Issues: Education

Senate Passes Four Griffo-Sponsored Bills: Alcohol, Schools, First Responders & Special Elections

Bills address powdered alcohol, Utica schools, first responders and special elections

ALBANY – The New York State Senate today passed four bills sponsored by Sen. Joseph A. Griffo, including a bill to ban powdered alcohol, one to help Utica schools and another to protect first responders, and a fourth to limit government and empower voters regarding statewide offices.

The bills were:

June 11, 2014
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Press Release: Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Announces Funding Increase to Support Special Education Providers

Yonkers, NY - State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Democratic Conference Leader, today announced along with Governor Andrew Cuomo that special education providers in the 35th State Senate District are among those statewide who will be getting a 3.8% increase in reimbursement rates. These schools, a majority of which are located within Westchester County, serve the diverse and complex needs of students outside of the traditional school settings. These students need assistance due to emotional or physical disabilities, mental health, substance abuse, or trauma, or because of their involvement with the juvenile justice, social service or child welfare system.

June 10, 2014
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Senate Passes Three Griffo Sponsored Bills

ALBANY - Sen. Joseph A. Griffo was the lead sponsor of three bills that today passed the State Senate. 

June 10, 2014
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Senator Felder's session remarks on S.7691

S.7691: The special education bill.

June 10, 2014
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Wiley Christian Academy Graduation Commencement

The Wiley Christian Academy located in Yonkers, NY held its first Graduation Commencement Exercise on Sunday, June 8th where Senator Stewart-Cousins spoke words of encouragement to the 19 kindergarten students graduating from the academy and their family members. 

June 10, 2014
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Senator Klein Honored at CEC District 11th Annual Legislative Breakfast for Work on Stopping JHS 144 Co-Location

BRONX, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) was honored by the District 11 Community Education Council on Friday at their annual legislative breakfast for his work with JHS 144 and Community Board 11 District Manager Jeremy Warneke on stopping co-location of a high school at that site.  

 

June 10, 2014
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THIS SUMMER, DON’T ABANDON THE BOOKS

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

As the school year winds down, students are itching to get out of the classroom and dreaming of days spent having fun in the sun.  However, while the season might mean time off from school, it shouldn’t mean a break from the books.

***CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE NYS SENATE SUMMER READING PROGRAM***

It’s so important that throughout the summer months, students keep their minds sharp to avoid what’s commonly called “learning loss.”  Helping to ensure students stay on track is the New York State Senate Summer Reading Program.  This program, which is made possible through a partnership with the New York State Library is a fun and exciting way to keep students in fourth through sixth grades reading while on break from school during the summer months. 

June 9, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Holds 2014 New York State Senate Teachers of Excellence Ceremony

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco held his first-ever Teachers Of Excellence awards program on June 5, 2014, at Jordan-Elbridge High School. More than 20 educators from throughout Onondaga County were honored for their outstanding efforts to help children learn during the 2013-14 school year. 

 

 

June 6, 2014
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State Senator and Assemblywoman Debate DREAM Act

As reported by NY1:

Inside City Hall hosted a debate on the merits of the state Dream Act, a bill that would give college financial aid to undocumented immigrants with State Senator Jose Peralta, a Democrat from Queens and a leading opponent, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, a Republican whose Assembly district covers parts of Staten Island and Brooklyn.

To view full video, click here. 

June 6, 2014
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Senator Marchione congratulates her Teacher of Excellence Award winner

New York State Senator Kathy Marchione is pictured (center) during her recent "Teacher of Excellence" award ceremony held at Columbia High School in East Greenbush. During tonight's (June 5, 2014) ceremony, Senator Marchione congratulated 25 terrific teachers and thanked them for their service. Photo credit: Bruce McDonough

June 5, 2014
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Senator Kathy Marchione honors 25 excellent teachers

Senator Kathy Marchione (R,C-Halfmoon) is pictured (right) standing with East Greenbush School Superintendent Dr. Angela Nagle. Superintendent Nagle joined Senator Marchione for the Senator's "Teacher of Excellence Awards" held Thursday night (June 5, 2014) at Columbia High School. 25 local teachers were honored during the awards ceremony. Photo credit: Bruce McDonough

June 5, 2014
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PS 26 gets major funds for work

PS 26 in Fresh Meadows will be a lot cooler soon thanks to a $200,000 state allocation.

