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.”
ASKS CITY TO SUSPEND ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING AS PART OF CONTINGENCY PLAN
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), like all New York City residents, is this morning waking up to a school bus strike effecting more than 152,000 New York City public school students, and has issued this statement urging leaders of ATU Local 1181 and the City of New York, to immediately resume negotiations so to reach a deal and return school bus service.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) this afternoon is calling upon Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the New York City Department of Transportation to incorporate the suspension of alternate side parking regulations in their contingency plans in light of the imminent school bus strike.
Senator Marty Golden stated, “For the parents who rely on school buses to get their children to and from school each and every day, tomorrow morning will be sure to be a hectic morning as schools bus drivers set to strike. That is why we should remove from tomorrow morning’s equation the need to worry if your car is parked on the right side of the street.”
Albany- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), a former New York City Police Officer, has issued comments following his vote to approve legislation tonight in the State Senate to protect all New Yorkers from the threat and danger of gun violence:
Tonight, the people of New York are safer because of the sensible and comprehensive public safety bill approved. This legislation is truly an accomplishment we can be proud of, and that will go a long way to making our streets, our schools, and communities safer for us all.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), a former leader of the 5th Avenue Board of Trade, has issued the following statement today in response to the announcement that a famous Brooklyn restaurant and ice cream parlor “Hinsch’s” will close on March 1st.
“What a shame – we are witnessing an end of era before our eyes. Unfortunately, it was only a matter of time before a long standing food business would suffer unsustainable financial losses and have to shutter their doors. As Hinsch’s begins preparations to close within the next 6 weeks, I invite residents to go there for a final meal. Look out the windows while you are there and realize that in large part, the thriving food cart industry on the corner, has closed Hinsch’s.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is encouraging residents in need of Superstorm Sandy assistance to visit the new FEMA Disaster Recovery Center opened earlier this week at the Gerritsen Beach Volunteer Fire Department Training Hall located at 43 Seba Avenue. The Center is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Brooklyn- State Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today announced that he has made plans to provide free income tax preparation services, for the 15th consecutive year, to senior citizens and residents of his district earning less than $30,000.
Appointments will be available at his district office located at 7408-5th Avenue, on Thursdays and Sundays from February 10th through April 14th. Thursday appointments will be scheduled from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and appointments will be scheduled on Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.