Issues: Children

Senate Passes Legislation Authorizing City of Rochester School District To Require Kindergarten Attendance

The New York State Senate passed legislation (S7519), sponsored by Senator Robach, which authorizes the City of Rochester School District to require minors age five to attend kindergarten.

“Rochester City School District currently provides children a full day kindergarten program in keeping with the numerous studies documenting the educational benefit and related long-term success of early quality education,” said Senator Joe Robach. “Unfortunately, too many kindergarten children are absent from school during the year, leaving them without the benefit of this educational experience.”

June 22, 2012
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SENATOR JOHNSON SPONSORED LEGISLATION PROHIBITING THE SALE OF ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES TO MINORS

Senator Owen H. Johnson (R-Babylon) announced today that the New York State Senate passed a bill he sponsored to prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes to persons under 18 years of age.Electronic cigarettes, also known as “e-cigarettes,” are battery-operated devices that vaporize cartridges filled with nicotine, flavor and other chemicals that the user inhales. Currently, there is no prohibition on the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors.“This legislation is needed to protect children and young adults from the dangers of smoking electronic cigarettes,” Senator Johnson said.  “To date, electronic cigarettes are unregulated and have not been proven to be safe for use at any age.”

June 21, 2012
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION SPONSORED BY SENATOR JIM ALESI TO REGULATE HARMFUL SUBSTANCES IN CHILDREN’S JEWELRY

Legislation Would Regulate Heavy Metals, Magnets, and Batteries in Children’s Jewelry

June 21, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO REFORM NEW YORK’S CARE OF PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS AND DISABILITIES

Legislation Creates the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs to Prevent, Investigate and Prosecute Abuse and Neglect of Vulnerable New Yorkers

The New York State Senate today passed sweeping legislation that will transform how New Yorkers with special needs and disabilities are protected. The bill (S7749) sponsored by Senator Roy McDonald (R-C-I, Saratoga) is part of a three-way agreement between the Senate, Assembly and Governor Cuomo to establish the strongest standards and practices in the nation for protecting individuals in state operated, certified or licensed facilities and programs.

June 20, 2012
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Senate Passes Legislation Prohibiting the Viewing of Child Pornography

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S7742) sponsored by Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), that would make the viewing of child pornography a felony crime. The bill is part of a three-way agreement with the Senate, Assembly and Governor Cuomo to amend current state law to make a person guilty of a crime when the person knowingly accesses child pornography with the intent to view.

June 19, 2012
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Senate Passes Bill to Prevent Cyberbullying

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Steve Saland (R-I-C, Poughkeepsie), that would provide further protections and procedures for students who are bullied or cyberbullied. The legislation clarifies and expands the Dignity for All Students Act, an anti-cyberbullying law enacted in 2010 and creates guidelines for local school districts to develop policies and procedures to address the problem.

This comprehensive measure includes within the definitions of bullying and cyberbullying verbal and non-verbal actions, whether on or off school property, which create a risk of substantial disruption of the school environment.

June 19, 2012
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"Cool Sweep" for City Residents

Cool Sweep is the City’s annual public safety and customer service program to help city residents who have limited opportunities to find relief from summer heat. Cool Sweep kicks off once schools let out for summer recess. A Cool Sweep operation is triggered when the forecast calls for a day to reach 85 degrees.

 

Cool Sweep hours are normally from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The operation employs the use of a cooling spray from fire hydrants and extended hours at City pools and Durand Eastman Beach. The use of City spray parks and pools in certain city high schools are also available to the public.

 

When hot summer days creep in make sure to watch the news and check the newspaper for a possible Cool Sweep day announcement from Mayor Richards.

June 19, 2012
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Senate Passes Bill to Prevent Cyberbullying

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Steve Saland (R-I-C, Poughkeepsie), that would provide further protections and procedures for students who are bullied or cyberbullied. The legislation clarifies and expands the Dignity for All Students Act, an anti-cyberbullying law enacted in 2010 and creates guidelines for local school districts to develop policies and procedures to address the problem. “This legislation provides school districts with the tools they need to address bullying and cyberbullying to help ensure that the school environment is safe for all students,” Senator Saland said  

June 18, 2012
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Twelve Corners Middle School Award Ceremony

Recently I had the privilege to attend a ceremony at Twelve Corners Middle School in Brighton where the school received an award for the New York State Education Department. Twelve Corners was designated a 2012 Essential Elements: Schools to Watch recipient. Congratulations to the students, faculty, and staff on a job well done!

