The autumn season is a great time to take advantage of some of the best things the Empire State has to offer, including fall foliage, football and apple farms.
Did you know that New York is the #2 apple producer in the country?
With 2013 shaping up to be one of the best years yet for New York State’s apple growers, I encourage all New Yorkers (and tourists!) to visit a local apple orchard this autumn.
There are 654 apple orchards around the state offering a variety of apple products, including cider, doughnuts, wine and, of course, apples. To find the nearest u-pick orchard, visit www.nyapplecountry.com/pick.php. It's a great way to support our local farmers.
Legislation restricts the parental rights of sexual offenders for children born from assault
New law expands access to State Order of Protection Registry for local and state correctional facilities employees
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed two bills that will further shield children from sexual offenders and protect victims of domestic violence.
The first bill restricts the parental rights of convicted sexual offenders when a child is born as a result of sexual assault. The second bill gives certain employees of local and state correctional facilities access to the State Order of Protection Registry so that they can track which inmates should not come into contact with the victims of their crime.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is announcing that the Shore Road Parks Conservancy, along with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, the City Department of Transportation, and the Fort Hamilton Army Base, have planned a major cleanup effort on Shore Road set for the weekend of October 19th and 20th.
Funding Vital for Agency’s Mission to Care for New Yorkers with Developmental Disabilities
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the signing of legislation to restore up to $90 million in funding for the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). This law amends the executive budget which called for reducing the agency’s budget by $90 million as a result of a $1.1 billion federal reduction in aid. This funding will allow the agency to continue its vital mission to provide critical care to New Yorkers with developmental disabilities while reversing decades of mismanagement and overpayments that resulted in a decline of services to this vulnerable population.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) and Assemblymembers Nicole Malliotakis (R-C, 64th District) and Joan Millman (D-52nd District), today have sent a letter to MTA President and CEO Thomas Prendergast, asking that the MTA extend the B 37, when the route is restored next year, past the Barclays Center as currently proposed.
Previously, the B 37 bus route terminated approximately ten blocks past the Barclays Center to Court Street/Livingston Street.
Brooklyn – State Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), is announcing that Public School 222 has been recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School in the “Exemplary High Performing” category by the United States Department of Education. In its 31-year history, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed this coveted award on nearly 7,500 of America’s schools.
The current principal, Theresa Oliveri and former principal, Louise Blake will be attending a ceremony to accept the award with only 236 other public schools nationwide, in Washington D.C. in November.
During the month of October the Scandinavian East Coast Museum is sponsoring its annual Viking Essay Contest, for children from 4th – 6th grade. This year’s topic is, “Norwegian Traditions,” the 17th of May Parade’s (Norwegian Day Parade) theme for 2013.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) will host a community meeting for the residents affected by Hurricane Sandy in the Gerritsen Beach, Sheepshead Bay and Manhattan Beach areas on Wednesday, September 25, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. at Public School 227, located at 2529 Gerritsen Avenue.
Senator Golden will welcome officials from Build It Back, National Flood Insurance Program, Small Business Administration, The Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Financial Services, The Army Corps of Engineers, The New York City Department of Buildings, The Health Department, City of New York, The New York City Department of Environmental Protection, and The New York City Department of Transportation.
Brooklyn – State Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), is announcing plans for Brooklyn’s 7th Annual Senior Idol, a contest that showcases the talent of the senior citizens of Kings County, hoping to be named “Brooklyn’s Senior Idol” this October.
Brooklyn residents age 50 or older are invited to audition on Tuesday, September 24, 2013, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Xaverian High School, 7100 Shore Road (handicapped accessibility available at 71st Street door). Senior citizens trying out for this singing competition should bring a CD or cassette tape accompaniment.
Brooklyn, NY – State Senator Martin J. Golden this week wrote to Joan M. McDonald, Commissioner of the New York State Department of Transportation, expressing his support for a proposed amendment to the 2010-2014 Capital Program to the MTA Capital Review Board. This major, proposed amendment:
· Adds $5.674 billion to the 2010-2014 Capital Program for mitigation projects identified in response to Superstorm Sandy;
· Includes $1.6 billion in project-level adjustments in accordance with the full funding plan approved by the CPRB in March 2012, and
· Rebalances the budgets of various project classifications to reflect the current priorities and allow projects to proceed, including addressing so-called 10 percent issues.
