Issues: Families

Murphy Announces $25k Grant For Drug Crisis in Our Backyard

MAHOPAC, NY - Steve and Susan Salomone have a story that parents across the Hudson Valley have come to relate to: their son Justin died of a heroin overdose in 2012. As a result of his death, the Salomones, along with the Christensen family of Somers, founded the advocacy group Drug Crisis in Our Backyard. At a press conference earlier today, State Senator Terrence Murphy, who serves as the co-chairman of the Senate's Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Abuse, announced a $25,000 state grant in an effort to expand the program's reach throughout the community.

July 31, 2015
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Ortt Meets Fairgoers at Orleans County 4-H Fair

Senator Ortt stopped by the Orleans County 4-H Fair Thursday evening to met up with fairgoers. The fair is a long-standing tradition that celebrates food, agriculture and fun activities for everyone to enjoy. 

July 30, 2015
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Senator Gallivan Announces Funding to Support Public Safety

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announced he has secured additional state funding to support various public safety initiatives throughout the 59th Senate District. The aid is being provided to community based agencies, police departments and fire companies to maintain existing programs and to purchase new equipment or technology upgrades for law enforcement and emergency services.

July 27, 2015
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SENATOR BONACIC SECURES $61,000 FOR RAPE CRISIS SERVICES IN ORANGE COUNTY

(Middletown, NY)- Senator Bonacic is pleased to announce that he has secured $61,000 for Rape Crisis Services in Orange County, a program administered by the Mental Health Association (MHA) of Orange County. The mission of MHA is to promote the mental health and emotional well being of Orange County residents.

July 10, 2015
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Murphy applauds Hudson Valley communities' for awards in NY Prize microgrid competition

VALHALLA, NY - Six local municipalities from the Hudson Valley's 40th Senate District have been awarded approximately $100,000 each to support innovative microgrid projects. Announced earlier today, the Village of Sleepy Hollow, Town of Mt. Kisco, Village of Croton-on-Hudson, Town of Cortlandt, the Town of Somers and the Westchester County Valhalla Campus are Stage 1 Winners.

July 8, 2015
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RITCHIE BILL TO RAISE AWARENESS OF DEADLY ‘TIP OVER’ HAZARD GETS SENATE OK

Goal is to Cut Accidents That Claimed Two Lives Here, 40 in US Yearly

June 18, 2015
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Seward Bill Will Ensure Moms-To-Be Receive Vital Prenatal Care

ONEONTA, 06/17/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta), chairman of the senate standing committee on insurance, today announced senate passage of landmark legislation (S.5972) he sponsored which will greatly enhance women’s health care in New York State to include pregnancy as a qualifying event for women to enroll in any health insurance plan at any time.

June 17, 2015
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Senator Gallivan Announces Senate Passes Bills to Protect Senior Citizens from Abuse

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announces the Senate has passed a package of 10 bills to protect vulnerable senior citizens from predatory financial schemes and physical and emotional abuse.

June 16, 2015
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SERINO CHAMPIONS LEGISLATION TO EMPOWER WORKING FAMILIES

SERINO CHAMPIONS LEGISLATION TO EMPOWER WORKING FAMILIES

ALBANY—Senator Sue Serino (R, C, I—Hyde Park) aimed to empower working families with children by sponsoring a bill to simplify and increase access to the application for child care assistance. The bill (S. 5419) passed in the Senate today.

“Having been in the unique position of being both a single, working mom and a professional child care provider, I understand this issue from every possible angle,” said Senator Serino in commenting on why she introduced this piece of legislation.

June 15, 2015
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Town Of Danby Concerns Prompt Seward Bill To Change State Sex Offender Notification Law

ALBANY, 06/15/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced senate passage of legislation he sponsored (S.5153) to ensure the public is properly notified of the sex offender status of group home residents.

“The senate has acted on a number of bills this year meant to safeguard and inform the public in regard to dangerous sex offenders,” said Senator Seward.  “Many times, these measures are needed to close previously undetected loopholes in our laws – that is the case in this instance.”

June 15, 2015
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Senate Passes Measure to Protect Good Samaritans Who Rescue Children Trapped in Cars

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S240), sponsored by Senator Jack Martins (R-C-I, Mineola), that would help prevent children from dying when trapped inside an overheated car.

June 11, 2015
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Senate Passes Legislation to Protect People With Special Needs and Disabilities From Abuse and Neglect

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to hold accountable individuals who abuse or neglect vulnerable New Yorkers.

