Issues: Children

Juvenile Justice Reform: A Call To Action

 

 

 

Facing a system in crisis and an economy on the brink of collapse, Senate Democrats joined with child advocates and clergy to announce their support for Gov. Cuomo’s plans to reform the broken juvenile justice system, and call on Senate Republicans to drop their political demands that stand in the way of needed reform. Led by Senator Velmanette Montgomery, ranking member on the Senate’s Children and Families Services Committee, Senate Democrats sought to build on proposals included in Gov. Cuomo’s 2011-12 Executive Budget by announcing additional policy initiatives to create greater oversight and cost savings for New York taxpayers.

 

February 9, 2011
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Senate Passes Legislation to Go After Child Sex-Abusers

Griffo-Sponsored Harsher Penalty Bill for Child Sex-Abusers Passes Senate

 (Albany) – State Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R-C-IP, Rome) reported that the New York State Senate today passed legislation to strengthen the penalties for those adults who are convicted of the sexual abuse of a child.

Senate bill 1882 amends current criminal provisions to allow for a person to be found guilty of sexual abuse in the 1st degree when the abuser is at least twenty-one years old and the victim is less than thirteen years old.

February 9, 2011
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IDC Discovers Spike in Overtime/ Worker's Comp Costs at Office of Children and Family Services

The Office of Children and Family Services has increased overtime costs and experienced a drastic spike in worker's compensation claims, according to a report released today by the Independent Democratic Conference.

These startling numbers come as the overall number of youths under OCFS supervision has actually decreased from 983 during this beginning of the 2009-2010 fiscal year, to roughly 700 currently.

January 26, 2011
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Maplewood YMCA Unveils Expansion, Renovations

On Monday, January 17th, the Maplewood YMCA held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the completion of renovations which totaled $5 million dollars, which added 16,000 square feet of space. Senator Robach made remarks prior to the ceremony, and helped cut the ribbon for the remodeled facility. For more information click here to visit the YMCA of Greater Rochester.

January 19, 2011
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Winter Wonderland Toy Drive

Senate President Malcolm A. Smith distributed toys to students at P.S. 253Q in Far Rockaway as part of his annual Winter Wonderland Toy Drive.

December 21, 2010
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WDKX Brings Christmas Downtown

On Saturday, December 18th, WDKX 103.9 FM brought Christmas downtown during its live broadcast from the Monroe County Office Building. During the broadcast, winter coats were given away to children in the Rochester area. Santa Claus and other guests also stopped by the broadcast to visit with those in attendance.

December 20, 2010
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Brookside Students Donate to Clothes Drive

On Friday, December 17th, students at Brookside Elementary School in Greece donated hats, mittens, and other winter articles of clothing to Senator Robach's "From One Closet to Another" Coats for Kids Clothes Drive. Senator Robach is pictured with fourth and fifth graders of the student council. Third graders were not able to attend this morning's event due to a field trip. Articles of clothing will be delivered to the Greece Ecumenical Clothes Closet next week. 

December 17, 2010
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December 22, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Senator Oppenheimer Asks New Yorkers to Remember Those in Need This Holiday Season

Celebrate the Holidays by Helping Others Stay Warm this Winter

As the days get shorter and the nights get colder, Senator Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) is urging families to open their hearts, closets, and attics to find donations that can help keep the homeless and needy warm and sheltered this winter.

December 2, 2010
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Senator Robach's "From One Closet to Another" Coats for Kids Clothes Drive

 

Happy Holidays! I am proud to announce my “From One Closet to Another” Coats for Kids Drive this holiday season. From now until December 17th, I will be collecting gently worn winter articles and will be donating them to the Greece Ecumenical Clothes Closet, who is in “great need” for winter coats, hats, gloves, mittens, and boots – all sizes in both boys and girls.

 

This is a great time to clean out your closet and provide gently worn articles to the less fortunate. If you have items you would like to donate, you can drop off clothing at either of the following locations:

 

Office of Senator Joseph E. Robach

2300 West Ridge Road

Rochester, NY 14626

Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

December 1, 2010
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Senator Robach Speaks with 3rd Graders at Buckman

On Friday, November 19th, Senator Robach spoke to 130 third graders at Buckman Elementary School in Greece. Students received a brochure containing facts about New York State, along with puzzles and games to help learn about the history of New York.

November 19, 2010
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Southwest Colts Pizza Party!

On Saturday, October 23rd, Senator Robach hosted a pizza party for the Southwest Colts football team and cheerleaders. Thank you to Salvatore's Pizzeria for the delivery of 35 sheet pizzas! For more information on the Southwest Colts, visit http://www.eteamz.com/southwestcolts/.

October 25, 2010
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Americans Fedding Americans sponsored by Senator Addabbo.

On Tuesday, October 19th NYS Senator Addabbo sponsored an event for people who are struggling due to the difficult economic times. Along with Feed the Children and Avon 1200 local residents were provided with one box of food, one box daily essentials and a box of Avon products. Over 40 volunteers and Mr. Met  help distribute the items.

October 20, 2010
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CHILDREN’S HEALTH BILL SIGNED INTO LAW

(Albany, NY) Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (35th District - D/WF) announced that the Child Health Plus and School Meals Enrollment Coordination Act (S4057B) has been signed into law by Governor David Paterson. This legislation, introduced by Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins will assist the approximately 220,000 children in New York State who are currently uninsured, but are eligible for Medicaid or Child Health Plus. Since the majority of children who are not participating in Child Health Plus are attending school and qualify for the Free and Reduced Price School Meals Program, this law coordinates the sharing of information to better serve our State's children.

October 13, 2010
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Senator Foley, Assemblyman Alessi, Legislator Browning Blast Veto of Sex Offender Legislation

Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point), Assemblyman Marc Alessi (D, I – Shoreham) and Legislator Kate Browning (WFP – Shirley) blasted Governor Paterson’s veto of important legislation that would have further protected our communities from sex offenders.

September 24, 2010
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