Issues: Education

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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Griffo, Brindisi Announce $400,000 Commitment To Rome City Schools

ROME – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi today announced they have secured a combined $400,000 for the Rome City School District after receiving assurances from school officials that they will submit to an immediate review, followed by a full audit by the state Comptroller’s Office.

June 16, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Visits With John S. Burke High School Students, Sees Up Close How iPads Will Be Used in the Classroom

Senator Bonacic visited with students at John S. Burke Catholic High School in Goshen to see how the iPad will be used in the classroom.  

June 13, 2014
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Senator Valesky Celebrates Juneteenth

Senator David Valesky joined Congressman Dan Maffei, Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, Syracuse City Common Councilors, and area residents for a Juneteenth Flag Raising at City Hall on Friday, June 13.

June 13, 2014
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Senate Passes LaValle Bills To Make College More Affordable

June 12, 2014 -The State Senate today passed five bills, sponsored by Senator Kenneth LaValle to make college more affordable for students and their families, while setting students up for success. These bills provide opportunities to help New York students thrive by increasing awards in the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) to equal the cost per semester of SUNY and CUNY tuition, alleviating student loan debt, giving access to free community college to eligible students, and providing targeted work-training programs.

June 12, 2014
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Senate Passes Massage Therapist Continuing Education Bill

The State Senate today gave final legislative passage to legislation (S6712A), sponsored by Senator Betty Little (R-C-I, Queensbury), to permit licensed massage therapists from other states and countries to provide hands-on clini

June 12, 2014
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Senate Passes CPR in Schools Bill

The New York State Senate passed legislation today, sponsored by Senator Mark Grisanti (R-I, North Buffalo), that would enable high school students to be trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of automated defibrillators (AEDs).

“Schools prepare students with essential life skills, and CPR skills are among the most critical lifesaving skills that make our communities safer, year after year,” Senator Grisanti said.  “It takes only a few minutes to teach CPR. Sixteen states are now ensuring students learn CPR prior to graduation and it’s time to add New York to the list.

June 12, 2014
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Legislature Passes Brindisi-Griffo Bill Authorizing Utica Schools To Make Kindergarten Mandatory

Bill introduced at request of the school board and its administrators

UTICA – New York state senators today joined their Assembly counterparts by passing a bill that would allow Utica City School District to require five-year-olds to attend kindergarten.

The Senate bill (S7193) passed, 58-0, unofficially. The Assembly bill (A9472) passed, 120-10, on June 2. It now goes to the governor for his approval or disapproval.

June 11, 2014
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CNY, NNY LIBRARIES TO RECEIVE MORE THAN $188,000 IN CONSTRUCTION GRANT AWARDS

Funding to be used to Increase Handicapped Accessibility, Improve Energy Efficiency

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced several libraries in Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence Counties will share more than $188,000 in public library construction funds to make much-needed upgrades, increase handicapped accessibility and improve energy efficiency. 

“The libraries throughout Central and Northern New York are such fantastic resources for taxpayers in our region; offering books, new technology and countless community activities,” said Senator Ritchie.

“As a member of the Senate Select Committee on Libraries, I’m thrilled that the state is recognizing the importance of our libraries and know that this funding will go a long way towards helping these centers of learning improve and better serve those who utilize them.”

June 11, 2014
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