Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is encouraging residents to participate in the 4th Annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, which is happening this Saturday, April 28, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Collection sites are located throughout Brooklyn and New York City, as well as the State and Nation. Residents can call 1-800-882-9539 or visit the “Collection Site Locator” found on the United States Drug Enforcement Agency Office of Diversion Control website at http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html. Some area sites include the 68th Precinct, the Fort Hamilton Army Base, and the 61st Precinct.
Golden Blasts Legislation That Hurts Small Business Owners and Unfairly Rewards Street Vendors
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), a former small business owner, merchant leader and member of the New York City Council, today is emphatically criticizing legislation being considered today by the New York City Council Consumer Affairs Committee that unfairly rewards street vendors.
The NYC Council Committee on Consumer Affairs will consider two bills, Int. 434-2010 and Int. 435-2010, legislation that reduces the maximum fine amount on violations, and legislation that would make increased violation amounts only applicable when a the same class of violation is repeatedly committed.
We wanted to take this opportunity to update you on our excellent progress in addressing the Brooklyn water main issue. I am pleased to report that as of 6:00 pm this evening:
· Street Main Service has been restored to 98% of customers and we are on target to complete restorations tonight.
· Relights have been completed for more than half of the customer (634 of the 1,200) and we expect to reach all those who are available tonight, while being sensitive to the Sabbath. Our ability to complete the relights will be dependent on gaining access.
I received a message today that this detour sign has been at the corner of 72nd Street and 3rd Avenue in Brooklyn for about 3 weeks. I brought this complaint, that not only was it unsightly, but it was hazardous to the attention of the Department of Transportation, and they have responded and removed the signs and posts from the sidewalk. Thank you to the Department of Transportation and thank you to our neighbor who reported this.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is announcing that he will co-sponsor legislation, S. 3804, that seeks to establish an animal cruelty registry in New York State.
Senator Marty Golden stated, “There is no place in our society for cruelty or abuse of animals. It is my hope that this registry will prevent such reprehensible behavior and will help to bring an end to violence against animals. I have signed on as a co-sponsor of this legislation because there is a need to have laws in New York that will improve the safety of our animals.”
New York – Congressman Bob Turner (NY-09) sent letters to Senator John Defrancisco, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, and New York State Senate Finance Committee ranking member, Liz Krueger, urging them to pass S6819, The Veteran Owned Business Enterprise Act and S6818, The Service Connected Disabled Veteran Owned Business Enterprise Act, both of which were introduced by Senator Marty Golden (R,C,I - Brooklyn) on Monday, March 26th, in Albany.
The American workplace is undergoing a radical transformation: independent workers now make up a full 30 percent of the labor pool-and experts estimate that the figure could rise to 50% by 2020. Even though times are tough, these Americans aren’t waiting around for big corporations to create opportunity for them: self-employed workers are launching more startups than at any time in the last 14 years. That’s exactly the kind of economic engine we need to feed and nurture. Unfortunately, the 42 million freelancers working in this country lack the basic wage protections that other workers can count on. It’s time to change that.
$489,445,820 Investment to Repair 84 Miles of Roads and One Bridge
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced an additional and accelerated $489,445,820 investment for projects that will repair 84 miles of roads and one bridge in New York City and create thousands of jobs. For the transportation component of NY Works, the Department of Transportation (DOT) reviewed its Capital Program and identified those projects, which can be accelerated by utilizing either the conventional design-bid-build project delivery mechanism or the newly-enacted design-build project delivery method.
Monday, April 2, 2012 is the fifth annual World Autism Awareness Day.
And the entire month of April is "Autism Spectrum Disorder Awareness Month" in New York State.
These important dates provide us with a very special opportunity to continue our efforts to enhance public awareness about autism, and to work together to ensure that families and individuals have the support they need to overcome the serious challenges that autism can present.
Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is reminding New Yorkers of two tax cuts recently approved by the New York State Legislature that are scheduled to take effect this Sunday, April 1st, including the elimination of the 4% State portion of the sales tax, and the repeal of the MTA Payroll Tax.
As of April 1st, all clothing and footwear sold for less than $110 per item (or per pair of footwear) will now exempt from the State and City sales tax combined 8.875% sales tax. Additionally, most fabric, thread, yarn, buttons, snaps, hooks, zippers and similar items that are used to make or repair exempt clothing will also be eligible for the exemption. The exemption from the state sales tax will be in effect year round.
2012-13 State Budget Reduces Spending, Does Not Raise Taxes, Creates Jobs
For the second consecutive year, the New York State Senate has completed an early passage of the state budget. The 2012-13 state budget achieves the Senate Republicans’ goals of reducing state spending, not raising taxes and creating new private sector jobs. The new state fiscal year begins April 1st.
Albany- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) has issued the following statement on the approval of S. 6257-E, the education, labor and family assistance budget bill, that restores school bus transportation to students who remain at school until 5pm or later:
“I am proud to have made a major effort to see that in this year’s New York State budget, after 5pm school bus service has been restored. This is great news for education, for our students and for our families. We must provide nothing less than a safe means for students to travel home who stay at school late for classes and extracurricular activities.”
Senator Golden yesterday announced a legislative agreement that restored school bus service for New York City’s 7th and 8th grade students.
Brooklyn- Community residents who have proven to be extraordinary community residents dedicated to special events, events and organizations, will be honored at the 2012 Volunteer Appreciation Night hosted by Senator Marty Golden on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Bay Ridge Manor, located at 476-76th Street.
More than 150 volunteers will be honored with New York State Senate Certificates honoring them for their efforts. Many of the volunteers have supported community events including the annual Easter Egg Hunts, the Halloween Walk, the 4th of July Picnic , the Christmas Tree Lightings and the Summer Concerts in the Parks.
Brooklyn- State Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), in conjunction with local community organizations, will host two Easter Egg Hunts this weekend.
An Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for Saturday, March 31, 2012, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., at Dyker Park located at 13th Avenue and 86th Street. The event is being co-sponsored by Congressman Michael Grimm, the 13th Avenue Merchants and the Dyker Heights Civic Association.
An Easter Egg Hunt is also scheduled for Sunday, April 1, 2012, 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. in Marine Park, entrance at Fillmore Avenue and Madison Place
The Easter Egg hunt events include games, music, activities and prizes for the children.
Members of the media are invited and welcome to attend.
Albany- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is announcing the passage of legislation (S. 6027-B/A8683-B), which he co-sponsored, that would allow the City of New York to restore the yellow school bus service to 7th and 8th grade school children. The bill was approved today by both the State Senate and the State Assembly.
Senator Golden stated, “The passage of this bill is a tremendous victory for all school children, families and educators, of the City of New York. We have changed the law to make it again possible for 7th and 8th grade students to travel by school bus to and from school. This was an important thing to do to support our families and to ensure the safety of our students.”
The New York State Senate today passed legislation that gives judges the ability to consider well-established risk factors in determining bail or recognizance in domestic violence cases so that a victim and their family can be further protected from an assailant.
The bill (S.1414A), sponsored by Senator Stephen Saland (R-I-C, Poughkeepsie), would allow the history of violence or threats of violence, prior orders of protection, and the accused’s access to guns to be considered by a judge, potentially affecting their release conditions and sparing many victims and their children additional harm or even death.