Issues: Education

Monroe County Public Libraries Receive $600,000 in Capital Funding

I am delighted that three public libraries in Monroe County – Rochester Public Library-Rundel Building, Irondequoit Public Library-Helen McGraw Branch, and Scottville Free Library – have been selected to receive nearly $600,000 in funding through the State Public Library Construction Grant Program for needed restorations and structural improvements to their existing facilities.  I commend city, town and library officials for their hard work and determination to secure this important state money.

March 17, 2010
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West Islip High School Robotics Club Demonstrated Invention At West Islip Public Library

West Islip High School Robotics Club demonstrated their robotic inventions at the West Islip Public Library on March 13, 2010. 

March 17, 2010
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Senator Oppenheimer's Education Mandate Relief Package Passes Senate

 

Measures Reduce Unfunded Mandates and Provide Greater Flexibility to Contain Costs

March 17, 2010
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Senator Farley Salutes Northville High School Band

New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA), along with the Music Educators' National Conference (MENC) is celebrating March as Music in Schools Month. As part of this celebration, area schools are giving special performances at the Empire State Plaza in Albany. Local schools that are performing this month include: Fonda-Fultonville High School Select Chorus, Northville Central School Senior High Band, Van Antwerp Middle School Chamber Strings, and the Dorothy Nolan Elementary School Fourth and Fifth Grade Chorus. On March 11th, State Senator Hugh T.

March 17, 2010
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Seward Celebrates Agriculture Literacy Week

By Susan CamprielloHudson-Catskill Newspapers

Students at Catskill Elementary School learned Monday the importance of trees to the environment and economy during a special Agricultural Literacy Week story hour. State Sen. James L. Seward, R-Oneonta, was the event’s guest reader.

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March 16, 2010
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Mandate Relief Package Passes Senate

The New York State Senate passed four measures today which will finally provide mandate relief across the state, and reverse New York’s long-standing practice of passing financial burdens onto local school districts.

Identified by school districts as vital to their operations and ability to budget in a prudent manner, the Democratic package will allow them to more effectively manage the resources they have, and make the best possible decisions for their communities in this time of fiscal crisis.

March 15, 2010
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SENATOR ESPADA ON MANDATE RELIEF PACKAGE PASSED IN THE SENATE

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"This makes government more efficient by lifting unrealistic, burdensome regulations from school districts and providing schools with the flexibility to utilize resources more effectively for the benefit of children," said State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr., a former teacher in the New York City public school system.

March 15, 2010
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Senate Passes Mandate Relief Legislation to Protect Taxpayers and Provide Districts Better Budgeting Abilities

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today applauded the passage of a legislative package that provides mandate relief and reverses New York’s long-standing practice of passing financial burdens onto local school districts.“This package of legislation represents our commitment to government efficiency. It just makes sense to give school districts the tools to best manage their resources, especially in these difficult economic times,” Senator Valesky said.

March 15, 2010
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Senate Majority Passes Mandate Relief Package

Four-Measure Plan Will Reduce Unfunded Mandates, Protect Taxpayers & Provide Districts Better Budgeting Abilities

The New York State Senate passed four measures today which will finally provide mandate relief across the state, and reverse New York’s long-standing practice of passing financial burdens onto local school districts.

March 15, 2010
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Talented Musicians From Suffolk County High Schools Perform in Albany at NYSSMA Event!

Senator Owen H. Johnson welcomed talented musicians from several high schools across Suffolk County at the Empire State Plaza in Albany on March 2, 2010.   The students  performed with the Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association’s (SCMEA) All-County Instrumental and Vocal Ensembles.  The two groups performed as part of “Music in Our Schools Month” sponsored by the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA).

March 15, 2010
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Talented Musicians From Suffolk County High Schools Perform in Albany at NYSSMA Event!

Senator Owen H. Johnson welcomed talented musicians from several high schools across Suffolk County at the Empire State Plaza in Albany on March 2, 2010.   The students  performed with the Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association’s (SCMEA) All-County Instrumental and Vocal Ensembles.  The two groups performed as part of “Music in Our Schools Month” sponsored by the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA).

March 15, 2010
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All-State Instrumental and Vocal Jazz Ensembles Perform in Albany

Senator Owen H. Johnson congratulated Suffolk County High School students who performed with the All-State Instrumental and Vocal Jazz Ensembles in Albany on March 1, 2010.  Both groups performed at a New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) reception honoring the late Joseph R. Sugar, a tireless advocate for the advancement of music education in our schools. 

Left to right:  Michelle Lindlsley, North Babylon; Toni Ann Fanizzi, Islip HS; Senator Owen H. Johnson; Tessa Mae Buono, Sayville HS; Neil Bernstein of Sayville 

March 15, 2010
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All-State Instrumental and Vocal Jazz Ensembles From Suffolk County Schools Perform in Albany

Senator Owen H. Johnson congratulated Suffolk County High School students who performed with the All-State Instrumental and Vocal Jazz Ensembles in Albany on March 1, 2010.  Both groups performed at a New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) reception honoring the late Joseph R.

March 15, 2010
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Senate Majority Urges Passage Of Mandate Relief Package

With Bipartisan Support, Four-Measure Plan Will Reduce Unfunded Mandates, Protect Taxpayers & Provide Districts Better Budgeting Abilities

State Senate Majority Democrats urged bipartisan support today on four measures on the Senate agenda which will finally provide mandate relief across the state, and reverse New York’s long-standing practice of passing financial burdens onto local school districts.

March 15, 2010
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VILLA MARIA ACADEMY TO BUY NEW DEFIBRILLATORS

Senator Klein presented a 5K grant at Villa Maria Academy’s Breakfast of Champions for new defibrillators

NEW YORK- On Saturday, March 13th, Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), presented a $5,000 grant to Villa Maria Academy at its 22nd Annual Breakfast of Champions. Former World Boxing Champion Iran Barkley, NYPD Detective Steven McDonald, Villa Maria Academy Athletic Director Michael Bernard, other elected officials, 170 students, parents, teachers and staff also attended the event.

March 15, 2010
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NEW ROCHELLE MUSIC PROGRAM EXPANDS TO ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Senator Klein presents 100K grant to New Rochelle School District for expansion of SmartMusic Program

 

NEW YORK- On Friday, March 12th, Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) joined by New Rochelle Superintendent Richard Organisciak, school officials and students, presented a $100,000 grant to the New Rochelle School District.

 

The money will be used to fund the expansion of the district’s SmartMusic program, giving elementary students new opportunities to learn how to play a musical instrument and improve their vocal performances.

 

March 12, 2010
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NYS Senate Westchester Delegation to Hold Hearings on Executive Budget for 2010-11

 

In an effort to more effectively advocate for the needs and concerns of their constituents, the five New York senators representing Westchester County will convene a public hearing to assess the priorities and impacts of Governor Paterson’s proposed SFY 2010-2011 budget on the residents, communities, organizations and elected officials of Westchester.  Senator Suzi Oppenheimer chairs the Westchester Senate delegation, which includes Senators Ruth Hassell-Thompson, Jeff Klein, Vincent Leibell, and Andrea Stewart-Cousins.

 

March 11, 2010
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Education & Business Partner in Greene County

By Doron Tyler Antrim

Hudson-Catskill Newspapers

GREENVILLE — A start-up biotechnology company is establishing a business incubator at Greenville High School, in what’s being hailed as a groundbreaking move that will enhance the relationship between educators and entrepreneurs.

March 11, 2010
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