Issues: Financial Aid

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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Syracuse Undocumented Rising raises awareness of DREAM Act’s implications

By Brett Samuels, Asst. News Editor

In mid-November, Daisy Becerra marched with around ten other students to State Senator David Valesky’s office to encourage him to support the New York DREAM Act.

The students, several of which are undocumented, walked through the cold and snow, in the hopes that Valesky would support the legislation. The legislation would give students who are undocumented immigrants access to financial aid.

“It was the first snow of the season, our signs were drenched by the time we got there, and we were freezing, absolutely freezing,” said Becerra, a senior magazine journalism major at Syracuse University. “But for me, it was worth every second.”

February 10, 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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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR PATRICK M. GALLIVAN - EDUCATION INVESTMENT INCENTIVES ACT

The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo’s primary education system is an integral part of our community’s past, its present and its future. As the Diocese implements its restructuring plan, New York State should be a partner in trying to alleviate some of the burden potentially affecting thousands of families across Western New York. As a supporter of public and private education, I have sponsored the “education investment incentives act,” which provides tax credits for individuals and parents who donate to a host of different educational advancement organizations that support public, private or home-schooled students. The Senate has passed this legislation several times and I believe it carries the requisite support in the Assembly for passage.

January 17, 2014
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Senator David J. Valesky Unveils IDC Affordable NY Plan

SYRACUSE–State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), joined by several local advocates, introduced the Independent Democratic Conference’s 2014 legislative agenda, titled “Affordable NY.” The agenda, composed of five core policy items, demonstrates the IDC’s commitment to working families during the 2014 legislative session.

“The Affordable NY plan is a lifetime commitment to New York’s working families. It is critically important to address issues that affect all New Yorkers; challenges in paying for child care, affording college and living on a fixed income after retirement are topics I hear about from constituents every day,” Senator Valesky said.

The IDC’s proposals include:

December 13, 2013
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Forum/Town Hall: Higher Education Open House

State Senator Gustavo Rivera invites high school students to attend a Higher Education Open House at Bronx Community College from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. 

During the Open House, students will have the opportunity to speak with financial aid experts, higher education professionals and faculty from a variety of academic departments at BCC to help inform them about the admission process and expose them to different program options that are available to them.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED: To RSVP for the Higher Education Open House, please email senatorcollegetour@gmail.com or call (718) 933-2034

November 7, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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GRIFFO HOSTING EDUCATION TOWN HALL SERIES

(Utica) – In an effort to focus on challenges confronting
education and exploring a variety of ideas and policies for North County and
Mohawk Valley school districts and colleges, State Senator Joseph A. Griffo
today announced that the he would be hosting a three-part Education Town
Hall Series in Oneida County. The series will feature some of the state’s

September 26, 2013
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RITCHIE SECURES $25,000 FOR JOINT MERGER STUDY

Funding Will Help Canton, Potsdam Explore Options for Increased Efficiency

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $25,000 in special funding to help the Canton Central School district cover the cost of a joint merger study with the Potsdam Central School District.

“It’s so critical that students here in the North Country are provided the best educational opportunities possible,” said Senator Ritchie.  “That’s why I’ve been working hard to secure increased funding and create a more equitable financial aid formula that benefits our local schools that are looking to be creative in finding ways to stretch every dollar.”

The $25,000 in special funding represents Senator Ritchie’s most recent effort on behalf of the Canton Central School District.  Last year, Canton received a total of $125,000 in unrestricted funding on top of the $1.752 million in additional school aid Senator Ritchie helped secure for the district over the past two years. 

July 23, 2013
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RITCHIE: HELP OUR SCHOOLS MAKE THE GRADE

Senator Asks the Public to Weigh in Through 2013 School Survey

State Senator Patty Ritchie is asking the public to weigh in on schools in the Central and Northern New York region through her 2013 School Survey, which was launched this week.

The survey—which covers topics ranging from school safety to curriculum—is available here, and is designed to gather public opinion and ideas for use in the next legislative session, as Senator Ritchie continues to advocate for local education. 

“Here in the Central and Northern New York region, our schools are among the very best.  While our schools are excellent, as with anything, there are always opportunities for change and improvement, and that’s what this survey is about,” said Senator Ritchie.

“I plan on taking the feedback from this survey and using it to build upon work we have done to improve our state aid formula and ensure our rural and Upstate schools get the resources they need to provide top notch educational opportunities for our region’s students.”

July 10, 2013
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RITCHIE TO HONOR MORE THAN 40 CNY, NNY EDUCATORS AT “ TEACHERS OF EXCELLENCE” EVENT

State Senator Patty Ritchie will honor more than 40 teachers from Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties at a special event to be held Thursday in Watertown.

