Issues: Education

Astoria\LIC Kiwanis Hosts Holiday Auction Extravaganza

The Queens Gazette wrote about the Astoria/LIC Kiwanis Club holiday auction that sought to raise funds for charity. Senator Gianaris auctioned off his tie in order to provide scholarships for college hopefuls.

An annual local tradition, The Astoria\LIC Kiwanis Club holiday auction was attended by more than 125 members and guests who came to bid on a host of items for charity on December 5 at Riccardo’s by the Bridge.

 

“It’s one of the greatest events of the year,” said state Senator Mike Gianaris who had the privilege of auctioning off his own tie to help raise money to provide scholarships for graduating high school students who are going to college.

 

December 8, 2011
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SQUADRON TO GOVERNOR: INVEST IN BQE REHAB, CITY TECH, ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Following Bill's Passage, Squadron Asks Governor to Invest New York Works Infrastructure Fund in Brooklyn, Lower Manhattan

Squadron Applauds Passage of Programs He’s Long Championed: Summer Youth Employment, Career Pathways

ALBANY – Following the state legislature’s passage of legislation aimed at creating jobs and growing New York’s economy, State Senator Daniel Squadron asked Governor Cuomo to invest part of the New York Works Infrastructure Fund in key projects in the 25th Senate District: the rehabilitation of the Brooklyn Queens-Expressway (BQE), an incentive program for Lower Manhattan businesses to increase energy efficiency, and a new academic center at New York City College of Technology (City Tech).

December 8, 2011
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'OFFICE-ON-THE-MOVE' HEADS TO EDWARDS, CARTHAGE

State Senator Patty Ritchie is bringing government closer to her constituents in St. Lawrence and southern Jefferson Counties, with two of her highly successful “Mobile District Offices” planned for Edwards and West Carthage next week.

December 8, 2011
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Senator Adams Keynotes DTAP/ComAlert Graduation

Senator Adams was the keynote speaker for the Drug Treatment Alternative-to-Prison (DTAP)/ComAlert Graduation.  Programs provided through the Office of the Kings County District Attorney, Charles Hynes, DTAP is a residential drug treatment and re-entry program for formerly incarcerated individuals and ComAlert provides formally incarcerated individuals with housing, education, substance abuse treatment, physical and mental health counseling and employment.  The Senator offered congratulations and gave encouragement to the programs' graduates.

December 6, 2011
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Forum/Town Hall: Senator Rivera Teaches Civic Classes

Join us for our final civic class titled "Voting and Elections". 

December 14, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Forum/Town Hall: Senator Rivera Teaches Civic Classes

The Office of State Senator Rivera will host a free civic class featuring Community Board 8 member Irving Ladimer. This class is titled " the Rights, Responsibilities and Rewards of Citizenship". Join us next Wednesday for our final class titled "Voting and Elections"

December 7, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Senators Visit Henry Viscardi School

Senator Jack M. Martins invited his colleagues, Senator Dean Skelos and Senator Carl Marcellino, for a visit to the Henry Viscardi School in Albertson. The purpose of the visit was for the Senators see the great work that the school does in providing a top-notch education with students who have a disability.

The Henry Viscardi School is one of the true treasures of education. The staff creates a learning and caring environment for all students. I share the school's belief in educational opportunities for all. Students do not let any disabillity stop them from reaching their goals and being successful in their academics and extra-curricular activities. They are a source of inspiration and I am proud to represent them in the New York State Senate."

December 5, 2011
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Senator Martins Visits Vincent Smith School in Port Washington

Senator Jack M. Martins recently visited the Vincent Smith School in Port Washington to spend some time with the sixth grade students. The Vincent Smith School is a premier private school that serves the needs of various communities with its commitment to providing outstanding education with a supportive and nurturing setting.

“The Vincent Smith School does an outstanding job in providing a well-rounded education,” said Senator Martins. “The school also provides a nurturing environment in which the students can succeed.”

December 5, 2011
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Senator Martins' Sixth Grade Essay Contest Winners

Congratulations to all the participants in Senator Martins' Sixth Grade Essay Contest. The winners and their essays can be viewed by opening the pdf file below!

