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State Senator Martin J. Golden will host simultaneous free shredding events, this Saturday, April 26 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at both of his district offices: 7408 Fifth Avenue in Bay Ridge, and 3604 Quentin Road in Marine Park. Those attending should bring as many personal documents as they wish to shred.

A press release issued by Golden’s office states that, “Recent reports indicate that identity theft affects over 9 million Americans every year, is the fastest growing crime in America, and is the most reported consumer fraud complaint.” To that end, Golden is partnering with the community in protecting residents against identity theft.

“We all have a pile of papers in our house that we hope to one day get a chance to shred,” said Golden. “This is a great opportunity to stop by my office and get rid of those forms, bank statements, receipts and more in a safe way. Shred those papers so to make sure you have taken every precaution against the crime of identity theft.”

Golden introduced legislation (S. 6551-A) that would require credit card companies to issue New York State residents cards enabled with smart chip technology. Additionally, Golden has sponsored S.6826, which would increase the penalties for various levels of identity theft.

To learn more, contact Golden’s office at (718) 238-6044 or email golden@nysenate.gov.

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Just a reminder that State Senator Marty Golden will be holding another in a series of follow-up town hall meetings for those affected by Superstorm Sandy, January 24, 7:00 p.m. at Public School 277, 2529 Gerritsen Avenue.

Also, another reminder that the final day residents affected by Sandy may apply for assistance from FEMA is Monday, January 28. FEMA has a nearby Disaster Recovery Center at the Gerritsen Beach Volunteer Fire Department, 43 Seba Avenue, everyday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The following agencies have been invited to the meeting: Rapid Repairs, Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit, National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), FEMA, Department of Financial Services (Insurance), Department of Buildings, Department of Health, Department of Finance, the 61st Precinct, Department of Environmental Protection, National Grid and Con Edison.

For further information, contact Golden’s office at (718) 238-6044.

State Senator Marty Golden. Photo by Erica Sherman

Last year, State Senator Marty Golden introduced a bill that would stiffen penalties for hit and run and drivers. The bill passed in the Senate but failed to gain traction in the Assembly. Golden and a group of other local politicians have not given up and have reintroduced the bill, according to a press release.

The bill would change the crime of a fatal hit and run from a Class D felony to a Class C felony, which ups the prison time to a maximum of 15 years. It also would eliminate a loophole, which allowed drunk drivers to escape the penalties they deserve:

Drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol can actually receive less of a punishment if they flee the scene of an accident.  For example, in the case of a first-time offender, a driver who wrongfully flees the scene of an accident where a personal injury has occurred can only be charged with a Class A Misdemeanor which carries a maximum penalty of only 1 year in jail.  However, if the driver remains at the scene and is found to be intoxicated or impaired by drugs, he or she can be immediately charged with a Class E felony which carries a maximum penalty of four years of imprisonment. Therefore, the incentive for a drunk or impaired driver to flee the scene of a hit and run accident is greater.

Golden expressed hope that the legislation would improve safety on the roads and save lives:

I thank my colleagues for their support of this legislation which has the potential to decrease the number of incidents where motorists just keep going after hitting a pedestrian.  In my district and throughout the State, families have been destroyed by such a disregard for human life.  I believe that there are instances where, if the driver stopped at the scene and called for help, the victim may have had a chance to survive.  This legislation will make our roads safer and save lives, and this year, this bill should become law.

State Senator Marty Golden. Photo by Erica Sherman

State Senator Marty Golden will host two follow-up town hall meetings for those affected by Superstorm Sandy.

The first meeting will be held January 16, 7:00 p.m. at the Sheepshead Bay Yacht Club, 3076 Emmons Avenue. FEMA has a Disaster Recovery Center stationed at the Sheepshead Bay Yacht Club, everyday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The second follow-up town hall for those affected by Sandy will be held January 24, 7:00 p.m. at Public School 277, 2529 Gerritsen Avenue. FEMA also has a Disaster Recovery Center at the Gerritsen Beach Volunteer Fire Department, 43 Seba Avenue, everyday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The following agencies have been invited to both meetings: Rapid Repairs, Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit, National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), FEMA, Department of Financial Services (Insurance), Department of Buildings, Department of Health, Department of Finance, the 61st Precinct, Department of Environmental Protection, National Grid and Con Edison.

For further information, contact Golden’s office at (718) 238-6044.

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State Senator Marty Golden is cosponsoring legislation that he believes would end the long lines for gasoline we saw following the events of Superstorm Sandy.

The proposed legislation would provide tax credits upwards of $15,000 for gas stations and other convenience stores for the purchase of generators that would keep stations running in the event of another mass power outage.

According to the press release, commercial-sized generators cost between $5,000 to $30,000 to purchase and install and cost an additional $8,000 a year to operate and maintain.

There are over 7,200 gas service stations in New York, and half of those are located in the city alone. Golden wants to ensure that when the power goes out for whatever reason, people will be able to refuel easily.

“A common sense solution like this will prevent the long lines, the arguments and give people peace of mind, knowing they will be able to get gas and subsequently travel,” Golden said.

