Issues: Education

Senator Michael Gianaris meets with Global Kids in his district office.

Senator Gianaris meets with Global Kids youth leaders from Long Island City High School to discuss climate change and environmental policy.

December 13, 2011
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STATE SENATOR LEE ZELDIN JOINS GOVERNOR CUOMO FOR BILL SIGNING OF LAW REPEALING MTA PAYROLL TAX FOR OVER 700K TAXPAYERS

West Hempstead, N.Y. – State Senator Lee M. Zeldn (R, C, I- Shirley) joined his legislative colleagues and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today as the Governor signed into law a new measure to eliminate the MTA Payroll Tax for approximately 80 percent of all employers currently paying the tax.

Last week, the Legislature passed a bill repealing the MTA Payroll Tax for 78.2 percent of all employers (over 700,000 taxpayers). In addition, thousands more will see a reduction. In addition to the 290,000 employers who will have their tax eliminated, 414,000 self-employed taxpayers will also see the MTA Tax repealed. All elementary and secondary schools, both public and private, will now also be completely exempt from the payroll tax.

December 12, 2011
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Senator Martins Roots on Elmont in Petrocelli Classic

State Senator Jack Martins attended the Gregg Petrocelli Classic Basketball Tournament at Elmont Memorial High School this past weekend. The tournament is held in memory of Petrocelli, a coach and well respected guidance counselor at Elmont Memorial High School. The tournament hosts basketball games all day and celebrates the memory of Petrocelli who was know to a man where "everything he touched, he changed" positively for people. Senator Martins attended both classic basketball games featuring the Elmont Spartans, H. Frank Carey Seahawks and the Freeport Red Devils. "The Petrocelli Classic is a day where we remember a great educator, coach, father figure and man who inspired many young people in Elmont.

December 12, 2011
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Senator Squadron: Decision to Keep P.S. 137 Open Is Victory and Opportunity

NEW YORK -- Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement after the Department of Education announced that it will not close P.S. 137 on the Lower East Side. In a November 7 letter to Chancellor Walcott, Senator Squadron urged the DOE to keep the school open:

DOE's decision to keep P.S. 137 open is a victory and an opportunity for the Lower East Side community. Last month, I urged the DOE to work with us to find an alternative to closure in the belief that an alternative would be less disruptive to teachers, parents, and students alike. I look forward to working with the school and the community to make sure P.S. 137 provides Lower East Side kids with the best possible education. 

December 9, 2011
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LEARN MORE ABOUT THE FUNDED REGIONAL PROJECTS ACROSS THE STATE

Created by Governor Cuomo, the Regional Economic Development Councils represent a fundamental shift in the state's approach to economic development - from a top-down development model to a community-based approach that emphasizes regions' unique assets, harnesses local expertise, and empowers each region to set plans and priorities.

December 9, 2011
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No easy answers on overcrowding

Queens Chronicle reports

Everyone acknowledges that schools are overcrowded in Queens, and that those in District 24 are the most overcrowded.

Read full article here

December 8, 2011
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Stony Brook, Rockefeller among tech campus rejects

Times Ledger wrote about the potential building of an applied sciences or engineering campus on Roosevelt Island, after the proposal rejection of Stony Brook and Rockefeller. Senator Gianaris feels the multiple benefits of an added campus in Roosevelt Island will be a wonderful addition to Long Island City.

Two entities have been rejected in their bids to build an applied sciences or engineering campus somewhere in the city because they did not meet the criteria for the city’s competition, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said last week. Roosevelt Island is one of the possible sites.

December 8, 2011
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Astoria\LIC Kiwanis Hosts Holiday Auction Extravaganza

The Queens Gazette wrote about the Astoria/LIC Kiwanis Club holiday auction that sought to raise funds for charity. Senator Gianaris auctioned off his tie in order to provide scholarships for college hopefuls.

An annual local tradition, The Astoria\LIC Kiwanis Club holiday auction was attended by more than 125 members and guests who came to bid on a host of items for charity on December 5 at Riccardo’s by the Bridge.

 

“It’s one of the greatest events of the year,” said state Senator Mike Gianaris who had the privilege of auctioning off his own tie to help raise money to provide scholarships for graduating high school students who are going to college.

 

December 8, 2011
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SQUADRON TO GOVERNOR: INVEST IN BQE REHAB, CITY TECH, ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Following Bill's Passage, Squadron Asks Governor to Invest New York Works Infrastructure Fund in Brooklyn, Lower Manhattan

Squadron Applauds Passage of Programs He’s Long Championed: Summer Youth Employment, Career Pathways

ALBANY – Following the state legislature’s passage of legislation aimed at creating jobs and growing New York’s economy, State Senator Daniel Squadron asked Governor Cuomo to invest part of the New York Works Infrastructure Fund in key projects in the 25th Senate District: the rehabilitation of the Brooklyn Queens-Expressway (BQE), an incentive program for Lower Manhattan businesses to increase energy efficiency, and a new academic center at New York City College of Technology (City Tech).

December 8, 2011
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'OFFICE-ON-THE-MOVE' HEADS TO EDWARDS, CARTHAGE

State Senator Patty Ritchie is bringing government closer to her constituents in St. Lawrence and southern Jefferson Counties, with two of her highly successful “Mobile District Offices” planned for Edwards and West Carthage next week.

December 8, 2011
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Senator Adams Keynotes DTAP/ComAlert Graduation

Senator Adams was the keynote speaker for the Drug Treatment Alternative-to-Prison (DTAP)/ComAlert Graduation.  Programs provided through the Office of the Kings County District Attorney, Charles Hynes, DTAP is a residential drug treatment and re-entry program for formerly incarcerated individuals and ComAlert provides formally incarcerated individuals with housing, education, substance abuse treatment, physical and mental health counseling and employment.  The Senator offered congratulations and gave encouragement to the programs' graduates.

December 6, 2011
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Forum/Town Hall: Senator Rivera Teaches Civic Classes

Join us for our final civic class titled "Voting and Elections". 

December 14, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Forum/Town Hall: Senator Rivera Teaches Civic Classes

The Office of State Senator Rivera will host a free civic class featuring Community Board 8 member Irving Ladimer. This class is titled " the Rights, Responsibilities and Rewards of Citizenship". Join us next Wednesday for our final class titled "Voting and Elections"

December 7, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Senators Visit Henry Viscardi School

Senator Jack M. Martins invited his colleagues, Senator Dean Skelos and Senator Carl Marcellino, for a visit to the Henry Viscardi School in Albertson. The purpose of the visit was for the Senators see the great work that the school does in providing a top-notch education with students who have a disability.

The Henry Viscardi School is one of the true treasures of education. The staff creates a learning and caring environment for all students. I share the school's belief in educational opportunities for all. Students do not let any disabillity stop them from reaching their goals and being successful in their academics and extra-curricular activities. They are a source of inspiration and I am proud to represent them in the New York State Senate."

December 5, 2011
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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