Albany- State Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today joined his colleagues in the New York State Senate today in giving final legislative passage to the Iran Divestment Act, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos. The bill would prohibit companies that provide goods, services or credit worth $20 million or more to Iran's energy industry from entering into or renewing state and local government contracts.
Senator Golden stated, “The Senate’s swift action shows how important it is that we stand together to condemn tyrannical governments like Iran which sponsor terrorism, have attempted to acquire nuclear weapons and threaten U.S. allies like Israel, as Iran has repeatedly done.”
Brooklyn- State Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) has announced that he will provide free income tax preparation services, for the 15th consecutive year, to senior citizens and residents of his district earning less than $30,000.
Appointments will be available at his district office located at 7408-5th Avenue, on Thursdays and Saturdays from February 2nd through April 7th. Thursday appointments will be scheduled from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and appointments will be scheduled for Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) will introduce a New York State Senate Legislative Resolution tomorrow during session honoring the late Senator Christopher J. Mega, who died on Sunday, October 30, 2011. The resolution is expected to pass and members of the Mega family, including his wife Madelyn, will be in the Senate gallery.
Mega, who served as a State Senator, State Assemblyman, State Judge and long time civic leader, graduated from Fort Hamilton High School, studied at St. Francis College and attended Brooklyn Law School.
Today, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C-Brooklyn/Staten Island) and Senator Marty Golden (R,C,I-Brooklyn) joined with local pharmacists in hailing the passage of S3510B/A5502, which will prevent health insurers from mandating that customers purchase prescription drugs from mail-order pharmacies.
Mail-order pharmacies present many problems to consumers and local business owners alike, including issues of job loss, unreliable service, and the diversion of prescription drugs onto the streets.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today has issued the following statement in response to the safe sex web videos, created by Community Health Network, made possible by funding from the State Health Department:
“I believe that such an improper advertisement, paid for by the New York taxpayers, should be shown only in age appropriate high school classroom settings. The fact that this video is available for people of all ages to view on the internet is alarming.
In this day and age, it is dangerous to indirectly advocate for safe sex. This campaign has the potential to confuse our youth and encourage them to actually engage in unsafe sex.
Disappointed in Lack of Focus on Public Safety and Ridding System of Fraud and Abuse
Albany – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) has issued the following statement in response to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2012 State of State address delivered this afternoon in Empire State Plaza Convention Center:
“Governor Andrew Cuomo spoke of some of the success of the last legislative session while creating a bold vision for the New York of the future. I look forward to working with the Governor and my colleagues in the New York State Legislature to create jobs, pass an on-time budget that closes our deficit without raising taxes, attract business to our State, improve our public education system, and reduce state spending and state bureaucracy.
Brooklyn - State Senator Marty Golden is making additional comments on the arrest of a suspect in the sexual assault of a Brooklyn teenager:
Senator Golden stated, "We are learning frightening information this afternoon about the suspect arrested this morning in the sexual assault of a young Brooklyn boy that happened last Friday in Brooklyn. Reports are that the suspect was released on early on parole on Friday, December 16th, committed the crime on December 23rd, and now, less than two weeks later, is back in police custody. He had previously been charged with Burglary 3 and a Level 3 Sex Offense. The individual was residing at an unregistered address near both a park and a school while listing his address as the Bellevue Men's Shelter.
Renews Calls for Stronger Laws to Protect Children Against Sex Offenders
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), a former New York City Police Officer, has issued the following statement following the arrest of a suspect in the recent disturbing sexual assault which took place on the streets of Brooklyn:
Brooklyn – Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) sent a letter to School’s Chancellor Dennis Walcott on the ongoing issue of PS 331/IS 30, specifically addressing the issues of the proposed and then abandoned school laboratory and the inclusion of the current student body of IS 30 in the new location.
Senator Golden, calling on cooperation and compromise with the community and the Department of Education, stated “Our middle school students deserve the best, and by moving them from their current location (a former apartment building) and into a brand new facility, we can accomplish this.”
State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, 22nd District), Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-C, 60th District), and George Telmany of New York State Small Business Services, joined John Avelluto, owner of The Owls Head, at their grand opening on Tuesday, December 20th.
Senator Golden, a former small business owner and merchant leaders, welcomed John and his new business to the neighborhood. "It is great to see new businesses opening up in Bay Ridge. I am happy to see the New York State Small Business Services working here, as they were instrumental in making The Owls Head a reality. We must continue to look for ways to develop and support small business so to keep our neighborhood a great place to live, work and raise a family."
I thought to bring to your attention that two bills sponsored by Senator Marty Golden in the State Senate are among the highlights of the new state laws that will go into effect on January 1, 2012.
*A requirement that dental health facilities possess automatic external defibrillators on their premises (Chapter 65, L.2011, Sen. Golden).
*A ban on the sale of hookahs, water pipes, and shisha to minors (Chapter 131, L.2011, Sen. Golden). “Shisha” is any product made primarily of tobacco smoked or intended to be smoked in a hookah or water pipe.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today issued the following statement in response to the decision of the United States Postal Service:
"I believe that the United States Post Office is acting wisely in holding off on closing any post offices or postal stations until the United States Congress completely reviews the agency's operations.
There is no denying that the budget of the United States Postal Service must and should be reviewed, but it must be done in a way that will have the least impact on the customer. It would be wrong for them to make haphazard decisions so to reduce their deficit, such as closing post offices, which would have long term consequences for the average American.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), the former Chairman of the New York State Senate Aging Committee, today is applauding Governor Andrew Cuomo’s signing a bill, prohibiting health insurance companies from requiring prescriptions be filled by mail order pharmacies, into law.
Senator Golden, a co-sponsor of S. 3510-B, stated, “I applaud Governor Andrew Cuomo for signing into law a bill that allows consumer choice and protects the future of what we have come to know as our local drug store. I am proud to have supported this legislation in the State Senate and to have worked with local pharmacies to see this become law.
Brooklyn - State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) is announcing today that Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has signed the Middle Class Tax Cut and Job Creation Plan that will reduce taxes for millions of hardworking, middle-class taxpayers to their lowest levels in more than half a century. Senator Golden, last week, joined his colleagues in the New York State Senate in approving the comprehensive legislation that will help strengthen our economy and create new jobs by eliminating the job-killing MTA payroll tax for more than 78 percent of the small employers that pay the tax. The plan will provide a total of more than $3.3 billion in tax relief to individuals and businesses.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), a former New York City Police Officer, has issued the following statement in response to the murder of New York City Police Officer Peter Figoski:
“This morning I was informed of the brutal murder of Officer Peter Figoski. My deepest condolences go out to his family, and as a former member of the NYPD, I know too well the dangers every member of the force faces protecting our citizens and keeping New York safe.
Brooklyn – State Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today attended and participated in a meeting of the Bay Ridge Unity Task Force, Chaired by Pastor Khader El-Yateem of the Salam Arabic Lutheran Church, held at the Bay Ridge Jewish Center.
Senator Golden, a founding member of the Task Force established in October of 2000, was among the religious and community leaders in attendance, including Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, so to continue efforts to build a community of tolerance and peace.
New York – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), a former Chairman of the State Senate Aging Committee, issued this statement through a representative, at a press conference today hosted by the Council of Senior Centers and Services calling on Governor Cuomo to preserve Title XX Funding in next year’s State budget so to keep more than 100 senior centers open in New York City:
“Senator Golden joins you in sending a message to Governor Andrew Cuomo asking him to not propose cuts to Title XX funding in next year’s New York State budget. Our message today is that these budget reductions unfairly target New York's senior population and New Yorkers will not accept this.