Issues: Education

Senator Serrano Encourages City to Implement Arts Education Blueprint

(New York, NY)- Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) today applauded the Panel for Education Policy's Arts Education Advisory Committee for developing a blueprint consisting of goals and recommendations to enhance arts education in New York City schools, and encouraged the City to carry out its implementation. 
 

In 2009 Senator Serrano sponsored legislation (S6106), which passed the Senate, to create an advisory committee to advise the Chancellor on arts education and to work to improve compliance with State arts education requirements. Despite the fact that the legislation did not pass the Assembly, in March, 2010, under the leadership of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, the City's Arts Education Advisory Committee was created. 
 

August 11, 2011
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Statement on State Education Awards For Buffalo Public Schools

"This nearly $10 million in funds for the Buffalo Public Schools represents a positive step towards rehabilitating the affected schools. However, this funding is just a minor step in transforming these schools. It is only through collaborative work between all stakeholders that true and needed changes can be made to reform the school district. We continue to pledge to meet and work with each of these stake holders to reform the Buffalo Public Schools so that our children can receive a quality education."

-Senator Mark Grisanti, 60th District

August 11, 2011
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Senator Martins Participates in Lil' Explorers Storytime at the Westbury Library

Senator Jack M. Martins was at the Westbury Library Wednesday evening as he participated in Lil’ Explorers Storytime with the community’s pre-kindergarten to second grade children. Storytime was held outdoors since it was such a beautiful summer evening.

Senator Martins read “Duck on a Bike,” by David Shannon. In the story, the duck shows the other animals that it can ride a bike.

After storytime, Senator Martins stayed with the children as they made their crafts. “It was a wonderful evening to be in Westbury and spending time with the children,” he said. “It’s so important they continue to enjoy stories. It encourages interaction, socialization and there are some great lessons to be learned in children’s books. I want to thank the Westbury Library for having me.”

August 11, 2011
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Gov. Cuomo Signs NYSUNY 2020

All six state senators from Western New York--Senator Mark Grisanti, Senator George Maziarz, Senator Patrick Gallivan, Senator Timothy Kennedy, Senator Michael Ranzenhofer, and Senator Cathy Young--have joined together to release the following statement in support of the signing of the NYSUNY 2020 legislation (S.5855-A/A.8519) into law: We began the year by working together, across party lines, for the future of public higher education in Western New York, particularly at our university center—the University at Buffalo.  Eight months later, after are markably productive legislative session, we are still working together for that same goal.

August 9, 2011
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SUNY2020 Maintains Affordability of SUNY System, Authorizes Millions in Capital Funding That Will Create Jobs and Grow Economy, Re-Establishes SUNY & CUNY as Economic Engines

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R, C, I – Port Jefferson), Chairman of the New York State Senate’s Higher Education Committee  lauded New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo for his leadership in recognizing that SUNY is an intricate part of New York State’s economic development strategy as landmark SUNY2020 legislation was signed into law today.

Senator LaValle said that New York State Senator and Majority Leader Dean Skelos made SUNY and the state’s students a top priority and he should be commended for partnering with the Governor and “ensuring we had a positive result.” Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver also played a pivotal role, LaValle said, in shaping the important new law.

August 9, 2011
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Senator Martins Thanks Summer Interns

Senator Jack M. Martins thanked the interns that worked in his District Office in Garden City Park this summer. The interns will be going back to school soon to continue their academic careers and now have the experience of working in a Senate Office.

The interns included Reid Christian Rosello of Garden City, a student at Hobart College; Aine O’Rourke of Mineola, a student at Boston College; Charlie Mack of Manhasset, a student at Manhasset High School; Danielle Lefland of Roslyn, a student at Roslyn High School; Stacy Chacko of New Hyde Park, a student at New Hyde Park Memorial High School; and Anthony Gallo of Mineola, a student at Chaminade High School.

August 9, 2011
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Horizons Summer Graduation and Closing Ceremonies

On Thursday, August 4th, Senator Robach had the privilege to attend 8th grade graduation and closing ceremonies for the Horizons at Harley Student Enrichment Program. This program has been serving students in grades K through 8th since 1995. For more information on this great program, visit www.horizonsatharley.com.

August 8, 2011
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Governor Signs Senator Gianaris Bed Bug Legislation

QUEENS, NY--Senator Michael Gianaris’ Bed Bug Notification Bill for New York City Public Schools was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. Senator Gianaris wrote and first introduced the legislation in 2007, when he was a member of the Assembly. The legislation requires that the Parent Teacher Association and all parents of potentially affected New York City school children receive notification from school health officials upon detection of bed bugs in their child's school. The notification includes informational brochures that enable parents to take preventative steps and make more informed decisions regarding the health and safety of their children and families.

