Issues: Education

Senator Venditto Participates in Chatterton Elementary School's Annual Parents as Reading Partners Event

Merrick, NY- - New York State Senator Michael Venditto, (R, C, I- Massapequa) recently had the opportunity to participate in the Merrick Union Free School District's annual PARP (Parents as Reading Partners) event at Chatterton Elementary School as a guest reader to Mrs. Feltman's 1st Grade Class.

Senator Venditto read "The Talent Show" by Jo Hodgkinson to the class. The book is about the importance of judging people on talent, not on size. Senator Venditto also talked with the 1st Graders about his job as a New York State Senator and the importance of public service.

Senator Venditto is pictured above reading to Mrs. Feltman's 1st Grade Class.

January 16, 2015

Gianaris, Simotas, Constantinides Send Letter in Support of Most Precious Blood School

- Ask Diocese to Reconsider Shutting Down School -

(Astoria, NY) Following the Diocese of Brooklyn’s announcement that the Most Precious Blood School in Astoria would close at the end of the 2014-2015 school year, Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblymember Aravella Simotas, and Council Member Costa Constantinides wrote a letter to the Diocese to express concern over the immediacy of the impending closure and request that the Diocese explore any and all options to keep the school open.

“The outpouring of support from the community and the fear parents are now experiencing over the planned closure of the Most Precious Blood School demonstrate just how much this institution means to our neighbors,” said Senator Michael Gianaris. “I sincerely hope that the Diocese listens to the voices of our community and recommits itself to trying to find a way to keep this beloved school open.”

January 14, 2015

Fire safety campaign launched at Queens complex after tragic New Year's Eve fire

As reported by the Daily News:

Knowledge is power — and it could save lives.

That’s the message behind a fire safety campaign a Queens lawmaker is launching Thursday at the housing complex where a tragic New Year’s Eve blaze killed three people cooking a traditional Haitian soup.

The FDNY will lead a series of workshops at LeFrak City to educate residents.

“Sometimes these lifesaving tools are as simple as making sure the battery of a smoke detector works,” said state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Queens).

For full article, click here.

January 12, 2015

Forum/Town Hall: Presentation on the report Bio/Med Breakthroughs: Advancing New York’s Innovation Economy industry by MedTech, the trade association for bioscience and medical technology companies in New York

Senate Select Committee on Science, Technology, Incubation and Entrepreneurship
Chair: Senator Martin J. Golden
Public Meeting: Presentation on the report Bio/Med Breakthroughs: Advancing New
York’s Innovation Economy industry by MedTech, the trade association
for bioscience and medical technology companies in New York
Place: Room 409, Legislative Office Building, Albany, New York
Time: 12:30 P.M.
Contact: Robert Herz (518) 455-2730
Media Contact: Robert Herz (518) 455-2730

January 12, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Senator Flanagan Discusses Education Issues On Capital Tonight

Senate Education Chairman John Flanagan (New York State) joins with Capital Tonight's Liz Benjamin to discuss education issues - January 7, 2015

January 8, 2015

Griffo & Brindisi Take the Oath of Office with Middle School Students Observing

For The Second Time, Two Mohawk Valley State Legislators Hold a Ceremony to Give Children a Real-Life Civics Lesson

WHITESBORO -  State Senator Joseph Griffo, a Rome Republican and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, a Utica Democrat may belong to different political parties, but for the second time, the two state legislators were sworn in at a public school in the Mohawk Valley, to give students and members of the public a chance to ask questions about the political process.

January 8, 2015


Klein Secures New Social Studies Books  & Digital Readers for Elementary School Students

BRONX, NY – State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), together with Assemblyman Marcos Crespo (D-Bronx), today visited P.S. 107 to donate more than 2,000 textbooks and e-readers to students for the holidays. Upon arrival, Senator Klein was met with a welcome reception in the auditorium, featuring a special holiday performance by the school choir. Senator Klein then visited with numerous classrooms grades K-5, and took a tour of the elementary school’s library and science laboratory.

December 23, 2014


State Senator Patty Ritchie met with SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran recently to discuss the president’s plans for the future of the college as well as issues affecting the SUNY system as a whole.

December 19, 2014

Bill Promoting Virtual Learning Signed into Law

Senator Young's bill creates online learning advisory council to explore online and blended learning programs

ALBANY – Governor Cuomo has signed a bill into law authored by Senator Catharine Young (R, I, C—Olean), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, that will help bring more academic enrichment and opportunities to classrooms across the state.

December 19, 2014


     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that he has secured state funding for a community program which benefits children in the Manhasset-Great Neck community. 

     The state funding will be used by the Manhasset School District for the Great Neck/Manhasset/Nassau BOCES Parent-Child Home Program. The program provides in-home educational opportunities, including early literacy, for pre-school aged children whose families are in need. 

December 18, 2014

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

Senator Gianaris Joins PS/IS 78 Students for Class Elections in Long Island City

Senator Michael Gianaris joined PS/IS 78 students at their new state-of-the-art school building in Long Island City for the school’s annual class council elections. Senator Gianaris, who has attended PS/IS 78’s school elections for three years running, spoke to a packed auditorium of students about the value of democratic participation, and answered dozens of questions about what he does to improve the lives of western Queens residents.

December 17, 2014

Senator DeFrancisco Discusses State Government and the Legislative Process with Auburn High School Students

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco visited Auburn High School on December 15, 2014, to speak with high school seniors about state government and the legislative process.  Senator DeFrancisco also talked about his role as Senator and about his family. 

December 16, 2014

NYS Education Department Announces Nominees for 2015 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

By Long Island News & PRs Published: December 03 2014

Education Commissioner John B. King announced the nomination of 10 New York state high school seniors for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

Merrick, NY - December 3, 2014 - Education Commissioner John B. King announced today the nomination of 10 New York state high school seniors for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.  The Presidential Scholar recognition is one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.  Every year, one young man and one young woman from each state are named as Presidential Scholars.

December 15, 2014

From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Stealing With Your Eyes

     I don’t know whether to be joyful or distressed, so I think I’ll simply settle for cautiously hopeful.

December 15, 2014

Senator Carlucci Wants Unclaimed $1 Million Dollar Lotto Prize To Fund Kindergarten

The search is still on for an unclaimed lottery ticket worth $1 million sold at a Quick Mart in Nanuet one year ago — and the deadline to claim the prize of $1 million dollars is tomorrow. Under current law money that is not claimed within one year from the date of the drawing or from the close of the game in which the prize was won is forfeited and retained in the lottery prize account to be used for payment of any special lotto prizes that may be offered, or for promotional purposes to supplement other lottery games on an occasional basis.

Senator David Carlucci today announced legislation today that would put aside unclaimed lottery winnings into a special fund that would fund kindergarten throughout the State of New York.

December 10, 2014


State Senator Patty Ritchie visited St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES Northwest Tech in Ogdensburg recently to talk about educational opportunities available to young people across Northern and Central New York.

During her visit, Senator Ritchie toured programs for students in several fields of study, including cosmetology, welding, graphics and criminal justice.

December 5, 2014

Bill Promoting Broadband Expansion Signed into Law

Senator Young sponsored bill to speed up access to federal funds for broadband expansion

ALBANY – A bill recently signed into law will open more opportunities for broadband expansion in rural areas, a necessity for greater economic expansion, healthcare innovation, and educational investment.

Senator Catharine Young (R, I, C—Olean), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, sponsored the bill. It improves the process that certain broadband providers, called Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers (ILECs), go through to access federal loans designated for broadband expansion.

November 26, 2014
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