Funding for Victims Support Services Coincides With Domestic Violence Awareness Month

CARMEL, NY – According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), one in every four women experience domestic violence in their lifetime, and an estimated 1.3 million women in the United Stated are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year. To help stem the rising tide of domestic violence against women, Senator Terrence Murphy recently announced he had secured a $15,000 grant to enhance victim support services provided by the Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center (PNWWRC).

The announcement, made on the steps of the historic Putnam Valley Courthouse, commemorated Domestic Violence Awareness Day, also known as Purple Thursday. The goal of the day, which takes place during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, is to raise awareness about domestic, spousal, and teen dating violence. People wear purple that day, a color that has long been used by women seeking justice.

Senator Murphy was joined at the Courthouse by Putnam Count Executive MaryEllen Odell, a long-time PNWWRC supporter, and Anne Ellsworth, Executive Director for the PNWWRC. A crowd of county employees dressed in purple lined the Courthouse steps in a show of support.

“I learned a great deal about what the Women’s Resource Center does during Anne’s trips to my office in Albany. Most people come to my office to ask for something. Anne came in and said, ‘How can I help?'” noted Senator Murphy. “The Center does incredible work, providing services to women who need it the most, and helping them overcome their physical and emotional problems.”

Putnam County Executive Odell made a surprise announcement. “Thank you, Senator Murphy, for your continued support of Anne and her staff. I’m proud to announce that the County of Putnam will be providing office space in Putnam Valley, which allow the Women’s Resource Center to expand its services.”

Anne Ellsworth, Executive Director for the PNWWRC said, “We’re wearing purple on October 18th to remember all the victims of domestic violence. We’ve been here for nearly forty years, helping women and their families get their lives back. I want to thank Senator Murphy and County Executive Odell for standing beside us and supporting us. You’ve helped keep our doors open so that any victim can come to us twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. ”

Founded in 1979, the Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center provides resources, skills workshops and professional counseling to assist women in making informed choices, while working towards their potential in an ever-changing social environment. Staffed by more than forty volunteers, the Center currently serves over 2,000 women, children and men annually through shelter, 24-hour Hotline, and non-residential counseling and advocacy.

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from the “Day of Unity” held in October 1981 originated by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. It served as a method to connect advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children.

Valhalla, NY – Mention the word “jaws” and everyone thinks about the great white shark from the cult classic sea thriller. The word has a far more serious connotation for firefighters, who associate “the jaws of life” with rescuing someone trapped in a car after an accident. Looking to upgrade their ability to respond to accidents, the Valhalla Fire Department contacted Senator Terrence Murphy, who responded by obtaining a $50,000 grant for new Jaws of Life tools.

“We’re here to present a check for $50,000 to give the firefighters of the Valhalla Fire Department everything they need to show up prepared, to be safe, and help as many people as possible,” said Senator Murphy. “Valhalla is a volunteer department, which means these people standing here with me don’t have to do this, don’t get paid to do this, and are owed a debt of gratitude for protecting our community. They choose to serve the community instead of sitting comfortably on a couch with their families. They choose our safety over their own, and I’ll always do whatever I can to help them.”

The battery powered, hydraulic, lifesaving machine has a more powerful bite than the world’s largest shark. With a 7.87-inch opening, the Jaws of Life cutter can cut through any vehicle with ease. The Department also purchased a spreader.

A portion of the grant will go toward new cameras that will help firefighters see better through smoke and haze. Some of the funds will go towards the purchase of new air bags for older trucks.

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Commissioner Anthony Ciancio stated, “On Behalf of the entire Valhalla Fire Department, I want to thank Senator Murphy for the new rescue equipment. The Hurst Jaws of Life tool is actually coming at a great time, since ours is old and ready to be replaced. Additionally, I want to thank Senator Murphy for his past help in our Relief Fund for Florida.   He was an integral parting in organizing the travel and delivery through his contacts in Albany and in this area.”

The hydraulic Jaws of Life spreader was developed in 1972 by Tim Smith and Mike Brick, who later created a cutter and a hydraulic ram. When an occupant is trapped, the tool is used to pry open the vehicle or cut it open to remove the occupant. Brick coined the phrase “Jaws of Life” after he observed people saying that their new device “snatched people from the jaws of death.”

​Albany, NY – In the wake of NYSEG’S sluggish response to another cataclysmic weather event that left hundreds of people in the dark for the fourth or fifth time this year, Senator Terrence Murphy immediately took steps to hold both organizations responsible. He had already written to John Rhodes, the Chair for the Public Service Commission and CEO for New York’s DPS, twice; the first time was on July 26th, with a follow-up on August 16th. Both his letters had been ignored. He was not going to be denied a third time.

On September 24th, Senator Murphy posted an online letter on his Senate website, calling for the PSC to take action against NYSEG. As the old saying goes, “Third time’s a charm.” A response from John Rhodes followed on September 27th. In his letter Rhodes stated, “The Department of Public Service (Department) takes very seriously its responsibility to ensure that NYSEG customers and all New York residents have access to safe and reliable electric service. To that end, the Department has commenced a targeted analysis of the degradation of reliability that has resulted in repeated outages within NYSEG’s service territory in Westchester and Putnam Counties. The Department continues to work directly with NYSEG to engineer and install necessary infrastructure improvements that will ameliorate the frequency of such outages.

In addition, recent efforts have been focused on improving the coordination and communications between municipal officials and NYSEG. These activities are part of an ongoing comprehensive investigation into the preparedness and response of all the New York electric utilities, including NYSEG, to the 2018 March nor’easters and subsequent outage events.”

