Issues: Children

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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Senator DeFrancisco Reads to Children at the Onondaga Free Library

Senator John A. DeFrancisco had a wonderful time reading to children at the Onondaga Free Library on July 16, 2015, as part of the New York State Senate Summer Reading Program. Senator DeFrancisco will be a guest reader at various public libraries during the summer. A list of libraries is below.

Maxwell Memorial Library - July 21st

Northern Onondaga Public Library - July 22nd

Fayetteville Free Library - July 26th

East Syracuse Free Library - July 29th

DeWitt Community Library - July 30th

Weedsport Public Library - August 11th

Seymour Public Library - August 11th

July 17, 2015
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SENATOR KLEIN DONATES SUMMER BACKPACKS TO BRONX CHILDREN

Klein secured $60,000 state grant to fund summer backpack giveaway for Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club and HELP Bronx homeless shelter Local kids swing into summer with brand-new backpacks filled with books, jump ropes, sidewalk chalk and more

BRONX, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and the Youth Service Opportunities Project (YSOP) donated summer backpacks to nearly 300 Bronx children from  the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club and the HELP Bronx Morris Avenue homeless shelter on Thursday.

July 10, 2015
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Senator Montgomery's Anti-Shackling Legislation Receives Final Legislative Approval

Senator Montgomery's Anti-Shackling legislation (S.983-A) received final legislative approval on June 23, 2015. It now awaits consideration by the Governor before becoming law.

The bill prohibits the shackling of female inmates who are pregnant, in labor or eight weeks postpartum during transporation or hospitalization, except under extraordinary circumstances. 

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June 25, 2015
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SENATOR HOYLMAN DENOUNCES REPUBLICANS' REVAMPED 'CHILD SAFE PRODUCTS ACT'; DROPS COSPONSORSHIP OF LEGISLATION

Hoylman: "We shouldn't compromise on safety, especially for kids. This proposal is a pale imitation of a bill that would have gone a long way toward protecting our children from toxic toys." 

NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan), Ranking Member of the Environmental Conservation Committee, denounced a new version of the Child Safe Products Act put forward by Senate Republicans and announced he would drop his co-sponsorship of the legislation.

June 16, 2015
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SENATOR KLEIN HOSTS CASTLE HILL MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS AT BRONX DAY IN ALBANY

ALBANY, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) met with nearly 50 Bronx students from J.H.S. 127 Castle Hill Middle School at the State Capitol on Monday. The school’s visit coincided with the third annual Bronx Day celebration in Albany – a commemorative event highlighting the borough’s unique culture, thriving businesses, successful students and first-rate schools.

June 16, 2015
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SENATE APPROVES SENATOR MARTINS’ LEGISLATION TO PROTECT CHILDREN

Legislation Would Protect Good Samaritans Who Rescue an Endangered Child in a Car From Liability

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislation he sponsored to help prevent children from dying by being trapped in an overheated car. The legislation would ensure that Good Samaritans who forcibly enter a car to rescue a child locked inside are exempt from liability.

June 12, 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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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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Rally to Save Nasry Michellen Day Care

I joined City Council Member Mark D. Levine, and dozens of concerned parents and members of the community to call on the New York City Administration of Children's Services (ACS) to reconsider their decision not to award a new Early Learn day care contract to Nasry Michelen Day Care (Nasry).

June 4, 2015
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Senate passes Griffo’s bill to ban chemicals in synthetic drug “N-Bomb”

ALBANY – The State Senate on Wednesday passed legislation sponsored by Sen. Joseph Griffo that would ban key ingredients contained in certain synthetic drugs that mimic the hallucinogenic effects of LSD.

The synthetic drug known as “N-Bomb” or “Smiles” has already been linked to a number of fatalities nationwide, particularly in Arizona last month. But by banning four of the chemicals used to manufacture these potentially harmful drugs, Griffo believes this legislation (S738) will help prevent the scourge of N-Bomb from ever gaining a foothold in New York State.

June 4, 2015
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Griffo announces SUMMER READING PROGRAM

Every Hero Has A Story: Griffo announces Summer Reading Program for children

UTICA – With school nearly out for the summer, State Sen. Joseph Griffo is encouraging children to keep up their reading through the New York Senate’s 2015 Summer Reading Program.As he has every year since being elected, Senator Griffo is again partnering with local libraries to offer children an amusing way to keep their mind focused on learning during the summer break. This year’s theme is “Every Hero Has A Story,” a message that is sure to teach children valuable life lessons.

June 3, 2015
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Ortt’s Bill to Improve Information Available About Sexual Predators Passes in Senate

Bill Would Help Law Enforcement and Communities Better Monitor Sex Offenders

Legislation (S3622), sponsored by State Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda), would better publicize information about where a moderate-risk sex offender is working. The bill would allow law enforcement to disseminate information about a Level 2 convicted sex offender’s place of employment address to vulnerable organizational entities. The bill passed today in the New York State Senate.

June 1, 2015
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SEN. FARLEY REPORTS SENATE PASSES THE “PROTECT OUR CHILDREN ACT”

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate recently passed crucial measures to help protect the most vulnerable children from abuse, maltreatment, and exploitation.

May 29, 2015
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STATE SENATOR JEFF KLEIN ANNOUNCES $18,000 IN PROJECT BOOST FUNDS FOR P.S. 72

New Funding Boosts Local School’s Enrichment Opportunities for Students

BRONX, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), joined by nearly 100 local parents, students and school administrators, today announced $18,000 in Project BOOST (Building Options and Opportunities for Students) funding for P.S. 72 in the Bronx. The announcement came at the school’s Project BOOST breakfast event on Friday.

May 29, 2015
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Senator Klein, Madison Square Garden & New York Knicks Hold Basketball Clinic for P.S. 107 Students

Pro-Basketball Clinic is Slam Dunk for Bronx Students K-5

BRONX, NY - State Senator Jeffrey D. Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) today held a basketball clinic with New York Knickerbockers alum Felipe Lopez at P.S. 107 in the Bronx. The former professional athlete was on hand to show more than 100 students the ropes in shooting hoops, pro-style basketball drills and conditioning exercises.   

May 29, 2015
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