Issues: Education

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 24, 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 23, 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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Senator Bonacic Announces Bill to Set School Proposition Votes on Certain Dates Passes in the Senate

Senator John Bonacic (R/I/C – Mount Hope) announces that the NYS Senate today passed  Senate Bill 2015-A which states that school district proposition votes shall be held only on the third Tuesday of May (or second Tuesday if the third Tuesday conflicts with religious observances), or on one or both of two dates set by the Commissioner of Education. 

June 17, 2014
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Senate Gives Final Passage to Mandate Relief Bill for Schools

The New York State Senate today gave final passage to a measure that will provide mandate relief to local school districts by eliminating the requirement of an annual visual inspection of school buildings. The bill (S3968A), sponsored by Senator Patty Ritchie (R-C, Heuvelton), would reduce the additional burden forced on school districts, eliminating costs, saving taxpayers money.  

June 17, 2014
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O'Mara signs on to legislation calling for 3-year delay of Common Core

Albany, N.Y., June 17—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) today announced that he will co-sponsor legislation to halt the implementation of the state’s new, controversial Common Core educational standards for three years.

O’Mara, who earlier this year joined what’s become a rapidly building consensus within the Legislature to fully delay Common Core’s implementation, said that supporters of the proposed legislation (S.6604-A/A.8844-A) will be pushing for its enactment before the end of the Legislature’s regularly scheduled session this week.  

June 17, 2014
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Latimer, Buchwald, Otis & Paulin Announce Construction Grant Awards for Westchester Libraries

Senator George Latimer, Assemblymembers David Buchwald, Steve Otis and Amy Paulin have announced that 6 libraries in the 37th Senate District will receive new funding.  Below is the list of recipients, amounts and the uses of the grants.

June 16, 2014
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Griffo Announces $418,980 in Construction Grants For Libraries

ALBANY – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo today announced that public libraries in his district have been awarded a combined $418,980 for construction funds.

“Many of our public libraries are in desperate need of renovations and upgrades,” said Griffo, R-Rome. “We need to make libraries accessible and enjoyable for all, which means building better access for those who are disabled, installing heating and air conditioning for comfort and providing Internet and other electronic technology to aid in learning. I thank the New York State Library for granting these needed funds so that we can preserve our local libraries for decades to come.”

June 16, 2014
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HELP FOR THE HIGHER-ED BOUND

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

June 16, 2014
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