Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) is reminding homeowners who currently receive a Basic STAR exemption to register with the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance in order to continue receiving the exemption in 2014 and subsequent years. The registration requirement came about as part of new legislation intended to prevent inappropriate or fraudulent STAR exemptions. Registration began on August 19, 2013 and will continue through December 31, 2013.
“I am completely opposed to the legislation introduced by Coucilmembers Chin and Lander requiring retail and grocery stores to charge at least 10 cents for paper and plastic bags at retail and grocery stores,” said Senator Felder. “New Yorkers cannot afford the basics, and now the City Council is essentially telling the average New Yorker whose in trouble, ‘not only are you suffering, but we’re really going to stomp on your head by charging you 10 cents extra per bag.’ This is nothing more than a tax and an attempt to make money. People are already overtaxed and overburdened. While the City Council is busy seeing green, New Yorkers will be seeing red.
Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) is warning motorists to be extra cautious while driving and to avoid texting behind the wheel. As of June 1, tougher penalties were implemented by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) at the direction of Governor Cuomo. The DMV has increased the number of points earned against an individual’s driving record to five points upon conviction for texting-while-driving and cell-phone related infractions.
“Distracted driving is dangerous driving,” said Senator Felder. “It’s not just your life you take into your hands when you get behind the wheel; it’s the lives of your fellow motorists and pedestrians. One out of every five crashes in New York State is a result of distracted driving.”
Felder is sounding the alarm after receiving calls from constituents who were pulled over for texting-while-driving and received a five-point penalty on their license. New York State and local police have increased enforcement of the texting-while-driving ban on roads across the State. For a first offense, the minimum fine is $50 and the maximum fine increases to $400 for a third or subsequent offense.
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.”
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.”
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
The Road to City Hall's Errol Louis discussed legislation to delay the potential runoff date and bringing back old lever machines with the co-sponsors of the bill, Brooklyn state Senators Martin Golden and Simcha Felder.
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.