Senator Martin Golden (R,C,I-Brooklyn) and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C-Brooklyn, Staten Island) recently joined the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association at Ground Zero calling for immediate action regarding the reconstruction of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in lower Manhattan. The pair urged the Port Authority, Governor Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to make the issue a top priority as St. Nicholas was the only house of worship to be destroyed in the horrific attacks on September 11, 2001.
Albany – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) and Assemblyman Alec Brook Krasny (D-Brooklyn) are announcing legislation passed by both houses of the New York State Legislature, S. 4269-A/A.6037-A, that amends the public health law to prohibit the sale of hookahs, water pipes and shisha to minors. The lawmakers introduced this legislation in response to concerns from parents of their Brooklyn districts.
The bill, which will now be sent to Governor Andrew Cuomo for his consideration to become New York State Law, would prohibit the sale of tobacco products, herbal cigarettes, shishas, rolling paper or smoking paraphernalia to those 18 and younger.
Brooklyn- State Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is announcing the 4th Annual Greater Bay Ridge 4th of July Picnic to be held on Monday, July 4, 2011, from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the park field located at 82nd Street and Shore Road.
The event will feature performances by seven live bands including: Frankie Marra & His Band, Out Of The Blue, The Ridge, The High Tides, Blues Circus, Windsor Terrors and The Groove. The event will also feature rides, face painters, games sprinklers for the children as well as raffle prizes.
Senate Votes Unanimously To Secure Transit Funds For Transit Riders
New York - In a major victory for New York’s transit riders, the State Senate voted unanimously yesterday to put a stop to continued raids on dedicated funding for public transit by passing the Transit Funding Lockbox Act. The Transit Funding Lockbox Act (S4257) aims to prevent public transit fare hikes and service cuts. The Assembly version of the bill (A6766), sponsored by James Brennan (D-Park Slope), is now in the hands of Assembly Member Denny Farrell and Speaker Sheldon Silver. With few hours remaining in the current session, and a capital plan $10 billion short, advocates for the plan remain hopeful.
Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, 22nd District), this week welcomed the 2011 “State Senator for a Day” contest winner, St. Anselm’s Roman Catholic School 7th Grade student Samantha Najjar, to the State Capitol in Albany. Senator Golden invites the contest winner to visit him in Albany.
Samantha Najjar was selected as the winner of the 2011 Senator For A Day essay contest from more than 30 students who presented their essays before a panel of judges at a ceremony held in May at Public School 204. In her essay, she focused on quality of life such as parking problems in the area, a shortage of both gas stations and grocery stores, as well as the need to help businesses on our local streets through tax incentives.
Albany- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, 22nd District) issued the following statement regarding the passage of S5706-2011, a bill to authorize the City of New York to allow for a United Nations development district:
“I applaud my colleagues for taking this necessary action in order to continue to improve the economy of our great city. This project will spark our city with crucial economic activity, and the creation of much needed jobs. As well, we will bring additional tax revenue for our City and our State, helping to balance future budgets."
Albany- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) on Friday joined his colleagues in the New York State Senate in approving legislation S. 4005A, which he co-sponsored, to enable individuals with autism spectrum disorders to receive insurance coverage for screening, diagnosis and treatment. The bill would save tens of thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket expenses spent by families caring for individuals with autism and address insurance companies’ refusal to cover costs for autism treatments and therapies.
Autism Spectrum Disorders affect individuals of all ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic groups. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 1 in 110 children, including 1 in 70 boys, are currently affected with autism.
Albany- The New York State Senate, this week, passed additional restrictions for sex offenders to help protect children and families. The four bills strengthen the penalties for not registering as a sex offender or following other post-release conditions, expand the current registry to include certain criminals serving sentences after committing a sex offense as a result of mental disease or defect, and prevent sex offenders from preying upon mental health workers and patrons in library settings.
Albany- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) joined his colleagues in the New York State Senate yesterday in giving final legislative approval to two measures that offer additional buffers and restrictions for protests or demonstrations seeking to disrupt military funerals, burials or memorial services. The bills balance the constitutional right of free speech with the ability of families to respectfully mourn the individuals who gave their lives in service to our country.
System Would Help Find Missing and Vulnerable Adults
Albany - State Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), the former Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee, joined his colleagues in the New York State Senate in giving final passage of legislation that expands an existing alert system to help locate missing vulnerable adults. The “Gold Alert” bill (S.3293B), sponsored by Senator John A/ DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse), creates a system to help authorities get proper notifications, coordinate resources, and investigate incidents where individuals, such as those with illnesses or disabilities, go missing.
