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STATEMENT BY SENATOR SIMCHA FELDER ON THE PASSING OF 14-YEAR-OLD AVONTE OQUENDO

“It is with profound sadness and a heavy heart that I learned of the Medical Examiner’s findings confirming that the remains discovered in Queens were those belonging to 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo,” said Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn). “While no words can adequately comfort Avonte’s family at this time, I am hopeful today’s DNA confirmation brings some modicum of closure to his parents and siblings as they begin the journey toward healing. I join with all New Yorkers in expressing my deepest sympathy to the Oquendo family.”

January 21, 2014
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR SIMCHA FELDER REGARDING DEVELOPMENTS IN THE MENACHEM STARK MURDER CASE

“I am encouraged by today’s New York Daily News report that the NYPD has found the van used in connection with the kidnapping and murder of Menachem Stark.

The NYPD and other law enforcement personnel are to be commended for their tireless efforts in this case. The police and federal authorities have made solving this murder a top priority from the beginning. While Mr. Stark’s murderer(s) remain at large, the recent developments seem very promising. I am cautiously optimistic that the discovery of the van will prove to be a turning point in the case, and will ultimately lead police to the perpetrator(s) responsible for this vile and heinous act.

January 15, 2014
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FELDER PRAISES NYPD, FDNY & BORO PARK HATZOLOH FOR HEROIC EFFORTS IN RESCUING CHILD FROM MANHOLE

"It is nothing short of miraculous that this 10-year-old child was rescued virtually unharmed from a manhole on the corner of 49th Street and 13th Avenue,” said Senator Simcha Felder. “It is my understanding that this young man suffered minor lacerations on his right leg, was treated at Lutheran Hospital, and was released.

As a community, we all owe a great debt of gratitude to the brave heroes who risk life and limb each day to save others. I am immensely thankful to the NYPD, the FDNY, and Boro Park Hatzoloh for their swift and lifesaving responses today and every day. I also want to commend Verizon for providing the ladder which allowed this young man to be safely retrieved from the manhole.

January 14, 2014
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR SIMCHA FELDER IN RESPONSE TO GOVERNOR CUOMO’S STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS

"I strongly support Governor Cuomo’s plan to reduce taxes across New York State," said Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn), who was selected to deliver the message to the Governor today that the Senate had convened.

“New York is one of the highest taxed states in the nation. People have been fleeing our great state because of the unbelievable tax burden. Governor Cuomo recognizes that we needs to stop this hemorrhaging and get serious about providing real tax relief if New York is to remain competitive and maintain its status as a financial leader. This year, I look forward to working with Senate Majority Coalition Leader Dean Skelos and the rest of my colleagues to continue creating new jobs; boosting the State’s economy; and putting money back into the pockets of hard-working New Yorkers.

January 8, 2014
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FELDER & COLLEAGUES WORKING TO PREVENT FALLOUT FROM BUS COMPANY BANKRUPTCY

With Atlantic Express Bus Company expected to close its doors on December 31, Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn), Chair of both the New York City Education Subcommittee and the Children and Families Committee, is working with his colleagues, Assemblyman Dov Hikind and Councilman David Greenfield, to ensure a smooth transition for the more than 40,000 affected public and private school students. Atlantic Express, which declared bankruptcy in November, was responsible for over 1,600 bus routes, leaving children on those routes without a means of transportation as of January 2, 2014.

December 23, 2013
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HEAP & HEARTSHARE APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE AT SENATOR FELDER’S OFFICE

Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) is pleased to announce that HEAP and HeartShare applications are now available at his office for those who meet income guidelines. 

“Sadly, so many New Yorkers have trouble paying the high heating costs during the winter months,” said Senator Felder. “Each year, there are tragic stories of home fires and deaths as a result of people using candles or stoves as a substitute for heat. These tragedies can be avoided thanks to programs like HEAP and HeartShare, and I encourage anyone who needs help to call my office.”

December 12, 2013
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SENATOR FELDER & COUNCILMAN-ELECT DEUTSCH HOST SEND-OFF BREAKFAST FOR NYPD COMMISSIONER RAY KELLY

Close to 200 people, including prominent community leaders and elected officials, gathered at the Canal Jeans Building in Flatbush today to join Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) and Councilman-elect Chaim Deutsch (D-Brooklyn) in paying tribute to outgoing Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly at an Appreciation Breakfast held in his honor.

“Today is all about gratitude, about saying thank you to an individual that I consider to be the quintessential public servant,” Senator Felder said of Commissioner Kelly. “And the best police commissioner New York City has ever had,” he added.

December 11, 2013
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THANKSGIVING ESSAYS AND CONTRIBUTIONS

Dear Participant,

Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration. We received outstanding poems, essays, and artwork that exemplify the creativity of New York State’s young people.

The submissions received are remarkable in what they represent – showing gratitude and respect for family, friends, our troops fighting overseas, and many other important subjects and activities. I am humbled and honored to see such inspiring contributions in response to what is a deceptively difficult question: “What are you thankful for?”

On behalf of the New York State Senate, I would like to offer my wholehearted congratulations to all of the participants in this year’s Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration.

Sincerely,

December 6, 2013
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SENATORS FELDER & FLANAGAN HOST EDUCATION HEARING IN NEW YORK CITY

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.

October 31, 2013
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FELDER: EXPECT MAJOR POLL SITE CHANGES ON ELECTION DAY

 

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.

October 30, 2013
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FELDER PRESENTS $140,000 CHECK TO THE BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY

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.

October 25, 2013
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FELDER EMBARKS ON A SERIES OF DISTRICT WALKING TOURS

 

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.

October 24, 2013
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FELDER’S FREE FLU SHOT EVENT A RESOUNDING SUCCESS

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.  

October 8, 2013
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FELDER TELLS NYC PARKS DEPARTMENT: “PREPARE FOR LARGE INFLUX OF VISITORS DURING CHOL HA’MOED SUKKOS”

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.

September 9, 2013
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FELDER’S OFFICE TO REMAIN OPEN 8 A.M. TO 8 P.M. ON PRIMARY & ELECTION DAYS

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 felder@nysenate.gov.

“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.”

September 1, 2013
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FELDER: “DON’T LOSE YOUR TAX BREAK!”

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.

August 20, 2013
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR SIMCHA FELDER DENOUNCING NEW PLASTIC BAG TAX PROPSAL

“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. 

August 20, 2013
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FELDER TO MOTORISTS: “AVOID 5-POINT PENALTY; DON’T TEXT & DRIVE!”

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.

August 12, 2013
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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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