Issues: Children

Free Car Seat Safety Check- Massapequa Park

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) will be sponsoring a free car seat safety check on Saturday, May 4th in Massapequa Park.

     The free car seat safety check will be held from 9 am to 12 pm at John Burns Park (front west parking lot), located at 4990 Merrick Road in Massapequa Park.

May 4, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Senator Kennedy Secures Release of Long-Awaited Funding for Critical Upgrades to Gateway-Longview Family Resource Center in Buffalo

Kennedy fought to cut bureaucratic red tape that had stalled the critical upgrades to East Side Center for over 3 years.

Gateway-Longview will put $200,000 in funds toward improvements at their Family Resource Center. 

Kennedy: Gateway-Longview’s Funding is no longer a long-shot – project to improve important Buffalo community center is now a reality. 

April 8, 2013

Critical Student Health Program Receives State Funding


RICHFIELD SPRINGS, 04/05/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that the 2013-2014 state budget includes, at his insistence, $150,000 to establish a Bassett Healthcare Network school-based health center (SBH) at Richfield Springs Central School. 

“School-based health centers fill a great void in rural areas like those I serve,” said Senator Seward.  “Bassett Healthcare has developed a successful operating model, the largest rural SBH program in New York State, and expanding services to Richfield Springs Central School will mean healthier children and added peace of mind for parents who choose to utilize the care option.”

April 5, 2013

Governor Cuomo Announces $3.4 Million in Funding for Public/Private Partnerships to Support Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Programs Statewide -- Grants will Fund 18 Community Programs to Improve Outcomes for Children

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that $3.4 million in grants have been awarded to 18 organizations across the state to fund unique public/private partnerships between private and non-profit organizations to support early childhood to youth-aged programs in local communities in need. The awards, administered by the state Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), represent a wide range of creative and evidence-informed practices and programs throughout the State. Through these awards, New York is investing in services which are culturally and linguistically competent, cost efficient, and contribute toward alleviating family well-being barriers identified for the respective communities.

April 4, 2013

Senator Boyle Introduces The "Secure our Schools Act": Legislation Seeks to Protect Children on Election Days

Senator Phil Boyle today announced the introduction of the Secure our Schools Act, legislation directing the New York State Education Department and the New York State Board of Elections to deliver a joint proposal that mitigates risk factors associated with the public’s access to schools that are also polling places.  The bill requires that the joint proposal be delivered to the State Legislature and the Governor within six months of the law’s enactment.  Senator Boyle made the announcement at the Forest Avenue Elementary School in West Babylon and was joined by West Babylon Superintendent of Schools Anthony Cacciola, West Babylon School Board President Diane Thiel and several concerned parents. 

March 28, 2013
March 27, 2013

Senator Kennedy Announces Funds Secured for At-Risk Youth

Kennedy confirms budget includes funding for Operation SNUG, Court Appointed Special Advocates program.

Kennedy: This minimal state investment will have a tremendous community impact helping at-risk youth avoid destructive decisions.

March 22, 2013

Senator Robach Supports Legislation To Toughen Penalties for Sex Crimes

The New York State Senate today passed a package of bills cracking down on rapists and sex offenders by creating new crimes and increasing penalties.


Legislation (S.1459) sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos (R, Rockville Centre) ensures significantly longer prison sentences for serial rapists. Under current law, it is possible for a judge to issue concurrent sentences for multiple counts arising from separate and distinct acts of rape. The legislation would require consecutive prison sentences for each separate count of first-degree rape when an individual is convicted of multiple counts, keeping dangerous felons off the streets for as long as possible.

March 21, 2013

Taconic Hills Select Choir Performs at Empire State Plaza

The Taconic Hills Select Choir sings at the Empire State Plaza in Albany on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 as part of "Music in Our Schools Month."

March 20, 2013

Senator Peralta Calls DOT’s Attention To Dangerous Queens Intersection

State Senator Jose Peralta is urging the city’s Department of Transportation to ensure the safety of children who must cross a dangerous Queens intersection to get to and from school without the help of a crossing guard.

“I am writing to urge you to take a close look at the intersection of Junction Blvd. and Horace Harding Expressway in Queens with an eye toward improving pedestrian safety, particularly that of the children of nearby P.S. 206,” wrote Senator Peralta in a letter to Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, whom he is calling upon after learning that neither of the local precincts is assigning a crossing to the intersection.

