Brooklyn- State Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) has announced that he will provide free income tax preparation services, for the 14th year, to senior citizens and residents of his district earning less than $30,000.
Appointments will be available at his district office located at 7408-5th Avenue, from February 5th through April 14th, every Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and on Saturdays, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Albany- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) has issued the following statement in response to today’s State of the State speech by Governor Andrew Cuomo:
“Governor Cuomo has spoken to the people of New York State and has addressed some of the true concerns of this State. As we face nearly a $10 billion dollar budget deficit, we must reduce spending as the Governor is proposing, but we must make these cuts in areas where we have been wasteful in the past and where the cuts are most acceptable.
Past Governors have tried simple across the board cuts to balance budgets. These kinds of moves generally don’t get at the underlying programs of waste, fraud and abuse that reside in some government programs.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) has maintained office hours for constituent concerns throughout the aftermath of the storm. Hundreds of unplowed streets have been reported as well as abandoned cars to be towed. Throughout the aftermath of the storm maintaining contact with city officials as well as CERT and the volunteer ambulance groups has been a priority and is starting to pay off.
Senator Golden stated “Today most streets in my district are plowed and those that have not been done will be today according to the Mayor’s office. The hundreds of unplowed streets in the different neighborhoods have been one of my priorities these last few days.”
There is such a great demand for blood in our community and in our City reports indicate that every three seconds, someone needs blood. With the inclement weather donations are down making the need even greater. I would like to urge those eligible to donate blood to help their fellow New Yorkers in their time of need. . Please contact the New York Blood Center at 800-933-2566 or visit www.nybloodcenter.org to find a location near you to make a donation. You can also contact the Coney Island Hospital Blood Bank at 718-616-4460 or at http://www.coneyislandhospital.com/service.php?SIID=119
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today issued the following statement in response to the weather related events of this past weekend:
“I am maintaining contact with and have spoke with City officials, the Mayor’s office, the Sanitation Department, our local police precincts, our hospitals and our volunteer ambulance services and the New York City Transit Authority, to bring to their attention the concerns of our community. I have made it clear to City authorities that resources must be deployed to our area to ensure public safety and so to also allow people to move around in some manner.
Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), a former New York City Police Officer and member of the State Senate Codes Committee, has sent a letter to Chairwoman Evans of the New York State Division of Parole asking that parole be denied for Michael Alston.
Michael Alston was convicted of killing NYPD Sergeant Keith Levine in 1991. Recent reports indicate that a parole hearing is scheduled for January 7, 2011. A copy of the letter is attached.
State Senator Marty Golden (R, C, I - Brooklyn) and Assemblywoman-elect Nicole Malliotakis (R, C - Staten Island/Bay Ridge) today celebrated the holiday season with children from Lutheran Medical Center's Magical Years Early Childhood Center. The two legislators donated bins full of toys from their holiday toy drive. The toys were donated by members of the Bay Ridge Center for Older Adults and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church.
"I was overwhelmed by the amount of toys donated. The bins were literally overflowing with gifts," said Malliotakis. "This is yet another example of the generosity that makes me so proud to be a part of this community. I am pleased to work with Senator Golden and our community organizations to make this is a special holiday for Brooklyn's children."
Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C, 22nd District) today is announcing that the New York City Department of Transportation has approved his request to install a traffic light at a busy intersection at the corner of the block of Fontbonne Hall Academy.
The Department of Transportation has approved a traffic signal to be installed at the intersection of 99th Street and Shore Road by March 31, 2011.
Senator Marty Golden stated, “This corner has long been one where a traffic light has been requested by the parents, administration and students of Fontbonne Hall Academy.
For the last two years, the Democrat-controlled State government has launched a merciless assault on the quality of life of our State residents.
Under their leadership, the Democrats took more of your hard earned money through higher taxes while at the same time killing over 245,000 jobs in 2009 alone.
They eliminated our STAR rebate checks, which were given to every homeowner to feed the super-sized state budgets that increased spending by over 14 billion in two years. Additionally, their infamous MTA bailout saddled every church, charity, school and small business with a job-killing payroll tax while leaving upstate bridges and roads to crumble.
Brooklyn- State Senator Marty Golden, in partnership with the South West Brooklyn Parks Task Force, hosted a Christmas Tree lighting last evening in McKinley Park to bring out the holiday spirit at this time of year.
