Issues: Continuing Education

Bushwick Community High School to Remain Open

Brooklyn, NY—After weeks of input from the Bushwick community and Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Bushwick), the Panel for Educational Policy has indicated it will vote tonight in favor of keeping Bushwick Community High School (BCHS) open.Last year, the school was slated for closure after a New York City Department of Education assessment indicated the school was failing. However, Senator Dilan and many in the community took issue with the assessment and chided education officials for applying a performance rating that did not take into account BCHS’ status as a transfer school.

April 26, 2012
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April 26, 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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4/25/2012: Queens County Bar Association

Senator Huntley enjoyed visiting the Queens County Bar Association students on their annual trip to Albany to meet with various legislators. Senator Huntley discussed the importance of Education, Drug Prevention and the seriousness of Bullying and Harassment towards others. She also answered some questions ranging from her early days as a School Board President to being a NYS Senator and how she is trying to make a difference for not only Queens residents but New York State as well by introducing good legislation. To learn more about the Queens County Bar Association, please visit their website @ qcba.org

April 25, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO PROVIDE SEARCH AND RESCUE TRAINING FOR VOLUNTEERS HELPING FOREST RANGERS

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that allows for the creation of a training program for volunteers interested in assisting the search and rescue operations of state forest rangers. The bill (S.553 will enhance the safety of volunteers and the public during search and rescue operations in the Adirondacks, Catskills and other forested communities across the state.

April 20, 2012
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Plan to close Bryant draws ire at hearing

The Queens Chronicle reports on the public hearing held in regards to Mayor Bloomberg's proposal to close down and overhaul Bryant High School, which drew a great deal of protest.

The rumblings started low at first — emanating from the football players in the middle of the room, the student government leaders perched closer to the stage and the parents dispersed throughout Bryant High School’s auditorium —and grew until loud boos drowned out a deputy schools chancellor, whose voice was no match for the hundreds of people protesting the city’s plan to shutter the institution established in 1889.

April 9, 2012
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Community Fights To Save Bryant H.S.

An article written by The Queens Gazette reports on the rally held by Assemblymember Aravella Simotas opposing the City Department of Education's proposal to drastically alter Bryant High School. Senator Gianaris attended the rally and believes that the proposed changes will bring more harm than good.

Assemblymember Aravella Simotas held a rally at William Cullen Bryant H.S. on April 3, in opposition to the city Department of Education’s proposal to dramatically overhaul the structure of the Western Queens institution.

 

Simotas, a Bryant alumna, was joined by elected officials, community leaders as well as Bryant students, teachers and parents in calling on the city to reconsider Bryant’s designation for the Turnaround model.

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April 9, 2012
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Open Letter to Governor Cuomo -- The New York State DREAM Act

April 4, 2012The Honorable Andrew M. CuomoGovernor of the State of New YorkExecutive ChamberNew York State Capitol Building Albany, NY  12224    Re:    Open Letter -- The New York State DREAM ActDear Governor:

File: 
Open Letter to Gov. Cuomo - the NYS DREAM ACT.pdf

April 9, 2012
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Governor Cuomo in Syracuse to Discuss Budget

I was pleased to join Governor Cuomo in discussing budget accomplishments for Central New York. Click the link for more details.

File: 
Gov Cuomo CNY Budget Presentation.pdf

April 5, 2012
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The New York Dream Act

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: April 5, 2012 Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | arodrigu@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

**PRESS RELEASE**

Senator Huntley Continues to Fight for Equal Opportunity for All New YorkersCalls for Senate Passage of NY Dream Act

April 5, 2012
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Senator Gallivan Addresses 2012 State Budget In Video Message

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) speaks to the taxpayers and families of Western New York concerning the just enacted 2012 State Budget.

April 4, 2012
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Senator Gianaris speaks at the public hearing on the proposed changes for Bryant High School

Senator Gianaris attending the rally against the Bryant High School turnaround proposal. 

April 4, 2012
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Senator Gianaris speaks at the rally opposing the closing of Bryant High School

Senator Gianaris attending the rally against the Bryant High School turnaround proposal.

April 4, 2012
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5th Annual Girls Empowerment Conference

Continental Breakfast - Luncheon - Empowering Workshops Giveaways - Dynamic Guest Speakers - Resource Circle Sistah Circle Rap Session about Bullying and Special Workshop for all the Parent's

 

April 14, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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State Passes Fiscally Responsible Budget That Respects Taxpayers

Budget Comes Early, Controls Spending and Holds The Line On Taxes

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan hailed the 2012 state budget today as lawmakers approved the spending plan ahead of the April 1st deadline, marking the second consecutive year New York State will enact an on-time budget.

“Passing a second on-time budget in as many years is indicative of the larger progress we’ve seen lately in Albany. Just as late budgets were once a symbol of dysfunction, on-time budgets are symbolic of continued progress,” the Senator said. “Even more important than passing an on-time budget, is that we passed a fiscally responsible budget that respects New York’s taxpayers and keeps the State moving forward.”

April 3, 2012
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Budget Update From State Senator David J. Valesky

The New York State Legislature has completed passage of an on-time budget for the second year in a row. Though it was another challenging budget, requiring the closure of a $3.5 billion deficit, we were able to balance the budget without tax increases or fiscal gimmickry. In addition, overall spending was reduced for the second straight year, the frist time this has happened in at least three decades. 

Some highlights include:

March 30, 2012
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3/27/2012: Students Inside Albany Conference

The Students Inside Albany conference, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of New York State Education Foundation, Inc., is designed to increase students’ awareness of their responsibility in representative government and provide the tools necessary for meeting that responsibility. This interactive conference brings together high school students from across the state to learn about New York State government and the process by which citizens can participate in the policy making arena. As part of this 3 day conference, students tour the NYS Museum, Capitol, Legislative Office Building and observe both the Senate and Assembly in action during Session and spend a day shadowing their legislator.

March 29, 2012
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Governor Cuomo and Legislative Leaders Announce Agreement on 2012-13 State Budget

Governor Cuomo released the following announcement on March 27, 2012:

The Budget continues the Governor’s commitment to fiscal responsibility while creating jobs and strengthening communities across the state. It closes a multi-billion dollar deficit with no new taxes, fees or gimmicks, limits spending growth to two percent or below for the second year in a row, and launches the New York Works Task Force to invest billions of dollars to rebuild the state's roads, bridges, parks, and other infrastructure and create tens of thousands of jobs.

March 29, 2012
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Senator Carlucci Announces New York State Scholarship Program

Nanuet, NY (March 22, 2012) – Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange) today announced that the New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators is now accepting applications for four $1,500 scholarships to be awarded June 4th  at their Annual Legislative Conference Day.  Scholarship winners must be present to receive their awards.

March 22, 2012
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Derek Genereux Receives Student of the Year Award

Derek Genereux of Champlain is pictured with Senator Betty Little in Albany on Wednesday, March 12.  Derek was recognized  the previous evening as a Student of the Year by the New York Association for Continuing/Community Education.  Derek completed his GED last year and has become an advocate to encourage younger peers to stay in school and proponent of anti-bullying efforts.  Derek was nominated for the award by Champlain Valley Educational Services.

March 19, 2012
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