Issues: Children

Oppenheimer Applauds Senate Passage of Bill to Evaluate Early Childhood Education

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) is pleased to announce Senate passage of S.5650-C, a bill aimed at strengthening the New York State daycare system by focusing on early childhood education in daycare settings. The bill directs the Commissioner of the NYS Department of Education (SED) to examine and make recommendations on early education in a variety of child care settings.

“I am a firm believer that the door to education opens long before kindergarten,” said Senator Oppenheimer. “All of our children deserve the chance to learn and prosper, and daycare can be an ideal place for educating our young children, as well as keeping them safe.”

May 14, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO PROTECT TEENS FROM SEXUAL PREDATORS AT SCHOOLS

The New York State Senate has passed legislation that would make it a crime for school employees to engage in sexual activity with students, including those who are older than New York’s legal age of consent. The bill (S.6714) addresses inappropriate student-school employee relationships by criminalizing sexual conduct between school employees and full-time students of elementary and secondary schools.

May 14, 2012
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More Than 18,000 Teens to be Employed by Summer Jobs Program

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the NY Youth Works Summer Employment Program will enable more than 18,000 teens to be employed across the state this summer.

The State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) will distribute $25 million among all 57 counties and New York City to help bring underserved youth into the labor market, acquire skills and expand their aspirations and career goals. The City will receive $13, 532,390.

May 10, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO REQUIRE IMMEDIATE INVESTIGATION BY LAW ENFORCEMENT OF ABUSE IN STATE FACILITIES

SENATE PASSES BILL TO REQUIRE IMMEDIATE INVESTIGATION BY LAW ENFORCEMENT OF ABUSE IN STATE FACILITIESMeasure Provides Timely Notification to Law Enforcement of Abuse of Children in Residential Care    The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Steve Saland (R, I, C – Poughkeepsie), that would modify current reporting procedures involving the abuse of children in residential care.      The measure (S.6563) guarantees that reports of certain abuse will be immediately forwarded to law enforcement.  The passage of this legislation comes amidst the latest announcement by Governor Andrew Cuomo of his proposal to establish the Justice Center for the Protection of Persons with Special Needs.

May 8, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO REQUIRE IMMEDIATE INVESTIGAT​ION BY LAW ENFORCEMEN​T OF ABUSE IN STATE FACILITIES

Measure Provides Timely Notification to Law Enforcement of Abuse of Children in Residential Care

New York State Senate today passed legislation that would modify current reporting procedures involving the abuse of children in residential care.

The measure (S.6563) guarantees that reports of certain abuse will be immediately forwarded to law enforcement. The passage of this legislation comes amidst the latest announcement by Governor Andrew Cuomo of his proposal to establish the Justice Center for the Protection of Persons with Special Needs.

May 8, 2012
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Senate Passes Bill to Require Immediate Investigation by Law Enforcement of Abuse in State Facilities

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Steve Saland (R, I, C – Poughkeepsie), that would modify current reporting procedures involving the abuse of children in residential care.   The measure (S.6563) guarantees that reports of certain abuse will be immediately forwarded to law enforcement.  The passage of this legislation comes amidst the latest announcement by Governor Andrew Cuomo of his proposal to establish the Justice Center for the Protection of Persons with Special Needs.

May 8, 2012
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SENATOR SALAND'S BILL TO REQUIRE IMMEDIATE INVESTIGATION BY LAW ENFORCEMENT OF ABUSE IN STATE FACILITIES PASSES SENATE

Measure Provides Timely Notification to Law Enforcement of Abuse of Children in Residential Care

The New York State Senate today passed legislation by Senator Steve Saland (R, I, C – Poughkeepsie), that would modify current reporting procedures involving the abuse of children in residential care (S. 6563). The measure guarantees that reports of certain abuse will be immediately forwarded to law enforcement. The passage of this legislation comes amidst the latest announcement by Governor Andrew Cuomo of his proposal to establish the Justice Center for the Protection of Persons with Special Needs.

