Issues: Children

STATEMENT BY SENATOR SIMCHA FELDER ON THE PASSING OF 14-YEAR-OLD AVONTE OQUENDO

“It is with profound sadness and a heavy heart that I learned of the Medical Examiner’s findings confirming that the remains discovered in Queens were those belonging to 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo,” said Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn). “While no words can adequately comfort Avonte’s family at this time, I am hopeful today’s DNA confirmation brings some modicum of closure to his parents and siblings as they begin the journey toward healing. I join with all New Yorkers in expressing my deepest sympathy to the Oquendo family.”

January 21, 2014
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FELDER PRAISES NYPD, FDNY & BORO PARK HATZOLOH FOR HEROIC EFFORTS IN RESCUING CHILD FROM MANHOLE

"It is nothing short of miraculous that this 10-year-old child was rescued virtually unharmed from a manhole on the corner of 49th Street and 13th Avenue,” said Senator Simcha Felder. “It is my understanding that this young man suffered minor lacerations on his right leg, was treated at Lutheran Hospital, and was released.

As a community, we all owe a great debt of gratitude to the brave heroes who risk life and limb each day to save others. I am immensely thankful to the NYPD, the FDNY, and Boro Park Hatzoloh for their swift and lifesaving responses today and every day. I also want to commend Verizon for providing the ladder which allowed this young man to be safely retrieved from the manhole.

January 14, 2014
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January 13, 2014
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Kennedy, Peoples-Stokes Propose Major Changes to Reform Child Protective Services

Following the tragic deaths of two young Buffalo children, Senator Kennedy and Assemblywoman Peoples-Stokes pursue new legislation to improve a system long needing reform.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy and Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes, both Democrats from Buffalo, today unveiled a comprehensive series of legislation that will strengthen and improve Child Protective Services in Erie County and across the state. Together, the bills proposed by Kennedy and Peoples-Stokes present major changes to a system long in need of reform.

January 10, 2014
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Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein and Senator Diane Savino Urge State to Approve Mayor de Blasio's Universal Pre-K Plan

City Hall, Manhattan – Three days before the start of 2014 state legislative session, Senate Co-Leader Jeffrey D. Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) renewed his call for Albany’s approval of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s universal pre-k plan and released a new economic report detailing the major, long-term benefits of doing so. According to the report, An Economic Argument for NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Universal Pre-K Plan, New York City will earn a $3.7 billion return on investment if it enacts the program.

January 5, 2014
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Serrano, Kavanagh: Keep Carcinogens Out Of Children's Products

New Bill Introduced Eliminating Sale of Children's Products with Formaldehyde in NYS 

NEW YORK - State Senator José M. Serrano and Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh announced the introduction of a new bill banning the sale of children's products containing the carcinogen formaldehyde by manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers in New York State. 

December 23, 2013
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FELDER & COLLEAGUES WORKING TO PREVENT FALLOUT FROM BUS COMPANY BANKRUPTCY

With Atlantic Express Bus Company expected to close its doors on December 31, Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn), Chair of both the New York City Education Subcommittee and the Children and Families Committee, is working with his colleagues, Assemblyman Dov Hikind and Councilman David Greenfield, to ensure a smooth transition for the more than 40,000 affected public and private school students. Atlantic Express, which declared bankruptcy in November, was responsible for over 1,600 bus routes, leaving children on those routes without a means of transportation as of January 2, 2014.

December 23, 2013
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Senator Valesky Reads to Students

Senator David J. Valesky read to students at the Main Street School in North Syracuse during the Cookies with Santa celebration on December 13.

December 20, 2013
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Making New York Affordable: Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein Launches IDC’s 2014 Agenda

Before Senator Klein and the IDC crafted their legislative agenda, Senator Klein heard from real New York families on how their coping with our state's affordability crisis. This video shows some of what these working New Yorkers said. 

December 13, 2013
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Senator David J. Valesky Unveils IDC Affordable NY Plan

SYRACUSE–State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), joined by several local advocates, introduced the Independent Democratic Conference’s 2014 legislative agenda, titled “Affordable NY.” The agenda, composed of five core policy items, demonstrates the IDC’s commitment to working families during the 2014 legislative session.

