Issues: Family

Chanukah is the celebration of Miracles!

"Chanukah is the celebration of miracles, a reminder that all things are possible," Senator Parker said.  "As you celebrate the spirit of Chanukah with friends and family, I wish you health, happiness and good fortune." The holiday celebrates a legendary victory of the Maccabees, a band of Jews, over a Greek army that occupied the Holy Land.  After the battle, the victorious Maccabees found only a one day supply of oil in the temple to light the lamps.  But the oil burned miraculously for eight days, the story says.

December 17, 2014
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SENATOR KLEIN & ASSEMBLYMAN GJONAJ HOST 20TH ANNUAL MENORAH LIGHTING

Klein, Gjonaj, Community and Faith Leaders, Seniors and Families Join Together to Celebrate the First Night of Hanukkah

BRONX, NYState Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), together with Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj (D-Bronx), community and faith leaders, friends and family celebrated the first night of Hanukkah on the evening of December 16th, lighting a ten-foot menorah at Bronx House, Einstein Hospital and White Plains Road and Pelham Parkway South. The celebration marked the group’s 20th annual menorah lighting ceremonies.

December 17, 2014
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SENATOR JEFF KLEIN & ASSEMBLYMAN MARK GJONAJ HOST 19TH ANNUAL BRONX CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING EXTRAVAGANZA

Klein, Gjonaj, Community Leaders, Friends & Neighbors Light Up the Community for the Holidays

Bronx, NY – In celebration of the Christmas holiday, State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester)  and Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj (D-Bronx), along with community leaders, families and children, hosted their 19th annual tree lighting in Morris Park and the Pelham Parkway community, on Thursday, December 11th.  The tree lighting extravaganza commenced in the late afternoon, with the first event at Rudy Macina Peace Memorial Plaza, followed closely by the tree lighting at Pelham Parkway and White Plains Road.

December 12, 2014
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Reward For Information About Pregnant Women's Killer Doubled

State Senator Jose Peralta today announced that the reward for information leading to the arrest of Brandee Massey’s killer has been doubled, to $12,000, after securing commitments from Food Bazaar Supermarkets, which is contributing $4,000, and Queens Center, which will donate $2,000.

The pregnant Massey was shot the Wednesday morning before Thanksgiving in her LeFrak City apartment building.  Her baby was later delivered, but died within hours.

On the heels of the murder, Senator Peralta announced he was offering a $2,000 reward for information about the shooting and that he had secured a matching donation from the LeFrak City Organization.  Added to the police department’s $2,000, the total reward stood at $6,000.   The contributions announced today raise the total to $12,000.

“This community has come together not just to mourn Brandee’s tragic loss, but to help bring justice to her family,” Senator Peralta said.  “Food Bazaar Supermarkets and Queens Center have deep roots in this community and understand that the most important thing we can do right now for the Massey family is to help law enforcement bring Brandee’s killer to justice and make whoever is responsible pay for this brutal crime.”

The owners of Food Bazaar Supermarkets said that, “We at Food Bazaar Supermarkets are stunned and saddened to hear about the fatal shooting of Brandee Anastasia Massey and her child.  The Food Bazaar Supermarket chain has been a part of this community since 1988 and would like to pledge its support for information leading to the arrest of Brandee’s killer.  We are offering $4,000.  We hope that this will help those people who know something step forward and help justice be served on behalf of this young woman, her child and her grieving family.

In  statement, Queens Center Mall said that, “The Queens Center family extends its deepest condolences to the Massey family.  We thank Senator Peralta for his leadership at this difficult time and hope that our contribution to the reward will help bring a measure of consolation to Brandee’s loved ones.”

Anyone with information is urged to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers, at (800) 577-TIPS, or text to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIPS577.  A tipster's cell phone number will not be displayed or traced.  A tip can also be submitted online, at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

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December 9, 2014
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Senator Jeff Klein Donates More Than 100 Turkeys to Bronx Families & Seniors

BRONX, NY - With Thanksgiving just around the corner, State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) today announced the donation of more than 100 turkeys to numerous organizations, local groups and residents across the 34th Senate District.  On Monday he visited grandmothers planning Thanksgiving meals at the Pelham Parkway Houses, which is home to some 2,500 children and families. The donation was made in conjunction with the Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC) Program.

November 24, 2014
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Statement From State Senator Jose Peralta, Lead Sponsor Of The NYS DREAM Act, On President Obama's Executive Order

"The good news is that millions of upstanding, hardworking undocumented immigrants will now be able to continue contributing to our economy without having to live and work in fear of deportation.

"The bad news is that millions of other upstanding, hardworking undocumented immigrants will remain in the shadows of our economy and society.

"President Obama is to be applauded for taking a strong first step toward long-overdue reform of our broken immigration system.  Like the president, we in New York should not wait on Congress to make additional necessary repairs.

"The DREAM Act is sensible, compassionate public policy.  It is the law in Texas, a red state, California, a blue state, and New Mexico, a purple state.  Here, the New York DREAM Act is supported by editorial boards throughout the state, including those at newspapers as different as the New York Post, The New York Times and the Daily News.

"Let’s follow the bipartisan example of the five states that have already passed a DREAM Act.  Let's collaborate in New York on making an investment in our young people, our economy and our state’s future that will pay for itself several times over."