Members of the PTA and school staff gathered at the school last week for notification of the funding, allocated by state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside). Principal Dina Koski said the school has been seeking money for repairs and electrical upgrades for up to 15 years.

June 5, 2014
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Griffo Announces Summer Reading Program

UTICA – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo is partnering with his local libraries to entice more children to read this summer. The New York Senate’s 2014 Summer Reading Program, in conjunction with the New York State Library, offers families several entertaining ways to encourage reading.

“Reading is the cornerstone of learning,” said Griffo, R-Rome. “I want children to be excited about picking up a book this summer, so our libraries have designed a lot of fun activities to keep kids motivated.”

June 5, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Announces His 2014 Teachers of Excellence Awards Ceremony

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco will hold his first-ever Teachers Of Excellence awards ceremony this Thursday, June 5, 2014, at Jordan-Elbridge High School, starting at 4:00 pm. More than 20 educators throughout Onondaga and Cayuga Counties will be honored. They were nominated by students, faculty, staff, and family members.

“Teachers are the tools that enable our students to succeed in life,” said Senator DeFrancisco. “I am proud to recognize those dedicated educators within my district, who go above and beyond to educate, mentor and inspire their students.”

The ceremony will be held in the Jordan-Elbridge High School Auditorium, located at 5721 Hamilton Road in Jordan.

June 2, 2014
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RITCHIE HONORS 65 EDUCATORS WITH GOLDEN APPLE AWARD

Teachers Receive Special Funding for Classroom Enrichment

In recognition of their efforts to encourage students to succeed, 65 educators from Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties were awarded State Senator Patty Ritchie’s Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence at a special ceremony held Friday evening at Pulaski’s historic Kallet Theater.

CLICK HERE TO SEE A VIDEO OF THE EVENT

In addition to receiving the Golden Apple Award, each teacher was also awarded $500 in special funding for classroom enrichment.  The funding—which represents a more than $30,000 addition to the increase in state education funding local schools received this year—will be used by teachers for making improvements to their classrooms. 

June 1, 2014
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State budget has school resource officer funding

http://www.wgrz.com/story/news/2014/05/29/state-budget-has-school-resource-officer-funding/9752467/

This year's New York State budget has a new initiative that could help keep children safer in school.

May 30, 2014
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Griffo Launches "Empire State Executives" Tour

ROME – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo is teaming up with six former U.S. presidents to bring New York history into local elementary classrooms Friday.

The traveling road show, “Empire State Executives: New York’s Presidents,” will teach students about New Yorkers in politics who made it to the highest office in the country. Griffo, R-Rome, will also explain his job in the New York Senate, and the similarities and differences between today and the past.

May 29, 2014
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RITCHIE TO HONOR 65 EDUCATORS WITH GOLDEN APPLE AWARD

RITCHIE TO HONOR 65 EDUCATORS WITH GOLDEN APPLE AWARD

Honorees to be Recognized at Friday Event in Pulaski

 

In recognition for their dedication to brightening the futures of students in the Central and Northern New York regions, State Senator Patty Ritchie will award 65 local educators with her Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence.

 

Educators receiving the award include those who dedicate their lives to working with students with special needs and individuals who ignite a passion for learning in those they teach to those who have made headlines for safeguarding students and educators who have overcome major challenges to pursue their careers.

 

“It doesn’t matter who you are, we can all remember a teacher who has made a lasting, significant impact on our life,” said Senator Ritchie.

 

“That’s what this event is all about—recognizing educators for going above and beyond to make a difference in those who they teach.  I’m pleased to recognize these 65 educators for dedicating themselves not only to their careers, but more importantly, to the students they influence each and every day.”

May 29, 2014
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FELDER SPONSORS LEGISLATION TO HELP PARENTS OF SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS

Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) has taken the lead as the prime Senate sponsor of a bill which streamlines the process of special education placements and requires a more expeditious placement and tuition reimbursement process for private schools. The bill will be introduced this week in the Senate and is being sponsored in the Assembly by Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein (D-Brooklyn).

May 29, 2014
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