“It’s my responsibility as an elected official to get answers for the thousands of NYSEG customers who have felt they’ve been underserved and ignored by NYSEG,” said Senator Murphy. “I appreciate Chairman Rhodes’ response, and I’m hopeful it helps alleviate the anger and frustration that NYSEG customers have been feeling since last winter. I’m here to help facilitate any issues, and I remain hopeful that the PSC and NYSEG will indeed work together to solve NYSEG’s preparedness and response problems. If not, then they’ll have to answer to me and their customers who live in the 40th Senate District.”

Rick Morrissey, Somers Town Supervisor stated, “I applaud the Senator’s efforts to hold NYSEG accountable for maintaining their electric infrastructure and keeping our lights on, while pursuing the PSC to take action against NYSEG to ensure future reliability and response. We need answers.”

“We appreciate the work that Senator Murphy is doing on our behalf, working to get NYSEG and the PSC to improve the electrical delivery system in North Salem,” said North Salem Town Supervisor Warren Lucas.

Kenneth Schmitt, Carmel Town Supervisor added, “There’s an old saying, ‘Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it.’ The warm weather is gone, we’re heading into the winter season and we finally have gotten a response from the PSC saying they know there’s a problem with NYSEG and their working on it. Their customers deserve to know that something concrete is being done. We don’t want thousands of people sitting in the dark again when the storms hit.”

​ALBANY, NY – The New York State Building and Construction Trades Council has announced its endorsement of State Senator Terrence Murphy.  The council represents more than 200,000 unionized construction workers across New York State and represents 16 local building and trades councils, 12 district councils and 120 affiliated local unions.  Since taking office in 2015 the local economy has surged to its lowest unemployment levels since 2007.

“Since being elected, we have seen the second strongest period of construction hiring in recorded history,” Murphy said. “As we continue to restore jobs and invest in our infrastructure we’ve watched the industry add workers and increase pay at rates higher than the overall economy. It’s becoming a concern that we have more jobs than we can fill which is why in my next term I’ll work to ensure we invest in high-tech job training, apprenticeship programs and the specializations we need to continue bringing our jobs back from abroad.”

Murphy has been a leading voice in Albany advancing several priorities of construction workers across that State.  He authored legislation that would clearly define public work projects and passed the Worker Protection Act for those employed at Indian Point to be trained for the decommission work so they retain their jobs rather than have a subsidiary bring in workers from out of state.

James Cahill, President of the New York State Building and Construction Trades Council said, “Senator Murphy has been a champion for the working men and women of this state and has demonstrated exemplary leadership on issues important to the Building and Trades, particularly with his desire to define public work and restore the prevailing wage law to its original intent.  We are confident Senator Murphy will continue to lead the way when he is re-elected next month, and we look forward to our continued work on the issues facing working families.”

Senator Murphy has built an unprecedented coalition of support, which includes:

