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 .
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I-Brooklyn, Staten Island) is joining Sen. Martin Golden, MTA Board Member Allen Cappelli, transit riders and members of the Transit Workers Union to continue the push for full restoration of the B37 bus line, in advance of the MTA Board’s upcoming meeting. The event will take place on Friday, January 17 in front of the Guild for Exceptional Children, located at 6749 3rd Avenue in Brooklyn at 10:00 a.m.
Last year, I voted for the NY Jobs For Heroes Program, a plan that would create a state contract preference for service-connected disabled veteran-owned small businesses in New York State. The Senate-approved legislation mirrors the highly successful federal program that is presently established for a contract set aside.
Currently, nearly 40 other states are successfully using this program. Unfortunately, the bill was not addressed in the New York State Assembly.
Providing this earned opportunity to our heroes is commonsense. That is why I was enthused by the Governor’s support of this plan in his recent State of the State Address.
To make New York State more economically competitive, we all know we have to reduce taxes and control spending. But, we also need to focus on efforts to eliminate unnecessary red tape and regulations that stifle the private sector’s ability to create new jobs.
Albany - State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), who today attended the joint committee meeting of the Senate Health and Insurance Committees focused on the Affordable Health Care Act issued the following statement:"Following today's meaningful hearing on the future of health care in New York State, I have serious concerns regarding the outlook of the system. The new implication of in-network vs. out-of-network doctors, along with the thousands of new patients, has rightly created apprehension about the ability of the current system to handle the expected increase.
Brooklyn- State Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) has once again agreed to be a host site for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, offering free tax preparation services to those residents whom make less than $30,000 annually.
Appointments will be available at his district office located, at 7408 5th Avenue, on Thursdays and Sundays from February 16th through April 13th. Thursday appointments will be scheduled from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday appointments will be from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Albany – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) has issued the following statement in response to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2014 State of State speech delivered this afternoon in Albany:
“Today, Governor Cuomo outlined his plans for the future of New York State and his interest in continuing to work in a bipartisan manner to move the Empire State forward. New Yorkers throughout my district and New York deserve tax relief and we must seize the opportunity this year. We must work to reduce business taxes and those effecting our manufacturing industry, so we can sustain and flourish our State’s employment.
A citywide winter storm warning has been issued starting Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 6:00PM until 1:00PM on Friday, January 3, 2014. The current forecast calls for 6-8 inches of snow accompanied by strong winds and low temperatures. The Office of Emergency Management has issued a travel advisory warning of icy conditions on roadways and sidewalks. We are working together with our agency partners to prepare for the storm and will be closely monitoring and responding to local conditions as the storm progresses.
Below are some helpful resources for the public to follow the storm and snow clearance operations in their neighborhoods.
Hundreds of thousands of small businesses and manufacturers in New York will see a reduction in their state taxes as a result of new tax cuts that take effect on January 1, 2014. In addition, tax relief for hardworking, middle class families, new health care protections, legal casino gaming, and the START-UP NY economic development program are among the new state laws that take effect on New Year’s Day.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is announcing his partnership with HeartShare Human Services and the National Grid Neighborhood Heating Fund, to assist low-income families with the elevated cost of heat during the winter months.
The program, founded in 1983, has been administered by HeartShare Human Services since 1995. Senator Marty Golden has long partnered with the Fund to make the financial relief available to those qualifying constituents.
Since the 2010 elimination of the B37 Bus, folks in southwest Brooklyn have struggled getting around. The elimination of the bus service adversely impacted the elderly, disabled, families, youth, and persons with chronic illnesses as they disproportionately relied on the bus to access their health services and traveling to city agencies in downtown Brooklyn.
During this past Summer, our efforts paid off and the MTA announced the reinstatement of the B37 bus. We thank the MTA for carefully listening to our public transit concerns over the past few years. However, we have concerns with the current proposed restoration for the B37 bus such as: 1. Reinstating the B37 in mid-2014; 2. Shortening of the B37 route; and 3. Having the B37 run only between 6am-11pm.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), a member of the New York State Regional Economic Development Council for the City of New York, today has issued a statement following the announcement of grants awarded to support key initiatives in Southwest Brooklyn.
“As a member of the Regional Economic Development Council for the City of New York, I commend New York State’s investment in Kings County. Today, we are furthering efforts to create a more business and environmentally friendly community for people to live, work and raise a family,” said Senator Marty Golden.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is announcing his series of new holiday events billed as “Holiday Senior Festivals”, which will feature the participation of numerous City and State agencies, free blood pressure screenings, entertainment and lunch, a FREE shredding truck parked outside to shred old documents, and raffles as well as a tree trimming.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today released Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for New York City that reflect the latest refinements to the ongoing analysis of flood hazards. This release is the next step in the coastal Flood Insurance Study update. The Preliminary FIRMs replace the Preliminary Work Maps for New York City that were released earlier this year in June as an interim product.