Issues: Education

Senator Martins Thanks Summer Interns

Senator Jack M. Martins thanked the interns that worked in his District Office in Garden City Park this summer. The interns will be going back to school soon to continue their academic careers and now have the experience of working in a Senate Office.

The interns included Reid Christian Rosello of Garden City, a student at Hobart College; Aine O’Rourke of Mineola, a student at Boston College; Charlie Mack of Manhasset, a student at Manhasset High School; Danielle Lefland of Roslyn, a student at Roslyn High School; Stacy Chacko of New Hyde Park, a student at New Hyde Park Memorial High School; and Anthony Gallo of Mineola, a student at Chaminade High School.

August 9, 2011

Horizons Summer Graduation and Closing Ceremonies

On Thursday, August 4th, Senator Robach had the privilege to attend 8th grade graduation and closing ceremonies for the Horizons at Harley Student Enrichment Program. This program has been serving students in grades K through 8th since 1995. For more information on this great program, visit

August 8, 2011

Governor Signs Senator Gianaris Bed Bug Legislation

QUEENS, NY--Senator Michael Gianaris’ Bed Bug Notification Bill for New York City Public Schools was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. Senator Gianaris wrote and first introduced the legislation in 2007, when he was a member of the Assembly. The legislation requires that the Parent Teacher Association and all parents of potentially affected New York City school children receive notification from school health officials upon detection of bed bugs in their child's school. The notification includes informational brochures that enable parents to take preventative steps and make more informed decisions regarding the health and safety of their children and families.

August 5, 2011

Senator Martins Participates in Summer Reading Program at the Manhasset Library

Senator Jack M. Martins visited the Manhasset Library and participated in the children’s summer reading club in the children’s room at the library.

Senator Martins first took part in “hot potato” with the children and then sat down to read a story with them. The story the Senator read was called, “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus,” and was about a bus driver who has to leave so he asks the reader to watch the Pigeon. The pigeon tries many excuses as he tries to talk the readers into letting him drive the bus.

Senator Martins then discussed the book with the children. He told them that the moral is that you have to listen to your mommy and daddy like you listened to the bus driver in not letting the pigeon drive the bus.

August 3, 2011


The announcement today concerning SUNY Canton President Joe Kennedy’s future with the college puts an end to the recent confusion, rumors and speculation over the central administration’s plans for a well-respected leader and member of our community. I am glad that President Kennedy will remain with the campus through the next academic year, which begins in just a few short weeks

August 2, 2011

There Is Still Time to Register For the Senate Reading Program

There is still time to sign up for the New York State Senate Summer Reading Program. Log on to the New York Read at to register and start reading! 

Those who finish will receive an official New York State Senate Certificate!

July 28, 2011

Senator Gianaris Pushes For More Education Efforts Due To Increased Number Of Bed Bug Cases

Number of confirmed cases tripled this year in NYC public schools 

Queens, NY – The number of bed bug cases in New York City public schools drastically increased during the 2010-2011 academic year as compared to the prior year. According to the New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE), around 3,590 cases of bedbugs were reported this year, which is over three times more than last year’s 1,019 cases. Senator Gianaris stresses that school teachers and administrators need to be more vigilant in notifying parents of measures they can take to combat bed bugs in order to keep the epidemic from spreading. 

July 26, 2011

Senator Martins Reads with the Children of the Bryant Library in Roslyn

Senator Jack M. Martins visited the children’s summer reading program at the Bryant Library in Roslyn. Senator Martins spent some time with the children, discussing the summer with them. The Senator then read a book with the children – “The 10 Things I Can Do To Help My World” by Melanie Walsh. The story was how even little things can make a big difference.

July 25, 2011

Senator Bill Larkin addresses the Pine Bush High School Leadership Academy

Senator Bill Larkin speaks to the participants of the Pine Bush High School Leadership Academy during their recent summer program.

July 25, 2011
August 20, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM


The New 7,300-Square-Foot Building Serves as a “Community Living Room” for Library Patrons

July 21, 2011

Statement from Senator Kennedy on Legislation to Protect Services for Children with Special Needs and Save Local Jobs

Governor signed legislation that will keep Hopevale open

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy (D-58th District) released the following statement regarding the announcement Thursday that Governor Andrew Cuomo signed important legislation that will keep Hopevale School open to serve Western New York children and save 50 local jobs.

