Issues: Education

Senate Issues Mid-Year Economic and Revenue Report

This week the Senate Majority released a mid-year economic and revenue forecast for New York State. A copy of the report can be found at the Senate website, www.nysenate.gov.

Working together this year, with Governor Cuomo, we were able to close a $10 billion budget deficit. We balenced the budget by finding efficiencies in government, identifying areas to make responsible cuts in spending, and most importantly, held the line on taxes," said Senator Gallivan. "Significant challenges remain and I look forward to returning to Albany to address next year's budget, continuing to focus on fiscal responsibility, economic development, and job creation for Western New York."

Highlights of the report including the following:

November 21, 2011
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SENATOR PARKER, MAG MOGUL SEEK TO EXPAND MENTOR MOVEMENT -- Susan L. Taylor Implores Community Leaders to Take Action and Learn About Impacting Young Lives

Brooklyn, NY- Tonight Brooklyn corporate, nonprofit, entrepreneur and clergy leaders joined Senator Parker at a reception he sponsored on behalf of Brooklyn CARES Circle at Crystal Lounge in the heart of Flatbush and the five-term Senator’s district. Guests listened intently to staggering statistics of a fast-growing number of Black school-aged and teen-aged children falling below the already substandard poverty level. Special guest speaker Susan L. Taylor, CEO and founder of the National CARES Mentoring Movement and editor-in-chief emeritus of Essence magazine imparted to the enrapt attendees how their mentoring endeavor with an already-established youth service organization would dramatically impact these young lives and reverse these chilling facts.

 

November 18, 2011
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Isabella Streffacio, a 1st grader at Harding Avenue Elementary School, Presented With Summer Reading Certificate

Isabella Streffacio, a 1st grader at Harding Avenue Elementary School in Lindenhurst, was presented with a Summer Reading Certificate by Senator Owen H. Johnson upon her completion of the New York State Senate Summer Reading Program.   Senator Johnson met with Isabella and other Summer Reading Program participants at Sorto’s Top Bun in Lindenhurst on Thursday, October 13, 2011 for a special luncheon to celebrate their achievements.

November 18, 2011
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Senator Flanagan Participates In Commack School Reading Program

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently participated in the Parents as Reading Partners (PARP) program at North Ridge Primary School to read to the children.  Reading “Duck for President” by Doreen Cronin to Mrs. Rosanne Wilson’s ABA class, Mrs. Cyndi Nichols’ Kindergarten class, and Mrs. Jen Ryan’s 2nd grade class, Senator Flanagan joined parents and other community members in bringing the joy of reading to the students of the Commack school.

November 18, 2011
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2012 Kindergarten Enrollment for Families of Students with Disabilities

Kindergarten Application Period

January 9, 2012 - March 2, 2012

 

Families Notified about Assignment Offers

March 19, 2012 - March 23, 2012

 

Offer Acceptance Period

March 26, 2012 - April 13, 2012

November 17, 2011
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Squadron Urges City to Award NYU/Poly Applied Sciences Proposal

Campus at 370 Jay Street Would Utilize Long-Empty Keystone Property, Allow Multiple Applied Sciences Proposals To Be Selected

BROOKLYN – State Senator Daniel Squadron is urging the City to move forward with an Applied Sciences in NYC proposal submitted by New York University and the Polytechnic Institute of NYU.  The application proposes a Center for Urban Science and Progress at 370 Jay Street in Downtown Brooklyn.

In a letter to Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert Steel that is also copied to senior officials at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Senator Squadron writes that “pursuing 370 Jay Street would be a major step forward in the resurgence of Downtown Brooklyn, an area that has garnered hundreds of millions of dollars in capital improvements, but in which a full renaissance is stymied by 370 Jay’s current abandonment and disrepair…. NYU’s application presents a long-awaited opportunity.”

November 17, 2011
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It's Pizza and Politics With the Manhasset High School Student Senate

Senator Jack M. Martins was at Manhasset High School recently for “Pizza and Politics” with the Student Senate. Pizza and Politics is an event Senator Martins started with student governments from high schools around the Seventh Senate District. Senator Martins and the students discuss various issues in government over a couple of slices of pizza, courtesy of the Senator.

