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SENATOR GOLDEN SUPPORTS LEGISLATION SAFEGUARD CHILDREN'S JEWELRY

The New York State Senate today passed a measure that would prohibit the sale of children’s jewelry which may contain harmful levels of cadmium and other hazardous substances. The bill (S.4055A), sponsored by Senator Jim Alesi (R-C-I, Perinton) protects children from accidentally ingesting cadmium, often used in inexpensive charm bracelets, pendants and other jewelry.

“It is everyone’s responsibility to protect our children, especially from products containing hazardous substances,” said Senator Alesi. “This bill takes an important step to prevent the sale of items that could cause accidental and unnecessary exposure and severe health effects.”

March 6, 2012
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SENATOR GOLDEN LEADS NEW YORK STATE EFFORT TO PUNISH ACTS OF CHILD PROSTITUTION

Albany – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) is announcing that the New York State Senate today passed legislation (S. 1991) that would establish the crime of promotion of child prostitution by a parent or guardian.

 

“In New York State, there have been several high profile cases where parents exploited their children,” said Senator Golden. “Violating the trust between parent and child is an inexcusable offense and those that do so need to be held accountable. This bill puts teeth into the paper tiger, ensuring those that exploit our children receive justice.”

March 5, 2012
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SENATOR GOLDEN SUPPORTS SENATE LEGISLATIVE EFFORTS TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN FROM ACTS OF SEXUAL OFFENSE

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), today is announcing that two bills he has co-sponsored in the New York State Senate, introduced to better protect our children against sexual crimes, were approved today.

S. 1541A establishes criminal penalties for sexual contact between a minor and a person in a position of trust in the first, second and third degrees. Currently, there are no additional penalties for sexual contact with a minor in such instances.

March 5, 2012
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Help Those Affected By the Recent Tornadoes

Recent tornadoes have caused extensive damage throughout the heartland of America. Five states (Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Alabama & Georgia) have reported deaths, totaling at least 38 victims.

Many local governments and voluntary agencies are providing shelter for disaster survivors displaced by the storms, but the road to recovery will be a long one and further assistance is always welcome.

For those seeking a way to help out our fellow Americans in this time of need, I have provided a list below of some non-profit agencies and the different ways one can contribute.

By Texting:

March 5, 2012
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Senator Golden is quoted in this press release in support of the Tax and Education Assistance for Children (TEACH) Act of 2012 introduced by Congressman Bob Turner.

New York – Congressman Bob Turner (NY-09) today introduced the Tax and Education Assistance for Children (TEACH) Act of 2012. The bill will provide a tax credit of up to 5,000 dollars for families who send their children to private schools and eliminate “double taxation” on parents who send their children to non-public schools.

“Today, I am introducing H.R. 4075, the Tax and Education Assistance for Children (TEACH) Act of 2012”, said Congressman Turner. “The TEACH Act will provide parents who send their children to non-public elementary and secondary schools a tax credit of up to $5,000 per year and effectively eliminate or minimize the effects of this ‘double taxation’.”

March 2, 2012
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STATE SENATE APPROVES SENATOR GOLDEN RESOLUTION HONORING BASEBALL HALL OF FAMER GARY CARTER

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) is

announcing that the New York State Senate today approved Senate Resolution

J. 3367, in which he sponsored, honoring the life of the late New York Mets

legend, Gary ‘The Kid’ Carter.

Senator Golden, a Mets fan stated, “Many of us watched a memorial

service honoring Gary Carter that was attended by the best of baseball past

and present. Today, the New York State Senate joins all baseball fans in

officially remembering and mourning the loss of Gary Carter. New York has

lost a hero, and it is only fitting that the State Senate remember his

life.”

Golden continued, “The State Senate today paused to honor the many

March 1, 2012
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RESOLUTION HONORING TIMOTHY CARDINAL DOLAN APPROVED BY SENATE

Albany – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) has issued the following statement regarding the State Senate approval of a Resolution, J. 3384, honoring Timothy Cardinal Dolan:

"Today, Roman Catholics and people of faith across our great City and State stand together to show our thanks to a man who has given so much to his community and the people of New York. I am proud to have co-sponsored this Resolution, passed today by the State Senate, to simply say thank you and congratulations to a man whose life is an example of how to live as a servant of God. He is someone who I personally look up to and I look forward to working with him for the betterment of all people."

