Issues: Education

School crossing guards must be hired to fill approximately 200 vacancies the NYPD says exist citywide

As reported by the Daily News:

BY STATE SENATOR JOSE PERALTA:

If signed by Gov. Cuomo, the legislation will extend to school crossing guards the same on-the-job protection that’s already extended to paramedics, sanitation workers, emergency room personnel, nurses and paramedics, as well as well as police officers and firefighters.

School crossing guards are essential to the kind of comprehensive street safety plan our children need and deserve.

By showing them the respect their job warrants and demonstrating that we have their backs, I am hopeful that we will be able to recruit enough crossing guards to fill existing vacancies and address emerging needs.

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June 30, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS SECURES STATE FUNDING FOR SUBSTANCE ABUSE & BULLYING PREVENTION PROGRAMS IN PORT WASHINGTON

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) has secured state funding for substance abuse & bullying prevention programs in the Port Washington School District. 

     The $25,000 in state funding will support programs offered by the District’s Safety & Substance Abuse Task Force. According to the District, programs supported by the funding will focus on improved education about the gateway drugs that have led to Long Island’s rapidly growing heroin epidemic, as well as bullying prevention. 

June 27, 2014
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Legislative Notebook: State Initiatives of Interest to Veterans

Here is a partial listing of bills I have supported this session to aid New York’s former servicemen and servicewomen. These initiatives will now go to Governor Cuomo for final action.

-- Legislation I co-sponsored was passed by both houses (S.7839, first introduced as S.4714)) to extend the Military Service Credit Law of 2000 to all veterans who have served in the military. Right now, public employees who served in the armed forces may purchase up to three years of pension credit only if their military service occurred during specified conflicts. This measure will expand this opportunity to public employee veterans who also served their country in peacetime.

June 26, 2014
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Senator Kennedy Secures Approval of Bill to Help NY Families Find the Right Afterschool and Summer Programs for their Children

Senate and Assembly Passed Legislation Sponsored by Senator Kennedy and Assemblywoman Mayer that Establishes New Online Tool to Help Parents across New York State Track Down the Best Afterschool and Summer Learning Programs in their Neighborhoods.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, and Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer, D-Yonkers, have secured Senate and Assembly approval of their legislation to establish a new online tool that will help parents across New York State find the right afterschool and summer learning programs for their children.

June 26, 2014
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Exhibition Presentations at Quest Elementary School

I had the pleasure of visiting with students at Quest Elementary School in Hilton and listening to their year-end Exhibition project presentations. What a great group of smart and eager students! I'm pictured here with Marina who did her Exhibition presentation on birth defects. Great work to all of the students, enjoy your summer!

June 25, 2014
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Update from Albany: Senator DeFrancisco Recognizes Teachers Making a Difference and Discusses Passed Legislation on Your Voice

On this featured program of Your Voice, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco talks about his recent ceremony to honor outstanding teachers making a difference in Central New York, as well as an upcoming electronics recylcing event. He also discusses some important legislation that has passed during the 2014 Legislative Session. 

 

The E-Cylcing event was held on June 14, 2014. 

June 24, 2014
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Griffo Announces $3 Million for SUNY Potsdam

UTICA – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo today announced that SUNY Potsdam will receive $3 million in capital funding to make improvements to its legendary Crane School of Music.

“The Crane School is home of the oldest music education program in the country, and its reputation is unparalleled among serious musical performers,” said Griffo, R-Rome. “The popularity of the programs offered has caused a need for space, so it’s important from both a safety and health standpoint for the university to meet student needs. I advocated for this funding in the Senate, and I’m pleased to be able to announce this award today.”

June 24, 2014
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Senator Stavisky Presents Leonard P. Stavisky Award for Academic Excellence to PS 242 Graduate Sharon Yeung

Flushing, NY—Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) awarded Sharon Yeung the Leonard P. Stavisky Award for Academic Excellence at today’s graduation at PS 242, the Leonard P. Stavisky School.

June 23, 2014
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SENATOR SQUADRON CONFERS 40 SERVICE AND GOVERNMENT ENGAGEMENT AWARDS TO DISTRICT SCHOOL KIDS

NEW YORK – State Senator Daniel Squadron announced the sixth annual Service and Government Engagement (SAGE) Awards, honoring graduating Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn students who have demonstrated public service and a commitment to their communities beyond the classroom.

June 23, 2014
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Senator Flanagan’s Legislation To Protect Students With Medical Conditions Passes Senate

Legislation sponsored by Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) which will provide relief to students who struggle with respiratory diseases or diabetes has passed the New York State Senate.  The legislation (S7758) allows students who utilize an inhaler or other prescribed equipment or medication to carry and use these devices in school and at school functions. 

