Issues: Children

Annual Astoria Toy Drive

The Queens Gazette reported on the Annual Astoria Toy Drive where more than 200 children showed up to meet Santa Claus in addition to enjoying other festivities like karaoke, a magician and delicious cheeseburgers. Senator Gianaris attended this annual event to participate in the holiday festivities. 

The 114th Precinct and 114th Community Council held its annual Christmas party and toy giveaway on December 3 at Riccardo’s by the Bridge in Astoria. More than 200 neighborhood children came to meet Santa Claus at the joyous event that also featured karaoke, a magician and McDonald’s cheeseburgers.

December 8, 2011
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Community Comes Together to Help Family of Teens with Cerebral Palsy

Event held to celebrate renovation work being done to serve the needs of Depew family. DEPEW, N.Y. – Twin sisters Amber and Ashley Geary know what it’s like to overcome great adversity. Since birth, both girls have lived with cerebral palsy – a debilitating disease that has forced them to endure struggles, but has failed to deter their spirits.

December 7, 2011
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11/29/2011: Children & Families/Social Service Public Hearing

Joint - Senate Standing Committee on Social ServicesChair: Senator Patrick M. Gallivanand Senate Standing Committee on Children and FamiliesChair: Senator Diane J. SavinoRoundtable: A Roundtable Discussion on the current and future issues and concerns of human services administrators, advocates and clientsPlace: Senate Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, 19th Floor, New York, New YorkTime: 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.

December 1, 2011
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Van Vicker Foundation Leadership Empowerment Conference

 

Senator Eric Adams was one of the keynote speakers at the 1st Annual Van Vicker Foundation Leadership Empowerment Conference.  He expounded on the the topic "Identifying Potentials and Developing Confidence", giving inspiring and motivating words of encouragement to all who attended.

 

November 29, 2011
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Seward Co-Sponsors "College Coaches & Professionals Reporting Act"

ONEONTA, 11/29/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced he is co-sponsoring legislation that will close a loophole in the state’s child abuse reporting requirements.  The “College Coaches and Professionals Reporting Act” adds college coaches, athletic directors, professors, graduate assistants, administrators and college presidents to the list of mandatory reporters of child abuse in New York.

November 29, 2011
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Queens Officials Unveil Tougher Crime Bill

NY1 also wrote on the elected officials' responses to the recent surge of crimes in Astoria, including Senator Gianaris' plans to protect small businesses and organizations from lawsuit should they need to be safe havens for residents who feel they are in danger.

NY1 VIDEO: At an Astoria rally on Thursday, elected officials revealed new crime-fighting legislation that will dole out harsher punishment for sex crimes and not have store owners be liable for injuries that happen while helping a victim seeking shelter.

Watch the full clip here.

November 29, 2011
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Crime wave in Astoria sparks call for new civilian patrols and block watchers

NY Daily News wrote on the recent efforts by Senator Gianaris and other elected officials to resond to the string of crime in Astoria. Senator Gianaris' bills to protect children from predators in addition to expanding the Good Samaritan Law to small businesses will combat these crimes and reduce the amount of danger in our streets.

A recent spate of gropings, car break-ins and purse snatchings is sparking calls for expanded civilian patrols and block watchers in Astoria.

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Vallone, along with state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) and Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria), rallied with local residents last week and unveiled a anti-crime plan that includes both legislation and civic activism.

November 29, 2011
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STAY INFORMED TO KEEP YOUR FAMILY SAFE

As part of my ongoing commitment to provide you with information that will help keep your home, family, business and community safe, I am pleased to let you know of a new program called NY-Alert. 

NY-Alert is a web-based, early warning program offered through the New York State All-Hazards Alert and Notification website.  The information posted here includes severe weather warnings, significant highway closures, hazardous materials spills, and many other emergency conditions.

November 28, 2011
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Get to Know Your Government Day at Franklin

On Monday, November 21st, I had the opportunity to be a part of Know Your Government Day at the Integrated Arts and Technology School at Franklin High School. I spoke with students on the legislative process and duties of me and my colleagues in the State Legislature, along with how they can have their voices heard in our community. Best wishes to all the students at Franklin on continued success this year!