June 11, 2015
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Lawmakers and Leaders Push for Recognition of Diwali as a State Holiday

LAWMAKERS AND LEADERS PUSH FOR RECOGNITION OF DIWALI AS A STATE HOLIDAYSenator Comrie and Assembly Member Miller Take the Lead for Cultural Inclusion

(Jamaica, N.Y. -- June 6th, 2015) Senator Leroy Comrie (D-Hollis), religious organizations and community leaders held a press conference in support of Senate Bill S5304 and Assembly Bill A4331, which would establish Diwali as an official public school holiday.

June 11, 2015
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Griffo Joins Patients, Families As They Rally For Emergency Access To Medical Marijuana

ALBANY – State Senator Joseph Griffo joined patients, family members and advocates as they stood with legislators from both sides of the aisle today in support of a bill that would direct the state to establish a program to help critically ill patients obtain emergency access to medical marijuana as soon as possible.

June 9, 2015
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SERINO FIGHTS TO IMPROVE EARLY INTERVENTION SERVICES FOR DISABLED INFANTS AND TODDLERS

SERINO FIGHTS TO IMPROVE EARLY INTERVENTION SERVICES FOR DISABLED INFANTS AND TODDLERS

 

ALBANY, NY—Senator Sue Serino (R, C, I—Hyde Park) announced today that her bill aimed at improving efficiency, cost effectiveness, quality and access to services under the Early Intervention (EI) program passed in the Senate.

“Every parent wants to see their child reach their full potential,” said Senator Serino. “Early Intervention plays a critical role in connecting families to the resources and services they need to help their children develop and succeed in that regard. Ensuring access to and quality of the program empowers families to give their children the chance that they deserve.”

June 9, 2015
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Two Months After Kennedy’s Call, State Senate Passes Bill Banning Sale of Powdered Alcohol

New York State Takes Critical Step Towards Prohibiting Dangerous Product Targeted Towards Teens

Bill Outlawing Versatile Powdered Alcohol Now Ready for Consideration of Assembly 

BUFFALO, NY – Just two months after Senator Tim Kennedy (D-Buffalo) and Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes (D-Buffalo) joined local addiction specialists to push for a ban on the sale of powdered alcohol in New York State, the State Senate passed legislation Monday to do just that. (S.1757A) bans the sale of powdered or crystalline alcohol, citing the potential for it to be used illegally by youth as well as a higher risk of overdose.

June 9, 2015
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SENATOR KLEIN, ASSEMBLYMAN DINOWITZ, COUNCILMAN COHEN CELEBRATE RIVERDALE NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE COMMUNITY AND TEEN CENTER GRAND OPENING

State & City funds secured by Klein, Dinowitz & Cohen provided essential upgrades to facility

June 5, 2015
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SQUADRON, KIM, MENG, CHIN, ELECTEDS, COMMUNITY URGE MAYOR TO MEET ON ADDING LUNAR NEW YEAR AS SCHOOL HOLIDAY IN 2015-16

40+ Electeds, Advocates Ask For Results of Promised DOE Study

Asian-Americans Comprise 15% of NYC Public School Students, Mayor Pledged Lunar New Year School Holiday

NEW YORK – State Senator Squadron, Assemblymember Kim, Congressmember Meng and Councilmember Chin today urged Mayor de Blasio to add Lunar New Year as a school holiday to the 2015-16 school calendar, with elected officials, community leaders and advocacy groups from across New York City. In a letter from over 40 elected officials and community advocates, the Mayor was asked to meet with the group to discuss the results of a Department of Education (DOE) analysis the Administration promised for completion in May, and ultimately, to keep the pledge he made to include Lunar New Year as a school holiday. The full letter is attached as a PDF.     

June 5, 2015
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Senator Young Continues Fight for Property Tax Relief

Legislation passed by the Senate continues progress made in this year’s state budget

 

ALBANY – The Senate passed several measures yesterday to continue their fight for property tax relief.

 

Among those bills, the Senate passed legislation (S3019), sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean), that would create incentives for counties to investigate and prosecute Medicaid fraud. Upon a successful fraud conviction, the local government would receive 100 percent of their local share of the original overpayment. Since the local share on some judgments may be very small, the local governments would be guaranteed at least 10 percent of any recovery, including settlements.

 

June 2, 2015
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Senators Klein, Espaillat & Peralta balance NYCHA application process for homeless domestic violence victims

Senate passes bill granting homeless domestic violence victims the same preference status as granted to homeless New Yorkers

Albany, NY— State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) today passed legislation creating equal priority for homeless domestic violence victims and their children applying for apartments in the New York City Housing Authority. Shockingly, homeless victims of abuse classify as second priority, while homeless New Yorkers rank first priority.

May 28, 2015
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