Issues: Families

Griffo Secures $10,000 to Address Domestic Violence in Lewis County

LOWVILLE - Sen. Joseph A. Griffo today announced that he has secured $10,000 for Lewis County Opportunities to use toward services that directly help victims of domestic violence.

"During Domestic Violence Awareness Month, it's important that we recognize agencies that are helping victims by giving them the tools they need to regain control of their lives," said Griffo, R-Rome. "Lewis County Opportunities provides confidential help free of charge and, in doing so, have become an indispensible community resource."

October 20, 2014
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Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #36: Tips for Addressing Domestic Violence

Recent national headlines have put a spotlight on a growing menace to society’s well-being: domestic violence.

Sadly, our area is not immune. Last year, police agencies in the counties I represent – Oneida, Lewis and St. Lawrence – reported 2,308 victims of domestic violence. The overwhelming majority involved physical abuse.

Domestic violence impacts every demographic: women and men; young and old; poor and rich; rural and city. It rips apart families and the emotional scars left behind never heal as fast as the physical wounds.

October 16, 2014
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Statement From State Senator Jose Peralta On NYCHA’s Handling Of Domestic Violence Victims’ Petitions For Emergency Housing

“Published reports and a City Council hearing today are shining a long overdue light on NYCHA’s broken system for providing emergency shelter to victims of domestic violence.

“It is a travesty to require women to risk their lives to produce the paperwork needed to qualify for emergency housing—and then not provide that housing.

“The expansion of the list of crimes that would not require a second documented instance of abuse is a welcome change, but more needs to be done to protect those who are unable to go to the police in the first place.”

 “I have introduced a bill that would enable domestic violence victims to be considered for emergency NYCHA housing without having to first contact authorities and put themselves in danger of retribution from their batterers.

“What my bill can’t do is make NYCHA cut wait times of as long as 10 years.  That is something NYCHA needs to address.

 “The many advocates for domestic violence victims who support my bill do so because  the lack of safe, affordable, permanent housing is one of the biggest impediments victims face in their effort to escape an abusive environment.  NYCHA has taken a small first step toward cutting red tape for victims, but much, much more needs to be done to fix the system.”

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October 14, 2014
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Senator O'Brien's Winter Coat Drive

Accepting donations of new or gently-used winter coats, gloves, hats and scarves for all ages through October 27, 2014

Please bring items to Senator O'Brien's district office at:

2494 Browncroft Blvd.Town of Penfield

Open Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Please call (585) 218-0034 if you have any questions. 

October 8, 2014
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CBS 2 Investigates: Why Are There No Crossing Guards Outside Jackson Heights School?

As reported by WCBS TV:

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Getting to school safely is challenging enough in the city, but take crossing guards out of the situation and parents say it is a recipe for disaster.

As CBS 2’s Vanessa Murdock reported Wednesday, that is exactly what happened in Jackson Heights, Queens.

“We’re missing about 12 or 13 crossing guards in various schools,” said New York State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Queens.)

Peralta said it is unacceptable, especially considering the statistics.

“Between the years of 2011 and 2013, the number of kids that have been struck and killed in New York City by cars has almost doubled, from seven to 13,” Peralta said.

For full article, click here.

September 25, 2014
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Governor Cuomo Signs Senator Tim Kennedy’s Legislation to Improve Statewide Child Abuse Hotline

Legislation Sponsored By Senator Kennedy Will Improve State Central Register Of Child Abuse By Enacting Strong Requirements For Tracking Of Repeat Reports. 

September 24, 2014
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Kidpix Child ID program- Williston Park

     Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola), Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, and Legislator Rich Nicolello will be sponsoring a free KidPix photo ID program in Williston Park. The program will be held on Wednesday, October 1st from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm at the Williston Park Library (494 Willis Avenue, Williston Park).

October 1, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
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Obama to Delay Immigration Action, Officials Say

As reported by WABC-TV:

“We’ve seen Washington fail so this is why New York State has to step up to the plate and this is why we’re going to continue to make sure that the New York State DREAM Act becomes a reality.” --State Senator Jose Peralta

To view full article, click here.

September 15, 2014
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RITCHIE SECURES $50,000 TO HELP FUND REBUILD OF CLAYTON’S “WOODEN CASTLE PLAYGROUND”

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $50,000 in special funding to help the Village of Clayton offset the costs associated with a playground being rebuilt in the Village. 

“Situated on the beautiful St. Lawrence River, the Village of Clayton is a community loved by both tourists and local residents,” said Senator Ritchie.  “This funding not only will help the municipality manage costs associated with improving the park, it will also give residents and visitors a new and improved family-friendly way to spend their time.”

“From a new hotel to new restaurants, Clayton has seen a number of improvements recently,” said Village Mayor Norma Zimmer.  “Our park has been used by children and families for generations and we are extremely grateful for the funding provided by Senator Ritchie, which will help us cover the costs of revitalizing and improving this fantastic community resource.”

September 12, 2014
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SENATOR PARKER HOSTS ANNUAL BACK-TO-SCHOOL GIVEAWAY FOR 600 SCHOOL-AGED CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES

Brooklyn, NY – For the seventh consecutive year, State Senator Kevin Parker and Sesame Flyers International, Inc., hosted Harvest Fest – an end-of-summer /  back-to-school celebration for Brooklyn families at Paerdegat Park on Saturday, September 6, 2014. Over 500 families came out for the event which included face painting, games, fitness and nutrition resources and CPR instruction to children and their parents. 

