Issues: Education

Senator Maziarz visits Spruce Elementary School

Senator George Maziarz recently visited Spruce Elementary School in North Tonawanda to meet with dozens of sixth graders and read the popular story, "The Giverbacker Parade."  Senator Maziarz fielded questions from the kids and spoke to them about the importance of giving back to their community. 

February 22, 2011
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Calling for a Comprehensive Plan to Rid Our Schools of PCB Contamination

Nearly three years have passed since dangerous levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) were discovered in P.S 199 on West 70 Street and a number of other New York City public schools.  While much progress has been made in remediating contamination at a few select schools, it is unacceptable that there is still no City-wide plan to address this problem.  The Bloomberg administration’s intransigence is particularly disturbing in light of clear evidence of PCB leakage from light ballasts in schools built or substantially renovated between 1950 and 1978.

February 19, 2011
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Senator Martins Meets With Leaders From Nassau BOCES

Senator Jack Martins welcomed a group of Nassau BOCES students and staff at the State Capitol to discuss education and program funding for BOCES classes and initiatives. Principal James Clark led the delegation made up of Steve Witt, Sue Bergstrom, Shirlene Blake-Neil, Ryan Llanos, Joshua DaSilva and Cynthia Cruz-Melgran. "Programs like Nassau BOCES help all of our students reach as far and wide as they dream. Not only does BOCES offer non-traditional programs and services, but they offer critical skills for students in our community's schools. I was really glad to sit down and talk with all of them," Senator Martins said.

February 18, 2011
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Senator Martins Honors Intel Semi-Finalist From Manhasset

Senator Jack M. Martins recently honored Jun Kit “Timothy” He when the Senator visited Manhasset High School. Tim was one of the semi-finalists in the 70th Intel Science Talent Search competition.

Tim’s project, “Gene Expression Profiling and EKG: The Development of a Novel Prognostic Mechanism for Cardiac Allograft Rejection,” addressed heart transplant recipients. His project used gene expression levels in white blood cells and EKG variables to create an equation that can predict rejection without the biopsy.

February 18, 2011
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Senator Martins Visits Manhasset High School

Senator Jack M. Martins continued his tour of schools around the 7th Senate District at Manhasset High School where he met with Manhasset School Superintendent Charles Cardillo, Manhasset Board of Education President Cindy Cardinal and board members Patricia Aitken, Regina Rule and Craig Anderson.

Senator Martins discussed with Superintendent Cardillo and the board members such issues that will affect school districts such as the Governor’s budget and the proposed cuts in state aid to Long Island schools as well as the tax cap.

February 18, 2011
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Griffo: Local Schools Use Opportunity To Press For Balance in Education Aid

Griffo: Local Schools Use Opportunity To Press For Balance in Education Aid

Balance was the critical issue addressed by local school leaders who this week accepted Senator Joseph A. Griffo’s offer to meet personally with Senate Education Committee Chair John Flanagan to discuss school aid in the coming state budget.

February 17, 2011
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR RUTH HASSELL-THOMPSON ON MAYOR BLOOMBERG

Chairwoman of the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus

“Mayor Bloomberg claims activist parents were disrespecting him simply because they questioned his continued unilateral control of the public schools. The mayor’s irresponsible commentary fails to truly address the concerns articulated by parents and students.

“It is particularly ironic to hear the mayor’s complaints of disrespect after Cathie Black proposed population control as a means to reduce overcrowding, and reportedly sat through important meetings focused on her blackberry, not the content of the conversations.

February 16, 2011
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Senator Martins Participates in Cultural Studies Week at the Manorhaven School

Senator Jack M. Martins last week visited the Manorhaven School in Port Washington for Cultural Studies Week. The school library was transformed into the country of Ireland as the students had an opportunity to learn about the Irish culture. Senator Martins met with Port Washington School Superintendent Dr. Geoff Gordon and Manorhaven School Principal Bonni Cohen.

Students learned about Irish customs and traditions. Each student received a castle stamp to represent their “visit” to Ireland, where the students learned from 30 boards that displayed educational information about the country.

February 16, 2011
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IDC Releases School Mandate Relief Plan

Regional Collective Bargaining among measures to lower costs, preserve educational quality

The Independent Democratic Conference today introduced a mandate relief package that will help schools reduce costs, maintain educational quality and ultimately help with the implementation of a tax cap.

