Issues: Family

An Important Message on Domestic Violence: "NO MORE!"

Since 1987, our nation has observed October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  This year, a number of celebrities, athletes, corporate leaders, and concerned advocates have joined forces in the battle against domestic violence with a dramatic new series of public service announcements that feature the NO MORE symbol, the first unified branding symbol (like the pink breast cancer ribbon) related to this important issue.

Along with raising public awareness, I wanted to let you know what I'm doing here in New York to help protect women and families, and to ensure that domestic violence offenders are appropriately punished for their crimes.  

October 16, 2013
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Financial Fitness Workshop Helps Homeowners and Families Take Control of Their Finances

Event Co-Hosted by Senator Stewart-Cousins, Housing Action Council, Community Housing Innovations and Attorney General Schneiderman's Office Offers Information about Budgeting, Credit Issues and Mortgage Modifications

Yonkers, NY - Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/I/WF – 35th District) co-hosted a “Financial Fitness Workshop," Tuesday at the Riverfront Library, to help individuals and homeowners learn how to take control of their finances. The Senator co-hosted the event with Housing Action Council, Community Housing Innovations and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s Office.

September 19, 2013
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Raise the Age!

New York is one of only two states in our nation to set the age of criminal responsibility at 16. For certain crimes, a child as young as 13 can also be adjudicated as an adult. In these instances,  childhood decisions could have a devastating effect on the lives of many young men and women.

August 20, 2013
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9th Annual Jump & Ball Tournament presented by State Sen. Malcolm Smith and LL Cool J

(Hollis, NY) - State Sen. Malcolm A. Smith announced today that he will be kicking off the 9th Annual Jump and Ball summer tournament next month at the Daniel O'Connell Park in St. Albans, Queens. Participation is FREE and there will also be a DJ and plenty of complimentary food and drink.
The event, a basket ball and double-dutch tournament co-sponsored by hip-hop artist and renowned actor LL Cool J and Taurus Associates, will take place every weekend from Saturday, August 3rd, 2013 through Sunday, Sept 1, 2013.

July 24, 2013
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Senator José M. Serrano Celebrates the 56th Annual Puerto Rican Day Parade

(New York, NY) - Senator Serrano marched in the 56th Annual Puerto Rican Day parade, which takes place along 5th Avenue in Manhattan. The parade, which is widely attended by over one million people of all nationalities, is an opportunity to honor and celebrate the history and culture of the Puerto Rican people.

June 8, 2013
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Leader Stewart-Cousins Reading "The Giving Tree" at Yonker's Leake & Watts

On Friday, May 24th, Leader Stewart-Cousins took some time from her busy schedule to read "The Giving Tree" to 4-5 year old children at Leake & Watts in Yonkers, NY. Leake & Watts is a not-for-profit agency "committed to addressing a myriad of challenges that confront individuals and families dealing with poverty, disabilities, and a lack of access to education and basic services".

May 24, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Says Now-Approved Bill Gives Courts Stronger Power to Revoke Parental Rights in Cases of Severe or Repeat Child Abuse

Senate, Assembly pass bill to strengthen courts’ ability to protect children by streamlining process required to revoke parental rights after severe or repeat abuse. Bill now heads to Governor to be signed into law.    

Kennedy:  After taking this important step to protect children, now it’s time to pass Jay J.’s Law and ensure those who hurt children end up behind bars for a long, long time.

May 3, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Children and Families Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Children and Families Senator Simcha Felder, Chair 1:30 PM, Monday, May 6, 2013 Room 944 LOB

May 6, 1:30 PM - 1:40 PM
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Senate Passes Bill to Protect Victims of Severe Child Abuse

The New York State Senate today gave final passage to legislation that would provide important protections for child victims who have been severely abused by their parents or guardians. The bill (S4082), sponsored by Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn), improves Family Court procedures to reduce the trauma abused children can potentially experience and helps expedite the finding of a new, permanent home.

May 2, 2013
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SEN. FARLEY ANNOUNCES SENATE PASSES BILL TO PROTECT VICTIMS OF SEVERE CHILD ABUSE

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R – Schenectady) announced the New York State Senate recently gave final passage to legislation that would provide important protections for child victims who have been severely abused by their parents or guardians. The bill (S4082) improves Family Court procedures to reduce the trauma abused children can potentially experience and helps expedite the finding of a new, permanent home.

May 2, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill To Protect Victims Of Severe Child Abuse

The New York State Senate today gave final passage to legislation that would provide important protections for child victims who have been severely abused by their parents or guardians. The bill (S4082) improves Family Court procedures to reduce the trauma abused children can potentially experience and helps expedite the finding of a new, permanent home.

May 1, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill to Protect Victims of Severe Child Abuse

The New York State Senate today gave final passage to legislation that would provide important protections for child victims who have been severely abused by their parents or guardians.

May 1, 2013
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April 23, 2013
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Kennedy: 4 out of 5 At-Risk Youth in Erie County Do Not Have Access to Critical Mental Health Services; Urges Expanded Mental Health Care for Local Children

Kennedy secures $800,000 in state budget to preserve the Erie County Mental Health Association’s Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program, says more funding is needed next year. 

CASA program able to serve 200 of the 1000 at-risk children in need of help in Erie County; MHA, with Kennedy’s support, is pushing to expand the program. 

April 18, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Announces Funds Secured for At-Risk Youth

Kennedy confirms budget includes funding for Operation SNUG, Court Appointed Special Advocates program.

Kennedy: This minimal state investment will have a tremendous community impact helping at-risk youth avoid destructive decisions.

March 22, 2013
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STATE SENATOR TOBY ANN STAVISKY WELCOMES TOP CHEF'S PADMA LAKSHMI TO SENATE CHAMBERS

 

ALBANY, NY – State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky met with Food Network personality Padma Lakshmi. The Top Chef host was in Albany advocating on behalf of her charitable organization, Endometriosis Foundation of America.

 

March 19, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Talks About Tax Breaks for Middle-Class Families on Your Voice

On this week's Your Voice cable program, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses the Senate's Family Tax Relief Act and the Senate's Grown in New York plan. 

March 12, 2013
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Department of Financial Services to Speek Resolution of Insurance Claims in Areas Affected by SANDY

The NYS Department of Financial Services (DFS) is setting new rules to speed the processing of insurance claims in areas affected by Storm Sandy. The new regulation reduces the amount of time an insurer can delay its decision on a claim, and requires insurers to report to the Department on how many claims it is delaying and the reasons for the delays.

February 27, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Children and Families Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Children and Families Senator Simcha Felder, Chair 1:00 PM, Wednesday, February 27, 2013 Room 944 LOB

February 27, 1:00 PM - 1:05 PM
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Governor Cuomo Outlines 2013-2014 Executive Budget to Maintain Fiscal Responsibility and Continue to Invest in Economic Growth

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the proposed 2013-14Executive Budget and Management Plan that builds on two years of balanced, fiscally responsible budgeting and invests in economic development, education reform, rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, provides support to local governments and school districts, and includes no new taxes or fees.

Highlights of the Executive Budget:

· Eliminates $1.3 billion budget gap with no new taxes or fees. The expected gap for 2013-14 was projected to be $17.4 billion prior to the last two responsible budgets.

· Holds spending increases below 2 percent for third consecutive year.

January 23, 2013
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