“The students can ask me anything on their minds. Hopefully, I can provide some insight for them. But also, their questions help me in my job since it gives me the opportunity to discuss what is important to our young people who are our future leaders” said Senator Martins. “I want to thank Manhasset High School and the Student Senate for having me.”

November 16, 2011
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Fort Plain School Officials Host Senator Farley

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) toured Fort Plain Central School District’s educational buildings on November 14th. Also on the tour was Assemblyman George Amedore (R - Rotterdam). Giving the tour and talking with Senator Farley about the school’s facilities and education issues were Superintendent Douglas C. Burton, school board member Jeff Jones, Harry Hoag Elementary Principal Cathy Brucker, and sixth grade teacher Lisa Van Valkenburg.

Pictured with Senator Hugh Farley is sixth grade teacher Lisa Van Valkenburgh.

November 15, 2011
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Senator Farley Tours Fort Plain Schools

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) toured Fort Plain Central School District’s educational buildings on November 14th. Also on the tour was Assemblyman George Amedore (R - Rotterdam). Giving the tour and talking with Senator Farley about the school’s facilities and education issues were Superintendent Douglas C. Burton, school board member Jeff Jones, Harry Hoag Elementary Principal Cathy Brucker, and sixth grade teacher Lisa Van Valkenburg.

Pictured (from left) are Superintendent Douglas C. Burton, Assemblyman George Amedore, Senator Hugh Farley, Harry Hoag Elementary Principal Cathy Brucker and board member Jeff Jones.

November 15, 2011
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Community Rallies Against Possible Closure of PS 161 and MS 587

Senator Adams joined New York Communities for Change, school administration, teachers and parents  to speak out against the possible co-location or closing of from P.S. 161 and M.S. 587. Parents, staff and concerned residents are asking for a realistic plan from the Department of Education – one that involves parents and the community, and addresses the individual needs of District 17's struggling schools.

November 15, 2011
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Congratulations to Floral Park-Bellerose School Student Council

The Floral Park-Bellerose School Student Council held their election and Senator Martins dropped by to congratulate all the participants. Senator Martins also spoke to the students, offering words of encouragement.

“Congratulations to all the students who took part in the Democratic process in the Floral Park-Bellerose School. It’s great that they have an interest in service to their school. I also want to once again thank the student council for its generous candy donation to the Sweets for Soldiers campaign. The students raised 600 pounds of candy. There are great things happening at the Floral Park-Bellerose School,” Senator Martins said.

Floral Park-Bellerose School Student Council

President-Diana

Vice President- Sarah

November 14, 2011
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SENATOR GIANARIS INVITES YOUNG STUDENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN THANKSGIVING CREATIVE CELEBRATION

Queens, NY – Senator Michael Gianaris is sponsoring the New York State Senate Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration for western Queens elementary schools as part of this year’s holiday. Eligible students are invited to submit a piece of artwork, poem or one-page essay expressing why they are thankful on this Thanksgiving. The program is called “What Are You Thankful For?”and is offered to students in kindergarten through 6th grade.

“As Thanksgiving approaches, I encourage all our elementary school students to participate in this fun, reflective program,” Senator Gianaris said. “The program gives students the opportunity to be creative and convey thanks for their family, friends and community. I look forward to seeing all of the imaginative submissions.”

November 10, 2011
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Squadron Calls on Dept. of Ed: Improve District 2 Rezoning Plan

NEW YORK -- State Senator Daniel Squadron urged the NYC Department of Education to reform the student population projections it uses for rezoning, in a letter to Chancellor Dennis Walcott. The call came amidst serious concerns about DOE’s draft District 2 rezoning plan, which impacts thousands of families and many schools in Senator Squadron’s district. The letter is linked below.

Despite new schools in Lower Manhattan, the rapidly growing residential population is still leading to long waitlists, an unsustainable number of kindergarten sections at many schools, and rezoning challenges.

