Issues: Education

Increased School Aid

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: April 4, 2012     Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | arodrigu@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

**PRESS RELEASE**

Senator Huntley Applauds Passage of Increased School Aid in 2012-2013 State Budget

(Albany, NY) Senator Shirley L. Huntley (D-Jamaica) announced that with passage of the 2012-2013 State Budget, schools throughout New York State will received much needed increased funding during the next fiscal year.

April 4, 2012
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Talented Artists From West Islip Elementary Schools Chosen To Display Artwork At State Capitol Exhibit

Senator Owen H. Johnson met with three talented young artists from West Islip Elementary Schools at the State Capitol on March 14, 2012.  Brianna Compitello from Bayview Elementary School, and Sydney Krawchuk and Tyler Foran, both from Westbrook Elementary School were chosen to display their artwork at the 22nd Annual State-wide New York State Art Teachers Association 2012 Legislative Student Art Exhibit:  A Celebration of Young Artists.“It was a pleasure to meet with such talented young artists from West Islip, and I congratulate them for being invited to show their wonderful artwork in this celebratory exhibit,” Senator Johnson said.

April 3, 2012
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State Passes Fiscally Responsible Budget That Respects Taxpayers

Budget Comes Early, Controls Spending and Holds The Line On Taxes

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan hailed the 2012 state budget today as lawmakers approved the spending plan ahead of the April 1st deadline, marking the second consecutive year New York State will enact an on-time budget.

“Passing a second on-time budget in as many years is indicative of the larger progress we’ve seen lately in Albany. Just as late budgets were once a symbol of dysfunction, on-time budgets are symbolic of continued progress,” the Senator said. “Even more important than passing an on-time budget, is that we passed a fiscally responsible budget that respects New York’s taxpayers and keeps the State moving forward.”

April 3, 2012
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Senate Republican Conference Votes Down Six Pieces of Legislation Which Would Provide Aid and Opportunities to New Yorkers

Health Care Exchange Legislation Would Ensure Better Insurance Options and Protection for Many Currently without Coverage

DREAM Act and Increased Foundation Aid Would Provide Greater Access and Resources for New York’s Education System

April 3, 2012
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Granville Jazz Ensemble Grooves in Albany

The Granville Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Crystal Everdyke, performed in the Concourse in Albany as part of the New York State School Music Association’s (NYSSMA) “Music in Our Schools Month” celebration on Friday, March 30.  Senator Betty Little caught up with the musicians for a photo in between numbers.

 

April 2, 2012
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Senator Martins Presents 'How a Bill Becomes a Law' at St. Mary's School

Senator Jack M. Martins has been visiting schools throughout the Seventh Senate District to present “How a Bill Becomes a Law,” a program his office started to engage elementary schools in the process of state government. Most recently, he visited the St. Mary's School in Manhasset to speak to fifth grade students about how a bill becomes a law.

Senator Martins told the students that it all starts with an idea and then involves building consensus through the legislature, which includes the New York State Senate and New York State Assembly. If the bill passes both houses, it is sent to the Governor, who can sign the bill into law or veto it.

April 2, 2012
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Senator Lee Zeldin Comments on the Passage of the 2012-13 NYS Budget

Albany, N.Y. -- State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) comments on the passage of the 2012-12 New York State Budget. 

March 31, 2012
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Budget Update From State Senator David J. Valesky

The New York State Legislature has completed passage of an on-time budget for the second year in a row. Though it was another challenging budget, requiring the closure of a $3.5 billion deficit, we were able to balance the budget without tax increases or fiscal gimmickry. In addition, overall spending was reduced for the second straight year, the frist time this has happened in at least three decades. 

Some highlights include:

March 30, 2012
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR GOLDEN ON BUDGET AGREEMENT ON AFTER 5 PM SCHOOL BUS SERVICE

Albany- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) has issued the following statement on the approval of S. 6257-E, the education, labor and family assistance budget bill, that restores school bus transportation to students who remain at school until 5pm or later:

“I am proud to have made a major effort to see that in this year’s New York State budget, after 5pm school bus service has been restored. This is great news for education, for our students and for our families. We must provide nothing less than a safe means for students to travel home who stay at school late for classes and extracurricular activities.”

Senator Golden yesterday announced a legislative agreement that restored school bus service for New York City’s 7th and 8th grade students.

March 30, 2012
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BUDGET AGREEMENT AND AID TO EDUCATION


I am proud to say that the State Legislature and the Governor have reached an agreement on the State Budget. This agreement continues to protect taxpayers and help the private sector create jobs. It  closes a multi-billion dollar deficit with no new taxes, fees or gimmicks and limits spending growth to 2% or below for the second year in a row.

March 30, 2012
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3/27/2012: Students Inside Albany Conference

The Students Inside Albany conference, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of New York State Education Foundation, Inc., is designed to increase students’ awareness of their responsibility in representative government and provide the tools necessary for meeting that responsibility. This interactive conference brings together high school students from across the state to learn about New York State government and the process by which citizens can participate in the policy making arena. As part of this 3 day conference, students tour the NYS Museum, Capitol, Legislative Office Building and observe both the Senate and Assembly in action during Session and spend a day shadowing their legislator.

March 29, 2012
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SENATOR CATHARINE YOUNG ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL SCHOOL AID IN 2012-13 BUDGET

            ALBANY – Schools in the 57th Senate District will be boosted with increases totaling nearly $22.2 million, or an average 4.37 percent, in additional aid from the state, announced Senator Catharine Young, (R,C,I-Olean).

            Statewide, total education aid is increased by $805 million over last year in the state budget. The 45 schools in the 57th Senate District, which includes all of Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany and half of Livingston counties, will receive more than half a billion dollars, totaling $530,802,964 in state assistance. 

March 29, 2012
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Statement On Education Aid

ALBANY, 03/29/12 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on the education aid portion of the 2012-2013 state budget:

“Providing our upstate rural schools with the resources they need to help our students achieve more in the classroom has always been a high priority of mine.  This year I fought diligently to funnel more state dollars to high need, low wealth districts – keeping in mind New York’s fiscal condition.  The final per-pupil aid figures reflect that successful effort.”

March 29, 2012
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Senator Bonacic Welcomes Student Shadows from Saugerties High School

Senator John Bonacic welcomed two student Shadows this week in Albany. The Saugerties High School juniors were participants in the League of Women Voters of New York State Education Foundation’s 12th Annual Student’s Inside Albany Conference.  Senator Bonacic is pictured with Eric Beresheim and Maureen Ball.

March 29, 2012
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Senator Robach Announces College Scholarships

Senator Joe Robach announced today that the New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators is now accepting applications for four $1,500 scholarships to be awarded June 4th  at their Annual Legislative Conference Day.  Scholarship winners must be present to receive their awards.

 

“These scholarships will hopefully alleviate some of the burden of affording a higher education,” says Senator Robach.

 

March 29, 2012
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Senator Martins Gives Elmont Orchestra a Tour of the Senate

State Senator Jack Martins attended the Elmont Union Free School District Chamber Orchestra performance as part of "Music in Our Schools Month" at the State Capitol this past week. The group, led by Elmont resident and Music Teacher Xavier Rodriguez, performed at the Empire State Plaza. After the concert, Senator Martins invited the group to come to the Senate chamber and visit the Senate before session. Senator Martins also surprised the students when Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos dropped by to speak to the group.

March 29, 2012
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