Issues: Children

Senator Montgomery Votes Down Senate Republican's Budget Resolution, Faults Proposal for Dismissing Juvenile Justice Reform

Dear Constituents and Juvenile Justice Advocates:

The Republican-controlled Senate and the Assembly have each submitted their budget bills, which accept and reject portions of the Governor’s recommended State spending plan for FY 2011-12.

While I was pleased by many of the funding restorations contained in the Senate’s budget resolution, I voted against the proposal because it hurts our children -- our young people who are on the road to ruin because we, as a State, are not acting responsibly to reform New York’s juvenile justice system.

March 16, 2011
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ADDABBO, MILLER PUSH PASSAGE OF SEX OFFENDER EMPLOYMENT ACT IN SENATE & ASSEMBLY

Bill Looks to Prevent Hiring Registered Sex Offenders Having Direct Contact with Children Under 16

March 15, 2011
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Fondos del Título XX Restaurado en Ley Presupuestaria del Senado

COMUNICADO DE PRENSA

14 de marzo de 2011

PARA PUBLICACIÓN INMEDIATA

March 14, 2011
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KLEIN VISITS WITH STUDENTS AND TEACHERS AT LAVELLE SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND

Senator Jeff Klein visited with students and teachers at Lavelle School for the Blind, one of three 4201 schools in the Bronx.

March 14, 2011
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KLEIN VISITS STUDENTS AND TEACHERS AT LAVELLE SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND

Senator Jeff Klein visited with students and teachers at Lavelle School for the Blind, one of three 4201 schools in the Bronx.

March 14, 2011
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KLEIN ATTENDS READ ALLIANCE PROGRAM COMPLETION CEREMONY AT P.S. 97

Senator Klein Presents Certificates to Students and Tutors 

BRONX, NY – State Senator Jeff Klein (D- Bronx/ Westchester) and President of AT&T New York Hal Lenox attended the READ Alliance Program completion ceremony at P.S. 97 on Friday. A tutoring session was held prior to the ceremony where the children were tutored by students from St. Raymond’s, St. Catherine’s, Lehman and Truman High Schools. During the ceremony, Klein and READ Alliance President Yvonne Petrasovits presented students and tutors with certificates of achievement for their hard work.

March 14, 2011
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KLEIN HONORS NYACCE 2011 STUDENT OF THE YEAR HONOREE EDGAR ALONSO WITH A CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT

Senator Jeff Klein presents NYACCE 2011 Student of the Year Honoree Edgar Alonso of Yonkers CSD with a certificate of achievement. Pictured is Senator Klein with Edgar Alonso and his proud family.

March 14, 2011
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KLEIN RALLIES TO SAVE FUNDING FOR 4201 SCHOOLS IN NEW YORK

Senator Klein Fights To Help Save Money That Supports Deaf, Blind and Physically Disabled Schools

BRONX, NY –  State Senator Jeff Klein (D- Bronx/ Westchester) joined concerned students, parents and educators during an Albany rally to save the funding for schools that serve deaf, blind and physically disabled students. 

The Bronx  is home to three of these schools otherwise known as 4201 schools -  Lavelle School for the Blind, St. Joseph’s School for the Deaf and New York Institute for Special Education.

March 10, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Children and Families Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Children and Families Senator Diane Savino, Chair 1:00 PM, Monday, March 14, 2011 Room 123 CAP

March 14, 1:00 PM - 1:09 PM
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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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