Albany- The New York State Senate today voted to approve legislation sponsored by State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), S. 2503, that will increase the penalties for leaving the scene of an accident where property damage, serious personal injury or death occurs.
This bill increases the penalties for drivers who leave the scene of an accident without stopping and/or reporting it, causing property damage, from a Class A Misdemeanor to a Class E Felony. The penalty for repeat hit and run drivers who cause property damage or personal injury, would be elevated from a Class E Felony to a Class D Felony. Drivers who flee from the scene of an accident where someone was killed would now face Class C Felony.
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I-Brooklyn, Staten Island) and Senator Martin Golden (R,C,I-Brooklyn) recently held a press conference calling for the preservation of spousal refusal, a provision in state law that helps care-giving individuals afford long-term care for their spouses, in this year’s budget. For the second consecutive year, Governor Cuomo has sought to eliminate the protection in his Executive Budget.
BROOKLYN, NY – State Senator Martin J. Golden and Councilman Vincent J. Gentile, along with Superintendent of District 20 Karina Costantino, gathered at IS 201 today to congratulate 8th Grade students Jessica Moran & Nicholas Pilacinski on winning the 2013 8th Grade Essay Contest. The winners, who wrote about how to combat prescription drug abuse and how to combat littering, were selected based on their imagination and writing skills.
Jessica Moran, who wrote about prescription drug abuse, has won an internship with Senator Golden’s office and Nicholas Pilacinski, who wrote about inventive ways to combat littering, has won an internship with Councilman Gentile’s office.
By now everyone knows that there is a possibility of a severe winter storm, heading our way late tonight/early tomorrow, with predictions of large accumulations accompanied by high winds.
This storm can pose serious safety hazards and precautions should be taken.
If the storm hits as predicted the roads can be treacherous. Please do not drive unless it is an emergency. The less cars on the road the lesser the chance of accidents and the easier it will be for snow plows and emergency vehicles to navigate.
We’re excited to announce NYC College Line, a new web resource to provide city-specific information on the college process. As a free, online community—available at NYCCollegeLine.org—NYC College Line will allow you, your students and families to get rapid responses to all of your NYC-college-related questions, from finding local programs, to admissions and application procedures, to tips on completing college successfully.
GOLDEN SENDS LETTER TO FDA TO EXPEDITE REVIEW OF INVESTIGATIONAL DRUG ETEPLIREN, FOR TREATMENT OF DMD
Albany- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is announcing that the New York State Senate yesterday adopted Senate Resolution J. 243, which he introduced, recognizing the Scarso Family from Brooklyn, and their son Pietro, for their efforts in their fight to find a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystropy (DMD).
Senator Golden has also sent a letter to Dr. Russell Kats of the Food and Drug Administration urging him to expedite the review of the investigational drug ETEPLIREN for treatment of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos and members of the Senate Republican Conference were joined today by leaders of statewide business organizations to urge Governor Cuomo to remove the proposed extension of the utility tax surcharge from his Executive Budget. The 18-a surcharge, which has increased utility bills for every ratepayer in the state, is scheduled to expire on March 31, 2014. The Governor’s proposed five-year extension would cost businesses and consumers a total of almost $3 billion.
After touring New York’s hardest hit areas and hosting stakeholder roundtables across the NYC metro area, the Bipartisan Task Force issued its first report with 10 preliminary recommendations to aid recovery efforts and assist in future disaster planning
Senators View Damaged Communities and Meet with City Leaders About Recovery Efforts
The New York State Senate’s Bipartisan Task Force on Hurricane Sandy Recovery today visited hard-hit communities in Brooklyn and Staten Island to tour storm damage and speak with local officials, business leaders, and individuals about the progress and challenges of the ongoing recovery efforts.
WASHINGTON — As part of the administration’s efforts to bring all available resources to bear to support state and local partners impacted by Hurricane Sandy, the Internal Revenue Service today announced that 401(k)s and similar employer-sponsored retirement plans can make loans and hardship distributions to victims of Hurricane Sandy and members of their families.
Transitional Sheltering Assistance Program Extended in NY for an Additional 14 Days; Individual Assistance Program Extended 30 days
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), at the request of the State of New York, has approved a 14-day extension to the Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program and a 30-day extension for the Individual Assistance (IA) program. This action will allow eligible survivors from Hurricane Sandy who cannot return to their homes to stay in participating hotels or motels and enable eligible individuals the ability to receive federal assistance for repairing their damaged properties.
Albany – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), the sponsor of S. 2320 which authorizes the City of New York to offer property and personal income tax benefits for condominiums and cooperatives, has issued this statement following the bill’s passage today:
“The State Senate has restored the property tax abatement program designed originally for New York City residents who are co-op and condo owners. This program also will provide tax exemptions to repair fire and health hazards in multiple dwellings. Today’s legislative action will further authorize New York City to adopt legislation that creates a personal income tax credit for residential shareholders of entities that pay the City’s general corporation tax.
This February we want to help NYC women celebrate the month of love with a special no-cost gift. The American-Italian Cancer Foundation (AICF) will be providing no-cost digital mammograms, clinical breast exams, and educational materials to medically underserved women on its Care Clinic in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, and Queens on Wednesdays through Sundays. We serve women who are at least 40 years old, live in NYC, and have not had a mammogram within the past 12 months.
To make an appointment for a no-cost breast cancer screening in your neighborhood, call 1-877-628-9090.
Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is applauding the New York City Department of Transportation for their approval of a traffic light for the intersection of 83rd Street and Colonial Road. Senator Golden has, in the past, made a multitude of requests for a traffic signal at this heavily traveled intersection near both a high school and a playground.
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 communities tomorrow, Thursday, January 24, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. at Public School 277, located at 2529 Gerritsen Avenue.
Senator Golden will welcome officials from the National Flood Insurance Program and Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Small Business Administration, NYC Rapid Repairs Program, the New York State Department of Financial Services, the New York City Departments of Buildings, Finance Health, Police and Fire, Heart Share Human Services of New York, National Grid and Con Edison.
CRITICAL SANDY RELIEF, FILM TAX CREDIT EXTENSION AMONG HIGHLIGHTS
Albany – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today has issued this statement following Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2013-2014 Executive Budget proposal:
“Today, Governor Cuomo has set forth a budget plan for the year ahead that will eliminate a $1.3 billion budget gap without an increase in taxes or fees. I applaud the Governor for this fiscally responsible approach toward our State’s finances, while keeping in mind, the financial burden many New Yorkers are facing today.
Brooklyn - State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) was contacted by Mr. Alfred Piro of Bay Ridge in an attempt to increase awareness about the importance of cleaning up after your dog. His daughter is in a wheelchair and the attached letter is written regarding the problem as it relates to the disabled.
Senator Marty Golden stated, "Those who do not clean up after their dogs destroy the quality of life for all residents, and this letter highlights the impact that it has on our disabled neighbors. I do hope that these concerns raised in this letter will not be ignored. The next time you are out walking your dog, stop and think for a moment, and pick up after your dog."
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) yesterday attended an awards breakfast in honor of the Fort Hamilton High School Girls Varsity Volleyball Team upon their winning the PSAL B Division City Championship held in the School’s library. This is the second consecutive year that team has won the title and recorded a season record of 13-0.
Senator Golden stated, “I was proud to join in the celebration of this achievement yesterday and recognize the outstanding local sports talent. Once again, Fort Hamilton High School Tigers have made us proud and have brought home a City championship. Congratulations to the coaches, the school, the team and their families on a great season.”