Monday, April 2, 2012 is the fifth annual World Autism Awareness Day.
And the entire month of April is "Autism Spectrum Disorder Awareness Month" in New York State.
These important dates provide us with a very special opportunity to continue our efforts to enhance public awareness about autism, and to work together to ensure that families and individuals have the support they need to overcome the serious challenges that autism can present.
Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is reminding New Yorkers of two tax cuts recently approved by the New York State Legislature that are scheduled to take effect this Sunday, April 1st, including the elimination of the 4% State portion of the sales tax, and the repeal of the MTA Payroll Tax.
As of April 1st, all clothing and footwear sold for less than $110 per item (or per pair of footwear) will now exempt from the State and City sales tax combined 8.875% sales tax. Additionally, most fabric, thread, yarn, buttons, snaps, hooks, zippers and similar items that are used to make or repair exempt clothing will also be eligible for the exemption. The exemption from the state sales tax will be in effect year round.
2012-13 State Budget Reduces Spending, Does Not Raise Taxes, Creates Jobs
For the second consecutive year, the New York State Senate has completed an early passage of the state budget. The 2012-13 state budget achieves the Senate Republicans’ goals of reducing state spending, not raising taxes and creating new private sector jobs. The new state fiscal year begins April 1st.
Albany- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) has issued the following statement on the approval of S. 6257-E, the education, labor and family assistance budget bill, that restores school bus transportation to students who remain at school until 5pm or later:
“I am proud to have made a major effort to see that in this year’s New York State budget, after 5pm school bus service has been restored. This is great news for education, for our students and for our families. We must provide nothing less than a safe means for students to travel home who stay at school late for classes and extracurricular activities.”
Senator Golden yesterday announced a legislative agreement that restored school bus service for New York City’s 7th and 8th grade students.
Brooklyn- Community residents who have proven to be extraordinary community residents dedicated to special events, events and organizations, will be honored at the 2012 Volunteer Appreciation Night hosted by Senator Marty Golden on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Bay Ridge Manor, located at 476-76th Street.
More than 150 volunteers will be honored with New York State Senate Certificates honoring them for their efforts. Many of the volunteers have supported community events including the annual Easter Egg Hunts, the Halloween Walk, the 4th of July Picnic , the Christmas Tree Lightings and the Summer Concerts in the Parks.
Brooklyn- State Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), in conjunction with local community organizations, will host two Easter Egg Hunts this weekend.
An Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for Saturday, March 31, 2012, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., at Dyker Park located at 13th Avenue and 86th Street. The event is being co-sponsored by Congressman Michael Grimm, the 13th Avenue Merchants and the Dyker Heights Civic Association.
An Easter Egg Hunt is also scheduled for Sunday, April 1, 2012, 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. in Marine Park, entrance at Fillmore Avenue and Madison Place
The Easter Egg hunt events include games, music, activities and prizes for the children.
Members of the media are invited and welcome to attend.
Albany- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is announcing the passage of legislation (S. 6027-B/A8683-B), which he co-sponsored, that would allow the City of New York to restore the yellow school bus service to 7th and 8th grade school children. The bill was approved today by both the State Senate and the State Assembly.
Senator Golden stated, “The passage of this bill is a tremendous victory for all school children, families and educators, of the City of New York. We have changed the law to make it again possible for 7th and 8th grade students to travel by school bus to and from school. This was an important thing to do to support our families and to ensure the safety of our students.”
The New York State Senate today passed legislation that gives judges the ability to consider well-established risk factors in determining bail or recognizance in domestic violence cases so that a victim and their family can be further protected from an assailant.
The bill (S.1414A), sponsored by Senator Stephen Saland (R-I-C, Poughkeepsie), would allow the history of violence or threats of violence, prior orders of protection, and the accused’s access to guns to be considered by a judge, potentially affecting their release conditions and sparing many victims and their children additional harm or even death.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today has issued the following statement regarding parking signs in front of Goustaro’s located at 9226-4th Avenue which has sparked local community outrage over a loss of parking spaces:
“I have confirmed this morning with the Department of Transportation that by tomorrow, the No Standing parking signs in front of Goustaro’s will be removed. Since the store opened and the signs were put in place, my office has worked with the Department of Transportation to address the concerns of the residents and area customers, to have these signs removed.
Albany– Senator Martin J. Golden (R,C,I-Brooklyn) today is announcing that he is seeking nominations from local residents of veterans whose service on behalf of our nation designates them as an inductee of the New York State Veteran’s Hall of Fame
Senator Marty Golden stated, “The Senate takes this opportunity to honor the brave men and women who serve our nation and protect our freedom as members of the military. The Senate Veteran’s Hall of Fame pays tribute to all who serve, but also singles out for special recognition those whose sacrifices and service have helped make our nation and our community better places to live.”
