Issues: Education

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer Encourages Parents to Read Aloud to Their Children to Prepare Them for School

As thoughts turn from summer vacations to back-to-school preparations, Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) reminded parents that reading aloud to their young kids is one of the best ways to prepare them for the challenges of a new school year.  Senator Oppenheimer, who chairs the Senate Education Committee, recently participated in an early literacy awareness event at the Open Door Family Medical Center in Ossining.  

Reading the popular children’s book, “Five Little Monkeys” by Eileen Christelow, the Senator captivated her young audience, who joined in with the refrain “No more monkeys jumping on the bed!”  The children and their parents were at the Open Door Family Medical Center for pediatric check-ups.  

August 25, 2010

Senate Education Chair, Suzi Oppenheimer, Hails New York Educators And Advocates For Race To The Top Victory

New York State was today named a winner in the federal government’s Race to the Top competition, which will bring up to $700 million in federal funds for education innovation in the state.  In announcing the recipients of Race to the Top funds, U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan hailed New York for showing “a tremendous amount of leadership and a bold commitment to education reform.” 

August 24, 2010

Senator Carl Kruger Statement On Race To The Top Award

Everybody wins with today's Race to the Top victory -- New York's schoolchildren, parents, educators and all who understand that vision must go hand-in-hand with resources in realizing our long-held goal of improving our educational system. As Senate Finance Chair, I worked with Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch and Education Commissioner David Steiner on issues that are critical to our state's educational system.

August 24, 2010

Statement From Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson On Race To The Top Award

Today's Race to the Top victory is a win for New York's school children. It proves what the State Legislature can accomplish through cooperation, collaboration, and compromise. The $700 million New York stands to receive will provide the resources for a world class education for our children and help train the workforce New York needs to compete in the global economic marketplace. 

August 24, 2010

New York Wins In Federal “Race to the Top”


Law passed to raise standards, cap on charter schools will net $700 million for public education

WATERTOWN (August 24, 2010)—The announcement today that New York State will receive about $700 million as a winner in the federal “Race to the Top” competition means public school districts throughout Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties will see increased funding.

August 24, 2010

Padavan Takes Part In Reach Out and Read Program

On Wednesday August 11, New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) read to local children at the Queens Hospital Center in Jamaica as a part of the Reach Out and Read Program. The program helps prepare children to read in the earliest ages of their development (ages 6 months to 5 years) and foster educational skills throughout their lives. Senator Padavan reads “If You Give A Mouse A Cookie” to local children during a visit to Queen Hospital Center. 

August 20, 2010

Padavan Attends Asian-Asian Coalition For Education Graduation Ceremony

On Friday morning August 13. New York State Senator Frank Padavan attended the graduation ceremony for the Asian-American Coalition for Education at Francis Lewis High School in Fresh Meadows.  The event celebrated the achievements of the students as the new school year approaches.  The Asian-American Coalition for Education is a not-for-profit educational organization for elementary, middle school, and high school students and is compromised mainly of Asian-American students and newly immigrated families residing in New York City. The organization seeks to encourage members to participate in the educational system and provide them with information vital to their educational experience.

August 17, 2010


Senate Bill Allows for Keeping the Regents Program through 2011

Queens, NY, August 16, 2010 – During the recent summer session in Albany to finalize the state’s budget, NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., reports that the Senate passed legislation that would restore the New York State Italian Regents High School Exam until 2011.

Addabbo said, "Working with Senator Diane Savino and my colleagues in the State Legislature, I am proud that we saved the exam from extinction when we went back into session and passed the final piece of this year’s budget. I intend to work just as diligently with them to insure this Regents Program is again saved for 2012."

August 16, 2010

Senator Diane J. Savino Sponsors Free Back to School Giveaway

(Staten Island, NY) In order to prepare parents and students for the start of a new academic year, Senator Diane J. Savino will sponsor a “Back to School Blast”, where parents and students will receive free school supplies, free health screenings, giveaways, safety tips and college-related information. Kids will also be treated to healthy snacks, games and other activities. Representatives from city and state local agencies, including the NYC Public Library System, the FDNY, Project Hospitality, Boy Scouts of America, Richmond University Medical Center and Staten Island University Health Center will also be present. The event is co-sponsored Richmond County Savings Foundation, One Way Youth of First Central Baptist Church and the Downtown Staten Island Council.

