Issues: Education

Senate Passes Bill That Provides $3.1 Billion in New Property Tax Relief, Extends the Tax Cap, and Implements Significant Education Reforms

The New York State Senate today passed an end-of-session measure that will bring $3.1 billion in new tax relief to property owners, extend the existing property tax cap to deliver additional savings and create new jobs, improve affordable housing statewide, and continue the Senate’s ongoing commitment to ensuring that every child has access to a quality education.

June 26, 2015
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Action Taken to Address Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Crisis

Focus is on improving prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of tick-borne diseases

 

ALBANY – Improvements to the methods of preventing, diagnosing, and treating Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, along with legislation to help stop the spread of the deer tick population, recently passed the state Senate.

 

The legislative package was the result of work done by the Senate’s Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases, to which Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) was appointed earlier this year, and is aimed at addressing the rising public health crisis.

 

June 24, 2015
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O'Mara sponsoring summer reading program for students and families ~ Senate teams up with NYS Library and local public libraries on summer long effort to encourage young readers

Elmira, N.Y.—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) has announced that he’s sponsoring an online summer reading program that the New York State Senate will be promoting throughout the summer of 2015 in partnership with the New York State Library and public libraries across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide.

June 23, 2015
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Sign Up for The Summer Reading Program Today!

Go to http://nyread.com/ to create a profile and start the summer reading program today. 

June 23, 2015
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SENATOR MARTINS JOINS FLORAL PARK-BELLEROSE STUDENTS IN CELEBRATING FLAG DAY

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently joined with students and staff at Floral Park-Bellerose School in celebrating Flag Day at the school’s annual Flag Day Ceremony.

     The Ceremony is an annual celebration where students learn about, and pay tribute to, the American Flag.

     Senator Martins is pictured with students and staff at Floral Park-Bellerose School’s annual Flag Day Ceremony.

June 23, 2015
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SENATOR SQUADRON STATEMENT ON MAYOR'S INCLUSION OF LUNAR NEW YEAR AS SCHOOL HOLIDAY

NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron joined Mayor Bill de Blasio at PS 20 in Flushing, Queens to announce the inclusion of Lunar New Year as a school holiday. Squadron released the following statement:

June 23, 2015
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Press Release: Yonkers State Delegation Release: Yonkers to Join the Other Big Five School Districts in Requiring Five Year Olds to Attend Kindergarten

Yonkers, NY - Yonkers will join the other Big Five School Districts in New York State by requiring five year olds in the city to attend kindergarten. The Yonkers State Delegation, including Senators Andrea Stewart-Cousins and George Latimer and Assembly Members Gary Pretlow and Shelley Mayer sponsored and passed legislation to increase kindergarten attendance in the city. Syracuse, Buffalo, Rochester and New York City already require kindergarten attendance, and this bill, requested by the Yonkers Board of Education, allows Yonkers to do the same.

The bill awaits the Governor’s signature to become law.

June 22, 2015
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Press Conference at Daemen College

Amherst, NY - Daemen College hosted a press conference with Senator Ranzenhofer to announce that he has secured a $480,000 state grant to establish a Graduate Studies Technology Center at the college’s Research and Information Commons building. This is believed to be the second largest state grant ever received in the college’s history. Click here for more information. 

June 22, 2015
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Ranzenhofer Secures $480,000 State Grant for New Graduate Studies Technology Center at Daemen

Amherst, NY – Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer announced today that he has secured $480,000 in state funding to establish a Graduate Studies Technology Center in Daemen College’s Research and Information Commons building. This is believed to be the second largest state grant ever received in the college’s history.

 

June 22, 2015
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Free These Embargoed Funds Now!

What You Should KnowBy Senator Rev Rubén Díaz32nd Senatorial District718-991-3161Free These Embargoed Funds Now!You should know that it has recently come to my attention that even though I sponsored measures in 2009 that were approved grants for various capital projects in the Bronx and throughout New York State, due to bureaucratic malfeasance, these resources have yet to be distributed to the schools and organizations.Imagine students from PS 100, located at 800 Taylor Avenue, sitting in hot classrooms in the South Bronx, wishing that someone would help to put air conditioners in their school. You should know that the money was assigned in 2009, and the State’s and the City’s bureaucracies have not moved on it.

June 22, 2015
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Sen. Ortt Comments on Education Reforms Recently Passed in Senate

The Senate recently passed common-sense education reforms that require the SED to release test questions to teachers sooner, ensure state exams in grades 3-8 are grade-appropriate, require an additional 45-day public comment period of the SED's new draft regulations, among other things. Senator Ortt speaks more about the changes in this short clip.

June 19, 2015
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Statement: Senator Rob Ortt Sums up Session as it Comes to a Close

“I’ve seen the best and the worst of government throughout my first legislative session. There have been true victories for the people of New York. We prioritized Upstate through billion dollar investments in education, infrastructure, economic development programs, energy, and agriculture. We increased critical services to veterans returning from combat, children without adequate health care, women subjected to rape and domestic violence, victims of mental illness, and individuals and families affected by disabilities. Stricter measures against drug dealers and sex offenders will keep our families and communities safe.

June 18, 2015
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Senator Ken LaValle’s Legislation Combating Sexual Assault on College & University Campuses Passes Legislature

The process begun by Senator LaValle last year is expected to be quickly signed into Law by the Governor

June 18, 2015
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Senate Passes Bill Protecting Students from Sexual Assault on College & University Campuses

The New York State Senate has passed crucial legislation in the fight against sexual violence on college campuses. The bill (S5965) takes a comprehensive approach to help make every college and university campus throughout New York State more safe and secure. In 2014, members of the Senate Higher Education Committee convened a roundtable of advocates, legislators, college and

June 17, 2015
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO COMBAT SEXUAL VIOLENCE ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES

(Albany, NY)- Senator Bonacic is pleased to announce that legislation he supported has passed the Senate that will help combat sexual violence on college campuses. The bill, S.5965, would require all colleges and universities in the State of New York to implement uniform prevention and response policies and procedures relating to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.

June 17, 2015
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Senator Hamilton's Chief of Staff Jarvis Houston Presenting Awards at St. Francis de Sales School for the Deaf Graduation Ceremony

(Brooklyn, NY - June 17, 2015)  Chief of Staff Jarvis Houston delivered remarks on behalf of Senator Hamilton. Though Senator Jesse Hamilton was unable to attend in person, he extended his congratulations to all the graduates.

June 17, 2015
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Sen. Valesky Meets with Frazer Students

Fourth and fifth graders from Frazer K-8 School in Syracuse met with Sen. Valesky at the Great Western Staircase (also known as the Million Dollar Staircase) in the State Capitol building on June 15. The students were on a school field trip to Albany. With them is Assemblywoman Maritza Davila.

June 17, 2015
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