Issues: Education

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

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

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

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

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

From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Common Sense Vs. Common Core

September 17, 2014

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

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

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


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


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

The Rowley Center for Science and Engineering opens at the SUNY Orange campus in Middletown

The Rowley Center for Science and Engineering on the SUNY Orange campus in Middletown was officially dedicated on September 4, 2014. This stunning new addition to the college will offer the STEM curriculum of science, technology, engineering and math.

September 5, 2014

Promoting Virtual Learning in the Classroom

Legislation creates online learning advisory council to explore online and blended learning programs

ALBANY – For many students in New York State, the classroom experience is being transformed through the development and implementation of virtual learning initiatives. While a number of schools are using these tools to provide students with access to unique courses and instruction, the lessons being learned along the way need to be applied statewide.

A bill passed in the Senate, (S.5509-C), and sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R, I, C—Olean), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, calls for the creation of a statewide online and blended learning program to address this issue.

September 4, 2014

Reminder to motorists: Students are back in school

Good luck and best wishes to students across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions for a productive and successful 2014-2015 school year!

And a reminder to area motorists to drive safely.  Read more in the Star-Gazette, "School starts today, passing school bus can be costly" 

September 3, 2014

GCSD Readies for the New School Year

With the start of the new school year upon us, I had the opportunity to join teachers and administrators from the Greece Central School District they get to work in the classroom. It was great seeing the passion and dedication from everyone at GCSD, working to get the most out of every student.

September 3, 2014

Klein, Bronx School Administrators and Parent Coordinators Celebrate Project BOOST Program

BRONX, NY - State Senator Jeffrey Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) joined Bronx school administrators and parent coordinators to kick-off the new school year and celebrate the success of Project BOOST (Building Options and Opportunities for Students) Thursday night at a dinner held at F & J Pine restaurant. At the event, parents and principals thanked Senator Klein for securing $700,000 for the program which works to expand the education elementary and middle school students receive through extracurricular activities in a number of Bronx schools.

August 29, 2014

John Williams School #5 Grand Re-Opening

I was pleased to join Mayor Warren, Superintendent Vargas and other City of Rochester and Rochester City School District Officials in celebrating the Grand Re-Opening of John Williams School #5. This transformation and remodeling will provide a better learning environment for School #5 students and teachers, all in a state of the art facility. Congratulations and welcome back John Williams School #5!

August 28, 2014

WDKX Back to School Rally

It's (almost) that time of the year again, back to school! I recently joined 103.9 WDKX and officials from the City of Rochester and the Rochester City School District for a Back to School rally. This was a great event, with tons of helpful information and even some free school supplies for parents and students as they get ready to start a new school year. Many thanks to WDKX for hosting this rally and for all that they do in our community. 

August 26, 2014


Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

August 25, 2014

New Funding Secured to Expand Proven-Effective Program that Boosts Student Achievement

Higgins, Kennedy, Ryan Deliver $400,000 to Expand Cradle Beach’s Project SOAR, which is Improving Student Performance within Buffalo Public Schools.

New Funding will Allow Project SOAR to Serve Up to 380 Buffalo Students.

Funding will Protect Project SOAR at Lovejoy Discovery School, Southside Elementary School and Lorraine Academy; Support Expansion into International Preparatory School.

August 22, 2014
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