Issues: Continuing Education


State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has delivered $50,000 in special funding to assist the Ogdensburg Public Library with major repairs, including the replacement of the facility’s stucco exterior and new stairs outside the building. 

“As a member of the Senate Select Committee on Libraries, I have worked very hard to help secure critically needed construction funding for community libraries across Northern and Central New York,” Senator Ritchie said. 

“Libraries like the Ogdensburg Public Library are centers of our communities and these types of projects allow libraries to better serve the families and individuals who rely on them for books, entertainment, educational offerings and so much more.”

September 1, 2015


This week, the Mohawk Valley embraced its next step in the future of nanotechnology and the potential for the kind of economic transformation that we’ve all been striving for.

August 21, 2015

Greenburgh Summer Leadership Training Project Graduation

(Greenburgh - August 7th) The Senator congratulated the graduates of the Greenburgh Summer Leadership Training Project and encouraged them to continue on the right path they are taking. The teenagers and youngsters participated in this unique learning opportunity made possible by the Center for Human Options. The organization is celebrating its 46th year. To learn more, visit their website at

August 8, 2015


 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

Ranzenhofer Tours OACES

Rochester, NY - Senator Ranzenhofer tours the Office of Adult & Career Education Services on Hart Street in the city of Rochester.  OACES delivers a comprehensive range of career-related services to participants, including academic and workforce development programs. For more information, click here.

July 14, 2015

Murphy: Put Kids First

ALBANY, NY - The State Senate today approved new education reform measures Senator Terrence Murphy says are designed to empower parents and teachers, restore local control, and address the overemphasis on standardized testing. "The reform measures passed today require a comprehensive review, with stakeholders, of the effectiveness and appropriateness of Common Core learning standards," Murphy said. "After voting to deliver a $1.4 billion aid increase in school and on top of voting to eliminate the Gap Elimination Adjustment scheme, these common-sense changes approved today puts our kids first."

June 16, 2015

Ortt, NCCC Announce $12.5 Million for NCCC

Capital Project to Create “Learning Commons”

Sanborn, NY -- Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) today announced $12.5 million has been secured to create a Learning Commons center at Niagara County Community College (NCCC). The money, included in the 2015-16 state budget, will be used to renovate and upgrade the college’s library, Child Development Center, and Faculty Resource Center.  

April 16, 2015

Ortt: State Budget Delivers for Western New York

Senator Points to Education, Economy and Veterans’ Services

 Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) today announced passage of the 2015-16 New York State Budget, which includes several of Ortt’s Western New York priorities. Ortt pointed to key measures to strengthen education, economic development, and veterans’ services.

April 1, 2015

Senator Peralta: Disappointed and Infuriated DREAM Act was taken out of the budget. “New York State and DREAMers lost out today”

State Senator Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), the lead sponsor of the Senate Dream Act bill in the Senate, said he was extremely disappointed and infuriated because the DREAM Act was taken out of the State’s budget. “It’s déjà vu all over again,” he said.

But Senator Peralta noted that who really lost today with this unfair and unjust action were New York State and the DREAMers. “New York State and the DREAMers have really lost out today, again. New York State because we had an opportunity to really live up to our distinction of being a state of innovators and progressive thinkers, and the DREAMers because they had hoped to attend and graduate college and pave the way for the next generation.”

Senator Peralta added, “I, as well as many others, were extremely disappointed, infuriated and devastated by this move.”

Senator Peralta blamed the Republicans for the exclusion of the DREAM Act from the budget. “Another year of false fear mongering propaganda led by the Senate majority, perpetuating an intolerant and xenophobic ideology that the sky will fall if we allow these undocumented kids to receive money from the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). Republicans are just promoting lies,” Senator Peralta said.

The DREAM Act will cost up to $27 millions in an almost $142 billion budget. “To understand how illogical Republicans are on this issue, the Dream Act will pay for itself in a few years. And to translate into what it would cost to help undocumented college students for taxpayers, it amounts to 87 cents a year. You cannot even buy a cup of coffee with 87 cents,” Senator Peralta said.

Senator Peralta called on Governor Andrew Cuomo to use his political clout, just like he did with Marriage Equality, the Safe Act and even ethics reform. “I call upon the Governor to keep his promise and use his political capital to ensure that the DREAM Act is passed before the end of this session,” Senator Peralta said. “I will do anything in my power to help Governor Cuomo make the DREAM Act a reality and right a wrong for our DREAMers.”       


March 30, 2015

NYACCE Student of the Year

The New York Association for Continuing/Community Education named Alejandra Perez of Newburgh as one of their 2015 Student of the Year recipients.

March 11, 2015

Seward Honors Herkimer County Adult Ed Award Winner

ALBANY, 03/11/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today welcomed New York Association for Continuing/Community Education (NYACCE) Student of the Year honoree Misty Campbell of Herkimer to Albany.

“Misty’s accomplishments in the face of adversity prove that hard work and dedication pay off in the long run,” said Senator Seward.  “Her achievements also confirm that strong educational programs, like those offered at Herkimer BOCES, can produce life changing results.”

March 11, 2015


"I look forward to exploring the details of the vision for our state presented by Governor Cuomo at his State of the State on Wednesday. His ambitious policy plans and budgetary proposals must be evaluated along with doing what is best for my constituents and the state. I agree with the Governor as he stressed the need for fiscal responsibility, creating jobs, assisting small businesses, tax cuts for homeowners and renters, continuing mayoral control of our schools with improvements and overall progress for the education of our children.

January 30, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.


April 16, 2014

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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