Albany, NY – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) is announcing that legislation he sponsored, S. 6087A, which allows religious institutions to use public school buildings for worship services during non-school hours, has passed the New York State Senate.
Senator Golden stated, “The New York State Senate has today approved an important piece of legislation on behalf of thousands of people of faith who call New York City home. My colleagues and I who supported this bill have taken a stand to protect the First Amendment rights of those who wish to embrace one of our Nation’s founding principles, that of the freedom of religion.”
Brooklyn- State Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) is warning local residents of a lottery scam brought to the attention of the public by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, involving mail containing fraudulent checks that appear to have been issued by New York State.
Senator Golden stated, "I am bringing to the attention of local residents a warning issued by State Comptroller DiNapoli so to make people aware and to put them on alert. Some scams look so real that you would never suspect any wrongdoing and it appears that be the case here.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R,C,I –Brooklyn), Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C-Brooklyn, Staten Island) and Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) board member Allen Cappelli are calling for an end to a costly penalty levied against the MTA.
Under current state law, the MTA is forced to pay the state Division of Budget a fee for borrowing money from private investors. These fees have amounted to over $100 million since 2006, as the MTA has resorted to fare hikes, service cuts and further borrowing to fund their operations. The MTA estimates it will have to pay the State of New York another $76 million in bond fees this year.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) has issued the following statement following the State of the Borough Address delivered by Brooklyn Borough President Markowitz last evening:
“As a long time advocate for waterborne transportation, I commend Borough President Marty Markowitz for announcing that among his priorities is that which seeks to bring ferry service to Brooklyn. I am especially looking forward to working with him and the City to get the boats in the water from Manhattan to the 69th Street Pier and Sheepshead Bay.
ALBANY — Expanding the state's DNA database cleared the state Senate on Tuesday but it may be impeded by a dispute about whether the change will do enough to help the wrongfully convicted.
Law enforcement groups as well as legislators from both parties agree with Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal to take DNA samples from people convicted of any crime. But Democrats that dominate the Assembly are reluctant to approve the measure without also giving defense attorneys greater access to the DNA database or adopting other criminal justice reforms.
Council Member Elizabeth S. Crowley, Chair of the Criminal Justice Committee, introduced a City Council Resolution calling on the state legislature to pass a pending bill, that would make assaulting a New York City sanitation worker assault in the second degree, a Class D felony. State law already provides these protections for many high-risk and valuable jobs including traffic enforcement agents, registered nurses, emergency medical service personnel, firefighters, and police officers.
Brooklyn legislators make friendly wager with Massachusetts rep
Senator Golden and Assemblywoman Malliotakis don their Giants gear in advance of their Super Bowl wager with Massachusetts representative.
Senator Martin Golden (R,C,I-Brooklyn) and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C-Brooklyn, Staten Island) are backing up their New York pride with a friendly Super Bowl wager between themselves and a Massachusetts representative. The pair from New York are so confident that the Giants will defeat the Patriots on Sunday that they are putting three staples of Brooklyn’s favorite foods on the line; a cheesecake from Junior’s on Flatbush Avenue, hot dogs and fries from Nathan’s, and the fixings for chocolate egg creams from Hinsch’s Confectionary in Bay Ridge.
The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Steve Saland (R-I-C, Poughkeepsie) and Senator Martin Golden (R-C, Brooklyn), for the largest expansion of the state’s DNA databank since it was created in 1994. The legislation mirrors the databank expansion plan proposed by Governor Cuomo in his Executive Budget to require people convicted of all felonies, as well as all misdemeanors in the penal law to submit DNA samples.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is announcing that the New York City Department of Transportation has responded to his request and has approved two hour parking meters for 3rd and 5th Avenue.
The Department of Transportation has determined based on Senator Golden’s request that the need for additional parking time along these two commercial avenues is warranted. The Bureau of Parking will complete the work to affect this change by April of this year.
Brooklyn – State Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today honored the Green Spa and Wellness Center on their selection by Day Spa magazine as the #1 Wellness Center in America.
