Issues: Youth

8/11/2012: 6th Annual Family & Friends Day

Join Senator Huntley and friends for a FREE day of learning,exercise, games, rides, food, music, entertainment and otherfun-filled activities.

Saturday, August 11, 2012 at Roy Wilkins ParkFoch and Merrick Boulevards12 NOON – 4:00 PM

For more information, please contact my District Office at (718) 523-3069

August 11, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Visiting With Students at Freedom School

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit with students at NEAD/CDF Freedom School as a 'Read Aloud' Guest to read a portion of Jonah Winter's "Muhammad Ali: Champion of the World".

July 16, 2012

School Year Ends With Closures

The Queens Gazette wrote about Long Island City's final graduation, where Senator Gianaris was honored to deliver the keynote speech.

State Senator Michael Gianaris was the keynote speaker on June 27 at Long Island City High School’s final graduation. The school will be closed and reopened in the fall as a completely new school following the city Department of Education’s aggressive plan to turn around under-performing schools, which Gianaris, an LIC alumni, opposed.

Read the full article here.


July 16, 2012

2012 Back to School Backpacks and Supplies Drive

I am proud to announce my “Back to School Backpacks and Supplies Drive”. From now until August 17th, I will be collecting backpacks and school supplies and will be donating them to the Greece Ecumenical Clothes Closet, who is in “great need” for these items.


Supplies needed are include

Pens (blue and black)
Rulers and protractors
Lined paper and pads
Composition paper
Basic calculator
Glue sticks


If you have items you would like to donate, you can drop them off at either of the following locations:


Office of Senator Joseph E. Robach

2300 West Ridge Road

Rochester, NY 14626

July 10, 2012

Griffo Says Cyberbullying Law Will Help NY's Students

Griffo Commends Governor for Acting to Prevent Cyberbullying

July 9, 2012

State Rep: Unblock Sunscreen Ban In Schools

NY1 did a story on Senator Gianaris' sunscreen in school bill. 

Watch the video here.

July 2, 2012

Little known policy bans sunscreen in schools

Senator Gianaris appeared on Channel 7's segment on sunscreen in schools and talked about his bill that would make it easier for children to use sunscreen while in school.

Watch the video here.

July 2, 2012

Sen. Michael Gianaris' bill would change New York's restrictive policy that lets students apply sunscreen

New York Daily News wrote about Senator Gianaris' proposed legislation, which would reverse the New York State Department of Eduaction's ban on students bringing sunscreen to school.

State officials are looking to change regulations that give New York school kids a sunburn.

Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Queens) said New York has the same restrictive sunscreen policy that led two Washington state sisters to be hospitalized last week with severe sunburns — and he’s proposed legislation to change it.

Gianaris said his bill would rewrite state Education Department guidelines that prevent students from applying sunscreen unless they have a note from their doctor. Instead, Gianaris’ bill would permit sunscreen application with a note from a parent.


July 2, 2012

School Modernization Program Kicks Off

(Rochester, N.Y.) - Earlier this afternoon, I had the privilege to take part in the Rochester City School District's ground breaking ceremony to launch the schools modernization program. Five schools will mark the beginning of a $325 million dollar construction program. Overall, 15 projects are to be completed by September 2015 as phase one of the schools modernization program. Today's ceremony was held at School No. 50, where work is underway.

June 28, 2012

Senator Kennedy Announces Action to Prevent Bullying, Cyberbullying

State Legislature approves comprehensive bill to prevent growing problem of online harassment.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, announced legislative action to protect children from bullying and cyberbullying across New York State. The State Legislature approved legislation to ensure young people have access to safe learning environments at school, in their neighborhoods and online.

June 27, 2012

Senator DeFrancisco Discusses Anti-Cyberbullying Legislation on Your Voice

The New York State Senate passed a number of bills during the 2012 legislative session to help create jobs, increase public safety, and improve school performance, which are discussed on my weekly cable show, Your Voice.

On this program, I talk about a new state measure that will help combat cyber-bullying, the “Public Assistance Integrity Act” that would safeguard taxpayer dollars, and a bill that would require beneficiaries of government paid prescription benefits to pay their co-payments.

June 27, 2012

Greece Central School District Summer Reading Initiative

Earlier today, I had the opportunity to record a segment to discuss the summer reading initiative sponsored by Greece Central School District. Greece-Turning Pages encourages students from kindergarten through high school to take an active participation in summer reading to help them maintain their reading skills and return to school in the fall, ready to learn. For more information about this program, visit

June 27, 2012

Senator Gianaris honors PS 78's valedictorian and salutatorian

Senator Gianaris standing with (from left to right) Prinicpal Louis Pavone, Valedictorian Asha Macay and Salutatorian Koliur Rahman.

June 27, 2012

Rally for Karen Klein

On Friday evening, June 22nd, I had the privilege to attend, and speak at, a rally for Karen Klein. As many of you know, Karen is the bus monitor from Greece who was the victim of bullying by middle school students. The video of the event has become a national story. Over 100 members of the Greece community also came out to the rally.

June 25, 2012

Senator Gianaris presents an award at the Razi School's graduation

Senator Gianaris was honored to be a keynote speaker and present an award for outstanding public service at the Razi School's graduation.

June 25, 2012

Public Internet Access Safety Act

News From New York State Senator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: June 25, 2012Contact: Bryant G. Gaspard | | (518) 455-3531


Senator Shirley L. Huntley Passes “Public Internet Access Safety Act"

June 25, 2012

Senate Passes Legislation Authorizing City of Rochester School District To Require Kindergarten Attendance

The New York State Senate passed legislation (S7519), sponsored by Senator Robach, which authorizes the City of Rochester School District to require minors age five to attend kindergarten.

“Rochester City School District currently provides children a full day kindergarten program in keeping with the numerous studies documenting the educational benefit and related long-term success of early quality education,” said Senator Joe Robach. “Unfortunately, too many kindergarten children are absent from school during the year, leaving them without the benefit of this educational experience.”

June 22, 2012

Senator Young Presents New York State Senate Youth Leadership Awards to Students

Senator Catharine Young presented New York State Youth Leadership Awards to students throughout her district. Students who received recognition include:·    Khadijah Bagais, Pine Valley High School·    Samantha VanEtten, Wellsville High School·    Cody Rater, Ripley Central School·    Sierra Tessmer, Ripley Central School·    Shawn Epps, Fredonia High School·    Thomas Z. Wissman, Cassadaga Valley Central School·    Richelle L. Dalaba, Cassadaga Valley Central School

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June 21, 2012
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