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Suzi Oppenheimer

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Oppenheimer and Paulin Hail Governor's Signing of Bill to Empower Local Boards of Health

Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (D-Scarsdale) and Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) are pleased to announce that their bill allowing local boards of health to impose civil penalties equal to those imposed by the State of New York has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo (S. S.3470/A.346).

The new law will eliminate a disparity in the civil penalties that can be assessed for a violation of the public health law or regulations or the State Sanitary Code.  Previously, the State could impose a penalty of up to $2,000 per violation, while a local board of health was limited to a maximum penalty of $1000.

August 9, 2011

Oppenheimer Applauds Citizens' Efforts to Protect Long Island Sound

Under threatening skies, Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) joined with Sound Shore residents and public officials this week at a Harbor Island event unveiling the SoundVision Action Plan developed by the Citizens Advisory Committee of the Long Island Sound (CAC) and Save the Sound.

The Senator expressed her support for the 26-page plan, which sets forth specific action steps to protect clean water, create a safe haven for wildlife, build environmentally sound communities and invest in projects to preserve, restore and enjoy the Sound.

August 2, 2011

Oppenheimer Celebrates Marriage Equality

          Marking the historic passage of the marriage equality law, Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) was honored to attend the recent wedding of Chris Fraley and Victor Self.  Surrounded by family and friends, Fraley and Self exchanged vows on Sunday afternoon in Rye, becoming one of the first couples in Westchester County to marry under the new law.

July 26, 2011

Oppenheimer and Galef Applaud Cuomo's Signing of Local Court Consolidation Bill

Today, Governor Cuomo signed a bill (Chapter 146) that allows for a new, more efficient court system to begin in Ossining. Assemblywoman Sandy Galef and State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer, have championed the bill, which permits the consolidation of the Town and Village of Ossining courts to serve the municipalities as one, while improving court efficiency and saving taxpayer dollars.

July 21, 2011

Forum/Town Hall: Oppenheimer Hosts NYS Department of Insurance Seminar for Consumers and Small Businesses

          Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) is sponsoring a free, informational seminar for consumers and small businesses with representatives of the NYS Department of Insurance.  The seminar will take place on:

 Wednesday, July 27, 2011

2:00 PM

Budarz Theatre, Ossining Public Library

53 Croton Avenue

Ossining, NY 10562

July 27, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Cooling Centers for Seniors

         With temperatures soaring into the 90s this week, Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) wants to make sure that seniors to know that there are several cooling centers in her district where they can go to stay cool and be safe. Below is a list of available cooling centers, with their hours of operation:


Theodore Young Community Center

32 Manhattan Avenue, White Plains

(914) 682-3622

Hours: Sun-Sat, 24 hours


Mamaroneck Senior Citizens Center

Weaver Street Firehouse, Mamaroneck

(914) 834-8840

July 21, 2011

Oppenheimer Hails Passage of "Complete Streets" Bill

Bill is Companion to Oppenheimer’s Smart Growth Legislation Enacted Last Year

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) is pleased to announce that the Senate and Assembly earlier this week passed the “Complete Streets” bill, S. 5411A, which will make New York roadways safer for all who use them.  The legislation requires state and local agencies to utilize complete street design principles in evaluating roadway improvements.  Oppenheimer is a co-sponsor and key supporter of the legislation.  “Complete Streets” is the companion bill to the Senator’s Smart Growth Public Infrastructure legislation, which was signed into law last year.

June 29, 2011

Oppenheimer and Galef Hail Passage of Local Court Consolidation Bills

Legislation Would Allow Village and Town of Ossining to Merge Services, Improve Court Efficiencies, and Save Taxpayer Dollars

Monday, June 20, 2011

Assemblywoman Sandy Galef and State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer announced today the passage of legislation that will allow the Town and Village of Ossining courts to consolidate into one more efficient, safer, and less expensive court that will serve both municipalities. 

June 21, 2011

Legislature Authorizes SUNY Purchase to Build Senior Learning Community

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer is pleased to announce legislative passage of her bill, S. 1846A, which would allow SUNY Purchase to lease land for the development of a senior residential learning center on campus.  The senior facility would be operated by the Purchase College Advancement Corporation, a not-for-profit corporation.

University officials and interested seniors have long advocated for a residential learning community for seniors and sought legislators help in approving this public-private partnership.

“We are extremely grateful to Senator Oppenheimer and the NYS Senate for passage of the bill, which will provide for the ability of Purchase College to finally begin to develop a senior learning community. This is a win win for our students, faculty and the community," said SUNY Purchase President Thomas Schwartz.

June 21, 2011

Senator Oppenheimer to hold mobile office hours in North Castle on Saturday, June 25

            Please join Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) as she hosts mobile office hours on Saturday, June 25th  at the following location:

 North Castle Public Library

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

19 Whippoorwill Road East Armonk, NY 10504-1499

            “I hope that members of the community will drop by, share a cup of coffee and let me know their thoughts on the issues and challenges facing our district and our State,” said Senator Oppenheimer.

June 25, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Senator Oppenheimer honors Lindsay Farrell, Open Door President and CEO, as 2011 Woman of Distinction

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) has named Lindsay Farrell, President and CEO of the Open Door Family Medical Centers, a 2011 New York State Woman of Distinction.  Each year, the NY Senate honors a select group of outstanding women who have enriched the quality of life in our communities and our state.

In her opening remarks at the public ceremony held recently in the State Capitol, Senator Oppenheimer praised Farrell for her “tireless efforts in making quality, affordable health care a reality for economically disadvantaged residents of Westchester County.  Her dedication and vision has quite literally ‘opened the door’ to  a brighter, healthier future for countless children and families.”