  • Affiliated Police Associations of Westchester-Putnam AFL-CIO
    • Ardsley Police PBA
    • Beacon Police PBA
    • Bedford Police PBA
    • Briarcliff Manor Police PBA
    • Bronxville Police PBA
    • Croton-On-Hudson Police PBA
    • Dobbs Ferry Police PBA
    • Eastchester Police PBA
    • Eastchester Police SOA
    • Elmsford Police PBA
    • Greenburgh Police PBA
    • Harrison Police PBA
    • Hastings-On-Hudson Police PBA
    • Irvington Police PBA
    • Larchmont Police PBA
    • Lewisboro Town Police PBA
    • Mamaroneck Town Police PBA
    • Mamaroneck Village Police PBA
    • Mount Kisco Police PBA
    • Mount Pleasant Police PBA
    • Mount Vernon Police PBA
    • MTA Police PBA
    • New Castle Police PBA
    • New Rochelle Police PBA
    • New Rochelle Police SOA
    • New York State Troopers PBA
    • New York State Park Police
    • New York State University Police
    • North Castle Police PBA
    • Ossining Village Police PBA
    • Peekskill Police PBA
    • Pelham Manor Police PBA
    • Pelham Police PBA
    • Pleasantville Police PBA
    • Port Chester Police PBA
    • Poughkeepsie Police PBA
    • Rye Brook Police PBA
    • Rye City Police PBA
    • Scarsdale Police PBA
    • Sleepy Hollow Police PBA
    • Tarrytown Police PBA
    • Tuckahoe Police PBA
    • Warwick Police PBA
  • American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
    • AFSCME District Council 35
    • New York City District Council of Municipal Local Unions, District Council 37
    • New York County and Municipal Employees, District Council 66
    • New York State Law Enforcement Officers Union, District Council 82
    • Community and Social Agency Employees, District Council 1707
  • Asbestos Workers Local 91
  • Boilermakers Local 5
  • Bricklayers & Allied Crafts Local 5
  • Bridge & Structural Steel Painters Local 806
  • Building and Construction Trades Council of New York State AFL-CIO
  • Building and Construction Trades Council of Westchester-Putnam AFL-CIO
  • Civil Service Employees Association of New York State Local 1000
  • Civil Service Employees Association of Westchester County Local 9200
  • Council of Administrators & Supervisors
  • Detectives Endowment Association
  • Elevator Constructors Local 1
  • Empire State Supervisors & Administrators Association
  • Fire Marshal Benevolent Association of Nassau County
  • Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation AFL-CIO
  • Hudson Valley Building & Construction Trades Council AFL-CIO
    • LiUNA Laborers’ Local 17
    • IEUC Elevator Constructors Local 138
    • IUOE Upstate New York Operating Engineers Local 158
    • LiUNA Cement Masons Local 262
    • Carpenters Local 279
    • Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 373
    • Teamsters Local 445
    • Millwrights Local 1163
  • IAFF Local 2956 Lake Mohegan Professional Firefighters
  • IAFF Local 2343 Peekskill Professional Firefighters
  • IAFF Local 628 Yonkers Fire
  • IBEW Electrical Workers Local 3
  • IBEW Electrical Workers Local 363
  • Iron Workers Local 40
  • Iron Workers Local 417
  • Ironworkers Local 197 Derrickmen and Riggers
  • IUOE Operating Engineers Local 137
  • IUOE Operating Engineers Local 15
  • IUOE Operating Engineers Local 30
  • IUPAT Local 262 Operative Plaster
  • IUPAT Local 7 Title, Marble & Terrazzo
  • IUPAT Local 8A-28A Metal Polishers
  • IUPAT Local Union 1087 Glaziers
  • IUPAT Painters District Council 9
  • LiUNA Local 235 Building Laborers’
  • LiUNA Local 60 Road Laborers’
  • LiUNA Local 669 Road Sprinkler Fitters
  • Mason Tenders District Council Of Greater New York & Long Island
  • Medical Society of the State of New York
  • Metallic Lathers and Reinforcing Ironworkers Local 46
  • MTA Police Benevolent Association
  • Nassau County Deputy Sheriff’s Benevolent Association Inc.
  • Nassau County Police Medic Association Inc.
  • Nassau County Sheriff’s Correction Officers Benevolent Association
  • New England Regional Council of Carpenters
  • New York City Uniformed Fire Officers Local 854 AFL-CIO
  • New York State AFL-CIO
  • New York State Building and Construction Trades Council
    • Binghamton/Oneonta Building & Trades Council
    • Buffalo Building & Trades Council
    • Batvia Building & Trades Council
    • Southern Tier Building & Trades Council
    • Finger Lakes Buiding & Trades Council
    • Greater New York City Building & Trades Council
    • Tompkins-Cortland Building & Trades Council
    • Central & Northern NY Building & Trades Council
    • Nassaul/Suffolk Building & Trades Council
    • Niagra County Building & Trades Council
    • Plattsburgh Buiding & Trades Council
    • Rochester Building & Trades Council
    • Rockland County Buiding & Trades Council
    • Southwestern Building & Trades Council
    • Greater Capital Regional Building & Trades Council
    • Westchester Building & Trades Council
    • Hudson Valley Building & Trades Council
  • New York State Conference of the International Union of Operating Engineers
  • New York State Laborers’ Union
    • Blasters, Drill Runners and Miners Local Union 29
    • Concrete Workers District Council 16
      • Cement and Concrete Workers Local Union 6-A
      • Cement and Concrete Workers Local Union 18-A
      • Cement and Concrete Workers Local Union 20
    • Mason Tenders District Council Of Greater New York & Long Island
      • LiUNA General Building Laborers’ Local 66
      • LiUNA Construction & General Building Laborers’ Local 79
      • LiUNA Asbestos Lead and Hazardous Waste Laborers’ Local 78
      • LiUNA Waste Material, Recycling & General Industrial Laborers’ Local 108
      • Lay Faculty Association Local 1261
    • LiUNA Building Concrete, Excavation and Common Laborers’ Local Union 731
    • LiUNA Pavers & Roadbuilders District Council Laborers’ Local Union 101
  • New York State Nurses Association
  • New York State Pipe Trades Association
  • New York State Public Employees Federation
  • New York State Troopers PBA
  • Painters District Council 9
  • Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association
  • PBA of NYS
    • New York State Environmental Conservation Police Officers PBA
    • New York State Environmental Conservation Police Lieutenants Benevolent Association
    • New York State Environmental Conservation Police Superior Officers Association
    • New York State Forest Rangers PBA
    • New York State Forest Rangers Lieutenants Benevolent Association
    • New York State Forest Rangers Superior Officers Association
    • New York State Park Police Officers PBA
    • New York State Park Police Sergeants Benevolent Association
    • New York State Park Police Superior Officers Association
    • New York State University Police Lieutenants Benevolent Association
    • New York State University Police Officers PBA
  • Police Association of NYS (NYSAPBA)
    • Amityville PBA
    • East Hampton Town PBA
    • East Hampton Village PBA
    • Floral Park PBA
    • Freeport PBA
    • Glen Cove PBA
    • Great Neck Estates PBA
    • Hempstead PBA
    • Kings Point PBA
    • Lake Success PBA
    • Long Beach PBA
    • Lynbrook PBA
    • Malverne PBA
    • MTA PBA
    • Nassau County Detectives’ Association
    • Nassau County PBA
    • Nassau County Superior Officers’ Association
    • NYC Captains’ Endowment Association
    • NYC District Attorneys Detective Investigators’ Association
    • NYC Detectives’ Endowment Association
    • NYC Lieutenants’ Benevolent Association
    • NYC Retired Transit Police Association
    • NYC Sergeants’ Benevolent Association
    • NYS Park Police PBA
    • Old Brookville PBA
    • Old Westbury PBA
    • PBA of NYS – Environmental Conservation Police
    • PBA of NYS – Forest Rangers
    • PBA of NYS – Park Police
    • PBA of NYS – University (SUNY) Police
    • Port Authority PBA
    • Port Authority Police Detectives’ Endowment Association
    • Port Authority Police Lieutenants’ Benevolent Association
    • Port Authority Police Sergeants’ Benevolent Association
    • Port Washington PBA
    • Quogue Village
    • Retired Police Association of New York State
    • Riverhead PBA
    • Rockville Centre PBA
    • Sands Point PBA
    • Southampton Town PBA
    • Southampton Village PBA
    • Suffolk County Detectives’ Association
    • Suffolk County Detective Investigators’ PBA
    • Suffolk County Police Conference
    • Suffolk County Superior Officers’ Association
    • Waterfront Commission PBA
  • Police Conference of New York
  • Sheet Metal Workers Local 137
  • Sheet Metal Workers Local 38 JATC
  • Suffolk County Correction Officers Association
  • Supreme Court Officers Association
  • Teamsters Joint Council 16
  • Teamsters Local 456
  • Teamsters Local 813
  • Teamsters Local 81
  • UA Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 21
  • UBCJA Millwright & Machinery Erectors Local Union 740
  • UBCJA Local 1456 Dockbuilders
  • UBCJA Local 2287 Resilient Floor Coverers
  • UFA of Greater New York (FDNY) Local 94 IAFF
  • Uniformed EMS Officers Union, Local 3621 – FDNY
  • Uniformed EMT’s, Paramedics and Inspectors Local 2507 FDNY
  • Uniformed Fire Alarm Dispatchers Benevolent Association FDNY
  • United Cement Union Local 780
  • United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers Local 8
  • Utility Workers of America Local 1-2
  • Westchester County Correction Officers Benevolent Association
  • Westchester County Correction Superior Officers Benevolent Association
  • Westchester County PBA
  • Westchester Putnam Central Labor Body AFL-CIO
  • Yonkers PBA

