Issues: Education

RELEASE: Senator Marc Panepinto Sends Urgent Letter to Governor Cuomo and the State Education Department

Sending a “Cease and Desist” Letter to the President of the Board, Wrong Message to Send the People of the Kenmore-Tonawanda School District

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Marc Panepinto released the following statement on the urgent letter he has sent to Governor Cuomo and the State Education Department:

“As a newly elected official representing the 60th Senate District, protecting and improving the quality of public education has been one of my top priorities. Over my first few months in office, I have seen parents, teachers, and other key stakeholders grow in their anxiety over the future of our children’s educational success. One thing is clear – they are being ignored, and have not been heard. The increased rhetoric towards the Kenmore-Tonawanda School District on the eve of adopting the state budget deserves to be called out for what it is; reckless threats and intimidation. As I have written in my letter, we need to find common ground and end the threatening tone that has taken the place of constructive dialogue. I stand with my community and ask that the State Education Department and Governor’s office work with us to make this possible.”  

* Please read Senator Panepinto's letter to the Governor and the State Education Department below. 

March 28, 2015
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Release: Avella Announces Collegiate Scholarships

(QUEENS, NY) Today, State Senator Tony Avella announced that applications are now being accepted by the New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators for four available 2015 scholarships.

March 27, 2015
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Regents role in evaluating teachers is focus as school aid is ‘delinked’ in Albany - Buffalo News by Tom Precious

Senate Education Committee Chairman John J. Flanagan, R-East Northport, said turning to the Board of Regents is a possibility. “They do set educational policy,” he said, adding that discussions are continuing about not only who should devise changes to the evaluations, but how teachers are rated based on considerations such as how many disabled and English language learners they teach and the level of poverty in a school.

March 27, 2015
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Senator Serino's Week in Review

Senator Sue Serino provides a regular update to residents of the 41st District.  This week’s review features an important announcement regarding workforce development, a spotlight on raising awareness for senior hunger and touches on education initiatives. 

March 26, 2015
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Senator Kevin Parker Interviews Ron Deutsch, Executive Director of the Fiscal Policy Institute

Senator's Parker's Legislative Report with Ron Deutsch, Executive Director of the Fiscal Policy Institute.

March 26, 2015
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Statement From Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins On Education Funding

“Funding for New York State schools should not be held hostage due to the ongoing debate over how best to reform our education system. Our state’s students need help and we have a responsibility to ensure their schools are provided necessary funding immediately. Any delays or excuses to avoid adequate funding will simply hurt our students and that is unacceptable.”

March 26, 2015
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Newsday - Flanagan: Can't wait until June for school aid totals

March 25, 2015 by Yancey Roy / yancey.roy@newsday.com

Though lawmakers might punt the controversial teacher evaluation process until  June, a key state senator said Wednesday they likely will settle the school aid issue now.

March 25, 2015
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Statement From Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins On Education

“As discussions regarding a commission to reform New York’s education system continue and details begin to emerge, it is becoming clear that this potential commission is unworkable. Any commission created to review and amend our education system must be balanced and include representation from all stakeholders, not simply a select few. The priorities of this commission should be to improve the quality of education our students receive, and not simply continue the demonization of teachers.”

March 25, 2015
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Cooperstown Music-Makers Play Capitol

ALBANY, 03/25/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) today proudly welcomed students from Cooperstown Central School to Albany as part of the 42nd annual “Music in our Schools Month” celebration.

“Performances like the ones coordinated by the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA), are a terrific showcase for the talent that exists in schools throughout the state,” said Senator Seward.  “I enjoyed meeting with the students from Cooperstown and hearing the results of their hard work.”

Choirs, orchestras and bands from across the state travel to Albany throughout the month of March to perform in the concourse of the Empire State Plaza as part of “Music in our Schools Month”.

March 25, 2015
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Senator Robach Announces Collegiate Scholarships

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Senator Joe Robach Announces Collegiate Scholarships

New York State Senator Joe Robach announced today that the New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators is now accepting applications for four $2,500 scholarships, which will be awarded in June at their Annual Legislative Conference Day.  

March 25, 2015
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Senator Carlucci Announces Conference of Italian American Legislators 2015 Scholarship Program

As President of the Italian-American Conference of Legislators, Senator David Carlucci has announced that his office is now accepting applications for $10,000 worth of athletic and academic scholarships that will be awarded by the  Italian-American Conference of legislators in June of 2015.

The criteria for all scholarships is as follows:

Applicants for the athletic scholarships should only apply if:

March 24, 2015
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Senator Felder Bringing EITC Petitions to the New York State Assembly

Today, Senator Felder, who has been fighting tirelessly for the needs of New York's tuition paying parents personally brought thousands of petitions in support of the Education Investment Tax Credit to both the Governor and New York State Assembly. These petitions were sent in by tuition paying parents throughout the State of New York as part of Senator Felder's efforts to ensure that the Assembly and Governor keep their promise and include EITC in the 2015-2016 budget.

March 24, 2015
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Senator LaValle Announces Availability of College Scholarships from Legislative Conference

The New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators To Award $10,000 in Scholarships

March 24, 2015 - Senator Ken LaValle announced today that the New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators is now accepting applications for four $2,500 scholarships for future or existing college students.

March 24, 2015
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Release: Avella Obtains Pre-K Information Booklets

(QUEENS, NY) With Pre-K signups now underway across the City, State Senator Tony Avella announced today that  his District Office has a limited number of information booklets containing details about the enrollment process as well as a directory of schools in Queens.

The directories, provided by the New York City Department of Education, contain more than 100 pages of important information about how and where to enroll your child in Pre-K. The booklets include details – such as location, contact information, school features and number of available seats – for every Pre-K site in Queens, broken down by education district. Each pamphlet also contains one application along with instructions on how to properly complete it.

March 23, 2015
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Release: Avella Introduces Bill to Establish State Nursing Scholarship

(QUEENS, NY) State Senator Tony Avella announced today he has introduced a bill (S.4431) in the Senate, authored by Assembly Member Aileen Gunther, that would create a New York State scholarship for nurses looking to pursue an advanced degree in their field and become a teacher.

March 23, 2015
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Paideia School 15 4th Annual Read Aloud Day

(Yonkers - March 20th) Senator Stewart-Cousins enjoyed her time reading to the students of Paideia School 15 in Yonkers at their annual Read Aloud Day.

March 23, 2015
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Senator Farley Discusses Education Issues With Schenectady School Board

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) met with members of the Schenectacy City School District Board of Education on March 16th in Albany to discuss education issues. Pictured with Senator Farley are (left to right) Dharam Hitlall, Cathy Lewis, Andrew Chestnut, Ann Reilly, John Foley.

March 23, 2015
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Senator Comrie's remarks on the Senate Budget Resolution

Senator Comrie spoke on the Senate Floor in support of additional resources to assist Queens homeowners affected by the foreclosure crisis. Decrying insufficient funding diverted from the half a billion dollars the State won from the JP Morgan Chase settlement, Senator Comrie advocated that monies received from the settlement be used for those most affected by bad banking and lending practices.

March 20, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS PARTICIPATES IN “LEADERSHIP U” IN FLORAL PARK

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently took part in the third annual Leadership U at Floral Park Memorial High School. 

     Leadership U (short for Leadership University) is a program where students get to interact with community leaders and role models to learn leadership skills. The program is sponsored by The Leadership Foundation of Floral Park-Bellerose.

     “I really enjoyed participating in this program, and once again the Foundation did a fantastic job. It was great meeting the kids, talking with them, and learning about all the wonderful things they're doing in school and the community,” said Senator Martins.

March 20, 2015
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