June 14, 2011

Senator Oppenheimer gives commencement address to 2011 graduates of Long Island University, Westchester/Rockland Campuses

On May 18, 2011, Senator Suzi Oppenheimer gave the commencement address at Long Island University's Westchester and Rockland campuses.  Congratulating the Class of 2011, the Senator shared some of the lessons she has learned and the advice she found useful in her own journey to a fulfilling life and career.

June 14, 2011

Schoolchildren thank Senator Oppenheimer for securing grant to improve traffic and pedestrian safety along school routes

NYS Senator Suzi Oppenheimer visited the Murray Ave. Elementary Schoolin Larchmont to celebrate the recent NYS grant that she helped securefor the Rye YMCA's Safe Routes to School program.  The $5000 grantwill help fund school traffic and pedestrian safety initiatives inRye, Rye Neck, Harrison, Larchmont and Mamaroneck schools.

June 13, 2011

William Capodanno

Sergeant William “Bill” Capodanno is a World War II, U.S. Army combat veteran who served in the Pacific Theater from January 1941 to January 1946.  He is the recipient of the American Defense Service Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.  Bill has been an active member of the VFW for 65 years, and a resident of Larchmont since 1952.  He owned and operated a local roofing business, Village Roofing, in the community for many years.  Bill served as the commander of VFW Post 1156 for 15 out of the more than 50 years that he has been a member of that post, and has held various other offices in VFW Post 1156 for many years.  He also held numerous VFW County and NYS positions over the last 65 years. 

June 9, 2011

Senate Passes Broad Legislative Package to Enhance Traffic Safety and Save Lives

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) is pleased to announce Senate passage of a package of bills aimed at making the roads safer for pedestrians and motorists across the State.  The six-bill package increases vehicular safety measures, while strengthening the penalties for those who violate traffic safety laws. 

These include a measure that would establish texting while driving as a primary offense, allowing police officers to stop and issue a summons for unlawful texting. (S.998B). Under current law, a motorist can only be ticketed for texting while driving if he or she has already been stopped for another traffic violation. 

May 16, 2011

Oppenheimer Announces State Library Construction Grants

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D- Mamaroneck) today announced that the awarding of several public library construction grants in her Senate district.  The grant funds are from $14 million in capital funds that were made available for public library construction in the 2010 State Budget.

The Mamaroneck Public Library was awarded $101,008 to improve library access and services and to complete construction of new library and children’s room spaces.  The New Rochelle Public Library has been awarded a $50,000 grant to repurpose existing space for a teen area in the library and for new fixtures that will create energy costs savings. The Rye Free Reading Room was awarded $100,000 for a reconfiguration of library space to create new Biography and Teen spaces, with fire system, electrical, cabling and computer improvements, as well as furnishing for the newly reconfigured spaces.  The Scarsdale Public Library was given a $111,280 grant for much needed building improvements and a multi-zone rooftop HVAC system that will boost library productivity and increase energy efficiency. 

May 16, 2011

Lindsay Farrell

Lindsay Farrell was appointed President and CEO by the Board of Directors in October 1998. Since that time, Open Door Family Medical Centers has grown significantly adding sites, programs and technologies to more than double the number of low-income people served. Home-grown at Open Door where she volunteered initially and has worked since 1986, Ms. Farrell has been Open Door’s Director of Operations and Director of Development. As Director of  Development, she was responsible for capital fund drives for major facility expansions. Today, Open Door is also recognized by the National Committee on Quality Assurance as a Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home and has won the prestigious Davies Award for community health from the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society.

May 11, 2011

Senator Oppenheimer Asks Citizens to Join Her on April 29th in the Stand Against Racism

District Office Designated a Participating Site in YWCA-Sponsored “Stand Against Racism”

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) has designated her district office (222 Grace Church Street, Suite 305, Port Chester, NY) as a “Participating Site” in the Fourth Annual Stand Against Racism, sponsored by the YWCA.  Stand Against Racism is a movement that began in 2008 to unite communities in celebration of diversity and to raise awareness that racism and injustice still exist in the world today.

Senator Oppenheimer will begin her day on April 29th at a Stand Against Racism breakfast and book signing with author Sana Butler at the Jay Heritage Center in Rye.  The event is sponsored by YWCA of White Plains and the Harriet Tubman House.  Sana Butler, a freelance reporter and special correspondent with Newsweek International, is the author of “Sugar of the Crop,” which tells the compelling story of the quest to find the last surviving children of slaves.  The Jay Heritage Center is the boyhood home of founding father, John Jay, a known leader of the anti-slavery movement of the 18th and 19th centuries. 

April 26, 2011

Oppenheimer and Latimer Team Up to Require Insurance Companies to Cover Cost of Bone Marrow Testing

Legislation will eliminate financial burden on potential donors

Each year, more than 10,000 people require bone marrow transplants to treat life-threatening diseases such as lymphomas, leukemias, anemias, immune deficiency disorders, multiple myeloma and tumors.  Approximately 70% of them cannot find a suitable match within their own families and must look elsewhere.  To encourage new bone marrow donors, Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) and Assemblyman George Latimer (D-Rye) have introduced legislation (S.4350/A.6459) that would require health insurers to cover the cost of testing potential donors.

April 26, 2011

Senator Oppenheimer Urges Colleagues to Keep Focus on Education

Partial Restoration of Education Aid Helpful, But Still Leaves Schools Districts in Precarious Position

Speaking on the Senate floor, Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) acknowledged that the recently enacted NYS FY 2011-12 budget was a difficult budget for difficult times.  But she credited her colleagues in the Legislature and Governor Cuomo with restoring millions in state education aid.  This  will partially ease the burden on school districts already weathering serious economic challenges.

April 8, 2011