ALBANY, 03/29/12 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on the education aid portion of the 2012-2013 state budget:
“Providing our upstate rural schools with the resources they need to help our students achieve more in the classroom has always been a high priority of mine. This year I fought diligently to funnel more state dollars to high need, low wealth districts – keeping in mind New York’s fiscal condition. The final per-pupil aid figures reflect that successful effort.”
Senator John Bonacic welcomed two student Shadows this week in Albany. The Saugerties High School juniors were participants in the League of Women Voters of New York State Education Foundation’s 12th Annual Student’s Inside Albany Conference. Senator Bonacic is pictured with Eric Beresheim and Maureen Ball.
Senator Joe Robach announced today 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.
“These scholarships will hopefully alleviate some of the burden of affording a higher education,” says Senator Robach.
State Senator Jack Martins attended the Elmont Union Free School District Chamber Orchestra performance as part of "Music in Our Schools Month" at the State Capitol this past week. The group, led by Elmont resident and Music Teacher Xavier Rodriguez, performed at the Empire State Plaza. After the concert, Senator Martins invited the group to come to the Senate chamber and visit the Senate before session. Senator Martins also surprised the students when Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos dropped by to speak to the group.
Governor Cuomo released the following announcement on March 27, 2012:
The Budget continues the Governor’s commitment to fiscal responsibility while creating jobs and strengthening communities across the state. It closes a multi-billion dollar deficit with no new taxes, fees or gimmicks, limits spending growth to two percent or below for the second year in a row, and launches the New York Works Task Force to invest billions of dollars to rebuild the state's roads, bridges, parks, and other infrastructure and create tens of thousands of jobs.
Even in Minority, Squadron Pushes Forward Priorities as Social Services Ranker
ALBANY – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, the ranking member and former chair of the Senate Social Services Committee, heralded the $2.5 million allocated for Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) in the state budget, as well as significant investments in other critical social services programs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.