Issues: Children

Senate Passes Bill to Protect Children From Jewelry Made With Harmful Metals

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that creates comprehensive safety requirements for children’s jewelry to prevent exposure to harmful materials.

May 23, 2013
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Senate Passes Measure to Increase Penalties for Selling Drugs in Parks or on Playgrounds

The New York State Senate today passed a bill increasing penalties for people who sell drugs in playgrounds and parks.

May 23, 2013
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Senate Passes Klein Bill Toughening Child Pornography Laws

ALBANY, NEW YORK – On Thursday, the New York State Senate passed legislation to impose harsher penalties against child pornographers, including increased prison time by way of consecutive sentences, as well as changing punishments from felonies to first degree crimes. The bill also extends protections to all children under the age of 18. Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) is the prime sponsor of the legislation.

The legislation (S2266), would amend current law with the following measures:

1) Ensure that criminals face longer periods in prison when charged with multiple crimes by imposing consecutive sentences;

2) Provide additional protection to minors by increasing the age benchmark of a child from 16 to 18 and;

May 23, 2013
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Senate Passes Legislation to Protect Children From Sex Crimes

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S4791), sponsored by Senate Majority Coalition Leader Dean G.

May 22, 2013
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Senator O'Brien fights to curb texting while driving

FAIRPORT AND EAST ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Today, Senator Ted O’Brien stood with local residents and insurance representatives to promote safe driving through the “X the TXT” initiative, amid recent reports that texting while driving now causes more teen fatalities than drunk driving.

“As a father and a legislator, my top priority is keeping our children safe from harm,” Senator O’Brien said. “Texting while driving is one of the leading easily prevented causes of death among young people today. The ‘X the TXT’ program is a great way to educate our kids about the dangers of texting while driving and help them make good decisions when they’re on the road. I’m proud to support this life-saving initiative.”

May 19, 2013
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Senator Boyle Sponsors Legislation Allowing “Stop Arm” Cameras On School Buses

 

Law Uses Latest Technologies to Protect Schoolchildren

Albany, NY - Senator Phil Boyle (R- Bay Shore) has sponsored legislation (S.5028) to keep our children safe when getting on and off of the school bus each day.  The School Bus Safety Act allows school districts and school bus contractors to install school bus safety cameras to capture license plate numbers of vehicles that do not stop when the stop arm of the school bus is extended.

May 16, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Children and Families Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Children and Families Senator Simcha Felder, Chair 1:30 PM, Monday, May 20, 2013 Room 944 LOB

May 20, 1:30 PM - 1:35 PM
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Senator Klein Honors Bronx Student, Aspiring Filmmaker and Riverdale Resident, Sofie Somoroff, at 16th Annual Women of Distinction Celebration

ALBANY, NY – Senator Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) honored Sofie Somoroff, a seventeen year old from the Bronx at the 16th Annual Women of Distinction celebration that took place on the evening of Tuesday, May 7, 2013. Late last year, Somoroff was named the Grand Prize Winner of the OnBuzz Reach for the Stars Aspiring Filmmakers Contest for her lyrical, 71-second “micro-movie,” entitled “Me,” that concerns the subject of bullying. Somoroff is a junior at Bronx High School of Science and a resident of Riverdale.

May 10, 2013
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SENATOR KATHLEEN MARCHIONE VISITS WITH EMILY SMITH, STUDENT AT THE ALBANY ACADEMY FOR GIRLS

Senator Kathleen A. Marchione (R,C-Halfmoon) recently met with Emily Smith, a student at the Albany Academy for Girls.  Ms. Smith recently toured the State Capitol and met with Senator Marchione on the Floor of the historic State Senate Chamber. 

May 8, 2013
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SENATOR MARCHIONE VISITS WITH ALBANY ACADEMY FOR GIRLS STUDENT EMILY SMITH, AND HER MOTHER, KATHY SMITH, ON SENATE FLOOR

Senator Kathleen A. Marchione (R,C-Halfmoon) recently visited with students, teachers and parents from the Albany Academy for Girls in the historic State Senate Chamber during their recent tour of the State Capitol.   

