Issues: Education

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
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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
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Boys and Girls State to receive state funding

By The Dispatch Staff, newsroom@oneidadispatch.com, @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
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"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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Koppell Waiting for Budget Before Deciding on Klein Challenge

BY ROSS BARKAN 3/18 11:07AM

In one of the most high-profile potential primary contests this year, ex-Councilman Oliver Koppell is waiting until the budget season is over before making a final decision on whether he’ll challenge State Senator Jeff Klein.

In an interview with the Observer this morning, Mr. Koppell, sounding very much like a candidate, said he wants “eliminate someone who has betrayed the Democratic Party and progressive principles,” but first needs to see how those principles fare in the state budget, due April 1. Mr. Klein leads the breakaway faction of Democrats allied with Republicans in his chamber.

April 17, 2014
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NY Dream Act fails in state Senate by two votes

By Teri Weaver on March 17, 2014 at 7:15 PM, updated March 17, 2014 at 7:22 PM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - A proposal to expand state-funded tuition assistance to undocumented college students failed by two votes in the New York State Senate today.

The Senate vote likely ends, for this year, the debate on New York's Dream Act, which would have expanded the state's Tuition Assistance Program to include undocumented students.

April 17, 2014
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Help For Students Attending College - And Those Paying for It

Congratulations! Your child has just been accepted to a college.

Now: How are you going to pay for that?

Determining the true cost of a continuing education can be tricky. Here’s three websites that will make it easier to find the aid you need – and avoid the predatory scammers lurking.

STUDENT LENDING RESOURCE CENTER

www.dfs.ny.gov/studentprotection

April 16, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Explains the Gap Elimination Adjustment on Your Voice

The 2014-2015 Staet Budget increases state education aid by more than $1.1 billion, but it also significantly reduces the Gap Elimination Adjustment, commonly referred to as the GEA.On this week’s Your Voice program, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco explains why Senate Republicans have been leading the charge to abolish the GEA and restore state aid for our students statewide. 

April 16, 2014
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR MARTY GOLDEN ON THE CLOSING OF BISHOP FORD HIGH SCHOOL

“For 52 years, Bishop Ford Central High School has served a vital role for the education of students throughout our community. The sad truth today is the failure to pass the Education Investment Tax Credit was the final straw on this school. There is no doubt in my mind that the tax credit would have made a difference here. Equally, if we do not take immediate action to enact the Education Investment Tax Credit, we will continue to see closings at an accelerated rate,” said Senator Marty Golden.

April 16, 2014
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HELP GIVE AN AMAZING TEACHER THE “GOLDEN APPLE”

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

April 14, 2014
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R.I.T. Breaks Ground on Clinical Health Sciences Center

The Rochester Institute of Technology recently broke ground on its new Clinical Health Sciences Center that will help to expand the College of Health Sciences and Technology. I was pleased to be on hand for this exciting event. This new facility will not only house the College of Health Sciences and Technology, it will also be home to a primary care clinic that will be run by Rochester General Hospital, as well as the newly announced Wegmans School of Health and Nutrition. This is such an exciting time for R.I.T., I'm honored to be a part of it!

April 11, 2014
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