Cigarette Trafficking: The New Cash Cow for Al Qaeda

New York tax law requires a sales and excise tax to be imposed on each pack of cigarettes sold by a licensed retailer. Native American reservations throughout the State of New York have argued their sovereignty gives them the authorization to sell tax-free cigarettes to both tribal and non-tribal members.

However, in 1994 the United States Supreme Court ruled (Attea v. New York State) that New York was within its constitutional right to tax all cigarette sales to non tribal members. Seems like common sense, right?

October 10, 2007

Fitness For Life Expo Shaping Up At Aviator Sports

BROOKLYN, October 9, 2007 – The Fitness for Life Expo is shaping up for an all-day workout Thursday, October 11 at Aviator Sports & Recreation.Seniors 55 and over will benefit from a unique total mind and body fitness experience beginning at 9 a.m. through 3:30 p.m. Free classes include yoga, arthritis exercise, weight training, slimnastics, and dance.The Fitness for Life Expo is in conjunction with an active Seniors in Shape program that revolves around sessions three days each week through early December.

October 9, 2007

Food Pantry Set To Open In Brooklyn For Those In Need

Brooklyn- Reaching-Out Community Services and State Senator Marty Golden will host a press event marking the opening day at Reaching Out’s newest location, at 7708 New Utrecht Avenue in Brooklyn on Friday, October 12, 2007 at 12:00 p.m. The new pantry will allow the organization to better serve those who need a hand. For the last 15 years, Reaching-Out Community Services has been helping those in need with groceries offering them to low-income families, the elderly, disabled, unemployed, and the working poor.

October 4, 2007

Senator Golden To Salute Local Leaders At Italian Heritage Celebration

Brooklyn- State Senator Marty Golden (R-C, Brooklyn) today announced that he will host his annual community celebration honoring distinguished Italian Americans as part of Italian Heritage Month on Thursday, October 11, 2007, at 6:30 p.m. at C and C Caterers, located at 7611-18th Avenue in Brooklyn.

The honorees include:

Angelo, Ben and Ralph Badolato, Local Merchant, Badolato General ContractingFrank Cangariella, Deputy Inspector, 63rd PrecinctFather Michael Gelfant, St. Anselm’s R.C.

October 3, 2007

Golden Leads Community Cleanup In Marine Park

Brooklyn- State Senator Marty Golden and his staff this past weekend hosted a community service clean up with the Probation, Sanitation and Parks Department, with the support and participation of the staff of Krystal Auto Mall on Flatbush Avenue, at Hendrickson Street and Avenue V in Marine Park at the request of a the home and Co-Op owners of the block.

The overgrown grass was trimmed, the weeds along the fence were cleared, and the street was cleaned which has been the site of illegal dumping.

October 2, 2007

Senator Golden Letter to the Editor Regarding Breast Cancer Awareness Month


October 11, 2007

Dear Editor,

Sadly, most of us know someone who has been affected by breast cancer. Breast cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer as well as the second leading cause of death among women in America.

October 1, 2007

Golden Hosts Fall Picnic At Shore Road Gardens

Brooklyn- State Senator Marty Golden (R-C, Brooklyn), the Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee, recently hosted a Fall Picnic for over one hundred and fifty neighborhood seniors at the Shore Road Garden, in conjunction with the Shore Road Garden Council under the leadership of Linda Allegretti and Joseph Grant. The event featured live music and dancing and boxed lunch and dessert were served.Senator Marty Golden stated, "This community picnic was a great way to begin the Fall season.

September 28, 2007

Senator Marty Golden And The Visiting Nurse Service Of New York Offer Free Flu Shots To Community

Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C, 22nd District) in conjunction with the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, is announcing plans to offer 300 free flu shots to the community on Thursday, October 25, 2007 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Senator Marty Golden stated, "I am proud to partner with the Visiting Nurse Service of New York to make available the flu vaccination available to this community at no cost.

September 26, 2007

Golden To Introduce Legislation To Halt Governor's Misguided New Policy On Issuance Of Driver's Licenses

Brooklyn- State Senator Martin Golden (R-C, Brooklyn) is announcing that he will introduce legislation in the New York State Senate that will mandate a valid Social Security number, cross checked with the federal Social Security database, prior to the issuance of all New York State driver’s licenses. Senator Golden is responding to Governor Spitzer’s new policy, announced today, that will lift this requirement.

Senator Marty Golden stated, "A driver’s license is not an entitlement and is the most important document issued in the establishment of ones’ identity.

September 21, 2007

Golden: Learn To Be Prepared For An Emergency

Brooklyn-State Senator Marty Golden (R-C, Brooklyn) will host a presentation on emergency preparedness on Friday, September 28, 2007 at the Bay Ridge Community Service Center, located at 6935-4th Avenue, at the corner of Ovington and 4th Avenues. The presentation will be held from 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Sponsored by the American Red Cross of Greater New York and the New York City Office of Emergency Management, the event is designed to help families and individuals take measures to better protect themselves in times of emergency.

