Issues: Education

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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Senator DeFrancisco Congratulates Local Winner of Super Connector Search

A teacher at Salem Hyde Elementary School in the City of Syracuse has been chosen as the local winner of Time Warner Cable's Super Connector Search.  Laurie Holtsbery was honored Tuesday, December 13, 2011, for inspiring students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.  As a result, Holtsbery will take part in her own public service announcement for the Connect a Million Minds initiative, meant to inspire children to improve their science skills.  Senator DeFrancisco is pictured with (from left to right) Salem Hyde Elementary School Principal Octavia Wilcox, Teacher and Award Winner Laurie Holtsbery, Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli and Time Warner representative Alice Kim. 

December 14, 2011
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Senator Discusses Mandate Relief with School Superintendents

Senator Stewart-Cousins was one of several Hudson Valley State legislators to attend a meeting of the Lower Hudson Council of School Superintendents. The topic of the meeting was mandate relief, and how the State can help cash- strapped school districts save money. The superintendents presented several specific proposals, many of which the Senator supported and promised follow up.

December 14, 2011
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Governor Cuomo Approves UB2020 Application

UB is to be Awarded $35 Million Dollars by State under the NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Program $375 Million Plan Will Create More Than 3,000 jobs

 

 

Albany, NY (December 13, 2011)

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed the University of Buffalo 2020 challenge grant in Amherst, kick-starting a $375 million plan that will help revitalize Buffalo's economy and create thousands of jobs.

 

December 14, 2011
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Senator Martins Honors Soccer Conference Champs

State Senator Jack Martins saluted the Elmont Boys Soccer team this morning and presented team members with New York State Senate Citations commemorating their conference championship season. Senator Martins joined Principal John Capozzi, Athletic Director Pete Gaffney and Coach Pat Corvetti in the presentation to Senior Team Captains Richard Robinson and Justin Okoro. "The Elmont Soccer team made the entire Elmont and North Valley Stream community proud with their conference championship. They worked incredibly hard and earned every win they posted," said Senator Martins adding, "I'm honored to have been able to join Elmont Memorial High School in recognizing them and Coach Corvetti on their outstanding season."

December 14, 2011
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Sen. Klein and Einstein College Launch New Cognitive Neurophysiology Lab

BRONX, N.Y. -- Senator Klein joined administrators and faculty members of Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University this morning to officially open their new Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory.

December 13, 2011
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STATE SENATOR LEE ZELDIN JOINS GOVERNOR CUOMO FOR BILL SIGNING OF LAW REPEALING MTA PAYROLL TAX FOR OVER 700K TAXPAYERS

West Hempstead, N.Y. – State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) joined his legislative colleagues and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo this past Monday, December 12, 2011, as the Governor signed into law a new measure to eliminate the MTA Payroll Tax for approximately 80 percent of all employers currently paying the tax. Thousands more will see a reduction.

December 13, 2011
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Brighton's French Road Elementary School Honored as Blue Ribbon School

On Friday, December 9th, Senator Robach had the privilege to speak at a ceremony at French Road Elementary School in Brighton to celebrate their recognition as a Blue Ribbon School. French Road Elementary School and Pine Brook Elementary School (in Greece) were the only two area schools to win this National award. Congratulations to the students and staff of French Road, and best wishes for continued success!

December 13, 2011
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Senator Michael Gianaris meets with Global Kids in his district office.

Senator Gianaris meets with Global Kids youth leaders from Long Island City High School to discuss climate change and environmental policy.

December 13, 2011
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STATE SENATOR LEE ZELDIN JOINS GOVERNOR CUOMO FOR BILL SIGNING OF LAW REPEALING MTA PAYROLL TAX FOR OVER 700K TAXPAYERS

West Hempstead, N.Y. – State Senator Lee M. Zeldn (R, C, I- Shirley) joined his legislative colleagues and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today as the Governor signed into law a new measure to eliminate the MTA Payroll Tax for approximately 80 percent of all employers currently paying the tax.

Last week, the Legislature passed a bill repealing the MTA Payroll Tax for 78.2 percent of all employers (over 700,000 taxpayers). In addition, thousands more will see a reduction. In addition to the 290,000 employers who will have their tax eliminated, 414,000 self-employed taxpayers will also see the MTA Tax repealed. All elementary and secondary schools, both public and private, will now also be completely exempt from the payroll tax.

December 12, 2011
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Senator Martins Roots on Elmont in Petrocelli Classic

State Senator Jack Martins attended the Gregg Petrocelli Classic Basketball Tournament at Elmont Memorial High School this past weekend. The tournament is held in memory of Petrocelli, a coach and well respected guidance counselor at Elmont Memorial High School. The tournament hosts basketball games all day and celebrates the memory of Petrocelli who was know to a man where "everything he touched, he changed" positively for people. Senator Martins attended both classic basketball games featuring the Elmont Spartans, H. Frank Carey Seahawks and the Freeport Red Devils. "The Petrocelli Classic is a day where we remember a great educator, coach, father figure and man who inspired many young people in Elmont.

December 12, 2011
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Senator Squadron: Decision to Keep P.S. 137 Open Is Victory and Opportunity

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement after the Department of Education announced that it will not close P.S. 137 on the Lower East Side. In a November 7 letter to Chancellor Walcott, Senator Squadron urged the DOE to keep the school open:

DOE's decision to keep P.S. 137 open is a victory and an opportunity for the Lower East Side community. Last month, I urged the DOE to work with us to find an alternative to closure in the belief that an alternative would be less disruptive to teachers, parents, and students alike. I look forward to working with the school and the community to make sure P.S. 137 provides Lower East Side kids with the best possible education. 

December 9, 2011
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LEARN MORE ABOUT THE FUNDED REGIONAL PROJECTS ACROSS THE STATE

Created by Governor Cuomo, the Regional Economic Development Councils represent a fundamental shift in the state's approach to economic development - from a top-down development model to a community-based approach that emphasizes regions' unique assets, harnesses local expertise, and empowers each region to set plans and priorities.

December 9, 2011
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No easy answers on overcrowding

Queens Chronicle reports

Everyone acknowledges that schools are overcrowded in Queens, and that those in District 24 are the most overcrowded.

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December 8, 2011
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Stony Brook, Rockefeller among tech campus rejects

Times Ledger wrote about the potential building of an applied sciences or engineering campus on Roosevelt Island, after the proposal rejection of Stony Brook and Rockefeller. Senator Gianaris feels the multiple benefits of an added campus in Roosevelt Island will be a wonderful addition to Long Island City.

Two entities have been rejected in their bids to build an applied sciences or engineering campus somewhere in the city because they did not meet the criteria for the city’s competition, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said last week. Roosevelt Island is one of the possible sites.

December 8, 2011
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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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