Issues: Continuing Education

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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Make college more affordable by making more Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) grants available

As reported by the Daily News:

By State Senator Jose Peralta and Assembly Member Francisco Moya

As the lead sponsors of the New York DREAM Act — a proposal to provide state-financed college tuition aid to undocumented immigrants — we often hear: “You should help struggling, taxpaying families that are in this country legally pay for college.”

We couldn’t agree more.

College costs have skyrocketed. The graduates of the class of 2014 have the distinction of being the most indebted ever, owing an average of about $33,000 each. Even after adjusting for inflation, that’s nearly twice as much as what student borrowers owed 20 years ago.

What’s more, we are at a critical juncture in our state’s trajectory — we will either choose to invest in our future, or we will choose to ignore it. In a future without financial aid reforms, more New Yorkers will be unable to afford college and will enter a job market that is increasingly inhospitable to those who lack a college education. Without action, these two intersecting forces may collide, driving up unemployment.

One way to make college more affordable for New Yorkers is to make more and larger Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) grants available to more students, immigrant and non-immigrant alike.

To view full article, click here.

November 10, 2014
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Legislative Notebook: State Initiatives of Interest to Veterans

Here is a partial listing of bills I have supported this session to aid New York’s former servicemen and servicewomen. These initiatives will now go to Governor Cuomo for final action.

-- Legislation I co-sponsored was passed by both houses (S.7839, first introduced as S.4714)) to extend the Military Service Credit Law of 2000 to all veterans who have served in the military. Right now, public employees who served in the armed forces may purchase up to three years of pension credit only if their military service occurred during specified conflicts. This measure will expand this opportunity to public employee veterans who also served their country in peacetime.

June 26, 2014
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Senate Passes Massage Therapist Continuing Education Bill

The State Senate today gave final legislative passage to legislation (S6712A), sponsored by Senator Betty Little (R-C-I, Queensbury), to permit licensed massage therapists from other states and countries to provide hands-on clini

June 12, 2014
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Senate Passes Three Griffo Sponsored Bills

ALBANY - Sen. Joseph A. Griffo was the lead sponsor of three bills that today passed the State Senate. 

June 10, 2014
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Griffo To Host Forum on Animal Abuse

UTICA – State Senator Joseph A. Griffo is hosting an educational forum May 27 for the benefit of police officers in Oneida County who handle incidents of animal abuse and neglect.

Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara and Susan McDonough, a retired New York State Police investigator who specialized in animal abuse, will lead the informational sessions. They will discuss ways to identify animal abuse and neglect; how to approach abused animals; how to remove animals from an abusive household and how to ensure a successful prosecution of individuals who abuse animals.

May 26, 2014
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Help For Students Attending College - And Those Paying for It

Congratulations! Your child has just been accepted to a college.

Now: How are you going to pay for that?

Determining the true cost of a continuing education can be tricky. Here’s three websites that will make it easier to find the aid you need – and avoid the predatory scammers lurking.

STUDENT LENDING RESOURCE CENTER

www.dfs.ny.gov/studentprotection

April 16, 2014
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Senator Dilan Announces Passage of 2014 – 2015 State Budget

$138 billion spending plan funds citywide Pre-K, increases to TAP and higher-ed opportunity programs.Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Bushwick) announced the passage of  a $138 billion budget that includes $300 million for universal Pre Kindergarten programs in New York City, new government reforms and increased funding to social programs.“This year’s budget has made great strides to meet new, and greater demands while continuing to offset the gaps left by previous year’s cuts. I commend Governor Cuomo and my Senate Colleagues for delivering a responsible spending plan that spends smart, invests in our students, and offers some much-needed relief for our working families,” said Senator Dilan.  

April 1, 2014
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SENATOR VALESKY HAILS PASSAGE OF FOURTH CONSECUTIVE ON-TIME STATE BUDGET

ALBANY, NY—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today lauded the passage of the state’s fourth and historic consecutive on-time budget. This has not been accomplished with the same Governor and legislative leaders in more than 40 years.

April 1, 2014
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Griffo, Brindisi: State Budget Supports New York Students And Their Colleges

ALBANY – New York’s colleges – and its students – receive more financial help from the state if the 2014-15 budget is passed, Sen. Joseph A. Griffo and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi said today.

