Issues: Family

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
April 23, 2013

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

Senator Kennedy Stands Up for At-Risk Children in WNY, Calls for CASA Funding to be Restored in State Budget

Funding for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Program cut for 2013, leaving at-risk children without the support they need. 

In the wake of horrible tragedies like the Sandy Hook massacre, Kennedy says we need more access to mental health services for troubled young people, not less. 

Kennedy: CASA gives kids – who have no voice – a voice. You can’t put a price tag on changing the lives of young people in our community

January 16, 2013

Senator Serrano Participates in the 36th Annual Three Kings Day Parade!

(New York, NY)-Senator Serrano celebrated Three Kings Day with El Museo del Barrio today at their 36th Annual Three Kings Day parade in the streets of East Harlem. The annual celebration brings together local families, school groups, community organizations, and elected officials from all over New York City. 

January 4, 2013

Senator Serrano Participates in the 9th Annual El Barrio/East Harlem Tree Lighting Ceremony

Senator Serrano joined The East Harlem Holiday Tree Committee, East Harlem community residents, and his colleagues for the 9th Annual El Barrio/East Harlem Tree Lighting Ceremony.  The tree lighting took place at Franklin Plaza on the northeast corner of Third Avenue and 106th street, and was themed “Somos Uno”/”We are One.”

December 13, 2012

Senator Farley Gives Tips for Online Safety: New York State Also Passes New Cyberbullying Law

Internet safety and online message and social boards are big concerns for parents, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) said. Children may think they are being safe online, but predators are often able to find out personal information about the youth.

"The teens think they are being safe but a determined predator may pick up on subtle clues such as a teen wearing a T-shirt with the school's name. Once they know where the child lives, it is easy to initiate conversation with them or stalk them," Senator Farley said.

August 15, 2012

Finding and Applying for Federal Grants | Free Training Workshop for Faith-based and Community Organizations

The Region II Federal Partners Council and Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships Subcommittee are hosting a free training workshop for faith-based and community organizations on finding and applying for federal grants on Tuesday, August 28, 2012, from 9 am to 1 pm. at Mt.

August 14, 2012

Marriage Equality in New York: One Year Later, Economic Activity Meets, Surpasses, IDC’s 2011 Estimates

Numbers released today prove that members of the New York State Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference got it right one year ago when they predicted that an annual average of at least 7,000 same sex couples would tie-the-knot over the first three years of marriage equality going into effect. With 11,518 same sex couples marrying in New York over the last year, New York experienced economic growth even greater than the IDC could have predicted.


July 24, 2012
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