November 22, 2011
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Public Hearing: Challenges facing the Childcare Community in New York State in 2011

Senate Standing Committee on Children and FamiliesChair:Senator Diane J. SavinoPublic Hearing: Challenges facing the Childcare Community in New York State in 2011Place: Senate Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, 19th Floor, New York, New YorkTime:10:00 A.M.Contact: Bryan Clenahan (518) 455-2437Media Contact: Bryan Clenahan (518) 455-2437

December 12, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Reading to Students at Hilton's Village Elementary School

On Tuesday, November 15th, Senator Robach had the opportunity to visit with second grade students at Hilton's Village Elementary School. To promote literacy and comprehension, Senator Robach read a book chosen by their teacher, Mrs. Root. The students also spoke about books that they are currently writing and what their favorite books are.

November 15, 2011
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SENATOR SALAND ANNOUNCES NEW FACEBOOK APP TRACKS SEX OFFENDERS

Program allows parents to quickly search surroundings for threats to children

State Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C – Poughkeepsie) today announced that the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) has launched a Sex Offender Locator application which is accessible via the New York State Public Safety Facebook page. The app makes it easier for parents who want to quickly look up information regarding Level 2 and Level 3 Sex Offenders within their immediate area.

November 15, 2011
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New Playground Opens at P.S. 9

PS 9 hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of its new playground.  What was once a bleak asphalt lot with only a basketball court and broken play gym is now a completely refurbished school yard with a number of brightly colored and stimulating play spaces, from tennis courts to climbing structures.  The playground was built in conjunction with Out2Play and supported by funding from Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, the Department of Education and the Brooklyn Nets Community Alliance.

November 15, 2011
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Forum/Town Hall: A Roundtable Discussion on the current and future issues and concerns of human services administrators, advocates and clients

Joint – Senate Standing Committee on Social Services Chair: Senator Patrick M. Gallivan and Senate Standing Committee on Children and Families Chair: Senator Diane J. Savino Roundtable: A Roundtable Discussion on the current and future issues and concerns of human services administrators, advocates and clients Place: Room 711-A, Legislative Office Building, Empire State Plaza, Albany, New York Time: 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. Contact: Roxanne Irwin (518) 455-3471

December 14, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Forum/Town Hall: A Roundtable Discussion on the current and future issues and concerns of human services administrators, advocates and clients

Joint – Senate Standing Committee on Social ServicesChair: Senator Patrick M. Gallivanand Senate Standing Committee on Children and FamiliesChair: Senator Diane J. SavinoRoundtable: A Roundtable Discussion on the current and future issues and concerns of human services administrators, advocates and clientsPlace: Room 711-A, Legislative Office Building, Empire State Plaza, Albany, New YorkTime: 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.Contact: Roxanne Irwin (518) 455-3471

December 14, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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SENATOR SALAND: NEW YORK STATE MUST EXTEND PROTECTIONS FOR MANDATORY REPORTING BILL ON CHILD ABUSE

Senator Steve Saland (R, I, C - Poughkeepsie), Chairman of the Senate Codes Committee and an author of  a number of child protection and domestic violence laws, announced that New York State must act on his legislation which requires suspected acts of abuse by a person in a position of authority to be reported immediately to law enforcement.

November 14, 2011
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Spooktacular Good Time

The Queens Gazette wrote about the19th annual Children’s Halloween Costume Party, sponsored by the United Community Civic Association (UCCA) and Central Lounge in Astoria Heights. Senator Gianaris, along with other elected officials, was there to celebrate Halloween with over 500 children, friends and parents.

Taking a break from the age-old custom of going doorto door trick or treating on Halloween night, more than 500 youngsters, parents and friends attended the 19th annual Children’s Halloween Costume Party, sponsored by the United Community Civic Association (UCCA) and Central Lounge in Astoria Heights. Central Lounge owner Nick Neocleous, a member of the UCCA board, provided the venue.

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November 3, 2011
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