Issues: Education

Senator Flanagan Secures Funding To Benefit Commack School Students

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently announced that he has secured funding for the Commack Public Schools.  The funding, the result of Senator Flanagan’s ongoing efforts to secure educational funding for Commack students, will help enhance technology in facilities throughout the school district.

October 20, 2014
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Senator Valesky Visits Clinton's Youngest and Oldest Residents

Senator Valesky spent October 17 in the village of Clinton. He stopped by Clinton Elementary School and then LutheranCare, where he accepted an award and spent some time with residents.

October 17, 2014
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RITCHIE THANKS “CHEFS-IN-TRAINING” FROM ST. LAWRENCE-LEWIS BOCES NORTHWEST TECH CENTER

State Senator Patty Ritchie thanked culinary students from St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES Northwest Tech Center for preparing lunches for her recent St. Lawrence County Senior Health and Wellness Fair.

October 17, 2014
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Press Release: Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Tours Expanded Universal Pre-Kindergarten Classes at Sacred Heart School in Yonkers

Yonkers, NY - Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Democratic Conference Leader, and Assembly Member Shelley Mayer toured expanded pre-kindergarten classrooms at Sacred Heart School in Yonkers today, made possible through the state’s Universal Pre-K Funding Program that they voted for in the 2014 State Budget. Sacred Heart has been able to add 120 pre-kindergarten slots and 100 other seats were added at two other Catholic Schools also located in Yonkers, as part of the $2.2 million state education grant awarded to the Catholic School Region of Central Westchester.

October 16, 2014
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At the kickoff of the Ulster BOCES partnership with NASA's HUNCH program

Senator Bonacic presented remarks at the kickoff of the Ulster BOCES instructional partnership with NASA’s HUNCH program on Wednesday, October 15, 2014.  This is a program where students receive hands-on, real-world experience with NASA scientists and engineers. The idea is to inspire the next generation of researchers and space explorers, and the Senator stated that educational investments such as this will help all of us learn more about space.  

October 15, 2014
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Senator Valesky Meets With Students From "Big Picture" Program at LaFayette High

Senator Valesky had the opportunity to meet with students in the Big Picture program at Lafayette High School while on their field trip in Albany.

October 15, 2014
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RITCHIE SECURES NEARLY $70,000 TO IMPROVE SAFETY AT LOCAL SCHOOLS

In an effort to improve safety and security at local schools, State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced nearly $70,000 in special funding to be distributed to  districts throughout Central and Northern New York.

“When children are in the classroom and when teachers are leading lessons, the focus should be on learning—not whether or not they are safe and out of harm’s way,” said Senator Ritchie.

“All you need to do is pick up a newspaper to see that schools have been faced with a wide variety of incidents threatening their safety.  The need for security upgrades has been one of the top priorities expressed by local educators, and I’m pleased to provide this funding which will help to ensure that learning remains at the forefront of the minds of students, educators and parents.”

October 14, 2014
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Nanuet School District Creates New Innovative Outdoor Programs at Outdoor Education Center

On Friday, October 10th, Senator David Carlucci visited the Nanuet Outdoor Education Center, along with Superintendent Mark McNeill and Assistant Superintendent Meredith Fox, to observe new programs happening at the Outdoor Education Center. The programs are designed to teach students the importance of agriculture and the idiosyncrasies of marketing and selling a product.

October 10, 2014
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New Bill Aims To Reduce Train Noise Near City Schools

Senator Gianaris joined Congressman Joe Crowley, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, parents and students at PS 85 to continue to fight for peaceful classrooms free from noise caused by passing trains. Check out this CBS News report for more details. 

October 10, 2014
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What are you thankful for this year?

To celebrate Thanksgiving Day this year, Senator Dilan is sponsoring a Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration for children in grades K – 6. The theme of the Thanksgiving Day celebration is: “What are you thankful for?”

Participating schools can submit their students original poem, one-page essay, or artwork expressing what they are thankful for electronically, preferably in jpeg or pdf format, here.

All submissions will be published online, and students will receive a certificate acknowledging their participation.

Please submit your essay, poetry or art work for inclusion in the Thanksgiving Day Showcase by November 24, 2014.

