Issues: Children

State Senate Coalition releases bombshell report on dangerous sex offenders living near Universal Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten programs

After devastating New York State Court of Appeals ruling in Nassau, State Senate Coalition will act on a series of bills to strengthen protections for children against sex offenders

February 22, 2015
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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
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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
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Murphy launches petition to end Gap Elimination Adjustment

SHRUB OAK, NY - Earlier today New York State Senator Terrence P. Murphy launched his online petition to finally end the notorious Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA). After meeting with school officials across the 40th Senate District the GEA's devastating impact on our public schools needs to finally be abolished, Murphy proposed."Eliminating the GEA is common sense policy decision that I fully support," Senator Murphy said. "We have a number of important issues facing the legislature this year but if we're serious about improving the quality of life here in New York I can think of no better investment than in our kid's education.

February 17, 2015
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SENATOR AMEDORE INTRODUCES LEGISLATION IN RESPONSE TO KENNETH WHITE CASE

Senator George Amedore introduced legislation, in response to the tragic Kenneth White case in Knox, which would clarify the law in order to expedite access to child abuse and maltreatment records when law enforcement agencies are involved in a missing child case. 

February 12, 2015
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Senator Venditto Calls for the Elimination of the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA)

Would Return 1 Billion in lost State Aid to Schools this Year

Albany, NY- New York State Senator Michael Venditto, (R, C, I- Massapequa) joined his colleagues in the State Senate, to call for the elimination of the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA). The GEA, a budget-balancing scheme imposed in 2010 at the turn of the decade.

February 11, 2015
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Murphy joins coalition to call for an end of Gap Elimination Adjustment

ALBANY, NY - At a press conference in Albany today, the New York State Senate Majority outlined their plan to abolish the notorious Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) and it's devastating impact on state funding to public schools. The Senate Republican Conference is proposing to return $1 billion to schools across the state by accelerating the complete elimination of the GEA in the 2015-16 state budget.

February 10, 2015
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Senator Venditto Celebrates Take Your Child to the Library Day

New York State Senator Michael Venditto, (R, C, I- Massapequa), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Libraries, recently had the opportunity to participate in Take Your Child to the Library Day, at the Copiague Memorial Library.

Senator Venditto enjoyed reading "There are Cats in this Book" by Viviane Schwarz, a book that tells jokes and draws a connection with the cats to help children learn to understand and delight in the way books work.

February 9, 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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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
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Senator Venditto Reads Aloud to Levy Lakeside Elementary School

Merrick, NY- New York State Senator Michael Venditto, (R, C, I- Massapequa) recently had the opportunity to participate in the Merrick Community Read Aloud Celebration at Norman J Levy Lakeside Elementary School as a guest reader to Mrs. Klein's Kindergarten Class.

Senator Venditto read "Cupcake" by Charise Mericle Harper, a book that teachers children about how everyone is special and that everyone, plain or colorful, has something to offer. Senator Venditto also talked with the 1st Graders about his job as a New York State Senator and the importance of public service.

Senator Venditto is pictured above with members of Mrs. Klein's Kindergarten Class.

January 30, 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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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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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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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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Senator Venditto Participates in Chatterton Elementary School's Annual Parents as Reading Partners Event

Merrick, NY- - New York State Senator Michael Venditto, (R, C, I- Massapequa) recently had the opportunity to participate in the Merrick Union Free School District's annual PARP (Parents as Reading Partners) event at Chatterton Elementary School as a guest reader to Mrs. Feltman's 1st Grade Class.

Senator Venditto read "The Talent Show" by Jo Hodgkinson to the class. The book is about the importance of judging people on talent, not on size. Senator Venditto also talked with the 1st Graders about his job as a New York State Senator and the importance of public service.

Senator Venditto is pictured above reading to Mrs. Feltman's 1st Grade Class.

January 16, 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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