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Herman D. Farrell, Jr.
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September 2, 2015

Welcome back! I hope that you had a wonderful summer, and that you and yours are happy and healthy. During the summer, I have been spending a lot of time in the District working on traffic and pedestrian safety issues, talking to people in the community about their concerns, and working on several major projects which are finally coming together after many years of hard work. I will tell you more about these projects in a bit. But first…

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

Every year, the New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators raises money during its' Caucus Weekend and 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 (pictured below left), 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. 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. Zyare Robinson (pictured below right) 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.

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

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Construction on 151st Street Pedestrian Footbridge Has Begun
DOT Plan Calls for Three Trees to be Planted for Each Tree Removed

As you may have seen, the construction phase of the long-awaited pedestrian footbridge into Riverside Park at 151st Street and Riverside Drive has finally begun. This project, for which $20 million in State funding was provided by Governor Cuomo to construct the footbridge, which is one part of a decades-long, multi-part accessibility project that myself and others have worked very hard on for a number of years.

The steep hills that surround the Park make accessing the waterfront a tricky, or even dangerous, prospect. Long ago, there was a bridge that brought pedestrians into the Park near this site, but the bridge fell into a state of disrepair and was removed decades ago. In 2007, we succeeded in having a pedestrian ramp into the Park built at 158th Street, so that pedestrians, people with disabilities, bicyclists and families with baby carriages could safely and easily enter the Park.

In 1996, I began to explore the possibility of having a pedestrian footbridge built from Riverside Drive into Riverside Park at 153rd Street. Funding for this project became part of the State's 2003-2005 Capital Plan, but the project became tied up in New York City red tape and never went forward. However, several years ago, the change of administration in City Hall and other factors finally allowed us to move forward.

According to the construction contract, the company building the bridge must complete it by the end of 2016. The contract also has provisions that ensure that our public space will be preserved and even improved in several important ways. DOT's plan preserves access to the Park's parking area, and a nearby dog park will be restored.

Earlier in the summer I was approached by a constituent who was concerned that the contractor would remove but not replace a number of trees near the construction site. He and I met with representatives of DOT at the site, where we learned that only a few trees would be removed during construction. Further, the contract specifies that the builder must plant three new trees in the park for each tree that is removed.

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As always, you can check my Assembly Web site for the latest news. Enjoy your Labor Day.


Yours truly,
Herman "Denny" Farrell, Jr.



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!



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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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