Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today has issued the following statement regarding the announcement by Reverend Al Sharpton of the National Action Network to lead a march across the Verrazano Narrows Bridge on Saturday, August 23rd:
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), has sent a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo regarding current and future financial matters facing the State and its ability to care for our disabled residents.
In his letter, Senator Golden applauds the Governor’s recent appeal of a federal government decision seeking a $1.3 billion refund in Medicaid funding for payments to New York State developmental centers and intermediate care facilities. Senator Golden’s letter also highlights 2013 legislative action that saved funding for the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities. Additionally, Senator Golden offers to work with the Governor to strategize in this area of public health so to maximize resources.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), who was on the ground in the communities of Gerritsen Beach, Manhattan Beach and Sheepshead Bay during and since Superstorm Sandy, has scheduled another event, in his continued series of outreach, dedicated to the families of his district in need of rebuilding assistance.
Senator Golden today has announced that he will welcome the NYC Recovery Build It Back Program and the Department of Financial Services, to provide personal assistance for those still experiencing issues with Build It Back, mortgages, insurance and more, on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at the Ancient Order of Hibernians at 2750 Gerritsen Avenue from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is announcing that he has joined forces with Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens to host a back to school collection drive for local students in need.
Residents are being encouraged to donate new school supplies including notebooks, crayons, back packs, pens, pencils, crayons, rulers, highlighters, washable glue sticks, 2-pocket folders, 3 x 5 line Index cards, etc.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), in partnership with Xaverian High School, today is announcing plans to host Brooklyn’s 8th Annual Senior Idol, a popular contest that draws upon the talent of the senior citizens of Kings County, vying to be crowned “Brooklyn’s Senior Idol” this Fall.
Brooklyn residents age 50 or older are invited to register and audition on Monday, September 8, 2014, starting at 4:00 p.m. in the Xaverian High School auditorium, 7100 Shore Road (handicapped accessibility available at 71st Street door). Senior citizens trying out for this singing competition should bring a CD or cassette tape accompaniment. A piano is available for any contestant interested and participants are welcome to bring a guitar.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), following the release of NYPIRG’s 2014 New York State Legislative Session Analysis, released the following statement:
“I am pleased that the New York Public Research Interest Group (NYPIRG) upon analyzing my legislative record from this year has shown that I remain one of the most productive members in term of legislation, having sponsored the most amount of bills that passed both houses of the legislature, and having the second highest number of bills that passed the Senate.”
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is announcing that the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team will take the field for the first time ever in New York City this Saturday, July 12, 2014, in Shore Road Park (enter at 79th Street and Shore Road), starting with the opening ceremonies at Noon.
The first game is set for 1:00 p.m. when the WWAST takes on the Bay Ridge All Star Sluggers, and the second game is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. against NYC first responders and NYC Army Recruiters
The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team has a mission to raise awareness, through softball games and exhibition, of the sacrifices and the resilience of the military. All team players have been injured in action.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), in partnership with the Southwest Brooklyn Parks Task Force, today has announced the complete lineup of summer concerts set to take stage in our local parks this Summer. The concert series kicks off on Tuesday, July 8th when Head Over Heels and special guests play Shore Road Park at 79th Street.
The series of fourteen concerts will feature an array of musical acts, Alive N Kickin’, Carl Thomas, Frankie Marra and His Band, and a special “Irish Night on Shore Road” featuring the Canny Brothers.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), the Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Science, Technology, Incubation & Entrepreneurship, today has issued the following statement praising colleagues in the Senate for passage of S. 6555 and calling on the State Assembly to advance this legislation in the future.
Albany, NY - State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I) today voted against renewing several taxes affecting New York City residents, including portions of the New York City Sales Tax, and the NYC Personal Income Tax. Despite approval by the New York State Legislature, Senator Golden’s “No” vote signifies his belief that New York City's taxing of middle class families is unsustainable.
Albany – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) has issued the following statement regarding his vote to support Senate Bill 7923 which authorizes medical marijuana in New York State, prohibiting the smoking form, for treatment of certain serious illnesses and diseases.
“This afternoon, I voted to support comprehensive legislation that will provide an option to medical professionals to offer medical marijuana to New York’s most seriously ill, those battling Cancer, HIV/Aids, Multiple Sclerosis, and Epilepsy. This legislation encompasses strong safe guards against the misuse of marijuana, while making a form available through prescriptions from specialized doctors.
Albany – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), a prime sponsor of S. 7721, the “Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Transparency and Accountability Act of 2014” today is hailing passage of this legislation adopted by both the Senate and the Assembly.
The legislation would require the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to adhere to the accountability and transparency standards that were imposed on New York State Public Authorities in 2005 and 2009. Additionally, this bill will set a series of agency reforms in place which will govern the Port Authority moving forward.
NEW YORK, NY – Today, Rep. Michael G. Grimm (R,C,I-NY) and State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C, I, Brooklyn) sent the attached letter to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio urging the City to immediately crack down on the growing problem of illegal home conversions in several neighborhoods in southern Brooklyn - especially Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights - and also issued the accompanying joint statement:
Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) has issued the following statement following the New York State Senate’s passage of legislation he sponsored, S. 7490, which would create a Verrazano Narrows Bridge toll discount plan for Brooklyn residents.
“I applaud my colleagues in the New York State Senate for their passage of this legislation that recognizes the true financial burden that the Verrazano Narrows Bridge toll is having on Brooklyn families. Anyone who works or has a child attending school in Staten Island, is easily facing a $300 plus a month bill just to cross the bridge. As we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Verrazano Bridge this year, what a gift this would be.
MTA Bridges and Tunnels today opened the first new ramp added to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge since the bridge’s original 1960s construction. The new, two-lane lower level connector ramp from the Staten Island Expressway heading to Brooklyn is part of the $50 million toll plaza improvement project.
“The new lower level connector ramp will immediately improve traffic flow through the busy I-278 corridor by accommodating more traffic from the Staten Island Expressway,” said MTA Bridges and Tunnels Engineer Project Manager Piv Lim. “We expect motorists will notice this positive change right away.”
This is the weekly reminder that the American Red Cross Move-In Assistance Program (MIAP) will be winding down over the next few months.
The program was established in December 2012 and has served as a bridge for thousands of families that needed financial assistance to relocate from hotels to sustainable housing, move out of state or complete repairs on their Sandy-damaged homes. As of May 28, 2014 the program has provided more than $26 million to more than 4,300 households. Because we expect that the program’s funding will soon be depleted, we are implementing the wind down process outlined below.
July 1, 2014 deadline for submitting completed Move-In Assistance Program applications
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
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.
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: