Issues: Children

Greece Athena Middle School Director Honored Before Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

On Friday, March 4th, Greece Athena Middle School opened up its production of 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'. Prior to the first show of the weekend, Senator Robach presented a certificate to Artistic Director Carl Wager. Wager is retiring after a 39-year career of a teacher and director. 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' continues Friday March 11th at 7:30 and Saturday March 12th at 2:00 and 7:30 at the Greece Athena Performing Arts Center.

March 9, 2011
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3/9/2011: Mental Health Matters Advocacy Day

Speakers included Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, Chair on Mental Hygiene, Senator Roy McDonald, Chair of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, Senator Shirley L. Huntley, Ranking Member on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, Assemblyman, Jeffrey Dinowitz Chair of Aging and Mental Health Commissioner Michael Hogan. Also, we will hear from other leading experts discussing significant mental health issues.

We will also have the wonderful mix of MHA members dedicated to community based mental health services, our grassroots colleagues from AFSP, our colleagues in the community as well as several high school students whose schools have been directly impacted by suicide completion.

Issues we will discuss include:

March 9, 2011
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The Truth About Genocide

For Immediate Release

February 23, 2011

The Truth about Genocideby New York State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz

February 23, 2011
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Pointed questions to the OCFS Commissioner about the Renee Greco case

From a NYS Senate Budget hearing in Albany on February 16, 2011.

February 17, 2011
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Senator Krueger Discusses: Fears About How the City’s Budget Will Affect Child Care

By Liz Harris

On Thursday, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg will unveil New York City’s preliminary budget for the next fiscal year. On Wednesday, if you listen very closely, you can hear people throughout the city holding their breath, bracing for deep cuts.

One very nervous group represents advocates and others who work in the child care industry serving poor and low-income women.

With the city budget ax expected to fall on a variety of programs, advocates and child care providers say information that has dribbled out of City Hall makes them fearful that as many as 16,000 of the 100,000 city-subsidized slots could disappear.

February 16, 2011
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR RUTH HASSELL-THOMPSON ON MAYOR BLOOMBERG

Chairwoman of the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus

“Mayor Bloomberg claims activist parents were disrespecting him simply because they questioned his continued unilateral control of the public schools. The mayor’s irresponsible commentary fails to truly address the concerns articulated by parents and students.

“It is particularly ironic to hear the mayor’s complaints of disrespect after Cathie Black proposed population control as a means to reduce overcrowding, and reportedly sat through important meetings focused on her blackberry, not the content of the conversations.

February 16, 2011
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Senate Moves to Protect Child Witnesses in Trial

On February 8, 2011, the New York State Senate unanimously passed legislation (Senate Bill 1433) which will allow children to testify via closed circuit television in murder and attempted murder cases. 

February 15, 2011
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Advocates for Juvenile Justice Reform

Youth from the Center for Community Alternatives join with Senator Montgomery and Senator Perkins in announcing the Senate Democratic Conference's proposal for juvenile justice reform.

February 9, 2011
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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 25, 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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