Senator Golden, Assemblywoman Malliotakis Seek Return of Personal Interview as part of Medicaid Application
Albany – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, 22nd District) and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-C, 60th District) today are announcing plans to introduce legislation to enhance cost savings and reduce Medicaid fraud by reinstating the use of a resource asset test for Medicaid eligibility. Additionally, the legislation will include a provision that will reinstate the initial personal interview upon the filing of an application for Medicaid.
Sing for Hope Street Pianos 2011 brings live art to the 5 boroughs with the installation of 88 pianos, representing the 88 keys on a piano, placed at locations throughout the 5 boroughs. The Shore Road Parks Conservancy in conjunction with “sing for hope” and the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation is pleased to announce that Bay Ridge are receiving 2 baby grand pianos. These pianos will be placed in John Paul Jones Park gazebo on 101st Street and 4th Avenue and the 90th Street gazebo on Shore Road. The pianos feature formal and impromptu concerts by amateurs and artists for a 2 week period, beginning June 18th and ending July 2nd.
A series of “Pop-Up Concerts” will be performed as follows:
Company Offers $30 to Buyers of Energy Star Room A/Cs
NEW YORK – New York City and Westchester County residents are eligible to pocket $30 rebates from Con Edison when they buy Energy Star room air conditioners, the company announced today at a P.C. Richard & Son Superstore in Manhattan.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is announcing that the Department of Transportation has approved his request to improve street lighting conditions along 6th Avenue following a request he made based on discussions with residents at a recent block meeting held in his district office.
The Department of Transportation, Division of Street Lighting, has notified Senator Golden of their plans to increase the wattage of the existing street lights along 6th Avenue, from 72nd Street to Bay Ridge Parkway, by Fall, 2011. Additionally, a new street light will be installed between 73rd Street and 74th Street on 6th Avenue.
Brooklyn- State Senator Marty Golden (R-C, Brooklyn) today is announcing that he will be hosting his 9th Annual Asian Pacific Heritage Festival at McKinley Park on Sunday, May 22 2011, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at McKinley Park, located at Bay Ridge Parkway and Fort Hamilton Parkway, and is inviting the community to join in this special event held in conjunction with the national celebration of Asian American Heritage which is the month of May.
The program will include ethnic dances including the Chinese Lion Dance, demonstration of Buddhist Monk Kung Fu, Thai dance, Malaysian dance, Burma dance and Chinese dance. A wide array of ethnic food, arts and crafts and prizes will be available as well.
Albany - State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today issued the following statement in response to the United States Court of Appeals Second Circuit’s unanimous decision maintaining New York State’s authority to collect taxes on cigarettes sold on Indian reservations for all non-Indian Tribe members:
“I applaud the unanimous decision of the 2nd Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals that upholds New York’s ability to collect taxes on cigarettes sold on Indian reservations throughout the Empire State.
This decision is most welcomed news amidst discussions of budget cuts, including the possible lay offs of thousands of New York City teachers, as we now stand to collect hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), a member of the State Senate Committee on Homeland Security, Veteran and Military Affairs, today applauded the United States Postal Service on the official unveiling of the Purple Heart “Forever” stamp.
The Purple Heart postage stamp was first issued in 2003 and the new classification as a “Forever” stamp, means that the Purple Heart postage stamp will continue in circulation and supporters will no longer need to advocate to maintain it each time the price of stamps increases. Since 2003, each time the price of a postage stamp was increased, supporters were required to organize a letter writing effort to ensure that the stamp would continue.
Sen. Golden’s sponsored bill would grant tax exemption on property assessments
Albany- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) this week led New York State Senate passage of S. 638, which he sponsored, that amends the current property tax law to exempt homeowners, who make renovations on their homes to accommodate seniors or the disabled, from an increased assessed value.
Brooklyn - State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today issued comments on NAVY Seal Team 6, responsible for hunting and killing Osama Bin Laden, highlighting his recognition of the Unit at a ceremony held in Brooklyn in May 2007, for their honorable military service through their support of the Global War on Terror.
Senator Golden, at that time, joined the New York State Police in honoring and paying tribute to the United States Naval Special Warfare Development Group, known as SEAL Team Six, for their valiant military service during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
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.