Chemical Tests Would Be Required If Injury or Death Occurs
The New York State Senate today passed legislation that would help convict dangerous drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The bill (S1446), sponsored by Senator John Flanagan (R-C-I, East Northport), would require testing drivers suspected of being under the influence when an accident occurs and results in serious injury or death.
Albany – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) has issued the following statement after his vote this afternoon to support legislation (S. 306), sponsored by Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola), that would create a penalty for endangering the welfare of a child in circumstances where a child is left unattended in a motor vehicle:
State Senator Martin Golden said, “I sponsored the Transit Funding Lockbox Act in the State Senate so to stand up for all those who ride the buses and trains and have been asked to pay more for less service. This legislation will guarantee that funds dedicated to support the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s commuter system, will actually be spent for such purposes and not get lost on the account of other State expenses. It is vital that this year's budget retains the $40 million for transportation purposes so to create greater financial integrity for the Metropolitan Transit Authority and end the days of simultaneous fare hikes and service reductions.”
Last year, Senate Republicans approved new tax credits to encourage employers across the State to provide job opportunities to New York’s courageous veterans.
To build upon this initiative, the Senate has just approved the “Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act” to help New York’s Service Disabled Veterans pursue successful new business ventures. A three-way agreement on the bill was announced during the Governor’s Veterans and Military Families Summit held last week in Albany.
Modeled after a highly successful federal initiative, New York’s new law will establish a new contract preference “set-aside” for service disabled veterans.
Albany, NY – Today the New York State Senate passed S1959A, sponsored by Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), which allows insurance companies to retroactively cancel policies taken out by people who commit auto fraud. These criminals often take out policies and pay for them with bad checks or stolen credit cards just before they stage accidents. Under current law, insurance companies cannot cancel the policy and policyholders wind up paying for it through higher premiums. This bill would take that burden off honest consumers and therefore lower the insurance rates.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, 22nd District), a member of the Senate Banks Committee, this afternoon was joined by merchant leaders, including Robert Howe, President of the Third Avenue Merchants, at a press conference announcing legislation he has sponsored (S. 6551-A) which would require credit cards issued to New York State residents to be equipped with smart chip technology.
Senator Golden also spoke about the recent rash of credit card and debit card fraud which has impacted a significant number of local residents. Golden was joined by Dimitri Akhrin, the President of the Bank Associates Merchant Services, who spoke about the effects that such fraud has on retail profit, and preventive measures.
New York’s Catholic leaders have joined with top politicians and union chiefs to make a major push to pass a new law that’s designed to help schools – both public and parochial. Currents correspondent Konrad Aderer has been following the story for several days now and spoke with a state senator from our diocese.
Senator Golden meets with Guha Bala, one of the founders of Vicarious Visions. Vicarious Visions is a major creator of games for computers and play stations and other devices. Golden is sponsoring legislation to incentive a major expansion in the game development industry in New York, which is currently one-ninth the size of California's.
Locals to join Golden in support of efforts following recent string of credit card fraud
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, 22nd District), a member of the Senate Banks Committee, will be joined by merchant leaders, including Robert Howe, President of the Third Avenue Merchants, at a press conference this Friday, March 21, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. at the Law Offices of Robert Howe, 251-86th Street, to announce legislative efforts calling for credit cards issued to New York State residents to be equipped with smart chip technology.
Senator Golden will also make comments regarding the recent rash of credit card and debit card fraud which has impacted a significant number of local residents.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), a former New York City Police Officer, has issued the following statement following the announcement of six arrests and indictments made on drug related charges in the Bay Ridge area:
“Working with the community and law enforcement officials, today, we send a message throughout the Bay Ridge area that we will not tolerate the presence of drugs on our street. At a recent town hall meeting that I hosted on this topic, I saw the frustration, and fear, that drugs have caused our neighborhood families. Residents forced to contend with drug sales in stores where they are simply looking to purchase milk.
Brooklyn, NY – Following the Senate Vote on the Dream Act, which failed to pass today, State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) issued the following statement:
“We have extremely limited resources as a state, and we need to focus our tax dollars to increase funding in TAP for children of American citizens as well as reinstate Graduate TAP, which was discontinued a few years ago. Using our limited resources to give tax dollars to illegal immigrants a college education is not, in my opinion, a sound use of resources. Immigration is a Federal Issue, and even if we were to pass the Dream Act, these students would still not be able to work legally in the United States, giving them a state funded and subsidized education with nowhere to use it.”
Panel Will Develop Recommendations to Prevent and Treat Addiction
and Its Related Crimes
Senate Majority Coalition Co-Leaders Dean Skelos and Jeffrey Klein today announced the creation of the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction to examine the rise in use of heroin and other opioids in New York State and develop recommendations for treating and preventing addiction.