“As a licensed occupational therapist, I understand how important it is that we protect and support our children with special needs. Throughout my occupational therapy career, I worked with children to ensure they develop the skills to help them thrive every day.

July 21, 2011

Otselic Valley School Name Change Official

ALBANY, 07/20/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) announced today that legislation formally changing the name of Georgetown-South Otselic School District to the Otselic Valley Central School District at Georgetown-South Otselic has been signed into law.

“This legislation formalizes the legal name of the Otselic Valley Central School District at Georgetown-South Otselic and comes at the request of the school,” said Senator Seward.  “The change will allow the district to employ the commonly used  name when filing reports, applying for grants or entering into contracts.”

July 21, 2011

Taylor Korsiak of May Moore Elementary School Winner of 2011 Earth Day Poster Contest

Senator Owen H. Johnson was pleased to award Taylor Korsiak of May Moore Elementary School in Deer Park first place winner of this year’s NY Senate Earth Day Poster Contest.  The theme of the contest was “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.”  Students in Grades K-6 participating in the contest were encouraged to create a poster that conveyed a real commitment to making the environment a better place.  Senator Johnson visited May Moore Elementary School on June 8, 2011 to congratulate Taylor and present her with a first place ribbon and a certificate for her participation in the 2011 Earth Day Poster Contest.

July 19, 2011

Taming Lame Ducks

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C,I – Port Jefferson) said today the abuse of taxpayers by two outgoing school boards has prompted him to introduce legislation that would require a lame duck  school board to have a supermajority vote in order to approve a contract for a new superintendent when the hiring occurs between the annual May vote and the annual reorganizational meeting of a local school board. Assemblyman Dan Losquadro (R,C  -Shoreham) will sponsor the legislation in the Assembly.

July 15, 2011

Epilepsy Foundation Honors Scholarship Award Winner

On Wednesday July 13, Senator Robach presented a certificate to Greece student Shaina Sarkis, who received the Stephen A. Segar Scholarship. The award was presented during the Epilepsy Foundation luncheon at Country Club of Rochester. Congratulations to all of this year's award winners and all the best on your future endeavors!

July 14, 2011

Senator Robach Announces 'Back to School Backpacks and Supplies' Drive

I hope you are enjoying all that summer has to offer in our community. Because of the tremendous response from the community to my “Coats for Kids Clothes Drive” last December,  I am proud to announce my “Back to School Backpacks and Supplies Drive”. From now until August 5th, I will be collecting backpacks and school supplies and will be donating them to the Greece Ecumenical Clothes Closet, who is in “great need” for these items.


Supplies needed are:

Pens – Blue and Black
Pencils – Standard and Colored
Rulers and protractors
Lined paper and pads, composition paper
Basic calculators
Glue sticks


July 14, 2011

The Broadsheet Daily: SAGE Advice: Find a Way to Serve

"I don't know what your destiny will be," Albert Schweitzer once told a group of students, "but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve." Seemingly guided by these sentiments, three Downtown high school students have been recognized by State Senator Daniel Squadron and were awarded the third annual Service and Government Engagement (SAGE) Awards. Elementary, middle and high schools across Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn nominated students for the SAGE Award. Students are selected for showing a deep commitment to public service beyond the classroom.

July 13, 2011

Senator Martins Congratulates Nick Ruscillo on His Acceptance to SUNY Maritime

Senator Jack M. Martins recently congratulated Nick Ruscillo for his acceptance to SUNY Maritime College. The Carle Place resident was nominated by Senator Martins for the Cadet Appointment Program. The program allows elected officials to nominate candidates for a full tuition scholarship.

“Nick is a terrific young man. He has a bright future and I was proud to nominate him for the Cadet Appointment Program. He has a great upbringing, which is a credit to his parents, and I am certain he will succeed at SUNY Maritime,” Senator Martins said. “I congratulate and commend him.”

July 13, 2011


The lifetime achievements of Brooklyn native Dorothy Burnham were recognized and lauded by NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) during the reading of a Senate resolution, which was unanimously passed by the full Senate during the final days of the 2011 Legislative Session. The resolution paid tribute to Dorothy Burnham’s many notable contributions to our public education system, the advancement of civil rights, and to the promotion of racial and economic equality. Ms. Burnham was also honored for her designation as recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the New York Friends of the People's World. “Dorothy Burnham is a Renaissance Woman,” said Senator Montgomery.

July 11, 2011
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