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.
Albany- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today was appointed by State Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos to serve as the Chairman of the Senate’s Civil Service and Pensions Committee.
“As one born and raised amongst a family of civil servants, and now proudly representing a Senate District which is home to many, I thank Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos for selecting me to Chair the Senate’s Civil Service and Pensions Committee. My personal and professional experience will guide me in this new role,” said Senator Marty Golden.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), a member of the State Senate Committee on Homeland Security, Military and Veteran Affairs, is announcing that through his efforts, a plaque posthumously honoring United States Army Private First Class Armond Cutinella, has been restored.
New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos today appointed Senator Martin Golden (R,C,I-Brooklyn) as the Senate Majority’s representative to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Capital Program Review Board.
The Board is responsible for overseeing and approving the MTA’s five year capital spending programs. The last full 5-year MTA capital plan totaled more than $21 billion.
Albany- Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), joined with other members of the Senate Health Committee and health care experts earlier this week during a public roundtable to discuss the most effective and efficient methods to reform New York State’s Medicaid program.
“We have to stop talking about it, and start implementing, serious systematic changes and for the benefit of all New Yorkers, our hospitals, nursing homes and other components of our health care system. If we do not redesign the system and put cost efficient mechanisms in place, the financial impact to our State and the quality of care available to New Yorkers will be devastated,” said Senator Marty Golden.
Albany- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), who last week was appointed as a member of the New York State Senate Finance Committee, today voted to support legislation (S. 1892) that would enact a two percent state spending cap.
This will be the third time that Senate Republicans have voted to pass a state spending cap that ensures New York spends no more than taxpayers can afford. The cap, which would be set at 2 percent or 120 percent of the CPI (currently 1.9 percent), whichever is lower, would ensure that the state reduces spending and lives within its budget, easing the burden on taxpayers.
New York – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, has issued a statement in response to Mayor Bloomberg’s financial reform proposal as outlined in today’s State of the City Address:
“Mayor Michael Bloomberg highlighted the need to reduce the cost of government, and prevent tax increases, so to balance the City budget. This is a message of financial responsibility that will resonate with New Yorkers in each of our five boroughs because hardworking New Yorkers understand that tax increases make it less possible to live, work and raise a family here in New York.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn is announcing that the New York City School Construction Authority has notified the four homeowners of the 300 Block of 72nd Street, in the immediate vicinity of the construction site of the future P.S. 331, that the designer and contractor are able to construct the school without having to enter their properties.
Brooklyn- State Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, 22nd District) was sworn in to serve his fifth term in the New York State Senate at a ceremony held on Thursday, January 13, 2011, at Intermediate School 228, 228 Avenue S, corner of West 5th Street, in Brooklyn.
Judge Vincent Del Giudice, Justice of the Supreme Court, administered the oath of office. The ceremony was attended by more than 300 people including Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Assemblymembers Nicole Malliotakis and Alec Brook-Krasny, and City Councilmen Vincent Gentile and David Greenfield. The ceremony featured music by the I.S. 228 David A. Boody Jazz Band and Chorus, a performance by the I.S. 228 Asian Dance Troop and a musical presentation by the I.S. 228 David A. Boody Chamber Music.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden, (R-C-I, Brooklyn), member 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 Brooklyn’s 81-year old Madeline Klima:
“New Yorkers have again watched a coward prey, rob and injure a honest, hard-working senior citizen, because criminals find seniors less able to defend themselves. The video stuns and horrifies all of us, and at the same time, reminds us that there are evil people who find it acceptable to brutalize our senior citizens.
Brooklyn- State Senator Marty Golden today is announcing that his office has made available the 2011 New York City Parking Calendar at his district offices.
The parking calendar features a listing of the 2011 Alternate Side Parking Rules Suspension Calendar for the new year. The calendar also features an explanation of parking signs as well as important phone numbers to help you navigate parking violations, gather information on street cleaning rules, towed vehicle information, report transportation related complaints and inquire about construction projects effecting travel in New York City.
Brooklyn- State Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) has announced that he will provide free income tax preparation services, for the 14th 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, from February 5th through April 14th, every Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and on Saturdays, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Albany- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) has issued the following statement in response to today’s State of the State speech by Governor Andrew Cuomo:
“Governor Cuomo has spoken to the people of New York State and has addressed some of the true concerns of this State. As we face nearly a $10 billion dollar budget deficit, we must reduce spending as the Governor is proposing, but we must make these cuts in areas where we have been wasteful in the past and where the cuts are most acceptable.
Past Governors have tried simple across the board cuts to balance budgets. These kinds of moves generally don’t get at the underlying programs of waste, fraud and abuse that reside in some government programs.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) has maintained office hours for constituent concerns throughout the aftermath of the storm. Hundreds of unplowed streets have been reported as well as abandoned cars to be towed. Throughout the aftermath of the storm maintaining contact with city officials as well as CERT and the volunteer ambulance groups has been a priority and is starting to pay off.
Senator Golden stated “Today most streets in my district are plowed and those that have not been done will be today according to the Mayor’s office. The hundreds of unplowed streets in the different neighborhoods have been one of my priorities these last few days.”
There is such a great demand for blood in our community and in our City reports indicate that every three seconds, someone needs blood. With the inclement weather donations are down making the need even greater. I would like to urge those eligible to donate blood to help their fellow New Yorkers in their time of need. . Please contact the New York Blood Center at 800-933-2566 or visit www.nybloodcenter.org to find a location near you to make a donation. You can also contact the Coney Island Hospital Blood Bank at 718-616-4460 or at http://www.coneyislandhospital.com/service.php?SIID=119
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today issued the following statement in response to the weather related events of this past weekend:
“I am maintaining contact with and have spoke with City officials, the Mayor’s office, the Sanitation Department, our local police precincts, our hospitals and our volunteer ambulance services and the New York City Transit Authority, to bring to their attention the concerns of our community. I have made it clear to City authorities that resources must be deployed to our area to ensure public safety and so to also allow people to move around in some manner.
Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), a former New York City Police Officer and member of the State Senate Codes Committee, has sent a letter to Chairwoman Evans of the New York State Division of Parole asking that parole be denied for Michael Alston.
Michael Alston was convicted of killing NYPD Sergeant Keith Levine in 1991. Recent reports indicate that a parole hearing is scheduled for January 7, 2011. A copy of the letter is attached.