Assemblyman Magnarelli was the featured guest at the Daughters of Columbus luncheon held in October. Over 50 women were present and enjoyed interacting with the Assemblyman. Many of the women knew the Magnarelli family and also enjoyed reminiscing about the "old" neighborhood.
Assemblyman Magnarelli helped to cut the ribbon at the grand opening of the Salina Crossing, a $14.8 million neighborhood revitalization project, built by Housing Visions, on the northside of the City of Syracuse. The project consists of 49 affordable housing units and nearly 6,000 square feet of commercial space for local businesses.
Assemblyman Magnarelli attended the annual picnic held by Local 1199 SEIU which was held at the Rosemond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse. 1199 SEIU members work in many of the healthcare facilities throughout Central New York. The annual picnic enables members and their families to enjoy the Zoo and its great exhibits, and to spend time with fellow union members.
Assemblyman Magnarelli was part of an event celebrating the passage of legislation to prevent people from losing their homes through foreclosure and to address the problem of unoccupied and ill-maintained properties. The so called "Zombie Homes" legislation establishes a Consumer Bill of Rights to help people remain in their homes and creates the Community Restoration Fund.
It also combats blight created by "zombie" properties by imposing a pre-foreclosure duty on banks and servicers to maintain "zombie" homes, creating an electronic registry of abandoned properties, and expediting foreclosure of vacant and abandoned properties to get them back on the market.
Assemblyman Magnarelli attended the Central New York Retired Public Employees picnic at Longbranch Park.
Assemblyman Magnarelli was able to meet with several members of the Tuskegee airmen, the first African-American military aviators in the United States Armed Forces during World War II.
Members of the Baldwinsville Volunteer Fire Company welcomed Assemblyman Magnarelli to their business meeting. In appreciation for their protection and service to the community, Assemblyman Magnarelli presented the Baldwinsville Fire Company with a New York State Flag. Gary Williams, a member of the fire police, and Tony Digregori, Vice President, accepted the flag on behalf of the Fire Company.
2016 Senior Citizens Day was celebrated in Albany on May 10. It's a day during Older Americans Month to acknowledge the outstanding contributions made by older citizens through volunteer work in our communities. Mr. Vinh Dang of Syracuse was honored for volunteering in the Vietnamese Community of Syracuse, the South Asian Center, the City of Syracuse, the Syracuse Northeast Community Center and Interfaith Works of CNY.
Assemblyman Magnarelli greeted the local recipients of the 26th Annual State-Wide New York Art Teachers Association Legislative Student Art Exhibit: A Celebration of Young Artists in Albany this past month. The celebration is to raise awareness of the importance of art in the community. Recipients were Salem Hyde Elementary students Kabrey Bonferraro and Olivia DeSantis-Collier, both are 6th graders. Their teacher is Mr. Joseph Foster.
Assemblyman Magnarelli also met with members of the Onondaga County Farm Bureau. Those in attendance included Mark Tucker, John Lemondes, Brian Reeves of Reeves Farms in Baldwinsville and Nick Palladino of Palladino Farms of Pompey.
Assemblyman Magnarelli, Superintendent Dr. Chris Brown, and Director of Fine Arts Bill Davern posed with high school band members prior to the concert.
Assemblyman Magnarelli visited the West Genesee School District during the Festival of Bands event to announce a $150,000 state grant to purchase and replace musical instruments. Director of Fine Arts, Bill Davern, introduced Magnarelli to the 210 student musicians and their families, thanking him for his support of the West Genesee Music Program. Assemblyman Magnarelli addressed the audience at the March 3rd Festival of Bands event at West Genesee School District.
Each year Assemblyman Magnarelli hosts a Labor Breakfast meeting to discuss priority union issues. This year over 28 different unions sent representatives to the roundtable discussion: including the carpenters, painters, bricklayers, roofers, ironworkers, and laborers from the
Syracuse Building Trades; the CNY Area Labor Federation; Syracuse Teachers Association; Syracuse PBA; Syracuse Fire Fighters Assoc.; Physician Teamsters Alliance; UUPSUNY Upstate; CSEA; 1199 SEIU Upstate; PEF; CWA; UNITE HERE; Operating Engineers; United Steel Workers; Elevator Constructors and the IBT Local.
Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli met with Executive Director Bill Simmons and Assistant Director Dave Paccone of the Syracuse Housing Authority. They discussed a variety of issues affecting the Authority and its residents. The Authority owns or manages fifteen residential developments in the Syracuse Community, with more than 2,500 apartments.
Assembly members Bill Magnarelli and Pam Hunter meet with staff of Jubliee Homes: Executive Director Walter Dixie, Director Desaree Dixie, and staff Twiggy Billue and Kristina Kirby. Jubilee Homes' mission is the long-term revitalization and neighborhood rehabilitation of the Southwest Neighborhood.
The Assembly welcomed and honored the more than 65,000 New York State women veterans during a ceremony in the chamber.
Assemblyman Magnarelli took part in the groundbreaking ceremony of the new Gateway Building at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. The new building is designed to meet the highest standards of energy and environmental sustainability. Among other environmentally friendly features, it will have a sustainable green roof with plantings, roof mounted photovoltaic and solar thermal systems to provide electricity and hot water, and natural ventilation.
