On Thursday, March 24th, 2011 Senator Bonacic attended the dedication ceremony of Kaplan Hall at the Newburgh Campus of Orange County Community College. The Kaplan Hall will contain new science labs, a health professions wing for nursing and therapy programs, the campus library and main learning center, the one-stop student center for prospective students, and additional general purpose classrooms.
Pictured from L - R: Senator John J. Bonacic, William Kaplan and SUNY Orange President, Dr. William Richards.
Roundtable will focus on the budget’s impact on Western New York’s school children
CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy will hold a roundtable discussion with parents and students to hear their concerns about the N.Y. State budget at the Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School in Cheektowaga. The focus of the talk will be the budget’s impact on Western New York’s school children, with a specific focus on the impact on students in the Cheektowaga-Sloan School District.
On Tuesday, March 22nd, Senator Robach welcomed Sara J. Carroll to his Albany Legislative Office. Carrol, a resident of Rochester, was the recipient of a Boys and Girls Club of Rochester "Youth of the Year" award.
Legislation Would Account for Increased Enrollment and Pre-Kindergarten Program
(Albany)- Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (35th District- D/WF/I) is urging passage of two bills that she sponsors in the State Senate, which would provide additional State funding to the Yonkers city schools. The first, S. 1011, would provide the Yonkers City Schools with $4.8 million for the district’s Pre-Kindergarten program, and the second, S. 1012 would provide $3.98 million to address the district’s growth of approximately 1500 students. Both bills passed the Senate last year, but did not become law.
Senator Jack M. Martins and Assemblyman Ed Ra greeted students from the Elmont Union Free School District for their annual performance at the Empire State Plaza Concourse for "Music in Our Schools Week" sponsored by NYSSMA! Senator Martins greeted the Elmont String Ensemble and opened the performance with remarks. Senator Martins thanked Elmont's "maestro" Xavier Rodriguez for his work and dedication as a music teacher in the Elmont School district.
On Saturday, March 19th, Senator Robach spoke at Greece Athena High School, where boys basketball head coach Jim Johnson debuted his new book, "A Coach and A Miracle". The book discusses the 2005-2006 basketball season, which included Jason McElwain's special game on February 15th, 2006 against Spencerport. Pictured with Senator Robach is Johnson (left) and McElwain (center).
On Tuesday, March 22, 2011, Senator Jack M. Martins presented a Resolution on the floor of the New York State Senate honoring the Elmont Memorial High School boys basketball team. The Sparts won the Nassau County Class AA championship.
State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I – Shirley) and Assemblyman Dean Murray (R, C – East Patchogue) recently welcomed the Bellport Senior High School Social Studies Department to Albany as part of the group’s “Albany Lobby Day.” Senator Zeldin and Assemblyman Murray (above, center) held a productive Q&A session with the students followed by a tour of the Capitol Building and Senate Chamber.
Senate's Proposal Eliminates MTA Payroll Tax for Schools
The New York State Senate's budget proposal for the 2011-2012 fiscal year closes a $10 billion budget deficit, calls for even less spending than the Governor's budget proposal and sends a message that education is a priority.
Senator Jack M. Martins met with school board leaders from throughout the 7th Senate District in Albany to strategize about state aid to schools and mandate relief. Trustees from Franklin Square, Floral Park, New Hyde Park, Sewanhaka, East Williston, North Shore and other districts met with Martins and briefed him on school issues and concerns. The discussion with local education leaders was “positive, proactive and a frank exchange between public education advocates and the Senate,” said Senator Martins. "It’s great to know that I have real partners in education that not only care about our young people, but understand that people are truly hurting economically in our communities.”
Senator Owen H. Johnson congratulates three high schools in the 4th Senate District that were recognized nationally by the College Board for increasing access to Advanced Placement (AP) courses and maintaining or improving the rate at which students score well on demanding AP tests. “I’d like to congratulate three schools in my district: Copiague High School; Sayville High School; and West Islip High School for being recognized by the College Board and for being placed on their National Advanced Placement Achievement List,” Senator Johnson said.