Senator Golden stated, "During the Christmas season, and all year, residents of our community should join together in the Christmas spirit and exhibit good will to serve the most needy." The Christmas Tree lighting featured Christmas caroling, hot chocolate and a special visit from Santa Claus.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) is strongly criticizing Governor Paterson today for refusing to provide any real leadership in an effort to reopen New York City Off- Track Betting, get OTB employees back to work, and develop a long term solution to help OTB and the racing industry statewide.
In response to the Governor’s paralysis, Senator Golden highlighted existing state authority that would allow profitable New York City OTB parlors to re-open as soon as tomorrow and rehire displaced workers.
With November’s elections behind us, we finally have an opportunity to look past partisan politics and look toward solving, the many on-going problems facing our great state.
For the last four years, fiscal responsibility has been a catch phrase, thrown around during those months leading up to elections, and then no follow up after. This disregard for what must be done in order to ensure the solvency of our state, has left us with the following: an unemployment rate of 10%, a state pension fund in crisis, and a projected state budget deficit of 9.2 Billion Dollars.
Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), a former New York City Police Officer, has issued the following statement in response to the United States Senate’s failure today to pass the 9/11 James Zadroga Health and Compensation Act. Senator Golden had recently started an online petition urging the U.S. Senate to approve this measure.
“Members of the United States Senate have failed all Americans today by voting against the September 11th James Zadroga Health and Compensation Act. Most importantly, the United States Senate has ignored the heroes who responded to America’s emergency call on the morning of September 11, 2001.
State Senator Marty Golden and Assemblywoman-elect Nicole Malliotakis are extremely pleased with the On-The-Job Training program being offered by the New York State Department of Labor extending grants to businesses that hire and train new employees. The program covers 30 percent of the employee’s salary while they are undergoing training, and up to 50 percent of that cost if the new hire has been unemployed over a long period of time.
Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C, 22nd District) is today announcing that the Metropolitan Transit Authority has scheduled a visit of the Metro Card Bus to his Bay Ridge District Office, 7408-5th Avenue, on Monday, December 6, 2010 from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
The Metro Card Bus will enable the local residents to take care of all their Metro Card business at the Metro Card Bus, whether it's applying for or refilling a Reduced-Fare Metro Card, buying or refilling a regular Metro Card, or asking a MetroCard-related question. Senator Golden assures residents that they will receive prompt and attentive service.
For more information, please contact Senator Golden’s community office at (718) 238-6044
Waiver Issued, Black to Serve as Next City Schools Chancellor
Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) has issued the following statement following State Education Commissioner David Steiner’s issuance of a waiver allowing Cathie Black to serve as the next New York City public schools chancellor:
“On behalf of the students, families, teachers and administrators of New York City, I commend Commissioner David Steiner for granting Cathie Black a waiver and for recognizing her ability to lead New York’s public schools. As they say, ‘an apple for my teacher’, so today we say a “Big Apple” for Cathie Black.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) is proud to announce plans to host a “Brooklyn’s 1st Christmas Village” on Saturday, December 11, 2010, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Cannon Ball Park, located at 100th Street and 4th Avenue. The event is being organized in an effort to help local families in need this holiday season.
The event will feature a chance to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, Frosty the Snowman and friends, be entertained by carolers and see Brooklyn’s own Rockettes in a special Christmas Show. There will be candy canes, hot chocolate, and more, and a U.S. Postal Mailbox which will provide direct mail service to the North Pole for letters to Santa.
Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today issued the following statement in response to the State Education advisory panel that yesterday voted to recommend denying a waiver that would permit Cathie Black to be appointed as the next New York City public schools chancellor:
“I strongly disagree with the members of the State Education Commissioner’s advisory panel who believe that Cathie Black is undeserving of the waiver necessary in order for her to be named the next schools chancellor. The members obviously didn’t do their homework and research her educational background, her experience and her achievements.
Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C, 22nd District) today is announcing the kick off of a holiday troop drive to support our heroes this upcoming season.
Senator Marty Golden, a member of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security, Military and Veterans Affairs stated, “What better way to say thank you to those brave men and women that are currently serving in the Armed Forces by making sure that this holiday season, they have the personal items necessary to enhance their quality of life overseas. May we continue to remember that it is our military who allows us to live in freedom and to celebrate our holidays amongst family and friends.”