August 5, 2011
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Senator Martins Participates in Summer Reading Program at the Manhasset Library

Senator Jack M. Martins visited the Manhasset Library and participated in the children’s summer reading club in the children’s room at the library.

Senator Martins first took part in “hot potato” with the children and then sat down to read a story with them. The story the Senator read was called, “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus,” and was about a bus driver who has to leave so he asks the reader to watch the Pigeon. The pigeon tries many excuses as he tries to talk the readers into letting him drive the bus.

Senator Martins then discussed the book with the children. He told them that the moral is that you have to listen to your mommy and daddy like you listened to the bus driver in not letting the pigeon drive the bus.

August 3, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE STATEMENT ON SUNY CANTON

The announcement today concerning SUNY Canton President Joe Kennedy’s future with the college puts an end to the recent confusion, rumors and speculation over the central administration’s plans for a well-respected leader and member of our community. I am glad that President Kennedy will remain with the campus through the next academic year, which begins in just a few short weeks

August 2, 2011
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There Is Still Time to Register For the Senate Reading Program

There is still time to sign up for the New York State Senate Summer Reading Program. Log on to the New York Read at nyread.com to register and start reading! 

Those who finish will receive an official New York State Senate Certificate!

July 28, 2011
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Senator Gianaris Pushes For More Education Efforts Due To Increased Number Of Bed Bug Cases

Number of confirmed cases tripled this year in NYC public schools 

Queens, NY – The number of bed bug cases in New York City public schools drastically increased during the 2010-2011 academic year as compared to the prior year. According to the New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE), around 3,590 cases of bedbugs were reported this year, which is over three times more than last year’s 1,019 cases. Senator Gianaris stresses that school teachers and administrators need to be more vigilant in notifying parents of measures they can take to combat bed bugs in order to keep the epidemic from spreading. 

July 26, 2011
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Senator Martins Reads with the Children of the Bryant Library in Roslyn

Senator Jack M. Martins visited the children’s summer reading program at the Bryant Library in Roslyn. Senator Martins spent some time with the children, discussing the summer with them. The Senator then read a book with the children – “The 10 Things I Can Do To Help My World” by Melanie Walsh. The story was how even little things can make a big difference.

July 25, 2011
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Senator Bill Larkin addresses the Pine Bush High School Leadership Academy

Senator Bill Larkin speaks to the participants of the Pine Bush High School Leadership Academy during their recent summer program.

July 25, 2011
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August 20, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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SENATOR ALESI WELCOMES NEW MENDON PUBLIC LIBRARY AT RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY

The New 7,300-Square-Foot Building Serves as a “Community Living Room” for Library Patrons

July 21, 2011
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Statement from Senator Kennedy on Legislation to Protect Services for Children with Special Needs and Save Local Jobs

Governor signed legislation that will keep Hopevale open

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy (D-58th District) released the following statement regarding the announcement Thursday that Governor Andrew Cuomo signed important legislation that will keep Hopevale School open to serve Western New York children and save 50 local jobs.

“As a licensed occupational therapist, I understand how important it is that we protect and support our children with special needs. Throughout my occupational therapy career, I worked with children to ensure they develop the skills to help them thrive every day.

July 21, 2011
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Otselic Valley School Name Change Official

ALBANY, 07/20/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) announced today that legislation formally changing the name of Georgetown-South Otselic School District to the Otselic Valley Central School District at Georgetown-South Otselic has been signed into law.

“This legislation formalizes the legal name of the Otselic Valley Central School District at Georgetown-South Otselic and comes at the request of the school,” said Senator Seward.  “The change will allow the district to employ the commonly used  name when filing reports, applying for grants or entering into contracts.”

July 21, 2011
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Taylor Korsiak of May Moore Elementary School Winner of 2011 Earth Day Poster Contest

Senator Owen H. Johnson was pleased to award Taylor Korsiak of May Moore Elementary School in Deer Park first place winner of this year’s NY Senate Earth Day Poster Contest.  The theme of the contest was “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.”  Students in Grades K-6 participating in the contest were encouraged to create a poster that conveyed a real commitment to making the environment a better place.  Senator Johnson visited May Moore Elementary School on June 8, 2011 to congratulate Taylor and present her with a first place ribbon and a certificate for her participation in the 2011 Earth Day Poster Contest.

July 19, 2011
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Taming Lame Ducks

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R,C,I – Port Jefferson) said today the abuse of taxpayers by two outgoing school boards has prompted him to introduce legislation that would require a lame duck  school board to have a supermajority vote in order to approve a contract for a new superintendent when the hiring occurs between the annual May vote and the annual reorganizational meeting of a local school board. Assemblyman Dan Losquadro (R,C  -Shoreham) will sponsor the legislation in the Assembly.

July 15, 2011
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