Issues: Youth

Gates-Chili Volleyball Teams Goes Pink in Fight Against Cancer

On Tuesday night, October 2nd, I had the privilege to make remarks prior to the Gates-Chili girls volleyball game against Greece Arcadia. The team wore pink jerseys as a part of their 'Dig Pink' fund raiser for cancer awareness.

October 3, 2012
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RITCHIE TO HONOR OSWEGO COUNTY TEENS WITH LIBERTY MEDAL

State Senator Patty Ritchie will award the New York State Senate Liberty Medal to two Oswego County sisters for their help saving three people when their boat overturned this summer on Sandy Pond. 

Julia and Michele Lavery will be awarded the prestigious Liberty Medal Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. in the Oswego High School main office. 

October 1, 2012
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2012 Dictionary Project Wraps Up

Earlier this morning, I had the privilege to distribute new dictionaries to third grade students at Craig Hill Elementary School in Greece. This was the 11th and final school, in the Hilton and Greece School Districts, to receive new dictionaries this school year. Thank you to the Rotary Clubs of Hilton and Greece for their support in this project once again. Best wishes to all of our students for a successful 2012-2013 school year!

September 26, 2012
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Dictionary Project Continues in Hilton

Earlier this morning, I had the privilege to visit with students at two schools in Hilton, Village Elementary School and St. Paul Lutheran School to continue the 2012 Dictionary Project with the Rotary Clubs of Hilton and Greece. We wrap up the dictionary project for this year  tomorrow when we visit Craig Hill Elementary School in Greece.

September 25, 2012
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Hillside Family of Agencies Unveils Renovated Monroe Avenue Campus

On Friday, I had the privilege to speak at a ceremony in which Hillside Family of Agencies unveiled it's $22 million renovated Monroe Avenue campus. Funding for the renovation was raised from private donors and funders and through numerous campaign over more then a decade. Renovations include six renovated residential buildings, the new Horton Family Center, a renovated Eastman Hall, a new common area, a new baseball field, track and playground, and one of the cottages now allows for residential services for eight youth with developmental disabilities. For further details, visit www.hillside.com.

September 24, 2012
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West Ridge 3rd Graders Receive Dictionaries

On Thursday morning, September 19th, I continued my 2012 Dictionary Project, in partnership with the Rotary Clubs of Greece and Hilton. Here I am with Mr. Pat Billone, a teacher at West Ridge Elementary School in Greece, and some of his students. The Dictionary Project provides new dictionaries for 3rd grade students in Greece and Hilton. Thank you to the Rotary Clubs of Greece and Hilton for your continued support!

September 20, 2012
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Dictionary Project With Longridge Elementary School

Third grade students at Longridge Elementary school in Greece received their new dictionaries on Tuesday, September 18th. In addition to members of the Greece Rotary, Town of Greece Police Chief Todd Baxter, Greece Central School District Superintendent Barbara Deane-Williams, and Greece Chamber of Commerce President Jodie Perry also helped distribute dictionaries!

September 18, 2012
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RITCHIE HAILS GOVERNOR FOR SIGNING BILL TO CLOSE CHILD PORN LEGAL LOOPHOLE

Legislation Makes the Viewing of Child Pornography a Class E Felony

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced that a bill she voted in favor of to close a gaping legal loophole in New York State that makes it legal to view online child porn has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. 

“I applaud Governor Cuomo for his leadership and for acting quickly to support a measure that would protect the children of New York State,” said Senator Ritchie. 

September 7, 2012
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First Day of School

Today, many of our students across the area started the 2012-2013 school year. I had the privilege to join the students, faculty, and staff at Flower City School #54 in the city for their first day of school! Students had the opportunity to meet City of Rochester School District Superintendent Bolgen Vargas and take part in activities on The Green Machine. The Green Machine is a solar powered research vehicle, designed by Monroe #1 BOCES Technology Service. It is an interactive mobile science labratory that provides state-of-the-art technology in a curriculum-rich environment. It includes five workstations (CSI, Ecology, Geography, Zoology, and Medical), which students are assigned to work together in a specified scenario to solve a mystery.

