The recent installation of a newsstand on 37th Avenue in Jackson Heights without community approval prompted State Senator Jose Peralta to introduce legislation intended to remedy the injustices occurring under City law. Currently, if the applicant for a newsstand meets the proper requirements, the City approves the application regardless of community opposition.        

In efforts to further promote motor vehicle and road safety, Senator Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) and Assemblymember Alicia Hyndman (D-Springfield Gardens) today unveiled legislation that will provide an automobile insurance premium discount for non-commercial vehicles that have an operating dashboard camera installed. In the United Kingdom, for example, insurance companies offer similar reductions for drivers who install dashcams in their vehicles.


New Tax Credit Will Promote New York’s Creative and Technology Sectors; Provide Support for Existing Businesses and Create 21st Century Jobs

Today Senator Bill Larkin (R-C-I, 39th District) hosted an event to coincide with Sandwich Generation awareness month.  The Sandwich Generation is a generation of individuals, usually between the ages of 40-60, who are sandwiched between taking care of their ageing parents while also taking care of their own children.  Today’s event took place at the Hudson Street Café in the Village of Cornwall-On-Hudson.  Many attendees were part of the Sandwich Generation and spoke openly about the challenges they face.

Squadron Continues Long Push for Active Parkland at Pier 42

State Senator Patty Ritchie Tuesday voiced her support for a Public Service Commission proposal that would help protect New York State nuclear power plants, as well as the jobs and economic benefits they support. 

Recently, the PSC announced the state’s new Clean Energy Standard—which has set a goal of achieving 50 percent renewable energy generation by 2030—if approved in August, would include annual investments of over $480 million over the next 12 years in the form of zero-emission tax credits (ZEC) benefitting nuclear power plants.  

Elmira, N.Y., July 12— State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats), chairman of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, today praised the state’s 3rd Annual “Invasive Species Awareness Week” this week, July 10-16, as an important piece of New York’s overall strategy to combat the spread of invasive species across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide.

Small Business Development Conference

Are you interested in becoming certified as a Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise or are you already certified and seeking contracting opportunities, then come to our Small Business Development Conference. We will be offering all of this information and more. Special guests will include: Empire State Development Corporation, New York Development Corporation, Association of Minority Enterprises of New York (AMENY) and Port Authority of NY & NJ.

For Immediate Release: July 13, 2016

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Honoring Michelle Margilaj upon the occasion of her designation as recipient of a Liberty Medal

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Michelle Margilaj upon the occasion of
her designation as recipient of a Liberty Medal, the highest honor
bestowed upon an individual by the New York State Senate

WHEREAS, It is incumbent upon the people of the State of New York to
recognize and acknowledge those within our midst who have made signif-
icant contributions to the quality of life therein; and
WHEREAS, From time to time this Legislative Body takes note of certain
extraordinary individuals it wishes to recognize for their valued
contributions to the success and progress of society and publicly
acknowledge their endeavors which have enhanced the basic humanity among
us all; and
WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to honor Michelle
Margilaj upon the occasion of her designation as recipient of a Liberty
Medal, the highest honor bestowed upon an individual by the New York
State Senate; and
WHEREAS, The New York State Senate Liberty Medal was established by
resolution and is awarded to individuals who have merited special
commendation for exceptional, heroic, or humanitarian acts on behalf of
their fellow New Yorkers; and
WHEREAS, On a Friday night in late April of 2016, Michelle Margilaj,
while working at il Laghetto Restaurant on South Lake Boulevard, noticed
a capsized kayak with a man clinging to its side in Lake Mahopac; and
WHEREAS, After realizing there was also a small child in the water,
Michelle Margilaj, without hesitation, leaped into the bitter cold lake
and began swimming towards the capsized kayak; upon reaching the two
individuals, she flipped the eight-year-old boy on his back and brought
him back to safety; and
WHEREAS, In addition, Michelle Margilaj instructed the father of the
little boy to hold on to the kayak and kick his legs; he subsequently
also made it back to shore safely; and
WHEREAS, Once the two were brought inside, Michelle Margilaj and the
restaurant staff quickly went to work to help them as they waited for
the paramedics to arrive, covering the child with numerous tablecloths
to keep him warm; and
WHEREAS, A Hopewell Junction resident and Arlington High School gradu-
ate, Michelle Margilaj should be meritoriously commended for remaining
calm under pressure and for showing valor and true courage while
performing a lifesaving deed; and
WHEREAS, Through her spontaneous and heroic actions, Michelle Margilaj
demonstrated her character and her compassion for the welfare of others,
personifying, by virtue of her actions, the collective concern of citi-
zens across the community of New York State who voluntarily respond
without the thought of danger or reward when others are in need of help;
now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Michelle Margilaj upon the occasion of her designation as recipi-
ent of a Liberty Medal, the highest honor bestowed upon an individual by
the New York State Senate; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Michelle Margilaj.


  • 11 / Jul / 2016

Resolution Details

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Resolutions, Legislative