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A Busy Legislative Week

For those of you who are not aware, the state legislature will be wrapping up the 2014 Legislative Session on June 19th. I have been in Albany this week working on many bills that I believe are priority before the end of session. Check out some of the highlights of the week here, on my website or on social media.

 

SCHOOLS IN NEW YORK CITY TO BE CLOSED WHEN THE GOVERNOR DECLARES A WEATHER EMERGENCY

June 13, 2014
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SENATOR GOLDEN ENCOURAGES STUDENTS TO READ THIS SUMMER

Brooklyn - State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is announcing the kick off of the 2014 Summer Reading Program, organized by his office, designed to encourage students to keep learning and reading during the summer months.

 

Senator Golden’s summer reading program is a partnership between the New York State Library and New York State Senate. Participating students will use an online journal to keep track of their reading progress throughout the summer. Children who submit a completed journal will receive recognition from Senator Marty Golden in the form of a summer reading certificate.

 

June 12, 2014
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GOLDEN LEADS STATEWIDE EFFORT TO OVERSEE SANDY RECOVERY FUNDS

Albany – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is announcing that the New York State Senate has approved a bill he introduced, S. 4666, that would mandate the New York State Division of the Budget, to oversee, track and report on the State’s spending of funds set aside for the recovery efforts related to Superstorm Sandy.

The legislation would require the Division of the Budget, along with the State Comptroller, to maintain detailed information on their website regarding the expenditure of Sandy recovery monies within the State. Additionally, this bill requires that a quarterly report be submitted on the receipt, distribution and administration of this funding.

The report shall provide detailed information on, among other things, the following:

June 10, 2014
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SENATE TO ACT LEGISLATION TO CREATE A BLUE ALERT SYSTEM

Albany – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), a former New York City Police Officer, is announcing that the New York State Senate is expected to take action this afternoon on a bill he sponsored, S.2108, that would establish a Blue Alert system in NY State.

 

The bill, if passed by the Senate and the Assembly this session, and signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo, would aid in the apprehension, identification and location of individuals suspected of killing or seriously wounding any law enforcement officer.

 

June 10, 2014
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SENATOR GOLDEN: LEGISLATION SEEKS TO COMBAT GANG VIOLENCE AND DRUG TRAFFICKING ON OUR STREETS

Gangs playing major role in prescription drug and pain killer black market

 

Albany – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) is announcing that the State Senate has approved legislation he sponsored, S4444A, by a vote of 50-9, that would enact the New York State Criminal Street Gang Act.

 

The legislation, championed by the Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, would provide a comprehensive approach to protecting the public from gang-related crimes and violence, including those that relate to drug trafficking. According to the U.S. Justice Department, street gangs are among the primary distributors of illegal drugs on the streets. There are presently more than one hundred known gangs in New York City.

 

June 10, 2014
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PARKS & PLAYGROUNDS SHOULD BE ABOUT SWINGS, SLIDES AND FIELDS, NOT DRUGS, SAYS SENATOR GOLDEN

Prescription drug crisis makes law needed more than ever

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) is announcing that the New York State Senate today has approved S. 2173A which he sponsored, by a vote of 56-3, that would increase penalties for the sale of controlled substances if it occurs on park grounds or in playgrounds.

 

Today’s vote follows the recent report published by the Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, which Senator Golden is a member, that outlines and addresses the prescription drug war currently facing communities throughout the State.

 

June 9, 2014
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STATE SENATE APPROVES SENATOR GOLDEN’S BILL THAT SETS FRAMEWORK FOR COMMISSION TO STUDY CHILD ABUSE

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) is announcing that today the New York State Senate has approved legislation he introduced, S. 2095, that will establish a temporary New York State Commission to study child abuse prevention and make recommendations for the implementation of child abuse prevention programs in New York State.

 

Senator Marty Golden stated, “There is no place in our homes, schools or society for child abuse, and the unfortunate reality is that it is happening all too often in New York. I introduced this legislation because it is time that we take a stand against child abuse and make the prevention of such a priority. We must figure out how to reverse this trend that is damaging many families.”

 

June 2, 2014
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STATE SENATOR GOLDEN HOSTS ANNUAL TEACHER OF THE YEAR EVENT

Honors this year’s best educators from each school in his district

 

Brooklyn, NY – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) will be hosting his annual Teacher of the Year Ceremony on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 4pm at the Theater located at the Fort Hamilton Army Base in Brooklyn.

 

New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina will be in attendance.

 

Teacher of The Year celebrates the outstanding work that educators do each school year. One teacher from each school in Senator Golden’s district was selected by their principal, and they will be honored at this event.

 

May 23, 2014
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SENATOR GOLDEN TO HOST ANNUAL MEMORIAL DAY BREAKFAST AND AWARDS CEREMONY

Brooklyn-State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) will host a Memorial Day breakfast and awards event honoring Peter D’Angelis, Chair of the Kings County Memorial Day Parade, as the 2014 inductee of the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame, this Friday, May 21, 2014, ceremony beginning at 10:00 AM at the Bay Ridge Manor, 476-76th Street in Brooklyn.

 

Senator Golden, who will be joined by over 150 veterans, will also present New York State Liberty Medals to two Gold Star Mothers and a Gold Star Sister. Representatives of the Fort Hamilton Army Base and the Fire Department of New York will also be in attendance.

