Issues: Education


Senator Patty Ritchie hosted Senate Education Committee Chair John Flanagan for a two hour discussion with school superintendents, school board members and BOCES officials to talk about education.

Senator Flanagan assured school officials that even though he represents part of Suffolk County, he understands and supports providing additional aid to rural school districts in Central and Northern New York. He told the school officials he understood that school districts in Senator Ritchie and Senator Joseph Griffo's districts have lower property wealth, higher needs, and lower incomes than communities he represents.

"I get it," he told the school officials.

May 18, 2011

Senator Martins Visits Barry Tech in Westbury

Senator Jack M. Martins visited Barry Tech in Westbury recently to learn about the programs offered to the students. The Joseph M. Barry Career and Technical Center allows students to learn skills to enhance their high school experience. The school, which is a part of Nassau BOCES, prepares juniors and seniors for college and for the workforce by providing them with specialized training in a vast array of fields.

Senator Martins toured the school, visiting the cosmetology, graphic design, television, cooking, veterinary science, welding, piloting and forensic science classes.

May 18, 2011

Senate Passes Boater Safety Bill

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle said the Senate has passed an important bill (S.2903B) requiring boat operators, regardless of age, who have been convicted of boating while intoxicated (BWI) to take a boating safety course before operating a boat again.

“Long Island’s peak boating season is fast approaching,” LaValle said. “Educating those who have been convicted of BWI, may prevent future tragedies,” LaValle said.

The state already requires those age 21 and over and who are convicted of boating while intoxicated to obtain a boating safety certificate before operating a vehicle. The bill passed today expands upon that law by requiring those under 21 and convicted of an alcohol-related boating offense to obtain a certificate as well.

May 18, 2011

Senate Passes Academic Research Information Access Act

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Jim Alesi (R-C- I, Perinton), that would enable public and private academic and research libraries in New York State to create an information infrastructure unequaled in the world.  Known as ARIA, the Academic Research Information Access Act (S.3736-A), leverages the state’s public and private higher education sector – arguably the largest and most diverse in the nation – to facilitate collaboration and efficiencies by providing for the voluntary pooling of assets in order to obtain access to high-end electronic, peer-reviewed, information resources such as journals, serials, and databases.

May 17, 2011

Public Hearing: Due Process Teacher Discipline Without Delay: Reforming Section 3020-a of the Education Law to Meet the Needs of the 21st Century

Senate Standing Committee on Education

Chair: Senator John J. Flanagan

Public Hearing: Teacher Discipline

Place: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany, New York

Time: 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.

Contact: Robin Mueller (518) 455-2071

Media Contact: Robert Caroppoli (631) 361-2154

To seek input on the issue of improving the teacher discipline system throughout the state, Senator John Flanagan, Chairman of the Senate Education Committee, will be hosting a formal hearing on the topic in Albany.  The Committee will solicit testimony from interested parties to examine how New York State can reform the system to provide the appropriate discipline for educator misconduct as well as the appropriate protection of those wrongfully accused.

The hearing will provide an open and fair examination on the policies and mechanisms that can be used to accomplish these goals, as well as their impact on school children, taxpayers and the school system as a whole.          

Scheduled to testify during the hearing are New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, New York State Education Department Chief Executive Officer Val Grey, and New York State United Teachers Executive Vice President Andrew Pallotta.  Testimony will also be provided by representatives from the United Federation of Teachers, New York State School Boards Association, New York State Council of School Superintendents, Conference of Big 5 School Districts, New York State Association of School Attorneys, Small City School Districts and Council of School Supervisors & Administrators.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the public hearing and submit written testimony.


May 23, 10:00 AM - 1:50 PM

Oppenheimer Announces State Library Construction Grants

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D- Mamaroneck) today announced that the awarding of several public library construction grants in her Senate district.  The grant funds are from $14 million in capital funds that were made available for public library construction in the 2010 State Budget.

The Mamaroneck Public Library was awarded $101,008 to improve library access and services and to complete construction of new library and children’s room spaces.  The New Rochelle Public Library has been awarded a $50,000 grant to repurpose existing space for a teen area in the library and for new fixtures that will create energy costs savings. The Rye Free Reading Room was awarded $100,000 for a reconfiguration of library space to create new Biography and Teen spaces, with fire system, electrical, cabling and computer improvements, as well as furnishing for the newly reconfigured spaces.  The Scarsdale Public Library was given a $111,280 grant for much needed building improvements and a multi-zone rooftop HVAC system that will boost library productivity and increase energy efficiency. 