"Mandate relief is a key component of the Independent Democratic Conference’s plans to reduce the tax burden on New Yorkers,” Senator David J. Valesky, (D-Oneida), said. “If we are asking school districts to reduce spending, it only makes sense to provide them with tools to maximize efficiency and minimize the pressure caused by unfunded state mandates."

February 16, 2011
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Senator Lee Zeldin meets with Eastern Suffolk BOCES

Albany, NY- Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) met this week with members of Eastern Suffolk BOCES. The group was in Albany to discuss a number of issues with Senator Zeldin. Topics ranged from an overview of BOCES services to the state's budget cuts. School districts have been using BOCES programs for shared services with other school districts. Pictured here with Senator Zeldin from left to right: Senator Zeldin, Terry Cucina, Cheryl Rosolie, Linda Dackow and Francis Nilsen.

February 15, 2011
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Senator Lee Zeldin Honored by Schools

Hauppauge, NY-  Senate Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) was recently honored by local school districts for his interest and dedication to local education issues.  Pictured here, Senator Zeldin (Left) was presented this award by local students who attended the Longwood School District’s 7th annual Regional Legislative Breakfast.

February 15, 2011
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SENATOR JOSEPH ADDABBO STATEMENT ON HIGH SCHOOLS REPORT

FEBRUARY 15, 2011

 

While I am concerned about the conditions mentioned in the report regarding the area

high schools, I am pleased that the New York State Department of Education/New York

City Department of Education Joint Intervention Team has recommended to keep the schools

open.  I intend to work with the DOE to ensure that the best education possible is provided

for the young students and their families.  It is time to move ahead and work together

to help these students achieve success.

 

February 15, 2011
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February 15, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
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Senator Martins Meets With St. John's Students From the 7th Senate District

State Senator Jack Martins met with college students attending St. Johns University from Franklin Square, Manhasset, Elmont, Great Neck, Mineola, Floral Park and Port Washington this past week at the State Capitol. The college students met with Martins to discuss college loan programs and education issues. The discussion centered around how tuition assitance, college loan programs and higher education access can be improved. Senator Martins hosted the group in his office and took questions about the proposed State budget and its impact on TAP, HEOP, and other assorted college aids. "It was an honor to meet with college students from throughout the 7th Senate district. I'm glad I was able to meet with them and have a discussion on the challenges we face as a state and community.

February 14, 2011
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Senator Martins Discusses Finances With School Superintendents

State Senator Jack Martins met with school superintendents from throughout the northwest quadrant of the 7th Senate district to discuss state aid, mandate relief and canceled grant funding. The meeting was chaired by Floral Park Bellerose School District Superintendent Dr. Lynn Pombonyo. Among the local school superintendents at the meeting included Al Harper of Elmont, Warren Meierdiercks of Sewanhaka, Patrick Manley of Franklin Square, Dr. Tom Dolan of Great Neck South, Robert Katulak of New Hyde Park-Garden City Park, Charles Cardillo of Manhasset, Dr. Brenner of Roslyn, Dr. John Bierwirth of Herricks, Dr. Lorna Lewis of East Williston and many more were in attendance.

February 14, 2011
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Senator Martins Congratulates Covert Avenue School Select Chorus

Senator Jack M. Martins congratulates the members of the Covert Avenue School Select Chorus on a sensation performance.

February 14, 2011
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Senator Martins Attends Inter-School PTA Celebration in Elmont

State Senator Jack Martins was back in Elmont to speak to over 400 Elmont community members and PTA leaders at the Covert Avenue School on the occasion of Elmont Inter-School PTA’s 114th anniversary. Senator Martins congratulated the PTA and thanked community volunteers for their “hard work and sacrifice in making Elmont’s schools a success.”

Senator Martins was invited to give remarks at the program and participate in the evening by the Inter-School PTA and Elmont School District. “Elmont’s schools and PTA are a partnership that makes things happen in the Elmont community,” said Senator Jack Martins noting, “the people gathered in this room are a vital key to the future success of our young people and schools in Elmont.”

February 14, 2011
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Public Hearing: Public Hearing: Senate Hearing on Mandate Relief and Real Property Tax Caps

Senator John Flanagan, chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Education, and Senator Jack M. Martins, chair of the Standing Committee on Local Government, will be co-sponsoring a hearing on the intertwined issues of mandate relief and the property tax cap.

February 17, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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