Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today unveiled his 2012-13 Executive Budget and Reform Plan, which expands on the historic reforms enacted last year to continue building a New New York. As a result of the tough decisions and bipartisan cooperation of the past year, the State is able to close the current deficit without broad cuts, new taxes, fees or gimmicks. In addition, the Governor’s Executive Budget proposes major reforms to reduce the cost of government for taxpayers, implements accountability in our schools to put students first, and puts the State in a position to leverage billions of dollars in private sector investment to grow the economy and create jobs.
The Queens Gazette wrote an article drawing attention to a School Construction Authority (SCA) budget ammendment proposal, which reduces construction funding for schools in desperate need of assistance. Senator Michael Gianaris, along with parents and other elected officials, urges the SCA to include these schools back in the capital plan in order to ensure that the needs of the children are satisfied.
While supporting needs throughout District 30, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, Assemblymember Catherine Nolan and state Senator Michael Gianaris spoke in support of two especially beleaguered schools: P.S. 2, Jackson Heights and P.S. 11, Long Island City.
The New York Daily News article investigates a school gym repair delay that has deprived students at Public School 234 of physical exercise. Senator Gianaris speaks out against the delay, stating that physical exercise is an educational requirement.
While a Queens elementary school waits for the city to fix its gym, the phys ed program consists of jumping jacks in the classroom and movies in the auditorium.
A city Education Department official said work on the the gym at Public School 234 in Astoria is expected to begin over the winter break and should be completed within the next three months. The facility was damaged by April storms.
Following months of consultation with prosecutors, advocates and students, Senator Jeffrey D. Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and his fellow members of the Independent Democratic Conference introduced legislation to crack down on cyberbullying in New York State.
The bill (S.6132) updates New York's stalking and harassment laws to cover electronic bullying. Additionally, it allows for criminal prosecution of particular cyberbullying incidents under New York's hate crime statutes.
Mas de Mil niños asistieron a la celebracion de la visita de Los Tres Reyes Magos en el condado del Bronx; este pasado Sabado 7 de Enero.
El Auditorio de la escuela publica #5 se lleno a capacidad mientras los niños que alli estaban recibian sus juguetes, afuera habia una fila de niños que con sus padres esperaban pacientemente para volver a llenar el auditorio para la segunda tanda.
Esta fue una actividad espectacular donde miembros de la prensa y periodistas cooperaron muy desinteresadamente y se esforzaron para hacer un niño feliz.
NEW YORK, NY - The Independent Democratic Conference released its 2012 legislative agenda Thursday aimed at strengthening this state's economy, improving the lives of New York residents, and preserving New York's progressive tradition.
The agenda was released on the anniversary of the IDC's formation and after a successful year that saw many of the conference's 2011 priorities made into law.
The Police Benevolent Association President, Pat Lynch, will join New York State Senator Ruben Diaz along with Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., Assemblyman Marcos Crespo, Ambassador J.C. Kao from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York, the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization, HealthPlus and WellCare on Saturday, January 7, 2011 at 12:00 p.m. to celebrate the visit of Three Kings Day for the Children of the south Bronx at PS 5 (located at 564 Jackson Avenue on the corner 149th Street) in the Bronx.
Bronx, NY- On Saturday, January 7th, State Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz along with Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr., Assemblyman Marcos Crespo, The New York Hispanic Clergy Organization and other elected officials, will come together to provide the children of our community a Three Kings Day Celebration. The first 500 children between the ages 1- 9 years old, will receive a toy and a book bag. “There will also be live music and entertainment for the children,” stated Senator Díaz.
Bronx, NY- El Senador Rev. Rubén Díaz junto al Presidente del Condado del Bronx, Rubén Díaz Jr., el Asambleísta Marcos Crespo, La Organización de Ministros Hispanos de New York y otros oficiales electos se reunirán el Sabado 7 de enero para celebrar la visita de los Tres Reyes Magos con los niños de la comunidad. Los primeros 500 niños entre las edades de uno (1) a nueve (9) años de edad recibirán regalos completamente gratis. Habrán juguetes y mochilas para los niños. “Tambien habrá música y entretenimiento en vivo para los niños,” comentó el Senador Díaz
Con la visita de los Tres Reyes Magos Gaspar, Melchor y Baltazar termina la celebración de las fiestas Navideñas, aunque en Puerto Rico y otros lugares de Sur y Centro America, extienden las fiestas hasta las Octavitas.
Nosotros los de Centro y Sur America, cuando llegamos a Norte America; nos encontramos con Santa Claus y otras culturas que tienden a opacar las ricas y bellas tradiciones de nuestro pais.
Our Toy Drive was a great success! Toys were given to children at Kings County Hospital and additional toys were donated to their Pediatrics ICU. Furthermore, Senator Adams, along with District Leaders Olanike Alabi, Jesse Hamilton, Shirley Patterson and Robert Cornegy, hosted a Christmas Toy Giveaway at Play Kids, a new toy store located in the 20th Senatorial District in Brooklyn. Children ages of 2 thru 10 years happily received a gift for the holiday season.
Bronx,NY- El Senador Rev. Rubén Díaz junto al Presidente del Condado del Bronx, Rubén Díaz Jr., el Asambleísta Marcos Crespo, La Organización de Ministros Hispanos de New York y otros oficiales electos se reunirán el Sabado 7 de enero para celebrar la visita de los Tres Reyes Magos con los niños de la comunidad.
Los primeros 500 niños entre las edades de uno (1) a nueve (9) años de edad recibirán regalos completamente gratis. Habrán juguetes y mochilas con materiales escolares para los niños que regresan a las escuelas. “Tambien habrá música y entretenimiento en vivo para los niños,” comentó el Senador Díaz
Senator Adams, in partnership with District Leaders Jesse Hamilton, Shirley Patterson, Robert Cornegy, Olanike Alabi and Walter Mosley, hosted a Karaoke Toy Drive at 2 Steps Down. The event was a great success – guests donated many toys that were given to children at Kings County Hospital and donated to the Pediatrics ICU, and a fun evening was had by all.
New York City Charter School Center, through a partnership with Senator Klein, Assemblyman Scarborough, Senator Adams and Kaitlin Monte, Miss New York 2011, administered a survey, “Click, Comment and Create Change,” to 3rd- and 4th-graders at the New Beginnings Charter School in Bedford-Stuyvesant. The answers to the survey will be used to gather data that will help form the legislation to crack down on the problem of online bullying. Senator Adams and Senator Klein spoke to a group of 8- to 10-year-olds about the problems of excessive online chatter and the role they can play as young leaders in advising their peers about proper cyber etiquette.
Senator John A. DeFrancisco visited with organizers, volunteers and recipients of the 2011 Christmas Bureau Distribution on Thursday, December 22nd, at the OnCenter. The Syracuse-area Salvation Army's annual Christmas Bureau Distribution provides local families in need with toys and food baskets for the holiday.