Issues: Education

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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Senator Farley Meets Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons Students

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) met with students from Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons School on March 9th as they toured the Capitol in Albany.

March 11, 2010
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Senator Farley Salutes Music

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 scheduled to perform 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 5th, State Senator Hugh T.

March 11, 2010
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The Robert Moses Middle School Jazz Ensemble Performed in Albany!

Photo includes members of the Robert Moses Middle School Jazz Ensemble, Owen H. Johnson, and Director Teresa Pino. 

The Robert Moses Middle School Jazz Ensemble performed at the Empire State Plaza in Albany on March 8, 2010 as part of the New York State School Music Association's "Music in Our Schools" month. 

March 10, 2010
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Robert Moses Middle School Select Chorus Performed in Albany!

Photo includes members of the Robert Moses Middle School Select Chorus, Owen H. Johnson and Director Tina Buehler.

The Robert Moses Middle School Select Chorus performed at the Empire State Plaza in Albany on March 8, 2010 as part of the New York State School Music Association's "Music in Our Schools" month. 

March 10, 2010
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Senator Squadron, Borough President Stringer, Other Electeds and Parents Announce 3-Point Plan to Prevent School Overcrowding

New Legislation Would Help Communities Prevent

Crises Like Lower Manhattan Space Crunch

March 9, 2010
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Brockport High School String Orchestra

The Brockport High School String Orchestra, directed by Cathleen Gurnett,was in Albany today (March 9) as part of the New York State School MusicAssociation's 38th Annual "Music in Our Schools Month" promotionalactivities.  Senator Maziarz joined them in the Concourse underneath theEmpire State Plaza.

March 9, 2010
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Senator Farley Joins Magnet School Students on Albany Tour

Students from Megan Parillo's class at Marie Curie Magnet School, Amsterdam, met State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) when they were touring the Capitol on March 2nd.

March 9, 2010
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Senator Farley Salutes Marie Curie Students

Students from Laurie Heero's class at Marie Curie Magnet School, Amsterdam, met State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) when they were touring the Capitol on March 2nd.

March 9, 2010
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Senator Farley Greets Amsterdam Students

Students from Jamie Masterson's class at Marie Curie Magnet School, Amsterdam, met State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) when they were touring the Capitol on March 2nd.

March 9, 2010
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SENATOR SALAND ANNOUNCES LIBRARY CONSTRUCTION GRANTS

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C – Poughkeepsie) announces five area libraries have been awarded Public Library Construction Grants.  The grants are supported by a $14 million capital  fund appropriation in the 2009 State Budget.  In recognition of the lack of funding available for libraries’ construction

March 9, 2010
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In Harlem, Epicenter for Charter Schools, a Senator Wars Against Them

By JENNIFER MEDINAPublished: March 6, 2010

When hundreds of parents went to Albany last month to rally for charter schools, they were greeted by a parade of politicians offering encouragement and promises...

...Mr. Perkins recently announced plans to hold public hearings on charter schools, to examine, among other things, the sources of their financing and “how much profit there is in not-for-profit” schools....

March 9, 2010
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