Issues: Youth

Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein, Council Member Andrew Cohen Announce $3 Million in Capital Grants for Renovation of Indian Field in Woodlawn

BRONX, NY – Surrounded by local families, community leaders and Little Leaguers, State Senate Coalition Co-Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and Council Member Andrew Cohen (D-Bronx) announced $3 million in capital grants secured 

July 30, 2014

Serrano Co-Sponsors "Dream Big: Bronx Youth Fair" in the South Bronx

(Bronx, NY) - Senator Serrano co-sponsored New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito's "Dream Big: Bronx Youth Fair" at St. Mary's Park. The event was also co-sponsored by Serrano's father, Congressman José E. Serrano and Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz, Jr. Parents, children, students and elected officials filled the park for a day of excitement, food, music, performances and activities.

July 29, 2014

Senator Valesky Commends Local Trauma Surgeon for Work with Violent Youth

Senator David J. Valesky and Assemblyman Sam Roberts presented Upstate University Hospital trauma surgeon Dr. Fahd Ali with a proclamation on July 24 commending him for his efforts to reduce violence among Syracuse youth. Dr. Ali shows young inmates a graphic presentation on the realities of what happens when a person is shot or stabbed.

July 24, 2014

Senator Bonacic Honors Four New Eagle Scouts

Senator Bonacic presented NYS Senate Proclamations to new Eagle Scouts (l to r) Robert Matuszewski, III; Ben Grawi; Neil Penwarden; and Matthew Matuszewski from the Village of Florida's Boy Scout Troop 44 at their ceremony on Sunday, July 20, 2014.  Their Eagle Scout projects included the building of benches and picnic tables for Florida’s Walter Sturr Park and Glenmere Park, as well as cleaning up Glenmere’s talking trail, and  adding mile markers and a trail map.    

July 21, 2014

RHYBL International Games 2014!

I helped the Rochester Hispanic Youth Baseball League open the International Games at a ceremony over the weekend. This tournament gave teams from RHYBL and the Charlotte Youth Athletic Association the opportunity to compete against teams from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. RHYBL is more than just a youth baseball league, they teach their players about commitment and respect, on the baseball diamond and in the classroom. Way to go RHYBL!

July 14, 2014

Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein and Top Chef Host Padma Lakshmi Announce $250,000 in Funding to Expand Education Campaign on Endometriosis

BRONX, NY – State Senate Coalition Co-Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and Top Chef Host and Co-founder of the Endometriosis Foundation of America (EFA) Padma Lakshmi announced $250,000 in funding secured by Senator Klein to support an education campaign aimed at raising awareness around endometriosis, a painful, and often undiagnosed disorder

June 30, 2014

Legislative Notebook: State Initiatives of Interest to Veterans

Here is a partial listing of bills I have supported this session to aid New York’s former servicemen and servicewomen. These initiatives will now go to Governor Cuomo for final action.

-- Legislation I co-sponsored was passed by both houses (S.7839, first introduced as S.4714)) to extend the Military Service Credit Law of 2000 to all veterans who have served in the military. Right now, public employees who served in the armed forces may purchase up to three years of pension credit only if their military service occurred during specified conflicts. This measure will expand this opportunity to public employee veterans who also served their country in peacetime.

June 26, 2014

Klein/Nolan Legislation Protecting Existing School Playground Space Passes State Senate and Assembly

ALBANY, NY – Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan (D-Queens) celebrated passage of legislation that would protect existing school playground space in New York City from the long term displacement caused by ongoing construction or temporary classrooms. Sponsored by Senator Klein and Assemblywoman Nolan, this legislation (S. 2255/A.

June 18, 2014

Senate Passes Bill to Make Residential Youth Facilities Safer

The New York State Senate today passed a measure to protect the staff and youth in group homes and other youth residential facilities.

June 11, 2014

State Senator and Assemblywoman Debate DREAM Act

As reported by NY1:

Inside City Hall hosted a debate on the merits of the state Dream Act, a bill that would give college financial aid to undocumented immigrants with State Senator Jose Peralta, a Democrat from Queens and a leading opponent, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, a Republican whose Assembly district covers parts of Staten Island and Brooklyn.

To view full video, click here. 

June 6, 2014


(Brooklyn, NY) - "I commend the member states of the World Health Organization (WHO) for having created ‘World No Tobacco Day’ in 1987 to not only glean international support on the prevalence of tobacco use and its negative effects, but to also encourage one day of abstinence by smokers and tobacco users.

Sadly, statistics show us the global tobacco epidemic contributes to approximately six million deaths per year, including slightly more than half a million deaths from secondhand smoke. More close to home, approximately 23,600 New Yorkers’ deaths are attributed to tobacco use per year.

May 31, 2014

Senator Bonacic Presents NYS Senate Certificates to the 2014 Orange County Youth Bureau Award Honorees

Senator Bonacic spoke at the 2014 Orange County Youth Bureau Annual Awards Luncheon on May 30, 2014 and presented New York State Senate certificates to the honorees who have a positive influence on the communities throughout Orange County.

May 30, 2014

At Start of Summer and Beginning of “100 Deadliest Days for Teen Drivers,” Klein, Crespo Push for Passage of Legislation Curbing Underage Drinking

BRONX, NY -  The upcoming Memorial Day weekend, marks the unofficial start of summer – but it also marks the beginning of what is known as the “100 Deadliest Days” for teen drivers. Underage drinking continues to be a chronic problem in New York City with nearly 1,800 summonses a year issued by the NYPD for sales of alcohol to minors. 

May 23, 2014

Students Shadow Senator Valesky

Two students shadowed Senator Valesky on May 20: Ganli Demyttenaere (left) of Cazenovia Central High School and Joshua Schecter of Milford Central School in Cooperstown. The students toured the Capitol and observed both the Senate and Assembly in session.

May 22, 2014

Senator Valesky Welcomes Youth of the Year to Albany

Senator Valesky met with Masiah Muya, the Central Village Boys and Girls Club of Syracuse Youth of the Year, at his office in Albany this week. 

May 22, 2014

Senator Bill Larkin Welcomes Jessica MacPherson from West Point to the Capitol

Jessica was in Albany as a candidate participating in the New York State Boys & Girls Clubs’ Youth of the Year competition.

May 21, 2014

Tay House Boy Scout Troop 19 Celebrates 95 Years!

I was pleased to join scouts and parents from Tay House Boy Scout Troop 19 in celebrating its 95th anniversary. Tay House Troop 19 prides itself on being entirely run by the scouts and still follows many of the same principles established by the founding troops in 1919. Congratulations on 95 great years, here's to 95 more!

May 19, 2014

Girl Scout Recognized for Record Sales

(May 10, 2014) - State Senator Malcolm A. Smith (D-Hollis) presented a Senate Resolution to Najah Lorde, 13, at her home in Springfield Gardens. She is the top seller of Girl Scout Cookies in New York City this year with 2,833 boxes. Last year she sold 1,111 boxes.

"I love to meet young people like Najah," Smith said. "Even though she is still young, she has shown great leadership skills and entrepreneurial spirit, and I am glad that I could recognize her achievements with a resolution passed by the entire State Senate."

May 15, 2014
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