Issues: Education

Senator Martins Visits Vincent Smith School in Port Washington

Senator Jack M. Martins recently visited the Vincent Smith School in Port Washington to spend some time with the sixth grade students. The Vincent Smith School is a premier private school that serves the needs of various communities with its commitment to providing outstanding education with a supportive and nurturing setting.

“The Vincent Smith School does an outstanding job in providing a well-rounded education,” said Senator Martins. “The school also provides a nurturing environment in which the students can succeed.”

December 5, 2011

Senator Martins' Sixth Grade Essay Contest Winners

Congratulations to all the participants in Senator Martins' Sixth Grade Essay Contest. The winners and their essays can be viewed by opening the pdf file below!

Jason Cuomo, St. Mary’s

Lourdes Rohan, Our Lady of Victory

Derek Chiang, Buckley Country Day School

U’Niah Cromwell, Clara H. Carlson School

Danielle Torrisi, New Hyde Park Road School

Ajay Sharma, Manor Oaks School

Aurbrey Jerome, Gotham Avenue School

Christian Calamuci, Henry Viscardi School

Sabrina Myers, Vincent Smith School

Bradford Lin, Great Neck North Middle School

Clara Goldberger, Great Neck South Middle School

Jason Lima, Mineola Middle School

Sarah Finkelstein, Carrie Palmer Weber Middle School

December 2, 2011

Senator Martins Honors Elmont Autism Academy Founder

State Senator Jack Martins visited the Elmont Autism Academy at the Clara H. Carlson to honor Barbara Schwarz, the founder of the program at the Elmont Union Free School District this past week. The surprise presentation was put together by students, teachers, Mr. Harper and Senator Martins. "When Mr. Harper mentioned to me that he wanted to recognize Barbara for her work with the Academy, I thought it was a perfect opportunity to thank her for developing the program into such a wonderful place of learning," said Senator Martins.

December 2, 2011

Senator DeFrancisco Speaks at Lafayette Junior High School

Senator John A. DeFrancisco spoke at Lafayette Junior High School on December 2, 2011, after students gave presentations on the impact of industrialization on Onondaga Lake.

December 2, 2011

Senator Martins Swears-In New Dutch Broadway Student President

State Senator Jack Martins dropped by Dutch Broadway School in Elmont to swear-in the new Student President Nolan Alexandre-Baker. Nolan won the student election held at the school the previous week during a special Assembly where candidates gave speeches and students voted. Senator Martins congratulated the candidates and took the opportunity to swear-in Nolan for his term in front of sixth graders in Mr. Verde's class.

December 2, 2011

Senator Rivera Teaches Civic Classes

State Senator Gustavo Rivera (D, WF-Bronx) will join Community Board 8 Ethics Committee Chair Irving Ladimer for the second in a series of community civics classes at the Kingsbridge Library Wednesday, December 7th at 6:00PM. This class will focus on the Rights and Rewards of Citizenship. This course is FREE TO THE PUBLIC and we encourage Bronxites of all ages to attend.

WHAT: FREE Civics classes taught by Senator Rivera and Irving Ladimer

WHO: Senator Gustavo Rivera and Irving Ladimer

WHERE: Kingsbridge Library - 291 West 231st Street, Bronx, NY

WHEN: Wednesday, December 7th - 6:00PM-7:00PM 

December 7, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM


MAYVILLE - At the invitation of Senator Catharine Young, the state Senate Education Committee Chairman visited a potential regional high school site at Chautauqua Lake Central School Thursday.

Senator John Flanagan, whose committee has jurisdiction over Senator Young’s regional high school legislation, traveled from Suffolk County on Long Island to meet with local teachers, school board members and administrators.

“Senator Flanagan is a recognized leader and education policy expert. He has been very supportive of innovative ideas to help students succeed, and his willingness to journey 460 miles from the other end of the state to listen firsthand is outstanding,” Senator Young said.

December 1, 2011

NYC DOE: Kindergarten Admissions Update

The kindergarten admissions process is school-based, but there is a standard timeline for all schools and there are citywide guidelines for eligibility and admissions priorities. Families must submit an application for kindergarten admission, even if they are applying to their zoned school. Important dates in the kindergarten admissions process for the 2012–2013 school year can be found on our Calendar and Events page:

January 9 – March 2, 2012: Kindergarten admissions period.

March 19 – March 23, 2012: Assignment notification period.

March 26 – April 20, 2012: Pre-registration period.

December 1, 2011

City Reopens Door to Ease Overcrowding at P.S. 116

By Jill Colvin

DOWNTOWN — The Department of Education has cautiously reopened the door to a plan that could alleviate overcrowding at a Kips Bay school.