May 8, 2013
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EMILY SMITH AND KATHY SMITH JOIN SENATOR MARCHIONE TO GAVEL IN STATE SENATE “SESSION”

Senator Kathleen A. Marchione (R,C-Halfmoon) recently visited with students, teachers and parents from the Albany Academy for Girls in the historic State Senate Chamber during their recent tour of the State Capitol.  

May 8, 2013
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SENATOR MARCHIONE VISITS WITH ALBANY ACADEMY FOR GIRLS STUDENTS, TEACHERS AND PARENTS IN HISTORIC STATE SENATE CHAMBER DURING RECENT STATE CAPITOL TOUR

Senator Kathleen A. Marchione (R,C-Halfmoon) recently visited with students, teachers and parents from the Albany Academy for Girls on the Senate Floor during their recent State Capitol tour. Senator Marchione is pictured (back row, center) with the students and their teachers during their visit to the historic State Senate Chamber as part of a State Capitol tour.

May 8, 2013
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SENATE APPROVES SENATOR FUSCHILLO’S LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN NEW YORK STATE’S DROP-SIDE CRIB BAN

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that the New York State Senate recently passed legislation he sponsored to strengthen New York State’s ban on dangerous drop-side cribs. The legislation would expand the state’s existing drop-side crib ban to prohibit drop-side cribs from being used at child-care facilities and other places of public accommodation. The legislation is necessary to ensure that New York’s law conforms with federal regulations. 

May 7, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill to Protect Students From Sexual Predators At School

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that makes it a crime for any school employee or volunteer to have sexual contact with a student, even if that student is at the age of consent.

May 6, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO SPONSORS FREE CHILD SAFETY SEAT CHECK IN MASSAPEQUA PARK

     Photo caption: Senator Fuschillo (center) is pictured as he speaks with parents during the free child car seat safety check program he sponsored in Massapequa Park.

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently sponsored a free child safety seat check where parents could have their children’s car seats checked for proper installation. The program was held at John Burns Park in Massapequa Park.

     Officials from the Nassau County Traffic Safety Board performed the free safety inspections and fixed any seats that were improperly installed. Parents were also informed of the steps they should take to make sure their child’s car seat is used properly in the future.

May 6, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Says Now-Approved Bill Gives Courts Stronger Power to Revoke Parental Rights in Cases of Severe or Repeat Child Abuse

Senate, Assembly pass bill to strengthen courts’ ability to protect children by streamlining process required to revoke parental rights after severe or repeat abuse. Bill now heads to Governor to be signed into law.    

Kennedy:  After taking this important step to protect children, now it’s time to pass Jay J.’s Law and ensure those who hurt children end up behind bars for a long, long time.

May 3, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill to Protect Victims of Severe Child Abuse

The New York State Senate today gave final passage to legislation that would provide important protections for child victims who have been severely abused by their parents or guardians. The bill (S4082), sponsored by Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn), improves Family Court procedures to reduce the trauma abused children can potentially experience and helps expedite the finding of a new, permanent home.

May 2, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill To Protect Victims Of Severe Child Abuse

The New York State Senate today gave final passage to legislation that would provide important protections for child victims who have been severely abused by their parents or guardians. The bill (S4082) improves Family Court procedures to reduce the trauma abused children can potentially experience and helps expedite the finding of a new, permanent home.

May 1, 2013
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SENATOR MARCHIONE SPEAKS ON LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION SHE SPONSORED HONORING RACHAEL MURRAY, UPSTATE NY CHAPTER OF THE LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY’S 2013 “GIRL OF THE YEAR”

Senator Marchione recently met with, and honored, Rachael Murray, the Upstate New York Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s 2013 “Girl of the Year." Senator Marchione also spoke on the Senate Floor in support of the bi-partisan Legislative Resolution she sponsored to honor Ms. Murray's inspirational achievements.

May 1, 2013
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