March 1, 2012
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SENATOR GOLDEN PUBLISHES GUIDE TO INTERNET SAFETY FOR PARENTS AND FAMILIES

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is announcing that his office has published a brochure entitled “Internet Safety: What Every Parent Should Know” and is inviting those interested in obtaining a copy to contact his office.

The guide includes information on the “Simple Rules For Online Safety”, “Parental Control Tools”, and other facts to help teens stay cyber-safe. Senator Golden is also encouraging parents to be mindful of their child’s computer activities so to look for instances of cyber-bullying and other signs of inappropriate behaviors.

March 1, 2012
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DA HYNES AND SENATOR GOLDEN CALL ON ALBANY TO REFORM NEW YORK’S BROKEN NO-FAULT AUTO INSURANCE SYSTEM IN WAKE OF ARRESTS

BROOKLYN, New York February 29, 2011 – In response to today’s bust up of a Brooklyn-based crime ring suspected of committing health care and no-fault auto insurance fraud to the tune of $250 million, Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes and Senator Martin J. Golden are again calling on Albany to act swiftly to reform New York’s broken no-fault auto insurance system.

 

February 29, 2012
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SENATE EXPENDITURE REPORT SHOWS REPUBLICAN MAJORITY SAVING TAXPAYERS MILLIONS OF DOLLARS

Spending Reduced $7.8 million in Last 6 Months, Down $11.1 million in Just One Year

 

The Senate’s Republican Majority has reduced Senate spending by $7.8 million over the last six months and $11.1 million in the last year alone, saving hardworking taxpayers millions of dollars while creating a leaner, functional and more efficient state government.

 

These figures were released today as part of the Senate’s biannual expenditure report, which is similar to reports produced by the U.S. Congress. The report provides a line-by-line account of actual Senate spending for the period of April 1, 2011 through September 30, 2011, which totals $40.2 million.

 

February 29, 2012
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SENATOR GOLDEN TO HONOR EXTRAORDINARY BROOKLYN WOMEN IN CELEBRATION OF WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH

Brooklyn – As March is designated as “Women’s History Month”, State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is announcing plans to host two events to honor outstanding women who have made a difference in our community.

 

Senator Golden will honor Mary Douglas of Gerritsen Beach Cares and Resurrection Church, Theresa Samuelson of the Gerritsen Beach Property Owners, Public School 277 Parent Teacher Association Co-Presidents Margaret Foti and Joan Marie Peterson, and Ioanna Giannopoulos of Hellenic Public Radio Kosmos FM. These women will be feted at a ceremony to be held this Thursday, March 1, 2012, starting at 7:00 p.m., at the Cort Club located at 2648 Gerritsen Avenue in Brooklyn.

 

February 27, 2012
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BROOKLYN LEGISLATORS URGE REINSTATEMENT OF MEASURES TO PREVENT MEDICAID FRAUD

Brooklyn, NY – State Senator Martin J. Golden and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis held a press conference today at their Brooklyn District office to discuss the ongoing Medicaid fraud in the State of New York. Senator Golden and Assemblywoman Malliotakis called for the passage of S5402/A7816. These bills call for the reinstatement of the asset testing requirements to qualify for Medicaid. These asset tests were repealed in 2009 and have led to ongoing fraud and abuse without preemptive action.

 

February 27, 2012
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SENATOR GOLDEN PLANS EVENT TO CELEBRATE THE YEAR OF THE DRAGON

Brooklyn; State Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) and the Chinese American Partnership, are today announcing plans, with the Chinese American Partnership, to host his 10th Annual Lunar New Year Celebration on Sunday, March 4, 2012, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at New Utrecht High School located at 1601-80th Street in Brooklyn.

The community is invited to attend the celebration of the Year of the Dragon that will include cultural performances, including the Lion Dance, Chinese opera, singing and dancing. The performance of the Cantonese opera will feature colorful costumes, bilingual subtitles and literature to introduce this traditional art.

February 24, 2012
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Verrazano-Narrows Toll Plaza Improvement Project

Beginning Tuesday, Feb. 28th a new construction work zone will be set up along Narrows Road South near the last entrance to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, which will result a reconfiguration of traffic lanes from three to two lanes and the elimination of up to approximately 20 parking spots.

