Issues: Youth

Senator Bill Larkin Welcomes Jessica MacPherson from West Point to the Capitol

Jessica was in Albany as a candidate participating in the New York State Boys & Girls Clubs’ Youth of the Year competition.

May 21, 2014

Tay House Boy Scout Troop 19 Celebrates 95 Years!

I was pleased to join scouts and parents from Tay House Boy Scout Troop 19 in celebrating its 95th anniversary. Tay House Troop 19 prides itself on being entirely run by the scouts and still follows many of the same principles established by the founding troops in 1919. Congratulations on 95 great years, here's to 95 more!

May 19, 2014

Girl Scout Recognized for Record Sales

(May 10, 2014) - State Senator Malcolm A. Smith (D-Hollis) presented a Senate Resolution to Najah Lorde, 13, at her home in Springfield Gardens. She is the top seller of Girl Scout Cookies in New York City this year with 2,833 boxes. Last year she sold 1,111 boxes.

"I love to meet young people like Najah," Smith said. "Even though she is still young, she has shown great leadership skills and entrepreneurial spirit, and I am glad that I could recognize her achievements with a resolution passed by the entire State Senate."

May 15, 2014

Senator Stavisky and Assemblyman Kim Applaud Passage of School Holiday Bill

Albany, NY—The New York State Senate today passed S.6688, a bill that would allow the New York City Department of Education to close schools on days where a considerable portion of students are likely to be absent because of a cultural or religious holiday.

May 13, 2014

State Senate Co-Leader Klein and UFT President Michael Mulgrew Announce $1.5 Million Investment in Community Schools

NEW YORK, NY - State Senate Co-Leader Jeffrey D. Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew announced a major $1.5 million citywide investment for New York City’s Community School Initiative on Thursday.

May 8, 2014

Senator Jeff Klein Receives 2014 YMCA "Champion for Healthy Living" Award for Efforts in Preventing Childhood Obesity

ALBANY, NY – Today, Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) addressed YMCA Healthy Kids Day, an advocacy event dedicated to raise awareness on the issue of childhood obesity and get more children physically active.

May 7, 2014

Senator Bonacic Presents NYS Senate Resolutions to New Eagle Scouts in Warwick

Senator Bonacic presented New York State Senate Resolutions to these five new Eagle Scouts at ceremonies held in Warwick, NY. The Eagle Scouts are Kyle Sarbak, Eric and Luke Segota, Tom Van Duynhoven, and Logan Vero of Boy Scout Troop #45. 

April 30, 2014

Boys and Girls State to receive state funding

By The Dispatch Staff,, @OneidaDispatch on Twitter

POSTED: 04/17/14, 12:37 PM EDT | UPDATED: 1 DAY AGO

Boys and Girls State programs will receive New York state funding this year.

The state budget includes both organization, runs by the American Legion and the Legion Auxiliary, respectively.

April 30, 2014

Klein Introduces Legislation Designed to Strengthen Supervision of Minors on Party Buses and Increase Safety of Passengers

BRONX, NY – Amid widespread reports of underage drinking on a Long Island “party bus” earlier this week, Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) introduced legislation today to rein in the charter bus industry and to require adult chaperones for all large, underage parties aboard the “clubs on wheels.”

April 17, 2014

Senator O'Brien, Senator Robach and advocates call for Senate action on Child Safe Products Bill

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - A legislative proposal to disclose the use of toxic chemicals in children’s products is languishing in the New York State Senate, despite passing the Assembly this year, in a 111-25 vote.

State Senator Ted O’Brien, ranking member of the Senate Environmental Conservation committee, today called on the Senate leadership to bring the Child Safe Products Act to the floor for an immediate vote as soon as the Senate reconvenes on April 28. He was joined by Senator Joe Robach and representatives from Moms for a Non Toxic New York and the Child Care Council, Inc.

April 17, 2014


UTICA – State Sens. David J. Valesky and Joseph A. Griffo announced today that the state budget includes, for the first time, funding for American Legion Boys’ State and American Legion Auxiliary’s Empire Girls State.

Morrisville State College will receive $100,000 to defray the cost of hosting 1,100 rising seniors for Boys’ State, which will be held from June 27 to July 3. The College at Brockport will receive $50,000 to cover some costs related to hosting more than 360 rising seniors for Empire Girls State, which will be held June 30 to July 6.

April 17, 2014

Concert benefits music program for refugee children

By Kathleen Rubino on March 25, 2014 at 7:00 AM, updated March 25, 2014 at 10:49 AM

The Cathedral Academy at Pompei (CAP) Symphonic Music Program will hold a benefit concert on Friday, March 28 at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral. Elinor Frey, who released her most recent CD "La voce del violoncello" in 2013, will perform at the event.

CAP's music program has given refugee children in Syracuse the chance to work with music professionals. Children choose from strings, brass, woodwinds or drumming, learning to compose and ultimately perform their piece at a concert.

April 17, 2014

RHYBL Announces 2014 International Games

I recently joined members of the Rochester Hispanic Youth Baseball League to announce their plans for the 2014 International Games. This two day tournament will feature teams from Rochester, Cleveland, New York City, Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic. Best of luck, and thanks to everyone at RHYBL for all that they do for youth in our community!

April 14, 2014


ALBANY, NY—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today lauded the passage of the state’s fourth and historic consecutive on-time budget. This has not been accomplished with the same Governor and legislative leaders in more than 40 years.

April 1, 2014

UNESCO Closing Reception Held In Harlem

The Amsterdam News | March 28th, 2014 (Photo With Caption)

Senator Bill Perkins was actively involved in the recent World Federation of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Clubs, Centers and Associations 2014 International Conference; marking the first time this renowned event had been held in New York City in over three decades.

March 28, 2014

Senator Stavisky Honors Vallo Transportation with Senate Resolution For Anti-Bullying Campaign


Albany, NY—Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) honored Vallo Transportation for their outstanding work to raise awareness about bullying.


March 27, 2014

Senator Kennedy Announces Legislation to Increase Mandated Abuse Reporters Working in Schools

State Senate passes bill that Senator Kennedy cosponsored to expand and clarify school officials required to report suspected child abuse by designating school coaches as mandated reporters.

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, announced the New York State Senate passed legislation to increase the ranks of mandated reporters working in schools across the state. The legislation, which Senator Kennedy cosponsored, will expand and clarify the school officials required to report suspected child abuse by designating school coaches as mandated reporters.

March 26, 2014

Senator Kennedy Pushes for Vital Afterschool Expansion in Final Budget Plan

Funding for Statewide Afterschool Expansion Plans Put in Jeopardy during Budget Negotiations.

With Budget Deadline Days Away, Kennedy Calls for Final Budget to Include $160 Million to Meet Urgent Need to Expand Access to Afterschool Programs in WNY and across the State.

Kennedy: Thousands of Hardworking Families in WNY Desperately Need Access to Afterschool Programs to Help their Children Achieve their Greatest Potential.

March 21, 2014

Student Focus Group on the Common Core

Senator Boyle Hears Students Thoughts on Common Core

Middle and High School Students gather to discuss Common Core Curriculum

March 11, 2014
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