Issues: Children

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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Update from Albany: Senator DeFrancisco Highlights Bills that Have Passed the State Senate

On this week's program of Your Voice, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses legislation that would improve the safety on college campuses, better protect women and children from human trafficking, and crack down on repeat drunk drivers. 

 

 

June 16, 2014
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Senator Kennedy Announces Legislation to Improve CPS Transparency Passes Out of Committee, Ready for Consideration of Full Senate

Kennedy-sponsored Legislation that Would Add Increased Transparency to CPS has Gained Momentum in Albany and Passed Through Key Committee.

Proposed bills will require local CPS agencies to disclose caseloads – overburdened workers have been a major concern – and allow CPS department heads to, in good faith, share critical information about individual cases to shed light on gaps in the system.

Caseloads in Erie County may be as high as 40 or 50 cases per worker, according to recent reports.

May 30, 2014
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Domestic Violence Victims See Delays in Pursuit of Permanent Housing

As reported by WNBC News:

Nearly one-third of New York City’s homeless population are victims of domestic violence who have made the difficult decision to walk away from a bad situation. But when they turn to the city for help, some say they’re facing risky, sometimes life-threatening red tape. Government Affairs Reporter Melissa Russo reports.

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May 27, 2014
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At Start of Summer and Beginning of “100 Deadliest Days for Teen Drivers,” Klein, Crespo Push for Passage of Legislation Curbing Underage Drinking

BRONX, NY -  The upcoming Memorial Day weekend, marks the unofficial start of summer – but it also marks the beginning of what is known as the “100 Deadliest Days” for teen drivers. Underage drinking continues to be a chronic problem in New York City with nearly 1,800 summonses a year issued by the NYPD for sales of alcohol to minors. 

May 23, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Children and Families Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Children and Families  Senator Simcha Felder, Chair  1:30 PM, Wednesday, May 28, 2014  Room 945 LOB

May 28, 1:30 PM - 1:46 PM
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NY Senate approves bill to teach children how to talk about sexual abuse

By Teri Weaver on April 30, 2014 at 11:30 AM, updated April 30, 2014 at 11:35 AM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Schools would teach children about recognizing and reporting sexual abuse under a bill passed by the New York State Senate on Tuesday.

The bill, known as Erin Merryn's Law, would require schools to establish curriculum to help sexual abuse victims ask for help. This is the second year the Senate has passed the law. Last year, the legislation died in the New York State Assembly.

The legislation is named after Erin Merryn, an Illinois resident who as a child was abused by both a neighbor and a family member.

May 22, 2014
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR KEVIN PARKER ON BROWN V BOARD OF EDUCATION 60TH ANNIVERSARY

(Brooklyn, NY) - "Sixty years ago today, the Supreme Court of the United States announced its unanimous ruling in Brown v the Board of Education. As we all know, the Court's decision made it crystal clear that not only were the racially segregated school systems of the day unequal and illegal, but that segregated schools could never be equal and therefore violated the U.S. Constitution.

May 19, 2014
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SQUADRON, SILVER, ELECTEDS, AND COMMUNITY LEADERS CELEBRATE PASSAGE OF BILL TO PUSH LUNAR NEW YEAR SCHOOL HOLIDAY

Electeds: Momentum Builds to Recognize Importance of Lunar New Year Holiday

 

NEW YORK – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, elected officials from around the city, and community leaders celebrated the passage of a bill to push the Lunar New Year as a school holiday. The bill (S.6688 Golden/Squadron / A.7756 Kim/Silver) passed the State Senate earlier this week and the Assembly in February and will now go to Governor Cuomo's desk.

 

May 16, 2014
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Senator Bill Larkin Honored by the March of Dimes

Senator Bill Larkin was recently honored by the March of Dimes for his work on the Pulse Oximetry Legislation.  This new law will protect newborns by screening them for critical congenital heart defects before they are discharged from the hospital.  Shown presenting Senator Larkin with a plaque are Jerry Silber, Chair, Board of Directors, March of Dimes NY Chapter and Frank DeMeo, Director, March of Dimes NY Chapter.

May 16, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS & COUNTY EXECUTIVE MANGANO SPONSOR FREE KIDPIX PHOTO ID PROGRAM IN PORT WASHINGTON

     Senator Jack Martins (R-7th Senate District) and Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano recently sponsored a free KidPix photo ID program in Port Washington. 

     Families who participated in the program received a free, wallet sized kidpix card with their child’s name, physical description, contact information, fingerprint, and photograph. 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.

     Senator Martins is pictured with the Iorio family as two year old Mason gets his picture taken for his free child ID card.

May 8, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Children and Families Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Children and Families Senator Simcha Felder, Chair 11:30 AM, Tuesday, May 13, 2014 Room 945 LOB

May 13, 11:30 AM - 11:34 AM
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State Senate Co-Leader Klein and UFT President Michael Mulgrew Announce $1.5 Million Investment in Community Schools

NEW YORK, NY - State Senate Co-Leader Jeffrey D. Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew announced a major $1.5 million citywide investment for New York City’s Community School Initiative on Thursday.

May 8, 2014
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