FRIENDS OF MARTY GOLDEN
8112 3rd Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11209
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 18, 2012
GOLDEN ANNOUNCES RE-ELECTION BID
Brooklyn – Saying that “Albany is turning around,” State Senator Marty Golden today announced his plans to seek re-election to represent the 22nd District in the New York State Senate as the candidate of the Republican, Conservative and Independence Parties.
In announcing his candidacy, Senator Marty Golden stated, “The people who I proudly represent know of my tireless dedication on behalf of this great neighborhood. Each and every day, I look to build on a record of service for the people that have placed their trust in me to represent them in the State Senate. I have been a voice for our community in Albany, and I have never failed to stand up for what I believe to be the interests, and the needs, of the 22nd District.”
Golden continued, citing passage of the second consecutive on-time budget as “the most recent evidence that the days of dysfunction in Albany are coming to an end. It’s time to turn this state around, and make our communities even better places to live, work, and raise families.”
Golden’s achievements include:
• Continued demonstration of an unwavering commitment to community service through the array of events sponsored by his office which include Easter Egg Hunts, the annual Halloween Walks, the 4th of July Picnic , the Christmas Tree Lightings, Summer Concerts in the Parks, and tax preparation for seniors and low income taxpayers. Golden’s district offices have, over the years, handled thousands of constituent problems and helped many people solve problems with government agencies.
• Filing a lawsuit against the MTA which resulted in a settlement where the agency agreed to weekday express bus service restorations and improvements to the Access-a-Ride program;
• Senator Golden has authored over 75 laws most notably in the areas of public safety, tax cuts, economic development, and senior citizen issues.
• Marty Golden continues to work to improve public safety in Brooklyn and throughout New York State. He has worked to strengthen the Megan’s Law sex offender registry and expand the DNA databank to include all persons convicted of a felony and certain misdemeanors. Golden sponsored the laws that increased penalties against gun-runners and those that injure or kill police officers, and in 2006, Senator Golden wrote a tough law that mandates prison for the possession of a single loaded illegal firearm.
• Senator Golden has worked through his career in public service to create jobs. Golden sponsored the law that created a tax break for television and movie production in New York. This program has added more than $5 billion into the local economy annually, supporting 4,000 local businesses and 100,000-plus jobs. This past year, 23 prime time television series were filmed in New York City, and 11 “pilots” for the 2012-13 television season are being filmed in the city. 188 motion pictures were made last year in New York. Five new sound stages are being built at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, creating more jobs for the future.
• Senator Golden was the driving force behind the Bioscience Initiative at the Brooklyn Army Terminal. The “BioBAT” project is converting more than 480,000 square feet at the terminal into space for research and bio-manufacturing. When completed, the $60 million project will create more than 1,000 permanent jobs.
• Working with a diverse group of parents, educators, clergy and school choice advocates, Senator Golden delivered a $330 child tax credit for public, private and parochial school students.
• Golden’s diligent efforts secured $11.2 billion in funding to improve New York City Public Schools including the construction of a new high school in Brooklyn and the building of new elementary and middle schools (and the expansion of existing schools) to insure adequate facilities in which our children can receive an education that prepares them for the future. The newest projects include P.S. 264 (371 89th Street), P.S. 310 (942 62nd Street), and P.S. 331 (7002-4th Avenue). These new school buildings will add 1,500 seats to schools in area, further reducing overcrowding. He has also secured funding for new technology in our schools and financial support for PTAs.
• As Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee, Senator Golden was credited by nationally recognized advocacy groups for championing the rights of senior citizens through the Assisted Living Law of 2004. Under his leadership, a number of significant bills affecting older Americans were enacted, including a new Elderlaw, the Senior Bill of Rights; Long Term Care Reform, internet posting of retail prescription drug prices and a single EPIC/Medicare prescription drug card. Golden wrote the law that raised the SCRIE eligibility limit from $24,000 to $29,000 for seniors and disabled.
• Golden also secured funding for the establishment of Moose Lodge, Homecrest and soon to be opened Marine Park Senior Centers.
• Golden has been an advocate for state support for many not-for-profits serving our community including the Neighborhood Improvement Association, the Guild for Exceptional Children, and HeartShare Human Services.
• Golden has been a fighter for the community’s health care needs, helping secure support for Maimonides and Lutheran Medical Centers and leading the fight to restore needed services at the former Victory Memorial Hospital site. SUNY Downstate at Bay Ridge, opened last year, offers a walk-in Urgent Care Center, Ambulatory Surgery Center, Advanced Endoscopy Center, Laser Vision Correction Center, and laboratory and radiology support services. Golden remains committed to bringing an emergency room to this facility.
Marty Golden is a retired New York City Police Officer who received numerous awards during his ten years with the Police Department. Then-Officer Golden was forced to retire in 1983, after suffering a serious injury while making a narcotics arrest.
He was elected to the New York City Council in 1997 and re-elected in 2001. In 2002, he was elected to the State Senate. He has served the people of the 22nd State Senate District since then.