Issues: Families

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
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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
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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
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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
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Family Planning Advocates Rally

(Albany - January 26th) State Senator and Democratic Conference Leader Andrea 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. So, it was no surprise as she stood beside many of her colleagues from the New York State Assembly and Senate including Senators Liz Kreuger, Brad Hoylman and Toby Stavisky, in support of members of the Family Planning Advocates who continue to fight to ensure that women’s health, safety and equality be protected by state law.

January 26, 2015
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STATE SENATE PASSES KLEIN BILL BANNING SEX OFFENDERS FROM FAMILY HOMELESS SHELTERS

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
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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
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KLEIN, BENEDETTO, VACCA CALL ON NYC DEPARTMENT OF HOMELESS SERVICES TO BAN SEX OFFENDERS FROM FAMILY HOMELESS SHELTERS

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
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INDEPENDENT DEMOCRATIC CONFERENCE LAUNCHES 2015 POLICY AGENDA “INVEST NEW YORK”

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
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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
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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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Griffo Helps Pass Women's Equality Agenda

 

Demonstrating his continued commitment to creating equality for women in the Empire State, Sen. Joseph A. Griffo’s first legislative action in 2015 was to vote in support of the Women’s Equality Agenda.

“In Governor Cuomo’s 2013 State of the State address, he challenged us to reject institutional and cultural norms and make New York a leader in creating equality for women,” said Griffo, R-Rome. “I’m tremendously proud that me and my Senate colleagues have now met this challenge for each of the last the years.”

January 12, 2015
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Young Joins Colleagues To Pass Landmark Legislation Ensuring Women's Equality

Senate’s Women’s Equality Agenda Includes Senator Young’s Bill Allowing Domestic Violence Victims to File for Temporary Orders of Protection Electronically
 
ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) today joined her colleagues in the Senate to unanimously pass an historic package of legislation known as the Women’s Equality Agenda.

January 12, 2015
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Senate Passes Women's Equality Package

In its first legislative act of 2015, the New York State Senate today approved a comprehensive Women’s Equality Agenda that would enhance the rights of women and protect those who are most vulnerable to abuse and discrimination.

January 12, 2015
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RITCHIE PRAISES PASSAGE OF WOMEN’S EQUALITY MEASURES

Legislative Package Aims to End Discrimination, Combat Sexual Harassment and Stop Domestic Violence

State Senator Patty Ritchie today is praising passage of legislation that will provide females across New York State with new protections when it comes to discrimination, sexual harassment and domestic violence.

The historic measures passed Monday mark the first legislative act of 2015 and are the components of a comprehensive Women’s Equality Agenda, made up of bills that would stop human trafficking; ensure equal pay for equal work; combat sexual harassment in the workplace; end gender discrimination in employment, housing and credit decisions; make reasonable work accommodations available for pregnant women; and provide stronger protections for domestic violence victims. 

“In every corner of our state and across our nation, women are breaking glass ceilings and reaching new heights. However, we cannot turn a blind eye to the things that often hold them down—namely the discrimination, harassment and abuse that often happen in the workplace and in our society at large,” said Senator Ritchie.

January 12, 2015
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The 11th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Concert

Please share the dream and come join us for the for the 2nd largest MLK Tribute Concert in New York City!

  A Shared Dream Foundation Presents...

 The 11th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Concert

 Monday 19, 2015

 Time: 5 PM- Doors Open at 4:00 PM

 Where: Brooklyn College, Walt Whitman Theater

 THIS EVENT FREE & OPEN TO ALL

 For more information/ tickets please contact: 347-685-4837

  Below is the event link to get your free tickets.

Ashareddream.eventbrite.com

January 19, 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Griffo, Rozic Announce Law to Increase Protections for Children in Foster Homes

Bill Improves the Screening Process for Prospective Foster Parents

UTICA – Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D,WF-Queens) and Senator Joseph Griffo (R-Rome) announced that legislation (A8474/S6875) they drafted to protect foster children from being placed in unsuitable homes has been signed into law by Governor Cuomo. The new law creates a formal system for an agency to review and evaluate an applicant’s history if the applicant were to apply to another agency to take in foster children.

January 5, 2015
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KWANZAA GREETING FROM SENATOR KEVIN PARKER

KWANZAA GREETING FROM SENATOR KEVIN PARKER

 

In the spirit of the principles on which it was founded, I proudly wish a Happy Kwanzaa to the thousands around the country who have embraced and celebrate this very important holiday in the African American community. Kwanzaa, first observed as a holiday tradition in 1966, is a celebration of family, community and culture.

December 26, 2014
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SENATOR KLEIN GIVES MORE THAN 400 HOLIDAY GIFTS TO CHILDREN AT THIRD ANNUAL THROGGS NECK HOUSES TOY DONATION

BRONX, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) visited the Throggs Neck Houses on Tuesday, December 23rd  to give holiday gifts to children and their families.  At the toy donation, Senator Klein presented boys and girls with fun gifts like Monopoly, Clue, dolls, toy cars, a stuffed “Olaf” from the popular movie Frozen and more.

December 24, 2014
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Important New Laws Taking Effect January 1, 2015

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) says with the arrival of the New Year, a number of new laws will be taking effect in New York State.  These include:

December 23, 2014
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