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October 13, 2011

Notice of Public Hearing: NYS Committee on Higher Education

Subject:     Truth in Testing: A Comprehensive Look at Standardized Testing Security Procedures

Date:          October 25, 2011 - 10 am - 1 pm

Place:         Roosevelt Hall, Little Theater                  SUNY Farmingdale                  2350 Broadhollow Rd.                  Farmingdale, NY 11735

October 12, 2011
October 12, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

P.S./I.S. #48 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

News Ffrom New York State

Senator Shirley L. Huntley

For Immediate Release: October 11, 2011

Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | | (518) 455-3531



(Jamaica, NY) The William Wordsworth School-P.S. /I.S. #48 moved into a new building last month. The five story structure boasts a state of the art auditorium, library, science resource room, art studio, science labs, gymnasium and a fully equipped cafeteria/kitchen. Presently, the building services grades Pre-K-5 and is inclusive of District 75.

October 14, 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Senator Martins Congratulates National Merit Semi-Finalists From the Wheatley School

Senator Jack M. Martins congratulated each of the students from The Wheatley School who were named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists and presented them with proclamations in recognition of their achievement. The students are: Liting Chiang, Ariel Fieldman, Remy Haber, Timothy Lee, William Schiela, Zohaib Shaikh, David Vakili and Tom Wang.

“This is a tremendous accomplishment that is indicative of the excellent education the students are receiving at The Wheatley School. I commend these outstanding young men and women for setting a great example for their classmates and community,” Senator Martins said.

October 7, 2011

It's Pizza and Politics With The Wheatley School Student Government

It was an afternoon of pizza and politics at The Wheatley School as Senator Jack M. Martins visited the high school to have pizza and discuss politics with the student government. The students and Senator Martins had a discussion on a multitude of issues from healthcare to the environment to the state budget.

Some students were concerned about negative impacts to the environment as Senator Martins discussed hydro fracking, a process that is being considered to extract natural gas from shale upstate. Although proponents bring up the potential economic benefits of the process, Senator Martins shares the concerns of many community members who are worried about a potential negative impact to the drinking water.

October 7, 2011

Sen. Espaillat, Council Member Rodriguez & Local Education Professionals Protest Major Layoffs


Planned cuts of over 700 positions will disproportionately hurt workers from communities of color, particularly in Northern Manhattan

October 6, 2011

Oppenheimer Grant Helps Safe Routes to School Kick-off

For Immediate Release

Sept 30, 2011

International Walk to School Week is taking off across the Sound Shore with help from the Safe Routes to School Committees from Rye, Rye Neck and Mamaroneck.  With 9 elementary schools in the area, representing over 4500 children grades K-5, that’s a lot of steps taking to the sidewalks during the week of Oct. 3-7. 

With help from the Rye Y and grant funding provided by the United Way of Westchester and NY State Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer, Safe Routes “starter kits” were distributed to 9 local grade schools as a way to encourage safe walking and biking to school. Walking safety tips, banners, walking school bus signs, and an array of incentives were included in the kit for children.  Adult messaging such as “Please Put Down the Cellphone” are on lawn signs to appear on school campuses as well as car magnets proclaiming, “Caution.  I stop at Crosswalks.” 

International Walk to School Week takes place twice a year, in the Fall and Spring.  Safe Routes to School is an international program recognized by the CDC as an effective initiative in helping to create healthier communities.

Extra Images: 

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October 6, 2011

From the Desk of Senator Jack M. Martins

Score One for Common Sense

I say I have an “enthusiasm for efficiency.” My wife says I just love saving money. Either way, this desire to find savings in government spending can sometimes be stifling.

That’s because, as we work to improve policies that may be harmful or burdensome to our taxpayers and constituents, we often encounter entrenched interests determined to make it difficult every step of the way. Yet, every once in a while, common sense makes a comeback and those moments are what make my service to you very satisfying.

October 4, 2011

NEWSDAY: Districts Cut Bus Costs and Drive Savings

From Newsday

By Emily Dooley

Like many entities across Long Island, the Port Washington Union Free School District has made some budget cuts.

