Issues: Children

SENATOR MARTINS: PROTECT GOOD SAMARITANS WHO RESCUE AN ENDANGERED CHILD IN A CAR FROM LIABILITY

     To help prevent children from dying by being trapped in an overheated car, New York State Senator Jack M. Martins (R-Mineola) has introduced legislation to ensure that Good Samaritans who forcibly enter a car to rescue a child locked inside are exempt from liability. Senator Martins announced the “Child Rescue Act” on July 31st, which is National Heatstroke Prevention Day, at Harbor Child Care in Mineola. 

July 31, 2014
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Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein, Council Member Andrew Cohen Announce $3 Million in Capital Grants for Renovation of Indian Field in Woodlawn

BRONX, NY – Surrounded by local families, community leaders and Little Leaguers, State Senate Coalition Co-Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and Council Member Andrew Cohen (D-Bronx) announced $3 million in capital grants secured 

July 30, 2014
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Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein, Council Member Andrew Cohen Announce $3 Million in Capital Grants for Renovation of Indian Field in Woodlawn

BRONX, NY – Surrounded by local families, community leaders and Little Leaguers, State Senate Coalition Co-Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and Council Member Andrew Cohen (D-Bronx) announced $3 million in capital grants secured 

July 30, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS & COUNTY EXECUTIVE MANGANO TO SPONSOR KIDPIX CHILD ID PROGRAM IN WESTBURY

     Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola) and Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano will be sponsoring a free KidPix photo ID program in Westbury. The program will be held on Wednesday, August 13th from 3 pm to 5 pm at the Westbury Library (445 Jefferson Street, Westbury). 

July 29, 2014
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Little Helpers, Senator O'Brien help School #33 with books, food

In April, the Little Helpers of Pittsford and I teamed up to supply food and books to deserving students at School 33 in my district, as pictured here.

A profile in the July 17 edition of the Brighton-Pittsford Post highlighted some of the Little Helpers' other charitable activities.  I am proud to have worked alongside them on a number of those activities, and I encourage local parents whose children are interested in volunteering to visit the Little Helpers Facebook page.

July 21, 2014
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Children and seniors rally on the steps of City Hall in an attempt to save their Williamsburg community center

Developer Harry Einhorn paid $4.5 million to buy the building that houses the Swinging Sixties Senior Center and Small World Day Care Center, and offered a lease that they can't afford to pay.BY Marco Poggio NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Children and seniors took to the steps of City Hall Tuesday to ask the city to buy their Williamsburg community center so they won’t be put out on the street.

July 16, 2014
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Third Annual Jay-J Day Picnic Celebrates Boy Who Inspired Law to Toughen Penalties Against Child Abusers

After Hearing Jay-J’s Story, Senator Kennedy Authored Jay-J’s Law and Ushered It Through Legislature.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy joined the Retzer family and Jay-J Bolvin today for the third annual Jay-J Day Picnic. This annual event serves as an opportunity to celebrate Jay-J, a four-year-old boy whose story inspired a new law – Jay-J’s Law – to strengthen penalties against child abusers.

July 12, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS, COUNTY EXECUTIVE MANGANO, & LEGISLATOR NICOLELLO TO SPONSOR KIDPIX CHILD ID PROGRAM IN MINEOLA

     Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola), Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, and Legislator Rich Nicolello will be sponsoring a free KidPix photo ID program in Mineola. The program will be held on Saturday, July 26th from 11 am to 2 pm at the Mineola Library (195 Marcellus Road, Mineola). 

July 8, 2014
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Kidpix Child ID Program- Floral Park

     Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola) and Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano will be sponsoring a free KidPix photo ID program in Floral Park. The program will be held on Wednesday, August 20th from 2 pm to 5 pm at the Floral Park Library (17 Caroline Place, Floral Park).

     The KidPix program gives parents a convenient way to keep their children’s important information on a single, wallet sized ID card. The KidPix card includes the child’s name, physical description, contact information, and photograph. The child’s fingerprint is also included on the back of the card. In the event that a child goes missing, parents can give the KidPix card to law enforcement as a helpful tool to help return the child home more quickly.

