Issues: Education

2014 New York State Senate Teachers of Excellence Program


Teachers are the tools that enable our students to succeed in life.  They unlock a child's potential by going above and beyond every day to mentor and inspire their students.  

That is why I am participating in the New York State Senate Teachers of Excellence awards program to recognize and honor those teachers who are making a difference in our community.  You can help me by nominating a teacher, who you think has excelled in his or her job, educating their students to the fullest. 

May 7, 2014

Senator Farley’s Community Service Legislation Passes Senate

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that the Senate today passed legislation allowing schools the option of requiring students to perform community service as an alternative to being suspended.

“Our bill would provide schools with greater flexibility in disciplining students,” Senator Farley said. “While suspension may be appropriate in many cases, there are other situations where an alternate approach may be more effective and more beneficial to both the student and the affected community.”

Under current law, schools impose a variety of penalties to students that include detention, in-school suspension and out-of-school suspension.

May 7, 2014

Senate Passes Sea of Japan/East Sea Co-Naming Bill

Albany, NY— Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) today announced that the State Senate passed S.6599-D, a bill that would require new textbooks purchased in New York State that reference the Sea of Japan to note that it is also called the East Sea. Passage of this initiative is the culmination of over two years of partnership with Korean community advocates and Queens legislator Senator Stavisky, who led the lobbying and education effort for the bill within the State Senate.

May 6, 2014

Senator Flanagan Celebrates National Teacher Day

Senator John Flanagan (New York State), Chairman of the Senate Education Committee, applauds teachers on National Teacher Day - May 6, 2014

May 6, 2014

White Plains PTA Council Annual Free Book Celebration

To help celebrate children's literacy, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins participated in the White Plains PTA Council Annual Free Book Celebration on Saturday, May 3rd held at the Eastview Middle School by helping give away books to children. Also at the event pitching were Mayor Tom Roach, State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, State Assemblyman David Buchwald, and County Legislator Ben Boykin.

May 5, 2014

Peralta lands crossing guard for dangerous intersection

As reported by The Times Ledger: 

It took more than a year and a half and dozens of letters and phone calls, but state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Jackson Heights) will finally get a crossing guard replaced near PS 206 in Rego Park.

The NYPD Transportation Unit announced last Friday the 112th Precinct had finally assigned a crossing guard to the dangerous intersection of Junction Boulevard and Horace Harding Expressway, just south of the Long Island Expressway.

“There’s simply no substitute for the direct, hands-on traffic control and help that a crossing guard provides,” Peralta said. “There’s no question that there are a number of dangerous intersections in the area, with the LIE, Queens Boulevard, Junction Boulevard and the Horace Harding Expressway all intersecting or running parallel to each other in close proximity.”

Peralta explained that hundreds of children and parents navigate the dangerous crossways, making their way from LeFrak City to PS 206, at 61-02 98th St. The intersection saw 24 pedestrianinjuries between August 2011 and February 2014, according to Juan Martinez, of the advocacy group Transportation Alternatives.

“It’s very heartening to see the city respond with a crossing guard there,” Martinez said. “The mayor’s Vision Zero plan should lead us to expect immediate action at these problematic intersections.”

The new crossing guard will be hired in early June, according to a Peralta spokesman.

For full article, click here

May 2, 2014

Senate Passes LaValle Bill To Compel Regents To Be More Transparent When Imposing Mandates

April 30, 2014 – The NY State Senate today passed Senator Ken LaValle’s legislation to require more openness when the Board of Regents adopt mandates that impose new costs on local School Districts.   The bill (Senate 1564) requires the Board of Regents to disclose financial ramifications and identify sources of funding to meet requirements as they consider program or policy changes.

April 30, 2014

Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence 2013-14 Nomination

I am pleased to announce the 2014 Golden Apple Teacher of Excellence Award. I will be recognizing some of our best teachers from across the 43rd Senate District, which includes Columbia County and portions of Rensselaer, Saratoga and Washington Counties.

Students, parents and educators are all invited to nominate a teacher for recognition this year.

Nominees will receive a New York State Senate Teacher of Excellence Award certifi cate and be honored at a special recognition ceremony on Thursday, June 5, 2014.

Please fill out the nomination form below. Include as much information as you can about the teacher you are nominating before Monday May 12, 2014.

April 30, 2014

Dangerous school intersection finally gets new crossing guard

As reported by the New York Daily News:

Rego Park can cross this safety measure off its list.

