighborhood residents to contact the authorities with information that can help solve the two recent murders of Brooklyn business owners Mohammed Gebeli and Isaac Kadare. Senator Golden is offering a $5000 reward in each case.

August 4, 2012
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SENATOR GOLDEN OFFERS $5000 REWARD TO HELP SOLVE THE MURDER OF BENSONHURST BUSINESS OWNER ISAAC KADARE

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) is announcing that he is offering a $5000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction in the murder of Bensonhurst business owner Isaac Kadare, found murdered last night in his 86th Street store.

 

Senator Golden’s reward adds to the $5000 offered by Councilman David Greenfield and the Sephardic Community Federation, bringing the total reward to $10,000.

 

August 3, 2012
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SENATOR GOLDEN CONTINUES EFFORTS TO HELP SOLVE LOCAL MURDER

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today hosted a press conference outside Valentino Fashion, located at 7718-5th Avenue, so to continue to bring awareness and ask for the public's help and to solve the murder of Mohammed Gebeli who was killed on July 6th.

Senator Golden was joined at the press conference by members of the Gebeli Family and by 5th Avenue business leader Habib Joudeh. Both have contributed $5000 to fund a reward in the amount of $10,000 posted for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killer.

July 27, 2012
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SENATOR GOLDEN ANNOUNCES CITY TO TAKE ACTION ON ABANDONED BROOKLYN HOME

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) is proud to announce that after efforts spanning many years, a demolition order has been issued by the New York City Department of Buildings, and coordinated efforts are underway with the New York City Department of Housing, Preservation and Development, to take down to ground level, a dilapidated home at 237-79th Street in Brooklyn.

 

The most recent inspection found unsafe conditions present with the home’s structure and the City’s action is expected within the next two weeks.

 

July 26, 2012
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GOVERNOR CUOMO SIGNS LEGISLATION TO CONTINUE STATE'S EFFORTS TO HELP RETURNING VETERANS FIND EMPLOYMENT

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation that will continue the state's efforts to assist returning service men and women in finding employment.

The new law requires the establishment of an employment portal on the Division of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) website that will include links to appropriate federal and state governmental programs that assist veterans in obtaining employment.

July 25, 2012
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SENATOR GOLDEN ANNOUNCES NEW LAW TO HELP INCREASE EARLY DETECTION OF BREAST CANCER

Brooklyn - New York State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) is announcing that legislation he supported to improve early breast cancer detection has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The new law, S 6769B, will increase women’s awareness of the presence of dense breast tissue found during a mammography exam. Dense breast tissue can make it more difficult to detect tumors.

July 25, 2012
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SENATOR GOLDEN STATEMENT ON NEW STATE LAW TO SUPPORT THE FILM AND TELEVISION INDUSTRY

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), today has issued the following statement regarding legislation signed into law today by Governor Andrew Cuomo that supports the New York’s film production industry by increasing the post-production tax credit from 10 percent to 30 percent has issued the following statement:

“I thank Governor Cuomo for signing into law legislation that further demonstrates New York’s commitment to the film and movie industry. Today, the Empire State continues to offer significant incentives to film and produce movies and television programs here in New York.

July 24, 2012
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