Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, 22nd District) will welcome Congressman Michael G. Grimm (R-C-I, 11th District) to the Gerritsen Beach section of the Senator's district, for a press conference on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at 1:30 p.m., to call on the United States Senate to approve the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, sponsored by Grimm, that was approved by the House earlier this week.
The press conference will take place outside of a home damaged by Super Storm Sandy located at 52 Dare Court (off Gerritsen Avenue between Cyrus Avenue and Seba Avenues).
The New York State Senate today passed legislation to increase penalties for drug dealers who sell to children. The bill (S988A), sponsored by Senator Jack Martins (R-C-I, Mineola), strengthens the felony charges for the sale of drugs by an adult to a child under the age of 14.
“Drugs destroy lives, and the victims of drug abuse are getting younger and younger,” said Senator Martins. “Drug use among children, especially heroin, is a growing epidemic on Long Island. Criminals who target young children and poison them with heroin and other controlled substances deserve tougher penalties. This legislation will give law enforcement another tool to keep these drug dealers off the streets and behind bars where they belong.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, 22nd District) and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-C, 64th District) will host a press conference on Friday, March 7, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. to kick-off an organized grassroots efforts calling on the Metropolitan Transit Authority to authorize a multi-trip toll discount plan for Brooklyn residents.
MTA Board Member Allen P. Cappelli, will join the elected officials, at the announcement that will take place at the Brooklyn entrance to the Verrazano Bridge at the corner of 92nd Street and Gatling Place.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), a former New York City Police Officer, will host a community town hall meeting regarding the recent rise in heroin and prescription drug use, abuse and overdoses in his district, tomorrow, Thursday, February 27, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. at Public School 170, 7109-6th Avenue, Brooklyn.
Representatives of law enforcement and drug prevention service organizations will make presentations at the event to community residents. A question and answer session on drug use and how families are being affected will follow the presentations.
The town hall meeting is being co-sponsored by the Arab American Association of New York and the Yemeni American Association of New York.
Following Staten Island discounted proposal, Senator Golden and Assemblywoman Malliotakis are renewing their call for a discounted rate for those who travel over the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge 3 or more times a month.
Brooklyn, NY - Following the announcement of Mayor De Blasio’s Vision Zero Plan, State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) issued the following statement:
“I appreciate the commonality of interest in the Mayor’s plan and legislation that I have introduced. Vision Zero is a comprehensive plan that is an overall good first start for ensuring less pedestrian fatalities and reducing vehicular accidents overall.
Brooklyn -Today State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) issued the following statement on the Statement the ongoing LICH/SUNY negotiations:
“It is difficult to see how the long standing uncertainty regarding the transformation of Long Island College Hospital is in the interests of the patients of Brooklyn, taxpayers of the State of New York, and our world class SUNY system. After more than a year the time has come for common sense to prevail and to move forward. The proposals, all of which are available for public review, are reasonable and one should be chosen without delay. While change is never easy, this is an opportunity to begin implementing the less costly and more effective 21st century health care solution that Brooklyn clearly needs. “
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), a member of the State Senate Committee on Homeland Security, Military and Veteran Affairs, today joined his colleagues in the State Senate, announcing support and continued efforts to see this be the year that the New York Jobs for Heroes Program State law.
The New York Jobs for Heroes Program (S. 2803B), co-sponsored by Senator Golden, would give State contract preference to service-connected disabled veteran owned small business in New York State.
I am so pleased to share with you the news about our Bridging the Gap program for teens. Bridging the Gap is a new initiative from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) that seeks to connect 10th and 11th grade high school students that have an interest in pursuing a career in conservation science, zoology, marine science, ecology, or biology, directly with professionals in those fields. In addition to receiving hands-on experience and mentoring, students will obtain information in areas including educational planning, financial aid options, effective job search methods, resume building, networking, job referral, and more. The teens can work at either the New York Aquarium or the Prospect Park, Queens, Central Park or Bronx Zoos.
Following Staten Island discounted proposal, Senator Golden renews his call for a discounted rate for those who travel over the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge 3 or more times a month
Brooklyn, NY – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), following the announcement that Staten Island residents will receive an additional discount in tolls, is calling on the MTA to fund a discount for residents of New York City who travel over the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge on a regular basis.
The Public Assistance Integrity Act, co-sponsored by Senator Golden, would bring more accountability and stricter guidelines on the use of welfare in New York State
Albany, NY – Following the State Senate’s passage of S966 The Public Assistance Integrity Act, State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), a co-sponsor of this vital legislation, issued the following statement:
For too long, people have abused the welfare system to make unnecessary and frivolous purchases at the expense of not only the tax payer, but those who rely on these programs to support their families.
Albany – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), the Chairman of the Senate Civil Service and Pensions Committee, served as the keynote speaker at the New York State Public Employees Conference held this morning in the State Capitol. Senator Golden’s remarks spoke to the need to hold New York’s workforce in the highest regards and applauded the expansion of the 9/11 legacy bill for firefighters.
Golden invited Mayor de Blasio to tour Gerritsen Beach, Manhattan Beach, and Sheepshead Bay to get a firsthand look at the problems many residents are still facing
Albany, NY – During today’s Public Hearing on the 2014- 2015 proposed executive budget, State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) had an opportunity to question Mayor de Blasio on the ongoing recovery efforts for Superstorm Sandy.
Albany – In response to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s comments regarding the Common Core curriculum during the State budget address, Senator Golden has issued the following statement:
“I applaud and agree with the Governor’s decision to suspend testing from Kindergarten to 2nd grade, and I am glad to see the Board of Regents concurs. The entirety of the Common Core Curriculum must be reviewed, but nevertheless, standardized testing for Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd graders is unnecessary.
Albany, NY – Following Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget address, State Senator Martin J. Golden issued the following statement.
“Today the Governor outlined his proposal for this year’s budget. I’m pleased that in two key areas, tax cuts and health care, we agree. Governor Cuomo highlighted the healthcare crisis facing Brooklyn and the Obama administration’s failure on behalf of our hospitals. Governor Cuomo is right in that without these waiver’s President Obama will essentially be closing some of Brooklyn’s hospitals .