Issues: Education

Sen. Oppenheimer Honored by the Westchester Library System

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer was recentinly honored by the Westchester Library System for her advocacy and leadership on behalf of the state's public libraries.  Dave Donelson, of the WLS Board of Trustees and Terry Kirchner, Executive Director of WLS, present the award to Oppenheimer at an event on April 12, 2012. 

April 19, 2012
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East High School Girls Basketball Team Honored In Albany

On Wednesday, April 18th, I had the privlege to welcome the East High Girls Basketball Team to Albany as my guests for the day. East became the first Rochester City School District team to win a New York State Championship in Girls Basketball. The team was given a tour of the capital, and was in attendance for session. At the start of session, the New York State Legislature adopted a resolution honoring the achievements of the team this season, both on and off the court. You can read the complete text of the resolution by clicking here: http://open.nysenate.gov/legislation/bill/J3931-2011.

 

April 19, 2012
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Senate Martins Invites Rabbi White to Deliver the Invocation for the New York State Senate

Rabbi Michael White from Temple Sinai in Roslyn Heights went to Albany with a group of teens from the community to talk to Senator Jack M. Martins about bullying the cyberbulling, which is a major problem facing teens.

"Bullying, in any form, should not be tolerated. It is hurtful and can hamper a student's ability to focus on their studies and hurt self-esteem. It's difficult enough being a teenager without having to be bullied. Those that would bully a classmate need to be made aware of the damage they can cause other families. I want to thank the community for recognizing this problem and raising awareness," Senator Martins said.

Senator Martins invited Rabbi White to deliver the invocation for the April 17, 2012 Session of the New York State Senate.

April 18, 2012
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LIC High says no to closure

The Times Ledger reports on the rally held outside Long Island City High School, where students, parents, teachers, and elected officials gathered to protest the proposed closure and "turnaround" of the school.

More than a hundred students, teachers and supporters stood out on the steps of Long Island City High School Monday afternoon to protest the proposed closure of the institution.

 

“This is not something that we want and we’re not going to let it happen without a fight,” said state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria), an alumnus of the school.

 

April 18, 2012
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Undocumented Youth Reach Final Destination!

For Immediate Release-Contact: Cordell Cleare | ccleare@senate.state.ny.us| 212-222-7315

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

April 17, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Higher Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Higher Education Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, Chair 12:30 PM, Wednesday, April 18, 2012 Room 807 LOB

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An act to amend the education law, in relation to meetings of councils of state-operated institutions

April 18, 12:30 PM - 12:38 PM
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Committee Meeting: Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Education Senator John J. Flanagan, Chair 10:00 AM, Wednesday, April 18, 2012 Room 124 CAP

April 18, 10:00 AM - 10:06 AM
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North Babylon Council of PTA’s Annual Legislative Breakfast

Senator Owen H. Johnson joined elected officials, school officials and community members at the North Babylon Council of PTA’s Annual Legislative Breakfast to discuss important educational issues.  The Legislative Breakfast was held at the North Babylon High School on March 24, 2012.

April 11, 2012
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SENATORS FUSCHILLO & JOHNSON CONGRATULATE COPIAGUE SCHOOL DISTRICT ON EARNING NATIONAL RECOGNITION

        Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) and Senator Owen H. Johnson (R-West Babylon) recently honored the Copiague School District for achieving national recognition.

April 11, 2012
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Congratulations To Copiague High School Valedictorian Jessica Murphy!

Senator Owen H. Johnson congratulated Walter G. O'Connell Copiague High School Valedictorian Jessica Murphy and her family recently at the Copiague Board of Education’s Annual Legislative Breakfast held at the Copiague High School Cafeteria at 1100 Dixon Avenue on March 17, 2012.  Members of the Class of 2012 Top Ten Students were in attendance. Photograph from left to right:  Peter Murphy; Heather Murphy; Jessica Murphy, Valedictorian; Senator Owen H. Johnson; and Michele Murphy. 

April 11, 2012
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Walter G. O'Connell Copiague High School Named "Advanced Placement District Of The Year" by College Board

Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District) joined with Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) in presenting a New York State Senate Resolution to Jeanette Altruda, Principal of the Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School, for being named “Advanced Placement District of the Year” by the College Board.

April 10, 2012
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Plan to close Bryant draws ire at hearing

The Queens Chronicle reports on the public hearing held in regards to Mayor Bloomberg's proposal to close down and overhaul Bryant High School, which drew a great deal of protest.

The rumblings started low at first — emanating from the football players in the middle of the room, the student government leaders perched closer to the stage and the parents dispersed throughout Bryant High School’s auditorium —and grew until loud boos drowned out a deputy schools chancellor, whose voice was no match for the hundreds of people protesting the city’s plan to shutter the institution established in 1889.

April 9, 2012
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Astoria Civic Holds Annual Scholarship Dinner Fundraiser

The Queens Gazette wrote an article covering the Astoria Civic Association's annual gala dinner for the Judge Charles J. Vallone Scholarship. Many distinguished guests were in attendance, including Senator Gianaris.

The Astoria Civic Association (ACA) held its annual gala dinner to raise funds for the Judge Charles J. Vallone Scholarship. The association honored philanthropists John and Margo Catsimatidis, CEO of Red Apple Group and president of MCV Advertising respectively. Also honored was Astoria resident and business leader Santino DiFiore. More than 300 guests were in attendance including state Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblymember Aravella Simotas and Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. at Riccardo’s By the Bridge Catering Hall in Astoria.

 

April 9, 2012
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Community Fights To Save Bryant H.S.

An article written by The Queens Gazette reports on the rally held by Assemblymember Aravella Simotas opposing the City Department of Education's proposal to drastically alter Bryant High School. Senator Gianaris attended the rally and believes that the proposed changes will bring more harm than good.

Assemblymember Aravella Simotas held a rally at William Cullen Bryant H.S. on April 3, in opposition to the city Department of Education’s proposal to dramatically overhaul the structure of the Western Queens institution.

 

Simotas, a Bryant alumna, was joined by elected officials, community leaders as well as Bryant students, teachers and parents in calling on the city to reconsider Bryant’s designation for the Turnaround model.

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April 9, 2012
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Open Letter to Governor Cuomo -- The New York State DREAM Act

April 4, 2012The Honorable Andrew M. CuomoGovernor of the State of New YorkExecutive ChamberNew York State Capitol Building Albany, NY  12224    Re:    Open Letter -- The New York State DREAM ActDear Governor:

File: 
Open Letter to Gov. Cuomo - the NYS DREAM ACT.pdf

April 9, 2012
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Governor Cuomo in Syracuse to Discuss Budget

I was pleased to join Governor Cuomo in discussing budget accomplishments for Central New York. Click the link for more details.

File: 
Gov Cuomo CNY Budget Presentation.pdf

April 5, 2012
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The New York Dream Act

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: April 5, 2012 Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | arodrigu@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

**PRESS RELEASE**

Senator Huntley Continues to Fight for Equal Opportunity for All New YorkersCalls for Senate Passage of NY Dream Act

April 5, 2012
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Bright Future For Historic Herkimer Home

HERKIMER, 04/04/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) and Assemblyman Marc Butler (R/C/I-Newport) today announced continued state funding that will keep General Herkimer Home open and provide for future needs at the historic site.

“When Herkimer Home was threatened last year I vowed to do everything in my power to protect this vital piece of local history,” said Senator Seward. “In 2011, I was able to secure $100,000 in state funding to provide for the immediate needs at Herkimer Home and begin future planning. I am pleased to announce that another $100,000 allocation is included in the 2012-2013 budget securing the future of Herkimer Home.”

April 4, 2012
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