State Senator Marty Golden. Photo by Erica Sherman

State Senator Marty Golden wants to reinstate the death penalty in New York, particularly for those who kill cops, according to a recent press release.

Golden put forward the bill in light of three cop shootings this past week.

“As a former New York City Police Officer, I know there is evil walking on the streets of the City and State of New York, endangering the lives of every single police officer…It is our responsibility to re-establish the death penalty,” Golden said in the release.

This isn’t Golden’s first attempt to bring back the death penalty, having sponsored bills that passed in the Republican Senate but failed in the Democratic Assembly.

New York State hasn’t officially executed anyone since 1963, and while Governor George Pataki in 1995 signed a statute into law allowing for lethal injections, it was declared unconstitutional in 2004 by New York’s highest court.

The practice of state executions was officially put to an end by former Governor David Paterson via executive order in 2008.

If you’re still digging out from Superstorm Sandy – and we know many residents and businesses are – there’s a town hall meeting tonight in Gerritsen Beach following up on Sandy recovery efforts.

Folks, realize that these opportunities are quickly petering out, so if you have forms you need to file, appeals you need to make, or any questions in general, get to this town hall!

To make doing so easier, the good people over at the Bay Improvement Group have finagled a school bus out of Councilman Michael Nelson. The bus will make eight stops around the hardest hit areas of Sheepshead Bay before going over to the 7:00 p.m. meeting in Gerritsen Beach.

The meeting, organized by State Senator Marty Golden, will feature officials from FEMA; the New York City Departments of Health, Finance and Buildings; the NYC Rapid Repairs Program, and the New York State Department of Financial Services.

Here’s the bus schedule, with approximate times and stop locations:

State Senator Marty Golden. Photo by Erica Sherman

Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); the New York City Departments of Health, Finance and Buildings; the NYC Rapid Repairs Program, and the New York State Department of Financial Services (Insurance) will participate in a follow-up town hall meeting sponsored by State Senator Martin J. Golden.

The meeting, designed to give residents of Gerritsen Beach, Sheepshead Bay and Manahttan Beach an opportunity to discuss ongoing Sandy recovery efforts with key officials, will be held December 27 at 7:00 p.m. inside Public School 277, 2529 Gerritsen Avenue between Bijou Avenue and Channel Avenue.

To learn more, call Golden’s District Office at (718) 238-6044.

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State Senator Martin Golden and Councilman Michael Nelson are holding two separate community meetings for residents affected by Hurricane Sandy and the continued recovery efforts  in Southern Brooklyn’s hardest hit neighborhoods.

The first meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 28, at 7:00 p.m. at P.S. 277 at 2529 Gerritsen Avenue and is hosted by Golden.

In attendance will be New York State Financial Services Superintendent Ben Lawsky and staff, Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit Commissioner Nazli Parvizi and representatives of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, the Small Business Administration, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Grid and Con Edison representatives.

“Each and every day, the people and the communities of Gerritsen Beach, Sheepshead Bay and Manhattan Beach, are making progress to fix the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy However, there is no denying that those effected still need our assistance. I continue to work with the effected families and businesses so that their lives can return to normal as soon as possible. This meeting on Wednesday will be another step forward on the road to recovery,” said Golden in a press release.

The second meeting, hosted by Councilman Michael Nelson, is on Thursday, November 29 at 7:00 p.m., at the Shorefront Y at 3300 Coney Island Avenue.

There will be representatives from Mayor Bloomberg’s office, Speaker Quinn’s office, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Department of Buildings (DOB), the Department of Parks and Recreation, the Department of Sanitation (DSNY), the Department of Health (DOH), and representatives from various other agencies and disaster relief programs.

The meeting will consist of recovery updates and a question and answer period for residents.

Members of the community and small business owners are encouraged to attend both events so that they may attain the necessary financial and recovery assistance information post-Sandy.

According to our friends at the Sheepshead Bay – Plumb Beach Civic Association, a free shuttle bus to the Thursday meeting will depart from Brown Street and Emmons Avenue at 6:30 p.m.

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THE COMMUTE: November 7, 2012, is when the Brooklyn hearing for the 2013 proposed fare and toll hikes is scheduled. If that evening is inconvenient for you, another will be held on the November 13, 2012 in Manhattan. The MTA is also accepting video testimony during the day at selected locations. That testimony should be incorporated into the official record, according to the MTA. However, at the service cut hearings in 2010, 90 minutes of the Brooklyn testimony was omitted from the official record, including my three minutes. When I informed the MTA of that “error,” I was written that it would be inserted if they got the chance. It never was.

A complete list of hearing sites can be found here. A presentation to the chairman [PDF] has some interesting charts regarding the percentages of various income groups using different types of passes and bonuses and those who pay full fare. No data is provided regarding who pays double fares to reach their destinations and will, therefore, be hit twice.

The MTA developed four scenarios regarding the transit fare increase. It is important that you make yourself heard not only to the MTA, but also to our state officials, so they will see and know that their constituents care about this issue, and will hopefully wake up and increase MTA funding.

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