Issues: Children

SENATE PASSES PACKAGE OF SEX CRIMES BILLS

Legislation would keep children safer, increase penalties for criminals

The New York State Senate today passed a series of bills increasing penalties for people convicted of sex crimes against children.

The Senate passed legislation (S1541A) that would increase criminal penalties for sexual contact between a child and a person in a position of trust, which includes any adult responsible for supervision of children when they are not with their parents. Currently, there are no additional penalties for sexual contact with a minor by persons in a position of trust.

March 5, 2012
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SENATOR SALAND’S UNATTENDED CHILD LEGISLATION PASSES THE SENATE

Senator Steve Saland (R, I, C – Poughkeepsie) today announced that the Senate has passed his legislation to prohibit a child under the age of eight from being left unattended in a motor vehicle when conditions present a significant risk to the health and safety of the child (S.2192A).

March 2, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Children and Families Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Children and Families Senator Diane Savino, Chair 1:00 PM, Monday, March 5, 2012 Room 307 LOB

March 5, 1:00 PM - 1:03 PM
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Woodside awaits 440-seat school slated to open in ‘15

The Times Ledger wrote about the construction of a new public school in Woodside, which is scheduled to open in 2015.

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) announced Friday the city Department of Education and city School Construction Authority had agreed to purchase four lots to build a 440-seat school in Woodside.

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“The construction of additional classroom space is welcome news that will help the children of Woodside obtain a more productive learning environment,” state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) said in a statement.

Read the full article here.

February 24, 2012
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Students Encouraged To Participate In Earth Day Competition

The Queens Gazette posted Senator Gianaris' announcement of the 2012 Earth Day Competition, which he encourages all students in his Western Queens district to participate in.

In celebration of Earth Day, state Senator Michael Gianaris is inviting elementary school students in his Western Queens district to participate in the Earth Day Competition 2012. This poster contest gives children the opportunity to illustrate the importance of improving the environment.

 

The theme for this year’s Earth Day contest is “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”.

 

February 22, 2012
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New school to go up in Woodside, to open in 2015

Sunnyside Post wrote about the announcement for construction of a new public school in Woodside. The construction of the school intends to address issues of school overcrowding, which Senator Gianaris says is a chronic problem.

The city is building a 400 seat elementary school in Woodside, officials from the School Construction Authority and the Department of Education announced today.

The school, which will be located on 39th Ave (between 57th and 58th street), is schedule to open in the fall of 2015. Its construction comes at a time when PS11 in Woodside, located at 54-25 Skillman Ave., is at 120% capacity.

February 22, 2012
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2/18/2012: 41st Annual NYS Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Caucus

(Albany, New York) On Saturday February 18th, Senator Shirley L. Huntley (D-Jamaica) had the opportunity to address and meet with youth who came to Albany to be part of the Annual Youth Summit at the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Caucus. Close to 50% of the youth traveled from Queens, and the event has become increasingly popular over the years. Senator Huntley has made it a priority to attend this Summit and speak with youth on a myriad of issues such as education, bullying, and youth employment. “We must empower our youth and provide them with resources and confidence to fulfill their goals and achieve their dreams,” said Senator Huntley.

February 18, 2012
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Increase Penaltties for Sale of Drugs

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: February 16, 2012Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | arodrigu@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

*PRESS RELEASE*

Senator Shirley L. Huntley Passes Legislation to Better Protect Minors from Drug Abuse

Law would increase penalty for criminal sale of control substance to minors under age of 14

February 16, 2012
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Senator Gianaris speaks at announcement for the construction of a new public school in Woodside

Senator Gianaris speaking at a press conference announcing the School Construction Authority's purchase of space in Woodside to construct a new public school, which is welcome news for the neighborhood.

February 16, 2012
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I-Team: Lawmaker Wants Answers in Botched C-Section

NBC 4 covered a story on the need for greater regulations and oversight in New York hospitals in light of a mismanaged incident regarding a C-section procedure that was performed on a woman who was not pregnant. Senator Gianaris was interviewed for the story.

Watch the interview here.

February 14, 2012
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Save Our Children From Sex Abuse!

After recent reported cases involving Department of Education employees molesting students, Senator Eric Adams gives parents tips on detecting signs of pedophilia

In response to the continuing investigations of child sex abuse cases at P.S. 243 in Brooklyn and P.S. 87 in Manhattan, Senator Adams hosted an emergency community meeting to provide parents with information about warning signs of child sex abuse.

The meeting was in response to the re-arrest of a Department of Education employee who reportedly filmed sexual acts performed on children while in the school building.

Former sex crime prosecutor Attorney Ama Dwimoh joined Senator Adams at this emergency meeting to share her expertise about child sex abuse cases.

 

February 13, 2012
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Eight Queens high schools could lose up to half of their staff under city plan

An editorial by the New York Daily News reports on the proposal by New York City's Deptartment of Education to overhaul struggling schools. Under the plan, schools face options that range from having to replace 50% of their staff to having to shut down completely.

The future of eight large Queens high schools — and the hundreds of educators who work there — are in jeopardy as the city plans to overhaul the struggling institutions.

 

The schools could lose up to half of their staff and receive a new principal and name this fall after the city and teachers union failed to reach an agreement on teacher evaluations.

 

The move could help the city get up to $60 million in federal funds.

 

February 13, 2012
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LIC HS Drops From Transformation To Turnaround Status

The Queens Gazette investigates the Department of Education's classification of Long Island City High School, along with many others, as a "Turnaround" school, which would require the school to close and rehire 50% of the staff before reopening. Senator Gianaris believes that negotions need to continue in order to avoid hurting students as the city tries to improve schools.

February 13, 2012
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2/10/2012: Appreciation Day Ceremony Breakfast

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L.

February 10, 2012
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Forum/Town Hall: Human Services Forum on the current and future issues and concerns of human services administrators, advocates and clients

Senate Standing Committee on Social ServicesChair:    Senator Patrick M. Gallivanand Senate Standing Committee on Children and FamiliesChair:    Senator Diane J. SavinoForum:    Human Services Forum on the current and future issues and concerns of human services administrators, advocates and clientsPlace:    Monroe County Administration Building, 4th Floor, Legislative Chamber, Rochester, New YorkTime:    1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M. Contact: Roxanne Irwin (518) 455-3471

February 9, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Forum/Town Hall: Senator Fuschillo's Cyber-Bullying Webcast

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently held an informational webcast to help students and parents better confront the dangers of cyber-bullying. The webcast was streamed live on Senator Fuschillo's website, fuschillo.nysenate.gov.

The webcast featured an informational discussion about cyber bullying and the impact it has on children. Students learned about steps they can take if they are being bullied, as well as the importance of looking out for each other and not being a bystander when cyber-bullying occurs. In addition, parents learned about the warning signs to spot if their child might be being bullied. Information was also provided on where students affected by cyber bullying can turn for help.

February 7, 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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SENATE PASSES BILL BANNING OFFENDERS FROM WORKING ON SCHOOL BUSES

The New York State Senate today passed a bill that would ban certain criminal offenders from working on school buses (S.6157A). The bill, sponsored by Senator John Bonacic, prohibits people who are convicted of offenses, such as sex and drug crimes, from being school bus monitors.

February 7, 2012
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