“This is a very dangerous intersection for students and it is imperative that we have proper supervision at this corner,” wrote P.S. 206 Principal Joan Thomas last summer in requesting the reinstatement of a school crossing guard at the location.  “As the principal of P.S. 206, I am very concerned about the safety of my children.”

"We applaud Senator Peralta for his leadership on street safety. Every neighborhood needs safe streets to thrive—that’s why Junction Boulevard and Horace Harding Expressway in Queens need to be made safe for local children, families, and seniors," said Paul Steely White, Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives.

In the letter to the transportation department, Senator Peralta recommends that the intersection be among the locations at which the proposed speed camera program is piloted.  He also asks the commissioner to do whatever else she thinks is needed to protect the children of P.S. 206, many of whom navigate the intersection to get to and from Lefrak City, where they live, and school.

“There is no substitute for the direct, hands-on traffic control and help that a crossing guard can provide to children,” said Senator Peralta.  “In the absence of a crossing guard, however, any measures you deem necessary and can launch promptly to ensure the safety of the P.S. 206 children will be most welcome.”


March 20, 2013



ALBANY, NY – State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky met with Food Network personality Padma Lakshmi. The Top Chef host was in Albany advocating on behalf of her charitable organization, Endometriosis Foundation of America.


March 19, 2013


     Photo caption: Senator Fuschillo (right) watches as a New York State Trooper checks a car seat at the recent free child car seat safety check program.

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently partnered with the New York State Police in sponsoring a free car seat safety check where parents could have their children’s car seats checked for proper installation. The program was held at the State Police Headquarters in Farmingdale.

     State Troopers performed the inspections and fixed any child safety 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.

March 18, 2013

Powell: Can't Fight Teen Pregnancy with Shame and Blame

New York Times columnist Michael Powell agrees with Liz: the City Human Resources administration's new teen pregnancy ad campaign is counterproductive, insensitive, and wrongheaded.

March 12, 2013

Senator Kennedy Announces Progress in Securing Resources for Operation SNUG, CASA Program

Critical funds for programming to help at-risk youth will be made a priority in Senate budget resolution. 

Kennedy says Senate’s proposal includes funding for Operation SNUG, which combats gang violence, and the Court Appointed Special Advocates program, which assists youth in the Family Court System.

Kennedy: Now we must ensure resources for at-risk youth remain in the final negotiated budget.  

March 11, 2013

Statement: City's Teen Pregnancy Ad Campaign "Pathologically Mean-Spirited"

Senator Krueger issued the following statement on the City Human Resources Administration's new ad campaign on teen pregnancy:

As someone who has spent decades in the fight against poverty and the fight to make sure women have equal rights to have or not have children, I am appalled at the ill-targeted and pathologically mean-spirited ad campaign put forward by the New York City Human Resources Administration, supposedly intended to reduce teen pregnancy.

March 8, 2013

Senator O'Brien keeping our school buses safe

ALBANY, N.Y. – With Sen. O’Brien’s yes vote, the State Senate passed legislation yesterday closing a loophole that allowed those convicted of crimes against children and sexual and drug-related crimes to serve as bus monitors.

“With this simple, common-sense legislation, we’ve made concrete gains in protecting our children from potential predators,” O’Brien said. “It was an unfortunate loophole, since existing restrictions on people convicted of those types of crimes only applied to bus drivers. I was proud to stand with my colleagues and update our laws to keep children on school buses safe.”

March 5, 2013

Senate Passes Bill to Keep Dangerous Criminals Off School Buses

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to protect children by preventing people who have been convicted of crimes involving children, sexual-based offenses, and drug offenses from being a school bus monitor. The bill (S883), sponsored by Senator John Bonacic (R,C,I-Mount Hope), also updates existing laws to include Leandra’s Law convictions in disqualifying a person from being a school bus driver for five years after conviction.

March 4, 2013

Senator Marchione Supports the "Family Tax Relief Act"

For Immediate Release March 4, 2013

March 4, 2013

Luthern Medical Center's School-Based Health Consumers Bring Their Funding Request To Albany

Students, faculty, and healthcare providers of P.S. 282 discuss with Senator Montgomery their need for more state funding for school-based health centers.

March 1, 2013
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