State Senator Marty Golden (R, C, I - Brooklyn) and Assemblywoman-elect Nicole Malliotakis (R, C - Staten Island/Bay Ridge) today celebrated the holiday season with children from Lutheran Medical Center's Magical Years Early Childhood Center. The two legislators donated bins full of toys from their holiday toy drive. The toys were donated by members of the Bay Ridge Center for Older Adults and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church.
"I was overwhelmed by the amount of toys donated. The bins were literally overflowing with gifts," said Malliotakis. "This is yet another example of the generosity that makes me so proud to be a part of this community. I am pleased to work with Senator Golden and our community organizations to make this is a special holiday for Brooklyn's children."
Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C, 22nd District) today is announcing that the New York City Department of Transportation has approved his request to install a traffic light at a busy intersection at the corner of the block of Fontbonne Hall Academy.
The Department of Transportation has approved a traffic signal to be installed at the intersection of 99th Street and Shore Road by March 31, 2011.
Senator Marty Golden stated, “This corner has long been one where a traffic light has been requested by the parents, administration and students of Fontbonne Hall Academy.
Brooklyn- State Senator Marty Golden, in partnership with the South West Brooklyn Parks Task Force, hosted a Christmas Tree lighting last evening in McKinley Park to bring out the holiday spirit at this time of year.
Senator Golden stated, "During the Christmas season, and all year, residents of our community should join together in the Christmas spirit and exhibit good will to serve the most needy." The Christmas Tree lighting featured Christmas caroling, hot chocolate and a special visit from Santa Claus.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) is strongly criticizing Governor Paterson today for refusing to provide any real leadership in an effort to reopen New York City Off- Track Betting, get OTB employees back to work, and develop a long term solution to help OTB and the racing industry statewide.
In response to the Governor’s paralysis, Senator Golden highlighted existing state authority that would allow profitable New York City OTB parlors to re-open as soon as tomorrow and rehire displaced workers.
With November’s elections behind us, we finally have an opportunity to look past partisan politics and look toward solving, the many on-going problems facing our great state.
For the last four years, fiscal responsibility has been a catch phrase, thrown around during those months leading up to elections, and then no follow up after. This disregard for what must be done in order to ensure the solvency of our state, has left us with the following: an unemployment rate of 10%, a state pension fund in crisis, and a projected state budget deficit of 9.2 Billion Dollars.
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 United States Senate’s failure today to pass the 9/11 James Zadroga Health and Compensation Act. Senator Golden had recently started an online petition urging the U.S. Senate to approve this measure.
“Members of the United States Senate have failed all Americans today by voting against the September 11th James Zadroga Health and Compensation Act. Most importantly, the United States Senate has ignored the heroes who responded to America’s emergency call on the morning of September 11, 2001.
State Senator Marty Golden and Assemblywoman-elect Nicole Malliotakis are extremely pleased with the On-The-Job Training program being offered by the New York State Department of Labor extending grants to businesses that hire and train new employees. The program covers 30 percent of the employee’s salary while they are undergoing training, and up to 50 percent of that cost if the new hire has been unemployed over a long period of time.
Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C, 22nd District) is today announcing that the Metropolitan Transit Authority has scheduled a visit of the Metro Card Bus to his Bay Ridge District Office, 7408-5th Avenue, on Monday, December 6, 2010 from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
The Metro Card Bus will enable the local residents to take care of all their Metro Card business at the Metro Card Bus, whether it's applying for or refilling a Reduced-Fare Metro Card, buying or refilling a regular Metro Card, or asking a MetroCard-related question. Senator Golden assures residents that they will receive prompt and attentive service.
For more information, please contact Senator Golden’s community office at (718) 238-6044
Waiver Issued, Black to Serve as Next City Schools Chancellor
Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) has issued the following statement following State Education Commissioner David Steiner’s issuance of a waiver allowing Cathie Black to serve as the next New York City public schools chancellor:
“On behalf of the students, families, teachers and administrators of New York City, I commend Commissioner David Steiner for granting Cathie Black a waiver and for recognizing her ability to lead New York’s public schools. As they say, ‘an apple for my teacher’, so today we say a “Big Apple” for Cathie Black.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) is proud to announce plans to host a “Brooklyn’s 1st Christmas Village” on Saturday, December 11, 2010, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Cannon Ball Park, located at 100th Street and 4th Avenue. The event is being organized in an effort to help local families in need this holiday season.