“The zoning plans do not include some important factors. The School Construction Authority must develop more accurate assessments of the capacity and demand for school seats in Lower Manhattan,” wrote Senator Squadron in the letter.

In particular, Senator Squadron's bill - S2884 - includes mechanisms for more accurate student population projections, better transparency and feedback in planning, and a stronger role for parents and the public. In the letter, Senator Squadron also urges DOE to use City population projections and birth rate data, as well as surveys of students’ families to better plan for the growing demand.  

November 7, 2011
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Senator Martins Visits Government Class at Holy Trinity Diocesan High School

Senator Jack M. Martins spent an afternoon at Holy Trinity Diocesan High School in Hicksville, speaking with Ms. Picatagi’s government class. The students asked Senator Martins questions about his job as a Senator. They also asked questions about current issues such as healthcare and the state budget.

Senator Martins visited Holy Trinity after receiving an invitation to visit the school from student Danielle Beaudette.

Just as the students got going with their questions, the bell rung. But, Senator Martins said he would love to go back and continue the discussion. “I want to thank the students of Holy Trinity for having me. We had an engaging discussion about government. I enjoyed it and look forward to going back,” he said.

November 7, 2011
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Ranzenhofer invites Senate Education Chairman to Batavia

Plans to hold meeting with rural school district leaders

 

New York State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has invited the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Education, Senator John J. Flanagan, to travel to Batavia and meet with members of the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership on November 17 at the BEST Center at Genesee Community College. 

The purpose of the meeting will be for rural school district leaders to share their concerns about education funding and mandates with Senator Flanagan.

November 7, 2011
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Griffo gets Recognition For Library Advocacy

Griffo gets Recognition For Library Advocacy

November 3, 2011
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Senator Martins Congratulates Elmont Memorial High School Homecoming Queen

State Senator Jack Martins attended the Elmont Memorial High School Homecoming and congratulated the Homecoming King and Queen for 2011! For Senator Martins, the day was extra special as his intern, Elmont football star Qusarn Caldwell was crowned "Homecoming King!" Another friend, Chanel Charles, a volunteer in Senator Martins 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, was crowned "Homecoming Queen!" "Even though we had snow, sleet, rain and high winds, nobody could take away the excitement homecoming brings to Elmont Memorial High School! I was proud to come, cheer on the team and take part in homecoming," said Senator Martins.

November 2, 2011
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Senator Valesky Receives High Marks For Supporting New York Libraries

SYRACUSE— New Yorkers for Better Libraries recently announced its grades for New York State Legislators. Senator David Valesky (D-Oneida) received an A for his strong support of libraries throughout the community, scoring 140 of 160 points from the group.

November 2, 2011
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Senator Squadron: Dept. of Education Heeds Call, Adds New Seats to Future School at 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:

Today's Schools Capital Plan includes an important victory for Lower Manhattan: DoE has heeded our call to add 180 new seats to the future school at Peck Slip, bringing the total to 656. DoE deserves credit for being responsive to the needs of our growing, vibrant community.

As DoE continues to look at zoning in Lower Manhattan, a larger Peck Slip school should provide new flexibility and options -- moving us toward a conclusion that works better for all schools, current and future. I look forward to continuing to work with DoE, Speaker Silver, Councilmember Chin, and the community to prevent overcrowding, and ensure an overall schools plan that best serves kids.

November 1, 2011
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Senator Gianaris discusses Budget Cuts, Tax, Science Campus At Bd. 1

The Queens Gazette wrote on the October Community Board 1 meeting, where questions were raised on how the state deficit will be handled this year. Senator Gianaris, as the keynote speaker, spoke about a range of topics including ways in which we can boost our economy and maintain community members' rights to services they need.

New York state faces a projected budget deficit of $2.4 billion next year and after closing a gap of $10 billion, largely through cuts to health care and education, the question raised at the October meeting of Community Board 1 was how the state will handle the deficit this year.

November 1, 2011
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