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Joseph Riley (right) said the renovation was stalled until State Sen. Andrew Gounardes got $750,000 in state funding for the project.

A major Bay Ridge non-profit institution that has long been in need of upgrades to its main building can now move forward with the construction work after State Sen. Andrew Gounardes secured $750,000 in state funding for the project.

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ALBANY — A Brooklyn senator is tired of his constituents being kept in the dark when it comes to crippling blackouts and the overall state of the city’s power grid.

Sen. Andrew Gounardes, a Democrat representing a swath of south Brooklyn stretching from Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights to Manhattan Beach and Marine Park, is calling for public hearings in the wake of widespread power outages that left thousands without electricity during the hottest days of the year.

(Buffalo, NY) – New York State Senator Chris Jacobs announced today that he has introduced legislation that would rescind New York State’s Green Light bill that gives driver’s licenses to illegal aliens.  There was bi-partisan opposition to the legislation that barely passed by a vote of 33-29 late in the legislative session.  Despite admitting that he had concerns about the legal ramifications of the bill, Governor Cuomo quickly signed it into law.

As Oswego’s 32nd annual Harborfest kicks off, State Senator Patty Ritchie is announcing she has secured funding to help promote the four-day event, which is expected to attract more than 100,000 people to the Port City.

Senator Ritchie’s $10,000 grant was used by festival organizers to promote the event, and its numerous musical acts—including headliner “Smash Mouth”—local food stands, fun attractions and games for the kids and of course, one of the best firework displays in the entire state.

Smart Seniors Event: How to Recognize and Avoid Scams

Senator Jim Gaughran and the Office of the New York State Attorney General Tish James will host an informational forum focused on educating and protecting senior citizens from scams. For more information, please call Senator Gaughran's district office at (516) 922-1811.

(ENDICOTT, N.Y.) – Senator Fred Akshar and Broome County Executive Jason Garnar joined officials from En-Joie Golf Course and the DICK’S Sporting Goods Open to unveil new course renovations and upgrades ahead of this year’s DICK’S Sporting Goods Open PGA TOUR Champion’s event.

The $350,000 upgrade includes:

(Albany, NY) -- Today Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed Senator David Carlucci’s and Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee’s bill (S.521-A/A.5939) into law, naming a portion of State Route 17 in the Village of Hillburn as the "Justice Thurgood Marshall Memorial Highway."

Albany, NY…Today, Governor Cuomo signed into law legislation sponsored by Senator Jen Metzger and Assembly Member Aileen Gunther to rename the portion of State Highway 97 that crosses the Basket Creek in the town of Fremont as the "Specialist Allan Milk Memorial Bridge." Allan Arlyn Milk, an Army Specialist who grew up in Fremont, served in the United States Army in Company B, 5th Battalion, 7th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division during the Vietnam War.

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Senator Brooks speaks of the need for Brianna's Law to be signed by the Governor at a press conference in Wantagh Park marina. With Gina Lienek, Assemblywoman Judy Griffin, Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen, Nassau Executive Laura Curran, Nassau Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder, and officers of the Nassau County Marine Bureau.

Long Islanders have a love affair with the water. It’s all around us, and most of the time it is fun and harmless.

But sometimes it’s not, a point driven home by recent events. On one weekend earlier this month, two women died and four other people were hospitalized following offshore boating accidents. This past weekend, a Sag Harbor man was charged with boating while intoxicated after crashing his boat at a North Haven dock, sending himself and two passengers to hospitals for treatment.