Issues: Youth

SENATOR SALAND’S LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN PENALTIES AGAINST CHILD PORNOGRAPHY PASSES THE SENATE

Bill enacts the Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Act

Senator Steve Saland (R, I, C - Poughkeepsie) today announced that the Senate has passed his legislation that enacts the Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Act, which includes measures designed to protect children from the dangers posed by Internet predators, child pornography, and child sexual abuse (S.5226A).

While laws have been enacted to counter online crimes and child prostitution, additional provisions are needed to assist law enforcement to address these heinous acts. This comprehensive measure unanimously passed in the Senate and has been sent to the Assembly for consideration.

June 6, 2012
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Gianaris Honors Zarate

The Queens Gazette wrote an article about Senator Gianaris honoring Sebastian Zarate as this year's Youth of the Year.

State Senator Michael Gianaris honored Sebastian Zarate during a recent trip to Albany as this year’s Youth of the Year for the Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens. Gianaris also congratulated Zarate for being recognized by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America for his sound character and leadership skills as well as his willingness to give back to the community.

Read the full article here.

June 4, 2012
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SENATOR SALAND AND MAYOR BLOOMBERG ANNOUNCE LEGISLATION GIVING SCHOOL DISTRICTS ENHANCED ABILITY TO DISMISS TEACHERS WHO ENGAGE IN INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR WITH STUDENTS

Senator Steve Saland (R, I, C – Poughkeepsie), Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, and New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott announced new legislation today that will give school districts enhanced abilities to dismiss teachers who engage in acts of inappropriate sexual conduct with students. The legislation comes in the wake of a recent reports by the Special Commissioner of Investigation for the New York City School District, who noted that there was a 35 percent increase in complaints of inappropriate sexual conduct involving school employees in the first three months of 2012 as compared to 2011.

May 29, 2012
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School of the Arts Students Visit Albany

Recently, Participation in Government students from Rochester's School of the Arts visited Senator Robach in Albany for a day. The students received tours of the state Capitol, learned about the day-to-day responsibilities of the state government, and met with state lawmakers.

May 29, 2012
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Christopher's Place Playground Opens

(Rochester, NY) - Recently, I had the privilege to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony for Christopher's Place Playground. It is located adjacent to Cameron Community Miinistries’ facilities at 48 Cameron St. The playground includes a bank of four swings, a teeter totter, extensive climbing area with slides and a sports court with portable basketball hoop as well as space for jump roping, games and other neighborhood events. The project also includes a raised bed planter so that children can learn about vegetable gardening. The playground was constructed to enhance programs for after school youth enrolled at Cameron Community Ministries, but it will be open at designated times for neighborhood use.

May 29, 2012
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Are LIC parks being run down by high school kids?

LIC Spot wrote an article that discusses concern from parents over the inappropriate behavior of high schoolers taking place in Long Island City playgrounds. Senator Gianaris and other community leaders are working to solve the issue.

Over the last month or so, I’ve been approached by numerous parents who have been complaining about high school kids at our children’s playgrounds. A lot of them are complaining that these high schoolers have been “behaving belligerently” and have “no respect to our parks”. Many of them are “loud and obnoxious” and constantly using ”racist profanity” in front of children.

 

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May 24, 2012
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Senator Peralta Calls on City To Preserve After-School and Youth Programs

State Senator Jose Peralta is urging the Bloomberg Administration "to consider alternatives" to the proposed cuts to after-school and youth programs in Queens.

"I understand the need to be fiscally prudent during these tough economic times," Senator Peralta writes.  "But the costs of cutting day care slots and programs that supplement children's education and provide youth an alternative to the streets will, in the long run, far exceed any savings achieved in the near term."

He adds that, "In light of the hardship to working families throughout my district that these proposed cuts pose, and the potential damage they will do to children and communities, I urge the City to consider alternatives to these proposed cuts."

May 23, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco's May 14, 2012, Your Voice Show

On this week's edition of Your Voice in Albany, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses legislation that could help save 100 jobs in Syracuse, funding for public libraries, and his honoree for the "2012 Women of Distinction" recognition ceremony.  The Senator also shows highlights from some Little League opening games. This Your Voice program was taped on May 14, 2012.

May 21, 2012
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5/18/12 - SENATOR SALAND HOLDS PRESS CONFERENCE ON TEEN DRIVING

5/18/12 - Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C - Poughkeepsie) held a press conference on teen driving today at Arlington High School in LaGrangeville. To further reinforce the dangers of texting or talking on the phone behind the wheel - immediately following the press conference, Senator Saland, along with the Arlington School District, the New York State Police, and Nationwide Insurance, hosted a distracted driving simulator display for the Arlington high school students.  The simulator uses virtual technology to challenge individuals to drive safely on the road while also dealing with a number of distractions, such as answering the phone or sending a text message.  The simulator demonstrates how much a driver misses on the road when their attention is diverted due to text

May 21, 2012
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Senator Gallivan presents “It Can Wait” Distracted Driving Program to Lancaster High School Students

TAKE THE PLEDGE HERE!

Lancaster High School students today joined State Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (59th District) and AT&T to raise awareness about the risks of texting while driving by encouraging all wireless consumers, especially youth, that text messages can – and should – wait until after driving.

As part of AT&T’s national “Txtng & Drivng…It Can Wait” campaign, Lancaster High School students were shown a powerful 10-minute documentary, “The Last Text”, highlighting the devastating effects of texting and driving and were then given the opportunity to sign a commitment pledging to not text while driving.

May 18, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO CRACK DOWN ON COLLEGE HAZING

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to prevent the tragic injuries and deaths that can occur due to hazing at colleges and universities. The bill (S.1937) would help cut down on hazing by strengthening a college or university’s enforcement authority and increasing awareness of the consequences of hazing, underage drinking, and illegal drug use.

May 16, 2012
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Young Members of the Community Service Society of New York (CSS) Share Their Views with Senator Montgomery

Young members of the Community Service Society of New York (CSS) shared their views with Senator Montgomery on access to quality  education, summer jobs, and other issues facing  inner city youth.

May 16, 2012
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION WHICH MAKES VIEWING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY A FELONY

Bill closes loophole after Court of Appeals ruling that it is not a crime

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.7407) that would make the viewing of child pornography a felony crime. The bill amends current state law to say that a person is guilty of a crime when the person knowingly accesses child pornography with the intent to view.

The legislation comes after a state Court of Appeals ruling earlier this month that said viewing child pornography on the Internet is not a crime. This legislation closes that loophole.

May 15, 2012
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College Affordability Plan Proposed

Making College Affordable for Middle Class Families Through:

Increased Tuition Tax Breaks; Lower Student Loan Interest Rates;

Tuition Pre-Payment; Truth-in-Lending for Student Loans

 

May 15, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO PROTECT TEENS FROM SEXUAL PREDATORS AT SCHOOLS

The New York State Senate has passed legislation that would make it a crime for school employees to engage in sexual activity with students, including those who are older than New York’s legal age of consent. The bill (S.6714) addresses inappropriate student-school employee relationships by criminalizing sexual conduct between school employees and full-time students of elementary and secondary schools.

May 14, 2012
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