The NYPD will finally reinstate a crossing guard at an unsafe Rego Park intersection near an elementary school as part of its “Vision Zero” plan, The News has learned.

“There’s simply no substitute for the direct, hands-on traffic control and help that a crossing guard provides,” said state Sen. Jose Peralta, who has been lobbying for help at Horace Harding Expressway and Junction Blvd. since 2012.

The intersection — the closest major crossway near Public School 206 — drew the ire of the school’s principal, who penned a letter in February seeking a review of the site.

The intersection saw 24 injuries between August 2011 and February 2014, according to Transportation Alternatives.

A spokesman from Peralta’s office said the new crossing guard would be hired by early June.

For full article, click here

April 30, 2014

Boys and Girls State to receive state funding

By The Dispatch Staff,, @OneidaDispatch on Twitter

POSTED: 04/17/14, 12:37 PM EDT | UPDATED: 1 DAY AGO

Boys and Girls State programs will receive New York state funding this year.

The state budget includes both organization, runs by the American Legion and the Legion Auxiliary, respectively.

April 30, 2014

"Your Voice" with Senator Griffo

On this week's episode, Senator Griffo breaks down the budget - taxes, spending, education, Common Core, higher ed, health care, agriculture, transporation and ethics.

With I Love My Parks Day upcoming, Griffo explains what state legislators are doing for the environment and for state parks. And finally, the senator recaps a forum on heroin and opioid abuse that he recently hosted in Utica.

"Your Voice" is hosted by Julia Lilkendey.


April 29, 2014

Senator Bonacic attends graduation ceremonies at Delaware Valley Jobs Corps, Callicoon

Senator Bonacic attended and was the guest speaker at the graduation ceremonies held Friday at the Delaware Valley Job Corps Center in Callicoon.  The Senator congratulated these young men and women who have successfully completed their training, and where they've learned marketable skills to start careers in fields such as construction, carpentry, hospitality, and medical support.

April 29, 2014

Senator Bonacic Announces First Grader from Tuxedo Park School Winner of Earth Day Poster Contest, 42nd District

Senator John Bonacic announced today that Christian Capella, a first grader from Tuxedo Park School, submitted the winning poster in the 2014 New York State Senate Earth Poster Contest for the Senator’s 42nd District. 

April 28, 2014

Public Hearing: Presentation by Kevin Younis, Deputy Commissioner, Empire State Development Corporation, on START-UP NY Program

Senate Select Committee on Science, Technology, Incubation and Entrepreneurship 
Chair: Senator Martin Golden 
Public Meeting: Presentation by Kevin Younis, Deputy Commissioner, Empire State Development Corporation, on START-UP NY Program 
Place: Room 410, Legislative Office Building, Albany, New York 
Time: 4:00 P.M. 
Contact: Meg Brown (518) 455-2730 
Media Contact: John Quaglione (718) 238-6044 


April 28, 4:00 PM - 4:48 PM

Committee Meeting: Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Education Senator John J. Flanagan, Chair 10:00 AM, Tuesday, April 29, 2014 Room 124 CAP

April 29, 10:04 AM - 10:11 AM

Rowling and Snyder families visit the state capitol

The Rowling and Snyder families from the Brockport area were visiting the state capitol today.  Senator Maziarz was pleased to give these homeschooling groups a tour of the historic Senate chamber!

April 24, 2014

Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #16: Ensuring A Quality Education

I believe our children deserve equal access to a quality education, regardless of where they live, how much their parents earn or how much the house they live in is worth. I voted for this year’s state budget because it will give children the opportunity for a brighter future.

The budget includes more than $25 billion in total education aid, of which $3.4 billion is dedicated to relief from school taxes. Through our advocacy, education aid increased by more than $1.1 billion, or 5 percent – a larger percentage than any other major component of the budget. The schools in my district will receive a combined $23 million more this year than last year.

April 17, 2014

Palmesano pitches technical diploma

By James Post Mar. 23, 2014 @ 2:55 pm

ALBANY | Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, R-Corning, is co-sponsoring a bill that would create a new technical diploma in New York state.

The bill, “The 21st Century Education Initiative,” was created by State Sen. David J. Valesky, D-Oneida, and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, D-Utica.

It would create a new educational track through the Board of Regents that would culminate in a Career and Technical Education diploma.

Palmesano said the program would allow high school students to continue their apprenticeships after graduation, or choose to attend a college, university or technical institution for additional training.

April 17, 2014
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