Issues: Families

Seward Bill Part Of Senate Package To Protect Children, Victims From Sex Offenders

ALBANY, 02/26/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced senate passage of a comprehensive package of legislation to protect children and victims from sex offenders.  A bill sponsored by Senator Seward (S.3926) would bar sex offenders who are on parole, probation, or conditionally discharged from being upon the premises of any day care facility.

February 26, 2015

Senate Coalition Announces Passage of Bills to Close Dangerous Loopholes in Sex Offender Laws

The New York State Senate today passed nine bills to close dangerous loopholes in the laws protecting children and communities from sexual predators. The measures would address critical issues raised by a recent Court of Appeals ruling that prevents local governments from enacting laws restricting sex offenders, as well as the safety concerns highlighted in a recent Senate Coalition joint investigation and report.

February 26, 2015

Erie County Families Not Getting Their Fair Share – Kennedy Calls for Same Child Care Accessibility Offered in Rochester and Albany

Threshold to Qualify for Subsidies Would Rise, Providing Much Needed Relief For Families

With Help, Parents Would No Longer Have to Make Choice Between Job and Child Care 

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy (D-Buffalo) today announced a push for money in this year’s budget to be allocated for child care subsidies for families in Erie County with incomes of up to 275% of the federal poverty level. Currently, these subsidies are only provided to families within the county with incomes of up to 200% by the Department of Social Services. In a letter to Governor Cuomo, Kennedy asked for the state to set aside $2.5 million in the budget in order to expand its subsidy program into Erie County.

February 19, 2015

Committee Meeting: Children and Families Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Children and Families  Senator Simcha Felder, Chair  1:00 PM, Wednesday, February 25, 2015  Room 945 LOB

February 25, 1:00 PM - 1:07 PM

Schoharie County Youth Bureau Meets With Senator Seward

ALBANY, 02/10/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) today met at his Capitol office with members of the Schoharie County Youth Bureau.  

“Youth Bureau programs are cost effective and enhance the quality of life in our rural communities along with developing future leaders,” said Senator Seward.  “The preventive benefits these programs produce are immeasurable and the confidence they give the students involved is truly special.  I am proud that a legislative grant I secured a decade ago helped initiate the Schoharie County program and I will continue to advocate for continued state funding for this and other vital youth programs.” 

February 10, 2015

Senator Venditto's Blood Drive at Farmingdale State College

New York Blood Center has issued an emergency appeal for blood donations to ensure their continued capability to serve area hospitals. Their primary concerns are their ability to meet predictable patient needs as well as any unexpected emergencies that may occur. Please make every possible effort to donate blood.

Eligibility Criteria:

 Must have valid photo ID or ID with signature
 Minimum weight 110 lbs
 Between 16 to 76 years of age
 No tattoos in past 12 months

 For more information please call Senator Venditto's office at 516-882-0630.

February 17, 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Kid Pix Program at the Baldwin Library

Kid Pix Program: The Free, Walet-Sized Kid Pix ID Card:

Includes child's personal contact information
Includes child's photo
Lists the child's date of birth, age, gender, eye & hair color, and issue date of card
Includes child's fingerprint image on back of card

February 13, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

AARP Commends Senator Valesky for Voting to Help NY’s Family Caregivers

Health Committee Sends CARE Act to Full Senate for Consideration; Bill Ensures Caregivers Receive Instruction in Post-Discharge Tasks 

Family caregivers are too often left unprepared to provide proper care before taking their loved ones home from the hospital. State Senator David Valesky cast a key vote this week to advance legislation ensuring caregivers are offered instruction in any post-discharge tasks their older parents, spouses or other loved ones will need at home, fostering better care and potentially avoiding costly hospital re-admissions.

February 6, 2015

Kennedy Announces Senate Passage of Bill Designed to Increase Confidentiality Within Child Fatality Reports

Kennedy: Legislation Helps Create Greater Report Transparency, While Maintaining Family Privacy 

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy (D-Buffalo) announced today the passage of legislation which amends the social services law in order to increase the confidentiality of families named in child fatality reports. If enacted, the law would require local social services departments to make sure any comments made in the report protect the confidentiality of the deceased child, the child’s family and the source of the report.  In the past, concerns have been voiced about state officials not releasing fatality reports due to an inability to redact these identities and other sensitive case information.