​MOHEGAN LAKE, NY – Two professional firefighter unions officially endorsed State Senator Terrence Murphy on Monday.  Standing at the Hollow Brook Firehouse, the Lake Mohegan Professional Firefighters Local 2956 and the Peekskill Professional Firefighters Local 2343 applauded the Senator’s commitment to local first responders citing his firsthand experience as an EMT for nearly ten years.

“Our first responders are local heroes who answer the call when we need them,” Senator Murphy said.  “That’s why I’m proud to have sponsored the Community Heroes Protection Act which would make the assault of any first responder in uniform a hate crime.  In addition, working with Senator Marty Golden, we were able to obtain $250,000 to provide free thyroid cancer screenings to our first responders and 9/11 workers.  We continue to see skyrocketing statics relating to 9/11 illnesses and New York must stop to the plate to help those who were on the pile in the days and months following the 9/11 attacks.”

The Community Heroes Protection Act, authored by Senator Fred Akshar, was approved by the Senate but was never brought up for a vote in the Assembly.  Additionally, Senator Murphy sponsored three thyroid cancer screenings this past year in Hawthorne with the Westchester County Police Department, in Yorktown with the Yorktown Police Department and Queens with the Detectives’ Endowment Association (DEA).

Paul Denault, President of the Lake Mohegan Professional Firefighters Local 2956 said, “I’m proud to say Senator Murphy has always had an open door to help us and make our community better.  We are proud to endorse him for reelection.”

Gary Horne, President of the Peekskill Professional Firefighters Local 2343 added, “Senator Murphy gets it.  He’s a former EMT who has been on the front lines himself.  He is always looking out for our members and all first responders.”

Senator Murphy has built an unprecedented coalition of support, which includes:

