Issues: Youth

Governor Cuomo Outlines 2013-2014 Executive Budget to Maintain Fiscal Responsibility and Continue to Invest in Economic Growth

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the proposed 2013-14Executive Budget and Management Plan that builds on two years of balanced, fiscally responsible budgeting and invests in economic development, education reform, rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, provides support to local governments and school districts, and includes no new taxes or fees.

Highlights of the Executive Budget:

· Eliminates $1.3 billion budget gap with no new taxes or fees. The expected gap for 2013-14 was projected to be $17.4 billion prior to the last two responsible budgets.

· Holds spending increases below 2 percent for third consecutive year.

January 23, 2013

Senator Kennedy Stands Up for At-Risk Children in WNY, Calls for CASA Funding to be Restored in State Budget

Funding for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Program cut for 2013, leaving at-risk children without the support they need. 

In the wake of horrible tragedies like the Sandy Hook massacre, Kennedy says we need more access to mental health services for troubled young people, not less. 

Kennedy: CASA gives kids – who have no voice – a voice. You can’t put a price tag on changing the lives of young people in our community

January 16, 2013

Funds Available for Mental Health Programs in Schools

Children’s Institute, Inc. invites school districts, public or private elementary schools, charter schools, other public agencies, and nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations to submit letters of intent for funding the implementation of Primary Project in New York State beginning the 2013-2014 school year. Fiscal support is contingent on funds received from New York State.

January 14, 2013

Stipend College Preparation & Green Job Training Available to NYCHA Residents

Green City Force, a New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) partner, is now recruiting NYCHA residents to participate in their stipend college preparation and green job training program - the Clean Energy Corps!

Local Information Session Dates & Location:

Fridays - 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Jan. 11 & 18

Information Session Location:

NYCHA Office of Resident Economic Empowerment & Sustainability

January 8, 2013

School 30 Children Read Over 20,000 Books!

Yesterday morning, School #30 principal Jason Wertz and the rest of the faculty and staff of the school celebrated the success of its children in grades pre-K thru 6 who read 22,000 books from mid-October until mid-December. As past of the event, the students got a visit from the Rochester Fire Department and Principal Wertz was sent to the roof for the children to see! Congratulations to all of the students on this tremendous accomplishment.

December 20, 2012

Greece Rotary Recognizes Outstanding Youth

Last night, I had the privilege to attend an event where the Greece Rotary recognized outstanding youth in our community. Congratulations to all the young men and women on your distinction and thank you for making contributions to our community. Best wishes and continued success for all you do inside, and outside, of the classroom! The young men and women are Joseph Miller, Vanessa Whitt, Kyle Besser, Julia Kostin, Patrick Barry, Nathan Christensen, Bianca Sansone, Elijah VanOrman, Jordan Coolidge, and Timmy Webster.

December 20, 2012

School #7 Hosts Faculty/Guest vs. Students Hoops Game

Earlier this morning, I had the privilege to take part in the Virgil I. Grissom School #7 Faculty/Guest vs. Students basketball game. I was joined by New York State Assemblyman Brian Kolb, along with faculty and staff from School #7. Prior to the game, I had the opportunity to meet with students in their classroom, and following the game, I met members of the school's basketball team. Great job by everyone this morning and great school spirit shown by all of the students in attendance!

December 17, 2012

WDKX Share the Warmth

On Saturday, I had the privilege to take part in the WDKX 103.9 FM Share the Warmth annual holiday event. This event provides children the opportunity to pick up winter coats, gloves, mittens, scarves, and hats that were graciously donated to WDKX. Thank you to all who helped make this event possible!

December 17, 2012

Senator Serrano Honors USA Men's Olympic Gymnast John Orozco in Proclamation Ceremony

(Bronx, NY)- Senator Serrano celebrated the accomplishments of USA Men's Olympic Gymnast and South Bronx native John Orozco in a proclamation ceremony hosted at Roberto Clemente State Park. The event included a video montage and guest speakers, including Assemblymember Vanessa L.Gibson. 