The event will feature a chance to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, Frosty the Snowman and friends, be entertained by carolers and see Brooklyn’s own Rockettes in a special Christmas Show. There will be candy canes, hot chocolate, and more, and a U.S. Postal Mailbox which will provide direct mail service to the North Pole for letters to Santa.
Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today issued the following statement in response to the State Education advisory panel that yesterday voted to recommend denying a waiver that would permit Cathie Black to be appointed as the next New York City public schools chancellor:
“I strongly disagree with the members of the State Education Commissioner’s advisory panel who believe that Cathie Black is undeserving of the waiver necessary in order for her to be named the next schools chancellor. The members obviously didn’t do their homework and research her educational background, her experience and her achievements.
Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C, 22nd District) today is announcing the kick off of a holiday troop drive to support our heroes this upcoming season.
Senator Marty Golden, a member of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security, Military and Veterans Affairs stated, “What better way to say thank you to those brave men and women that are currently serving in the Armed Forces by making sure that this holiday season, they have the personal items necessary to enhance their quality of life overseas. May we continue to remember that it is our military who allows us to live in freedom and to celebrate our holidays amongst family and friends.”
Brooklyn- State Senator Marty Golden, in partnership with the South West Brooklyn Parks Task Force will host two Christmas Tree lightings this December in preparation for the upcoming Christmas season and to bring out the holiday spirit at this time of year.
Senator Golden stated, "During the Christmas season, and all year, residents of our community should join together in the Christmas spirit and exhibit good will to serve the most needy. These Christmas tree lightings will serve as occasions where all can come to embrace those values together and enjoy the warmth that this holiday brings as winter comes upon us."
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R, C, I, Brooklyn) is pleased to announce the passage of Senate Bill 4651. There have been instances of insurers steering their customers with rental vehicle reimbursement coverage to use one particular rental vehicle company. This bill will help not only the consumer but rental car companies as well.
Senator Golden stated “As a member of the Insurance Committee within the State Senate many cases like this have come across my desk and, as your representative, I will continue to work to protect the rights of consumers so that we have a safe place to live, work and raise our families.”
The three main sections in this bill that would bring about equality in the process are:
Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), the Ranking Member of the Crime Victims, Crime, and Correction Committee, in response to recent complaints received by his office, is reminding community residents of the danger of utility company scams in our neighborhoods. The most recent complaints have involved companies and individuals, often pretending to be from National Grid, contacting residents on the phone or in person. Attempts are made to confuse residents into buying their gas service or may even intentionally break equipment in a home or building and solicit the company’s services for repairs
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today issued the following statement regarding Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s selection of Cathie Black to replace outgoing Schools Chancellor Joel Klein:
Brooklyn- State Senator Marty Golden, a member of the State Senate Committee on Homeland Security, Military and Veteran Affairs, honored local veterans at a breakfast and awards ceremony ceremony in celebration of the country’s recognition of Veteran’s Day. Senator Golden’s remarks follow.
Thank you for all being here this morning as we gather to mark our community’s celebration of Veterans Day 2010.
Brooklyn- State Senator Marty Golden hosted a special awards ceremony and reception in honor of seven outstanding Italian Americans from his district at a celebration of Italian Heritage last evening at Sirico’s Caterers in Dyker Heights.
Chief Joseph Esposito, the Chief of the Department, New York City Police Department, were among the many guests who attended to congratulate the honorees, including NYPD Inspector Charles Scholl, representatives from the Neighborhood Improvement Association, the Federation of Italian American Organizations, the 68th Precinct, NYPD, the Dyker Heights Civic Association, the Community Mayors, and the Dyker Heights Athletic Association, and more.
Brooklyn- State Senator Marty Golden today announced plans for the 2010 Halloween Walk & Fairytale Forest scheduled for Sunday, October 31, 2010 from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Owl’s Head Park, located at 67th Street and Colonial Road.
The annual event will feature the Haunted Walk, the Fairytale Forest, a pumpkin patch, a costume contest and much more. The event will also feature rides for the children, pony rides, face painting, sand art, a Trackless Train Ride and “Dracula’s Food Court”.
Brooklyn - State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) and City Councilman Vincent J. Gentile (D-WF, 43rd District) have issued the following statement following a court appearance today regarding a State Supreme Court lawsuit in which they have coordinated against the Metropolitan Transit Authority in response to the service reductions implemented on June 27, 2010 and their impact on the seniors and disabled of Southwest Brooklyn: