Issues: Youth

Push On To Strengthen New York Good Samaritan Law

CBS New York wrote this article that talks about the appeal by local officials to expand New York’s Good Samaritan laws. Senator Gianaris feels that strengthening the law will be effective in preventing crime.

January 18, 2012
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR MICHAEL GIANARIS PRAISING SLA DENIAL OF LIC STRIP CLUB APPLICATION

“I am thrilled the State Liquor Authority stood with the Long Island City community today when it voted against the Gypsy Rose liquor license application. This neighborhood is no place for a sex-based business, and today’s vote brings us one step closer to ensuring the wholesome, family-friendly environment in which an increasing number of people live and work. It is clear the SLA takes community input to heart and I commend the board for today’s decision.”

January 18, 2012
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Elected Officials Seek Construction Funding For P.S. 2, P.S. 11

The Queens Gazette wrote an article drawing attention to a School Construction Authority (SCA) budget ammendment proposal, which reduces construction funding for schools in desperate need of assistance. Senator Michael Gianaris, along with parents and other elected officials, urges the SCA to include these schools back in the capital plan in order to ensure that the needs of the children are satisfied. 

While supporting needs throughout District 30, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, Assemblymember Catherine Nolan and state Senator Michael Gianaris spoke in support of two especially beleaguered schools: P.S. 2, Jackson Heights and P.S. 11, Long Island City.

January 13, 2012
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Damaged gym at PS 234 Astoria means students watch movies, do jumping jacks in classrooms

The New York Daily News article investigates a school gym repair delay that has deprived students at Public School 234 of physical exercise. Senator Gianaris speaks out against the delay, stating that physical exercise is an educational requirement. 

While a Queens elementary school waits for the city to fix its gym, the phys ed program consists of jumping jacks in the classroom and movies in the auditorium.

A city Education Department official said work on the the gym at Public School 234 in Astoria is expected to begin over the winter break and should be completed within the next three months. The facility was damaged by April storms.

January 13, 2012
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Senator Gianaris speaks at a rally opposing the granting of a liquor license to the Gypsy Rose gentlemen's club

Senator Gianaris speaking at a rally opposing the granting of a liquor license to the Gypsy Rose strip club in LIC, a flourishing, family-oriented neighborhood where a strip club does not belong.

January 13, 2012
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Sen. Klein, IDC, Introduce Legislation to Crack Down on Cyberbullying

 

Following months of consultation with prosecutors, advocates and students, Senator Jeffrey D. Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and his fellow members of the Independent Democratic Conference introduced legislation to crack down on cyberbullying in New York State.

The bill (S.6132) updates New York's stalking and harassment laws to cover electronic bullying. Additionally, it allows for criminal prosecution of particular cyberbullying incidents under New York's hate crime statutes.

January 9, 2012
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Students’ posters aim to erase graffiti

Senator Tony Avella is aiming to erase any thoughts of vandalism from the minds of the students in his district – and paint them a clear anti-graffiti picture.

The senator joined representatives from the Bayside Business Association (BBA) and students from across northeast Queens on December 15 for his first annual Anti-Graffiti Poster Contest.

January 4, 2012
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Senator Adams Brings Cheer to Children at Play Kids Store

Our Toy Drive was a great success! Toys were given to children at Kings County Hospital and additional toys were donated to their Pediatrics ICU.  Furthermore, Senator Adams, along with District Leaders Olanike Alabi,  Jesse Hamilton, Shirley Patterson and Robert Cornegy, hosted a Christmas Toy Giveaway at Play Kids, a new toy store located in the 20th Senatorial District in Brooklyn.  Children ages of 2 thru 10 years happily received a gift for the holiday season.

December 29, 2011
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Senator Gianaris celebrates the holidays with YASA Carolers

Senator Gianaris with carolers from YASA who came to his district office to sing a number of holiday songs to him and Assemblymember Simotas.

December 23, 2011
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Greece Scout Completing Work Towards Citizenship Badge

Earlier this week, Senator Robach met with Sean Hannon of Greece. Sean is a boy scout in Troop 48 (Greece Baptist Church). He is currently working on his Citizenship in the Community merit badge. We discussed tourism in our area and what can draw more people to Rochester. Best wishes to Sean as he continues through scouts.

