Issues: Education

Statement From Senator Patrick M. Gallivan on the Governor’s State of the State Address

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) was selected by his Senate colleagues today to give official notification to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo that the Senate is standing at ready to conduct its business for 2012. Gallivan notified the Governor prior to the annual State of the State address this afternoon, which Gallivan applauded for “its strong vision for New York State’s future” while stressing the importance of building upon the cooperation and collegiality that enabled last year’s progress.

January 4, 2012
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Senator Seward Comments on State of State Address

ALBANY, 01/04/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address:

“Partnering with Governor Cuomo last year, we ended partisan gridlock and a number of successful initiatives were realized.  Now it is time to continue our Empire State resurgence.

“The governor’s focus on creating private sector jobs runs parallel with my own.  His innovative approach to utilizing public/private partnerships is especially appealing and I was pleased he singled out tourism as a sector in need of additional state support.

January 4, 2012
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Students’ posters aim to erase graffiti

Senator Tony Avella is aiming to erase any thoughts of vandalism from the minds of the students in his district – and paint them a clear anti-graffiti picture.

The senator joined representatives from the Bayside Business Association (BBA) and students from across northeast Queens on December 15 for his first annual Anti-Graffiti Poster Contest.

January 4, 2012
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Senator Martins Supports Anti-Bullying Efforts at the Clara H. Carlson School

An assembly at the Clara H. Carlson School in Elmont was the scene for a discussion on a very important issue that is dominating nationwide headlines- the subject matter was bullying. The gathering of students was an effort to educate young people on the very real and emotional testimony from Jamie Isaacs who was a victim of bullying and national advocate. Isaacs has electrified audiences and educated thousands on the issue and gives heartfelt perspective about the issue from her own personal experience.

January 3, 2012
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Attention Scarsdale Students!

The League of Women Voters of Scarsdale is planning to select a student to participate in this year's Students Inside Albany conference, which will be held on March 25-28, 2012.

Students Inside Albany is an intensive 4-day conference designed to immerse students in the process by which public policy is proposed, enacted and changed in New York State and to educate them on how they can influence and affect this process.  Students are afforded the opportunity to observe Assembly and Senate sessions and to shadow one of their state legislators.

A downloadable application and additional information may be found on the League website, www.lwvs.org, or by emailing the League at lwvscarsdale@gmail.com.  Applications are due on January 11, 2012.

I  hope to see you in Albany in March!

January 3, 2012
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SQUADRON: DOE HEEDS OUR CALLS, PROPOSES P.S 8 EXPANSION TO INCLUDE MIDDLE SCHOOL

BROOKLYN -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement in response to the NYC Department of Education's proposal to expand P.S. 8 Robert Fulton to include a middle school:

Last night, DOE answered the calls of the community and formally proposed the expansion of P.S. 8 to include a middle school. 

For months, I've worked with parents, P.S. 8 faculty, DOE, Assemblymember Millman and Councilmember Levin to make this proposal a reality. 

Providing our community with a high quality middle school is critical to continuing the success of P.S. 8. I urge quick approval of this proposal to get the middle school up and running by next school year and ensure that our kids get the the quality education they deserve. 

December 23, 2011
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Senator Adams Attends School District 17 Spelling Bee

Senator Adams attended the District 17 Wide Spelling Bee at M.S. 61, where students at each grade level in school district 17 competed and showcased their spelling ability.

 

December 22, 2011
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Senator Adams Joins Cyberbullying Initiative in NYC Charter Schools

New York City Charter School Center, through a partnership with Senator Klein, Assemblyman Scarborough, Senator Adams and Kaitlin Monte, Miss New York 2011, administered a survey, “Click, Comment and Create Change,” to 3rd- and 4th-graders at the New Beginnings Charter School in Bedford-Stuyvesant.  The answers to the survey will be used to gather data that will help form the legislation to crack down on the problem of online bullying. Senator Adams and Senator Klein spoke to a group of 8- to 10-year-olds about the problems of excessive online chatter and the role they can play as young leaders in advising their peers about proper cyber etiquette.

December 22, 2011
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SENATOR GOLDEN CALLS ON NYC DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO INCLUDE IS 30 IN PS 331

Brooklyn – Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) sent a letter to School’s Chancellor Dennis Walcott on the ongoing issue of PS 331/IS 30, specifically addressing the issues of the proposed and then abandoned school laboratory and the inclusion of the current student body of IS 30 in the new location.

 

Senator Golden, calling on cooperation and compromise with the community and the Department of Education, stated “Our middle school students deserve the best, and by moving them from their current location (a former apartment building) and into a brand new facility, we can accomplish this.”

December 21, 2011
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MARKOWITZ, SQUADRON, COMMUNITY RALLY FOR APPLIED SCIENCES CAMPUS AT 370 JAY ST WITH NYU-POLY PROPOSAL STILL ON TABLE

Markowitz, Squadron: City Should Take This 'Two-for-One' Opportunity, Bring Game-Changing Center for Urban Science & Progress to Downtown Brooklyn

 

DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN – Today, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and State Senator Daniel Squadron joined Brooklyn elected officials and community and business leaders to rally in support of New York University’s and the Polytechnic Institute’s proposal for an applied sciences campus at 370 Jay Street.