  • Affiliated Police Associations of Westchester-Putnam AFL-CIO
    • Ardsley Police PBA
    • Beacon Police PBA
    • Bedford Police PBA
    • Briarcliff Manor Police PBA
    • Bronxville Police PBA
    • Croton-On-Hudson Police PBA
    • Dobbs Ferry Police PBA
    • Eastchester Police PBA
    • Eastchester Police SOA
    • Elmsford Police PBA
    • Greenburgh Police PBA
    • Harrison Police PBA
    • Hastings-On-Hudson Police PBA
    • Irvington Police PBA
    • Larchmont Police PBA
    • Lewisboro Town Police PBA
    • Mamaroneck Town Police PBA
    • Mamaroneck Village Police PBA
    • Mount Kisco Police PBA
    • Mount Pleasant Police PBA
    • Mount Vernon Police PBA
    • MTA Police PBA
    • New Castle Police PBA
    • New Rochelle Police PBA
    • New Rochelle Police SOA
    • New York State Troopers PBA
    • New York State Park Police
    • New York State University Police
    • North Castle Police PBA
    • Ossining Village Police PBA
    • Peekskill Police PBA
    • Pelham Manor Police PBA
    • Pelham Police PBA
    • Pleasantville Police PBA
    • Port Chester Police PBA
    • Poughkeepsie Police PBA
    • Rye Brook Police PBA
    • Rye City Police PBA
    • Scarsdale Police PBA
    • Sleepy Hollow Police PBA
    • Tarrytown Police PBA
    • Tuckahoe Police PBA
    • Warwick Police PBA
  • American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
    • AFSCME District Council 35
    • New York City District Council of Municipal Local Unions, District Council 37
    • New York County and Municipal Employees, District Council 66
    • New York State Law Enforcement Officers Union, District Council 82
    • Community and Social Agency Employees, District Council 1707
  • Asbestos Workers Local 91
  • Boilermakers Local 5
  • Bricklayers & Allied Crafts Local 5
  • Bridge & Structural Steel Painters Local 806
  • Building and Construction Trades Council of New York State AFL-CIO
  • Building and Construction Trades Council of Westchester-Putnam AFL-CIO
  • Civil Service Employees Association of New York State Local 1000
  • Civil Service Employees Association of Westchester County Local 9200
  • Council of Administrators & Supervisors
  • Detectives Endowment Association
  • Elevator Constructors Local 1
  • Empire State Supervisors & Administrators Association
  • Fire Marshal Benevolent Association of Nassau County
  • Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation AFL-CIO
  • Hudson Valley Building & Construction Trades Council AFL-CIO
    • LiUNA Laborers’ Local 17
    • IEUC Elevator Constructors Local 138
    • IUOE Upstate New York Operating Engineers Local 158
    • LiUNA Cement Masons Local 262
    • Carpenters Local 279
    • Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 373
    • Teamsters Local 445
    • Millwrights Local 1163
  • IAFF Local 2956 Lake Mohegan Professional Firefighters
  • IAFF Local 2343 Peekskill Professional Firefighters
  • IAFF Local 628 Yonkers Fire
  • IBEW Electrical Workers Local 3
  • IBEW Electrical Workers Local 363
  • Iron Workers Local 40
  • Iron Workers Local 417
  • Ironworkers Local 197 Derrickmen and Riggers
  • IUOE Operating Engineers Local 137
  • IUOE Operating Engineers Local 15
  • IUOE Operating Engineers Local 30
  • IUPAT Local 262 Operative Plaster
  • IUPAT Local 7 Title, Marble & Terrazzo
  • IUPAT Local 8A-28A Metal Polishers
  • IUPAT Local Union 1087 Glaziers
  • IUPAT Painters District Council 9
  • LiUNA Local 235 Building Laborers’
  • LiUNA Local 60 Road Laborers’
  • LiUNA Local 669 Road Sprinkler Fitters
  • Mason Tenders District Council Of Greater New York & Long Island
  • Medical Society of the State of New York
  • Metallic Lathers and Reinforcing Ironworkers Local 46
  • MTA Police Benevolent Association
  • Nassau County Deputy Sheriff’s Benevolent Association Inc.
  • Nassau County Police Medic Association Inc.
  • Nassau County Sheriff’s Correction Officers Benevolent Association
  • New England Regional Council of Carpenters
  • New York City Uniformed Fire Officers Local 854 AFL-CIO
  • New York State AFL-CIO
  • New York State Building and Construction Trades Council
  • New York State Conference of the International Union of Operating Engineers
  • New York State Laborers’ Union
    • Blasters, Drill Runners and Miners Local Union 29
    • Concrete Workers District Council 16
      • Cement and Concrete Workers Local Union 6-A
      • Cement and Concrete Workers Local Union 18-A
      • Cement and Concrete Workers Local Union 20
    • Mason Tenders District Council Of Greater New York & Long Island
      • LiUNA General Building Laborers’ Local 66
      • LiUNA Construction & General Building Laborers’ Local 79
      • LiUNA Asbestos Lead and Hazardous Waste Laborers’ Local 78
      • LiUNA Waste Material, Recycling & General Industrial Laborers’ Local 108
      • Lay Faculty Association Local 1261
    • LiUNA Building Concrete, Excavation and Common Laborers’ Local Union 731
    • LiUNA Pavers & Roadbuilders District Council Laborers’ Local Union 101
  • New York State Nurses Association
  • New York State Pipe Trades Association
  • New York State Public Employees Federation
  • New York State Troopers PBA
  • Painters District Council 9
  • Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association
  • PBA of NYS
    • New York State Environmental Conservation Police Officers PBA
    • New York State Environmental Conservation Police Lieutenants Benevolent Association
    • New York State Environmental Conservation Police Superior Officers Association
    • New York State Forest Rangers PBA
    • New York State Forest Rangers Lieutenants Benevolent Association
    • New York State Forest Rangers Superior Officers Association
    • New York State Park Police Officers PBA
    • New York State Park Police Sergeants Benevolent Association
    • New York State Park Police Superior Officers Association
    • New York State University Police Lieutenants Benevolent Association
    • New York State University Police Officers PBA
  • Police Association of NYS (NYSAPBA)
    • Amityville PBA
    • East Hampton Town PBA
    • East Hampton Village PBA
    • Floral Park PBA
    • Freeport PBA
    • Glen Cove PBA
    • Great Neck Estates PBA
    • Hempstead PBA
    • Kings Point PBA
    • Lake Success PBA
    • Long Beach PBA
    • Lynbrook PBA
    • Malverne PBA
    • MTA PBA
    • Nassau County Detectives’ Association
    • Nassau County PBA
    • Nassau County Superior Officers’ Association
    • NYC Captains’ Endowment Association
    • NYC District Attorneys Detective Investigators’ Association
    • NYC Detectives’ Endowment Association
    • NYC Lieutenants’ Benevolent Association
    • NYC Retired Transit Police Association
    • NYC Sergeants’ Benevolent Association
    • NYS Park Police PBA
    • Old Brookville PBA
    • Old Westbury PBA
    • PBA of NYS – Environmental Conservation Police
    • PBA of NYS – Forest Rangers
    • PBA of NYS – Park Police
    • PBA of NYS – University (SUNY) Police
    • Port Authority PBA
    • Port Authority Police Detectives’ Endowment Association
    • Port Authority Police Lieutenants’ Benevolent Association
    • Port Authority Police Sergeants’ Benevolent Association
    • Port Washington PBA
    • Quogue Village
    • Retired Police Association of New York State
    • Riverhead PBA
    • Rockville Centre PBA
    • Sands Point PBA
    • Southampton Town PBA
    • Southampton Village PBA
    • Suffolk County Detectives’ Association
    • Suffolk County Detective Investigators’ PBA
    • Suffolk County Police Conference
    • Suffolk County Superior Officers’ Association
    • Waterfront Commission PBA
  • Police Conference of New York
  • Sheet Metal Workers Local 137
  • Sheet Metal Workers Local 38 JATC
  • Suffolk County Correction Officers Association
  • Supreme Court Officers Association
  • Teamsters Joint Council 16
  • Teamsters Local 456
  • Teamsters Local 813
  • Teamsters Local 81
  • UA Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 21
  • UBCJA Millwright & Machinery Erectors Local Union 740
  • UBCJA Local 1456 Dockbuilders
  • UBCJA Local 2287 Resilient Floor Coverers
  • UFA of Greater New York (FDNY) Local 94 IAFF
  • Uniformed EMS Officers Union, Local 3621 – FDNY
  • Uniformed EMT’s, Paramedics and Inspectors Local 2507 FDNY
  • Uniformed Fire Alarm Dispatchers Benevolent Association FDNY
  • United Cement Union Local 780
  • United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers Local 8
  • Utility Workers of America Local 1-2
  • Westchester County Correction Officers Benevolent Association
  • Westchester County Correction Superior Officers Benevolent Association
  • Westchester County PBA
  • Westchester Putnam Central Labor Body AFL-CIO
  • Yonkers PBA