September 10, 2014
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Seward Secures Grant Funds To Aid Domestic Violence Victims

ONEONTA, 09/03/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) announced today that $75,000 in grant funds he secured will go to local domestic violence programs.

“These community programs provide vital services for those in dire need, who often have nowhere else to turn,” said Senator Seward.  “The U.S. Surgeon General has identified domestic violence as the number one health problem affecting American women.  We are fortunate to have so many local organizations providing help to vulnerable individuals, and I am pleased to assist them in their efforts to make our communities safer.”

The funding was set aside in the 2014-2015 state budget.

September 3, 2014
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Senator O’Brien, women’s rights advocates announce bill to minimize harmful impact of Hobby Lobby decision

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Senator Ted O’Brien, joined by leading women’s rights advocates from the Rochester and Finger Lakes region, announced his co-sponsorship of legislation that would require employers to notify their employees before changing their insurance plans to restrict access to contraception. The bill comes in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision allowing corporations to exclude certain forms of contraception from their health care coverage.

August 18, 2014
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Senator Valesky Congratulates Art Contest Winner

Congratulations to Tyler O'Connor, 7, for winning Senator Valesky's Summer Art Contest in the 10 and under category out of all entries from the Town of Sullivan Playground Program. Tyler's winning artwork is shown in the inset.

August 15, 2014
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Senator Valesky Donates Backpacks and School Supplies

Senator Valesky stopped at the First Presbyterian Church in Chittenango to donate backpacks full of school supplies to the Chittenango Area Association of Churches school supplies drive held in August. Midge Daviau, chair of the school supplies drive, and her grandkids Aime and Tyler accepted the donation.

August 15, 2014
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2nd Annual AutismUp Kite Flite

I was pleased to join AutismUp for its second annual Kite Flite on Saturday morning at Rothfuss Park in Penfield. AutismUp has quickly become our area's leading autism organization, supporting individuals and families dealing with the Autism Spectrum Disorder. Thanks to everyone who came out in support or donated to Kite Flite. For more information visit www.autismup.org.

Click here to see more photos from this great event.

August 11, 2014
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Senator Parker Announces Support For New Mothers And Their Families

(Brooklyn, NY) - Senator Kevin Parker today announced new support by New York for post-partum services to new mothers and their families. The legislation signed into law today was introduced by Senator Liz Krueger, cosponsored by Senator Parker and five other Senators, and passed both houses of the Legislature with bi-partisan support.

August 7, 2014
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Senator Kennedy Announces New Law to Increase Mandated Child Abuse Reporters Working in Schools

Governor Signed Bill that Senator Kennedy Cosponsored to Expand and Clarify the Ranks of Mandated Reporters Looking out for Children in School and after School.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, today announced a new law that will increase the ranks of mandated reporters working in schools across the state. The legislation, which Senator Kennedy cosponsored, will expand and clarify the school officials required to report suspected child abuse by designating school coaches as mandated reporters. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed this bill into law today.

August 6, 2014
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Roosevelt Avenue Is 'Epicenter' of NYC Sex Trafficking, Officials Say

As reported by DNA Info:

QUEENS — Roosevelt Avenue in Jackson Heights is “a mecca of human trafficking” where women from countries including Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela are being sexually exploited, elected officials said Thursday.

And Queens is the center of the city's trafficking problem, with nearly 60 percent of the city's victims who come forward looking for help.

Roosevelt Avenue has a number of brothels, state Sen. Jose Peralta, who represents Corona, Elmhurst and Jackson Heights, said at a press conference where he discussed an initiative to provide foreign-born victims of sex trafficking with free legal representation on immigration issues.

“Roosevelt Avenue is a mecca of human trafficking in Queens and throughout the five boroughs,” Peralta said.

For full article, click here.

July 22, 2014
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Anuncian Proyecto Para Víctimas de Tráfico Humano

Según ha informado Telemundo 47:

En queens, un proyecto contra el trafico humano, trata de proteger a inmigrantes, para que no caigan en las redes del trafico sexual. Funcionarios, activistas y sobrevivientes lo presentaron frente a la corte criminal de queens. Yaima crespo nos trae los detalles.

Las victimas de trafico humano en la ciudad de nueva york, en su mayoria mujeres hispanas que se convierten en esclavas sexuales, ahora tendran acceso a representacion legal gratis de reconocidas firmas de abogados y ademas recibiran asesoria para legalizar su estatus migratorio. "Ellos me ayudaron con mi caso de inmigracion, me hicieron mi estatus legal en este pais, que yo estaba en deportacion , y a recuperar la a mis hijas."

Para el vídeo completo, haga clic aquí.

July 22, 2014
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Opinions on Immigration Issues

As reported by NY1:

Kathy Hochul is not backing down from her position that immigrants who are here illegally should be prevented from obtaining driver's licenses. She opposed the plan in 2007, citing national security concerns, and reiterated the point in an interview on Inside City Hall Thursday.

"I'm not sure what's changed in that dynamic," Hochul said.

That's a tall order for some Latino officials, who were told Hochul's views would evolve much like they have on gun control. Once a strong Second Amendment supporter, Hochul now says she favors tougher gun laws.

For full article, click here.

July 22, 2014
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