Issues: Education

SENATOR MARTINS & JOHN STARKS READ TO CHILDREN IN ELMONT

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently joined Optimum Community, Madison Square Garden, and Knicks alumnus John Starks for a Read to Achieve event at Covert Avenue Elementary School in Elmont. Senator Martins helped bring the program, which encourages children to continue reading during the summer months to enhance their literacy skills, to the school. 

     Nearly 40 students from the Elmont School District and Gateway Youth Outreach programs attended the event. Mr. Starks and Senator Martins, with the help of some of the kids, read the book “Salt in His Shoes,” a story about Michael Jordan.

August 28, 2015
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The Greece Blue Knights Marching Band

I recently had the opportunity to join parents, families and friends for a performance by the Greece Blue Knights Marching Band. These students show tremendous dedication to perfecting their craft and should be celebrated for all their efforts. Congratulations and best of luck for a successful 2015 season!

August 25, 2015
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Senator Klein Speaks at SUNY Maritime’s Annual Cadet Swearing-in Ceremony

State Senator Jeff Klein addresses those in attendance at SUNY Maritime’s annual cadet swearing-in ceremony on Saturday, August 22, 2015.

August 24, 2015
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FUNKE, IBERO LAUNCH NEW ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE EDUCATION PROGRAM

Senator Rich Funke and Hilda Rosario-Escher, President & CEO of the IBERO American Action League (IBERO), today celebrated the launch of a new free and open to the public English as a Second Language (ESL) education program.

August 21, 2015
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Back to School Celebration and School Supply Give-Away

Bring your family to our Back to School Celebration on August 29, 2015. Thank you to our partners including Save Our Streets Brooklyn, Shaun Dion Francois I, Uncommon Schools and local elected officials.

August 29, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Senator Valesky Announces Construction Grant Awards to Onondaga County Libraries

SYRACUSE, NY – Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) announced that four libraries in Onondaga County have been awarded public library construction grant funds. The capital funds, provided for in the 2014 State Budget, will enable the libraries to start or complete various projects that will improve services, safety and energy efficiency.

“Libraries across my district are continuously expanding their services across technological platforms and report increased patronage,” Senator Valesky said. “I am pleased to be able to support this grant funding to help libraries with building upgrades and improved services to meet community needs.”

Libraries receiving grants in Onondaga County are:

August 20, 2015
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Senator Valesky Announces Construction Grant Award to Kirkland Library

SYRACUSE, NY – Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) announced that the Kirkland Town Library in Oneida County has been awarded a public library construction grant. The capital funds, in the amount of $10,586 and provided for in the 2014 State Budget, will enable the library to replace the exterior lighting and to install and upgrade the security system to improve and increase safety and security for users.

“Libraries across my district are continuously expanding their services across technological platforms and report increased patronage,” Senator Valesky said. “I am pleased to be able to support this grant funding to help libraries with building upgrades and improved services to meet community needs.”

August 20, 2015
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NY1: Thousands of Queens Kids Get Free School Supplies

As reported by NY1:

Some local kids are getting the supplies they need to head back to school, courtesy of a Queens state senator.

Senator Jose Peralta held his annual Back to School Giveaway Saturday in Corona.

The senator's office distributed more than 2000 backpacks and other school supplies to students.

To watch the full story, please clik here

 

 

August 20, 2015
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Senator Gianaris Reads to Queens Library's Summer Readers

(Astoria, NY) – Senator Michael Gianaris joined the Summer Reading Club at the Queens Library Broadway branch. Senator Gianaris participated in educational activities, reading aloud “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus” to parents and children between the ages of five and twelve.

 

“It is important that our children are challenged academically year-round. I am glad I have the opportunity to encourage summer reading and help prepare our kids for the arrival of the new school year. I want to see our children succeed and will continue to fight to guarantee educational resources keep up with development.”

 

August 12, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Visits White Branch Library

Senator John A. DeFrancisco was a guest reader at White Branch Library in Syracuse on August 6, 2015.  Senator DeFrancisco read to the children, handed out edudational coloring books, and answered several questions about his job as Senator and about New York state government.  