May 8, 2012
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Jay J.’s Law Passes through Senate Committee, Moves toward Full Senate Vote

Senate Codes Committee approves Jay J.’s Law at their meeting Tuesday, a critical step toward passing the legislation in full Senate

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, announced the Senate Codes Committee approved Jay J.’s Law at their meeting Tuesday morning. Now that it has passed through committee, Jay J.’s Law begins moving toward the Senate floor for a vote of the full chamber.

May 8, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Discusses Current Legislation on Your Voice in Albany

On this week’s edition of Your Voice, I discuss my bill that passed in the New York State Senate, requiring state agencies to pay timely interest on money owed to not-for-profits. This legislation presently awaits action in the State Assembly.

I also discuss legislation to better protect our children from sex offenders. Plus, I share my concern over some of the recent errors with the state’s student exams.

May 8, 2012
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Senator Gianaris discusses the Department of Education's unfortunate decision to close Bryant and Long Island City HIgh Schools

Senator Gianaris discussing the DOE's unfortunate decision to close Bryant and LIC High Schools at the Community Education Council District 30's legislative breakfast.

May 8, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL CREATING THE NEW YORK STATE GOVERNOR’S COUNCIL ON PHYSICAL FITNESS

Senator John A. DeFrancisco announced on May 7, 2012, that the New York State Senator passed his bil (S2856-A) that would establish a New York state Governor's Council on Physical Fitness, Sports and Health. 
“Obesity in children is on the rise.  More than 30 percent of children ages six to 11 are overweight, and the numbers are even worse for adolescents,” said Senator DeFrancisco.

May 7, 2012
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Jay J. Visits Albany, Progress Made Toward Jay J.’s Law

Jay J. and his family secure the commitments of several key lawmakers

ALBANY, N.Y. – The push for Jay J.’s Law continued this week, when Jay J. and his family visited Albany to lobby lawmakers for support. Jay J., his grandparents, Joseph and Tabitha Retzer, and Uncle Kevin and Aunt Chris Retzer secured commitments from several state legislators whose support will be critical to passing Jay J.’s Law.

May 4, 2012
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Gianaris And Bryant H.S. Youth Activists Celebrate Earth Day

The Queens Gazette wrote an article about the Global Kids Annual Youth Conference at Bryant High School, where Senator Gianaris met with students to talk about energy, climate change, and environmental policy.

A group of Global Kids Leaders at William Cullen Bryant H.S. in LIC met with state Senator Michael Gianaris on April 23, for a forum to celebrate Earth Day and explore how young people can improve environmental conditions in Queens.

Gianaris imparted strategies to the student leaders on influencing public policy to improve air quality and energy efficiency in Western Queens.

May 4, 2012
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2012 Concerts by the Shore Schedule

Rochester, NY - Here is the 2012 Wegmans Concerts by the Shore schedule. You can download a PDF version by clicking on the link below. Concerts by the Shore starts each week at 7:00, with the exception of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, which will begin at 7:30 p.m.

May 3, 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, May 21, 2012 Room 307 LOB

May 21, 1:00 PM - 1:06 PM
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Bill Impacting Early Childhood Education Passes Senate

Dear Advocates for Children & Families:

A bill I am sponsoring, S.5650-C, passed the Senate on May 2, 2012. This legislation would direct the Commissioner of the New York State Education Department to issue a report on early childhood education in daycare settings.

Extensive research has proven that children with access to high-quality early education have a major advantage over those who do not. Currently, early childhood education in New York State is provided in a number of settings, from day care centers to nursery schools to private homes to public schools. The guidelines and regulations governing these activities vary by setting and are overseen by either the Office of Children and Family Services or the New York State Education Department.

May 3, 2012
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5/01/12 - SENATOR SALAND SPEAKS ON THE RESOLUTION HONORING RYLYN SWIERZEWSKI AND BENJAMIN GRANT

Senator Saland speaks on the Resolution honoring Rylyn Swierzewski and Benjamin Grant upon the occasion of being selected the 2012 Girl and Boy of the year. 

May 3, 2012
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