The 2009 CNY Veterans Parade was held on Nov. 7 in Downtown Syracuse. Thousands of people attended to pay tribute to local veterans. The lineup consisted of eight high school marching bands, local bands, active and reserve military, and more than 40 veterans organizations from across the Central New York region.
The Landmark Theatre marked the beginning of a $16 million renovation that will turn the 1928 ornate theater into a performing arts center. William Fisher, Deputy County Executive, Onondaga County; John Cowin, Deputy Mayor, City of Syracuse; Assemblyman Magnarelli; Bill James Breuer, President, Hueber-Breuer Construction; and Paula Deckman, Landmark Theatre Board Chair, unveil posters of the planned renovations.
Assemblyman Magnarelli received a plaque from the National Association of Social Workers Executive Director, Reinaldo Cardona and Eileen Clinton, Program Coordinator, MSSNY (Medical Society of the State of New York). The National Association of Social Workers New York State Chapter honored Assemblyman Magnarelli with a reception for sponsoring legislation that addresses the lack of integrated mental health and substance abuse services for veterans returning from combat.
Assemblyman Magnarelli greets the West Point Cadets during their visit at the Capitol. Among the Cadets who visited was Daniel Walker of Baldwinsville. Every year, West Point graduates originally from New York State visit the legislators, who thank them for their service and honor their accomplishment of graduating from the esteemed military college.
The CNY Volunteer Fair successfully matched local people wanting to help with more than 40 non-profit and volunteer organizations in need. Representatives from hospitals, literacy advocacy sites, organizations advocating for those with specific diseases or ailments, community centers, and centers for senior citizens set up tables at Carousel Center Skydeck with information about volunteer opportunities.
St. Joseph’s Hospital and Health Center purchased new next-generation vital sign management devices from Welch Allyn with a state grant Assemblyman Magnarelli secured. The devices will increase accuracy and efficiency of patient vital signs records through an automated vital sign documentation system. Assemblyman Magnarelli spoke with Dave Perkins, Senior Category Manager of Vital Signs at Welch Allyn, and Matt Chadderdon, Vice President of Marketing Communications of Global Brand Management & Shareholder Relations at Welch Allyn.
OnPoint for College assisted area students in need as they headed to college, thanks in part to a state grant Assemblyman Magnarelli secured. The grant gave about 300 students supplies to use in their first year of college and helped finance enrollment and housing deposits for students with financial need.
Assemblyman Magnarelli recently held a press conference about the Gold Alert being vetoed. , Similar to the Amber Alert, gold Alert was designed to use federal, state, and local resources to assist families in searching for adults who have cognitive impairments. Also at the press conference were Linda Pierik, daughter of an adult who went missing; Catherine James, Chief Executive Officer of the Alzheimer’s Association; and Arlene Bolton of AARP.
Assemblyman Magnarelli, who served as chair of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, spoke to the veterans and members of the auxiliaries from across the state and thanked them for their unselfish service to our country during the 92nd Annual convention of the American Legion Department of New York.
Sunnycrest Ice Rink was renovated thanks to a grant secured by Assemblyman Magnarelli. Assemblyman Magnarelli visited the rink to see the concrete being poured to create the floor below the ice rink. He spoke with Bill McGinnis, owner of McGinnis Nelson Construction, the construction manager employed on the project.
Joe Fielding, Carol Carl, Ray Perkins, and Assemblyman Magnarelli watch Joe Papaianni use the new Wii system at the Bob Cecile Community Center. The center purchased the gaming system, and other supplies, with a grant the Assemblyman secured to help the senior citizens stay active and engaged.
Assemblyman Magnarelli was a guest server at Crouse Hospital’s employee appreciation picnic.
Syracuse City School District Students received second place out of 35 teams in the international robotics competition sponsored by the National Society of Black Engineers. Team members were Saidyyah Muhammad, Carliegh Raeford, Jamesha Williams, Cecilia Rodriguez, Demerace Moore, Xiomara Salam, Naphateria Torrence and Lauren Robinson. The team coaches were Mark Mason, Robert Mallory and Neil Prince.
Olivia Opello, Hazard Branch Library Manager, and Assemblyman William Magnarelli look at some of the reupholstered furniture funded by a grant Magnarelli secured to help make the library even more welcoming to the many patrons who visit each day.
Assemblyman Magnarelli and City Council President Van B. Robinson take a tour of “Falcon Trust,” the new community credit union at Fowler High School. The branch will be operated by students, in partnership with Cooperative Federal.
Marilyn Laubacher and Bob Manning, members of the Central New York Library Council, met with Assemblyman Magnarelli at their legislative breakfast.
Solvay Elementary kindergarten students listened to Assemblyman Magnarelli read “The Itsy-Bitsy Spider.”
Students at Dr. Weeks Elementary School looked on as Assemblyman Magnarelli commented on the “Connect A Million Minds” program from Time Warner Cable, which provided the school with a year’s worth of hands-on science programs at Baltimore Woods.