Will Host Fact-Finding Hearing on USACE’s Proposed Hudson River Storm Barriers

​Albany, NY – In early July, the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) held a series of meetings to explore the impact of installing offshore barriers to protect the metropolitan region from storm surge flooding. They neglected to hold any meetings in the Hudson Valley, despite it being home to the largest population that stood to be affected by their plans. Senator Murphy then made it his mission to see that the people most affected by the USACE’s actions would have a voice.

Senator Murphy has delivered on his promise. On Wednesday, October 17th, Senator Murphy, the Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce, and the Hudson Valley Marine Association will co-host an informational hearing at the Croton Yacht Club, 6 Elliot Way in Croton from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The public is invited, but due to limited parking is requested to RSVP by calling Senator Murphy’s District Office at 914-962-2624.

“The first step in affecting change is to gather pertinent information from experts and determine how the plans being proposed by the USACE will impact the river’s surrounding communities,” noted Senator Murphy. “The goal of the hearing is to improve the overall process, and to learn what installing storm barriers would mean for local communities, the ecology, and aquatic life.”

Deborah Milone, Executive Director for the Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce said, “Any installation in and around New York City will definitely affect the ebb and flow of our beautiful Hudson River. We all need to better understand the potential impact of these proposed storm barriers.”

Among the scheduled speakers are Jessica Roff, Director of Advocacy and Engagement for Riverkeeper, John Cronin, former Riverkeeper and senior fellow for Environmental Affairs at Pace University, George Samalot, President of the Hudson Valley Marine Association, and students from the Pace Academy for the Environment.

The USACE is considering six different plans for coastal storm protection, most of which call for construction of massive, in-water barriers in New York Harbor that would choke off the Hudson River Estuary where it meets the ocean. The barriers, resembling giant gates, would restrict tidal flow, blocking the migration of fish and trapping sediment, sewage, and other contaminants. The barriers would not protect against inevitable flooding from a rise in the sea level.

One plan under consideration calls for a surge barrier at the mouth of the harbor from Sandy Hook, New Jersey to Breezy Point in Queens. Alternative plans include multiple shorter barriers from Staten Island to Brooklyn and at various other locations blocking tributaries. The cost of the project has been estimated as high as $50-60 billion and could take decades to complete. Concerns have been raised that it could cause worse flooding in certain areas and harm nearby beaches. Environmentalists have raised concerns for many species that call the Atlantic Ocean home, including some that are on the endangered list.

MAHOPAC, NY – It was a who’s who Monday morning at the Putnam County Golf Course as the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce held its candidate forum.  State Senator Terrence Murphy, who is vying for reelection spoke about his work reducing the regulatory burden that continues to crush his fellow small business owners.  Incumbents and candidates seeking state office were on hand including State Senator Sue Serino, State Assemblyman Kevin Byrne, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell as well as their respective challengers.  Noticeably missing though was Peter Harckham.

“I am proud of my record and look forward to sharing it with voters of the 40th Senate District,” Senator Murphy said.  “We are enjoying the lowest rate of unemployment in Westchester and the Hudson Valley since 2007.  We need to continue to find ways to promote economic growth and freedom and the results will continue to come in.”
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MARYKNOLL, NY – In a peculiar move, embattled Senate candidate Peter Harckham called for a return to power in the Senate Chamber to the individuals who created a state school funding formula which shortchanged public schools statewide by billions of dollars. While holding the majority in 2010, New York City Senators created the Gap Elimination Adjustment, or GEA, to help close New York’s budget deficit. Under the GEA, a portion of the state’s funding was divided among all school districts in the state based on a formula and each district’s state aid was reduced accordingly.

Martha Ruiz Jiménez said, “Peter Harckham is sadly out-of-touch if he is blissfully unaware that the New York City Majority created the school funding shortfall in the first place. Taxpayers aren’t stupid, they remember that during their fruitless stay in the majority, after over-spending by tens of billions of dollars, when hiking taxes by fourteen billion dollars and creating heinous revenue streams like the MTA payroll tax weren’t enough, New York City politicians stole lunch money from the children of Westchester and the Hudson Valley to fund their binge spending addiction.”

Senator Murphy was the sponsor of legislation to statutorily eliminate the GEA, and voted to reduce and eventually eliminate it, even holding up his second budget on the job in 2016 by refusing to vote for it unless it included the elimination of the GEA. Read more

New York’s Largest Public Service Union Says Proof is in the Record.

ALBANY, NY – New York’s largest public service union has formally announced its endorsement of State Senator Terrence Murphy.  The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) based its endorsement on Senator Murphy’s proven record of supporing issues of importance to public and non-profit employees.