August 20, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Kidpix Child ID Program- Westbury

     Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola) and Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano will be sponsoring a free KidPix photo ID program in Westbury. The program will be held on Wednesday, August 13th from 3 pm to 5 pm at the Westbury Library (445 Jefferson Street, Westbury). 

August 13, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Kidpix Child ID Program-Mineola

     Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola), Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, and Legislator Rich Nicolello will be sponsoring a free KidPix photo ID program in Mineola. The program will be held on Saturday, July 26th from 11 am to 2 pm at the Mineola Library (195 Marcellus Road, Mineola). 

July 26, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Legislative Notebook: State Initiatives of Interest to Veterans

Here is a partial listing of bills I have supported this session to aid New York’s former servicemen and servicewomen. These initiatives will now go to Governor Cuomo for final action.

-- Legislation I co-sponsored was passed by both houses (S.7839, first introduced as S.4714)) to extend the Military Service Credit Law of 2000 to all veterans who have served in the military. Right now, public employees who served in the armed forces may purchase up to three years of pension credit only if their military service occurred during specified conflicts. This measure will expand this opportunity to public employee veterans who also served their country in peacetime.

June 26, 2014
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Senator Kennedy Secures Approval of Bill to Help NY Families Find the Right Afterschool and Summer Programs for their Children

Senate and Assembly Passed Legislation Sponsored by Senator Kennedy and Assemblywoman Mayer that Establishes New Online Tool to Help Parents across New York State Track Down the Best Afterschool and Summer Learning Programs in their Neighborhoods.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, and Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer, D-Yonkers, have secured Senate and Assembly approval of their legislation to establish a new online tool that will help parents across New York State find the right afterschool and summer learning programs for their children.

June 26, 2014
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Senator Kennedy's Bill to Improve Statewide Child Abuse Hotline Passed Through State Legislature

Senator Kennedy’s Legislation Will Improve State Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment by Enacting Strong Requirements for Tracking of Repeat Reports.

Senate, Assembly Approved Key CPS Reform Pushed by Kennedy.

State review of Erie County CPS found 72 percent of existing reports involved families with previous history of CPS investigations within the past four years.

June 23, 2014
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The Compassionate Care Act

On the last day of the 2014 session, I was honored to have the opportunity to speak on the floor of the Senate regarding my vote in favor of the Compassionate Care Act. I am proud to have been part of a bill that will bring relief to people suffering from serious illnesses.

June 20, 2014
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Bill Pushed By Kennedy to Improve CPS Transparency, Caseload Oversight Passes State Legislature

Following Conflicting Reports Related to Caseload Levels for CPS Workers, Kennedy Secures Approval of Bill to Improve Transparency by Requiring Disclosure of CPS Caseloads.

Kennedy-backed bill requires local CPS agencies to outline steps they’ll take to reduce caseloads.

Kennedy: As Erie County Adds More Workers, This Bill Will Shed Light on Future Needs to Reduce Caseloads.

June 19, 2014
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Griffo-Rozic Foster Care Bill Heading To Governor

Passed Legislation to Protect Children in Foster Homes

June 19, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill to Protect School Children with Severe Allergies

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S7262A), sponsored by Senator Kemp Hannon (R, Nassau), that authorizes schools to have and administer the life saving medicine, epinephrine, when a student has a severe allergic

June 19, 2014
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Klein/Nolan Legislation Protecting Existing School Playground Space Passes State Senate and Assembly

ALBANY, NY – Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan (D-Queens) celebrated passage of legislation that would protect existing school playground space in New York City from the long term displacement caused by ongoing construction or temporary classrooms. Sponsored by Senator Klein and Assemblywoman Nolan, this legislation (S. 2255/A.

June 19, 2014
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Senate Gives Final Passage to a Bill That Stops Identity Thieves Who Target Children

The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to a bill that protects children from identity thieves who steal information to establish fraudulent financial accounts.

June 17, 2014
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