 

Members of the media are welcome

May 22, 2014
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SENATOR GOLDEN URGES COMMUNITY SUPPORT IN EFFORT TO SAVE ONE OF OUR OWN BATTLING CANCER

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) is asking for the community to support an organized effort to help Bay Ridge resident Seth Kushner in his fight against an aggressive form of Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Seth, who is married and father to a 5 year old son, is in need of a bone marrow transplant following his April 2014 diagnosis.

 

The organization Delete Blood Cancer, with the support of Bay Ridge Cares, is organizing an event encouraging residents to register as a bone marrow donor on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, from 2:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Angels Church, located at 7320-4th Avenue (Cavanaugh Room), Brooklyn.

 

May 20, 2014
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SENATOR GOLDEN CALLS ON STATE PAROLE BOARD TO KEEP COP KILLERS BEHIND BARS

Albany – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) has sent a letter to New York State Parole Board Chairwoman Tina Stanford calling for parole to be denied to Eddie Matos and Barrington Young, two criminals convicted of killing NYPD officers Anthony Dwyer and Harry Ryman.

 

In his letter, Golden wrote, “These criminals are exceptionally dangerous to society because they simply have no regard for humanity. They need to be accountable for their actions in killing a law enforcement officer.”

 

Senator Golden is a former New York City Police Officer. His complete letter is attached.

 

May 20, 2014
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SENATOR GOLDEN TO HOST YOGA CLASSES IN MARINE PARK

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), today is announcing that he will be partnering with Yoga Instructor Cathy Shroder and hosting two very special health and fitness events in Marine Park near the Carmine Carro Community Center at 3000 Fillmore Avenue.

 

The beginners’ Yoga class, with opportunities for more advanced practice and featuring short Yoga Nidra, will take place at 7 p.m. on both Thursday, May 22nd and June 5th. The events are free and open to the public. Participants are asked to bring their own yoga mat or towel.

 

May 14, 2014
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STATE LEGISLATORS TEAM UP TO HOST FREE YOGA IN THE PARK

Brooklyn - State Senator Marty Golden (R,C,I-South Brooklyn) and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I-Bay Ridge) are partnering with Yoga in Bay Ridge and 5 Boro Power Yoga to offer a series of five free yoga classes in Shore Road Park. The events, taking place throughout the summer, will provide a fun and relaxed way to improve physical health and mental well-being.

 

“After a very long and cold winter, residents are looking for more and more opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. I am proud to be partnering with my colleague, Assemblywoman Malliotakis, in presenting a series of health and fun, and invite our community to take part in yoga which is good for the mind, body and soul,” said Senator Marty Golden.

 

May 14, 2014
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State Senator Martin Golden to Join Twin America Executives in Presenting Generous Donation to Gerritsen Beach Volunteer Fire Department (GBVFD)

What: Local officials, including State Senator Martin J. Golden, will join Twin America in presenting a donation of $5,000 to the GBVFD, which has been assisting families in surrounding communities still recovering from Hurricane Sandy. Twin America has been providing free transportation services to volunteers working on Sandy-related projects and initiatives since November 2012.

 

Who: Martin J. Golden, New York State Senator- 22nd Senate District

David W. Chien, Director of Marketing- Twin America

Doreen Garson, Chief- Gerritsen Beach Volunteer Fire Department

 

When: Wednesday May 14, 7:30 p.m.

 

Where: Vollies Memorial Training Hall, 43 Seba Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

May 13, 2014
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO INCREASE PUNISHMENT OF PERSISTENT CRIMINAL OFFENDERS

 

4th Misdemeanor = 1 Felony

 

The New York State Senate passed legislation (S3074) today, sponsored by Senator Martin Golden (R-C, Brooklyn), that would authorize courts to charge criminals with a felony if they are charged with a misdemeanor after three prior misdemeanor convictions. The bill would address the issue of criminal offenders who persistently commit misdemeanor crimes, including sex offenses, yet avoid more severe felony prison sentences, leaving them free to commit additional crimes.

 

May 7, 2014
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SENATE CRACKS DOWN ON HIT-AND-RUN DRIVERS

Bill Passed Today Strengthens Penalties for Leaving the Scene of an Accident

 

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that increases the penalties for leaving the scene of an accident when a death, injury, or damage of property occurs. The bill (S2503), sponsored by Senator Martin Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), would deter drivers from leaving injured victims on the road, facilitate police investigations, and enable timely chemical testing of a driver if warranted.

 

May 7, 2014
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SENATOR GOLDEN PARTNERS WITH AMERICAN ITALIAN CANCER FOUNDATION TO PROVIDE NO COST MAMMOGRAM SCREENINGS

Brooklyn- State Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) is announcing his plans to host no cost mammography screenings in conjunction with The American Italian Cancer Foundation, on Monday, May 12, 2014, at his Bay Ridge office, located at 7408 5th Avenue in Brooklyn.

No cost mammograms will be available to women over 40 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. An appointment must be made by calling 1-877-628-9090.

 

Women interested in appointments must be over 40 years of age who live within Senator Golden’s district, and have not had a mammogram in the past year. While insurance is required, a limited number of appointments will be available on a first come, first serve basis to women without insurance.

 

May 2, 2014
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