There's been a lot of debate over the deal between the Independent Democratic Conference that helped the Senate Republicans stay in power. That agreement is often criticized by the so called ìregularî Democrats who say it prevents progressive legislation from coming to the floor. But rarely mentioned is something that pre-dated the historic IDC GOP coalition. A Senator from Brooklyn who ran on the Democratic line and then decided to conference with the Republicans. Senator Simcha Felder explains his decision to conference with the Republicans, and whether he would ever change sides.
Ellie Kastel has been an active part of the Boro Park YM-YWHA team for over 30 years. A graduate of Brooklyn College and the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, she began her career as a Program Assistant with the East Flatbush Rugby YM-YWHA in 1975 and has been the Executive Director of the Boro Park YM-YWHA since 2008.
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.
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.
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.
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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.”
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.
Senator Felder, Ms. Nina Padmore, R.N., and Ms. Julie Winslow, M.Ed from Beth Israel Medical Center. The Senator learned about the importance of maintaining a healthy blood pressure and had his pressure taken.