Issues: Children

Senator Serrano Appears on BronxNet's OPEN 2.0

(Bronx, NY)- Senator Serrano appeared on BronxNet Television's OPEN 2.0, where he discussed issues facing students and youth in our community. Senator Serrano expressed the need for more mentorship and internship opportunities to help give our youth a broad array of career paths to choose from.

April 15, 2015
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Ortt: Budget Assists Mental Health, Disabilities

As Chairman, Ortt Sees Progress on Key Issues

State Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) said this year’s state budget will assist those facing mental illness and disabilities. As chairman of the Senate Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, Ortt said issues raised by individuals, families, and advocacy groups were central to his approach to the budget.

April 12, 2015
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SENATOR JEFF KLEIN CELEBRATES OPENING DAY IN THE BRONX

Klein Marches With Hundreds of Little Leaguers in Pelham & Riverdale, Throws First Pitch at Ambrosini Field on City Island

BRONX, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), together with hundreds of little leaguers, local families, community members and elected officials, today celebrated opening day in the Bronx – touring little league parades in Pelham, Riverdale and on City Island. Klein marched along with children and families, cheered on youngsters in uniform and threw the first pitch at City Island’s home opener at Ambrosini Field.  

April 11, 2015
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Kennedy & Peoples-Stokes Push for Powdered Alcohol Ban, Call New Product Dangerous and Targeted Towards Teens

“Palcohol” is Easy: Easy to Hide, Easy to Sneak into School, Easy to Slip into Drinks. Should be Easy to Ban.

Bill Introduced In State Legislature Would Ban Sales of Powdered Alcohol

April 9, 2015
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SENATOR HOYLMAN SAYS WHITE HOUSE SUPPORT OF BAN ON LGBT “CONVERSION THERAPY” WILL PROVIDE NEW IMPETUS FOR STATE LEGISLATION

Hoylman: “New Yorkers should know where their senators stand on this important issue”

NEW YORK – State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan), who introduced S.0121 with cosponsor State Senator Michael Gianaris to ban "conversion therapy" in New York State, said: “I’m hopeful that the White House’s support of legislation to ban state-licensed ‘conversion therapy’ on LGBT youth will provide us in New York a renewed impetus to bring this bill to the Senate floor this year.

April 9, 2015
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STATE SENATOR JEFF KLEIN FUNDS FREE SPRING BREAK CAMP FOR STUDENTS AT P.S. 83

Klein, United Federation of Teachers, P.S. 83 Partner to Provide Week-Long Camp to Students and Families Through NYC Community Learning Schools Initiative

April 7, 2015
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Senator Parker Interviews Kate Breslin, President and CEO of the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy

Senator Parker welcomes his guest: Kate Breslin, President and CEO of the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy.

April 1, 2015
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Senator Gallivan Announces Agreement to Keep WNY Children's Psychiatric Center Open

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announces that as part of a new state budget, an agreement has been reached to keep the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center in West Seneca open for at least another year.  The state had proposed closing the center and moving adolescent patients to the Buffalo Psychiatric Center.

March 30, 2015
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SENATOR KLEIN HOSTS 20TH ANNUAL EASTER BUNNY BREAKFAST AND MAGIC SHOW

Klein Participates in Bronx and Westchester Easter Egg Hunts – Celebrating the Spring Season with Hundreds of Children and Families

BRONX, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), joined by more than 300 Bronx children and families, held his 20th annual Easter Bunny Breakfast and Magic Show at Villa Barone Manor in the Throggs Neck section of the Bronx on Saturday, March 28th. Bronxites of all ages enjoyed a free breakfast, fun-filled magic show, build-a-bunny workshop, face painting and an appearance by a very special guest: the Easter Bunny.

March 30, 2015
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STATE SENATOR JEFF KLEIN ANNOUNCES $18,000 IN PROJECT BOOST FUNDS FOR P.S. 175 CITY ISLAND

New Funding Boosts Local School’s Enrichment Opportunities for Students K-8

BRONX, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), joined by more than 200 local parents and school administrators, today announced $18,000 in Project BOOST (Building Options and Opportunities for Students) funding for P.S. 175 City Island in the Bronx. The announcement came at P.S. 175’s annual spring card party on Thursday, March 26th.

March 30, 2015
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SENATOR KLEIN ANNOUNCES 50 NEW UNIVERSAL PRE-KINDERGARTEN PROGRAMS TO OPEN IN THE BRONX – MORE THAN 2,600 NEW SEATS ADDED, OVER 1,000 SEATS CONVERTED TO FULL DAY INSTRUCTION

661 New UPK Seats in Hunts Point, Soundview, Castle Hill, Country Club and Throggs Neck; 470 in Riverdale/Kingsbridge; 535 in Woodlawn, Pelham Parkway, Morris Park and City Island

Klein Urges Bronx Families With Eligible Young Children to Register Ahead of April 24th Deadline

March 18, 2015
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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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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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