Contacts: Antonio Rodriguez (Huntley) | (518) 455-3531
Jane Carey (Lancman) | (718) 820-0241
Hospital Closure Planning Act" Sent to Governor's Desk for Signature
Bill Requires State To Address Impact Of Hospital Closings On Communities
Elected officials from across the City today urged Governor Paterson to sign the "Hospital Closure Planning Act" (A.10748A/S.7483A). The charge was led at a press conference this afternoon with the bill's sponsors, Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Queens) and Senator Shirley L. Huntley (D-Jamaica).
State Senator Shirley L. Huntley (D-Jamaica)attended a bone marrow drive accompanied by rap impresario and entertainer Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson. The event took place in Southeast Queens at 50’s Community Garden. The bone marrow drive was inspired by the story of 11-year-old leukemia patient, and Broadway’s Lion King star Shannon Tavarez. Unfortunately Shannon still hasn't found a bone marrow match, so when Senator Huntley heard of the event, she came out to register as a potential marrow donor. Senator Huntley also wanted to bring attention to the need for people to register and get swabbed to see if they could be candidates to donate marrow for Shannon and others suffering from leukemia. 50 Cent sponsored the registry through his G-Unity Foundation.
It was scrub-a-dub-dub in Howard Beach this past weekend, as over 100 big-hearted people rolled up their sleeves and got wet to raise thousands at New York Families for Autistic Children’s (NYFAC) fifth annual charity car wash and car show.
It was the most successful ever, raising just “a touch” under $7,000.
“People are very supportive of what we do,” said Andrew Baumann, president and CEO of NYFAC.
He explained that, in this economic climate, fundraisers are pivotal.
“When one door closes, another opens,” he said. “The people of this community [Howard Beach] are extremely generous and warm and have opened their hearts to the kids.”
“A lot of kids from the neighborhood came out to pitch in,” continued Baumann.
Albany, NY) The Senate Democratic Majority has passed a package of 12 bills to address the causes and effects of domestic violence in New York. These bills will significantly enhance domestic violence survivors’ safety, improve state services available, and strengthen penalties against those who inflict the pain of domestic violence on others. Measures included in the Majority’s package will:
Increase penalties for witness tampering and repeat offenders of orders of protection.
Prohibit housing and employment discrimination of a survivor based on the violence they may have endured.
Senator Huntley stood in solidarity with the community on Saturday, June 05, 2010, expressing to them that we must work as a group to gain control of our community(s). Senator Huntley is encouraged by the programs available to address violence and illegal guns; such as Mother’s Against Guns (MAG), founded by Elizabeth Bishop-Goldsmith and Cash for Guns Program. The Senator further expressed that it is our duty as elected officials to try and make our communities as safe as possible. Senator Huntley believes these programs are great initiatives to curbing violence and she will always be there to support the community in any way possible.