The district decided to reduce its bus fleet to more accurately reflect ridership and stagger the start of elementary schools so fewer buses could cover all routes.

In doing so, it cut $412,000 -- nearly 17 percent -- from its transportation budget.

The district got concessions from its bus company to reduce vehicles and reached an agreement with unions to stagger elementary start times between 8:10 and 8:50 a.m.

October 4, 2011

Rally Against Education Layoffs

Senator Serrano joined District Council 37 on the steps of City Hall for a rally against massive layoffs that would have a negative impact on our local schools. 705 layoffs of Local 372 members have been scheduled for next week, and  765 layoffs occurred at The Department of Education on October 7, 2011. "It is extremely unfortunate that these layoffs are being planned for a district that can’t afford to lose more staff", said Senator Serrano. "Not only will 705 people be unemployed, but our schools will suffer the consequences of losing dedicated parent coordinators and school aides. We must do everything we can to speak out against an action that threatens the quality of our children’s education.”

October 4, 2011

ATTENTION SIXTH GRADE STUDENTS: Participate Now in Senator Martins Thanksgiving Essay Contest

What are you most thankful for?

That's the question sixth grade students are asked to answer in Senator Jack M. Martins 2011 Sixth Grade Thanksgiving Essay Contest.

All sixth grade students in the Seventh Senate District are invited to participate by writing an essay of no more than 250 words about what you are most thankful for. There will be a winner selected from every school in the Seventh Senate District. Each winner will receive a Certificate of Merit and an invitation to a special reception!

September 30, 2011


Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) announced that his bill (S3110), which authorizes local school boards to determine the amount of an installment payment for school taxes, has become law.

September 29, 2011

Senator Martins Visits Westbury High School

State Senator Jack M. Martins recently visited Westbury High School to speak with students about the life in the New York State Senate. With the Legislature between sessions, Senator Martins has the opportunity to visit schools, meet with students and answer any questions they may have about state government.

“It’s a pleasure visiting with the students at Westbury High Schools. They help me in my job since I am able to gain some insight into what our high school students feel is important. I want to thank Principal Arias for having me. I look forward to visiting again.” Said Senator Martins.

September 28, 2011

Statement From Senator John Flanagan Regarding Governor Cuomo's Veto

Governor Cuomo was wrong to veto my legislation restoring $3.5 million in building aid to Smithtown School District.  The veto would have been expected and understood if the aid had been based upon some act of fraud, abuse or malicious intent.  But, nothing could be further from the truth in this case.

September 27, 2011

Theresa Patnode Santmann's Gift To Farmingdale State College

Senator Owen H. Johnson joined the Farmingdale State College community to recognize Theresa Patnode Santmann at the September 21, 2011  announcement of her $1 million gift to the School of Health Sciences.  Santmann, a Babylon resident who earned her nursing degree at Farmingdale in 1969, is a prominent healthcare advocate and entrepreneur.  “Theresa Patnode Santmann’s gift will advance education at Farmingdale State College for many years to come, and we recognize and truly appreciate her benevolence as she gives back to our community in such a meaningful way,” Senator Johnson said.  

September 27, 2011

Senator Montgomery, Senator Adams & Education Leaders Announce Brooklyn Launch of "Smart Scholars" Early College High School Program

NYS Senator Montgomery supported by Senator Adams, Assemblymember Hakeem Jeffries, Assemblymember Annette Robinson, Councilmember Letitia James and Councilmember Albert Vann at Long Island University with Brooklyn high school principals, college presidents, students, state education officials and union leaders announced the start of four new Smart Scholars Early College High School (ECHS) programs in Brooklyn, NY.  There are currently 27 high school/college partnerships in New York State serving over 5,000 students.  In 2009, eleven (11) were formed with the aid of a $6 million grant from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

September 26, 2011

Gallivan Calls For Assembly Action on Anti-Bullying Legislation

Comprehensive Bill Focuses on Prevention and Accountability in Schools

In response to the tragic death of Western New York teen Jamey Rodemeyer, Senator Patrick M. Gallivan is urging his colleagues in the New York State Assembly to follow the Senate and pass the Law to Encourage the Acceptance of All Differences (S.4921).

September 26, 2011
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