Senator Martin Golden (R,C,I-Brooklyn) and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C-Brooklyn/Staten Island) today were joined by local veterans outside the Ft. Hamilton Army base in Brooklyn advocating for the passage of Assembly bill A9228. At the press conference, Senator Golden announced he will be introducing the same legislation, known as the “Veteran Owned Business Enterprise Act” in the State Senate.
The legislation would provide the more than 120,863 disabled in New York, with the same benefits awarded through the women and minority-owned business program. The lawmakers stated that, given the program’s success and effectiveness for its current enrollees, such advantages would benefit our nation’s wounded heroes.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is offering a $1000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the persons involved in the desecration of religious statues at Brooklyn’s Visitation Academy.
Senator Golden stated, “Acts of religious desecration and intolerance have no place within our society, and no one, no matter what faith you follow, approves of such hate. Today, I join with the community in our continued efforts to see justice served in this case and that is why I am posting a $1000 reward for any information that could lead to an arrest.”
Brooklyn- State Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), in conjunction with local community organizations, is announcing plans to host two Easter Egg Hunts this year, and is inviting all community children and local families to participate. In announcing the events, Senator Golden is asking “How many Easter eggs can you find?”. The Easter Egg hunt events include games, music, activities and prizes for the children.
The Easter Egg Hunts are scheduled for:
Saturday, March 31, 2012, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Dyker Park- 13th Avenue and 86th Street
The event is being co-sponsored by Congressman Michael Grimm, the 13th Avenue Merchants and the Dyker Heights Civic Association.
The New York State Senate today passed three bills to combat auto insurance fraud, which costs New Yorkers more than $1 billion a year, as well as legislation that would impose stronger criminal penalties for staging auto accidents. Recent cases of auto insurance fraud have uncovered massive crime rings, including doctors, lawyers and scam artists who staged accidents and used New York's no-fault insurance program as their own giant state-sponsored, ATM machine.
Senator Martin Golden (R,C,I-Brooklyn) and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C-Brooklyn/Staten Island) will be joined by local veterans at a press conference to promote legislation that seeks to provide veterans with the same benefits awarded through the women and minority-owned business program. The event will be held outside the gates of the Fort Hamilton Army Base on 101st Street and Ft. Hamilton Parkway at 2:30 p.m on Friday, March 23, 2012.
WHO: Senator Martin Golden
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis
WHAT: Press conference to promote legislation that seeks to provide veterans with the same benefits awarded through the women and minority-owned business program
The New York State Senate today passed two bills, sponsored by Senator Martin Golden (R-C, Brooklyn), to combat gun crimes and enhance penalties for gun crimes that endanger children.
“As a former New York City police officer, I have seen first-hand the fear and devastation caused by criminals with guns,” Senator Golden said. “People who use force to terrorize and prey upon others must be punished to the fullest extent of the law. The bills I am proposing would make our laws strong enough to make use of a firearm in the commission of a crime unthinkable.”
Brooklyn- Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today invited 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 15th Albany ceremony, where each honoree’s photograph and biography will become part of a special exhibit proclaiming the contributions of these exemplary New York woman.
SENATE, ASSEMBLY & GOVERNOR JOIN FORCES TO EXPAND DNA DATABANK
All-Crimes DNA Law a Powerful Crimefighting Tool To Help Protect New Yorkers
Albany – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today announced that the State Senate has voted to approve legislation that will implement the largest expansion of the State’s DNA databank since it was first created in 1994.
The databank expansion, which has been agreed to by Governor Andrew Cuomo and the State Assembly, will help close thousands of unsolved cases, bring justice to crime victims, and help prevent dangerous criminals from committing additional crimes.
Cites Assembly Inaction as a Failure for All New Yorkers
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, 22nd District) is announcing that legislation he co-sponsored, S. 1927 introduced by Senator James Alesi (R-C-I, 55th District), was approved by the New York State Senate today.
The bill would make it so that offenders who submit fraudulent information regarding his or her identity or residence when registering, or verifying, would be charged with a Class E Felony. Currently, Megan’s Law only provides a penalty for failure to register.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) has issued the following statement regarding arrests made by the 68th Precinct in connection with the recent tire slashings in the community:
“The 68th Precinct continues to make sure that we live in one of the safest communities in the City of New York, and those who proudly wear the uniform deserve to be thanked for this arrest. We will not tolerate acts that impede upon our quality of life such as tire slashings. To find your car with damaged tires is not only a personal nuisance and financial expense, but it causes concern for all residents on the blocks where it is happening.