Notification issued 1/25/15 at 6:33 AM. This is a correction to the previously issued Winter Storm Warning. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch citywide from Monday, 1/26 at 1:00 PM to Wednesday, 1/28 at 12:00 AM. Snow accumulations of 10-14 inches are possible. Visibilities are expected to be approximately one quarter mile or less at times. For updates please visit: http://www.weather.gov/nyc.
"The Metropolitan Transit Authority has once again misstepped in approving a plan that digs deeper into the pockets of straphangers and motorists. I am greatly disappointed by the MTA Board’s vote to increase the base fare for those who travel our subways, buses and bridges. As I said when I spoke at the Brooklyn MTA fare hearing, we are again being asked to pay more to travel throughout our City. I encourage transit riders to strongly look into the bonus and discount plans that are available so that they can get more, dollar for dollar, in transportation services.
Albany – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today has issued the following statement in response to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State Address and Budget Presentation:
“As the budget process begins, I look forward to making paramount the needs of my district and adopt sound fiscal policies to insure a balanced and on-time budget. The Governor has outlined his vision for New York, and now the negotiations begin in earnest.
The New York State Senate today passed legislation that helps give parents more choice in the education of their child. The Education Investment Tax Credit (S1976), sponsored by Senators Martin Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) and Simcha Felder (D, Brooklyn), creates new tax incentives for contributing to a child’s education, encourages investment in schools, and provides parents with more options in finding educational opportunities.
Brooklyn - State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is announcing that he has introduced the New York State Criminal Street Gang Act, major legislation that targets criminal street gangs and their activities in this State.
The bill has two major focuses — criminalizing the activity of street gangs in a significant and comprehensive way, coupled with a major effort to educate youths and prevent the growth of the gangs through anti-gang training and curriculums and activities in schools and funding for not for profit agencies that work with at-risk youths.
The District Office of Community Board Ten has been notified that on January 30, 2015 from 9am to 4pm - 77th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues will be closed to vehicular traffic due to a crane operation at 574 77th Street between 5th and 6th Avenue. Companion DOB permit was approved to replace 6 cell tower antennae on roof.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), the Chair of the State Senate Select Committee Science, Technology, Incubation, and Entrepreneurship, today is announcing that he has been working with the internet industry and others to develop comprehensive legislation that will protect the online privacy and promote the internet safety of businesses and individuals.
Brooklyn- State Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is announcing that he will again host the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, offering free tax preparation services to residents making less than $30,000 annually.
Appointments will be available at his district office located at 7408 5th Avenue, on Sundays and Mondays, from February 15th through April 13th. Sunday appointments will be scheduled from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Monday appointments will be scheduled in the evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Please be advised, beginning at 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 15, the left lane on the westbound, and the left lane on the eastbound Belt Parkway at Bay Ridge Avenue (Exit 1) will be closed. Starting at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, the full westbound roadway will be closed intermittently, as needed for installation of concrete deck beams within the center portion (current work zone) of the bridge. Full closures will last up to 15 minutes each; each closure will not begin until the queue from the prior closure has dissipated. All travel lanes will re-open to traffic on Friday, January 16, at 5:00 a.m.
ALBANY – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today joined his colleagues in the New York State Senate in voting to support the Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act (S.7), that toughens penalties against those who buy and sell young women, men, and children and reduces the stigma defendants may face when they are victims of the massive $32 billion sex trafficking industry.
Hearings Will Focus on Serious Safety Concerns Raised By the Shooting Deaths of Two New York City Police Officers
The New York State Senate will hold a series of public hearings convened by four Senate committees starting in early January to examine police safety and public protection in New York City and throughout the state. The hearings will review serious safety concerns raised by the shooting deaths of two NYPD Officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, in addition to other recent attacks and hostility directed at law enforcement.
As we rapidly approach the New Year, I just wanted to touch base to let you know that a number of new laws will be taking effect on January 1, 2015. These include:
Hire a Veteran Tax Credit – Starting next year, businesses can receive a tax credit for hiring and employing a qualified veteran. The credit is equal to 10 percent of the total amount of wages paid to the qualified veteran during their first full year of employment. If the veteran is disabled, the credit amount is increased to 15 percent. The credit is capped at $5,000 per veteran or $15,000 per disabled veteran. Any unused credit may be carried forward to the following three years.
Today two members of the NYPD were brutally killed in an apparent execution in Brooklyn. My thoughts and prayers go out to their families and all members of the department trying to keep our city safe.
Its unfortunate that our city has back tracked on 40 years of police relations.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) will join the parents, friends and supporters of Pietro Joseph Scarso, a local 5 year old boy fighting Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, at a press event tomorrow, Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. to mark the fundraising and public awareness campaign, “PJ’s for PJ”.
The press availability will take place at Pietro’s school, Stepping Stones – The Next Step, located at 9321 Ridge Boulevard in Brooklyn. All of the students will be dressed in their pajamas and have made a donation to Pietro’s Fight.
25 schools in total are participating in this community wide pajama party and fundraiser tomorrow.
Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), Member of the MTA Capital Review Board, released the following testimony given to the MTA at their hearing in Brooklyn regarding the proposed fare hikes:
Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) has issued the following statement following his learning that the Federal Emergency Management Agency may not necessarily take into account coastal protections like dunes and sea walls when calculating flood insurance costs for residents:
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), today is commending Governor Andrew M. Cuomo for ensuring New York State’s commitment to those who have fallen ill in the wake of the recovery efforts at Ground Zero, and signing S7628-A/A9562-A into law.