Issues: Children

Senate Gives Final Passage to Bill Expediting Investigations of Missing Children

The New York State Senate today gave final passage to legislation that would expedite access to critical information in missing child cases. The bill (S3520A), sponsored by Senator George A. Amedore, Jr.

March 16, 2015
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SENATE AND ASSEMBLY TO PASS LEGISLATION TO AID LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES INVESTIGATING MISSING CHILDREN

Senator George Amedore and Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy today announced the Legislature will pass a bill (S.3520A/A.5803), 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. 

 

March 16, 2015
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IDC invests in hardworking New York families in State Senate one-house budget resolution

Senate resolution includes key IDC proposals for infrastructure upgrades,  job growth, affordable housing, college affordability and paid family leave

Albany, NY — As the State Senate Coalition announced its $139.7 billion one-house budget resolution on Wednesday, State Senate Coalition Co-Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and the members of the Independent Democratic Conference unfurled key achievements for New York’s hardworking families.

March 11, 2015
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KLEIN ANNOUNCES $50,000 IN HEALTHY EATING AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY FUNDING FOR BRONX YMCA AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM

New Program Promotes Health & Wellness for Hundreds of Bronx Students K-5

March 6, 2015
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State Senate Coalition releases disturbing report on dangerous sex offenders living near Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten programs in Westchester and Rockland Counties

State Senate Coalition urges Assembly to pass companion legislation to key Senate bills that strengthen protections for children against sex offenders

February 27, 2015
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State Senate Coalition releases disturbing report on dangerous sex offenders living near Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten programs in Westchester and Rockland Counties

State Senate Coalition urges Assembly to pass companion legislation to key Senate bills that strengthen protections for children against sex offenders

Albany, NY –  The New York State Senate Coalition today unveiled a new alarming joint-investigative report, “Keeping Our Children Safe From Sex Offenders, Special Report: Westchester & Rockland Counties,” conducted by the offices of State Senate Coalition Co-Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and State Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R-Nassau), which uncovered sex offenders living dangerously close to preschools in Westchester and Rockland.

February 27, 2015
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State Senate Coalition releases disturbing report on dangerous sex offenders living near Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten programs in Westchester and Rockland Counties

State Senate Coalition urges Assembly to pass companion legislation to key Senate bills that strengthen protections for children against sex offenders.

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Full Report

February 27, 2015
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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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KLEIN INVESTIGATION UNCOVERS SEX OFFENDERS LIVING IN SAME SHELTERS THAT HOUSE FAMILIES WITH SMALL CHILDREN

Report reveals that nearly a dozen sex offenders are currently housed in family shelters throughout the five boroughs

Elected officials, community leaders and concerned residents call on the State Assembly to pass companion legislation to protect children

JAMAICA, NYState Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) today unveiled an alarming investigative report, “Uncovering Sex Offenders in the New York City Family Shelter System,” that found that nearly a dozen sexual predators currently residing in 10 family shelters across New York City which house young children.

February 6, 2015
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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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