December 16, 2012

Senator Serrano Joins East Harlem's March for Peace

Senator Serrano joined community groups and local youth today for the March for Peace, a community anti-violence peace march, organized by Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito's El Barrio/East Harlem Youth Violence Task Force. The purpose of the march is to end violence in East Harlem, promoting the slogan of, “Put the Guns Down, Throw the Peace Signs Up.”"Today we are united in  fighting for the safety and quality of life of our community,” said Senator Serrano. "I am proud that we are all coming together to fight against the violence that has been destroying lives for way too long in this community, and we must continue to combat violence in all forms. This march is an empowering step closer to ending the war against gun violence and senseless crime in our community."

December 13, 2012

North Clinton Annual Tree Lighting

Earlier today, I had the privilege to attend the annual North Clinton Tree Lighting. The event featured a parade, which included Santa Claus and students from Schools Number 9 and 20 in the City of Rochester. The event is sponsored by the North Clinton Business Association, along with support from Albert Algarin.

December 13, 2012

School Number 9 Annual Cookie Contest

On Friday afternoon, I had the privilege to take part in the annual School #9 Cookie Contest as a judge. There were a number of worthy entries! Great job by all those who took part in this annual holiday tradition!

December 11, 2012

Senator Stavisky at Mets Kids Holiday Party

Senator Stavisky poses with Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, Mr. Met, Mets player Ike Davis, Santa (who bears a striking resemblance to former Mets pitcher John Franco), and neighborhood kids at Mets Stadium.

December 11, 2012

Senator Kennedy, Naaman Roosevelt Send off Buffalo Youth Headed to National Football Tournament

Players, coaches from Buffalo’s United Youth Football League depart for national tournament in Florida.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Players and coaches from Buffalo’s United Youth Football League departed for their national tournament in Florida Friday from True Bethel Church in Buffalo. Senator Tim Kennedy, Councilman Demone Smith and Naaman Roosevelt, formerly of Buffalo Bills, were there to send off and congratulate the local contingent headed to Florida. Over 100 Buffalo youth are headed to the national championship tournament.

In recent years, teams from Buffalo have done very well at this national tournament, outperforming teams from across the country. League organizers expect no less this year.

November 30, 2012

Meeting with Boy Scouts from Troop 18

Earlier this afternoon I had the opportunity to meet with a group of boy scouts from Troop 18. The four scouts, who visited my district office, discussed issues regarding our community as they complete the process for their Citizenship Merit Badge. In addition to our community, we also discussed how government operates in New York State and current issues facing our state government.

November 15, 2012

School #36 26th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony

On Thursday night, I had the honor to speak at, and talk with students, faculty, staff, their families, and local veterans at the annual Veterans Day ceremony. This was the 26th year for the ceremony. The students, faculty, and staff did a wonderful job as always on this great annual event to honor those who have served our Country.

November 9, 2012

St. Lawrence School Veterans Day Concert

On Wednesday night, I had the privilege to attend, and speak at, the annual St. Lawrence School Veterans Day concert. Students from grades 4-6 took part in the concert to honor our country and those who have served it. Great job by all the students!

November 8, 2012

Recognizing Students for Summer Reading Program

Last week I had the privilege to visit with students and their teachers at Greece Athena Middle School. Students there were recognized for taking part in the district's summer reading program. Great job by all the students for your efforts this summer and getting a head start!

October 30, 2012

Section Five Football Semi-Finals

On Sunday, October 28th, I had the privilege to conduct the pre-game coin toss before kickoff of the Section Five Football Semi-Final game between Aquinas and Rush-Henrietta. Congratulations to the Li'L Irish from my alma mater on your 21-13 victory. Best wishes to Aquinas in the Section Five Championship against Pittsford Saturday, and continued success to all of our student athletes!

October 29, 2012

New York Immigration Coalition & FPA Announce 2013 DREAM Fellowship Program

The New York Immigration Coalition, in partnership with the Fund for Public Advocacy, announced its acceptance of applications for the 2013 DREAM Fellowship Program, a semester-long leadership development program.

The Dream Fellowship Program is a semester-long leadership development program, initiated jointly by the New York Immigration Coalition and the Fund for Public Advocacy. In its first semester in the Spring of 2012, ten college-level DREAM Act eligible student leaders were selected for the fellowship, which included leadership development trainings, internships at community organizations and $2,000 scholarships toward tuition at City University of New York. The Korean American Community Foundation also provided supported for the program.

October 26, 2012
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