FELDER TO STATE BOARD OF REGENTS CHANCELLOR TISCH: MORE MUST BE DONE TO HELP LEARNING DISABLED STUDENTS SUCCEED
Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn), Chairman of the New York City Education Subcommittee, and Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District), Chairman of the New York State Senate Standing Committee on Education, convened an education hearing in New York City this week to review the impact and effectiveness of recent state education reforms. The “Regents Reform Agenda: ‘Assessing’ Our Progress” is the fourth of five Senate Education Committee hearings being held throughout the state.
Early on in the hearing, Senator Felder received applause from the standing-room only audience for his comments to Chancellor Tisch, telling her that children are not robots and that something has to be done to address the needs of the thousands of children who will never prove proficient under the new Common Core Standards.
FELDER: EXPECT MAJOR POLL SITE CHANGES ON ELECTION DAY
OVER A DOZEN NEW LOCATIONS IN THE 17TH SENATE DISTRICT
FELDER’S OFFICE TO WILL HAVE EXTENDED HOURS ON ELECTION DAY TO ASSIST CONSTITUENTS
Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) is informing residents of the 17th Senate District about new polling site locations just announced by the Board of Elections for the upcoming November 5th general election.
Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) received a warm reception yesterday at the Kings Highway Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library where he presented a $140,000 check payable to the Brooklyn Library System. The allocation, which was obtained with the assistance of Republican Majority Co-Leader Dean Skelos, will be split between the six libraries in Felder’s district including the Borough Park, Kensington, Kings Highway, Mapleton, Midwood and Ryder branches.
Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) is conducting a series of walking tours throughout his district, visiting vital community organizations and educational institutions as part of his ongoing commitment to be directly accessible to his constituents.
“Being an elected representative means being accessible to everyone in my district. If, for whatever reason, my constituents cannot come to me, I am going to come to them,” said Senator Felder. “This ensures that everyone has an opportunity to have their concerns heard,” said Senator Felder.
Senate Subcommittee on New York City EducationCo-Chair: Senator Simcha FelderPublic Hearing: The Regents Reform Agenda: “Assessing” Our ProgressPlace: Senate Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, 19th Floor, New York, New YorkTime: 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.Contact: Jay Bove (518) 455-2754Media Contact: Allison Witty (718) 253-2015ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY
Close to 200 people, including senior citizens and families, participated in Senator Felder’s free flu shot event today at the Senator’s office in Midwood. Constituents from across Senator Felder’s district received the 3-in-1 flu shot administered by nurses from Beth Israel Medical Center.
In advance of the Sukkos holiday, Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) has contacted New York City Parks Department Commissioner Veronica White to advise her to prepare for the large influx of Orthodox Jewish families who will visit the City’s parks and attractions during Sukkos. A copy of the letter was also distributed to parks in each borough, and to local attractions including zoos, aquariums, and museums.
Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) has announced his office will remain open from 8:00 A.M. until 8:00 P.M. on Primary Day, Tuesday, September 10, as well as on Election Day, Tuesday, November 5, to help constituents who may be confused about their polling site locations or which candidates are running for a particular seat or office. Senator Felder’s office can be reached at 718-253-2015 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Redistricting has led to polling site changes for many people who may not even be aware of the new locations,” said Senator Felder. “I want to ensure that anyone who wants to go out and vote has the correct information they need to cast a vote.”
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.”