September 18, 2007

Golden Urges Assembly Action On "granny's Law"

(Brooklyn) -- After a vicious Lower East Side attack earlier this week on a 95-yr old woman, State Senator Marty Golden today sent a letter to Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver to encourage his public support for "Granny’s Law."The State Senate unanimously passed the "Granny’s Law" bill in March following the attacks of the101-year-old Queens grandmother, Rose Morat, who was mugged on her way to church and of 85-year-old Solange Elizee was also brutally beaten and mugged.Senator Golden has continually urged Speaker Silver to bring this bill to a

September 13, 2007

Senator Golden To Host An Evening Of Dance

Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden, the Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee, (R-C, Brooklyn) today is announcing an evening of dance for local senior citizens to be held in the community on Thursday, September 20, 2007.

Senator Marty Golden will present a ballet performance by the Metropolitan Repertory Company at the Shore Hill Community Room, located at 9000 Shore Road, at 6:30 p.m.

September 12, 2007

Disaster Assistance Service Center In Brooklyn To Open Wednesday To Aid Tornado Victims

The Office of Emergency Management has identified a location for a Disaster Assistance Service Center in Bayridge Brooklyn to help the residents affected by the tornado. FEMA Safety and Security inspections have been completed and the site is now approved. Location: Notre Dame Hall Our Lady of Perpetual Help RC Basilica, 552-59th Street(at 6th avenue in Bayridge), Brooklyn, NY. The first day of operation will be Wednesday, September 12, 2007, 1PM to 7PM. Daily operations: Monday thru Saturday 11 AM to 7 PM.

September 10, 2007

Golden: Fema Declares Brooklyn Disaster Zone

Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C, Brooklyn) today is calling the decision of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, declaring the borough of Brooklyn eligible for federal disaster assistance caused by the tornado of Wednesday, August 8, 2007, "the right decision for the people of Brooklyn and New York."

Senator Marty Golden stated, "The Federal Emergency Management Agency made the right decision for the people of Brooklyn.

September 7, 2007

City Parks Foundation & Senator Golden Invite Brooklyn Seniors

Brooklyn-NY: City Parks Foundation and Senator Marty Golden welcome all New Yorkers, ages 60 and over, to sign up for the Fall 2007 Season of CityParks Seniors Fitness, a free program offering tennis lessons, yoga instruction, and fitness walking in seven parks across New York City, including Marine Park in Brooklyn. Beginning the week of September 17, CityParks Seniors Fitnesswill be offered in Marine Park in Brooklyn.

September 6, 2007

Senator Golden Announces More Than 1,000 Classroom Seats To Grow In Brooklyn

Brooklyn- State Senator Marty Golden (R-C, Brooklyn) is announcing that the New York City School Construction Authority has scheduled construction to begin on two neighborhood schools, work that when completed will collectively add 1,093 new classroom seats for students of Brooklyn’s School District 20, a district faced with severe overcrowding problems.The construction will begin by the end of this month on both Public School 229 and New Utrecht High School. Public School 229 will receive an extension that will create an additional 651 seats.

September 5, 2007

Senator Marty Golden To Host Meeting For Tornado Victims With Officials

Brooklyn-State Senator Marty Golden (R-C, Brooklyn) will host ameeting for Brooklyn victims of the recent tornado on Tuesday,September 18, 2007 at the Bay Ridge Community Service Center, located at 6935-4th Avenue, at 6:30 p.m.

September 5, 2007

Golden: Twenty Three Local School Yards To Open

Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C, Brooklyn) today is announcing that as part of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s PlaNYC, over twenty three local Brooklyn public schools are part of the five borough plan to identify, improve and open school yards, a plan that will provide newrecreational opportunities within the community for thousands of Brooklyn students along with their families and friends.The schools include:P.S. 207, P.S. 215, P.S. 238, P.S. 95, P.S. 163, P.S. 112, P.S. 247, I.S. 227, P.S. 101, I.S. 228,P.S. 97, I.S. 187, P.S. 104, P.S.

September 2, 2007

Golden Statement On Sentencing Of John Couey To Death

Brooklyn- State Senator Martin Golden (R-C, Brooklyn), who sponsored Jessica’s Law in New York State, a former New York City Police Officer, issued the following statement today:"Justice was served today when a Florida jury recommended that a convicted sex offender, John Evander Couey, be executed for the kidnapping, rape and murder of 9-year old Jessica Lunsford.My heart goes out once again to Jessica’s father, Mark, who I’ve met with several times over the years as he advocated for stronger laws in New York State for sexual predators like that of the monster who t

August 24, 2007

Senator Golden Plans September 11th Memorial Events In Bay Ridge And Marine Park To Mark 6th Anniversary

Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C, 22nd District) is today announcing his plans to host two September 11th Memorials to commemorate the 6th Anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center on Tuesday, September 11, 2007.

Senator Golden will host a memorial in Marine Park, by the Field House at Fillmore Avenue, at 6:00 p.m. The Memorial will feature prayers, a moment of silence, song and inspirational speeches.Senator Golden will also host a memorial event at 8:00 p.m. on the 69th Street Pier at Bay Ridge Avenue and Shore Road.

August 23, 2007