June 23, 2014
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RITCHIE ANNOUNCES $3 MILLION FOR LOCAL SUNY SCHOOLS

SUNY Canton and SUNY Oswego to Split Funding for Campus Additions and Upgrades

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $3 million in special funding to be split between SUNY Canton and SUNY Oswego that will allow the colleges to enhance learning by making much needed additions and upgrades.

“Our SUNY schools are where so many of our state’s best and brightest get the education they need to begin promising, rewarding careers that enable them to give back to our state and our region,” said Senator Ritchie

“I’m thrilled to have been able to secure this funding, which will go a long way towards helping two of our local SUNY schools make the improvements necessary for offering top-notch educational opportunities to students.”

June 23, 2014
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Andalusia School 8th & 12th Grade Graduation Ceremony

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins attended the Andalusia School 8th & 12th Grade Graduation Ceremony on the evening of Wednesday, June 22nd to remind the students about the importance of education and how far they all have come. Located in Yonkers, the mission of the Adalusia School is "to nurture confident and committed Muslim youth who will draw upon the Qur’an and Sunnah to achieve moral, spiritual, and material excellence in all fields of endeavor". Also at the graduation was Assemblymember Shelly Mayer.

June 23, 2014
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SENATOR NOZZOLIO URGES LOCAL CHILDREN TO EXPLORE THROUGH SUMMERTIME READING

New York State Senator Mike Nozzolio is urging students across his Senate District to have fun reading this summer by participating in the 2014 New York Statewide Summer Reading Program.

 

"Evidence shows that children who stop reading over summer vacation often fall behind when they return to school in September,” said Senator Nozzolio. "This program is designed to get children to realize the rewards of reading by encouraging them to exercise their imaginations and make reading a daily event this summer," said Senator Nozzolio.

 

June 22, 2014
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Senate Passes Valesky Legislation to Create Career and Technical Education Diploma; Will Help Address Middle Skills Gap

ALBANY— The State Senate today passed landmark legislation sponsored by State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that creates a new, specialized educational path to train students to fill the growing number of jobs in New York in manufacturing and high tech fields.

The legislation (S.5966) creates a Career and Technical Education (CTE) diploma to  provide an alternative pathway to a high school graduation that incorporates career-focused education classes and curriculum into school programs with the goal of producing more highly skilled workers for New York State's technical and manufacturing industries.

June 20, 2014
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Student shadow, William Connolly from Greenville HS

This young man is William Conolly of Greenville, who recently came to visit me and spend some time in Capitol, learning more about New York's hisory and government.

June 19, 2014
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Meeting Abigail Schrader, a recent graduate of Berne-Knox-Westerlo High School.

Abigail Schrader a recent graduate of Berne-Knox-Westerlo High School, recently came to the Capitol to spend a day with me and learn more about State Government. Abigail, who maintained a 90+ average for all four of years of high school, will be going to SUNY Potsdam in the Fall to study History and Museum Studies.

 

June 19, 2014
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SPEAKER SILVER AND SENATOR SQUADRON ANNOUNCE PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION TO HELP REDUCE OVERCROWDING IN NEW YORK CITY SCHOOLS

Measure Would Require the New York City School Construction Authority to Account for Population Growth

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senator Daniel Squadron announced today that both houses have passed legislation to help address the severe overcrowding problem in New York City schools by requiring the City’s School Construction Authority (SCA) to collect population data and use this information in connection with the Authority's five-year educational facilities capital plan (A.10108/S.07873). The bill, sponsored by Silver and Squadron, states that the SCA and the New York City Schools Chancellor must factor and account for how future population growth might affect the pervasive overcrowding of city schools.

June 19, 2014
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Grisanti Legislatio​n Allows School Districts to Raise Additional Revenue for the Classroom Passes Senate

Senator Mark Grisanti recently announced that he has sponsored and passed legislation in the Senate that would allow the board of education of any school district to enter into a contract for the sale of advertising space on school athletic fields owned or leased by the school district. The school district would keep 100% of the revenue.

Current law does not allow school districts to enter into agreements to advertise on athletic fields.Senator Mark Grisanti:

June 18, 2014
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Nick Gwiazdowski, NCAA Champion Wrestler

This is Nick Gwiazdowski and his parents, who are form my hometown of Delanson. As a wrestler at Duanesburg HS, Nick was a two- time State Champion, and posted a 50-0 record in his senior season.

In his first year in college, Nick compiled a 30-9 record at Binghamton,  won the 2012 Colonial Athletic Association Conference Tournament and was named the 2012 conference’s Rookie of the Year.

This year he attended North Carolina State, where he really shined.

He was the Atlantic Coast Conference Champion and then beat the two-time defending champion to become the NCAA champion in his weight class.

June 18, 2014
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Senator O'Mara sponsoring online summer reading program

New York State Senator Tom O’Mara reminds area students and their families that he’s sponsoring an online summer reading program that the Senate will be promoting throughout the summer of 2014 in partnership with the New York State Library and public libraries across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide.

June 18, 2014
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