Issues: Education

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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RITCHIE ANNOUNCES $50,000 FOR REPAIRS AT HEPBURN LIBRARY OF MADRID

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $50,000 in capital funding to assist the Hepburn Library of Madrid with much needed repairs to steps leading to the library’s main entrance. 

“Libraries are essential parts of communities across our state, especially in rural areas like ours,” said Senator Ritchie.  “I am thrilled to be able to provide this funding which will allow the Hepburn Library of Madrid make the necessary upgrades to ensure everyone has access to the wonderful entertainment and educational resources the library provides.”

November 26, 2014
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Guidance Center Creative Learning Center Grand Opening

(New Rochelle - November 24th) Senator Stewart-Cousins at the grand opening of the Child Guidance Center of Westchester's Creative Learning Center in New Rochelle. Congratulations on the new location! This is a great opportunity for parents of pre-school children that gets state pre-k and other funding as well as private tuition.

November 25, 2014
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Visiting with 7th Graders at Greece Athena

I recently had the pleasure of meeting with 7th grade students at Greece Athena Middle School to discuss laws and penalties against sex offenders in New York. The students at Athena prompted this discussion by sending letters to my office expressing their concerns as part of their health education curriculum. I am proud to have sponsored and supported legislation to toughen the penalties against convicted sex offenders in our state. Thanks to the students at Athena for their concern and efforts.

November 25, 2014
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Senator Stewart-Cousins Announces Scarsdale Reserve Fund Bill Now Law

Scarsdale, NY - State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Democratic Conference Leader, announced today that Governor Cuomo has signed into law bill (S7322-2013) that allows the Scarsdale Union Free School District to maintain a health insurance reserve fund, saving taxpayers millions of dollars.

November 24, 2014
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Statement From State Senator Jose Peralta, Lead Sponsor Of The NYS DREAM Act, On President Obama's Executive Order

"The good news is that millions of upstanding, hardworking undocumented immigrants will now be able to continue contributing to our economy without having to live and work in fear of deportation.

"The bad news is that millions of other upstanding, hardworking undocumented immigrants will remain in the shadows of our economy and society.

"President Obama is to be applauded for taking a strong first step toward long-overdue reform of our broken immigration system.  Like the president, we in New York should not wait on Congress to make additional necessary repairs.

"The DREAM Act is sensible, compassionate public policy.  It is the law in Texas, a red state, California, a blue state, and New Mexico, a purple state.  Here, the New York DREAM Act is supported by editorial boards throughout the state, including those at newspapers as different as the New York Post, The New York Times and the Daily News.

"Let’s follow the bipartisan example of the five states that have already passed a DREAM Act.  Let's collaborate in New York on making an investment in our young people, our economy and our state’s future that will pay for itself several times over."

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November 21, 2014
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Senator Klein, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. and and the Bronx Chamber of Commerce Honor First Graduates of Bronx H.I.R.E. Survivors Program

BRONX, NY – State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr, and Bronx Chamber of Commerce executives celebrated the graduation of the first class of women enrolled in the Bronx H.I.R.E. Domestic Violence Survivors Job Readiness and Internship Program Thursday. The graduation marks the first step in securing domestic violence survivors good jobs that will lead them on a path to financial independence.

November 20, 2014
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Ulster County Schools Receive State Grants

ONEONTA, 11/17/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced $50,000 in state grant funds he secured to assist Onteora Central School and Roundout Valley Central School.   Each school district will receive a $25,000 general assistance grant. 

November 17, 2014
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Career Day at Aquinas

It was great to get back to my Alma Mater, Aquinas Institute, to participate in Career Day with the 7th and 8th grade classes. The students at AQ continue to make me proud and were prepared with some great questions. I hope I was able to influence a few of them to join me in government when the time comes!

November 14, 2014
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Take a Vet to School Day at Greece Athena Middle School

Earlier this week, I teamed up with Time Warner Cable and the History Channel to bring Take a Vet to School Day to Greece Athena Middle School. We were fortunate to have a great panel of veterans who fought in World War II, the Vietnam War and the War in Afghanistan. This is such a great program that brings veterans into local schools to share their stories with students. 

November 13, 2014
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November 12, 2014
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What Are You Thankful For?

Senator Bonacic invites children in grades K – 6 to express what they are thankful for with poems, essays, or artwork

November 12, 2014
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Buffalo News: Thirteen school districts to receive funding for resource officers

Thirteen Western New York school districts will receive money to support new and existing school resource officer programs.

November 10, 2014
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SENATOR GALLIVAN ANNOUNCES STATE FUNDING TO SUPPORT SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS

SRO PROGRAMS PROMOTE POSITIVE RELATIONS BETWEEN STUDENTS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES  

November 10, 2014
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MAKING READING A FAMILY AFFAIR

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

November 10, 2014
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Make college more affordable by making more Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) grants available

As reported by the Daily News:

By State Senator Jose Peralta and Assembly Member Francisco Moya

As the lead sponsors of the New York DREAM Act — a proposal to provide state-financed college tuition aid to undocumented immigrants — we often hear: “You should help struggling, taxpaying families that are in this country legally pay for college.”

We couldn’t agree more.

College costs have skyrocketed. The graduates of the class of 2014 have the distinction of being the most indebted ever, owing an average of about $33,000 each. Even after adjusting for inflation, that’s nearly twice as much as what student borrowers owed 20 years ago.

What’s more, we are at a critical juncture in our state’s trajectory — we will either choose to invest in our future, or we will choose to ignore it. In a future without financial aid reforms, more New Yorkers will be unable to afford college and will enter a job market that is increasingly inhospitable to those who lack a college education. Without action, these two intersecting forces may collide, driving up unemployment.

One way to make college more affordable for New Yorkers is to make more and larger Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) grants available to more students, immigrant and non-immigrant alike.

To view full article, click here.

November 10, 2014
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Take a Vet to School Day

In recognition of Veterans Day, I was proud to partner with Time Warner Cable and the History Channel to host Take a Vet to School Day at Gates Chili High School. This nationwide event brings veterans into the classroom to share their firsthand experiences in the armed forces and combat, and gives the students a better understanding of the sacrifices our veterans make to protect our country and our freedoms.

November 6, 2014
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Press Release: Senator Stewart-Cousins Delivers Long-Awaited State Grant to the New Rochelle Day Nursery School

New Rochelle, NY - State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Democratic Conference Leader, announced today during a news conference at the New Rochelle Day Nursery School that she was able to cut through legislative red tape to deliver a $12,000 state grant awarded in the 2011-12 Budget year for a new boiler. Senator Stewart-Cousins learned about the problem during her office’s mobile constituent hours in New Rochelle in April.

October 31, 2014
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Participation in Government at Robert Brown High School

I enjoyed speaking with Participation in Government students at Robert Brown High School at the Edison Tech campus. Many thanks to Mr. Hickey and Mr. Amico for inviting me to talk to each of their classes, it's so important to get our younger generations involved in government and the election process. 

Click here for more pictures from Robert Brown.

October 30, 2014
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Helping every child learn, grow and succeed

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer

 

We all know that great schools and a high quality education are the keys that can open the door to a brighter future for our children.  Although there is still much unfinished business to attend to, this year’s Legislative Session will help every child learn, grow and succeed.

 

A quick look at the facts makes clear that this year’s session produced good news for our schools and our kids: 

 

Reducing the Damage of the GEA 

October 28, 2014
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