The New York State Senate today passed legislation to crack down on auto insurance fraud which has led to injuries - even death - for innocent victims and costs hundreds of millions of dollars a year in higher premiums when New Yorkers already pay some of the highest auto insurance rates in the country.
The three bills approved today would significantly cut down on auto insurance scams by increasing penalties for those who commit or assist in the fraud and by giving more flexibility to insurance companies to prevent criminals from getting policies and continuing to commit auto fraud.
Legislation Would Allow Machine Voting for NYC Elections;
Also in Villages, School Districts and Special Districts
The New York State Senate today passed two bills that would allow for the use of lever-style voting machines in non-federal elections in New York City, and in elections held by villages, school districts and special districts.
Today, New York State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I-Brooklyn) and New York State Assemblyman Michael DenDekker (D/WFP-Jackson Heights) announced an outreach and educational initiative designed to alert all New York residents and businesses to a new Voluntary Video Surveillance Registry (VVSR) that will be used to prevent and combat terrorism and crime. On January 28, 2013, this landmark legislation, which was sponsored by Senator Golden and Assembly Member DenDekker, became the law in New York State. The innovative legislation - A. 9380B in the New York State Assembly, and S.7775 in the New York State Senate - establishes a voluntary database or registry that will contain the location and contact information of owners of closed-circuit security cameras in New York State.
Residents who applied for and turned down SBA loans
may not be eligible for CDBG recovery grants distributed by NYC
NEW YORK, NY – Today, Rep. Michael G. Grimm (R,C-SI/Brooklyn) was joined by State Senator Marty Golden (R-Brooklyn) and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I-Brooklyn/SI) in calling for a change to a federal policy that, if left unchanged, will limit available grant funding to Sandy survivors who turned down SBA loans to avoid going deeper into debt. This morning, Rep. Grimm sent a letter to HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan asking him to waive the policy or implement a viable alternative solution. The call is quickly gaining support from state and local officials.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is announcing that he has submitted a petition, signed by more than 70 residents, calling on the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, to complete a full curb to curb restoration of 92nd Street, between Ridge Boulevard and 3rd Avenue.
The street was the site of a major sewer collapse on June 28, 2012, and the project is nearing completion. In addition to the petition circulated by Senator Golden’s office, with the support of Community Board 10 and Councilman Gentile, Golden created an online petition on Causes which attracted over 100 signatures from Brooklyn area residents.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is announcing that he has secured more than $400,000 in State funding for eight schools in his district to support infrastructure and technology requests made by the schools earlier this year.
The following schools have received the grant funding this past week in their school budget accounts:
Intermediate School 228 -Laptops for special education classes
P.S./I.S. 229 - Smartboards and cameras
Intermediate School 259 – Laptop Cart
Public School 102 – Bathroom Renovations
Public School 186 – Smartboards
Intermediate School 201- Wiring of auditorium air conditioning system
The upper level of the bridge in both directions will remain open
The Staten Island-bound lower level of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge will be closed from 12:01 a.m. until 6 p.m. Sunday, May 5 for the annual TD Bank Five Boro Bike Tour. The upper level of the bridge will remain open in both directions throughout the event.
Motorists should expect delays and allow extra travel time. To hear information about all the Verrazano bike tour closures, call 212 360-3000.
Other closings at the Verrazano-Narrows include:
Brooklyn-bound lower level of the bridge from 12:01 a.m. until 8 a.m. when two of three lanes will reopen.
Albany – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is announcing legislation, S. 4777, that he has introduced in the State Senate that would appropriate funds to the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities for the support of various programs. Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-C-I, Brooklyn/Staten Island) is a co-sponsor of the legislation, A. 6692-A, introduced by Assemblyman Weisenberg (D-Long Island).
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-C-I, Brooklyn/Staten Island) today are announcing plans to host a rally to save the McKinley I.S. 259 Beacon Program, on Friday, May 10, 2013, at 5 p.m., at the program site, 7301 Fort Hamilton Parkway in Brooklyn.