Movie Screening and information regarding free Health Care for First Responders, Applications for Victim’s Compensation Fund will be available.
Brooklyn, NY – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) announced today that he will be hosting a screen of “9/11 An American Requiem” Monday, September 9, 2013, 6:00PM at the Cort Club in Gerritsen Beach, Brooklyn. In addition to the movie screening, WTC Health Program will be offering information on free health care for 9/11 volunteers and responders as well as Victim Compensation Fund applications.
Annual Registration Effort for New or Re-entering Students Runs August 28 - September 18
The New York City Department of Education has opened nine Student Registration Centers across the five boroughs to enroll new students for the start of school. All new high school students, including those with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), must register at a Student Registration Center in their borough of residence.
This Wednesday, August 28th, marks the 50th anniversary of the "March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom."
That historic day in 1963 is now perhaps best remembered for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, which has taken its place among the most important speeches in our nation's history.
Dr. King's "Dream" that his children would "one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character" still inspires millions of Americans to this day.
We wanted to share this photo contest with you, in the hope that you'll send it to your friends and colleagues. The contest is for Education Professionals and parents in NYC, as we head into the start of the year. There is no purchase necessary. Entry is totally free. The prize is an iPad.
We know that you're busy, in this back-to-school season, and we appreciate your time! (We also think teachers and parents would appreciate the chance to win an iPad!)
Family Day in McKinley Park & A performance by The Italian Opera Company in Bensonhurst Park this week
Brooklyn, NY – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is reminding residents of two free upcoming events for the community. These events will take place this week in Bay Ridge and Bensonhurst, and are an opportunity for residents to enjoy the last few days of summer with family and friends in our local community parks.
This Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 5pm to 7:30pm is the annual Family Day event in McKinley Park. This event will have music, games, rides, and karaoke for the whole family to enjoy.
Brooklyn, NY – State Senator Golden (R-C-I), following the New York City Council vote to override Mayor Bloomberg’s veto of The Community Safe Act, issued the following statement:
“Today the New York City Council voted to make New York City less safe. These bills will do nothing to further the safety and security of New Yorkers. As a former police officer, I can tell you that instituting these policies will tie the hands of the New York City Police Department, make the job of a Police Officer harder, and make being a successful criminal easier. The blood of the innocent is now on the hands of the City Council members who supported this flawed and misguided piece of legislation.”
Brooklyn, NY – Following reports that ferry service from the Brooklyn Army Terminal to Manhattan is being extended until January, State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I) issued the following statement:
“For years, ferry service has been a top priority for me, and I am happy to report that it looks like the Brooklyn to Manhattan Ferry is now set to run through January. This is not a permanent solution, but a step in the right direction, and will continue to provide an appropriate alternative while the R train remains under construction. I will continue to lobby for a permanent ferry for all of our residents, and I ask all members of the community to help increase ridership by telling their friends, neighbors, and family that the ferry to Manhattan continues!”
New York State Department of Taxation and Finance is now requiring all Basic STAR recipients to register with the New York State Department of Finance in addition to NYC application process.
Brooklyn, NY – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I) today is reminding homeowners who receives a Basic STAR property tax exemption will need to register with the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance to keep getting the STAR exemption in 2014 and beyond. This is part of a new effort to eliminate fraud and protect property taxpayers.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is announcing that in response to his complaint made to the New York City Department of Housing and Preservation Development, nine non-emergency Class B violations have been issued to the property at 7701 Ridge Boulevard.
The violations cite the accumulation of refuse, rubbish and poorly maintained conditions on the property, as well as violations to repair the waste water line, abate the evidence of a water leak on the ceilings and walls, the need to replace electrical, repair locks on doors, floors and more. The full listing of violations can be found at www.nyc.gov/hpd.