Senator Golden stated, “Since 1998, the Green Spa and Wellness Center has been a leader in the Bay Ridge business community. Today, we celebrate their recent recognition which has named them a nationwide leading spa. I congratulate sisters Sheila and Maureen Brody, and partner Maria Ingardia, on this honor and wish them much continued success.”
Three Traffic Lanes Closed From Fingerboard Bridge Overpass to Verrazano-Narrows Brooklyn-bound Toll Plaza
Sat., Jan. 28th Between 12:01 AM And 7 AM
Wide-load Trucks Will Be Barred Eastbound From 11 p.m. To 8 a.m.
On Saturday, Jan. 28th between 12:01 a.m. and 7 a.m. three out of four lanes of traffic on the Staten Island Expressway will be closed from the Fingerboard Bridge overpass to the Verrazano-Narrows Brooklyn-bound toll plaza while a new traffic pattern is put in place.
Motorists should expect delays and leave extra travel time.
Con Edison is warning its customers and other members of the public to be vigilant in protecting themselves against several types of scams that have been reported to the company.
The company places the safety of the public first and is working with authorities to catch those who have been trying to pull the scams.
In particular, Con Edison advises people to guard against the following:
· E-mail viruses – Con Edison has received reports of e-mails that appear to be from Con Edison and contain a ‘zip file’ that may create a computer virus. The “From” field of the e-mail reads “email@example.com” or “firstname.lastname@example.org.” Do not open or forward these e-mails. File a complaint with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) will host a press event on Friday, January 27, 2012, at 11:00 a.m., honoring the Green Spa and Wellness Center on their selection by Day Spa magazine as the #1 Wellness Center in America. An official New York State Senate Proclamation will be presented to the Spa owners to celebrate the national recognition of a local small business.
The Green Spa and Wellness Center, which has been in business since 1998, and is located at 8804-3rd Avenue. Members of the community and the Third Avenue Merchants are expected to attend the event.
The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), to create felony charges for wrong-way and other reckless drivers.
“Wrong-way drivers have caused tragedies and endangered lives on our roadways; it has to stop. Creating felony charges for wrong-way and reckless drivers will give law enforcement another tool to prosecute these individuals and get them off the roads,” said Senator Fuschillo, Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee.
Senator Marty Golden was the Senate sponsor of the legislation that created the Brooklyn HealthWorks Program.
Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) stated, "Today, we celebrate the continued success and true meaning of Brooklyn HealthWorks. This program is recreating the climate of small business in Brooklyn and is making Kings County a leader in the State in offering business owners and employees an important opportunity at health care. This program has made a difference for countless families and we should be proud of what we have accomplished thus far."
BROOKLYN CHAMBER ENROLLS 1,000TH SMALL BUSINESS INTO BROOKLYN HEALTHWORKS
Senator Golden has received notification from the New York State Children’s Institute is the Application for Funds for School Year 2012-2013 to fund the new Primary Mental Health Project (Primary Project) programs in school.
Albany – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), today is announcing that legislation he sponsored, S. 6087A, which allows religious institutions to use public school buildings for worship services during non-school hours, has unanimously passed the Senate Education Committee.
“As the freedom of religion is a basic principle of this great nation, it is only then sensible that religious institutions, holding services open to the public, be allowed to do so in public school buildings.Organizations based on faith deserve the same rights as all other groups, and because of their beliefs, should not be held to a different standard. These misguided polices that have been put into place do nothing more than detract from the right to worship.
Albany - State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) yesterday afternoon, voted to support legislation in the New York State Senate that creates new penalties for individuals supervising another driver while also under the influence of drugs or alcohol, also known as Abbagail’s Law (S.164C). The bill, sponsored by Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane), is named after eight-year-old Abbagail Buzard, who died in a car accident caused by an inexperienced driver who was supervised by a parent under the influence of alcohol.
Good afternoon. I hope that you are enjoying our first snow fall of the winter. I wanted to let you know that my office will be open today until 4 pm today for any snow related concerns. I will also have snow removal assistance available for seniors or the disabled. Please do not hesitate to call on my staff and I at 718-238-6044.