Martin J. Golden's Press releases

SENATOR GOLDEN, DISTRICT ATTORNEY HYNES, 13TH AVENUE MERCHANTS & LUTHERAN MEDICAL CENTER REMIND PARENTS AND SENIORS THAT STORES ARE A ‘SAFE STOP’ IN TIMES OF CRISIS

Brooklyn, NY –Senator Martin J. Golden today joined Kings County District Attorney Hynes, The 13th Avenue Merchant Association, and representatives from Lutheran Medical Center, to announce the addition of 17 stores on 13th Avenue to the Safe Stop Program at Kaktus, a children’s clothing store, located at 7511 13th Avenue.

“Almost a decade ago, Safe Haven was a program that let the community know, in times of danger, that our local stores will provide a safe place to contact the authorities and seek asylum,” stated Senator Golden. “Today, we come together to announce Safe Stop, and continue that program. Safe Stop, spearheaded by District Attorney Hynes, gives a safe place for both seniors and students to go to when they are lost, hurt, or in danger.”

February 17, 2012
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SENATOR GOLDEN APPLAUDS UNITED STATES POST OFFICE DECISION TO KEEP OVINGTON STATION AND BRIGHTON BEACH POST OFFICE OPEN

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) has issued the following statement regarding the decision of United States Postal Service to remove both the Ovington Retail Station and the Brighton Beach Post Office from their closure list:

“It is such great news that the operations at the Ovington Retail Station Post Office, and the Brighton Beach Post Office, will not be shut down United States Post Office. I thank the Postmaster General for listening to the people and area officials, including myself, who asked that they keep these stations open so to continue to provide a high standard of customer service.

February 17, 2012
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STATE SENATOR MARTY GOLDEN TO SPONSOR RESOLUTION REMEMBERING METS LEGEND GARY CARTER AND CALLS FOR EMPIRE STATE BUILDING TO BE ADORNED IN METS COLORS

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is announcing plans to introduce a New York State Senate Resolution remembering New York Mets legend Gary “The Kid” Carter. Golden will honor the Mets great, #8, with official recognition when the Senate resumes session later this month.

Further, State Senator Marty Golden has requested that the Empire State Building be adorned in blue and orange to honor the memory of true New York hero.

February 17, 2012
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SENATOR GOLDEN LAUDS COURT RULING TO STOP EVICTION OF CHURCHES, PRAISES PROTECTION OF EQUALITY FOR ALL

Albany – After a court ruled today to stay the eviction of religious groups from public schools for ten days, Senator Golden (R,C,I-Brooklyn) issued the following statement:

“Today’s ruling is in line with the protections of freedom of religion, expression, and equality that is outlined in the Constitution. Religious organizations cannot and should not be discriminated against, as they deserve the same rights as all groups do.

February 16, 2012
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TEENAGE DRUG ABUSE AND BULLYING IN OUR SCHOOLS TO HIGHLIGHT TOWN HALL DISCUSSION

Brooklyn - State Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) will host a town hall meeting on teenage drug use and school bullying, on Wednesday, February 15, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. at I.S. 201 located at 8010-12th Avenue in Brooklyn.

Senator Golden will discuss legislative efforts to curb drug abuse and bullying in our schools, as well as moderate two panel discussions to address these topics, both followed by a question and answer period.

***Panel 1: Drug Use and Abuse Among New York’s Youth***

*Dr. Bradford Goff, Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Sciences at Lutheran Medical Center

*Joseph A. Piraino, Supervising Detective Investigator, Kings County DA’s Office

February 14, 2012
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GOLDEN: SENATE PASSES BILL PREVENTING CRIMINAL NAME CHANGE

Albany – The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S. 1746) introduced by Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), a former New York City Police Officer, that would prevent convicted felons currently confined as an inmate in any correctional facility, on parole, or on probation, from being able to legally change their name.

The legislation is a result of a 2000 civil rights law amendment that established a process for violent felons so to petition for a legal name change that includes crime victim and community notification. The process gives victims a chance to voice their opposition to such name changes.