May 16, 2011

Relive Elmont Pitcher Danny Aguilo's Amazing Performance

Elmont Memorial High School sophomore Danny Augilo's had a game pitchers dream of. Against Hempstead, Aguilo threw a no-hitter while recording every out by strikeout for 21 total in the game. Senator Jack M. Martins was proud to recognize this amazing achievement. 

Senator Martins recognized another Elmont Memorial High School Spartan in pitcher Enrique Sanchez, who also pitched a no-hitter.

The Elmont Memorial High School baseball team is not short on pitching - that's for sure!

May 15, 2011

Relive the Elmont Memorial High School Spartans' Magical Championship Season

This year, the Elmont Memorial High School Spartans became Nassau County basketball champions. Take a look at their magical season.

May 13, 2011

Senator Martins Congratulates Intel Semifinalists From North Shore Hebrew Academy

Senator Jack M. Martins visited the North Shore Hebrew Academy in Great Neck to congratulate Jonathan Michael Nachman and Sarah Jamie Toledano for being named semi-finalists in the Intel Science Talent Search.

Jonathan’s project, “Green Micropatterning: Stamping Candida antarctica Lipase-B onto Poly(e-caprolactone),” focused on a green way to make a circuit board, using less dangerous chemicals.

Sarah’s project, “Strychnine Distinguishes between Two Populations of a1 Glyince Receptors in HEK Cells,” focused on distinguishing drugs based on their properties.

May 12, 2011

Committee Meeting: Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Education Senator John J. Flanagan, Chair 10:00 AM, Tuesday, May 17, 2011 Room 124 CAP

May 17, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Valesky Legislation Promotes Shared Services

Legislation sponsored by State Senator David J. Valesky(D-Oneida) that encourages cooperative sharing of services betweenorganizations passed the Senate.

May 12, 2011

Keeping Schools Safe from Illegal Activity

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: May 12, 2011Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | | (518) 455-3531

Senate Enhances Law Aimed at Punishing Prostitution Offenses Near School Grounds

Senator Huntley (D-Jamaica) announced that the New York State Senate passed legislation,      S. 1313-A, which establishes new crimes and increased penalties for promoting and conducting prostitution within one thousand feet of school grounds.

May 12, 2011

In Queens Neighborhood, Schools Are Bursting

The New York Times

The 10 portable classrooms outside Public School 19 in Corona, Queens, were supposed to be temporary. 

Sixteen years later, they are still there, holding nearly double the elementary schoolchildren they were meant to and struggling with age. The heating system malfunctions in the winter, forcing students to sit through lessons wearing coats, scarves and hats. 

In the main building at P.S. 19, there are monitors to keep order in the lines that form outside the bathrooms, and students’ trips are timed. The wait can be too long for some of the younger students. 

May 11, 2011

Henry Viscardi School Thanks Senator Martins

Senator Jack M. Martins visited the Henry Viscardi School in Albertson and, after taking a tour of the school, was surprised at a welcome assembly during which the students presented Senator Martins with a thank you card with their names and messages on it. One message stated, “Thank you for all your help. My future means a lot to me.”

During the state budget negotiations, there was a proposal that was part of the Governor’s Executive Budget to shift costs for 4201 schools, which include the Henry Viscardi School, onto local school districts, thereby practically eliminating funding for those schools. However, Senator Martins was able to work with his colleagues to restore the funding to 4201 schools.

May 10, 2011

5/10/2011: Lexington School for the Deaf visits Albany

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: May 11, 2011Contact: Bryant G. Gaspard| | (518) 455-3531

**Press Release**

Senator Huntley fights against cuts to Blind and Deaf Schools (4201 School’s)

(D-Jamaica) Senator Shirley L. Huntley and her senate colleagues were able to successfully restore budget cuts to 4201 schools that serve blind and deaf students. Governor Cuomo proposed cutting funding to some of the most vulnerable students in New York State by shifting the cost to operate these schools to local governments.

May 10, 2011

Local Libraries Receive Vital State Funding

ONEONTA, 05/10/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that community libraries throughout the 51st senatorial district have been awarded a total of nearly $1.1 million in public library construction grant funds.

"Our libraries are vital to our communities, especially in these tough economic times" Seward said. “Libraries are also some of the most historic landmarks we have and are in need of  repairs and upgrades to ensure their future viability and accessibility.”

May 10, 2011
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