P.S. 116, on East 33rd Street between Second and Third avenues, is currently at 120 percent capacity, according to advocates. To ease the strain, parents and elected officials want the city to start kindergarten classes for nearby P.S. 281, which isn't scheduled to open until 2013, this fall so that some P.S. 116 students can go to school there.

December 1, 2011

DOE Rejects Plan that Could Ease P.S. 116 Overcrowding

By Mary Johnson

KIPS BAY — Parents and teachers are angry at the Department of Education for rejecting a plan to help ease overcrowding at a Kips Bay school and vowed to continue the fight despite the setback.

P.S. 116, on East 33rd Street between Second and Third avenues, is currently at 120 percent capacity, advocates said. To keep that number from rising, parents and teachers proposed starting kindergarten classes for P.S. 281, a new school currently under construction, before its building at East 35th Street and First Avenue is ready.

December 1, 2011

Senator DeFrancisco Tours ITT Tech in Liverpool

On November 29, 2011, Senator John A. DeFrancisco took a tour of the ITT Tech Liverpool campus, led by Campus Director Jennifer Hill.  The Senator is pictured with members of ITT Tech's management team.

November 30, 2011


School Leaders Making the Case for More State Aid

November 29, 2011

Senator Martins Congratulates the Willets Road School on Being Named a Blue Ribbon School

Senator Jack M. Martins congratulated the Willets Road School for being named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. The Willets Road School, which is part of the East Williston School District, was recognized for the honor for working towards ensuring that every child attains success. The Willets Road School is a model of excellence and student achievement.

November 22, 2011

Ranzenhofer invites Senate Education Chairman to Buffalo

Organizes meeting with superintendents to discuss education issues


Amherst, N.Y. – New York State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has organized a meeting between school superintendents and the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Education, Senator John J. Flanagan, last Thursday.  School district leaders had the opportunity to share their concerns regarding education funding and state mandates.

Senator Ranzenhofer expressed the importance of a dialogue before State Legislators return to Albany in January.

November 22, 2011

Get to Know Your Government Day at Franklin

On Monday, November 21st, I had the opportunity to be a part of Know Your Government Day at the Integrated Arts and Technology School at Franklin High School. I spoke with students on the legislative process and duties of me and my colleagues in the State Legislature, along with how they can have their voices heard in our community. Best wishes to all the students at Franklin on continued success this year!

November 22, 2011

Senator Martins Honors Candidates at Gotham Avenue School Elections

State Senator Jack Martins visited the Gotham Avenue School today to participate in the annual student council elections. Officers from the 4th, 5th and 6th grades ran for election to serve their fellow classmates for the school year. Senator Martins was invited to the election assembly to talk with students about voting, participating in democracy and supporting their fellow classmates.

“In today’s Gotham Avenue School election, everyone on this stage is a winner. Each of these candidates is a shining example of the talent we have in our community. I am proud of you, your family is proud of you and all of Elmont is proud of your running for office,” said Senator Martins.

November 22, 2011

Gianaris Invites Students To Participate In Thanksgiving Celebration

The Queens Gazette wrote about the upcoming Thanksgiving Day Create Celebration for students in kindergarten through sixth grade. This creative contest titled "What Are You Thankful For?" will allow students' imaginative works to be showcased.

State Senator Michael Gianaris is sponsoring the state senate Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration for Western Queens elementary schools.

Eligible students are invited to submit a piece of artwork, poem or one-page essay expressing why they are thankful on this Thanksgiving.

The program is called “What Are You Thankful For?” and is offered to students in kindergarten through sixth grade.

November 22, 2011



NEW YORK -- Following the Community Education Council District 2 resolution opposing the Department of Education's revised zoning proposal, State Senator Daniel Squadron reiterated his concerns with the District 2 plan and called on the DOE to reform the student population projections it uses for rezoning.

November 21, 2011

Senate Issues Mid-Year Economic and Revenue Report

This week the Senate Majority released a mid-year economic and revenue forecast for New York State. A copy of the report can be found at the Senate website,

Working together this year, with Governor Cuomo, we were able to close a $10 billion budget deficit. We balenced the budget by finding efficiencies in government, identifying areas to make responsible cuts in spending, and most importantly, held the line on taxes," said Senator Gallivan. "Significant challenges remain and I look forward to returning to Albany to address next year's budget, continuing to focus on fiscal responsibility, economic development, and job creation for Western New York."

Highlights of the report including the following:

November 21, 2011
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