February 13, 2012
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SENATE PASSES TOUGH SENTENCES FOR SEX OFFENDERS

Legislation Would Require Consecutive Sentences for Each Act of Rape

The New York State Senate today passed a bill, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, that would ensure significantly longer prison sentences for serial rapists.

 

Under current law, it is possible for a judge to issue concurrent sentences for multiple counts arising from separate and distinct acts of rape. The legislation (S.1826) would require consecutive prison sentences for each separate count of first degree rape when an individual is convicted of multiple counts.

February 13, 2012
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SENATOR GOLDEN AND ASSEMBLYWOMAN MALLIOTAKIS DINE ON MENU OF LOBSTER, CLAM CHOWDER AND BOSTON CREAM PIE COURTESY OF NEW YORK GIANTS SUPER BOWL WIN

Senator Martin Golden (R,C,I-Brooklyn) and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C-Brooklyn, Staten Island) this past Friday dined on a New England Feast.

 

The New York Legislators had made a friendly Super Bowl wager with Massachusetts State Representative F. Jay Barrows, from the 1st Bristol District, which includes Gillette Stadium, the Patriots home playing field in Foxborough.

 

As the New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots, Golden and Malliotakis received a New England style dinner for two, that included Two 1.25 lb-1.50 lb live Legal Lobsters, one quart of New England Clam Chowder, two individual Boston Cream Pies and oyster crackers.

 

February 13, 2012
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SENATOR GOLDEN: TIME FOR NEW YORK’S LICENSE PLATES TO NEVER LET US FORGET THE TRAGEDY OF SEPTEMBER 11TH

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today issued the following statement calling on the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles to permit the issuance of a license plate commemorating the World Trade Center attacks of September 11, 2001:

 

“As a former New York City Police Officer, and as one who saw firsthand my community effected like never before by a single event, it is incumbent upon the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles to issue a plate paying tribute to the tragic events of 9/11 so that we will never forget.

 

February 13, 2012
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Senator Golden asks you to consider nominating a youngster to be one of "Frankie's Heroes".

The Francesco Loccisano Memorial Foundation, (www.FrankiesMission.org), a non-profit serving pediatric cancer patients nationwide, will host an event to celebrate children and teens who demonstrate outstanding qualities and values toward bettering the lives of others and their community.

The inaugural ceremony will be held on Saturday, March 24th, and will take place at New York City Events-Dyker Beach Catering. The proceeds will benefit the Foundation’s mission of assisting the pediatric cancer community.

 

The Board of Directors of the Foundation, and event chairman, Richard Rizzuto, are encouraging the community to nominate children and teens who:

 

February 9, 2012
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SENATOR GOLDEN ASKS: “ARE YOUR KIDS SAFE?” ORGANIZES TOWN HALL ON TEENAGE DRUG ABUSE AND BULLYING

Brooklyn – Responding to recent reports of area teenagers falling ill and dying from an overdose of drugs, specifically “Oxycotton” (Oxycontin), State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) will host an important town hall meeting regarding teenage drug use and school bullying on Wednesday, February 15, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. at Dyker Heights Intermediate School located at 8010-12th Avenue in Brooklyn.

February 8, 2012
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SENATOR MARTY GOLDEN MEETS WITH COMMUNITY LEADERS AT THE ARAB AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF NEW YORK

Brooklyn- State Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) recently met with leaders of the Yemeni American Association of Bay Ridge, the Beit Al Maqdis Islamic Center, the Moroccan American House Association, the World Lebanese Cultural Union, the Egyptian American Community Foundation, the Arab American Association of New York and local business leaders to provide an update on his workings within the State Senate and the community, and discuss areas of concerns. He has issued this statement:

February 7, 2012
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A potentially lifesaving message - Give Blood

The American Red Cross needs to collect 22,000 units of blood each weekday and around 15,000 units each weekend to meet patient needs. In fact, someone needs blood every two seconds, every day, 365 days a year.

For a list of upcoming blood drives, or for a donation facility near you, click below for the Red Cross website. Just type in your zip code on the right hand side and it will give you locations in your area: http://www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood

Your blood donation could potentially save someone’s life… and it’s a truly great way to show that you’ve got a big heart!

