BUFFALO, N.Y. - Today, Senator Marc Panepinto, Assemblyman Sean Ryan, Common Council Majority Leader David Rivera and Common Council Member Joel Feroleto announced the addition of the Elmwood Historic District East to the State and National Registers of Historic Places. The announcement comes after a unanimous vote by the State Board for Historic Preservation and the collaborative efforts of state, local and community leaders.

In an effort to increase safety for motorists traveling in the Town of Edwards, State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $50,000 in special funding to replace area’s Spruce Road Bridge. 

In recent years, deterioration of the bridge has caused safety concerns for motorists and school bus drivers, as the bridge is the only available route for Edwards-Knox Central School District buses to pick up children who live in its vicinity. 

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) and Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) convened top health, criminal justice and law enforcement officials, on the front lines battling the growing statewide synthetic marijuana epidemic. Also known as K2, spike, or spice, this illicit substance has caused a rise in emergency room visits across New York.

     No doubt the recent Paris terrorist attacks followed by events in San Bernardino have left you as shocked and as angry as I am.  Just look at the photographs of the carnage and you realize that we live in an exceptionally dangerous world and that despite our government’s best efforts we are, sadly, very vulnerable.  Like many of you I spent these past few weeks trying to understand the violence and frankly, I just don’t. That’s why I’m writing this column.          

Ensuring that the Thanksgiving holiday is a little brighter for families is the aim of the Annual Turkey Giveaway hosted by State Senator Kevin Parker. On Tuesday,November 24th, more than 300 turkeys were given away to families throughout the district. It is estimated that the amount of turkeys donated will be able to provide meals for close to 3,000 individuals. St.Augustine Episcopal Church, located in the East Flatbush section of the 21st district, was the supporting partner for the event.

Second Annual Holiday Party and Toy Drive


You and your family are cordially invited to Senator Jesse Hamilton's 2nd Annual Holiday Party & Toy Drive. Please bring one unwrapped toy for a child between the ages of 0-12. Contact us at 718-284-4700 or Hamilton@nysenate.gov to RSVP. Food, drinks, and live music will be provided.


Toy Drive:


BROOKLYN, NY—Today, just in time for the holiday season, Senator Kevin S. Parker was joined by Senator Jeff D. Klein and more than a dozen local housing advocates, as he presented Housing and Family Services of Greater New York with a check for $120,000. The funding is aimed at fighting the ongoing foreclosure crisis affecting many homeowners within the 21st Senate District.  The presentation was held in front of the home of Judith Alexander, a long-time resident of the district and who was just months away from facing foreclosure.


NEW YORK’S 26TH STATE SENATE DISTRICT – State Senator Daniel Squadron hosted his annual Neighborhood Issues Town Hall in Brooklyn yesterday, December 2nd. The town hall was the second follow-up event to concerns heard at Squadron’s annual Community Convention, held this past April.

The Town Hall focused on local community issues, including parks & open space, libraries, healthcare, ethics reform, school overcrowding, and concerns around local development.

Squadron also released his annual Community Convention Follow-up Report (attached).

In recognition of November being Diabetes Awareness Month, State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale Village) held a free Diabetes Informational Session on Tuesday at the Rockaway Boulevard Senior Center in South Ozone Park, where attendees not only received advice from medical experts on how to cope with the disease, but also enjoyed a live cooking demonstration, a 20-minute Zumba class, and a complimentary dinner, so delicious, it was hard to believe it was diabetic friendly.

Senior Resource Expo - South Ozone Park

State Senator James Sanders Jr. will be hosting a Senior Resource Expo on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 from 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 127-14 135th Avenue, South Ozone Park, NY 11420. 

Featured guests will include: New York Life, NYC Department for the Aging, Wells Fargo, AARP, State Farm, Visiting Nurse Service of New York, Parker Jewish Institute, Chhaya Community Development Corporation and Emblem Health.

No fee required to set up a booth.