Issues: Education

NYS Banking Settlement Windfall Belongs to Taxpayers

It’s not a bad problem to have.  What to do with more than $3 billion?  That’s the question facing the State of New York after a settlement with BNP Paribas, a French bank charged with violating U.S. money laundering laws. Similar settlements with other banks could drive the total windfall to about $4 billion.  As you can imagine, there is no shortage of ideas for what to do with this money.  I believe the answer is simple; return the money to the people of New York by relieving the tax burden on residents and lowering the cost of government.

September 30, 2014
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Greece Rotary Dictionary Project Visits Lakeshore Elementary School

The Greece Rotary Dictionary project took us to Lakeshore Elementary School in the Town of Greece yesterday afternoon. Thanks to the members of the Greece Rotary Club for partnering with me on this project, and to the enthusiastic students and teachers who make it so much fun!

Click here for more pictures from Lakeshore Elementary School.

September 26, 2014
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Albany Times-Union Op-Ed: Pathway through state's current job crisis

New York is in the midst of a middle-skills job crisis.

When you look at help-wanted listings across our state, the positions being advertised are for computer network specialists, electricians, machinists, welders and high-tech manufacturing workers. We often hear from employers who say many job applicants for skilled labor or high-tech positions lack the necessary skills to do the job. Additionally, we have a significant number of students who do not finish school, or who graduate without the skills to do well in college or the job market.

Providing a Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathway to high school graduation helps solve this problem, but time to act is ticking.

September 26, 2014
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“HATS OFF” TO THE CHEFS-IN-TRAINING FROM OSWEGO COUNTY CITI

State Senator Patty Ritchie thanked culinary students from Oswego County CiTi recently for preparing lunches for guests at her Oswego County Senior Health and Wellness Fair.

In addition to preparing lunches for the Oswego County event, students will also provide lunches at Senator Ritchie’s Jefferson and St. Lawrence County Senior Health and Wellness Fairs which will be held on October 1st and October 15th. 

September 25, 2014
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CBS 2 Investigates: Why Are There No Crossing Guards Outside Jackson Heights School?

As reported by WCBS TV:

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Getting to school safely is challenging enough in the city, but take crossing guards out of the situation and parents say it is a recipe for disaster.

As CBS 2’s Vanessa Murdock reported Wednesday, that is exactly what happened in Jackson Heights, Queens.

“We’re missing about 12 or 13 crossing guards in various schools,” said New York State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Queens.)

Peralta said it is unacceptable, especially considering the statistics.

“Between the years of 2011 and 2013, the number of kids that have been struck and killed in New York City by cars has almost doubled, from seven to 13,” Peralta said.

For full article, click here.

September 25, 2014
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Nearly a Dozen Western Queens Schools Lack Crossing Guards

As reported by DNA Info:

JACKSON HEIGHTS — More than a dozen schools in Western Queens are either without crossing guards or do not have a sufficient number, an elected official said.

The claim comes as parents and administrators at The Renaissance Charter School are pushing to reinstate a crossing guard who was pulled just days before the year kicked off.

For full article, click here.

September 24, 2014
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Handing Out Dictionaries at the Greece Christian School

I was pleased to once again join members of the Greece Rotary Club to hand out dictionaries to the 3rd grade class at the Greece Christian School. I have been pleased to help support this project by securing state funding. These dictionaries are a valuable tool for students that they can keep and use beyond this year.  

September 23, 2014
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Forum/Town Hall: College & Career Readiness Fair

Visit with Colleges & Military Representatives and Learn about FAFSA

A panel discussion on Financial Aid and FAFSA Information lead by Katy Brown of Genesee Community College.

Learn how to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine your eligibility for grants, loans, and work-study.

 

October 29, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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SUNY Brockport Opens New Liberal Arts Building

As a proud alum of the College at Brockport, I was excited to join President John Halstead and the SUNY Brockport community to cut the ribbon on the school's new Liberal Arts Building. This state of the art facility is the first new academic building at Brockport in 40 years, and will benefit all of the students at the college. 

To see more pictures from the ribbon cutting, click here.

September 23, 2014
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Brighton Homecoming Parade

I was pleased to join the Brighton community for the annual Brighton Homecoming Parade on Friday night. It was great to see so many enthusiastic students, parents, teachers and alum come out to support the Brighton Central School District!