Honorees were nominated for Senator Ritchie’s “Teachers of Excellence” program for their dedication and commitment to education by colleagues, former students, friends and family members.

June 4, 2013
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Senator Carlucci and Westchester Community College Host Financial Aid Workshop for Students and Parents

OSSINING, NY – Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester) and Westchester Community College – SUNY (WCC) invite residents to an informative seminar to hear financial aid specialists discuss how families can plan and afford to pay for college.  The event will also feature experts from the WCC Office of Student Financial Assistance, which will be on hand to answer questions and assist parents and students navigate the maze of funding for higher education.

The event will be held this Thursday, June 6th from 7:00pm – 8:30pm at Westchester Community College Ossining Extension Center, located in the Arcadian Shopping Center, 22 Rockledge Avenue, Ossining.

June 3, 2013
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Video: Sen. Krueger Demands Vote on NYS Dream Act with Colleagues and Advocates

Sen. Liz Krueger joined colleagues, elected officials, and advocates at Baruch College this week to demand action on the NYS Dream Act, which has passed the Assembly and deserves a vote in the New York State Senate. 

May 29, 2013
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March 27, 2013
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Senator Gianaris Pushes Higher Education Budget Proposals, Highlights Need to Prepare NYC Students for College

 (Queens, NY) In light of recent reports calling into question the preparedness of city public high school graduates who went on to enroll in CUNY community colleges, Senator Gianaris highlighted the need for a renewed commitment to ensure NYC public school graduates are prepared to take full advantage of the higher education opportunities the State seeks to provide. After meeting with Dr. Gail O. Mellow, President of LaGuardia Community College, Senator Gianaris called this an exciting time for college-bound New Yorkers, citing measures in the state’s proposed Executive Budget aiming to revitalize the CUNY system and strengthen CUNY community colleges. Keeping these proposals in the final State budget is a top priority for Senator Gianaris.

“This is an exciting time for college-bound New Yorkers. Increased funding for the New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) and unprecedented State support for CUNY community colleges are giant steps toward making sure higher education is accessible and affordable for all New Yorkers. The institution of a CUNY 2020 capital program will provide CUNY with the resources needed to ensure a quality education, and to make the promise of employment opportunities after graduation a reality for CUNY graduates,” said Senator Gianaris.

March 7, 2013
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Department of Financial Services to Speek Resolution of Insurance Claims in Areas Affected by SANDY

The NYS Department of Financial Services (DFS) is setting new rules to speed the processing of insurance claims in areas affected by Storm Sandy. The new regulation reduces the amount of time an insurer can delay its decision on a claim, and requires insurers to report to the Department on how many claims it is delaying and the reasons for the delays.

February 27, 2013
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Senator Stavisky Addresses College Students Advocating for Higher Education

 

STATE SENATOR TOBY ANN STAVISKY ADDRESSES COLLEGE STUDENTS ADVOCATING FOR HIGHER EDUCATION

 

 

February 14, 2013
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Financial Aid Literacy Workshop for Parents and Students

Get answers to the following questions and more...

 

February 21, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Governor Cuomo Outlines 2013-2014 Executive Budget to Maintain Fiscal Responsibility and Continue to Invest in Economic Growth

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the proposed 2013-14Executive Budget and Management Plan that builds on two years of balanced, fiscally responsible budgeting and invests in economic development, education reform, rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, provides support to local governments and school districts, and includes no new taxes or fees.

Highlights of the Executive Budget:

· Eliminates $1.3 billion budget gap with no new taxes or fees. The expected gap for 2013-14 was projected to be $17.4 billion prior to the last two responsible budgets.

· Holds spending increases below 2 percent for third consecutive year.

January 23, 2013
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Schools Ravaged By Irene & Lee Receive Special Waiver

ALBANY, 06/19/12 – Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) and Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (D-Endwell) announced today that school districts, unable to open on time last fall due to damages incurred during Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, will not be penalized for lost days under legislation passed by both houses.

“Buildings at many school districts across upstate New York were under water to start the school year following Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee,” said Senator Seward.  “For some, repairing, sanitizing and prepping the buildings for student use took an extended period of time.  Such extraordinary circumstances should not cost schools and their taxpayers any loss of state aid.”

June 19, 2012
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SENATOR JOHN BONACIC AND SENATE REPUBLICANS PROPOSE COLLEGE AFFORDABILITY PLAN

SENATOR JOHN BONACIC AND SENATE REPUBLICANS PROPOSE COLLEGE AFFORDABILITY PLAN

May 18, 2012
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