Issues: Children

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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Senate Passes School Bus Safety Bills

Bills intended to make riding bus safer for students, enhance communication, and make “school bus” signs more economical

 

The New York State Senate yesterday passed a series school bus bills that will ensure child safety and enhanced communication.

 

A bill was passed, sponsored by Senator John Bonacic, that increases the penalties for passing a stopped school bus (S.3099A). The legislation would impose a sixty day suspension of a driver’s license if convicted of passing a stopped school bus two or more times.

This legislation would make the penalties for passing a stopped school bus multiple times the same as penalties for drivers convicted of speeding in a construction zone two or more times.

February 7, 2012
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SENATE PASSES PACKAGE OF SCHOOL BUS BILLS

Bills intended to make riding bus safer for students, enhance communication, and make “school bus” signs more economical

The New York State Senate today passed a series school bus bills that will ensure child safety and enhanced communication.

A bill was passed that increases the penalties for passing a stopped school bus (S.3099A). The legislation would impose a sixty day suspension of a driver’s license if convicted of passing a stopped school bus two or more times.

This legislation would make the penalties for passing a stopped school bus multiple times the same as penalties for drivers convicted of speeding in a construction zone two or more times.

February 6, 2012
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MISS N.Y. FIELDS RESIDENTS QUESTIONS ON BULLYING

Online Forum Sponsored by Senator Ritchie

State Senator Patty Ritchie today hosted an on-line Q-and-A with Miss New York, Kaitlin Monte fielding questions from constituents about the growing problem of schoolyard bullying.

February 2, 2012
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*NEW* Directory of Job Opportunities for Young Adults

The New York City Employment and Training Coalition has developed a resource guide to employment opportunities for New York City Youth.

Considering the record-breaking rates of young adult unemployment, the nearly 200,000 disconnected young adults in the five boroughs, and the ever-shrinking social services available to the 1,100 young adults transitioning out of the foster care system each year, the Directory is a vital resource for agencies aiming to connect young adults to training and job placement.

File: 
NYC Young Adult Workforce Providers.pdf

February 1, 2012
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Children's Institute Announces Funding for Early Intervention Programs

The Children's Institute is now accepting applications for funding for school year 2012-2013 to support new Primary Mental Health Project (Primary Project) programs in schools.

Primary Project is an evidence-based prevention and early intervention program designed to screen for and address school adjustment difficulties in students who are in kindergarten to third grade. Currently in 150 school sacross the state and serving approximately 3,000 students, Primary Project interventes to correct behaviors and support positive development before more costly inteventions are required.

February 1, 2012
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SENATOR SALAND’S LEGISLATION TO PERMIT CHILD VICTIMS AND WITNESSES TO TESTIFY VIA CLOSED CIRCUIT TELEVISION PASSES THE SENATE

Senator Steve Saland (R, I, C - Poughkeepsie) today announced that the Senate has passed his legislation to minimize the emotional harm to child victims and witnesses in murder and attempted murder cases (S.1433) and criminal assault and endangering the welfare of a child cases (S.2194) by allowing them to testify via closed-circuit television.

January 31, 2012
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FUSCHILLO LEGISLATION CREATING FELONY CHARGES FOR REPEAT CHILD ENDANGERMENT OFFENDERS PASSED BY SENATE

        Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today announced that legislation he sponsors to create felony charges for individuals who repeatedly endanger the welfare of a child has been passed by the New York State Senate.

January 30, 2012
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Campaigning for Summer Jobs at Youth Action Day 2012

Senator Montgomery joined with representatives of the Center for Family Life in Sunset Park to support their request to the Legislature for the inclusion of $35 million in the final 2012-13 State Budget.

Governor Cuomo has proposed $25 million, a $10 million cut from last year's appropriation. The Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) provides young people with important job opportunities and fosters work and life skill development, including responsibility, punctuality, money managment, teamwork and meeting workplace expections.

Approximately 130,000 New York City apply for jobs under SYEP and only 31,000 get jobs.  

January 30, 2012
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR BALL REGARDING CONCERNS OVER PAROCHIAL SCHOOL BUSING

Brewster, N.Y.— 1/26/2012— Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) said he does not support a plan to reduce the transportation reimbursement for parochial school students from 15 miles to 5 miles. The reduction is included in the 2012-2013 state budget proposal.  

January 26, 2012
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Visiting with Students at Craig Hill Elementary

On Thursday, January 26th, I had the opportunity to vist with, and read to, students at Craig Hill Elementary School in Greece. As a part of Library Day, I read All the Way to America to students.

January 26, 2012
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NY Youth Works Program Provides $62 Million for Job Training and $25 Million in Tax Credits to Combat High Unemployment among Inner City Youth

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the launch of "NY Youth Works," a statewide program to combat the unacceptably high unemployment rates among inner city youth in communities across New York. The new program, passed last month in an extraordinary session of the state legislature, includes $25 million in tax credits for businesses that hire unemployed and disadvantaged youth and $62 million to support job training programs.

January 25, 2012
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Leandra's Legacy

Senator Dilan is presented an award by the Lewis Henry Morgan Institute for his work with Lenny Rosado on the passage of Leandra's Law. The law strengthens penalties on those convicted of driving while intoxicated with child passengers.The law is named after 11-year-old Leandra Rosado, Lenny's daughter, who tragically died in 2009 when the car she was riding in crashed. The driver was intoxicated.

January 25, 2012
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Leandra's Legacy

Senator Dilan is presented an award by the Lewis Henry Morgan Institute for his work with Lenny Rosado on the passage of Leandra's Law in 2009. The law strengthens penalties on those convicted of driving while intoxicated with child passengers.The law is named after 11-year-old Leandra Rosado, Lenny's daughter, who tragically died in 2009 when the car she was riding in crashed. The driver was intoxicated.

January 24, 2012
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