August 18, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM


Senator Successfully Fights for Student to Receive $12K in Financial Aid


BRONX, NY – Morris Park resident Isabel Mauriello no longer has to worry about how to pay for college, thanks to the efforts of State Senator Jeff Klein.


A student at Manhattanville College, Mauriello had worked hard to stay on top of the financial aid process so that she could continue her education this fall. After receiving Pell funding and Stafford loans, however, she was still $12,000 shy of meeting the full tuition costs for the upcoming year. Mauriello looked to take out a private loan from a bank, but because she was unable to secure a co-signer with adequate credit, she was continually denied.


August 13, 2010


Klein and Savino Announce Restoration of NYS Italian Regents High School Exam


TUCKAHOE, NY – State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), State Senator Diane Savino (D-Staten Island) and representatives from the Westchester Italian Cultural Center and the Sons of Italy announced the restoration of the NYS Italian Regents high school exam at a rally on Thursday. Last week the NYS Senate saved the exam from extinction when it passed the final piece of this year’s budget. Attendees rallied in support of this important achievement and to celebrate Italian culture.


August 12, 2010

Senator Foley, Assemblyman Englebright, Commissioner Grannis Celebrate Groundbreaking Legislation

Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point), Assemblyman Steve Englebright (D – Setauket) and Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Pete Grannis were joined today by environmental advocates today to celebrate the signing of the Child Safe Playing Fields Act. This law protects children and the environment by banning the use of harmful pesticides on school fields and playgrounds, as well as at daycare centers.

August 11, 2010

Landmark Education Reforms Secure New York's Place as Finalist in Race to the Top Competition

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck), chair of the Senate Education Committee, today expressed confidence that the sweeping education reforms she sponsored in the Senate have not only ensured New York’s inclusion as a finalist for federal Race to the Top funding, but will also make the state a strong contender in the final phase of the competition.  At stake is up to $700 million in federal education dollars.

August 4, 2010

Senator Foley Announces Agreement on SUNY Empowerment

Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point) announced today that through his own advocacy, and that of his colleague, Senator William T. Stachowski, a bicameral agreement has been reached on the SUNY Empowerment legislation.

“Higher education is a lynchpin in so many ways and we must ensure that our students are receiving the best possible education,” said Senator Foley. “Allowing some of our state’s institutions of higher learning, including Stony Brook University, to have flexibility in setting tuition rates and entering into public-private partnerships will allow the schools to offer smaller class sizes and greater educational opportunities for our students.”

August 4, 2010

Statement From Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson, Senator Brian X. Foley And Senator William T. Stachowski

We have reached a framework agreement on SUNY/CUNY empowerment.

Higher education is a lifeline for our children and for working-class New Yorkers. Increasing our investments in higher education to reduce class size, create jobs, and foster public/private partnerships, will ensure our SUNY and CUNY systems remain top ranked institutions, and guarantee the next generation of New York’s thinkers, leaders and workers will have the tools to excel.

August 3, 2010

Senator Robach Talks Budget with 13WHAM

On Wednesday, July 27th, Senator Robach joined Evan Dawson and Norma Holland on 13WHAM News This Morning. During his interview, Senator Robach discussed the issues around the New York State budget and also discussed Mayoral Control for the City of Rochester. To see the story, click here.


July 28, 2010

Forum/Town Hall: Senator Diane J. Savino's Career Fair 2010

In an effort to assist those in their search for employment opportunities, my office is hosting a Career Fair this Tuesday, August 3, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Brighton Heights Reformed Church, located at 320 St Marks Place in Staten Island, NY.

Over 70 employers will be in attendance, looking to fill positions in a variety of fields including Civil Service, Banking, Customer Service, Warehouse and Factory, Retail and Sales, Food Service, and Health Care.

Job searchers will have the opportunity to attend free workshops on Job Readiness, Interview Skills and Financial Empowerment/Management.  To participate in the workshop, please RSVP to

Job Seekers with all levels of experience and education are welcome!

August 3, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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