Issues: Education

RITCHIE MEETS WITH SUNY CANTON PRESIDENT

State Senator Patty Ritchie met with SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran recently to discuss the president’s plans for the future of the college as well as issues affecting the SUNY system as a whole.

December 19, 2014
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Bill Promoting Virtual Learning Signed into Law

For Release: Immediate, December 19, 2014

Senator Young's bill creates online learning advisory council to explore online and blended learning programs

ALBANY – Governor Cuomo has signed a bill into law authored by Senator Catharine Young (R, I, C—Olean), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, that will help bring more academic enrichment and opportunities to classrooms across the state.

December 19, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS ANNOUNCES STATE FUNDING TO SUPPORT MANHASSET-GREAT NECK COMMUNITY PROGRAM

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that he has secured state funding for a community program which benefits children in the Manhasset-Great Neck community. 

     The state funding will be used by the Manhasset School District for the Great Neck/Manhasset/Nassau BOCES Parent-Child Home Program. The program provides in-home educational opportunities, including early literacy, for pre-school aged children whose families are in need. 

December 18, 2014
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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 Gianaris Joins PS/IS 78 Students for Class Elections in Long Island City

Senator Michael Gianaris joined PS/IS 78 students at their new state-of-the-art school building in Long Island City for the school’s annual class council elections. Senator Gianaris, who has attended PS/IS 78’s school elections for three years running, spoke to a packed auditorium of students about the value of democratic participation, and answered dozens of questions about what he does to improve the lives of western Queens residents.

December 17, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Discusses State Government and the Legislative Process with Auburn High School Students

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco visited Auburn High School on December 15, 2014, to speak with high school seniors about state government and the legislative process.  Senator DeFrancisco also talked about his role as Senator and about his family. 

December 16, 2014
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NYS Education Department Announces Nominees for 2015 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

By Long Island News & PRs Published: December 03 2014

Education Commissioner John B. King announced the nomination of 10 New York state high school seniors for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

Merrick, NY - December 3, 2014 - Education Commissioner John B. King announced today the nomination of 10 New York state high school seniors for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.  The Presidential Scholar recognition is one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.  Every year, one young man and one young woman from each state are named as Presidential Scholars.

December 15, 2014
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Stealing With Your Eyes

     I don’t know whether to be joyful or distressed, so I think I’ll simply settle for cautiously hopeful.

December 15, 2014
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Senator Carlucci Wants Unclaimed $1 Million Dollar Lotto Prize To Fund Kindergarten

The search is still on for an unclaimed lottery ticket worth $1 million sold at a Quick Mart in Nanuet one year ago — and the deadline to claim the prize of $1 million dollars is tomorrow. Under current law money that is not claimed within one year from the date of the drawing or from the close of the game in which the prize was won is forfeited and retained in the lottery prize account to be used for payment of any special lotto prizes that may be offered, or for promotional purposes to supplement other lottery games on an occasional basis.

Senator David Carlucci today announced legislation today that would put aside unclaimed lottery winnings into a special fund that would fund kindergarten throughout the State of New York.

December 10, 2014
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RITCHIE TOURS PROGRAMS AT NORTHWEST TECH

State Senator Patty Ritchie visited St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES Northwest Tech in Ogdensburg recently to talk about educational opportunities available to young people across Northern and Central New York.

During her visit, Senator Ritchie toured programs for students in several fields of study, including cosmetology, welding, graphics and criminal justice.

December 5, 2014
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Bill Promoting Broadband Expansion Signed into Law

Senator Young sponsored bill to speed up access to federal funds for broadband expansion

ALBANY – A bill recently signed into law will open more opportunities for broadband expansion in rural areas, a necessity for greater economic expansion, healthcare innovation, and educational investment.

Senator Catharine Young (R, I, C—Olean), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, sponsored the bill. It improves the process that certain broadband providers, called Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers (ILECs), go through to access federal loans designated for broadband expansion.

