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Senator Felder's session remarks on S.7691

S.7691: The special education bill.

June 10, 2014
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FELDER SPONSORS LEGISLATION TO HELP PARENTS OF SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS

Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) has taken the lead as the prime Senate sponsor of a bill which streamlines the process of special education placements and requires a more expeditious placement and tuition reimbursement process for private schools. The bill will be introduced this week in the Senate and is being sponsored in the Assembly by Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein (D-Brooklyn).

May 29, 2014
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FELDER’S WORKSHOP HIGHLIGHTS SUCCESS OF TRANSPORTATION LAW

As his after 4 P.M. school bus program enters its second year, Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) took time last week at a workshop for non-public schools to reflect on the continued success of the transportation law he sponsored, and to discuss how the State’s education budget impacts the non-public school community.

Some 70 schools from across the five boroughs attended the meeting, which was held at Ateres Chaya Hall in Borough Park on Thursday, May 15. The group also heard remarks from Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein (D-Brooklyn), who co-sponsored the legislation in the Assembly, and from Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn).

May 20, 2014
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR FELDER REGARDING PROPOSED FUNDING FOR AFTER-SCHOOL VOUCHERS

"During our many years in the City Council, Mayor Bill de Blasio and I worked together tirelessly to restore voucher funding every year. I am pleased that today's executive budget reflects a partial restoration and a commitment by the Mayor to this important program.  I am confident that Council members David Greenfield and Stephen Levin under the leadership of Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito will work together with the Mayor to ensure that families continue to receive uninterrupted child care vouchers."

May 8, 2014
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FELDER-SILVER BILL EXTENDS PETITION SEASON TO ACCOMMODATE ORTHODOX JEWISH VOTERS

Legislation introduced by Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) which amends the election law to accommodate Orthodox Jewish voters has passed the State Legislature. With the unanimous passage of this bill, the first day to sign a designating petition for state and local primary elections in 2014 is now Thursday, May 29. Bill number S7097/A9407 has been sent to Governor Cuomo for his signature.

May 7, 2014
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR SIMCHA FELDER IN RESPONSE TO ARREST OF GRAFFITI VANDAL IN BORO PARK

"The New York Police Department has proven once more why it’s called New York’s Finest," said Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn). “When news of this anti-Semitic incident first broke at the conclusion of shabbos, the NYPD, in conjunction with the Boro Park Shomrim, went to work immediately to identify and catch the person responsible for these vile acts, and to restore a sense of peace and security in Boro Park.

May 4, 2014
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Statement by Senator Simcha Felder Regarding Arrests in the Menachem Stark Case

“I hope that the alleged murderers are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and are condemned to a life behind bars. I am confident that the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office will mount a formidable case and bring justice to the Stark family. As always, my thoughts and prayers remain with the Stark family during this excruciatingly painful time.”

April 30, 2014
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FELDER IS MAKING HOUSE CALLS WITH LAUNCH OF SUCCESSFUL “SENATOR ON SITE” INITIATIVE

Doctors may not make house calls anymore, but Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) has reinstituted the concept with the launch of his Senator On Site or “SOS” initiative intended to tackle outdoor safety and quality-of-life issues in the 17th Senate District. Senator Felder initially introduced the program late last month in his newsletter. Since then, nearly 100 people have contacted his office for assistance with problems pertaining to potholes, street lights, tree stumps, or broken sidewalks outside their homes or in their neighborhood which require repair.

April 29, 2014
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EARTH DAY 2014 POSTER CONTEST: DISTRICT 17

Earth Day Poster Contest. This year we received many outstanding posters that exemplify the creativity of the young people in the 17th Senatorial District.

Each entry from my District displayed tremendous originality and vision as well as obvious concern for the ecological future of our communities and our state. I am proud of your work and that of your classmates, and encourage you to continue to study and learn more about the serious challenges that face our environment.

I am pleased to announce that the winner of the 2014 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is:

Roman DishmeyGrade 1P.S. 682

April 17, 2014
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FELDER INTRODUCES LEGISLATION IMPOSING A CIVIL PENALTY ON SHAIMOS TRUCK OPERATORS WHO FAIL TO PROPERLY BURY SHAIMOS

In response to numerous reports of abuse by so-called shaimos truck vendors who take money to bury religious books and articles but fail to do so, Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) will introduce legislation in the Senate imposing a civil penalty on shaimos truck operators who fail to properly bury the religious items. The bill will require those wishing to operate a shaimos truck to obtain a permit from the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs, and to provide advanced proof of access to a proper burial ground. Civil penalties range from a minimum of $1,000 up to $5,000. 

April 7, 2014
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2014 Newsletter

Click on the link below to view my recent newsletter.

March 28, 2014
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FELDER WELCOMES EDWARD R. MURROW HIGH SCHOOL CONCERT BAND IN ALBANY

In keeping with his commitment to increase funding and access to music and arts programs in New York City’s schools, Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) welcomed the Edward R. Murrow High School Concert Band during their performance this week in Albany. The Edward R. Murrow High School is located in Senator Felder’s district, and is ranked as one of the top high schools in New York City.

March 26, 2014
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR FELDER DENOUNCING REVIVAL OF PROPOSED PLASTIC BAG TAX

“I was disheartened to learn that this absurd plastic bag tax legislation requiring consumers to pay 10 cents for paper and plastic bags at retail and grocery stores has once again reared its ugly head in the City Council.

March 25, 2014
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FELDER HOSTS GROUP OF 200 STUDENTS AT THE STATE CAPITOL IN ALBANY

A group of approximately 200 students from the Bobover Yeshiva Bnei Zion had an opportunity to see their government in action yesterday during a tour of the State Capitol hosted by Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn).

A State Capitol tour guide accompanied the 8th and 9th grade boys and their chaperones through the Capitol’s museum, the Senate Chamber, the Executive Chamber (also known as the Red Room), the Hall of Governors, and the Flag Room, which displays over 1,000 different flags from various wars. The students also had a chance to pose for pictures with Senator Felder on the Million Dollar Staircase, which is made up of 444 steps. 

March 12, 2014
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FELDER URGES DE BLASIO TO RESTORE FUNDING TO PRIORITY 5, 6, & 7 CHILDCARE VOUCHER PROGRAMS

In the wake of recently published reports that the de Blasio administration does not intend to restore millions of dollars for certain after-school programs, Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn), Chair of the New York State Children and Families Committee, is calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio to reinstate funding to the Priority 5, 6 and 7 voucher programs, noting that cuts initiated under the Bloomberg administration disproportionately impacted the Orthodox Jewish community. Joining Senator Felder in his efforts to restore funding is Councilman David Greenfield (D-Brooklyn), who has taken a proactive stance in the City Council to reverse the earlier funding cuts.

March 11, 2014
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FELDER’S “CLAIM YOUR UNCLAIMED FUNDS” EVENT A TREMENDOUS SUCCESS

On Tuesday, February 25, Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) hosted a “Claim Your Unclaimed Funds” event at his district office in conjunction with the Office of the New York State Comptroller. Personnel from Comptroller DiNapoli’s office were available to assist constituents in searching the Unclaimed Funds database and to help them file claims. A record crowd of over 200 people attended, prompting the Senator to plan a future unclaimed funds event in order to accommodate everyone.

February 26, 2014
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FELDER CHAMPIONS LEGISLATION TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE TO PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND TUITION-PAYING FAMILIES

Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn), Chair of the New York City Education Subcommittee, and Senator Martin Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) have sponsored legislation which will create an education investment tax credit in New York State.

Bill number S4099-A will generate increased funding for education by enhancing existing tax benefits for charitable donations. The goal of the bill is to help public schools, non-profit organizations supporting public schools, and Pre-K programs. The bill also provides a tax credit to public and non-public school teachers for out-of-pocket school supply expenses, and assists many low- and middle-income families whose children attend private or religious schools and require scholarships.

February 25, 2014
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FELDER: OVER $11,000 IN HOME HEATING ASSISTANCE GRANTS HAVE BEEN DISTRIBUTED IN 17TH SENATE DISTRICT

Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) is pleased to announce that over $11,000 in HeartShare grants have been allocated to date in the 17th Senate District through the Senator’s office to help low-income families and individuals with their high heating bills. HeartShare Human Services of New York administers the Neighborhood Heating Fund founded by National Grid. During a typical heating season, National Grid and HeartShare assist more than 1,200 families.

“It has been such a privilege to partner with National Grid and HeartShare to bring real financial relief to those who are struggling to pay their heating bills,” said Senator Felder. “People are just overjoyed when we notify them that they have been approved for financial assistance.”

 

January 29, 2014
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SENATE UNANIMOUSLY PASSES FELDER’S & LENTOL’S LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION IN MEMORY OF HOLOCAUST RESCUER RABBI MICHOEL BER WEISSMANDL

Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) and Assemblyman Joseph Lentol (D-Brooklyn) introduced a Legislative Resolution in Albany yesterday -- which was passed unanimously -- honoring the memory of Rabbi Michoel Ber Weissmandl, who is credited with saving countless European Jews, especially Jewish prisoners in Auschwitz, during the Holocaust. The ceremony took place in the Senate Chamber in Albany and was attended by members of Rabbi Weissmandl’s family and the Jewish community.

According to some accounts, Rabbi Weissmandl is credited with rescuing approximately two-thirds of the Holocaust survivors living in Brooklyn today. Senator Felder spoke about Rabbi Weissmandl’s valiant efforts saying,

"וכל המקיים נפש אחת, מעלין עליו כאילו קיים עולם מלא

January 28, 2014
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