The Tuition Assistance Program - which helps New Yorkers pay for the cost of attending a State University of New York (SUNY), City University of New York (CUNY), or not-for-profit independent college - will be increased by $34 million. The maximum award per student will be $5,165 – the first increase in 14 years.

March 31, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Presents Student of the Year, Eugene Scott, with NYS Senate Resolution

Senator Bonacic presents Orange County’s Eugene Scott with a New York State Senate Resolution commending him on being a recipient of the Student of the Year 2014 Award by the NY Association for Continuing/Community Education. In 2013, Scott was incarcerated in his senior year of high school. While in the prison system, he enrolled in the Orange-Ulster BOCES Incarcerated Education Program where he excelled academically, earning the respect and admiration of staff and administration. After receiving his high school equivalency diploma, he entered the nursing field, and is now in an EMT program with an eye to a Pre-Med program.

March 13, 2014
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Adult education student Alvin Smith honored in Albany

Alvin Smith of Champlain was honored  as a New York Association for Continuing/Community Education (NYSACCE) 2014 “Student of the Year.”  Mr. Smith shared his journey as an adult education student with Senator Betty Little in her Albany office on Wednesday, March 12.  Pictured from left are Senator Little, Mr. Smith and adult literacy instructors, Lanelle Wood and Gay Ellen Carlsson.    

March 12, 2014
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Statement From Senator Griffo Regarding Regents Re-Appointments

“The Board of Regents has failed our students, our parents and our teachers in its handling of the implementation of the Common Core curriculum. I said last week that I would stand with my constituents and not vote for any incumbent seeking election to the Board of Regents. Today, I made good on that promise.

March 11, 2014
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"Your Voice" With Senator Joe Griffo

Senator Griffo discusses Olympian Erin Hamlin, the governor's Adirondack Challenge, the flawed implementation of Common Core, his opposition to taxpayer-funded college for state inmates, and the Senate's budget with host Julia Lilkendey.

March 11, 2014
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They Call for Passage of the Dream Act in New York

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The Youth Leadership Council (YLC), the original advocates of the New York State Dream Act, along with Senator Perkins who introduced the first version of the Act, and other elected officials held a press conference on Friday, March 7th demanding that the New York State Senate pass the Dream Act which has already successfully passed the New York State Assembly. 

Please follow the link to the follow story. 

March 10, 2014
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Legislative Report with Senator Parker and Dr. Merodie Hancock, President, SUNY Empire State College

Senator Parker welcomes SUNY Empire State College President Dr. Merodie A. Hancock. Listen as they discuss the College's commitment to non-traditional students among online and face-to-face courses in 35 locations statewide.

Brooklyn is one of the college's 35 locations across New York state.

177 Livingston Street

Brookly, NY 11201

Phone: 718-783-4400

Fax: 718-858-0943

Email: metropolitan@esc.edu 

February 27, 2014
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Senator Griffo Column #9: No Taxpayer Dollars For Free College Educations For Inmates

Gov. Cuomo’s proposal to use taxpayer dollars to provide a college education to state prisoners has provoked a lot of passionate responses from my constituents.

I don’t support the proposal and my reasoning is two-fold.

First, it’s not appropriate to offer a benefit to an inmate that we don’t also offer to every law-abiding student who is eligible for college. I don’t support initiatives that make prison more attractive to criminals, because people shouldn’t be rewarded for breaking the law.

February 27, 2014
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Senator Kevin Parker Lauds Assembly’s Passage of the New York State DREAM Act

(Brooklyn, NY)- “The Assembly’s passage of the DREAM Act (New York State Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act,  A 2597-A) on Tuesday was a giant step forward for New York’s immigrant community. This progressive legislation increases educational access for talented students, regardless of their immigration status, and provides them with a pathway to receive the education they rightfully deserve.

February 26, 2014
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Griffo Opposes Free College Education for Inmates

UTICA – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo today reiterated his opposition to state prisoners receiving “extreme amenities,” which includes Gov. Cuomo’s proposal to use state funds to educate prisoners at no cost to the recipient.

“Prison is supposed to be a punishment for wrongdoing, not a Club Med where your family can visit anytime and your health issues and education are taken care of at zero cost,” said Griffo, R-Rome. “I have opposed measures that provide perks to prisoners – some of which ordinary New Yorkers don’t even receive – and will continue to do so in the future.”

February 24, 2014
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COLLEGE BOUND? HERE’S HOW TO CUT COSTS

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

 

January 20, 2014
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