Issues: Education

SENATOR DEFRANCISCO’S BILL TO AMEND PROPERTY TAX INSTALLMENT PAYMENTS BECOMES LAW

Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) announced that his bill (S3110), which authorizes local school boards to determine the amount of an installment payment for school taxes, has become law.
           

September 29, 2011
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Senator Martins Visits Westbury High School

State Senator Jack M. Martins recently visited Westbury High School to speak with students about the life in the New York State Senate. With the Legislature between sessions, Senator Martins has the opportunity to visit schools, meet with students and answer any questions they may have about state government.

“It’s a pleasure visiting with the students at Westbury High Schools. They help me in my job since I am able to gain some insight into what our high school students feel is important. I want to thank Principal Arias for having me. I look forward to visiting again.” Said Senator Martins.

September 28, 2011
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Statement From Senator John Flanagan Regarding Governor Cuomo's Veto

Governor Cuomo was wrong to veto my legislation restoring $3.5 million in building aid to Smithtown School District.  The veto would have been expected and understood if the aid had been based upon some act of fraud, abuse or malicious intent.  But, nothing could be further from the truth in this case.

September 27, 2011
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Theresa Patnode Santmann's Gift To Farmingdale State College

Senator Owen H. Johnson joined the Farmingdale State College community to recognize Theresa Patnode Santmann at the September 21, 2011  announcement of her $1 million gift to the School of Health Sciences.  Santmann, a Babylon resident who earned her nursing degree at Farmingdale in 1969, is a prominent healthcare advocate and entrepreneur.  “Theresa Patnode Santmann’s gift will advance education at Farmingdale State College for many years to come, and we recognize and truly appreciate her benevolence as she gives back to our community in such a meaningful way,” Senator Johnson said.  

September 27, 2011
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Senator Montgomery, Senator Adams & Education Leaders Announce Brooklyn Launch of "Smart Scholars" Early College High School Program

NYS Senator Montgomery supported by Senator Adams, Assemblymember Hakeem Jeffries, Assemblymember Annette Robinson, Councilmember Letitia James and Councilmember Albert Vann at Long Island University with Brooklyn high school principals, college presidents, students, state education officials and union leaders announced the start of four new Smart Scholars Early College High School (ECHS) programs in Brooklyn, NY.  There are currently 27 high school/college partnerships in New York State serving over 5,000 students.  In 2009, eleven (11) were formed with the aid of a $6 million grant from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

September 26, 2011
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Gallivan Calls For Assembly Action on Anti-Bullying Legislation

Comprehensive Bill Focuses on Prevention and Accountability in Schools

In response to the tragic death of Western New York teen Jamey Rodemeyer, Senator Patrick M. Gallivan is urging his colleagues in the New York State Assembly to follow the Senate and pass the Law to Encourage the Acceptance of All Differences (S.4921).

September 26, 2011
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Rally in Support of the LIU Faculty Federation

Senator Adams spoke at a rally at the historic Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church in support of the striking Long Island University faculty who have been on strike since the first day of classes.

September 26, 2011
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Senator Montgomery Praises Student Achievers in the Bard Early College High School Program

Senator Montgomery introduces the Bard High School Early College program and praises its director, Martha Olson (left, rear) and program graduates for their outstanding achievements.

September 23, 2011
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Early College High School Advocates Team Up

At a September 14, 2011 news briefing, education advocates (from l-r) Assemblywoman Annette Robinson; Gale Stevens Haynes, Provost of Brooklyn Campus, Long Island University; and Dr. Kathleen M. Cashin, Member of the New York State Board of Regents, join Senator Montgomery to announce the start of the "Smart Scholars" Early College High School Program in four Brooklyn high schools.

September 23, 2011
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Boys & Girls High School Principal Talks About New Education Program

Bernard Gassaway, Principal, Boys & Girls High School, takes the stage at Senator Montgomery's September 14 news conference to announce the Smart Scholars Early College High School Program starting at his school in cooperation with Long Island University.

 

September 23, 2011
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SENATOR NOZZOLIO ANNOUNCES LEGISLATION PROTECTING STUDENTS FROM TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES SIGNED INTO LAW

New York State Senator Mike Nozzolio today announced that Governor Cuomo has signed into law legislation (S.3953) he co-sponsored and fought to enact that establishes guidelines for coaches, teachers and other school personnel to protect our students from concussions and traumatic brain injuries.

September 22, 2011
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LaGuardia College names academic hall for Maltese

Yournabe.com wrote on LaGuardia Community College's dedication to an academic hall last Thursday to former state Sen. Serphin Maltese, for whom Senator Gianaris offered kind words.

Educators at LaGuardia Community College dedicated an academic hall last Thursday to former state Sen. Serphin Maltese, a man who worked with lawmakers across the aisle and who has a lot in common with the students at the college.

“Serph Maltese is old-school,” said Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria), who spoke at the dedication. “He goes back to a time when things were bipartisan and cooperative.”

Read the full article here.

September 22, 2011
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3rd Graders at Quest Elementary School Show Off New Dictionaries

On Wednesday, September 21st, Senator Robach joined members of the Greece and Hilton Rotary Clubs to present new dictionaries to third grade students at Quest Elementary School in Hilton. The dictionary project promotes comprehension and literacy and instills at a young age the fun and importance of reading. Dictionaries are presented to 3rd grade students in the Hilton and Greece school districts.

September 21, 2011
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3rd Graders at Longridge Elementary School Receive Dictionaries

On Tuesday, September 20th, Senator Robach had the privilege to visit with 3rd grade students at Longridge Elementary School in Greece to distribute new dictionaries for the 3rd graders to use this year. Senator Robach was also joined by the new superintendent of the Greece Central School District, Barbara Deane-Williams. The dictionary distribution project continues through next week at schools in both the Greece and Hilton School Districts.

September 21, 2011
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LaValle and Glick to Focus on Proprietary Schools Early in Next Legislative Session

Chair of the New York State Senate’s Higher Education Committee, New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle  and Assemblymember Deborah J. Glick, Chair of the State Assembly’s Higher Education Committee said today that the oversight and enforcement of regulations on proprietary colleges operating in New York State will be a priority for the coming legislative session.  LaValle and Glick have pending legislation  -- S4268A -- to amend the education law in relation to private proprietary schools.

 Proprietary colleges are for-profit colleges and universities. They are operated by their owners or investors, rather than a not-for-profit institution, religious organization, or government.

September 21, 2011
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