The representatives learned of the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development’s plans to terminate the Beacon Program, sponsored by HeartShare Human Services, late yesterday afternoon.
Co-Sponsors and votes for two bills (S2940 & S2941) which would increase penalties for the illegal sale and distribution of controlled substances
Brooklyn, NY – New York State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I) today lauded the passage of two bills, which he co-sponsored, in the New York State Senate. These pieces of legislation would increase penalties for those who try to either game the system through ‘pill mills’ and for those who would steal or unlawfully posses a New York state prescription pad.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), a member of the State Senate Committee on Aging, today is announcing his 11th Annual series of senior fairs to be held throughout his district, to offer local seniors an opportunity to learn of the services available to them to assist with their property taxes, prescription drug coverage, personal safety, access to City and State services, and their health.
The senior fairs will feature information and assistance offered by City agencies including the Departments for the Aging, Environmental Protection, Finance, Transportation, Sanitation, the Human Resources Administration, , the New York City Police Department, the New York City Fire Department, and the Parks Department.
On Saturday, April 27th, 2013 , the 68th Precinct along with he Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will be participating in a nationwide prescription drug take-back plan. This initiative allows everyone including pharmacists, to dispose of unwanted or expired pills, which will help prevent the abuse and the theft of these medications.
Transitional Sheltering Assistance Program Extended in NY for an Additional 28 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 28-day extension to the Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program beginning on May 1st, which was the deadline for the last extension granted earlier in April. This new extension allows eligible survivors from Superstorm Sandy who cannot return to their homes to stay in participating hotels or motels.
The new checkout date for those in the TSA program is May 29, 2013. FEMA will call applicants eligible for the extension to notify them of the new checkout date.
Bills Come On The Heels of Boston Bombings & Foiled Terrorist Train Attack
With renewed calls for vigilance and increased public safety following the tragic bombings in Boston and the foiling of a terrorist plot to attack a train traveling across the state between New York and Toronto, the New York State Senate today passed a package of anti-crime legislation including a bill that would require convicted terrorists to serve their full prison sentence.
Brooklyn- During National Volunteer Week, community residents who have proven to be extraordinary in their volunteerism, dedicated to helping during Hurricane Sandy, special events and community organizations, will be honored at the 2013 Volunteer Appreciation Night hosted by Senator Marty Golden on Thursday April 25, 2013 starting at 6:00 p.m. at Buckley’s Restaurant, 2926 Avenue S, Brooklyn.
More than 50 volunteers will be honored with New York State Senate Certificates for their efforts. Many of the volunteers have both helped with Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts and supported community events.
Brooklyn – State Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) has just learned from officials with the New York City Police Department, that an arrest has been made in the early Wednesday morning fake bomb scare found on the doorstep of a retired Bay Ridge resident:
“I have just been informed that an arrest has been made of an individual in the Bay Ridge bomb scare that took place Tuesday night on 68th Street. I commend the 68th Precinct, Commanding Officer Captain DiBlasio, and all the NYPD Detectives assigned to this case, for their work, in making sure that this individual is no longer roaming our streets, causing havoc and wasting police resources.
Brooklyn, NY – Last night, an object was placed in the confines of the 68th Police Precinct meant to look like a bomb. This object was an empty propane canister with an electronic device attached, clearly meant to look like a bomb. Following reports this morning from the 68th Precinct and The New York Daily News, Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I) issued the following statement:
Brooklyn – Yesterday's event, billed as “Operation Seniors”, which offered prom season assistance for high school seniors affected by Super Storm Sandy, was a huge success, with over 60 students walking away with a prom dress, shoes, pocket books,. makeup and jewelry accessories. The free night of fashion and fun also featured free consultations with hairdressers and makeup artists.
Joins his colleagues and Community Education Council 20 in calling for a ban on releasing student information without parental consent.
Brooklyn, NY – New York State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I) yesterday signed on as a cosponsor to S4284, which prohibits the release of personal identifiable information of students without parental consent for those students under 18, or without direct consent for those students over 18.