Issues: Children

140 Yeshivas Attend Felder’s Transportation Workshop

Over 140 school administrators and transportation coordinators from across the five boroughs packed into Ateres Chaya Hall in Borough Park on Wednesday, June 26, to attend a workshop hosted by Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) about the new changes to the school bus transportation law. Each attendee received a packet from Senator Felder containing valuable information designed to help administrators navigate the new changes.

This past March, the New York State Legislature passed Senator Felder’s historic legislation that provides an increased level of safety and protection for grade school children in the City of New York. Starting in the 2013-2014 school year, any public, private or parochial school that holds academic classes from 9:30 A.M. or earlier to 4:00 P.M. or later, is now eligible to receive enhanced transportation services, with pick up and drop off within one block of a child’s home. An allocation of $12 million has been earmarked for this program.

July 1, 2013
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Senator O'Brien fixes loophole in sex offender registry

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Last week, Senator Ted O'Brien’s bill making it a felony for a convicted sex offender to provide a false address or other identifying information to law enforcement for the sex offender registry was passed. The bill received unanimous support in the New York State Senate.

June 28, 2013
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KidPix Child Photo ID Program- Massapequa

 Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) and Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano will be sponsoring a free KidPix photo ID program in Wantagh.  The program will be held on Wednesday, August 7th from 12 pm to 3 pm at the Massapeua Library (40 Harbor Lane, Massapeua Park).

August 7, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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KidPix Child Photo ID Program- Baldwin

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) and Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano will be sponsoring a free KidPix photo ID program in Wantagh.  The program will be held on Tuesday, August 6th from 1 pm to 3 pm at the Baldwin Library (2385 Grand Avenue, Baldwin).

August 6, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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GALLIVAN ANNOUNCES FUNDING RESTORATIONS TO DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED SUPPORT PROGRAMS

ALBANY – Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, 59th District) announced that the New York State Senate reached an agreement today with the State Assembly and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to restore $90 million in cuts to not-for-profit support services and programs for the state’s developmentally disabled.

During this year’s budget process, Senator Gallivan and the State Senate were successfully able to restore a substantial portion of the initially proposed cuts, but significant reductions remained that threatened the welfare and stability of many individuals and families.

June 18, 2013
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FELDER: “WE FOUGHT THE GOOD FIGHT AND WE WON!”

Legislation (S4777D) co-sponsored by Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) that protects providers of services for the developmentally disabled from state funding cuts passed the New York State Senate today. The bill was sponsored by Senator Marty Golden (R-C, Brooklyn). The legislation would appropriate up to $90 million, or as much as is needed, to the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) to protect providers from funding reductions if recommended savings measures fall short of projections.

“We fought the good fight and we won,” said Senator Felder. “We did not back down. We did not take no for an answer. And we delivered for one of our most vulnerable populations. Restoring this funding was unequivocally the right thing to do, and I am extremely proud to have been part of this effort.”

June 17, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill that Requires Life-Saving Screenings on Newborns

I was pleased to co-sponsor S.270, legislation that requires facilities to perform pulse oximetry screenings on newborns, and even more pleased to meet a family who directly benefited from this test. Jacob Thomas was born April 10, 2012 and appeared to be a healthy newborn. Two days later, his skin turned bluish. A nurse performed a pulse oximetry test on Jacob and learned that his blood-oxygen level was dangerously low. He was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect, which is a common birth defect.

June 13, 2013
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SENATE GIVES FINAL PASSAGE TO BILL TO TEST NEWBORNS FOR CONGENITAL HEART DEFECTS THROUGH PULSE OXIMETRY SCREENING

The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to a bill that would require all birthing facilities to screen newborn babies for congenital heart defects (CHDs) through a process called pulse oximetry screening. The bill (S.270B), sponsored by Senator William Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson), will save lives through earlier detection of possible heart defects.

“Pulse oximetry screenings are painless, and take one minute to perform,” said Senator Larkin. “By performing this simple test, doctors can take the appropriate and necessary steps to ensure that newborns get the care they need, should they have heart defects. Simply, this measure will save lives.”

