Transitional Sheltering Assistance Program Extended in NY for an Additional 28 Days
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), at the request of the State of New York, has approved a 28-day extension to the Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program beginning on May 1st, which was the deadline for the last extension granted earlier in April. This new extension allows eligible survivors from Superstorm Sandy who cannot return to their homes to stay in participating hotels or motels.
The new checkout date for those in the TSA program is May 29, 2013. FEMA will call applicants eligible for the extension to notify them of the new checkout date.
Bills Come On The Heels of Boston Bombings & Foiled Terrorist Train Attack
With renewed calls for vigilance and increased public safety following the tragic bombings in Boston and the foiling of a terrorist plot to attack a train traveling across the state between New York and Toronto, the New York State Senate today passed a package of anti-crime legislation including a bill that would require convicted terrorists to serve their full prison sentence.
Brooklyn- During National Volunteer Week, community residents who have proven to be extraordinary in their volunteerism, dedicated to helping during Hurricane Sandy, special events and community organizations, will be honored at the 2013 Volunteer Appreciation Night hosted by Senator Marty Golden on Thursday April 25, 2013 starting at 6:00 p.m. at Buckley’s Restaurant, 2926 Avenue S, Brooklyn.
More than 50 volunteers will be honored with New York State Senate Certificates for their efforts. Many of the volunteers have both helped with Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts and supported community events.
Brooklyn – State Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) has just learned from officials with the New York City Police Department, that an arrest has been made in the early Wednesday morning fake bomb scare found on the doorstep of a retired Bay Ridge resident:
“I have just been informed that an arrest has been made of an individual in the Bay Ridge bomb scare that took place Tuesday night on 68th Street. I commend the 68th Precinct, Commanding Officer Captain DiBlasio, and all the NYPD Detectives assigned to this case, for their work, in making sure that this individual is no longer roaming our streets, causing havoc and wasting police resources.
Brooklyn, NY – Last night, an object was placed in the confines of the 68th Police Precinct meant to look like a bomb. This object was an empty propane canister with an electronic device attached, clearly meant to look like a bomb. Following reports this morning from the 68th Precinct and The New York Daily News, Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I) issued the following statement:
Brooklyn – Yesterday's event, billed as “Operation Seniors”, which offered prom season assistance for high school seniors affected by Super Storm Sandy, was a huge success, with over 60 students walking away with a prom dress, shoes, pocket books,. makeup and jewelry accessories. The free night of fashion and fun also featured free consultations with hairdressers and makeup artists.
Joins his colleagues and Community Education Council 20 in calling for a ban on releasing student information without parental consent.
Brooklyn, NY – New York State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I) yesterday signed on as a cosponsor to S4284, which prohibits the release of personal identifiable information of students without parental consent for those students under 18, or without direct consent for those students over 18.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has directed that flags on state government buildings be flown at half-staff on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 in honor of the victims of the marathon bombing in Boston, MA.
"I join with my fellow New Yorkers and Americans in mourning the loss of the innocent lives that were taken in yesterday’s terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon,” Governor Cuomo said. “I extend my deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the victims, as well as the residents of Boston.”
Current deadline is 10:00 P.M. tomorrow, Saturday, April 13, 2013
Brooklyn, NY – New York State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I) is calling on both the Federal Emergency Management Agency and The Small Business Administration to extend the current deadline to apply for disaster assistance. Victims of Super Storm Sandy have until 10:00 P.M. on Saturday, April 13, 2013 to apply for FEMA aid and SBA loans.
Brooklyn - State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today announced that he will be hosting the 11th Annual Senator for a Day contest for middle school students throughout his district. Senator Golden is sending a letter to every middle school in the 22nd Senate District, asking 6th, 7th, and 8th Graders to participate by writing an essay on what they would do if they were Senator for a Day.
The essay must be no more than 250-words and begin with the phrase, "If I Were A State Senator For a Day". Throughout the essay, students should write about the issues they see facing the community. The winning essays will be judged on content and creativity.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), today has issued a statement providing an update on the budget affecting the New York State Office of People with Developmental Disabilities:
“I am happy to report that there is news out of Albany this morning forecasting significantly less of a financial hit to our service providers caring for our most needy. I am proud to learn that a plan has been formulated that will make the total budget cut to the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities actually $14.2 million, instead of the originally projected $90 million. While the ultimate goal is to have an OPWDD budget without any reductions, these agencies who care for our disabled New Yorkers can better sustain this cut.
Transitional Sheltering Assistance Program Extended in NY for an Additional 17 Days
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), at the request of the State of New York, has approved a 17-day extension to the Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program, which allows eligible survivors from Superstorm Sandy who cannot return to their homes to stay in participating hotels or motels.
The new checkout date for those in the TSA program is May 1, 2013. FEMA will call applicants eligible for the extension to notify them of the new checkout date.
Calls for New York City Water Board to reconsider raising rates on our middle class families
Brooklyn, NY – New York State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I), today is calling for The New York City Water Board not to increase water and sewage fees. As of today, the New York City Water Board is considering a proposal for a 5.6% increase in water rates, making it the 10th increase in as many years, stifling away much needed income from our already struggling middle class families.
Albany – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) has issued the following statement regarding his vote on this year’s New York State budget:
“I am especially proud of the commitment this budget makes to job creation and economic support for small business and entrepreneurs. As Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Science, Technology, Incubation, and Entrepreneurship, I am excited by the opportunities to expand incubator development throughout the State. I am also excited to see that we have saved the Brooklyn HealthWorks program which has helped over 1,000 small businesses, and that we have cleared barriers so more people to qualify for the Self Employment Assistance Program.
Sets Plans to Honor Those Who Have Made Outstanding Contributions
Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is announcing plans to host a community celebration of Women’s History Month, and has selected nine honorees who have made outstanding contributions to our neighborhood.
Senator Golden has set his annual Women’s History Month celebration for Thursday, March 28th at 7:00 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus, Council #126, located at 3051 Nostrand Avenue in Brooklyn.
This year’s honorees include:
*Judy Baron, Manhattan Beach Community Group
*Ann Marie Bartone, Principal, St. Ephrem's School
Calls for strengthening penalties on ‘runners’ which would bring down fraudulent no fault insurance claims
Albany, NY – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is calling on his colleagues to pass S3033, which would make it a crime to act as a runner or employ runners in regards to defrauding insurance companies. A runner is a person who is paid for each patient they send to a fraudulent provider, recruiting patients who either do not need treatment, exaggerating illnesses, were not in car accidents or even going so far as to stage accidents.
By doing so, they drive up the costs of insurance, so much so that New York has one of the highest insurance rates in the country, especially inside the City of New York.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) is announcing today that he has scheduled two visits of the New York State Department of Financial Services’ Insurance Response Unit to aid victims affected by Sandy in his district for next week.
On Monday, March 18th, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., NYS Department of Financial Services Mobile Command Center will in Sheepshead Bay, on the corner of Sheepshead Bay Road and Emmons Avenue. The next day, Tuesday, March 19, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the Mobile Command Center will be outside the Gerritsen Beach Public Library, located at 2808 Gerritsen Avenue in Brooklyn.
The staff will be available to assist homeowners and business owners with the following: