Simcha Felder 's Press releases

FELDER: BOARD OF ELECTIONS LITERATURE LOOKS LIKE “JUNK MAIL”

Calling the latest voting literature from the Board of Elections “ridiculous,” Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) is urging constituents who may be confused about their polling site locations to contact his office for assistance.

“The mail from the Board of Elections is poorly-designed, confusing, and looks like junk-mail,” said Senator Felder. “I suspect most prospective voters will end up tossing it in the garbage without realizing that it contains important content. It’s just ridiculous.”

August 8, 2013
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GOVERNOR CUOMO SIGNS TWO FELDER BILLS INTO LAW

Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn), a first-term Senator and Chair of the Subcommittee on New York City Education, had two bills signed into law last Thursday by Governor Cuomo.

“It is extremely gratifying that Governor Cuomo saw the necessity for and value of these bills,” said Senator Felder. “I am thankful to my colleagues and to all those who worked behind the scenes to help make these bills a reality.”

The first of Senator Felder’s bills, S5730-2013, excludes Saturdays from being considered a business day for purposes of responding to violations for defective motor vehicle equipment.

Previously, the law encouraged timely repairs by offering a full waiver of the fine if repairs were made within one business day, excluding Sundays and federal holidays. This meant that a Sabbath-observant individual who received a summons late Friday afternoon, and could not make the necessary repairs until Sunday, was unable to take advantage of the grace period. Senator Felder’s measure remedies this oversight.

“This legislation levels the playing field and allows all New Yorkers to benefit equally from the grace period,” Senator Felder said. “Sabbath-observant New Yorkers no longer have to choose between their religious observance and the dismissal of a ticket.”

August 6, 2013
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR SIMCHA FELDER ON CONTAINMENT OF MEASLES OUTBREAK IN BROOKLYN

“While I am delighted that the measles outbreak in Borough Park and Williamsburg has been contained, we cannot allow ourselves to be lulled into a false sense of security. This disease can quickly and easily be transmitted again. 

Now is the time to be proactive and ensure that anyone who still has not been immunized gets the proper vaccinations. Those who remain unvaccinated continue to pose a great health risk to their family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors.

Measles, mumps and rubella are very preventable diseases. If you have questions or concerns about immunizations, please contact my office at 718-253-2015 for assistance.”

July 22, 2013
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140 Yeshivas Attend Felder’s Transportation Workshop

Over 140 school administrators and transportation coordinators from across the five boroughs packed into Ateres Chaya Hall in Borough Park on Wednesday, June 26, to attend a workshop hosted by Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) about the new changes to the school bus transportation law. Each attendee received a packet from Senator Felder containing valuable information designed to help administrators navigate the new changes.

This past March, the New York State Legislature passed Senator Felder’s historic legislation that provides an increased level of safety and protection for grade school children in the City of New York. Starting in the 2013-2014 school year, any public, private or parochial school that holds academic classes from 9:30 A.M. or earlier to 4:00 P.M. or later, is now eligible to receive enhanced transportation services, with pick up and drop off within one block of a child’s home. An allocation of $12 million has been earmarked for this program.

July 1, 2013
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Felder and Weinstein Pass Legislation Granting Common-Sense Extension for Vehicle Repairs

Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) and Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein are pleased to announce the passage of legislation that excludes Saturdays from being considered a business day for purposes of responding to violations for defective motor vehicle equipment. Bill number A5470A/S5730 increases the amount of time a motorist can repair a defective vehicle without facing a costly fine. 

June 19, 2013
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Senator Felder Says Stay Safe This Summer

With the advent of the summer season, Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) is reminding people to stay safe and prevent potential tragedies by exercising caution.

“One of the leading causes of home burglaries during the summer months is unattended newspapers and circulars which accumulate on the front steps and lawn, indicating that no one is in the house,” said Senator Felder. “I urge homeowners to put a Do Not Place Unsolicited Circulars On This Property sign in the window of their house. A sign can be obtained for free by calling my office at 718-253-2015.” Leaving lights on a timer also acts as a deterrent for potential criminals.

June 18, 2013
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FELDER: “WE FOUGHT THE GOOD FIGHT AND WE WON!”

Legislation (S4777D) co-sponsored by Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) that protects providers of services for the developmentally disabled from state funding cuts passed the New York State Senate today. The bill was sponsored by Senator Marty Golden (R-C, Brooklyn). The legislation would appropriate up to $90 million, or as much as is needed, to the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) to protect providers from funding reductions if recommended savings measures fall short of projections.

“We fought the good fight and we won,” said Senator Felder. “We did not back down. We did not take no for an answer. And we delivered for one of our most vulnerable populations. Restoring this funding was unequivocally the right thing to do, and I am extremely proud to have been part of this effort.”

June 18, 2013
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Felder Introduces Bill Requiring Cemeteries To Accommodate Same-Day Burials

Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) has introduced legislation which will force cemeteries to perform same-day burials even after business hours. Currently, someone who dies after 11:00 A.M. cannot be interred until the next day. When a person passes away on a Friday or just before a holiday, the wait for burial can be as long as two to three days. Such is not the case in neighboring New Jersey, where burials are conducted at any hour for an additional fee.  

June 13, 2013
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Felder Pays Tribute to Military Personnel at West Point Day in Albany

Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) recently welcomed and paid tribute to men and women from the United States Military Academy at West Point at a reception on April 24, 2013 as part of the 61st Annual “West Point Day” held at the New York State Capitol in Albany.

The event was hosted by Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson), a retired Lieutenant Colonel who served 23 years on active duty in the United States Army. Both the Senate and the Assembly adopted Legislative Resolutions to commemorate the Academy’s visit and to honor the establishment of the United States Military Academy at West Point.

May 2, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill to Protect Victims of Severe Child Abuse

The New York State Senate today gave final passage to legislation that would provide important protections for child victims who have been severely abused by their parents or guardians. The bill (S4082), sponsored by Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn), improves Family Court procedures to reduce the trauma abused children can potentially experience and helps expedite the finding of a new, permanent home.

May 2, 2013
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Senator Felder Unveils Legislation for Middle-Class Child Care Tax Credit

Credit Would Ease Child Care Costs for Middle-Class New Yorkers, Currently the Highest in the Nation

At a press conference at City Hall yesterday, Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) unveiled legislation which will ease the cost of child care for middle-class families in New York City. Senator Felder made the announcement in conjunction with Speaker Quinn, The Children’s Aid Society, United Neighborhood Houses, the Children’s Defense Fund and parents of young children eligible for child care.

April 22, 2013
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Senator Simcha Felder Invites Nominees for "Women of Distinction" Award

Annual Program Honors Women’s Contributions to Our Community

Senator Simcha Felder is inviting local residents to nominate friends, coworkers and neighborhood leaders whose outstanding work on behalf of their communities makes them deserving of special recognition by the State Senate as a New York “Woman of Distinction.”

March 12, 2013
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Senators Felder, Golden, Lanza & Savino Push For Lever Voting Machines For NYC Municipal Elections

Lever Machines Will Allow for Accurate and Timely Results for Primary and Run-off Elections in New York City

State Senators Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn), along with his NYC delegation colleagues, Martin J. Golden, Andrew Lanza, and Diane Savino, are calling for the passage of bill number S4088, which allows for the use of lever machines in New York City municipal elections. 

March 11, 2013
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Felder Pushes Family Tax Cuts Act

Plan Would Increase Family Tax Credits and Restore STAR Property Tax Rebate Checks 

March 7, 2013
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Hundreds Attend Inauguration of Senator Simcha Felder

 

Close to 400 people, including prominent community leaders and elected officials, packed into Torah Emes Hall in Flatbush on Wednesday, February 13 to attend the inauguration of Senator Simcha Felder who was elected in a decisive victory in the 17th Senate District race. 

February 15, 2013
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Felder Joins Senate GOP in Urging Removal of Taxpayer Utility Surcharge

Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) has signed onto the Senate GOP’s letter urging the removal of the proposed extension of the utility tax surcharge from the Executive Budget. In 2009, former Governor Paterson enacted a tax surcharge on electric, gas, steam and non-municipal water services that has cost taxpayers almost $2.5 billion over the last four years. The 18-a assessment – which has increased utility bills for nearly every taxpayer in the state – is scheduled to expire on March 31, 2014. 

February 12, 2013
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Felder Appointed By Senate Republican Leader Skelos To Chair Newly-Created NYC Education Sub-Committee; Will Also Serve As Chair Of The Children & Families Committee

Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) has been appointed by Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos to head the new Sub-Committee on New York City Education, as well as the Children and Families Committee. Felder has made education reform a key focus of his legislative agenda. According to the Senate rules, “any bill referenced to the Education Committee whose subject matter shall solely impact education matters in New York City” will be referred to the sub-committee.

January 31, 2013
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