June 14, 2012
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SENATE GIVES FINAL PASSAGE TO BILL REQUIRING MINORS TO OBTAIN PARENTAL PERMISSION FOR BODY PIERCING

SENATE GIVES FINAL PASSAGE TO BILL REQUIRING MINORS TO OBTAIN PARENTAL PERMISSION FOR  BODY PIERCINGAnyone Under 18 Would Need A Parent’s Approval Before Receiving Non Ear-Piercing     The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to a bill (S7446) that would require minors to obtain consent from a parent or guardian for unemancipated persons who wish to receive body piercings, other than piercing one’s ears.

June 13, 2012
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Jay J’s Law Approved in Senate

Kennedy-sponsored legislation, which carries name of local boy, aims to crackdown on repeat child abusers.

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, announced the Senate unanimously approved Jay J’s Law by a vote of 57-0. Jay J’s Law (S.6508/A.9488), which Senator Kennedy authored, will crackdown on repeat child abuse and enact far stiffer penalties for violent offenders who repeatedly hurt children.

June 13, 2012
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Senate Calls On Assembly to Act On Top 10 List of Tough Anti-Crime Bills

With two weeks left in the 2012 legislative session, Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos, Senator Steve Saland (R-I-C, Poughkeepsie), Chairman of the Senate Codes Committee, and Senator Martin Golden (R-C, Brooklyn) today called on the state Assembly to vote on a “Top 10 List” of tough anti-crime bills that have already passed the Senate this session. “From banning dangerous drugs to preventing drunk driving, from stopping child pornography to cracking down on auto insurance fraud, the Senate has passed many important bills that would prevent crime and punish criminals,” Senator Skelos said.  “Unfortunately, these bills have languished, some of them for years, in the Assembly. All of them should be voted on before we conclude the 2012 session.”

June 12, 2012
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Senator Kennedy Announces Buffalo Sabres to Bring Street Hockey Program to Lackawanna

Sabres Street program in Lackawanna kicked-off Sunday as part of Mount Olive Church’s Youth Day. Local youth invited to participate in full Sabres Street program to be launched Monday at 4:30 p.m.  

LACKAWANNA, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy announced the Buffalo Sabres are bringing their Sabres Street mobile hockey program to the streets of Lackawanna this summer. Sabres Street Lackawanna kicked-off Sunday at Mt. Olive Baptist Church with games and giveaways for local children. The full program launches Monday, June 11, at 4:30 p.m. in the church parking lot, 66 Wasson Ave. Local youth, ages 6 to 15, are invited to participate.

June 10, 2012
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Senator Kennedy Announces Buffalo Sabres to Bring Street Hockey Program to Lackawanna Youth

Sabres Street program in Lackawanna launched as part of Mount Olive Church’s Youth Day 2012

LACKAWANNA, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy announced the Buffalo Sabres are bringing their Sabres Street mobile hockey program to the streets of Lackawanna this summer. Sabres Street Lackawanna kicked-off Sunday at Mt. Olive Baptist Church with games and giveaways for local children. The full program launches Monday, June 11, at 4:30 p.m. in the church parking lot, 66 Wasson Ave. Local youth, ages 6 to 15, are invited to participate.

June 10, 2012
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SENATOR SALAND’S LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN PENALTIES AGAINST CHILD PORNOGRAPHY PASSES THE SENATE

Bill enacts the Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Act

Senator Steve Saland (R, I, C - Poughkeepsie) today announced that the Senate has passed his legislation that enacts the Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Act, which includes measures designed to protect children from the dangers posed by Internet predators, child pornography, and child sexual abuse (S.5226A).

While laws have been enacted to counter online crimes and child prostitution, additional provisions are needed to assist law enforcement to address these heinous acts. This comprehensive measure unanimously passed in the Senate and has been sent to the Assembly for consideration.

June 6, 2012
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Senate Passes "Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Act"

The New York State Senate today passed the “Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Act” (S5226A), sponsored by Senator Steve Saland (R-I-C, Poughkeepsie), Chairman of the Senate Codes Committee.  The bill creates new, tougher crimes for predators who prey on children over the Internet.

June 5, 2012
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SENATOR JOHNSON & SENATOR FUSCHILLO AWARD SENATE LIBERTY MEDAL TO 5-YEAR-OLD HERO FROM AMITYVILLE

    Senator Owen H. Johnson (R-Babylon) and Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today awarded the New York State Senate Liberty Medal to Grace Varley, a five-year-old girl from Amityville, for heroically helping to save her younger brother’s life.    “I am honored to present Grace Varley with the New York State Senate Liberty Medal for her bravery.  Grace reminds us that there is no age requirement for an individual to perform an act of heroism.  At age five, her fortitude and quick action make her a fine example to all of us and deserving of the highest civilian honor that a New Yorker can receive,” said Senator Johnson.

June 1, 2012
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