Issues: Children

September 2013 Newsletter – Back to School

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September 17, 2013
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Portable Cribs Available for Families in Need

New York State is offering portable cribs, also known as playards or playpens, for families in need. In keeping with the continued efforts to promote safe sleep practices for infants, the Office of Children and Families Services (OCFS) will purchase 2,142 GRACO Pack ‘n Play portable playards that will be made available to counties and community-based programs, benefitting families without the resources to obtain safe sleep furniture for children in their care.

September 9, 2013
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Dads Take Your Child to School Day is Tuesday, Sept. 17 -- Encourage your child's school to get involved!

The Office of Children and Family Services and the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance have worked together for the last several years to encourage and support the development of a statewide focus on responsible fatherhood. As part of New York State’s commitment to promote responsible fatherhood, one day in September has been set aside for fathers and father-figures to take their children to school as a way of becoming more involved in their child’s education throughout the year.

August 27, 2013
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New Initiative to Transform Schools In Distressed Communities Into Hubs for Children and Family Services Providers

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today launched the NYS Community Schools initiative, a new statewide program he announced in the 2013 State of the State address that will transform schools in distressed communities into hubs for a wide range of support services for children and their families including health care, counseling, nutrition and job preparation services.

Under NYS Community Schools, approximately 30 schools will be selected in the first round to receive grants of up to $500,000 each over three years. These grants will go toward building strong community partnerships that deliver critical academic, health, extra-curricular and social services primarily in the school building.

August 26, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO & COUNTY EXECUTIVE MANGANO TO SPONSOR KIDPIX CHILD ID PROGRAM IN BELLMORE

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) and Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano will be sponsoring a free KidPix photo ID program in Bellmore. The program will be held on Thursday, September 19th from 10 am to 12:30 pm at the Bellmore Library (2288 Bedford Avenue, Bellmore). 

August 26, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO & STATE POLICE SPONSOR FREE CHILD SAFETY SEAT CHECK IN LINDENHURST

     Photo caption: Senator Fuschillo (left) is pictured with State Trooper Brian Horgan (right) and Madison Harris, who was having her car seat inspected as part of the free child safety seat check program. 

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) and the New York State Police recently sponsored a free child safety seat check program at Babylon Town Hall in Lindenhurst. 

August 17, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO & NEW YORK COALITION FOR TRANSPORTATION SAFETY SPONSOR KIDS BIKE SAFETY RODEO

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) and the New York Coalition for Transportation Safety recently sponsored a kids bike safety rodeo for families at Cedar Creek Park in Seaford. 

     “It’s important that children know how to be safe when riding their bikes, especially with the growing number of cars on the roads today,” said Senator Fuschillo, Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee. “This program taught children safety tips to use while riding their bikes, as well as provided free equipment checks to make sure they are as safe as possible. I thank the New York Coalition for Transportation Safety for partnering with me to perform this important service.”

August 15, 2013
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Kidpix child ID program- Bellmore

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) and Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano will be sponsoring a free KidPix photo ID program in Bellmore. The program will be held on Thursday, September 19th from 10 am to 12:30 pm at the Bellmore Library (2288 Bedford Avenue, Bellmore). 

September 19, 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO & COUNTY EXECUTIVE MANGANO SPONSOR FREE KIDPIX PHOTO ID PROGRAM IN MASSAPEQUA PARK

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) and Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano recently sponsored a free KidPix photo ID program in Massapequa Park. 

     Families who participated in the program received a free, wallet sized kidpix card with their child’s name, physical description, contact information, fingerprint, and photograph. In the event that a child goes missing, parents can give the KidPix card to law enforcement as a helpful tool to help return the child home more quickly.

August 7, 2013
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NYS Department of Health's 50 Years of Vital Newborn Screening Press Conference

Senator Bill Larkin had the privilege of speaking at the NYS Department of Health’s 50 Years of Vital Newborn Screening press conference held in Albany.  His legislation, recently signed into law by Governor Cuomo, requiring newborns to be screened for Congenital Heart Defects will now be included as one of the 46 tests required by New York State.

August 6, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO & STATE POLICE TO SPONSOR FREE CHILD SAFETY SEAT CHECK IN LINDENHURST

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that he will be partnering with the New York State Police to sponsor a free child safety seat check on Saturday, August 17th in Lindenhurst.

     The free child seat safety check will be held from 9 am to 1 pm at Babylon Town Hall, located at 200 East Sunrise Highway in Lindenhurst. Officers from the New York State Police will be performing free safety seat inspections to make sure that drivers have their children’s car seats properly installed and secured.