June 12, 2013
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Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein, Sen. Diane Savino Announce Legislation Preventing the Exploitation and Abuse of Child Models in New York - Supermodel Coco Rocha, child models and victims join call for full protection of child models under existing laws

Today, Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein and State Senate Labor Committee Chairwoman Diane Savino joined supermodel Coco Rocha, former child models and victims to announce legislation that will protect child models from exploitation and abuse. These abuses--and the shortfalls in New York's child labor laws-- are detailed in a report prepared by the Independent Democratic Conference, also released today. 

 

June 9, 2013
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Senator Peralta Invites All Children To Join His Summer Reading Program

Senator Jose Peralta is inviting all students in kindergarten through eighth grade to participate in the New York State Senate's Summer Reading Program.  This program is aimed at assisting children keep their reading skills honed and minds sharp during their time away from school.

With the end of the school year in sight, many students are anxiously awaiting the summer months. To keep school age children in the mindset of learning, the New York State Senate, in conjunction with the New York State Library, offers the Summer Reading Program to students across the State.

Participating students will use an online journal to keep track of their reading progress throughout the summer. Children who submit a completed journal will receive a Summer Reading Certificate. To have the children register, please visit www.nyread.com.

June 7, 2013
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KidPix Photo ID Program- Farmingdale

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) and Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano will be sponsoring a free KidPix photo ID program in Farmingdale.  The program will be held on Thursday, June 13th from 12 pm to 3 pm at the Farmingdale Library (116 Merritts Road, Farmingdale). 

June 13, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO AND COUNTY EXECUTIVE MANGANO TO SPONSOR KIDPIX PHOTO ID PROGRAM AT FARMINGDALE LIBRARY

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) and Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano will be sponsoring a free KidPix photo ID program in Farmingdale.  The program will be held on Thursday, June 13th from 12 pm to 3 pm at the Farmingdale Library (116 Merritts Road, Farmingdale). 

June 4, 2013
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KidPix Photo ID Program- Wantagh

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) and Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano will be sponsoring a free KidPix photo ID program in Wantagh.  The program will be held on Monday, July 22nd from 3:30 pm to 6 pm at the Wantagh Library (3285 Park Avenue, Wantagh).

July 22, 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
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KidPix Program- North Merrick

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) and Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano will be sponsoring a free KidPix photo ID program in North Merrick.  The program will be held on Thursday, June 20th from 3 pm to 6 pm at the North Merrick Library (1691 Meadowbrook Road, North Merrick).

June 20, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO AND COUNTY EXECUTIVE MANGANO TO SPONSOR KIDPIX PHOTO ID PROGRAM AT NORTH MERRICK LIBRARY

 

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) and Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano will be sponsoring a free KidPix photo ID program in North Merrick.  The program will be held on Thursday, June 20th from 3 pm to 6 pm at the North Merrick Library (1691 Meadowbrook Road, North Merrick).

June 3, 2013
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Senator Boyle Congratulates Earth Day Poster Contest Winner

Fire Island School District Fifth Grader Takes 1st PlaceBabylon, NY - Senator Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore) recently congratulated Fiona Crowe, 1st place winner of the NY State Senate Earth Day Poster Contest for the 4th Senate District.  Fiona is a 5th grader from the Fire Island School District.  Her winning artwork for the poster contest is entitled “Save Our Earth, Don’t Trash It.”

June 1, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Children and Families Meeitng

Senate Standing Committee on Children and Families Senator Simcha Felder, Chair 1:30 PM, Monday, June 3, 2013 Room 944 LOB

June 3, 1:30 PM - 1:37 PM
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New York State IDC Day Care Report

The IDC released a new, investigative report today revealing the lackluster state of day care centers across New York. In preparing the report, the IDC examined on-site inspection reports of over 1,500 day care centers statewide.

The inspections, which are regularly conducted by the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), revealed that hundreds of day care centers across New York have accrued multiple violations over the past 24 months, with little or no enforcement by OCFS.

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The IDC released a new, investigative report today revealing the lackluster state of day care centers across New York. In prepar

May 30, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill Creating "Deadbeat Parents Most Wanted List"

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that creates a “deadbeat parents most wanted list” of financially-delinquent parents who are substantially late or behind on child support payments. The bill (S.4114), sponsored by Senator Martin Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), is intended to locate parents who owe more than $10,000 in child support payments.

May 30, 2013
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