October 9, 2014
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THIS MONTH, CHOOSE TO BE KIND

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

Did you know that every day, 160,000 teens reportedly skip school because they are bullied? In addition, a recent survey indicated that 18 percent of New York high school students had been bullied on school property and 16 percent had experienced cyberbullying in the past year. 

October 9, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Reads to Students at Stonehedge Elementary

Senator John A. DeFrancisco read a story on how to overcome bullying to fith graders at Stonehedge Elementary School in theWest Genesee School District.  Senator DeFrancisco was invited by the Stonehedge Parent Teacher Association to be a guest reader on October 7, 2014. 

 

October 8, 2014
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Senator Ken LaValle Releases Report Concerning Sexual Violence On College Campuses

October 7, 2014 – Today, Senator Ken LaValle announced the release of his report concerning sexual violence on college campuses.  Senator LaValle, Chairman of the NY Senate Higher Education Committee, has long been recognized for his awareness and legislative action concerning this pervasive problem.  In May of this year, he assembled a round table of experts to revisit current approaches and existing laws to discover where additional actions were necessary.

October 7, 2014
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Seward Announces $273,000 For Area Schools

MILFORD, 10/06/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced $273,000 in state grants he secured to assist area schools, including $38,000 to support Milford Central School’s Career Opportunities in Rural Education (CORE) Initiative.

“Our schools are faced with growing financial demands while, at the same time, student needs are also on the rise,” said Senator Seward.  “Districts are often searching for new and innovative ways to help students prepare for the future, and I am pleased to help support these initiatives.”

October 6, 2014
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ADDABBO CONGRATULATES DISTRICT STUDENTS ON SUCCESSFUL READING PROGRAM

State Senate District 15 has highest turnout for New York State Senate Summer Reading Program

October 2, 2014
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NYS Banking Settlement Windfall Belongs to Taxpayers

It’s not a bad problem to have.  What to do with more than $3 billion?  That’s the question facing the State of New York after a settlement with BNP Paribas, a French bank charged with violating U.S. money laundering laws. Similar settlements with other banks could drive the total windfall to about $4 billion.  As you can imagine, there is no shortage of ideas for what to do with this money.  I believe the answer is simple; return the money to the people of New York by relieving the tax burden on residents and lowering the cost of government.

September 30, 2014
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Greece Rotary Dictionary Project Visits Lakeshore Elementary School

The Greece Rotary Dictionary project took us to Lakeshore Elementary School in the Town of Greece yesterday afternoon. Thanks to the members of the Greece Rotary Club for partnering with me on this project, and to the enthusiastic students and teachers who make it so much fun!

Click here for more pictures from Lakeshore Elementary School.

September 26, 2014
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Albany Times-Union Op-Ed: Pathway through state's current job crisis

New York is in the midst of a middle-skills job crisis.

When you look at help-wanted listings across our state, the positions being advertised are for computer network specialists, electricians, machinists, welders and high-tech manufacturing workers. We often hear from employers who say many job applicants for skilled labor or high-tech positions lack the necessary skills to do the job. Additionally, we have a significant number of students who do not finish school, or who graduate without the skills to do well in college or the job market.

Providing a Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathway to high school graduation helps solve this problem, but time to act is ticking.

September 26, 2014
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“HATS OFF” TO THE CHEFS-IN-TRAINING FROM OSWEGO COUNTY CITI

State Senator Patty Ritchie thanked culinary students from Oswego County CiTi recently for preparing lunches for guests at her Oswego County Senior Health and Wellness Fair.

In addition to preparing lunches for the Oswego County event, students will also provide lunches at Senator Ritchie’s Jefferson and St. Lawrence County Senior Health and Wellness Fairs which will be held on October 1st and October 15th. 

September 25, 2014
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CBS 2 Investigates: Why Are There No Crossing Guards Outside Jackson Heights School?

As reported by WCBS TV:

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Getting to school safely is challenging enough in the city, but take crossing guards out of the situation and parents say it is a recipe for disaster.

As CBS 2’s Vanessa Murdock reported Wednesday, that is exactly what happened in Jackson Heights, Queens.

“We’re missing about 12 or 13 crossing guards in various schools,” said New York State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Queens.)

Peralta said it is unacceptable, especially considering the statistics.

“Between the years of 2011 and 2013, the number of kids that have been struck and killed in New York City by cars has almost doubled, from seven to 13,” Peralta said.

For full article, click here.

September 25, 2014
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