As part of the $50 million, 45-month Verrazano-Narrows toll plaza improvement project, contractors will be adding a new retaining wall and abutment for construction of the new Narrows Road South fly-over ramp to help ease both car and bus traffic onto the Brooklyn-bound upper level of the bridge. The work is also in preparation for construction of a new lower level connector roadway in 2014 that will take motorists directly from the Staten Island Expressway to the bridge’s lower level.

February 22, 2012
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SENATOR GOLDEN WORKS WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO CORRECT PARKING SIGNS IN GERRITSEN BEACH

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is announcing that the Department of Transportation is giving attention to two areas of concern related to parking signs in Gerritsen Beach.

Senator Golden has received notification that through his bringing it to the attention of the Department of Transportation, a No Standing Anytime sign, outside a closed physical therapist has been removed. The sign, which has now been removed from in front of 2408 Gerritsen Avenue, was causing the issuance of wrongful parking summonses. The sign was originally requested for the purposes of ambulance and ambulette transport to and from the physical therapist which closed in 2008.

February 22, 2012
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SENATOR GOLDEN, DISTRICT ATTORNEY HYNES, 13TH AVENUE MERCHANTS & LUTHERAN MEDICAL CENTER REMIND PARENTS AND SENIORS THAT STORES ARE A ‘SAFE STOP’ IN TIMES OF CRISIS

Brooklyn, NY –Senator Martin J. Golden today joined Kings County District Attorney Hynes, The 13th Avenue Merchant Association, and representatives from Lutheran Medical Center, to announce the addition of 17 stores on 13th Avenue to the Safe Stop Program at Kaktus, a children’s clothing store, located at 7511 13th Avenue.

“Almost a decade ago, Safe Haven was a program that let the community know, in times of danger, that our local stores will provide a safe place to contact the authorities and seek asylum,” stated Senator Golden. “Today, we come together to announce Safe Stop, and continue that program. Safe Stop, spearheaded by District Attorney Hynes, gives a safe place for both seniors and students to go to when they are lost, hurt, or in danger.”

February 17, 2012
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SENATOR GOLDEN APPLAUDS UNITED STATES POST OFFICE DECISION TO KEEP OVINGTON STATION AND BRIGHTON BEACH POST OFFICE OPEN

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) has issued the following statement regarding the decision of United States Postal Service to remove both the Ovington Retail Station and the Brighton Beach Post Office from their closure list:

“It is such great news that the operations at the Ovington Retail Station Post Office, and the Brighton Beach Post Office, will not be shut down United States Post Office. I thank the Postmaster General for listening to the people and area officials, including myself, who asked that they keep these stations open so to continue to provide a high standard of customer service.

February 17, 2012
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STATE SENATOR MARTY GOLDEN TO SPONSOR RESOLUTION REMEMBERING METS LEGEND GARY CARTER AND CALLS FOR EMPIRE STATE BUILDING TO BE ADORNED IN METS COLORS

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is announcing plans to introduce a New York State Senate Resolution remembering New York Mets legend Gary “The Kid” Carter. Golden will honor the Mets great, #8, with official recognition when the Senate resumes session later this month.

Further, State Senator Marty Golden has requested that the Empire State Building be adorned in blue and orange to honor the memory of true New York hero.

February 17, 2012
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SENATOR GOLDEN LAUDS COURT RULING TO STOP EVICTION OF CHURCHES, PRAISES PROTECTION OF EQUALITY FOR ALL

Albany – After a court ruled today to stay the eviction of religious groups from public schools for ten days, Senator Golden (R,C,I-Brooklyn) issued the following statement:

“Today’s ruling is in line with the protections of freedom of religion, expression, and equality that is outlined in the Constitution. Religious organizations cannot and should not be discriminated against, as they deserve the same rights as all groups do.

February 16, 2012
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TEENAGE DRUG ABUSE AND BULLYING IN OUR SCHOOLS TO HIGHLIGHT TOWN HALL DISCUSSION

Brooklyn - State Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) will host a town hall meeting on teenage drug use and school bullying, on Wednesday, February 15, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. at I.S. 201 located at 8010-12th Avenue in Brooklyn.

Senator Golden will discuss legislative efforts to curb drug abuse and bullying in our schools, as well as moderate two panel discussions to address these topics, both followed by a question and answer period.

***Panel 1: Drug Use and Abuse Among New York’s Youth***

*Dr. Bradford Goff, Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Sciences at Lutheran Medical Center

*Joseph A. Piraino, Supervising Detective Investigator, Kings County DA’s Office

February 14, 2012
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