September 5, 2012
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Back to School Reminder: No State Sales Tax on Clothing Purchases Up to $110

Believe it or not, it’s back-to-school time again! Preparing our kids for a new school year can be a fun and exciting time, but with so many families feeling an economic crunch these days, it can be a stressful time as well. That’s why I wanted to remind you of some good news that is sure to help your back-to-school budget. Shoppers will not pay state sales tax on clothing purchases up to $110. Clothing purchases can be a big part of a family budget, and I was pleased to support this tax cut to help hardworking New Yorkers keep more money in their pockets. Repealing the sales tax on clothing is projected to save a typical family of four nearly $200 a year.

August 30, 2012
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New Playground For Students at School #36

Earlier this morning, I had the privilege to speak at a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new playground at School #36. The playground is just one of the improvements to the school since the end of the school year in June. Following the ceremony, students and their parents were welcome to tour the school and see the changes to the exterior and interior of the building. Best wishes to the all the students, faculty, and staff at School #36 for a successful school year!

August 29, 2012
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Rochester Red Wings Host Strike Out Bullying Night

On Sunday night, August 19th, the Rochester Red Wings hosted 'Strike Out Bullying' night as the team played host to the Empire State Yankees. Prior to the game, I had the privilege to join Citizens Against Teen Suicide to provide remarks and to present a bat, autographed by the Red Wings team, to Karen Klein of Greece, who was the victim of bullying on a school bus earlier this summer. The night also featured a guest appearance by former New York Yankees pitcher Tommy John and motivational speaker Bob Holmes.

August 20, 2012
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Delivering School Supplies to the Greece Ecumenical Clothes Closet

This week, I stopped by the Greece Ecumenical Clothes Closet, located at 500 Maiden Lane, to deliver school supplies that I collected over the past month. Thank you to all of those who supported my Back to School Backpacks and Supplies Drive. Once again this year, I collected backpacks, pens, pencils, notebooks, folders, and other necessary school supplies to donate to the clothes closet. Here I am pictured with Pat Licati, June Mangan, and Joan Wakefield. All are volunteers at the clothes closet.

August 17, 2012
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2012 National Night Out

(Rochester, NY) - Last night, I had the privilege to take part in a number of the celebrations around our community to mark National Night Out. Greece, Charlotte, and the Maplewood area were just some of the communities that hosted family-oriented events to take a stand against crime.

August 8, 2012
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Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion with Respect to Individuals Who Came to the United States as Children

 

June 15, 2012

MEMORANDUM FOR:

David V. Aguilar Acting Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border ProtectionAlejandro Mayorkas Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration ServicesJohn Morton Director, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

FROM:

Janet Napolitano

SUBJECT:

Exercising Proset¢orial Discretion with Respect to Individuals Who Came to the United States as Children

File: 
s1-exercising-prosecutorial-discretion-individuals-who-came-to-us-as-children.pdf

August 8, 2012
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Puerto Rican Youth Development Hosts Family Day

Recently, I had the privilege to visit with youth from our community and their families at Puerto Rican Youth Development's Safe Summer Family Day. There were board games, volleyball, a bounce house, and other activities for families to participate in. Great work by everyone involved.

August 2, 2012
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Governor Cuomo Signs Bill to Recognize High School Graduates With Multiple Language Proficiency

Governor Cuomo yesterday signed into law a bill to recognize New York State high school graduates who demonstrate academic excellence in attaining proficiency in one or more languages other than English with a state seal of biliteracy. The seal will be attached to diplomas and transcripts of graduates who excel in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in multiple languages.

August 1, 2012
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Governor Cuomo Signs Senator Robach's Legislation Regarding Body Piercing

Governor Cuomo today signed into law a bill to better protect teens from infections and blood-borne disease by requiring that a minor have written parental consent before obtaining a body piercing. This bill, overwhelmingly passed by both the Senate and the Assembly, is an important measure that will help to keep young New Yorkers healthy and safe.

"Body piercing can result in severe health risks and it is our obligation as New Yorkers and parents to make sure that our teens are taking every precaution to remain healthy and safe," Governor Cuomo said. "I thank Senator Robach and Assembly Member Simanowitz for their hard work on this legislation."

July 30, 2012
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