February 2, 2015

Young Joins Colleagues To Pass Legisaltion Aimed At Protecting Communities From Sexual Predators

Legislation will strengthen reporting requirements; creates a program to increase awareness among local officials

ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) has announced that the state Senate has passed a package of legislation to protect communities from sexual predators by promoting greater public access to information and awareness. 

January 28, 2015

Independent Democratic Conference: More education, housing, child care, smart growth

By Rachel Shapiro on January 20, 2015 at 2:46 PM

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. --  The Independent Democratic Conference in the state Senate released a 15-point plan Monday to invest in the state's workforce, education, housing, child care and smart growth communities.

The IDC, a five-member group of Democrats, including state Sen. Diane Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn), has had a coalition with Republicans to give them a working majority in the chamber and give the IDC a larger role in Senate business as co-leaders. Now with an outright majority, Republicans continue to work with the IDC, no longer sharing co-leader roles.

January 28, 2015

Senate Passes Bill to Better Track State Transfer of Sex Offenders

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announces the Senate has passed a bill (S.396) that would require New York State to notify a local municipality when a sex offender is transferred from a state facility to a community program or residence.

January 27, 2015

Senator Jeff Klein's Session Remarks on Senate Bill S.0851

Senator Klein’s legislation (S.851-2015) prohibits level two and level three sex offenders from being housed in family shelters and requires by law that they be placed in adult-only shelters or shelters without children. 

January 27, 2015

Family Planning Advocates Rally

(Albany - January 26th) Minority Leader Stewart-Cousins has dedicated her career to promote the health of women and their families and to secure access to confidential, quality reproductive health care for all New Yorkers. Senator Stewart-Cousins spoke at a news conference in support of Family Planning Advocates who continue to fight to ensure that women’s health, safety and equality be protected by state law.

January 26, 2015


Legislation Prevents Level Two & Three Sex Offenders From Residing in Shelters With Families and Children 

ALBANY, NY – Independent Democratic Conference Leader Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester)today announced that the State Senate overwhelmingly passed (52-0) legislation he sponsors that prohibits level two and level three sex offenders from living in temporary emergency housing and homeless shelters used to house families with children.

January 26, 2015


Bronx Elected Officials Back Legislation That Would Keep Level Two & Three Sex Offenders Out of Shelters Where Families With Children Reside

BRONX, NY – State Senator and Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), together with Assemblyman Michael Benedetto (D-Bronx), Councilman James Vacca (D-Bronx), members of Community Board 10, the Ferry Point Civic Association and Friends of Ferry Point Park today called on the New York City Department of Homeless Services to ban level two and level three sex offenders from temporary emergency housing and homeless shelters used to house families with children.

January 23, 2015


IDC Unveils 15 Innovative Investments that will Create Long Term Stability, Security and Sustainability for all New Yorkers

Proposals Invest in New York Workers, Students, Seniors and Families and Support a Significant Expansion in New York State Schools, Housing, and Communities

January 19, 2015

Seward Honors Longtime Leader of The Arc Otsego

ONEONTA, 01/14/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today presented The Arc Otsego Executive Director Joe Judd with a New York State Legislative Resolution in honor of his retirement after thirty-nine years of distinguished service.

“Joe Judd’s commitment and vision have lead The Arc Otsego through nearly four decades of service and growth,” said Senator Seward.  “His dedication to those with developmental disabilities and their families has truly changed lives for the better.  I have partnered with him over the years and am extremely pleased that the entire State of New York now knows of his wonderful work.” 

January 14, 2015

Senator Gallivan Announces Senate Passes Bills to Protect and Enhance Women's Rights

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announces the New York State Senate has passed eight pieces of legislation as part of the Senate’s Women’s Equality Agenda, enhancing the rights of women while protecting from abuse and discrimination.  The bills, which Senator Gallivan co-sponsored, would ensure equal pay for equal work; combat sexual harassment on the job; end gender discrimination in employment, housing and credit decisions; strengthen laws against human trafficking, make reasonable work accommodations for pregnant women and better protect victims of domestic violence.

January 13, 2015
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