Issues: Education

Senator Young Delivers Over $578.5 Million in School Aid

For Release: Immediate, March 30, 2014

            ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) has delivered more than $578.5 million in education aid to schools across her district in the 2014-15 state budget.

            “The average education increase for my schools is 5.5 percent, higher than the statewide average of 5 percent. School aid increased by $30,305,892 in my Senate district. It is a big victory for our kids and property taxpayers,” Senator Young said.

            Education funding is the largest growth component of the budget, with a $1.1 billion increase, taking the total to more than $25 billion statewide, according to Senator Young.

March 30, 2014
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GRIFFO: BUDGET INCLUDES NEARLY $23 MILLION INCREASE FOR LOCAL SCHOOLS

ALBANY – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo said the 2014-15 state budget increases aid to schools in his district by $23.1 million.

“I believe our children deserve equal access to a quality education, regardless of where they live, what their parents earn or how much their home is worth,” said Griffo, R-Rome. “My hope is that this increase will help schools in my district retain programs that are vital to the creation of a well-rounded student.”

The $138 billion state budget includes $22 billion for education, an increase of $1.1 billion, or 5 percent, in comparison to the most recent fiscal year. Through advocacy, Griffo and his colleagues managed to secure an additional $300 million for schools over what Governor Cuomo had proposed.

March 30, 2014
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March 30, 2014
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College & Career Fair Sponsored by Senator Gallivan

Find your future at the College & Career Fair, along with valuable information regarding FAFSA. 

 

Participating Colleges/Career Repsresentatives:

Keuka

Bryant & Stratton

SUNY Brockport

Roberts Wesleyan

University of Buffalo

Houghton College

RIT

Elmira

Trocaire College

Meadville

Genesee Community

Alfred University

SUNY Oswego

SUNY Geneseo

April 24, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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Senator Bonacic with the Greenwood Lake Middle School 6th to 8th grade to celebrate “Music in the Schools” month

"What a great performance by the Greenwood Lake Middle School chorus here in Albany,” said the Senator.  “The students did a spectacular job, and I enjoyed meeting with them and discussing their visit to Albany.” The concert, held on March 25, was one of many in Albany, arranged by the NY State School Music Association, and National Association for Music Education, to celebrate the 42nd annual “Music in the Schools” month. 

March 28, 2014
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Senator Carlucci announces Italian-American State Legislators COLLEGIATE SCHOLARSHIPS

NEW CITY – Senator David Carlucci (D) announced today that the New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators is now accepting applications for four $2,000 scholarships to be awarded June 9th at their Annual Legislative Conference Day.

“Given the high costs of college, every opportunity must be made by local students and their working families to meet their required expenses with scholarships as well as with student loans, available financial aid, and personal contributions,” said Senator Carlucci. “I highly recommend that students apply to the Conference for these prestigious scholarships so that they may hopefully secure as much extra help with their expenses as possible.”

March 28, 2014
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Berne-Knox-Westerlo students Jared and John Lussier

Berne-Knox-Westerlo students Jared Lussier (left) and his twin brother John joined me today to learn more about State Government and to tour the Senate Chamber and the Capitol. They asked many intelligent questions and no doubt have a bright future ahead of them. 

March 27, 2014
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Senator Flanagan Discusses Education Budget Negotiations

Senator John Flanagan (New York State) discusses the Senate Majority's priorities in relation to the education portion of the New York State budget -- March 26, 2014

March 27, 2014
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Grisanti calls on Silver, Assembly to join Senate Republicans in Restoring the Gap Elimination Funding For Schools Across New York State

Senator Mark Grisanti (R,I – Buffalo) called on Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and his Assembly colleagues to join with Senate Republicans to accelerate the restoration of funding lost by school districts under the Gap Elimination Adjustment and eliminate it by the 2016-17.

The Gap Elimination Adjustment is affecting many schools across New York State, especially in Western New York.

March 27, 2014
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Senator Griffo, Assemblyman Brindisi Announce Collegiate Scholarships

Applications Available From Both Legislators; Completed Applications Are Due on May 2nd

UTICA -- State Senator Joseph A. Griffo of Rome and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi of Utica announced today that the New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators is again accepting applications for four $2,000 scholarships that will be awarded June 9th at its annual Legislative Conference Day.  