November 26, 2014
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RITCHIE ANNOUNCES $50,000 FOR REPAIRS AT HEPBURN LIBRARY OF MADRID

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $50,000 in capital funding to assist the Hepburn Library of Madrid with much needed repairs to steps leading to the library’s main entrance. 

“Libraries are essential parts of communities across our state, especially in rural areas like ours,” said Senator Ritchie.  “I am thrilled to be able to provide this funding which will allow the Hepburn Library of Madrid make the necessary upgrades to ensure everyone has access to the wonderful entertainment and educational resources the library provides.”

November 26, 2014
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Guidance Center Creative Learning Center Grand Opening

(New Rochelle - November 24th) Senator Stewart-Cousins at the grand opening of the Child Guidance Center of Westchester's Creative Learning Center in New Rochelle. Congratulations on the new location! This is a great opportunity for parents of pre-school children that gets state pre-k and other funding as well as private tuition.

November 25, 2014
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Visiting with 7th Graders at Greece Athena

I recently had the pleasure of meeting with 7th grade students at Greece Athena Middle School to discuss laws and penalties against sex offenders in New York. The students at Athena prompted this discussion by sending letters to my office expressing their concerns as part of their health education curriculum. I am proud to have sponsored and supported legislation to toughen the penalties against convicted sex offenders in our state. Thanks to the students at Athena for their concern and efforts.

November 25, 2014
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Senator Stewart-Cousins Announces Scarsdale Reserve Fund Bill Now Law

Scarsdale, NY - State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Democratic Conference Leader, announced today that Governor Cuomo has signed into law bill (S7322-2013) that allows the Scarsdale Union Free School District to maintain a health insurance reserve fund, saving taxpayers millions of dollars.

November 24, 2014
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Statement From State Senator Jose Peralta, Lead Sponsor Of The NYS DREAM Act, On President Obama's Executive Order

"The good news is that millions of upstanding, hardworking undocumented immigrants will now be able to continue contributing to our economy without having to live and work in fear of deportation.

"The bad news is that millions of other upstanding, hardworking undocumented immigrants will remain in the shadows of our economy and society.

"President Obama is to be applauded for taking a strong first step toward long-overdue reform of our broken immigration system.  Like the president, we in New York should not wait on Congress to make additional necessary repairs.

"The DREAM Act is sensible, compassionate public policy.  It is the law in Texas, a red state, California, a blue state, and New Mexico, a purple state.  Here, the New York DREAM Act is supported by editorial boards throughout the state, including those at newspapers as different as the New York Post, The New York Times and the Daily News.

"Let’s follow the bipartisan example of the five states that have already passed a DREAM Act.  Let's collaborate in New York on making an investment in our young people, our economy and our state’s future that will pay for itself several times over."

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November 21, 2014
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Senator Klein, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. and and the Bronx Chamber of Commerce Honor First Graduates of Bronx H.I.R.E. Survivors Program

BRONX, NY – State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr, and Bronx Chamber of Commerce executives celebrated the graduation of the first class of women enrolled in the Bronx H.I.R.E. Domestic Violence Survivors Job Readiness and Internship Program Thursday. The graduation marks the first step in securing domestic violence survivors good jobs that will lead them on a path to financial independence.

November 20, 2014
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Ulster County Schools Receive State Grants

ONEONTA, 11/17/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced $50,000 in state grant funds he secured to assist Onteora Central School and Roundout Valley Central School.   Each school district will receive a $25,000 general assistance grant. 

November 17, 2014
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Career Day at Aquinas

It was great to get back to my Alma Mater, Aquinas Institute, to participate in Career Day with the 7th and 8th grade classes. The students at AQ continue to make me proud and were prepared with some great questions. I hope I was able to influence a few of them to join me in government when the time comes!

November 14, 2014
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Take a Vet to School Day at Greece Athena Middle School

Earlier this week, I teamed up with Time Warner Cable and the History Channel to bring Take a Vet to School Day to Greece Athena Middle School. We were fortunate to have a great panel of veterans who fought in World War II, the Vietnam War and the War in Afghanistan. This is such a great program that brings veterans into local schools to share their stories with students. 

November 13, 2014
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