“AFSCME represents a diverse workforce that range from our schools and municipalities to hospitals and homes for the disabled,” Senator Murphy said.  “New York works because AFSCME members do and I am honored to have their support in this year’s election.”

AFSCME represents more than 400,000 members from six affiliats including SCEA, Disctrict Council 37, District Council 1707, AFSCME Council 66, AFSCME Council 82 and AFSCME Council 35.

Brian McDonnell, Political and Lgislative Director of AFSCME added, “Senator Murphy has been an advocate for working families and the essential public services that New Yorkers rely on.  We wish him the best of luck in his campaign and look forwrad to working with him to improve the lives of New Yorkes now and in the futre.”

AFSCME adds its name to a growing list of endorsements, which include:

  • Affiliated Police Associations of Westchester-Putnam AFL-CIO
    • Ardsley Police PBA
    • Beacon Police PBA
    • Bedford Police PBA
    • Briarcliff Manor Police PBA
    • Bronxville Police PBA
    • Croton-On-Hudson Police PBA
    • Dobbs Ferry Police PBA
    • Eastchester Police PBA
    • Eastchester Police SOA
    • Elmsford Police PBA
    • Greenburgh Police PBA
    • Harrison Police PBA
    • Hastings-On-Hudson Police PBA
    • Irvington Police PBA
    • Larchmont Police PBA
    • Lewisboro Town Police PBA
    • Mamaroneck Town Police PBA
    • Mamaroneck Village Police PBA
    • Mount Kisco Police PBA
    • Mount Pleasant Police PBA
    • Mount Vernon Police PBA
    • MTA Police PBA
    • New Castle Police PBA
    • New Rochelle Police PBA
    • New Rochelle Police SOA
    • New York State Troopers PBA
    • New York State Park Police
    • New York State University Police
    • North Castle Police PBA
    • Ossining Village Police PBA
    • Peekskill Police PBA
    • Pelham Manor Police PBA
    • Pelham Police PBA
    • Pleasantville Police PBA
    • Port Chester Police PBA
    • Poughkeepsie Police PBA
    • Rye Brook Police PBA
    • Rye City Police PBA
    • Scarsdale Police PBA
    • Sleepy Hollow Police PBA
    • Tarrytown Police PBA
    • Tuckahoe Police PBA
    • Warwick Police PBA
  • American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
    • AFSCME District Council 35
    • New York City District Council of Municipal Local Unions, District Council 37
    • New York County and Municipal Employees, District Council 66
    • New York State Law Enforcement Officers Union, District Council 82
    • Community and Social Agency Employees, District Council 1707
  • Asbestos Workers Local 91
  • Boilermakers Local 5
  • Bricklayers & Allied Crafts Local 5
  • Bridge & Structural Steel Painters Local 806
  • Building and Construction Trades Council of New York State AFL-CIO
  • Building and Construction Trades Council of Westchester-Putnam AFL-CIO
  • Civil Service Employees Association of New York State Local 1000
  • Civil Service Employees Association of Westchester County Local 9200
  • Council of Administrators & Supervisors
  • Detectives Endowment Association
  • Elevator Constructors Local 1
  • Empire State Supervisors & Administrators Association
  • Fire Marshal Benevolent Association of Nassau County
  • Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation AFL-CIO
  • Hudson Valley Building & Construction Trades Council AFL-CIO
    • LiUNA Laborers’ Local 17
    • IEUC Elevator Constructors Local 138
    • IUOE Upstate New York Operating Engineers Local 158
    • LiUNA Cement Masons Local 262
    • Carpenters Local 279
    • Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 373
    • Teamsters Local 445
    • Millwrights Local 1163
  • IAFF Local 2956 Lake Mohegan Professional Firefighters
  • IAFF Local 628 Yonkers Fire
  • IBEW Electrical Workers Local 3
  • IBEW Electrical Workers Local 363
  • Iron Workers Local 40
  • Iron Workers Local 417
  • Ironworkers Local 197 Derrickmen and Riggers
  • IUOE Operating Engineers Local 137
  • IUOE Operating Engineers Local 15
  • IUOE Operating Engineers Local 30
  • IUPAT Local 262 Operative Plaster
  • IUPAT Local 7 Title, Marble & Terrazzo
  • IUPAT Local 8A-28A Metal Polishers
  • IUPAT Local Union 1087 Glaziers
  • IUPAT Painters District Council 9
  • LiUNA Local 235 Building Laborers’
  • LiUNA Local 60 Road Laborers’
  • LiUNA Local 669 Road Sprinkler Fitters
  • Mason Tenders District Council Of Greater New York & Long Island
  • Medical Society of the State of New York
  • Metallic Lathers and Reinforcing Ironworkers Local 46
  • MTA Police Benevolent Association
  • Nassau County Deputy Sheriff’s Benevolent Association Inc.
  • Nassau County Police Medic Association Inc.
  • Nassau County Sheriff’s Correction Officers Benevolent Association
  • New England Regional Council of Carpenters
  • New York City Uniformed Fire Officers Local 854 AFL-CIO
  • New York State AFL-CIO
  • New York State Building and Construction Trades Council
  • New York State Conference of the International Union of Operating Engineers
  • New York State Laborers’ Union
    • Blasters, Drill Runners and Miners Local Union 29
    • Concrete Workers District Council 16
      • Cement and Concrete Workers Local Union 6-A
      • Cement and Concrete Workers Local Union 18-A
      • Cement and Concrete Workers Local Union 20
    • Mason Tenders District Council Of Greater New York & Long Island
      • LiUNA General Building Laborers’ Local 66
      • LiUNA Construction & General Building Laborers’ Local 79
      • LiUNA Asbestos Lead and Hazardous Waste Laborers’ Local 78
      • LiUNA Waste Material, Recycling & General Industrial Laborers’ Local 108
      • Lay Faculty Association Local 1261
    • LiUNA Building Concrete, Excavation and Common Laborers’ Local Union 731
    • LiUNA Pavers & Roadbuilders District Council Laborers’ Local Union 101
  • New York State Nurses Association
  • New York State Pipe Trades Association
  • New York State Public Employees Federation
  • New York State Troopers PBA
  • Painters District Council 9
  • Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association
  • PBA of NYS
    • New York State Environmental Conservation Police Officers PBA
    • New York State Environmental Conservation Police Lieutenants Benevolent Association
    • New York State Environmental Conservation Police Superior Officers Association
    • New York State Forest Rangers PBA
    • New York State Forest Rangers Lieutenants Benevolent Association
    • New York State Forest Rangers Superior Officers Association
    • New York State Park Police Officers PBA
    • New York State Park Police Sergeants Benevolent Association
    • New York State Park Police Superior Officers Association
    • New York State University Police Lieutenants Benevolent Association
    • New York State University Police Officers PBA
  • Police Association of NYS (NYSAPBA)
    • Amityville PBA
    • East Hampton Town PBA
    • East Hampton Village PBA
    • Floral Park PBA
    • Freeport PBA
    • Glen Cove PBA
    • Great Neck Estates PBA
    • Hempstead PBA
    • Kings Point PBA
    • Lake Success PBA
    • Long Beach PBA
    • Lynbrook PBA
    • Malverne PBA
    • MTA PBA
    • Nassau County Detectives’ Association
    • Nassau County PBA
    • Nassau County Superior Officers’ Association
    • NYC Captains’ Endowment Association
    • NYC District Attorneys Detective Investigators’ Association
    • NYC Detectives’ Endowment Association
    • NYC Lieutenants’ Benevolent Association
    • NYC Retired Transit Police Association
    • NYC Sergeants’ Benevolent Association
    • NYS Park Police PBA
    • Old Brookville PBA
    • Old Westbury PBA
    • PBA of NYS – Environmental Conservation Police
    • PBA of NYS – Forest Rangers
    • PBA of NYS – Park Police
    • PBA of NYS – University (SUNY) Police
    • Port Authority PBA
    • Port Authority Police Detectives’ Endowment Association
    • Port Authority Police Lieutenants’ Benevolent Association
    • Port Authority Police Sergeants’ Benevolent Association
    • Port Washington PBA
    • Quogue Village
    • Retired Police Association of New York State
    • Riverhead PBA
    • Rockville Centre PBA
    • Sands Point PBA
    • Southampton Town PBA
    • Southampton Village PBA
    • Suffolk County Detectives’ Association
    • Suffolk County Detective Investigators’ PBA
    • Suffolk County Police Conference
    • Suffolk County Superior Officers’ Association
    • Waterfront Commission PBA
  • Police Conference of New York
  • Sheet Metal Workers Local 137
  • Sheet Metal Workers Local 38 JATC
  • Suffolk County Correction Officers Association
  • Supreme Court Officers Association
  • Teamsters Joint Council 16
  • Teamsters Local 456
  • Teamsters Local 813
  • Teamsters Local 81
  • UA Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 21
  • UBCJA Millwright & Machinery Erectors Local Union 740
  • UBCJA Local 1456 Dockbuilders
  • UBCJA Local 2287 Resilient Floor Coverers
  • UFA of Greater New York (FDNY) Local 94 IAFF
  • Uniformed EMS Officers Union, Local 3621 – FDNY
  • Uniformed EMT’s, Paramedics and Inspectors Local 2507 FDNY
  • Uniformed Fire Alarm Dispatchers Benevolent Association FDNY
  • United Cement Union Local 780
  • United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers Local 8
  • Utility Workers of America Local 1-2
  • Westchester County Correction Officers Benevolent Association
  • Westchester County Correction Superior Officers Benevolent Association
  • Westchester County PBA
  • Westchester Putnam Central Labor Body AFL-CIO
  • Yonkers PBA