August 2, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO ANNOUNCES NEW LAW TO REQUIRE CONGENITAL HEART DEFECT SCREENINGS FOR NEWBORNS

Congenital Heart Defects are the Leading Cause of Infant Death Due to Birth Defects

          Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently announced that legislation he supported that that will require birthing facilities such as general hospitals and clinics to screen newborns for congenital heart defects through pulse oximetry screening, also known as “pulse ox,” has been signed into law by Governor Cuomo.

August 2, 2013
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Car Seat Safety Check

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced today that he will be partnering with the New York State Police to sponsor a free child safety seat check on Saturday, August 17th in Lindenhurst.

     The free car seat safety check will be held from 9 am to 1 pm at Babylon Town Hall, located at 200 East Sunrise Highway in Lindenhurst. Officers from the New York State Police will be performing free safety seat inspections to make sure that drivers have their children’s car seats properly installed and secured.

August 17, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Governor Cuomo Signs Jay-J's Law, which Senator Kennedy Authored to Toughen Penalties for Child Abusers

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation Monday enacting Jay-J’s Law, which allows for tougher penalties against offenders who have been convicted of repeatedly abusing a child. Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, first authored the bill in late 2011, and since then, he has worked closely with Jay-J's family, the Retzer's, to push for final passage of the bill. 

“Assaulting a child is a heinous crime that must be met with the strictest of punishments,” Governor Cuomo said. “By enacting Jay-J’s Law we are taking a step forward in safeguarding children across New York State, and immediately ensuring that repeat offenders are met with heightened penalties that match the seriousness of their actions.”

August 1, 2013
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Kennedy Urges Governor to Sign Jay-J’s Law

With Governor’s signature, Jay-J’s bill will officially become Jay-J’s Law.

The bill has been delivered to the Governor; under state law he now has until the end of the month to sign it.

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy is urging Governor Cuomo to sign Jay-J’s Law – which the State Legislature approved last month. The bill has been delivered to the Governor, and it is now waiting for his signature to become law. The Governor has 10 days – not counting Sundays – from July 19, the day the bill was delivered, to sign it into law, giving him until the end of the month.

July 27, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO & NEW YORK COALITION FOR TRANSPORTATION SAFETY TO SPONSOR KIDS BIKE SAFETY RODEOS

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) and the New York Coalition for Transportation Safety will be sponsoring two kids bike safety rodeos for families.

     The programs will take place on:

     • Wednesday, August 14th

        11 am- 2 pm

        Cedar Creek Park (parking field 3)

        3340 Merrick Road, Seaford

        (rain date August 15th)

 

July 25, 2013
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Kids Bike Safety Rodeo- Amityville

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) and the New York Coalition for Transportation Safety will be sponsoring two kids bike safety rodeos for families.

     The programs will take place on:

     • Wednesday, August 14th

        11 am- 2 pm

        Cedar Creek Park (parking field 3)

        3340 Merrick Road, Seaford

        (rain date August 15th)

      • Tuesday, August 20th

        11 am – 2 pm

        Park Avenue Elementary School

August 20, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Kids Bike Safety Rodeo- Seaford

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) and the New York Coalition for Transportation Safety will be sponsoring two kids bike safety rodeos for families.

     The programs will take place on:

     • Wednesday, August 14th

        11 am- 2 pm

        Cedar Creek Park (parking field 3)

        3340 Merrick Road, Seaford

        (rain date August 15th)

 

     •   Tuesday, August 20th

          11 am – 2 pm

          Park Avenue Elementary School

          140 Park Avenue, Amityville

August 14, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO & COUNTY EXECUTIVE MANGANO SPONSOR FREE KIDPIX PHOTO ID PROGRAM IN WANTAGH

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) and Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano recently sponsored a free KidPix photo ID program in Wantagh. 

     Families who participated in the program received a free, wallet sized kidpix card with their child’s name, physical description, contact information, fingerprint, and photograph. In the event that a child goes missing, parents can give the KidPix card to law enforcement as a helpful tool to help return the child home more quickly.

July 24, 2013
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SENATOR SKELOS, SENATOR FUSCHILLO, AND COUNTY EXECUTIVE MANGANO TO SPONSOR KIDPIX PHOTO ID PROGRAM AT BALDWIN LIBRARY

     Senator Dean G. Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), and Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano will be sponsoring a free KidPix photo ID program in Baldwin. The program will be held on Tuesday, August 6th from 1-3 pm at the Baldwin Library.

     The KidPix program gives parents a convenient way to keep their children’s important information on a single, wallet sized ID card. The KidPix card includes the child’s name, physical description, contact information, and photograph. The child’s fingerprint is also included on the back of the card. In the event that a child goes missing, parents can give the KidPix card to law enforcement as a helpful tool to help return the child home more quickly.

July 22, 2013
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