December 22, 2011
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WDKX Brings Christmas Downtown

On Saturday, December 17th, Senator Robach joined WDKX 103.9 FM at the Monroe County Office Building for their annual Christmas event, "WDKX Brings Christmas Downtown". Children and families had their pictures taken with Santa Claus. Coats, mittens, and other winter articles of clothing were also given out to families. WDKX broadcasted live from 10 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

December 19, 2011
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Senator Dilan Announces Successful Gun Buy Back Event Held in Cypress Hills

 Brooklyn—Yesterday more than 180 guns were taken off the streets as part of an annual gun buy back program in Cypress Hills.

Though successful, this year’s program was overshadowed by the unfortunate death of 22-year NYPD veteran, Peter Figoski.  Officer Figoski was tragically killed in the line of duty earlier in the week when he responded to a robbery in progress. The handgun used in the failed robbery would have amounted to roughly one-third of the $700 in drug money the perpetrators attempted to steal.

December 18, 2011
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Merton Williams Middle School Students Donate Coats for Kids

On Wednesday December 14th, Senator Robach had the opportunity to visit with students at Merton Williams Middle School in Hilton. Claire Drexler, a teacher at Merton Williams, helped to spread the word about the Coats for Kids Winter Clothes Drive this month. Today, students joined to help load up the pick up truck with dozens of bags of winter coats and articles of clothes that will be donated to organizations and families around the area. Thank you to all the students, faculty, and staff for your support of the Coats for Kids Winter Clothes Drive. Also, this Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., Senator Robach will join WDKX 103.9 FM for a Coats for Kids drive at the Monroe County Office Building, 39 West Main Street in Rochester.

December 14, 2011
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Senator Dilan to Host Gun Buy Back Program with Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes

 

The New York Police Foundation creates scholarship fund to assist Officer Figoski’s four daughters achieve their college dreams

Brooklyn—State Senator Martin Malave Dilan (D-Bushwick) is hosting a Gun Buy Back Program with Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes, Assemblyman Rafael Espinal and City Councilman Erik Dilan on Saturday December 17, 2011 in Cypress Hills.

December 14, 2011
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Brighton's French Road Elementary School Honored as Blue Ribbon School

On Friday, December 9th, Senator Robach had the privilege to speak at a ceremony at French Road Elementary School in Brighton to celebrate their recognition as a Blue Ribbon School. French Road Elementary School and Pine Brook Elementary School (in Greece) were the only two area schools to win this National award. Congratulations to the students and staff of French Road, and best wishes for continued success!

December 13, 2011
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Senator Dilan Announces Passage of Inner City Youth Employment Program

Brooklyn—State Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Bushwick) announced the passage of a new Inner City Youth Employment Program and Tax credit initiative for the State of New York.  The new program, created within the legislation adopted during extraordinary session on December 7th,  sets aside $87 million for inner city youth.  The funding is allocated through programs, training funds, and tax credits to deal with the crisis of inner city youth unemployment.

December 13, 2011
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Senator Michael Gianaris meets with Global Kids in his district office.

Senator Gianaris meets with Global Kids youth leaders from Long Island City High School to discuss climate change and environmental policy.

December 13, 2011
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Senator Sampson speaking at special bill signing ceremony in Brooklyn

This special package of legislation, coined the "NY Youth Works Program," will provide $25 million in tax credits to benefit employers that hire unemployed youth over the first six months of 2012, with the ultimate goal of permanent, sustainable employment.

December 12, 2011
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Inner City Youth Employment Program

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: December 12, 2011Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | arodrigu@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

*PRESS RELEASE*

Senator Shirley L. Huntley Announces Passage of Inner City Youth Employment Program

Senator Shirley L. Huntley (D-Jamaica) announced the passage of a new Inner City Youth Employment Program and Tax credit initiative for the State of New York. The new bill (S. 50002) establishes an $87 million program in grants, training funds, and tax credits to deal with the crisis of inner city youth unemployment.

December 12, 2011
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