Issues: Education

Epilepsy Foundation Honors Scholarship Award Winner

On Wednesday July 13, Senator Robach presented a certificate to Greece student Shaina Sarkis, who received the Stephen A. Segar Scholarship. The award was presented during the Epilepsy Foundation luncheon at Country Club of Rochester. Congratulations to all of this year's award winners and all the best on your future endeavors!

July 14, 2011
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Senator Robach Announces 'Back to School Backpacks and Supplies' Drive

I hope you are enjoying all that summer has to offer in our community. Because of the tremendous response from the community to my “Coats for Kids Clothes Drive” last December,  I am proud to announce my “Back to School Backpacks and Supplies Drive”. From now until August 5th, I will be collecting backpacks and school supplies and will be donating them to the Greece Ecumenical Clothes Closet, who is in “great need” for these items.

 

Supplies needed are:

Backpacks
Pens – Blue and Black
Pencils – Standard and Colored
Rulers and protractors
Lined paper and pads, composition paper
Folders
Post-It-Notes
Basic calculators
Glue sticks
Highlighters

 

July 14, 2011
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The Broadsheet Daily: SAGE Advice: Find a Way to Serve

"I don't know what your destiny will be," Albert Schweitzer once told a group of students, "but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve." Seemingly guided by these sentiments, three Downtown high school students have been recognized by State Senator Daniel Squadron and were awarded the third annual Service and Government Engagement (SAGE) Awards. Elementary, middle and high schools across Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn nominated students for the SAGE Award. Students are selected for showing a deep commitment to public service beyond the classroom.

July 13, 2011
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Senator Martins Congratulates Nick Ruscillo on His Acceptance to SUNY Maritime

Senator Jack M. Martins recently congratulated Nick Ruscillo for his acceptance to SUNY Maritime College. The Carle Place resident was nominated by Senator Martins for the Cadet Appointment Program. The program allows elected officials to nominate candidates for a full tuition scholarship.

“Nick is a terrific young man. He has a bright future and I was proud to nominate him for the Cadet Appointment Program. He has a great upbringing, which is a credit to his parents, and I am certain he will succeed at SUNY Maritime,” Senator Martins said. “I congratulate and commend him.”

July 13, 2011
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SENATOR MONTGOMERY HONORS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENT DOROTHY BURNHAM, A BROOKLYN “RENAISSANCE WOMAN”

The lifetime achievements of Brooklyn native Dorothy Burnham were recognized and lauded by NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) during the reading of a Senate resolution, which was unanimously passed by the full Senate during the final days of the 2011 Legislative Session. The resolution paid tribute to Dorothy Burnham’s many notable contributions to our public education system, the advancement of civil rights, and to the promotion of racial and economic equality. Ms. Burnham was also honored for her designation as recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the New York Friends of the People's World. “Dorothy Burnham is a Renaissance Woman,” said Senator Montgomery.

July 11, 2011
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Summer Reading

Albany, N.Y.—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) and his Senate colleagues have launched a new, online Summer Reading Program.

Among other features, the site includes a recording journal, opportunities to share books with other family members and friends, and a series of popular summer reading lists.

July 6, 2011
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2011 Summer Reading Challenge - Let your book take you away on a summer journey!

Now that school is out for the summer, Senator Owen H. Johnson is inviting all elementary school students in his district to participate in his Summer Reading Program.  Senator Johnson is sponsoring this free program to encourage students throughout our community to continue reading this summer vacation.The program is open to any young child who enjoys reading.  To complete Senator Johnson’s reading challenge, students will be asked to read at least three books over the summer and record their thoughts about their chosen works in a Summer Reading Journal.  The children who return a completed log to Senator Johnson’s office by August 31, 2011 will receive a Summertime Reading Certificate to recognize their efforts.

June 28, 2011
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Senator Parker Legislative Update - Roger Rosen

Roger Rosen, CEO of the educational publisher Rosen Publishing, was interviewed by Senator Parker (D-21) on June 15, 2011.   Rosen Publishing, Inc. is an independent educational publishing house, established in 1950 to serve the needs of students in grades Pre-K -12 with high interest, curriculum-correlated materials.  Parker discussed several topics including:

The importance of Teen Health & Wellness Database, created by the Rosen Publishing Company which is available at www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org.
Cyberbullying and Teen Suicide
The importance of electronic databases for access to information to teens
Cyber Safety for Parents and Childen

June 28, 2011
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Senate Passes Historic Property Tax Cap Legislation

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C,I – Port Jefferson) said the Senate passed historic property tax relief legislation that enacts a cap on the growth of local property taxes. that will bring relief to long suffering tax payers. The Governor signed the bill into law Friday night (06/24).

“I have long been an advocate of a tax cap,” Senator LaValle said, “and the time has come for us to implement this law.”

June 27, 2011
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June 24, 2011
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Grisanti Sponsors and Votes “Yes” To SUNY 2020, Job Creation in Western New York

Grisanti Votes “Yes” To SUNY 2020, Job Creation in Western New York

 

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to establish the NY-SUNY 2020 Challenge Grant program that includes capital funds for investments in economic expansion and job creation at the four SUNY University Centers, as well as a predictable and rational plan for SUNY tuition that will allow students and families to plan for tuition costs.

Senator Grisanti sponsored (S.5855) the bill and this represents a three-way agreement among the Governor, Senate and Assembly.

June 24, 2011
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Bill to Provide Budget Relief for School Districts Passes Senate

Allows Financing of Teacher Pension Costs; Yonkers will Save $4.9 million

The New York State Senate passed legislation (S. 4067-A) today that would allow school districts throughout New York to finance their teacher pension costs, a process called "amortization". Under current law, school districts must pay contributions to the New York State Teacher Retirement System in one lump sum. This bill permits districts to issue bonds to cover these costs, which allows them to make payments over time and provides much-needed cash to struggling school districts.

June 24, 2011
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Bill To Establish Naturopathic Doctors As Licensed Professionals In New York State Passes Senate.

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R, C, I- Port Jefferson) said today that a bill he sponsored to establish naturopathic doctors as licensed professionals in New York State has passed the Senate. This legislation also includes specific requirements for the education and residency training for naturopaths, the creation of a state board for naturopathy, and continuing education provisions.

June 23, 2011
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Warsaw Elementary Group 2

Senator Gallivan was pleased to host a group of 4th Graders from Warsaw Central Elementary School during their recent visit to the Capitol in Albany, NY.

June 22, 2011
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Warsaw Elementary Group 1

Senator Gallivan was pleased to host a group of 4th Graders from Warsaw Central Elementary School during their recent visit to the Capitol in Albany, NY.

June 22, 2011
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$2.9 M Grant Announced To Serve NYC Schools

Queens Gazette quoted Senator Gianaris from the press release announcing of millions of dollars in funding for City Year New York. This initiative was led by Congresswoman Maloney, and Senator Gianaris is grateful for her hard work to make this happen.

June 22, 2011
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Brighton, Odyssey Make Newsweek's Best High Schools List

Newsweek magazine recently ranked the top 500 high schools in America. Two high schools in Senator Robach's district made the list. Brighton High School ranked #147 and Greece Odyssey Academy ranked #175. You can see the entire list of Newsweek's 2011 Best High Schools by clicking on the link below.

http://www.newsweek.com/feature/2011/americas-best-high-schools.html

June 22, 2011
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Senate Gives Final Legislative Passage to Juvenile Sexting and Cyberbullying Prevention Bill

The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to a bill (S.5253B) to divert youth to an education program addressing the sending of nude or obscene photographs through electronic technologies, also known as “sexting,” as well as conduct that constitutes “cyberbullying.”

The bill, entitled the “Cyber-Crime Youth Rescue Act,” sponsored by Senator Kemp Hannon (R-C-I, Garden City), requires the development of an educational program about the numerous perils of sexting and cyberbullying. The program provides an option other than a permanent criminal record for juveniles deemed eligible by a court.

June 22, 2011
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NYS Senator Eric Adams Attends Be Free Global’s Fun Fest At The Brooklyn Children’s Museum

On Saturday, June 18, 2011, NYS Senator Eric Adams attended Be Free Global's Fun Fest.  Be Free Global's mission is to link action and ideas for children by providing alternative funding opportunities for creative projects worldwide that improve the lives of children of diverse backgrounds that otherwise may not exist.

June 21, 2011
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Sign Up For Senator Nozzolio's Summer Reading Program

Today, June 21st, is the official First Day of Summer. Encourage your children to continue reading throughout the summer months with my Summer Reading Program. Go to www.nyread.com to visit the State Senate's Summer Reading website where you and your children can sign up and begin their online reading journals. Participating children will receive a Summer Reading Certifiate.

June 21, 2011
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