All Felony and Misdemeanor Convictions Would Require Submission of DNA Sample
Albany- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today joined colleagues in the New York State Senate to support passage of legislation, (S.5560) that significantly expands the ability of law enforcement to solve crimes by requiring those convicted of all felonies and misdemeanors to submit DNA samples. The measure, sponsored by Senator Stephen Saland (R-I-C, Poughkeepsie), is supported by the District Attorneys across the state, crime victims’ advocates and Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C, 22nd District), in conjunction with Brooklyn Workforce 1, is announcing an upcoming career fair for job seekers in Brooklyn. The fair will take place in Meletia Hall at St. Anselm School on Thursday, June 30, 2011, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Representatives from various companies and agencies, have been invited to discuss positions available in their organizations. Brooklyn Workforce 1 will also be available to discuss job prospects throughout Brooklyn. In addition, the Small Business Development Center will be in attendance to assist individuals interested in starting their own business and will have special information available for veterans seeking to become business owners.
Brooklyn- State Senator Marty Golden (R-C, Brooklyn), a member of the State Senate Committee on Homeland Security, Military and Veteran Affairs, this week named Corporal George Broadhead of the United States Marines to the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame.
Corporal Broadhead, of Gerritsen Beach, served during the Korean War. He was awarded the Silver Star Medal, the Purple Heart Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Naval Unit Citation, and campaign awards.
Head Over Heels, Alive N Kickin, and John Kuse & The Excellents Among the Headliners
Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, 22nd District), with the Community Emergency Response Team and the South West Brooklyn Parks Task Force, is announcing plans to host a series of fifteen summer concerts and events throughout July and August in local parks throughout his district.
“This community is home to some of the greatest parks in the City of New York,” said Senator Marty Golden, “I host these events so to give us a local opportunity to get out of the house and enjoy fun filled evenings of entertainment. A great lineup for sure, meaning great shows all summer long. So bring your chair and your blanket and head to the park-it’s show time.”
The New York State Senate today passed additional restrictions for sex offenders to help protect children and families. The four bills strengthen the penalties for not registering as a sex offender or following other post-release conditions, expand the current registry to include certain criminals serving sentences after committing a sex offense as a result of mental disease or defect, and prevent sex offenders from preying upon mental health workers and patrons in library settings.
Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today joined Michael McLeer and family members, at a press conference, at the corner of 92nd Street and Fort Hamilton Parkway in Brooklyn, asking for the public’s help in an effort to finally resolve the case that led to the death of Donna Blanchard and her daughter Michelle, 17 years ago.
Donna and Michelle were killed at this corner in a hit and run by a driver of a box truck on June 7, 1994. This week, marks the 17th Anniversary of their death. Donna was 43 years old and Michelle was 4 years old at the time of their death. Senator Golden, as a member of the New York City Council, renamed the street corner, Donna and Michelle Blanchard Plaza”, at 92nd Street and Fort Hamilton Parkway in their memory in 2001.
Expands District Attorneys’ Ability to Prosecute Medicaid Provider Waste and Abuse
ALBANY- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brookyln) joined the New York State Senate yesterday in voting to pass a bill that implements a recommendation of the Senate Republican Task Force on Medicaid Fraud and increases the prosecution of Medicaid waste and abuse while also bringing significant savings to the state and counties. Medicaid fraud is a significant cost to the state and this legislation (S.594), cosponsored by Senator Golden, helps increase cost recoveries by allowing the state’s Office of Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) to assist local district attorneys in prosecutions of Medicaid provider fraud.
Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden, (R-C-I, Brooklyn), last week spoke to members of the Transport Workers Union Local 100 at the Ulmer Park Bus Depot in Brooklyn, to discuss the fiscal impact of the Metropolitan Transit Authority budget on their union membership and on the City and regional transportation system. Senator Marty Golden is the State Senate’s representative to the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s Capital Review Board.
Senator Golden also spoke about legislation he has introduced in the State Senate, S.4257, which is known as the “transit lockbox bill”. The bill would prevent the “sweeping” of funds dedicated to transportation for other budgetary needs. Assemblyman James Brennan is the Assembly sponsor.
New York - State Senator Marty Golden attended and spoke before thousands of New York City firefighters Friday outside City Hall against the proposal to close twenty fire houses throughout the five boroughs. Senator Golden spoke of the danger that would exist for all New Yorkers and tourists if the plans to close firehouses is approved.
Senator Golden’s prepared remarks:
I am State Senator Marty Golden, representing Brooklyn’s 22nd Senate District, who is proud to stand here with you today to protest the closing of firehouses throughout our City.