March 27, 2014
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Seward: GEA Restoration Vital To Our Schools

ALBANY, 03/27/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today called on assembly Democrats to join with senate Republicans in enacting a final state budget that will address the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) which has robbed school districts of millions of dollars in education aid.

“At the start of the year, I clearly stated that eliminating the GEA was one of my top priorities,” said Senator Seward.  “This cash grab by the state has created a budgetary hole for schools throughout my district and statewide, forcing many to make dire decisions, harming education programs and eroding opportunities for our students.”     

March 27, 2014
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In the News: Statement from Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to Yonkers City Council and Education Committee (Source: Yonkers Tribune)

Yonkers, NY - “There have been serious lapses of fiscal transparency and accountability within the City of Yonkers school system which must be remedied and reformed. As a representative of the City of Yonkers, I reiterate my call to give the community, parents and stakeholders an opportunity to be part of the process and discussion.

March 27, 2014
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Senator Stavisky Honors Vallo Transportation with Senate Resolution For Anti-Bullying Campaign

 

Albany, NY—Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) honored Vallo Transportation for their outstanding work to raise awareness about bullying.

 

March 27, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS WELCOMES MINEOLA HIGH SCHOOL BAND TO THE STATE CAPITOL

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) recently welcomed Mineola High School music students to the State Capitol in Albany. 

     Members of the School’s 11-12 grade concert band and jazz band were in Albany performing as part of the New York State School Music Association’s (NYSSMA) annual Music in Our Schools Month. Students performed in the Empire State Plaza for an audience of legislators, staffers, and Capitol visitors. 

     Senator Martins (standing, third right) is pictured with Mineola High School’s student musicians during their performance in Albany.

March 27, 2014
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In the News: Stewart-Cousins, Breslin and Tkaczyk Push For School Funding (Source: Times Union)

As Legislative leaders met again with Gov. Andrew Cuomo this morning to resolve the details of next year’s state budget, those not in the room continue to make their fervent wishes known.

To that end, state Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, sens. Neil Breslin and Cecilia Tkaczyk and a five other Democrats have written to leadership and Gov. Cuomo urging them to include more funding for education in the final pact — especially for struggling upstate rural and small city school districts.

March 26, 2014
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Gianaris Celebrates Long Island City HS Victory

State Senator Michael Gianaris, a proud graduate of Long Island City H.S. (LICHS), joined students, teachers and parents in celebrating the reversal of a Department of Education (DOE) colocation plan that would have negatively affected his alma mater. The plan would have co-located a new Career and Technical Education (CTE) school within LICHS, adding to the problem of classroom overcrowding and sapping resources from current students. This plan followed successive attempts by the DOE to close down the school altogether, plans against which Gianaris also fought tirelessly.

March 26, 2014
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Local leaders urge city to change plans to move Woodside students to Astoria

Senator Gianaris stood with parents, students and his fellow elected officials to urge the DOE not to change a plan that would negatively affect the PS 11 community.

“The planned expansion for PS 11 is a giant step in the fight against school overcrowding, but the DOE seems intent on making the worst out of a great situation by ignoring the concerns of students and parents,” said Senator Gianaris. “All of us here today are ready to work together to find a solution without making parents’ lives harder, but the DOE does not seem interested in listening.”

Read more about the situation at PS 11 in the New York Daily News

March 26, 2014
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FELDER WELCOMES EDWARD R. MURROW HIGH SCHOOL CONCERT BAND IN ALBANY

In keeping with his commitment to increase funding and access to music and arts programs in New York City’s schools, Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) welcomed the Edward R. Murrow High School Concert Band during their performance this week in Albany. The Edward R. Murrow High School is located in Senator Felder’s district, and is ranked as one of the top high schools in New York City.

March 26, 2014
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Statement on Today's Daily News Editorial

Sen. Krueger issued the following statement in response to the latest Daily News editorial criticizing her opposition to a tax credit scam that would siphon millions in taxpayer money to reimburse wealthy donors to well-funded private and charter schools:

"Nothing in today's Daily News editorial substantively disputes or debunks any factual claim I've made. I know they're called the opinion pages for a reason, but that doesn't mean they should be totally fact-free.

March 26, 2014
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