Click here to see more pictures from the Homecoming Parade

September 22, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Speaks at Groundbreaking for New Science Building at SUNY New Paltz

Senator Bonacic spoke at the groundbreaking of a new, two-story, 48 million dollar science building on the campus of SUNY New Paltz on Friday, September 29, 2014. This 77,000 square foot facility will house a variety of science departments including the physics, geography and computer science offices. It features state of the art labs and classrooms, and will address the space shortage that has arisen due to the growth in the college’s STEM majors (science, technology, engineering and math.)   "I was pleased to be able to help the SUNY New Paltz obtain this funding to create this very impressive addition to the college," said Senator Bonacic, "SUNY New Paltz is truly a jewel in the SUNY system, and this new building will make the college even more attractive for students."

September 19, 2014
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Fairview Public Library Receives $16,000 Grant

MARGARETVILLE, 09/19/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced $32,000 in state grants to assist  nine area libraries, including $16,000 to support capital improvements at the Fairview Public Library.   

“Our libraries are hubs for countless activities and are vital to our communities, especially in these tough economic times,” said Senator Seward.  “I am pleased to partner with all of the libraries in my district and with the Fairview Public Library, in particular, to advance a major improvement project that will help provide universal access.”

September 19, 2014
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Seward Announces $100,000 Grant For Little Falls School

LITTLE FALLS, 09/18/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that a recently adopted senate resolution includes, at his insistence, $100,000 to assist the Little Falls City School District with budgetary needs. 

“Our schools are faced with growing financial demands while, at the same time, student needs are also on the rise,” said Senator Seward.  “I am pleased to partner with the Little Falls City School District in making certain that our students have the tools they need to succeed in the classroom and thrive when they leave.”

September 18, 2014
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Senator Bonacic At SUNY New Paltz: School wins $10 million dollar grant to expand mechanical engineering programs

On Tuesday, September 16, 2014, Senator Bonacic spoke at a press conference hosted by Governor Cuomo to announce that the SUNY New Paltz had won a $10 million dollar grant to expand its mechanical engineering program through the NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant program.  "SUNY New Paltz has earned national recognition for its return on investment," said the Senator, "I cannot think of any other educational institution in the Hudson Valley better positioned for this high-tech initiative.  This investment is m

September 17, 2014
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Common Sense Vs. Common Core

September 17, 2014
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Senator Bonacic At the Groundbreaking for the New and Expanded Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library, Monticello.

Senator Bonacic thanks all those who worked tirelessly to advocate for a new, expanded library in the Village of Monticello.  

(At the groundbreaking ceremony for the Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library, Monticello, September 15, 2014.)

September 16, 2014
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The Groundbreaking for the new Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library, Monticello

Senator Bonacic attended the ground-breaking to kick off the construction of the expanded Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library on Monday, September 15, 2014.

September 15, 2014
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Heavenly Productions Foundation Backpack Donation Event

Thanks to the Heavenly Productions Foundation, 600 backpacks and other school supplies were given to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Academy in Yonkers on Friday, September 12th. Senator Stewart-Cousins joined Mayor Mike Spano, Principal Natalie Davy, Dr. Kathy Reilly Fallon, Co-Founder and Chairwoman of Heavenly Productions Foundation, and John Wallace, former New York Knicks player and board member of the foundation.

September 13, 2014
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RITCHIE HELPS CELEBRATE OPENING OF JCC DORMS

State Senator Patty Ritchie joined community leaders, college officials and students recently for the opening of Jefferson Community College’s new residence hall. 

Known as “East Hall,” the dormitory complex can host nearly 300 students.

 

September 11, 2014
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SENATOR PARKER HOSTS ANNUAL BACK-TO-SCHOOL GIVEAWAY FOR 600 SCHOOL-AGED CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES

Brooklyn, NY – For the seventh consecutive year, State Senator Kevin Parker and Sesame Flyers International, Inc., hosted Harvest Fest – an end-of-summer /  back-to-school celebration for Brooklyn families at Paerdegat Park on Saturday, September 6, 2014. Over 500 families came out for the event which included face painting, games, fitness and nutrition resources and CPR instruction to children and their parents. 

September 10, 2014
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