Issues: Youth

SENATE PASSES BONACIC’S BILL TO PROMOTE EDUCATION IN HUNTING, FISHING, AND OUTDOOR EDUCATION IN HIGH SCHOOLS

(Albany, NY)- Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) is pleased to announce that his bill, Senate Bill S.4368 has passed the Senate. This bill would instruct the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to work the Board of Regents to develop an education program that local school districts could choose to utilize, relating to hunting, fishing and outdoor education as a means to present students in grades nine through twelve with information about outdoor recreation opportunities.

April 22, 2015
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Ribbon-cutting for LeFrak City’s newly refurbished West Courtyard

As reported by Times Ledger:

The first phase of renovations of the outdoor amenities at LeFrak City, in Corona, is complete just in time for spring.

Elected officials and community leaders joined Jamie LeFrak, the president of the 20-building complex, at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of the newly revamped West Courtyard April 7.

“Exciting changes are underway at LeFrak City, and this is just the tip of the iceberg,” LeFrak said. Within two years the ongoing multimillion-dollar capital improvement program will bring renovations to lobbies, mail rooms, facades, laundry rooms, elevators and garages, but for now the nearly 40,000-square-foot space is considered to be a milestone.

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April 21, 2015
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Senate to Celebrate Earth Week With a Package of Bills to Protect the Environment, Increase Green Jobs, and Boost Recreation

The New York State Senate will be celebrating Earth Week by acting upon an extensive package of 27 bills that would create new protections for natural resources, promote energy conservation, help create green jobs, and increase tourism through enhanced recreational opportunities. Senate Majority Leader Dean G.

April 20, 2015
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STATE SENATOR JEFF KLEIN ANNOUNCES $18,000 IN PROJECT BOOST FUNDS FOR COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE FOR MATH & SCIENCE

New Funding Boosts Local High School’s Enrichment Opportunities for Hundreds of Students

BRONX, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), joined by more than 100 school administrators, parents and students announced $18,000 in Project BOOST (Building Options and Opportunities for Students) funding for the Collegiate Institute for Math and Science on Wednesday, April 15th in the Bronx. The announcement came at the school’s annual spring art show.

April 16, 2015
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SENATOR JEFF KLEIN CELEBRATES OPENING DAY IN THE BRONX

Klein Marches With Hundreds of Little Leaguers in Pelham & Riverdale, Throws First Pitch at Ambrosini Field on City Island

BRONX, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), together with hundreds of little leaguers, local families, community members and elected officials, today celebrated opening day in the Bronx – touring little league parades in Pelham, Riverdale and on City Island. Klein marched along with children and families, cheered on youngsters in uniform and threw the first pitch at City Island’s home opener at Ambrosini Field.  

April 11, 2015
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Kennedy & Peoples-Stokes Push for Powdered Alcohol Ban, Call New Product Dangerous and Targeted Towards Teens

“Palcohol” is Easy: Easy to Hide, Easy to Sneak into School, Easy to Slip into Drinks. Should be Easy to Ban.

Bill Introduced In State Legislature Would Ban Sales of Powdered Alcohol

April 9, 2015
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SENATOR HOYLMAN SAYS WHITE HOUSE SUPPORT OF BAN ON LGBT “CONVERSION THERAPY” WILL PROVIDE NEW IMPETUS FOR STATE LEGISLATION

Hoylman: “New Yorkers should know where their senators stand on this important issue”

NEW YORK – State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan), who introduced S.0121 with cosponsor State Senator Michael Gianaris to ban "conversion therapy" in New York State, said: “I’m hopeful that the White House’s support of legislation to ban state-licensed ‘conversion therapy’ on LGBT youth will provide us in New York a renewed impetus to bring this bill to the Senate floor this year.

April 9, 2015
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SENATOR HOYLMAN HELPS DOUBLE NY STATE AID FOR HOMELESS KIDS

Campaign Launched in February Wins Additional $2.1 Million for Youth Shelters 

Senator Enlisted Support of Singer Miley Cyrus on Social Media

Hoylman: “New funding reverses years of cuts that have forced thousands of New York kids to sleep on the streets”

NEW YORK – Last night the New York State Legislature voted to include $4.5 million for homeless youth shelters in the 2015-16 budget, $2.1 million more than previous years and the first appreciable increase in funding for such shelters since 2008.

March 31, 2015
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Senator Hoylman Praises Inclusion of Increased Homeless Youth Shelter Funding in 2015 New York State Budget

 Allocation of $4.5 million in state budget marks first appreciable increase in homeless youth shelter funding since 2008

Hoylman: “Miley Cyrus’ advocacy on behalf of homeless kids is a perfect example of how star power can be used to help others”

NEW YORK - State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) said: “No kid should ever be turned away from a youth shelter due to overcrowding. That’s why I’m grateful to the Governor and the legislative leaders for including $4.5 million in the final budget agreement to help provide for new shelter beds. If approved, this will be the first appreciable increase in funding for homeless youth shelters since 2008 and help reverse years of cuts.