Putting the long-empty former MTA headquarters at 370 Jay Street to use would be a game-changer for Downtown Brooklyn -- creating a hub for science and technology that connects the budding tech community in DUMBO and the surrounding neighborhoods with NYU-Poly’s proposed Center for Urban Science and Progress, as well as City Tech and Poly’s existing campuses. Elected officials and the community have long called for 370 Jay Street to be put to productive use, and pursuing this proposal would be a major step forward in the continued resurgence of Downtown Brooklyn.

 

December 21, 2011
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LEGISLATIVE GAZETTE: Governor Cuomo OK’s grant to get UB 2020 ball rolling

Western New York lawmakers are hailing the recently approved UB 2020 plan as an initiative that will improve the city’s economy and quality of the university.

The grant, approved by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in Amherst last Tuesday, is part of the SUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Program he signed in August. The plan awards $35 million in state funds to the University of Buffalo and begins the first phase of a larger $375 million strategic development that will relocate the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus in downtown Buffalo.

December 21, 2011
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Senators Call On Governor Cuomo To Protect School Taxpayers

    In a recent letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senators Kenneth P. LaValle (1st Senate District), John Flanagan (2nd Senate District), Lee Zeldin (3rd Senate District) and Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District) formally called for the restoration of building aid to four Suffolk County school districts to be included as part of the Governor’s upcoming budget proposal.    The State Education Department originally denied this funding to the districts because they inadvertently failed to file paperwork on time for certain capital construction projects.

December 20, 2011
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Senator Carlucci Awards Winner of National Hispanic Heritage Month Poster Contest

In an effort to celebrate Rockland County’s cherished cultural diversity, Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange) today visited Fleetwood Elementary School to present a certificate of achievement to third grader Brianna Torres-Vega, one of the winners for his first annual Hispanic Heritage Month Poster Contest.

December 20, 2011
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR MICHAEL GIANARIS ON SELECTION OF CORNELL UNIVERSITY FOR APPLIED SCIENCES CAMPUS ON ROOSEVELT ISLAND

"I welcome the selection of Cornell University to create a state-of-the-art Applied Sciences Campus on Roosevelt Island. This facility will create thousands of new jobs and its location will advance western Queens' growing reputation as a hub of job growth, technology and entrepreneurship. As we continue to face difficult financial times, it is initiatives like this one that incentivize new businesses to establish themselves here and fuel economic development."

 

December 19, 2011
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Senator Martins Honors Elmont Memorial High School Football Team

The Elmont Spartan Football team was honored by State Senator Jack Martins on their outstanding season which took them all the way to the Hofstra finals. Throughout the season, Senator Martins was on the sidelines during several games in the sunshine and in the snow with team members and Principal John Capozzi during the regular season. This past week, Senator Martins visited with team members and congratulated them for not only making All-County, but also their outstaning season. Joining Senator Martins in the presentation was Coach Jay Hegi, Principal John Capozzi, Athletic Director Pete Gaffney and Captains Jeffery Brenya, Ben Odugbesan, Kyle Johnson and Nikai Carter.

December 19, 2011
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Public Hearing: To examine alternative project delivery methods

Senate Standing Committee on Higher EducationChair: Senator Kenneth P. LaVallePublic Hearing: To examine alternative project delivery methodsPlace: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor,Albany, New York Time: 12:00 – 2:00 P.M.Contact: Nicole Stewart (518) 455-3121Media Contact: Drew Biondo (631) 473-1461ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

January 9, 12:00 PM - 1:14 PM
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Senator Squadron: DOE Again Heeds Our Call, Adds More Seats to Peck Slip

 

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement after the NYC Department of Education announced plans to add additional seats to the future school at Peck Slip. The DOE will add two new classrooms, or 56 new seats, to the school, bringing the total to 712 seats. Last month, the DOE announced the addition of 180 seats:

December 16, 2011
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Senator Martins Introduces 'How a Bill Becomes a Law?' Program For 4th and 5th Grade Students

Senator Jack M. Martins wants to hear your ideas!

Senator Martins is sponsoring a program for all 4th and 5th grade students in the Seventh Senate District to submit an idea for legislation. The program is designed to encouraged students to learn about government by being active participants.

Submissions will be accepted from January 2 through February 2. Ideas will be reviewed as Senator Martins heads to the State Capitol for the 2012 Legislative Session!

December 16, 2011
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Senator Martins Congratulates Searingtown School on Optimum-Lightpath Grant

Optimum Lightpath, a division of Cablevision, awarded a $10,000 grant the Searingtown School in Albertson to roll out ambitious new technology-driven learning programs. The grant program was open to public and private elementary and secondary schools in the counties of Nassau and Suffolk. Grants were awarded based on how the school would:

· Leverage technology to improve instruction;

· Promote the use of technology to improve the overall education experience;

· Utilize new technology to promote distance learning; and

· Create new school initiatives centered around new technologies.

December 14, 2011
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