Brooklyn, N.Y., Aug. 26, 2011 – Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio said today in a statement regarding Hurricane Irene:
“In light of the serious threat posed by Hurricane Irene, which is due to hit our area over the weekend, I urge the faithful of the Diocese of Brooklyn to use caution and prepare for this dangerous storm.
It goes without saying that for those areas of the Diocese under mandatory evacuation, the obligation to attend Mass this Sunday has been lifted, as well as for those areas where travel is considered dangerous due to weather conditions, age, or infirmity. The Sunday obligation remains in place for all those who can reasonably attend services this weekend.
MTA working to ease evacuation for residents in Zone A and the Far Rockaways
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that in order to facilitate the mandatory evacuation of residents living in low-lying Zone A areas and the Far Rockaways, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will suspend certain fares and tolls.
"The only approach to a storm of this magnitude is to act preemptively. Waiving fares may be the factor that convinces some people to leave promptly when they might otherwise be tempted to stay and confront this hurricane," Governor Cuomo said.
The fare and toll suspension is effective in the following areas:
· Tolls are already suspended at the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge and the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge.
Encourages New Yorkers to Review Insurance Information, Keep Emergency Claim Numbers Readily Available, Watch out for Scams
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today urged homeowners to prepare for the potential economic impact of Hurricane Irene by reviewing their insurance policies, gathering emergency claim numbers, securing insurance information and watching out for potential scam artists looking to take advantage of the potential disaster.
NEW YORK – As Hurricane Irene approaches New York, Con Edison is closely monitoring its progress and is preparing for the possibility of extensive outages to electric, gas and steam customers.
The company is taking all the necessary steps to prepare for the potential impacts of this storm. The storm’s high winds have the potential to topple trees and power lines throughout the company’s service area.
I am writing today to inform you about the possibility of the upcoming hurricane affecting our area. Hurricane Irene strengthened to a major Category 3 storm and while it is still too early to predict a path, you should begin preparations now and at the very least, expect a windy and rainy day on Sunday, with a very real possibility of a hurricane or strong tropical storm.
Brooklyn - Responding to notification from the New York City Department of Health regarding West Nile Virus activity being detected in parts of the 22nd Senate District, Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today issued the following statement
“This morning upon learning that the West Nile Virus activity was detected in parts of my district, I contacted the Department of Health and have requested that the Bath Beach, Dyker Heights, Gravesend and Marine Park sections receive additional spraying immediately. I have also requested that neighboring communities, such as Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst and Gerritsen Beach be scheduled for spraying as well, so to be proactive in protecting the health of area residents.”
Brooklyn –State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, 22nd District) and State Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-C, 60th District), today are calling on their colleagues in the New York State Legislature to pass legislation that increases the penalties for prostitution offenses involving children (S.644/A.6165). Golden and Malliotakis are the legislative sponsors respectively.
A recent court sentencing, where the defendant received community service after having inappropriate relations with a minor, highlights the need for New York State to punish those who prostitute and patronize minors.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, 22nd District), a member of the New York State Senate Committee on Aging, recently hosted two summer time boat rides for area senior citizens aboard the “Atlantis”.
Senator Marty Golden stated, “Our community is home to many senior citizens who look forward to events such as the annual boat ride so to enjoy the greatness of our City, our many landmarks, and our harbor. The two boat rides again this year were a great opportunity and a wonderful day out for all who participated. The sights and sounds of New York’s harbor were the backdrop to an afternoon of singing, dancing, refreshments and fun.”
Senator Golden to Announce Law to Support Games Volunteer Effort
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) will host a press conference announcing legislation, S. 5380, approved to support the 2011 World Police and Fire Games, and welcome the 2011 WPFG NYC Bar Tour to Bay Ridge’s Yellow Hook Grille, located at 7003-3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, on Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.
Brooklyn - State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today donated brand-new backpacks and school supplies, donated by local residents to support the Volunteers of America OPERATION BACKPACK 2011, for thousands of children living in New York City shelters.
Senator Marty Golden stated, “I thank the community for their support of Operation Backpack 2011 which will help thousands of New Yorkers be prepared for school in September. All the donations collected by my office, and throughout the City, will provide students living in homeless shelters a chance to start the new school year off right. This program helps to break down economic barriers facing children and families who want a chance at a sound education so to give them a hopeful future."
Brooklyn - In the wake of Caylee Anthony’s tragic murder case and the murder of eight-year-old Leiby Kletzky in Brooklyn, legislation has been introduced in the New York State Senate that would make sweeping, comprehensive changes to the state’s child protection laws to help protect children from cruel and repeated abuse.
The bill, called the “Protect Our Children Act” (S.5862), is co-sponsored by Senator Martin J. Golden (R, Brooklyn).
Golden, Malliotakis legislation would revoke license plates of drunk drivers caught driving while unlicensed
Following today’s Staten Island Advance story regarding the DWI conviction of Charles Pelicone, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C-East Shore/Bay Ridge) is renewing her plea for the New York State Assembly to pass new drunk driving laws (A. 6878) in response to a rash of recent cases across the state.
The proposal takes a new approach to penalizing repeat drunk drivers, who account for between one-third and on-half of all DWI arrests in the state every year. The Senate bill, (S. 4036) sponsored by Senator Martin Golden (R,C,I-Brooklyn), was passed by the State Senate on June 14, 2011.
New legislation protects pedestrians by removing blind spot in front of large trucks
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed a law that requires convex mirrors to be placed on the front of large trucks being driven in New York City.
"Convex mirrors are an effective tool to protect pedestrians from accidents caused by blind spots," Governor Cuomo said. "This law will allow truck operators to see pedestrians or objects directly in front of them and will offer new safety protections to many New Yorkers. I thank Senator Golden and Assemblywoman Millman for their efforts in seeing this bill passed."
New Legislation Bans Sale of Hookahs, Shisha, and Water Pipes to Individuals Under 18
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed a new law that prohibits the sale of shisha and certain types of smoking paraphernalia to minors. Under this law, businesses offering these products for sale may only sell to individuals who are at least eighteen years of age with proper identification.
Senator Golden Calls for Expedited Legislative Action to Guard Our Youth
Following the death of Brooklyn 9-year-old Leibby Kletzty, Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), has renewed his call for passage of legislation that would make the intentional murder of a child under 12 years of age a first degree offense.
Brooklyn - State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) is announcing that his community offices will serve as drop off locations for the Volunteers of America OPERATION BACKPACK 2011, their 9th annual drive to collect brand-new backpacks and school supplies for the thousands of children living in New York City shelters. The campaign continues through July 24th and the district office is located at 7408-5th Avenue and the satellite office is located at 3604 Quentin Road.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), this morning announced that negotiations orchestrated through his leadership within the State Senate, have resulted in the return of Uptown/Downtown express bus service on the X27/X37 and the X28/X38 routes serving the Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bath Beach and Bensonhurst communities. The service will be restored on Tuesday, July 5, 2011.