February 7, 2012
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NEW YORK STATE CELEBRATES GIANTS' SUPER BOWL VICTORY WITH CHAMPIONSHIP LICENSE PLATE

Super Bowl XLVI Plate Commemorates Victory

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a New York Giants Super Bowl XLVI victory license plate to honor the championship team.

The plate, available for both passenger and commercial vehicles registered in New York, features the NFL Giants' Big Blue NY logo with the words "Super Bowl XLVI Champions" as well as the official Super Bowl XLVI logo. An image of the custom license plate is available at: http://www.governor.ny.gov/assets/GiantsSBXLVIb.jpg

February 7, 2012
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SENATOR GOLDEN VOTES TO APPROVE A PACKAGE OF SCHOOL BUS BILLS

Albany - State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) yesterday joined the New York State Senate in passing a series school bus bills that will ensure child safety and enhanced communication.

Senator Golden stated, "As a former New York City Police Officer, I am proud to have voted to approve legislation which passed the State Senate that will improve school bus safety in New York. It is not only important that we provide the children of our City and State the opportunity to excel in school, but we must guarantee that they get to and from school safely. I encourage my colleagues in the Assembly to approve these bills so that we can ask Governor Cuomo to sign them into law this year."

February 7, 2012
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GOLDEN: STATE SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION ALLOWING USE OF SCHOOLS FOR WORSHIP

Albany, NY – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) is announcing that legislation he sponsored, S. 6087A, which allows religious institutions to use public school buildings for worship services during non-school hours, has passed the New York State Senate.

Senator Golden stated, “The New York State Senate has today approved an important piece of legislation on behalf of thousands of people of faith who call New York City home. My colleagues and I who supported this bill have taken a stand to protect the First Amendment rights of those who wish to embrace one of our Nation’s founding principles, that of the freedom of religion.”

February 6, 2012
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NEW YORK GIANTS WIN: GOLDEN AND MALLIOTAKIS WIN NEW ENGLAND LOBSTERS, CLAM CHOWDER AND BOSTON CREAM PIE

Senator Martin Golden (R,C,I-Brooklyn) and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C-Brooklyn, Staten Island) this morning, like the Super Bowl Champion New York Giants, are waking up winners.

 

The New York Legislators, who watched the game together among family and friends, last week made a friendly Super Bowl wager with Massachusetts State Representative F. Jay Barrows.

 

February 6, 2012
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SENATOR GOLDEN WARNS OF SCAM NEW YORK STATE LOTTERY SCAM

Brooklyn- State Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) is warning local residents of a lottery scam brought to the attention of the public by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, involving mail containing fraudulent checks that appear to have been issued by New York State.

 

Senator Golden stated, "I am bringing to the attention of local residents a warning issued by State Comptroller DiNapoli so to make people aware and to put them on alert. Some scams look so real that you would never suspect any wrongdoing and it appears that be the case here.

 

February 6, 2012
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GOLDEN, MALLIOTAKIS, CAPPELLI CALL FOR WAIVER ON MTA BOND FEES

Legislators, board member object to budget crunch

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R,C,I –Brooklyn), Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C-Brooklyn, Staten Island) and Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) board member Allen Cappelli are calling for an end to a costly penalty levied against the MTA.

Under current state law, the MTA is forced to pay the state Division of Budget a fee for borrowing money from private investors. These fees have amounted to over $100 million since 2006, as the MTA has resorted to fare hikes, service cuts and further borrowing to fund their operations. The MTA estimates it will have to pay the State of New York another $76 million in bond fees this year.

February 2, 2012
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SENATOR GOLDEN COMMENTS ON BOROUGH PRESIDENT MARKOWITZ’S CALL FOR FERRY SERVICE IN BROOKLYN

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) has issued the following statement following the State of the Borough Address delivered by Brooklyn Borough President Markowitz last evening:

“As a long time advocate for waterborne transportation, I commend Borough President Marty Markowitz for announcing that among his priorities is that which seeks to bring ferry service to Brooklyn. I am especially looking forward to working with him and the City to get the boats in the water from Manhattan to the 69th Street Pier and Sheepshead Bay.

February 2, 2012
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