New law would elevate text messaging while driving violation to a primary offense
Albany - State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) yesterday joined his colleagues in the New York State Senate in voting to pass a bill (S.998B) that will make it easier for law enforcement to crack down on texting-while-driving offenses and prevent tragic accidents caused by drivers distracted by texting.
The bill would make text messaging while driving a primary violation rather than a secondary violation. Under the current law, a driver can only be cited for texting-while-driving if another violation, such as speeding, is also being cited.
Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) is announcing a petition drive calling on the Metropolitan Transit Authority to reinstate weekend express bus service on the X 27 and X 28 bus routes. Weekend express bus service, which Senator Golden helped to start in the 2002, was eliminated in June 2010 due to agency budget cuts.
Brooklyn- State Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today commemorated New York State’s celebration of Arbor Day by donating a Pink Dogwood tree that was planted in the garden next to the entrance of the new extension constructed at Public School 229.
Senator Golden was joined by Public School 229 Principal Robert Zappulla and Assistant Principal Jared Shapiro. Students of the 3rd Grade participated in the ceremony which was organized to recognize the importance of trees and the impact they make in our lives.
Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) honored police officers from the 68th Precinct of the New York City Police Department and Firefighters from Engine 241/Ladder 109 with certificates from the New York State Senate yesterday at a ceremony held at his district office.
The Police and Fire personnel were honored for their response to a March 20th apartment fire that took place at 7116-5th Avenue.
Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C, 22nd District) is announcing his upcoming 9th Annual series of three senior fairs to be held throughout his district, to offer local seniors an opportunity to learn of the services available to assist them with their property taxes, their prescription drug coverage, their personal safety, and their health.
The three senior fairs are scheduled as follows:
Friday, May 6, 2011, 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
St. Patrick’s School Auditorium at 9511-4th Avenue (corner of 97th Street)
Friday, May 13, 2011, 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
St. Columba Auditorium located at 2245 Kimball Street
Claims New York Risks Losing Some Auto Insurance Companies
Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, 22nd District), today joined with Chairman James L. Seward and Senator Jack M. Martins for a State Senate Insurance Committee hearing designed to address the illegal multi-million dollar industry of no-fault auto insurance fraud.
Public Libraries Have Power to Protect Library Patrons From Indecent Pornographic Websites
Golden Calls for Better Filtering Software and Monitoring to Block Access to Porn Sites
Brooklyn- State Senator Marty Golden (R,C,I- Brooklyn) today is demanding that the Brooklyn, the Queens and the New York Public Library take stronger steps and establish a better policy to halt access to pornographic websites on public computers in library branches throughout the City of New York.
Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, 22nd District) today has joined with the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program in their annual Mother’s Day campaign to urge women to get mammograms.
Senator Marty Golden stated, “Mother’s Day is a significant time to remind women to get mammograms. I hope that this Mother’s Day women will take the time to make an appointment for a mammogram. Approximately 95 percent of all mammograms prove to be normal and if there is a problem, early detection can save your life.”
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 and X 28 routes serving the Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bath Beach and Bensonhurst communities of Brooklyn. The service will be restored in the early Summer.
CALLS FOR ADDITIONAL PICKUP AND INCREASED ENFORCEMENT
Brooklyn - State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is urging the Department of Sanitation to maintain litter baskets on busy street corners in his district and urging additional basket pickups and increased enforcement so to prevent illegal residential dumping at these corners.
Senator Golden has sent a letter to BK 10 Sanitation Supervisor urging continued cooperation and joint efforts so to keep our streets clean. The text of the letter is below.
Brooklyn- State Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) will host a town hall meeting for the residents of Marine Park, Gerritsen Beach and Sheepshead Bay on April 13th at 7:00 p.m. at the Salt Marsh Nature Center located at 3302 Avenue U (at East 33rd Street).
Brooklyn – Calling U.S. Army Veteran Antonio Pellegrini the “Face of America”, State Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), this morning presented a New York State Senate Resolution, in honor of his taking the Oath of Allegiance as a new United States citizen outside U.S. Court Eastern District in Brooklyn prior to his naturalization ceremony.
Mr. Pellegrini, who was born in Bari, Italy in 1948, has been a resident of the United States for more than 49 years, calling Brooklyn, New York home. Antonio attended I.S. 228 and Lafayette High School. Mr. Pellegrini volunteered to serve in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. Antonio Pellegrini was joined by his wife Rosemary.
Brooklyn – Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today issued the following statement in response to the announcement of Dennis Walcott to serve as the next New York City Public Schools Chancellor:
“Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott is an extraordinary choice to serve as the next Schools Chancellor for the City of New York. There is probably no one in the administration more knowledgeable about the management and operations of our schools than Dennis Walcott. I believe we can all look forward to a period of continued progress under his leadership.”
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), will honor Antonio Pellegrini with a New York State Senate Resolution, to mark the occasion of his becoming a United States citizen on the steps of U.S. Court Eastern District, 225 Cadman Plaza, tomorrow morning, Friday, April 8, 2011, at 8:10 a.m. The Pellegrini Family will join Senator Golden.
Mr. Pellegrini has been a resident of the United States for more than 49 years, calling Brooklyn, New York home. Antonio attended I.S. 228 and Lafayette High School.
Mr. Pellegrini volunteered to serve in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. Mr. Pellegrini will be sworn in as a citizen of the United States at a ceremony tomorrow morning.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-C, 60th District) welcomed Xaverian High School students, along with their teacher Marianne Teta, to the State Capitol in Albany on Tuesday, April 5, 2011.
The students were given a Capitol tour, had a chance to have lunch with the legislators and discuss issues facing our community, City and State, and were seated in the gallery and watched the New York State Senate in session.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today issued the following statement following his vote in the New York State Senate yesterday to confirm Kenneth Adams as President and CEO of the Empire State Development Corporation:
“I am proud to have cast my vote to support the confirmation of Brooklyn’s Kenneth Adams as President and CEO of the Empire State Development Corporation. I have full confidence in Ken’s abilities to lead this State agency as we enter a period, when much needs to be done here in New York, on the economic front so to build New York and create jobs.
Bills Strengthen Penalties for Sex Offenders, Bank Robberies and Home Invasions
Albany- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) joined the New York State Senate yesterday in passing several anti-crime bills to strengthen penalties and create new charges for offenses relating to sexual abuse, bank robberies, home invasions and driving irresponsibly. The measures will help deter criminals, hold violators accountable and create safer communities throughout the state.
In an effort to ensure that abused children in protective custody are truly being protected, Senator Martin Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) announced that he will introduce legislation to require child protective caseworkers to take a photograph when they make a visit to a child in the child protective services (CPS) system for abuse and neglect.
“People are sick over reading recent news reports about a caseworker who falsified home visits,” Senator Golden said. “This appalling behavior leaves children open to even more violence and abuse. While the vast majority of caseworkers tackle their difficult jobs with pride and dignity each day, the bad apples are allowing our children to die.”
Bill Would Protect Against Criminal Activity Including Identity Theft
Albany- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), a former New York City Police Officer, today led New York State Senate passage of legislation he has sponsored,
S. 2168, that seeks to make it a crime when public records are used for the purposes of advancing criminal activity in the State of New York.
The legislation amends the New York State Penal Law and makes it a Class E felony so to set a framework to prevent abuse of the Freedom of Information Law. Additionally, this bill would provide the necessary provisions so to prosecute the misuse of government documentation obtained through such requests for the purposes of committing a crime.