Albany - State Senators Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, 22nd District) Andrew J. Lanza (R-C-I, 24th District) today renewed their call to make the necessary changes in the payment structure to ensure the financial viability of Off-Track Betting Corporations (OTBs) statewide in the wake of the Suffolk County Off-Track Betting Corporation’s recent move toward filing bankruptcy and recent reports that Nassau OTB’s handle is significantly down.
Measure has Governor’s backing and is set to become law
Albany- State Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today joined with the New York State Senate in voting to give final legislative approval today to legislation (S.3500) sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), Chairman of the Senate Elections Committee, to ensure that special elections in New York State provide more time for military absentee ballots to be mailed and counted.
Brooklyn – State Senator Marty Golden (R, C) is pleased to announce that the community voice has been heard on the co-location of the New American Academy at Marine Park Junior High School.
Senator Golden stated “Once again my constituents came forth with opposition to a Department of Education plan for IS 278 and I made sure that they were heard. It is with great satisfaction that I announce this victory.
New legislation imposes a three strike rule, targeting repeat offenders
Senator Martin Golden (R,C,I–Brooklyn) and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C–Brooklyn, Staten Island) are proposing new drunk driving laws in response to a rash of recent cases across the state. The proposal takes a new approach to penalizing repeat drunk drivers.
Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, 22nd District) today is announcing that the New York City Department of Transportation has approved his requests to install a traffic light at a busy intersection in the immediate vicinity of the parish and school at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Bensonhurst.
The Department of Transportation has approved a new traffic signal at the intersection of 15th Avenue and 74th Street and the light should be installed by May 31st.
Senator Martin Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today cautioned Governor Cuomo’s Medicaid Redesign Team against advancing proposals that would directly lead to the reduction of essential services and the possible closing of some city hospitals that serve our most vulnerable population.
Brooklyn – State Senator Marty Golden (R, C) would like to assist the Long Island Senior Games Board of Directors in promoting the Long Island Senior Games of 2011. This is the thirteenth annual GAMES and they will run from May 20th through June 18th. The games are open to people fifty years of age or older and consist of over forty competitive and non-competitive medal and ribbon events. There may me certification in some events to allow the participants to qualify for the National Senior Games.
Albany- State Senators Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) and Andrew J. Lanza (R-Staten Island), today introduced legislation that would allow a vendor selected by an RFP process and approved by the State Racing and Wagering Board, to run the New York City off-track betting corporation and resume operations in a manner that would support the New York state horse racing industry.
Legislation Would Toughen Laws & Penalties for Sex Offenses
The New York State Senate today passed a package of bills that would strengthen laws and toughen criminal penalties for certain sex offenses related to rape and child pornography. In addition, bills were passed to expand information on criminal background checks for individuals applying for employment in law enforcement and increasing penalties for the crime of criminally negligent homicide.
Legislation (S.1826), sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-C, Rockville Centre), would require consecutive prison sentences for each separate act of rape when an individual is convicted of multiple counts.
Senator Marty Golden (R,C–Brooklyn) and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C – Brooklyn, Staten Island) recently held a press conference denouncing proposed cuts in Governor Cuomo’s executive budget that would result in the painful closure of Brooklyn senior centers. The governor’s reductions in Title XX would re-route funding that traditionally supports senior centers to other programs, unfairly targeting our senior population.
Brooklyn- State Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) will be hosting his 5th Annual special education forum and is inviting educators and parents of students of School District 20, 21 ad 22 to attend on Friday, March 11, 2011, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Regina Pacis Center located at 1258 65th Street in Brooklyn.
The guest speaker will be Dr. Richard Selznick, author of The Shut-Down Learner: Helping Your Academically Discouraged Child. The event will also feature a panel of experts who will discuss and answer questions from those in attendance on a variety of important topics. Informational tables featuring local advocacy organizations, community resources and State and City agencies devoted to special education will be available.
Senator Golden – (Brooklyn, R, C) visited the National September 11th Memorial and made the following statement.
“I wanted to thank Joseph Daniels and Jay Weinkam for the personal tour of the National September 11th Memorial on Thursday, February 3, 2011. I was extremely impressed with the memorial site and the progress that has been made.
Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, 22nd District), is announcing his 9th Annual “State Senator For A Day” essay contest and is inviting the participation of students from schools within grades 6, 7, and 8, throughout his Senatorial District.
Senator Marty Golden is asking students to write essays of no more than 250-words which begins with the phrase, “If I were a State Senator for a Day...”. The winning essays are judged on content and creativity and must be received by Monday, March 28, 2011.
Finalists will be notified and invited to a special ceremony in the Spring where they will read aloud their essays in front of a panel of judges. The winner of the contest and their class will be invited to Albany to see the legislative process in action.
Lanza, Golden & Cusick Bill Already Receives Bipartisan Co-sponsorship Support
From Savino, Malliotakis, Titone & Tobacco
Senators Andrew Lanza and Marty Golden along with Assemblyman Michael Cusick today introduced property tax relief legislation that would establish limitations upon real property tax levies in New York City. The bill places a cap on the growth of property taxes at two percent (or the Consumer Price Index (CPI), whichever is less). The bill has already received co-sponsorship support from the entire Staten Island delegation including Senator Diane Savino, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, Assemblyman Matthew Titone and Assemblyman Lou Tobacco.
Albany- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), a member of the New York State Senate Finance Committee, today issued the following statement in response to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed 2011-12 New York State Budget:
“Governor Andrew Cuomo today spoke to New Yorkers and made it evident that the Empire State is facing some of the toughest financial times in recent memory. With a $10 billion dollar deficit looming, the days of out of control spending, automatic increases, new taxes, and an oversized government are over.
Albany - State Senator Martin J Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) has issued the following statement following his appointment to the position of Assistant Senate Majority Whip of the New York State Senate:
“I thank Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos for selecting me to serve as the Assistant Senate Majority Whip and look forward to working with the Senate leadership to address the issues that are on the minds of all New Yorkers.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) took the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to task today for its treatment of stranded riders, as published reports today indicate, on an N train Wednesday night. After confusion and a lack of communication to riders, around 100 people, who some are residents of his district, were left stranded in Coney Island overnight. Commuters taking D train service into Brooklyn late Wednesday night were rerouted to the N line and then left there for four hours, after it was decided service would be discontinued and riders were informed they would have to make alternative travel arrangements.
The NYC Department of Homeless Services (DHS) is conducting their annual Homeless Outreach Population Estimate (HOPE) on January 31, 2011, from 10:30 PM – 4:00 AM. It’s a unique volunteer opportunity that will take a few hours of your time. HOPE produces a point-in-time estimate of the unsheltered chronic street homeless population in New York City. The information gathered by volunteers during HOPE 2011 is critical to measuring the ongoing efforts to overcome street homelessness at DHS and their partner agencies. We need approximately 3,000 volunteers to help survey the number of homeless individuals living on city streets, under bridges, in parks and in other public places.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden, (R-C-I, Brooklyn), a member and former Chairman of the New York State Senate Aging Committee and the author of the New York State Law known as “Granny’s Law” today issued the following statement in response to reports of the assault and robbery of Staten Island’s Naimo family;
“It is tragedy that John, 81 and Linda, 75 were assaulted this past Sunday. It is less than two weeks since I made a statement on the assault and robbery of Brooklyn’s 81-year old Madeline Klima, and now, as a I did then, condemn this act of incivility and cowardice.