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November 21, 2014
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The LCN: Gallivan applauds new law to protect young victims of human trafficking

State Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan (R-Elma) says a new state law will protect young victims of human trafficking by ensuring they receive the help and treatment they need.

Gallivan says he supports the law (S.6804/A.8749-A) signed this week by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, but says a more comprehensive bill passed by the Senate should also become law.

October 22, 2014
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WHEC Rochester: Sen. Gallivan calls for tougher penalties for human trafficking

Updated: 10/21/2014 10:46 PMCreated: 10/21/2014 10:44 PM WHEC.com

State Senator Patrick Gallivan says he supports a new law signed recently by Governor Andrew Cuomo to help victims of human trafficking, but wants the government to do more.

He wants the legislature to pass a more comprehensive bill approved by the state Senate.

October 22, 2014
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SENATOR GALLIVAN APPLAUDS NEW STATE LAW TO PROTECT YOUNG VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING

BUT MORE MUST BE DONE TO HOLD TRAFFICKERS RESPONSIBLE  

 

October 20, 2014
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Senator Hoylman Introduces Legislation to Modernize New York State Birth Certificates

Modern Family Birth Certificate Act changes birth certificates to reflect LGBT families

Hoylman: New York’s laws must keep pace with our changing families” 

October 2, 2014
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Senator Parker Announces Support For New Mothers And Their Families

(Brooklyn, NY) - Senator Kevin Parker today announced new support by New York for post-partum services to new mothers and their families. The legislation signed into law today was introduced by Senator Liz Krueger, cosponsored by Senator Parker and five other Senators, and passed both houses of the Legislature with bi-partisan support.

August 7, 2014
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Legislative Notebook: State Initiatives of Interest to Veterans

Here is a partial listing of bills I have supported this session to aid New York’s former servicemen and servicewomen. These initiatives will now go to Governor Cuomo for final action.

-- Legislation I co-sponsored was passed by both houses (S.7839, first introduced as S.4714)) to extend the Military Service Credit Law of 2000 to all veterans who have served in the military. Right now, public employees who served in the armed forces may purchase up to three years of pension credit only if their military service occurred during specified conflicts. This measure will expand this opportunity to public employee veterans who also served their country in peacetime.

June 26, 2014
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Senate Gives Final Passage to Bill Adding 25 New Family Court Judges

The New York State Senate gave final legislative passage today to legislation (S7883), sponsored by Senator John Bonacic (R-C-I, Mount Hope), that would help alleviate a backlog of cases in the state’s family courts by creating 25

June 20, 2014
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Children and Families in Chautauqua County to Receive Additional Family Court Judge

For Release: Immediate, June 18, 2014

Senate and Assembly Reach Agreement on Allocation of New Family Court Judges

ALBANY - To address a record number of cases, Chautauqua County will have an additional Family Court judge to alleviate a huge backlog.

After sponsoring legislation to elect an additional judge to relieve the overwhelming caseload in Chautauqua County Family Court, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) announced today that an agreement has been reached between the state Senate and Assembly to double the county’s number of Family Court judges from one to two.

June 17, 2014
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Senate Passes Valesky-Sponsored Elder Financial Abuse Legislation

Legislation sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) protecting seniors from financial abuse passed the Senate today.

Sen. Valesky, chair of the Senate Aging Committee, released a report on May 6 that shows financial abuse amongst New York's seniors to be more prevalent than initially thought, with much higher rates of undocumented incidents that actually exist. Data obtained by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services project a surge in the number of cases of financial abuse by the year 2030, with nearly 200,000 incidents predicted to occur.

June 12, 2014
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Sen. Parker Interviews Jonathan E. Gradess, Executive Director, NYS Defenders Association, Inc.

Based in Albany, New York, the New York State Defenders Association is a non-profit, membership organization, that provides direct services and training programs to the 6,000 lawyers who represent family or criminal court cases for low income people.

For direct assistance, visit their website at www.nysda.org or call 518-465-3524.

Further, two Brooklyn-based organizations provide similar services:

June 4, 2014
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SENATOR GALLIVAN, SENATOR VALESKY RELEASE REPORT EXPOSING THE HIGH PREVALENCE OF ELDERLY ABUSE AND EXPLOITATION IN NEW YORK STATE

With Senior Population on the Rise, Experts Predict a Higher Number of Incidents Involving Financial Abuse towards Our Most Vulnerable New Yorkers

 

May 6, 2014
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Senator Dilan Announces Passage of 2014 – 2015 State Budget

$138 billion spending plan funds citywide Pre-K, increases to TAP and higher-ed opportunity programs.Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Bushwick) announced the passage of  a $138 billion budget that includes $300 million for universal Pre Kindergarten programs in New York City, new government reforms and increased funding to social programs.“This year’s budget has made great strides to meet new, and greater demands while continuing to offset the gaps left by previous year’s cuts. I commend Governor Cuomo and my Senate Colleagues for delivering a responsible spending plan that spends smart, invests in our students, and offers some much-needed relief for our working families,” said Senator Dilan.  

April 1, 2014
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SENATOR VALESKY HAILS PASSAGE OF FOURTH CONSECUTIVE ON-TIME STATE BUDGET

ALBANY, NY—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today lauded the passage of the state’s fourth and historic consecutive on-time budget. This has not been accomplished with the same Governor and legislative leaders in more than 40 years.

April 1, 2014
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