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Herman D. Farrell, Jr.
Assembly District 71
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Chair, Ways and Means Committee
August 18, 2015
Farrell Meets With Manhattan Cancer Screening Partnership
Program Offers Services to New Yorkers who Lack Health Insurance

On Tuesday, August 18 Assemblyman Farrell met in the District Office with constituents and other representatives of Manhattan cancer Screening Partnership, who offer free screening, diagnostic care and treatment services for disadvantaged New Yorkers who are or may be suffering from breast, cervical and colorectal cancers, which account for 25 percent of cancer diagnoses in Manhattan.

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Assemblyman Farrell meets with representatives of Manhattan Cancer Screening Partnership including Pauline Sosa, who lives in the District.

The organization, which is affiliated with New York Presbyterian Hospital, serves New York State residents who are age 50 or older, do not have health insurance and have not undergone a recent screening for these common cancers. They may be reached at (212) 851-4517.

Present during the meeting, in addition to Assemblyman Farrell and Ms. Sosa, were Partnership President Karen Schmitt, Katrina Rawlins, Diana Godfrey and Elizabeth Sanchez.



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August 15, 2015
Meet the 2015 Herman D. Farrell, Jr. Scholarship Winners!

Every year, the New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators gives each of its members $2,000 to pass along to worthy and hardworking students from our community in support of their educational goals.

Jennifer Baucicot, who graduated this June, participated in the Epic Theatre Ensemble and is pursuing an interest in the performing arts. I wish her great success in her future.

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Malik Bennett graduated from Gramercy Arts High School and plans to attend City College this fall to study computer science and psychology. He, like myself, believes in harnessing the power of technology and education to achieve a better quality of life for all.

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Zyare Robinson is also pursuing an interest in the arts; singing, in her case. She has been accepted to attend Virginia State University, where she is enrolled for the fall semester.

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Please join me in congratulating these outstanding young people, and wishing them the best in their future endeavors!



July 30, 2015
Working to Save Trees Near the 151st Street Pedestrian Footbridge
Three New Trees Will Be Planted for Each Tree Removed

Assemblyman Farrell recently met with representatives of New York State's Department of Transportation and concerned constituents at Riverside Drive and 151st Street to 153rd Street, where construction on a pedestrian footbridge across the tracks and highway into Riverside Park will soon begin.

A concerned constituent, Boris Perovic, had approached Assemblyman Farrell to share his concern that trees near the site that had been "tagged" with green ribbons would be cut down during the construction process but not replaced when construction of the bridge is complete.

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Assemblyman Farrell and concerned constituent Boris Perovic inspect trees near a construction site at Riverside Drive from 151st-153rd Streets.

According to DOT, green ribbons such as the ribbon visible in the photo above, mean that the tree is to be pruned and/or trimmed but not cut down. On the construction site itself several trees will have to be taken down, but DOT officials said that for each tree removed during construction three others will be planted in the park when construction is ending.

In related news, construction workers are beginning to put up safety fence around the work site, meaning that ground should be broken soon on this multi-million accessibility project. According to the contract with the construction company, the project is to be completed no later than December 31, 2016.



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July 16, 2015
Farrell Responds to Transit Blog Criticism of Broadway Pedestrian Plan
A writer for the transit blog Streetsblog.org recently published an on-line article criticizing my comments during a July 9, 2015 Community Board 9 meeting on the Department of Transportation's plan to improve Broadway, making the thoroughfare safer for pedestrians. The letter below is my reply to the writer.


July 14, 2015

Stephen Miller
Streetsblog.org
148 Lafayette Street, 12
New York, NY 10013

Dear Mr. Miller,

I am writing in response to your July 10 article, "Will CB 9 Take Its Cues From a Denny Farrell Rant Against a Safer Broadway?" about a Community Board 9 meeting held Thursday, July 9.

First, I will concede that I may have been wrong or misspoken about the relative safety of Florida's roads and highways and their success in reducing pedestrian injuries and fatalities. I will admit that I have never taken the time to study Florida's safety statistics in any great detail. But I have been there, and seen how Florida traffic is routed to left- and right-turn lanes that allow traffic to flow while, apparently, protecting pedestrians.

However, in reading your article, it seems that you may have misheard my "rant" during the meeting, as I certainly do not recall making several of the statements you attributed to me.

And I must challenge your mocking tone in reporting my statement that bicycles are dangerous. Your article omitted my statements about bicycles being silent, and my complaints that bicycles should continually make a warning noise to alert pedestrians when a bicyclist is approaching.

In case you are not aware, less than four hours before July 9's CB9 meeting, a pedestrian was seriously injured by a bicyclist during an incident on First Avenue near West 87th Street.

This did not occur in my District, so I am not fully conversant in all the details, but according to the account published by DNAinfo.com, this senior citizen was crossing the bicycle lane (similar to my "ranting" description) on her way to her car when she was struck and knocked to the pavement by a bicyclist who fled the scene. According to DNAinfo, the pedestrian is in critical condition and the New York Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying and locating the bicyclist.

As you may or may not know, I am a grandfather, and the father of a 10-year-old with whom I often walk the streets of New York, so I am concerned with her safety, my own, and the safety of everyone else whether they are traveling on foot or on wheels.

Yours truly,


Herman D. Farrell, Jr.
Member of Assembly

Video Clips:

March 12, 2015
Ways and Means Committee Chairman Farrell addresses questions relating to changes in the Gap Elimination in the Assembly Budget Proposal. E.203
 
 




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