March 27, 2015
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Recognizing Kinship Caregivers

Today, I joined kinship caregivers and kinship advocates in announcing that September 2015 will be Kinship Care Month in New York. We are fortunate to live in a state that is among the leaders nationwide in recognizing kinship caregivers for stepping up to raise at-risk youth. I applaud all those who take the time to give New York's children the care, attention and love they need to become healthy adults.

March 24, 2015
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Senator Bonacic Discusses Wellness for Youth and Funding Priorities with Frost Valley YMCA Representatives

Senator Bonacic met this morning with two representatives from the Frost Valley YMCA. The representatives were in Albany as part of YMCA Advocacy Day. The discussion focused on wellness for youth and funding priorities. The Frost Valley YMCA is located in Claryville, NY, and is one of the premier outdoor camping, group retreat, and environmental education centers in our great state.

March 18, 2015
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KLEIN ANNOUNCES $50,000 IN HEALTHY EATING AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY FUNDING FOR BRONX YMCA AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM

New Program Promotes Health & Wellness for Hundreds of Bronx Students K-5

March 6, 2015
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DYCD Begins Accepting Applications for New York City's Summer Youth Employment Program - City Residents Ages 14-24 May Apply for Lottery Until Friday, April 10

The New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) Commissioner Bill Chong today announced that DYCD will accept applications for the 2015 Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) from Monday, March 2 through Friday, April 10, 2015. SYEP, the nation’s largest summer youth employment initiative, provides New York City young people between the ages of 14 and 24 with up to six weeks of entry-level experience at worksites in all five boroughs. Participants are selected by lottery for the program, which runs from July 6 through August 15.

March 2, 2015
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SENATOR KLEIN HONORED FOR LONG-TERM FINANCIAL SUPPORT & OUTSTANDING DEDICATION TO PRIMAVERA ITALIAN LANGUAGE PROGRAM

BRONX, NY - Celebrating the hard work and achievement of this year’s graduating class of Primavera Italian Language students, State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) was honored for his critical funding support and outstanding dedication to the language program at today’s graduation ceremony at the School of St. Benedict.

February 28, 2015
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Erie County Families Not Getting Their Fair Share – Kennedy Calls for Same Child Care Accessibility Offered in Rochester and Albany

Threshold to Qualify for Subsidies Would Rise, Providing Much Needed Relief For Families

With Help, Parents Would No Longer Have to Make Choice Between Job and Child Care 

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy (D-Buffalo) today announced a push for money in this year’s budget to be allocated for child care subsidies for families in Erie County with incomes of up to 275% of the federal poverty level. Currently, these subsidies are only provided to families within the county with incomes of up to 200% by the Department of Social Services. In a letter to Governor Cuomo, Kennedy asked for the state to set aside $2.5 million in the budget in order to expand its subsidy program into Erie County.

February 19, 2015
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SENATOR KLEIN HONORED BY JACOBI MEDICAL CENTER FOR INNOVATIVE STAND UP TO VIOLENCE PROGRAM

Special Recognition for Senator Klein in Establishing SUV Program in the Bronx

BRONX, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) was today honored for his outstanding commitment to and continued funding support for the Stand Up to Violence (SUV) Program at the 2015 North Bronx Healthcare Network Legislative Forum at Jacobi Medical Center.

February 13, 2015
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SENATOR BRAD HOYLMAN, EMPIRE STATE PRIDE AGENDA AND ADVOCATES LAUNCH #5000TooMany CAMPAIGN URGING RESTORATION OF FUNDING FOR HOMELESS YOUTH SHELTERS

Coalition Calls On New York State Legislature To Allocate $4.75 Million Toward Homeless Youth Shelters In FY 2015-16 Budget

Cites Data Showing Homeless Youth Shelter Funding Has Been Slashed 66 Percent Since 2008, Number Of Homeless Youth Getting Turned Away From Shelters Has Skyrocketed From 573 To 5,041

Hoylman: “It’s Unconscionable That Thousands Of New York Kids Struggle Each Year To Find A Safe Place To Sleep.”

February 12, 2015
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Senator Hoylman Lauds Court Decision Ruling "Conversion Therapy" a Fraud

Hoylman: "It’s time for New York State to protect our kids and families from this abusive scam"

New York, NY – State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) said: “Yesterday's decision by a New Jersey Superior Court that so-called ‘conversion therapy’ providers are perpetrating consumer fraud is yet another reason why it’s essential that New York State ban this completely discredited and harmful practice.

“Well-meaning parents of LGBT kids are being duped by quack therapists into spending tens of thousands of dollars to ‘cure’ kids who have nothing wrong with them. As the court found, the ‘therapy’ doesn’t work because being gay isn’t a disease or disorder, it’s perfectly natural.

February 11, 2015
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Schoharie County Youth Bureau Meets With Senator Seward

ALBANY, 02/10/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) today met at his Capitol office with members of the Schoharie County Youth Bureau.  

“Youth Bureau programs are cost effective and enhance the quality of life in our rural communities along with developing future leaders,” said Senator Seward.  “The preventive benefits these programs produce are immeasurable and the confidence they give the students involved is truly special.  I am proud that a legislative grant I secured a decade ago helped initiate the Schoharie County program and I will continue to advocate for continued state funding for this and other vital youth programs.” 

February 10, 2015
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