Issues: Education

Local High School Students Shadow Senator Nozzolio at the State Capitol

Senator Nozzolio was shadowed at the State Capitol by local high school students Allyson Blazey, a senior at Palmyra-Macedon; Marina Barci, a senior at Wayne Central; and Christopher DePalma, a junior at Geneva. The students visited Albany as part of the 12th Annual Students Inside Albany conference, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of New York State Education Foundation, Inc. The program is designed to increase high school students’ awareness of their responsibility in representative government and provide the tools necessary for meeting that responsibility.

March 28, 2012
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03/27/12: Senator John Bonacic Interviews Saugerties High School Student Shadows

Senator John Bonacic interviews Saugerties High School 11th grade students; Maureen Ball and Eric Beresheim who shadowed him in Albany as part of the 2012 Students Inside Albany Conference.

March 27, 2012
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State Budget Deal Meets Upstate Needs

ALBANY, 03/27/12 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on the state budget agreement:

“The announced budget agreement sets New York on course to approve an on time spending plan for a second consecutive year.  More than the timeliness, the plan meets upstate needs, provides incentives for private sector job growth and closes a $3.5 billion budget gap without raising taxes.

“One item I fought hard for was funding for our rural, low-wealth school districts and additional aid was included in the final agreement.  Community colleges also benefited, ensuring quality, affordable higher education for our young people.

March 27, 2012
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Senator Martins Welcomes Stewart Manor School String Ensemble to Albany

Senator Jack M. Martins welcomed the Stewart Manor School String Ensemble to Albany. The Ensemble is comprised of the best young musicians the school has to offer and is part of the Elmont School District Music Program. Also pictured is Assemblyman Ed Ra.

March 27, 2012
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State Senators Zeldin, Johnson, and Flanagan Discuss State Budget at East Islip School District Legislative Breakfast

Islip Terrace, N.Y. – As negotiations continue on the 2012-13 State Budget, State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley), State Senator John Flanagan (R, C, I- East Northport), chair of the Senate Education Committee, State Senator Owen J. Johnson (R, C, I- West Babylon), and Suffolk County Legislator Tom Cilmi (R, C, I- Bay Shore), attended the East Islip School District’s Legislative Breakfast this past Friday, March 23, 2012, to discuss the district’s fiscal priorities and ways to ensure equitable funding for our schools here on Long Island.

March 27, 2012
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Senator Martins Celebrates with Elmont at World Language Festival

State Senator Jack Martins joined with over 350 Elmont Memorial High School students this past weekend for their annual "World Language Festival." The evening celebrated foreign languages, food and culture in the Elmont Memorial High School gymnasium. Senator Martins was welcomed by Foreign Language teachers, students and community members in the very popular celebration. The evening features a great assortment of foods from around the world as well as music, entertainment and a fashion show. "I've come to the World Language Festival two years in a row and it never ceases to amaze me the great support and excitement it brings. The talent our young people have along with the deep appreciation of our diverse cultures makes this night so special.

March 27, 2012
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Keene Trumpeter Sam Balzac Recognized in Albany

   Sam Balzac, an 11th grader at Keene Central School, was in Albany recently performing in the All-State Jazz Band as part of the New York State School Music Association’s (NYSSMA) “Music in our Schools Month” celebration.  Balzac plays the trumpet and flugelhorn.  Pictured from left are: Senator Betty Little; Sam; his mom, Kathleen Recchia; and Daryle Redmond, the NYSSMA Zone 6 representative.

 

March 26, 2012
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Senator Flanagan Honored By NYSSBA

Senator John Flanagan (New York State) is awarded the 2011-2012 State Leader of the Year award from the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA).  The award was presented to Senator Flanagan, who serves as the Chairman of the New York State Senate Education Committee, at the Association’s annual State Issues Conference in Albany on March 11, 2012.

March 23, 2012
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Senator Flanagan Named State Leader Of The Year By NYSSBA

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) has been named the 2011-2012 State Leader of the Year by the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA).  The award was presented to Senator Flanagan, who serves as the Chairman of the New York State Senate Education Committee, at the Association’s annual State Issues Conference in Albany.

March 23, 2012
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Suffolk County Community College Student Helen Bagnato of North Babylon Presented Mathematical Research at State Capitol.

Senator Owen H. Johnson joined Assemblyman Phil Boyle in welcoming Helen Bagnato, of North Babylon, to the State Capitol on February 29, 2012.  Ms. Bagnato, an NSF S STEM Scholar (National Science Foundation – Scholarships for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) at Suffolk County Community College, participated in the “SUNY Undergraduate Research Symposium:  A Showcase of Scholarly Posters at the Capitol.”

At the symposium, Ms. Bagnato presented her research on Atmospheric Stability Classification, a project she worked on as part of a Suffolk County Community College internship at Brookhaven National Laboratory.  Her research involved a measure of stability class or how quickly gaseous pollutants spread using mathematical analysis.  The purpose of the research was to provide information to be used to evaluate applications for emergency response.

March 23, 2012
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SACKETS HARBOR CHAMPS TO BE HONORED IN ALBANY

Senate, Assembly Will Honor Honor Undefeated Patriots May 2

March 23, 2012
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Senator Carlucci Announces New York State Scholarship Program

Nanuet, NY (March 22, 2012) – Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange) today announced 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.

March 22, 2012
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Salmon River Band Featured in Albany

   The Salmon River High School Band is pictured in Albany with their director, Cindy Healy.  The band performed a concert in the Concourse on Thursday, March 22 as part of the New York State School Music Association’s (NYSSMA) “Music in Our Schools Month” celebration.  They were welcomed by Senator Betty Little and Assemblywoman Janet Duprey.

March 22, 2012
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Senator Martins Welcomes Port Washington Children's Center to Senate Floor

Senator Jack M. Martins welcomed the members of the Port Washington Children’s Center to the floor of the New York State Senate. The center has been serving the community for the past 35 years, providing nurturing programs that allow children to develop learning and social skills with the help of experienced teachers and staff.

March 22, 2012
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Senator Valesky Enjoys Sounds of Wellwood Middle School 7th and 8th Grade Orchestra

Senator David J. Valeksy enjoyed the orchestral sounds of Wellwood Middle School in Albany's concourse. The 7th and 8th grade students performed under the direction of their teacher, Ms. Jacqueline Darvill. The students were performing in Albany as a part of Music In Our Schools Month presented by the NYSSMA. Wellwood Middle School is in the Fayetteville-Manlius School district.

March 22, 2012
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Senator Gianaris attends PS/MS 84's Fourth Grade Chorus performance at the State Capitol

Senator Gianaris enjoyed hearing PS/MS 84's Fourth Grade Chorus perform at the New York State School Music Association Concert at the State Capitol.

March 22, 2012
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Join Senator Ball's Fight for Parents Choice on Education

It has come to our attention that local, public school districts are, in the course of seeking mandate relief from the state, recommending that such relief come in a reduction of the maximum mileage at which a district is required to bus nonpublic school students.  Such a reduction, from the current state law mandate of 15 miles to a mere 5 miles, would negatively impact taxpayers’ ability to send their sons and daughters to religious and private schools.  Namely, it would eliminate your right to school choice.

March 21, 2012
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