Issues: Children

Bedbugs Ignored In Local School

Queens Gazette wrote about the bed bug infestation in P.S. 70.Children must be able to learn in an environment that is not hindered by bedbug infestations.

Parents and elected officials are furious at Astoria’s P.S. 70 for failing to notify them of a bedbug infestation that has been ignored since last winter.

An inspection was performed at the school in December, in which several bedbugs were found in one of the school’s closets with signs of breeding. No notification was given to the parents, students or teachers. Even Principal Donna Gellar was left in the dark; she was unaware an investigation took place to begin with.

September 7, 2011
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RITCHIE WANTS PUBLIC FORUM ON EEE

Infected St. Lawrence Co. Horse is Latest Incident of Disease That Claimed Child

State Senator Patty Ritchie is again calling on state officials for answers after a St. Lawrence County horse reportedly died from the same mosquito-borne illness that had claimed the life of a four-year-old Oswego County girl.

September 1, 2011
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Press Conference: Senator Montgomery to Announce Launch of EARLY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL INITIATIVE In Brooklyn

An announcement of the Early College High School Initiative will be made on Wednesday, September 14, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Long Island University Brooklyn Campus, Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts (located on Flatbush Avenue Between DeKalb Avenue and Willoughby Street).  

September 14, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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NYC Department of Education to Open Registration Centers Across the City This Week for New Students

The New York City Department of Education today announced that it will open 12 Student Registration Centers on Wednesday, August 31, to enroll new students for the opening of school. Procedures vary across the following categories of students: All new high school students or those re-entering the system after an absence—both general education and special education— should register at a Student Registration Center in their borough of residence. New or re-entering general education elementary and middle school students without a zoned school should also register at a Student Registration Center in their borough of residence.

August 30, 2011
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8/26/2011: Back To School Giveaway

NEW YORK STATE SENATOR SHIRLEY L. HUNTLEYIn Conjuction withLA BELLA VITA

PRESENTS

BACK TO SCHOOL GIVEAWAYANDPIZZA PARTY

Date: Friday, August 26, 2011

Time: 12 Noon - 4:00 PM

Location: La Bella Vita Ristorante and Catering   106-09 Rockaway Boulevard    Ozone Park, New York 11417

August 26, 2011
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Man Allegedly Fondles 7-Year-Old Girl’s Feet In Queens Library

A Queens minor was forcibly touched in a library. CBS 2 did a story on the incident and mentions legislation ISenator Gianaris is introducing, along with Assemblymember Simotas, which increases the penalty for those who forcibly touch minors.

Click on here to watch the video.

August 25, 2011
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Senator Kennedy to Introduce Legislation to Deliver Justice for Victims of Child Abuse

Legislation to fix gap in law that let North Tonawanda man off with light sentence after repeat child abuse

August 25, 2011
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Senator Gallivan Pressures Assembly Majority To Pass Laura Cummings' Law

In January of last year, Laura Cummings, a developmentally disabled young woman from North Collins, was tragically murdered by her mother. Subsequent information revealed that Laura had been sexually and physically abused by her mother and brother for years. Had New York State Child and Adult Protective Services been given the proper legal tools to conduct an appropriate investigation after several reports of abuse in the Cummings' home, Laura's death could have been prevented. Today I joined my colleagues from Western New York to demand the Assembly take action on this critical measure.

August 22, 2011
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8/20/2011: 5th Annual Family and Friends Day

News from New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: August 11, 2011Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | arodrigu@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

 **PRESS ADVISORY** 5th Annual Family & Friends Day Senator Shirley L. Huntley (D-Jamaica) will hold her 5th Annual Family and Friends Day at Roy Wilkins Park and everyone is invited to enjoy a day of games, rides, music, and food. Numerous city and state agencies, health care providers and other vendors will provide useful information and assist on various issues.

August 20, 2011
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Gov. Cuomo Signs Sen. Espaillat's Bill to Crackdown on Dangerous "Nutcracker" Alcoholic Drink

Today, State Senator Adriano Espaillat (D – Manhattan/Bronx) and Assemblyman Nelson Castro (D – Bronx) applauded Governor Cuomo for signing an important law that will protect minors from a dangerous alcohol beverage sold in parts of New York City. The law, sponsored by Senator Espaillat and Assemblyman Castro in the legislature, will crack down on the selling of sugary, colorful, and strong alcoholic drinks, often known as the “nutcracker.”

August 19, 2011
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Back to School Drive a Success!

Earlier this week, Senator Robach was joined by Town of Greece Councilman Andrew Conlon, and Jerry and Geri Spino to bring all of the donated school supplies and backpacks to the Greece Ecumenical Clothes Closet. Thank you to everyone who made this drive such a success. We collected dozens of backpacks and hundreds of notebooks, folders, pens, and pencils. This drive couldn't have been a success without your support. Best wishes to all the kids on a great 2011-2012 school year!

August 18, 2011
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August 19, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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August 12, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO ANNOUNCES LAW TO PROTECT CHILDREN FROM DANGEROUS SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS

            Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that Governor Andrew Cuomo recently signed a new law to help prevent violent felons and sexual predators from becoming school bus drivers. The law, which Senator Fuschillo supported in the Senate, will expand the list of convictions that disqualify individuals from being employed as a school bus driver.

August 17, 2011
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Rochester Hurricanes Youth Football Pizza Party

Senator Robach recently had an opportunity to visit with coaches and players from Rochester Hurricanes Youth Football during a pizza party at School #50. Thank you to Salvatore's Pizzeria for their assistance and support and the great pizza they provided for the coaches, players, and their families. Best wishes to everyone for a successful new season! For more on the Rochester Hurricanes Youth Football Program, follow them here, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rochester-Hurricanes-Football-Cheer-Progr....

August 17, 2011
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Back To School Giveaway

Please RSVP @ (718) 523-3069

August 26, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Caring and Sharing Child Care Center Opens

Senator Robach recently had the privilege to speak to, and visit with, kids at the grand opening of the Caring and Sharing Junior Academy on Webster Avenue in Rochester. Caring and Sharing has provided child care in Rochester for 12 years and recently expanded to include the junior academy. The center offers an experimental educational enrichment program to youth who are too old for traditional child care services.

August 16, 2011
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Ranzenhofer sponsors car seat safety check in Kenmore

Parents can get their child’s seat inspected for free

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer will sponsor a free car seat safety check on Saturday, August 27 from 10 a.m. to Noon at Kenmore West High School, 33 Highland Parkway in Kenmore.

“Every parent knows that installing a car seat can be difficult.  Certified technicians from local police agencies will be on hand to ensure your child’s car seat is safely and properly secured. Even if you think your child’s car seat is already properly installed, it never hurts to double-check,” said Senator Ranzenhofer. 

August 15, 2011
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Senator Serrano Encourages City to Implement Arts Education Blueprint

(New York, NY)- Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) today applauded the Panel for Education Policy's Arts Education Advisory Committee for developing a blueprint consisting of goals and recommendations to enhance arts education in New York City schools, and encouraged the City to carry out its implementation. 
 

In 2009 Senator Serrano sponsored legislation (S6106), which passed the Senate, to create an advisory committee to advise the Chancellor on arts education and to work to improve compliance with State arts education requirements. Despite the fact that the legislation did not pass the Assembly, in March, 2010, under the leadership of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, the City's Arts Education Advisory Committee was created. 
 

August 11, 2011
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