Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I,Ref – East Shore), Assemblyman Ron Castorina (R,C,I,Ref – South Shore), Assemblyman Mike Cusick (D,WFP,I – Mid-Island), State Senator Andrew Lanza (R,C,I,Ref – Mid-Island/South Shore), State Senator Diane Savino (D,WFP,I – North Shore), and Assemblyman Matt Titone (D,WFP,I – North Shore) sent the attached letter to Dr. Mary Travis Bassett, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) today, requesting that the agency allow Wilbur the Pig to remain with his family.
Wilbur has resided in the Matteo Family’s Great Kills home for the past five years, and has been designated by the National Service Animal Registry as an “emotional support animal” for Thomas Matteo, currently engaged in a bout with cancer.
DOHMH has ordered the Matteo Family that it will seize Wilbur if they fail to find him a new home before the end of the month. The agency has not stated what will happen to the animal once in its possession.
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I,Ref-East Shore), State Senator Andrew Lanza (R,C,I, Ref-Mid-Island, South Shore), and State Senator Diane Savino (D,IP,WF-North Shore) praised Governor Andrew Cuomo for including the state’s $151 million share of the costs for the Staten Island Seawall project in the 2017-2018 Executive Budget.
In 2015, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced plans to implement a seawall from Fort Wadsworth to Oakwood Beach. The total cost of the project is $613,430,000, with the state responsible for 70 percent of the non-federal share. Last year, Malliotakis, Lanza, and Savino sent a letter requesting that Gov. Cuomo include this commitment in his 2017-2018 Executive Budget. The state share will be paid over the course of three years and will be bonded capital spending through the Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) authority bond account.
“After decades of fear and waiting, the people of Staten Island’s shoreline communities are finally receiving the protection they need and deserve. Including this appropriation in the Executive Budget will ensure the very important seawall stays on track for scheduled completion in 2022,” said Assemblywoman Malliotakis. “I want to thank Governor Cuomo for upholding the state’s financial commitment toward this critical capital project. It is a true testament to government officials at all levels working together to deliver results for their residents.”
“The seawall project is vital to the future resiliency of our shoreline communities. I applaud Governor Cuomo for including this funding in the 2017-18 budget proposal. With this commitment, the residents of Staten Island’s waterfront can rest easier knowing that a real and permanent storm surge solution is on the way. I look forward to working with my legislative colleagues to ensure that this funding is included in the final adopted State budget,” said Senator Lanza.
“Having the Governor recognize the importance of this project by putting the necessary funding in the Executive Budget is another successful step in protecting the residents of Staten Island,” said Senator Savino. “The budget process is complex, and as Vice-Chair of the Finance committee I am committed to continuing the fight for this capital project that my colleagues and myself worked to bring to the administration’s attention”
State Senator Martin Golden (R,C,I,Ref – Brooklyn) and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I,Ref – Brooklyn-Staten Island) are applauding the de Blasio Administration’s decision to install bulletproof windows on all NYPD patrol vehicles. In 2014, the two lawmakers called for police vehicles to be outfitted with bulletproof glass on the windows to better protect the men and women who keep New Yorkers safe – our police officers.
In recent years, the City of New York has experienced the pain of losing three NYPD officers – Det. Wenjian Liu, Det. Rafael Ramos, and Det. Brian Moore – via shots fired through their vehicle windows.
“On behalf of all the men and women of the NYPD and their families, I join with my colleague Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis in thanking Mayor de Blasio for committing to this important investment. We provide police offers with bullet proof vests to protect them when they are on the streets patrolling. Now, we are moving forward to guard our officers when they are in their patrol cars protecting our City,” said Senator Golden, a retired NYC police officer.
“No one can doubt that this is money well spent. Our police officers put their lives on the line each and every day, and we need to do everything possible to keep them safe. We owe it to them, their families, and the memory of our fallen heroes,” said Assemblywoman Malliotakis.
Earlier this year, the city announced an allocation of $6.8 million to install bulletproof door panels on the NYPD’s 3,813 patrol vehicles. The installation of bulletproof windows will cost approximately $10.4 million.
The next hearing has been tentatively scheduled for January 5, 2017.
Today, Assemblyman Ron Castorina (R,C,I,Ref-Staten Island) and his co-counsel Jeffrey Alfano, Esq. successfully argued to keep a temporary restraining order in place that prevents the City of New York from destroying records acquired through the application process for IDNYC municipal identification card program.
The temporary restraining had been issued upon the commencement of legal action by Assemblyman Castorina and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I,Ref-Brooklyn, Staten Island) to strike a clause in the IDNYC program’s enacting statute that authorizes destruction of the records by city agents.
Assemblyman Castorina and Assemblywoman Malliotakis issue the following joint statement:
“Today was an important victory. And not just for us, but for the people of this city who treasure the values of public safety, government transparency, and the rule of law. The mayoral administration is not entitled to enact statutes that circumvent the Freedom of Information Law, and should not be able to pick and choose which laws it wishes to follow according to the political affiliation of whoever might occupy the White House. We strongly believe that the court will find itself in agreement with us, and we look forward to continuing our fight until a final ruling has been made.”
§3-115 (e) (2) of the New York City Administrative Code, as enacted by Int. No. 253-A (2014) states that, “On or before December 31, 2016, the administering agency shall review data collected … and make a determination regarding the continuing need to retain records … and shall make any appropriate modifications to the policy for retention of records related to the New York city identity card program.”
This provision orders the administering agency to ascertain, by the end of 2016, whether the records obtained through the program’s administration should be retained or destroyed.
Subsection (e) (3) reads, subsequently, “In the event that: (i) the administering agency fails to make a determination on or before December 31, 2016 pursuant to paragraph (2) of this subdivision, or (ii) the administering agency determines that records retention is no longer necessary, then the city shall not retain originals or copies of records provided by an applicant to prove identity or residency for a New York city identity card for longer than the time needed to review the application, and any such records in the city’s possession prior to such date shall be destroyed on or before December 31, 2016 or, in the case of an application pending on such date, as soon as
practicable after a final determination has been made regarding the application.”