Jason Cuomo, St. Mary’s

Lourdes Rohan, Our Lady of Victory

Derek Chiang, Buckley Country Day School

U’Niah Cromwell, Clara H. Carlson School

Danielle Torrisi, New Hyde Park Road School

Ajay Sharma, Manor Oaks School

Aurbrey Jerome, Gotham Avenue School

Christian Calamuci, Henry Viscardi School

Sabrina Myers, Vincent Smith School

Bradford Lin, Great Neck North Middle School

Clara Goldberger, Great Neck South Middle School

Jason Lima, Mineola Middle School

Sarah Finkelstein, Carrie Palmer Weber Middle School

December 2, 2011
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Senator Martins Honors Elmont Autism Academy Founder

State Senator Jack Martins visited the Elmont Autism Academy at the Clara H. Carlson to honor Barbara Schwarz, the founder of the program at the Elmont Union Free School District this past week. The surprise presentation was put together by students, teachers, Mr. Harper and Senator Martins. "When Mr. Harper mentioned to me that he wanted to recognize Barbara for her work with the Academy, I thought it was a perfect opportunity to thank her for developing the program into such a wonderful place of learning," said Senator Martins.

December 2, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Speaks at Lafayette Junior High School

Senator John A. DeFrancisco spoke at Lafayette Junior High School on December 2, 2011, after students gave presentations on the impact of industrialization on Onondaga Lake.

December 2, 2011
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Senator Martins Swears-In New Dutch Broadway Student President

State Senator Jack Martins dropped by Dutch Broadway School in Elmont to swear-in the new Student President Nolan Alexandre-Baker. Nolan won the student election held at the school the previous week during a special Assembly where candidates gave speeches and students voted. Senator Martins congratulated the candidates and took the opportunity to swear-in Nolan for his term in front of sixth graders in Mr. Verde's class.

December 2, 2011
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Senator Rivera Teaches Civic Classes

State Senator Gustavo Rivera (D, WF-Bronx) will join Community Board 8 Ethics Committee Chair Irving Ladimer for the second in a series of community civics classes at the Kingsbridge Library Wednesday, December 7th at 6:00PM. This class will focus on the Rights and Rewards of Citizenship. This course is FREE TO THE PUBLIC and we encourage Bronxites of all ages to attend.

WHAT: FREE Civics classes taught by Senator Rivera and Irving Ladimer

WHO: Senator Gustavo Rivera and Irving Ladimer

WHERE: Kingsbridge Library - 291 West 231st Street, Bronx, NY

WHEN: Wednesday, December 7th - 6:00PM-7:00PM 

December 7, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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SENATOR YOUNG BRINGS EDUCATION CHAIR TO TOUR POSSIBLE REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL SITE

MAYVILLE - At the invitation of Senator Catharine Young, the state Senate Education Committee Chairman visited a potential regional high school site at Chautauqua Lake Central School Thursday.

Senator John Flanagan, whose committee has jurisdiction over Senator Young’s regional high school legislation, traveled from Suffolk County on Long Island to meet with local teachers, school board members and administrators.

“Senator Flanagan is a recognized leader and education policy expert. He has been very supportive of innovative ideas to help students succeed, and his willingness to journey 460 miles from the other end of the state to listen firsthand is outstanding,” Senator Young said.

December 1, 2011
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NYC DOE: Kindergarten Admissions Update

The kindergarten admissions process is school-based, but there is a standard timeline for all schools and there are citywide guidelines for eligibility and admissions priorities. Families must submit an application for kindergarten admission, even if they are applying to their zoned school. Important dates in the kindergarten admissions process for the 2012–2013 school year can be found on our Calendar and Events page:

January 9 – March 2, 2012: Kindergarten admissions period.

March 19 – March 23, 2012: Assignment notification period.

March 26 – April 20, 2012: Pre-registration period.

December 1, 2011
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City Reopens Door to Ease Overcrowding at P.S. 116

By Jill Colvin

DOWNTOWN — The Department of Education has cautiously reopened the door to a plan that could alleviate overcrowding at a Kips Bay school.

P.S. 116, on East 33rd Street between Second and Third avenues, is currently at 120 percent capacity, according to advocates. To ease the strain, parents and elected officials want the city to start kindergarten classes for nearby P.S. 281, which isn't scheduled to open until 2013, this fall so that some P.S. 116 students can go to school there.

December 1, 2011
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DOE Rejects Plan that Could Ease P.S. 116 Overcrowding

By Mary Johnson

KIPS BAY — Parents and teachers are angry at the Department of Education for rejecting a plan to help ease overcrowding at a Kips Bay school and vowed to continue the fight despite the setback.

P.S. 116, on East 33rd Street between Second and Third avenues, is currently at 120 percent capacity, advocates said. To keep that number from rising, parents and teachers proposed starting kindergarten classes for P.S. 281, a new school currently under construction, before its building at East 35th Street and First Avenue is ready.

December 1, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Tours ITT Tech in Liverpool

On November 29, 2011, Senator John A. DeFrancisco took a tour of the ITT Tech Liverpool campus, led by Campus Director Jennifer Hill.  The Senator is pictured with members of ITT Tech's management team.

November 30, 2011
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