Last year, I voted for the NY Jobs For Heroes Program, a plan that would create a state contract preference for service-connected disabled veteran-owned small businesses in New York State. The Senate-approved legislation mirrors the highly successful federal program that is presently established for a contract set aside.
Currently, nearly 40 other states are successfully using this program. Unfortunately, the bill was not addressed in the New York State Assembly.
Providing this earned opportunity to our heroes is commonsense. That is why I was enthused by the Governor’s support of this plan in his recent State of the State Address.
To make New York State more economically competitive, we all know we have to reduce taxes and control spending. But, we also need to focus on efforts to eliminate unnecessary red tape and regulations that stifle the private sector’s ability to create new jobs.
Albany - State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), who today attended the joint committee meeting of the Senate Health and Insurance Committees focused on the Affordable Health Care Act issued the following statement:"Following today's meaningful hearing on the future of health care in New York State, I have serious concerns regarding the outlook of the system. The new implication of in-network vs. out-of-network doctors, along with the thousands of new patients, has rightly created apprehension about the ability of the current system to handle the expected increase.
Brooklyn- State Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) has once again agreed to be a host site for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, offering free tax preparation services to those residents whom make less than $30,000 annually.
Appointments will be available at his district office located, at 7408 5th Avenue, on Thursdays and Sundays from February 16th through April 13th. Thursday appointments will be scheduled from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday appointments will be from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Albany – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) has issued the following statement in response to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2014 State of State speech delivered this afternoon in Albany:
“Today, Governor Cuomo outlined his plans for the future of New York State and his interest in continuing to work in a bipartisan manner to move the Empire State forward. New Yorkers throughout my district and New York deserve tax relief and we must seize the opportunity this year. We must work to reduce business taxes and those effecting our manufacturing industry, so we can sustain and flourish our State’s employment.
A citywide winter storm warning has been issued starting Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 6:00PM until 1:00PM on Friday, January 3, 2014. The current forecast calls for 6-8 inches of snow accompanied by strong winds and low temperatures. The Office of Emergency Management has issued a travel advisory warning of icy conditions on roadways and sidewalks. We are working together with our agency partners to prepare for the storm and will be closely monitoring and responding to local conditions as the storm progresses.
Below are some helpful resources for the public to follow the storm and snow clearance operations in their neighborhoods.
Hundreds of thousands of small businesses and manufacturers in New York will see a reduction in their state taxes as a result of new tax cuts that take effect on January 1, 2014. In addition, tax relief for hardworking, middle class families, new health care protections, legal casino gaming, and the START-UP NY economic development program are among the new state laws that take effect on New Year’s Day.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is announcing his partnership with HeartShare Human Services and the National Grid Neighborhood Heating Fund, to assist low-income families with the elevated cost of heat during the winter months.
The program, founded in 1983, has been administered by HeartShare Human Services since 1995. Senator Marty Golden has long partnered with the Fund to make the financial relief available to those qualifying constituents.
Since the 2010 elimination of the B37 Bus, folks in southwest Brooklyn have struggled getting around. The elimination of the bus service adversely impacted the elderly, disabled, families, youth, and persons with chronic illnesses as they disproportionately relied on the bus to access their health services and traveling to city agencies in downtown Brooklyn.
During this past Summer, our efforts paid off and the MTA announced the reinstatement of the B37 bus. We thank the MTA for carefully listening to our public transit concerns over the past few years. However, we have concerns with the current proposed restoration for the B37 bus such as: 1. Reinstating the B37 in mid-2014; 2. Shortening of the B37 route; and 3. Having the B37 run only between 6am-11pm.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), a member of the New York State Regional Economic Development Council for the City of New York, today has issued a statement following the announcement of grants awarded to support key initiatives in Southwest Brooklyn.
“As a member of the Regional Economic Development Council for the City of New York, I commend New York State’s investment in Kings County. Today, we are furthering efforts to create a more business and environmentally friendly community for people to live, work and raise a family,” said Senator Marty Golden.
Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is announcing his series of new holiday events billed as “Holiday Senior Festivals”, which will feature the participation of numerous City and State agencies, free blood pressure screenings, entertainment and lunch, a FREE shredding truck parked outside to shred old documents, and raffles as well as a tree trimming.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today released Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for New York City that reflect the latest refinements to the ongoing analysis of flood hazards. This release is the next step in the coastal Flood Insurance Study update. The Preliminary FIRMs replace the Preliminary Work Maps for New York City that were released earlier this year in June as an interim product.
BROOKLYN, N.Y., December 4, 2013 — The American Red Cross has awarded a $100,000 grant to Children’s Health Fund to support mental health services for children and families affected by Superstorm Sandy in Brooklyn.
The funding will be used to help 530 children and families in Gerritsen Beach with Sandy-related mental health challenges to build the coping skills necessary to more fully recover.
I have a longstanding record of championing tax cuts -- both to provide relief to hardworking New Yorkers, and to create a better business climate for new job creation and economic growth.
That's why I'm pleased to announce that my Senate Republican colleagues and I have just issued an important new report that calls for New York's personal income taxes, business taxes, estate taxes and local property taxes to be reformed, simplified and reduced. The report also calls for a permanent two-percent state spending cap and dedicating surplus revenues to tax reductions.
The new report sends a loud and clear message that comprehensive tax relief will be a top priority for our Senate Republican Conference throughout the 2014 Legislative Session.
Brooklyn – State Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), who this week is delivering turkeys to local food pantries and senior centers in preparation for Thanksgiving, is today announcing his plans to host two Christmas tree lightings which promise to bring holiday cheer and excitement, with a special visit from Santa Claus and hot chocolate for all.
ROME - Six Senate committees will hold a joint hearing at noon Monday to hear testimony from experts in law enforcement, finance and computer science about the state’s preparedness against cyber-attacks.
“Cyber crime is a major economic issue, resulting in more than $500 million in losses last year alone,” said Sen. Joseph A. Griffo, who chairs the Senate Banking Committee and is hosting the event. “There’s a reason why England considers it an even greater threat than nuclear war. We need to take a closer look at what our state is doing to prevent cyberattacks that could affect our security, our economy and our government.”
Brooklyn- Is the chill in the air getting you geared up for the holidays? Then be sure not to miss a great event full of fun, dining, entertainment and shopping set for Sunday, December 8th at the Dyker Golf Course, located at 86th Street and 7th Avenue in Brooklyn, that will be sure to get you in the spirit, and support some great community causes at the same time.
The Winter Spectacular and Holiday Shopping event will feature Breakfast with Santa starting at 10:00 a.m., or you and your family can join Santa for lunch, starting at 2:00 p.m. Both breakfast and lunch will feature a performance of A Christmas Carol, an opportunity to take a picture with Santa Claus, cupcake decorating, kids holiday activities, and holiday shopping from a variety of vendors.