Issues: Family

SENATE PASSES BONACIC’S LEGISLATION MAKING KEY IMPROVEMENTS TO THE PRACTICE OF ELECTRONIC FILING BY THE STATE JUDICIAL SYSTEM

(Albany, NY)-The New York State Senate passed legislation, Senate Bill S5833, sponsored by Senator Bonacic that would make key improvements to the practice of electronic filing (e-filing) by the state judicial system. Starting in 1999, the state began to introduce a pilot program in the use of electronic means for the purpose of commencing certain categories of cases and filing court papers with Judges and adverse parties.

June 19, 2015
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SENATOR JEFF KLEIN HOSTS BLOOD SWEAT & TEARS BAND AT RIVERFEST 2015

Klein, Bronx elected officials, KRVC, College of Mount Saint Vincent, and families and children enjoy Grammy award-winning music group at annual RiverFest celebration

Family festival on the Hudson River featured live music, boat rides, summer fun and more

June 15, 2015
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ADDABBO LEGISLATION TO PROVIDE LEGACY CREDITS FOR STEP-CHILDREN & OTHER NON-BIOLOGICAL CHILDREN OF DECEASED 9-11 FIRST RESPONDERS APPROVED BY NEW YORK STATE SENATE

Queens, NY (June 15, 2015): NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. is applauding the State Senate passage of a bill (S.3604) he sponsors that would enable step-children and other non-biological children raised by deceased 9-11 first responders to become eligible for “legacy credits” on competitive civil service exams. Addabbo credits a constituent for bringing the issue to his attention and working with him to promote the bill's passage.  

June 15, 2015
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Keep the Tax Cap

Why should we not let the property tax cap expire? Watch this short clip to see the benefits to making it permanent. 

June 12, 2015
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Photo of the Week - Paid Family Leave Rally

(Albany, NY - June 3, 2015) - State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale Village) joined members of the New York State Nurses Association for a rally in support of paid family leave, an important initiative that was not included in the 2015-2016 budget.  The NYSNA members carried signs that read "When the new baby arrives, should you have to worry that a few weeks home means not being able to pay the rent," and "New York Babies Need Paid Family Leave. Make New York Next." Eighty-seven percent of the state's workforce does not have such coverage through their employers. The Albany rally was part of the New York Paid Family Leave Insurance Campaign.

June 4, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Children and Families Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Children and Families  Senator Simcha Felder, Chair  Wednesday, May 27, 2015  Room 945 LOB

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN TIME OF MEETING, IT WILL BE HELD IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING SESSION.

May 27, 5:50 PM - 5:54 PM
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Tougher Sentencing Laws for Violent Criminals

Dear Neighbor,

In November of 2009, 12-year-old Brittany Passalacqua was brutally murdered along with her mother, Helen Buchel, in their home.

The perpetrator was John Edward Brown, a violent convicted felon who had been released from prison early after serving only 2 ½ years for assaulting his infant daughter in 2003. Brown had been put on parole just months before he committed the murders. We have a responsibility to keep our communities safe and these tragic deaths underscore the need for tougher penalties for violent offenders.

May 19, 2015
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Senator Young's Legisaltion Passed To Provide Further Protections for Victims of Domestic Violence

Legislation will allow domestic violence victims to testify via close-circuit television

ALBANY – According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ National Crime Victimization Survey, only about 48 percent of all violent victimizations are reported to police. Today, the state Senate passed legislation, authored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean), that will provide stronger protections for victims of domestic violence in order to encourage them to report their abuse to the authorities.

“Every nine seconds a woman in the United States is assaulted or beaten and according to studies 84 percent of women visiting hospital emergency rooms for domestic violence were injured by their intimate partners,” said Senator Young.

May 13, 2015
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SENATOR JEFF KLEIN CELEBRATES OPENING DAY IN THE BRONX

Klein Marches With Hundreds of Little Leaguers in Pelham & Riverdale, Throws First Pitch at Ambrosini Field on City Island

BRONX, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), together with hundreds of little leaguers, local families, community members and elected officials, today celebrated opening day in the Bronx – touring little league parades in Pelham, Riverdale and on City Island. Klein marched along with children and families, cheered on youngsters in uniform and threw the first pitch at City Island’s home opener at Ambrosini Field.  

April 11, 2015
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Senator Parker Interviews Kate Breslin, President and CEO of the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy

Senator Parker welcomes his guest: Kate Breslin, President and CEO of the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy.

April 1, 2015
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Senator Kevin Parker Interviews Tracey Brooks, President and CEO of Family Planning Advocates of New York

Senator's Parker's Legislative Report with Tracey Brooks, President and CEO of the Family Planning Advocates of New York 

March 13, 2015
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Senate Coalition releases disturbing report on sex offenders living near pre-schools in Westchester

ALBANY, NY –  The New York State Senate Coalition today unveiled a new alarming joint-investigative report, “Keeping Our Children Safe From Sex Offenders,” conducted by the offices of State Senate Coalition Co-Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and State Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R-Nassau), which uncovered sex offenders living dangerously close to pre-schools in Westchester and Rockland.

The second investigation comes a day after the State Senate passed nine key sex offender bills — including a measure to close the loophole allowing dangerous sex offenders to reside near pre-schools and legislation granting localities the right to toughen residency restrictions for sexual predators.

These bills all await passage by the New York State Assembly.

File: 
Keeping Our Children Safe

February 27, 2015
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TWC News: Local State Senator Weighs In on Police Safety and Public Protection in NYC

By TWC News StaffThursday, February 5, 2015 at 05:58 AM EST

February 6, 2015
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Senator Ken LaValle: Senate Passes Women’s Equality Legislation

January 12, 2015 – Today, Senator Ken LaValle announced that New York State Senate passed Women’s Equality Legislation.  In its first legislative act of 2015, the New York State Senate approved a comprehensive Women’s Equality Agenda to enhance the rights of women and protect New Yorkers who are most vulnerable to abuse and discrimination. 

January 12, 2015
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The 11th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Concert!

Please share the dream and come join us for the for the 2nd largest MLK Tribute Concert in New York City!

  A Shared Dream Foundation Presents...

 The 11th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Concert

 Monday, January 19, 2015

 Time: 5 PM- Doors Open at 4:00 PM

 Where: Brooklyn College, Walt Whitman Theater

 THIS EVENT FREE & OPEN TO ALL

 For more information/ tickets please contact: 718-629-6401

 

 Below is the event link to get your free tickets.

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January 6, 2015
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Griffo, Rozic Announce Law to Increase Protections for Children in Foster Homes

Bill Improves the Screening Process for Prospective Foster Parents

UTICA – Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D,WF-Queens) and Senator Joseph Griffo (R-Rome) announced that legislation (A8474/S6875) they drafted to protect foster children from being placed in unsuitable homes has been signed into law by Governor Cuomo. The new law creates a formal system for an agency to review and evaluate an applicant’s history if the applicant were to apply to another agency to take in foster children.

January 5, 2015
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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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