August 7, 2015
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SENATOR AMEDORE SECURES $25,000 FOR WILDWOOD PROGRAMS

 Senator George Amedore today joined Mary Ann Allen, Executive Director of Wildwood Programs, to announce he has secured $25,000 in state funding in the 2015-16 State Budget to help support Wildwood’s Adult Education programs.

August 6, 2015
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Griffo asks Education Commissioner to create new assistance team for struggling schools, seeks delay in Utica school receivership

UTICA – State Senator Joseph Griffo has asked the New York State Education Commissioner to implement a new assistance team for identified “struggling” schools, like Martin Luther King Elementary School in Utica.

Following the State’s recent placement of King School into receivership and this week’s public forum that outlined what’s being done to improve the school’s performance, Griffo sent a letter on Wednesday encouraging State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia to create a new “School Empowerment Assistance Team.” As Griffo proposed, this team would collaborate directly with the superintendents of such “struggling” schools to identify what specific additional funding and resources might be needed.  

August 5, 2015
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Senator Diaz and Bronx Assemblyman Marcos Crespo greet PS 5's new Principal Mr. Tom Cozzocrea

Senator Diaz and Bronx Assemblyman Marcos Crespo greet PS 5's new Principal Mr. Tom Cozzocrea

August 5, 2015
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Back to School Supplies Drive

With the new school year quickly approaching, I'd like to announce that I will once again be holding my Back to School Backpacks and Supplies Drive. From now until September 4, I will be collecting school supplies and backpacks to be donated to the Greece Ecumenical Clothes Closet. 

Please click the link below for more information. Thank you for your help on this project. 

August 3, 2015
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Senator Jesse Hamilton Partners in Light the World Foundation Fifth Annual Music and Arts Festival and in Honoring of 2015 Light the World Scholars

Concert to benefit  students in New York City and Haiti – will feature performances by Roosevelt Jean Noel, Jonathan Laurince, Limange Pierre, Pè Selom, Berean Community Drumline, and Zoe Sumner

August 1, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Senator DeFrancisco Reads to Children at Maxwell Memorial Library

Senator John A. DeFrancisco was a guest reader at Maxwell Memorial Library in Camillus on July 21st. He had a great time reading stories to children and then talking about the importance of summer reading. The New York State Senate Summer Reading program is still underway.  To register your child for the program, please visit nyread.com.  

July 22, 2015
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Senator Young Honored with “Rural Schools Appreciation Award” from the Rural Schools Association of New York

COOPERSTOWN – Long a champion for our local school districts, students, teachers, and parents, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) recently received statewide recognition with the “Rural Schools Appreciation Award” for her work advocating for rural school districts across the state.

 

The award was presented to Senator Young by the Rural Schools Association of New York at their annual conference, in recognition of her work as Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, her efforts on behalf of children and families, and her legislative initiatives to bolster education in rural communities.

 

July 20, 2015
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MORE PLAY FOR THE ‘PANTHERS’: $50,000 FROM RITCHIE WILL IMPROVE BELLEVILLE HENDERSON PLAYGROUND

Funding Will Improve Safety and Encourage Kids to be More Active 

July 17, 2015
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Senator DeFrancisco Reads to Children at the Onondaga Free Library

Senator John A. DeFrancisco had a wonderful time reading to children at the Onondaga Free Library on July 16, 2015, as part of the New York State Senate Summer Reading Program. Senator DeFrancisco will be a guest reader at various public libraries during the summer. A list of libraries is below.

Maxwell Memorial Library - July 21st

Northern Onondaga Public Library - July 22nd

Fayetteville Free Library - July 26th

East Syracuse Free Library - July 29th

DeWitt Community Library - July 30th

Weedsport Public Library - August 11th

Seymour Public Library - August 11th

July 17, 2015
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SENATOR BONACIC CONGRATULATES BRIAN MONAHAN ON HIS NEW POSITION AS SUPERINTENDENT OF THE MINISINK VALLEY CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

Senator Bonacic met today with Brian C. Monahan in his Middletown  district office, and congratulated him on his new position as the Superintendent of the Minisink Valley Central School District. Prior to becoming Superintendent, Monahan served 14 years as a social studies teacher, principal and the Director of Personnel in the Minisink school district. He spent the last 5 years in the Monroe-Woodbury School District as an Assistant Superintendent.

July 14, 2015
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