Issues: Education

Oppenheimer Grant Helps Safe Routes to School Kick-off

For Immediate Release

Sept 30, 2011

International Walk to School Week is taking off across the Sound Shore with help from the Safe Routes to School Committees from Rye, Rye Neck and Mamaroneck.  With 9 elementary schools in the area, representing over 4500 children grades K-5, that’s a lot of steps taking to the sidewalks during the week of Oct. 3-7. 

With help from the Rye Y and grant funding provided by the United Way of Westchester and NY State Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer, Safe Routes “starter kits” were distributed to 9 local grade schools as a way to encourage safe walking and biking to school. Walking safety tips, banners, walking school bus signs, and an array of incentives were included in the kit for children.  Adult messaging such as “Please Put Down the Cellphone” are on lawn signs to appear on school campuses as well as car magnets proclaiming, “Caution.  I stop at Crosswalks.” 

International Walk to School Week takes place twice a year, in the Fall and Spring.  Safe Routes to School is an international program recognized by the CDC as an effective initiative in helping to create healthier communities.

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October 6, 2011
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From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Score One for Common Sense

I say I have an “enthusiasm for efficiency.” My wife says I just love saving money. Either way, this desire to find savings in government spending can sometimes be stifling.

That’s because, as we work to improve policies that may be harmful or burdensome to our taxpayers and constituents, we often encounter entrenched interests determined to make it difficult every step of the way. Yet, every once in a while, common sense makes a comeback and those moments are what make my service to you very satisfying.

October 4, 2011
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NEWSDAY: Districts Cut Bus Costs and Drive Savings

From Newsday

By Emily Dooley

Like many entities across Long Island, the Port Washington Union Free School District has made some budget cuts.

The district decided to reduce its bus fleet to more accurately reflect ridership and stagger the start of elementary schools so fewer buses could cover all routes.

In doing so, it cut $412,000 -- nearly 17 percent -- from its transportation budget.

The district got concessions from its bus company to reduce vehicles and reached an agreement with unions to stagger elementary start times between 8:10 and 8:50 a.m.

October 4, 2011
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Rally Against Education Layoffs

Senator Serrano joined District Council 37 on the steps of City Hall for a rally against massive layoffs that would have a negative impact on our local schools. 705 layoffs of Local 372 members have been scheduled for next week, and  765 layoffs occurred at The Department of Education on October 7, 2011. "It is extremely unfortunate that these layoffs are being planned for a district that can’t afford to lose more staff", said Senator Serrano. "Not only will 705 people be unemployed, but our schools will suffer the consequences of losing dedicated parent coordinators and school aides. We must do everything we can to speak out against an action that threatens the quality of our children’s education.”

October 3, 2011
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ATTENTION SIXTH GRADE STUDENTS: Participate Now in Senator Martins Thanksgiving Essay Contest

What are you most thankful for?

That's the question sixth grade students are asked to answer in Senator Jack M. Martins 2011 Sixth Grade Thanksgiving Essay Contest.

All sixth grade students in the Seventh Senate District are invited to participate by writing an essay of no more than 250 words about what you are most thankful for. There will be a winner selected from every school in the Seventh Senate District. Each winner will receive a Certificate of Merit and an invitation to a special reception!

September 30, 2011
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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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