2005-08-03 / Features

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Onorato Hails New Voting Machines Bill

State Senator George Onorato (D–Astoria) praised Governor George Pataki last week for signing into law a bill which will enable counties to buy new voting machines and improve poll worker training to assure trouble-free elections.

Onorato noted that the new law brings the state into compliance with federal law and qualifies it for $230 million in federal funds to be used for voting modernization and improvement.

“I hope these reforms will accomplish their primary aim of ensuring fairness, accuracy and accountability in our voting system,” Onorato said. He said that although voter confidence in elections might have been shaken in recent years “With these improvements, I am optimistic that more New Yorkers will come to participate more actively in exercising their right to vote.”

Maloney Calls For United Cyprus

On the 31st anniversary of the 1974 illegal Turkish invasion of Cyprus, Congressmember Carolyn Maloney joined with other advocates of unifying that country in a speech delivered on the floor of the House.

“A unified Cyprus would promote stability, both politically and economically, to the entire Mediterranean region,” she stated. “The people of Cyprus deserve a unified, democratic country, and I remain hopeful that a peaceful settlement will be found so that the division of Cyprus will come to an end.”

Miller, Katz Read To Children

City Council Speaker Gifford Miller, a candidate for mayor, joined Forest Hills Councilmember Melinda Katz in visiting a library in her district where he read to children participating in the Summer Reading Program.

Miller noted his efforts to budget more funds to libraries because of their important role in child development. He reiterated his intention of keeping the city’s libraries open more days of the week.

Gioia’s $50G Grant Cools Library, Neighbors

A $50,000 grant secured by City Councilmember Eric Gioia (D–Long Island City) upgraded the air conditioning system at the Woodside library branch and also adjusted the system to blow less hot air into the surrounding area.

“Thanks to this upgrade of the air conditioning system, the library will not only stay cool inside, but the neighborhood outside will be cooler too,” Gioia said.

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