“The Affordable NY plan is a lifetime commitment to New York’s working families. It is critically important to address issues that affect all New Yorkers; challenges in paying for child care, affording college and living on a fixed income after retirement are topics I hear about from constituents every day,” Senator Valesky said.

The IDC’s proposals include:

December 13, 2013
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Livestreaming "Affordable New York" Legislative Roll Out Today at 11am

Majority Coalition Leader, IDC Conference Leader and State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) will announce “Affordable NY,” a bold new set of legislative proposals aimed at making New York affordable for working families. Affordable NY will reinvest $1.75 billion into programs, services, and tax credits that directly benefit working families and retirees. 

December 13, 2013
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Senator Stavisky Meets with Francis Lewis High School Seniors to Discuss Government, Politics and Civic Involvement

Flushing, NY—Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) met with Crystal Ng, Emily Chen and Myung Jin (Jenna) Kim, three students from Francis Lewis High School, to discuss government, politics and civic engagement as part of an assignment for their social studies class.

 

December 12, 2013
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At State Education Chief John King's Forum at F-M, Just Sign In and Speak Up

By Paul Riede | priede@syracuse.com on December 02, 2013 at 12:26 PM, updated December 02, 2013 at 4:26 PM

December 10, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO & SUFFOLK COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE TO SPONSOR FREE CHILD ID CARD PROGRAM IN LINDENHURST

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) and the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office will be sponsoring a free child ID card program in Lindenhurst. The program will take place on Friday, January 10th from 12-3 pm at the Lindenhurst Library (1 Lee Avenue, Lindenhurst).

     The New York State Safe Child Card gives parents a convenient way to keep their children’s important information on a single, wallet sized ID card. The card includes the child’s:

     • Name

     • Date of birth

     • Gender

     • Height

     • Weight

     • Hair Color

     • Eye Color

December 10, 2013
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Child ID Card Program- Lindenhurst

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) and the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office will be sponsoring a free child ID card program in Lindenhurst. The program will take place on Friday, January 10th from 12-3 pm at the Lindenhurst Library (1 Lee Avenue, Lindenhurst).

     The New York State Safe Child Card gives parents a convenient way to keep their children’s important information on a single, wallet sized ID card. The card includes the child’s:

     • Name

     • Date of birth

     • Gender

     • Height

     • Weight

     • Hair Color

     • Eye Color

January 10, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Public Hearing: Examination of the Laws Governing the Age of Adult Criminal Responsibility

Joint – Assembly Standing Committee on CodesChair: Assembly Member Joseph R. LentolAssembly Standing Committee on JudiciaryChair: Assembly Member Helene E. WeinsteinAssembly Standing Committee on Children and FamiliesChair: Assembly Member Donna LupardoAssembly Standing Committee on EducationChair: Assembly Member Catherine T. Nolanand New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative CaucusChair: Assembly Member Karim CamaraPublic Hearing: Examination of the Laws Governing the Age of Adult CriminalResponsibilityPlace: Assembly Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, Room 1923, 19th Floor, New York, New YorkTime: 10:00 A.M.Contact: Rebecca Mudie (518) 455-4313Media Contact: Assembly Press Office (518) 455-3888ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

December 6, 9:45 AM - 12:45 PM
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Senator Valesky Attends Common Core Forum

On December 3, Senator Valesky participated in a forum with local officials, State Education Commissioner John King and Regent Anthony Bottar at Fayetteville-Manlius High School to discuss the Common Core standards.

December 5, 2013
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Public Hearing: New York City (NYC) Child Protective Practices

Joint – Senate Standing Committee on Children and Families
Chair: Senator Simcha Felder
Assembly Standing Committee on Oversight, Analysis and Investigation
Chair: Assembly Member Andrew Hevesi
and Assembly Standing Committee on Children and Families
Chair: Assembly Member Donna Lupardo
Public Hearing: New York City (NYC) Child Protective Practices
Place: Assembly Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, Room 1923, 19th Floor, New York, New York
Time: 11:00 A.M.
Contact: Alexis Conti (518) 455-4371
Media Contact: Assembly Press Office (518) 455-3888

December 5, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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