North Salem, NY – Winter is coming… For residents in North Salem, those three words are much more than just a memorable tagline for “Game of Thrones,” they represent a warning that North Salem’s busy rural roads could soon become icy impasses. But thanks to a $100,000 grant secured by Senator Terrence Murphy, North Salem now has three new trucks that will help clear the roads. Senator Murphy recently visited North Salem to get a close look at the new vehicles.

“We all remember the storms that tore through the Hudson Valley last spring. North Salem and Somers always seemed to be the epicenters of the bad weather that hit us virtually every week,” recalled Senator Murphy. “I’ve always said that governing is all about communication. When Supervisor Lucas and I spoke, we concluded that any money I could get for the town should go towards new trucks. Hopefully, the addition of these three trucks will make life a lot easier for Supervisor Lucas, Superintendent Hanaburgh, and the residents of North Salem.”

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Town of North Salem Supervisor Warren Lucas stated, “I want to thank Senator Murphy for the grant that allowed us to add three new trucks to our fleet. The trucks will be used for plowing, and I’m certain we’ll get a great deal of use out of them. It’s an ongoing process – we’re always replacing vehicles. Our Superintendent of Highways, Ward Hanaburgh, has done a great job with his maintenance program but the rigors associated with winter guarantee we’ll always need new trucks.”

On hand to test drive the new trucks were Superintendent Hanaburgh and Deputy Supervisor Peter Kamenstein.