Issues: Youth

Senator Klein and UFT President Michael Mulgrew Announce $700,000 Grant for 16 ‘Community Learning Schools’ Citywide

BRONX, NY – Standing in front of the steps of P.S. 83 on Rhinelander Avenue in the Bronx, Senator Klein and United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew announced a $700,000 grant, secured by the State Senate in the 2013-14 budget, for the New York City Community Learning Schools Initiative. This grant will be used to fund 16 community learning schools during the 2013-14 school year, including P.S. 83, P.S. 14 and the International School for Liberal Arts in the Bronx. The grant was advocated and secured by Senator Klein and his colleagues in the 2013-14 State Budget.

September 25, 2013
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September 2013 Newsletter – Back to School

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September 17, 2013
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Scaling Back Obesity: Senator Klein and Assemblyman Crespo Team Up to Reduce Obesity in High-Risk Areas Across New York State

Scaling Back Obesity: Senator Klein and Assemblyman Crespo Team Up to Reduce Obesity in High-Risk Areas Across New York State

Lawmakers urge Governor to sign legislation into law that will help reduce obesity, particularly amongst children and adolescents

September 13, 2013
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Senator Serrano Participates in 7th Annual Teen Fair "Step Up, Speak Out, Take Action" in East Harlem

(East Harlem, NY) - Senator José M. Serrano co-sponsored the 7th Annual Teen Fair “Step Up, Speak Out, Take Action” with Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito in East Harlem. The fair, designed in part to bring awareness to youth and gun violence within the community, also gathered local residents and community organizations to highlight the importance of community involvement, youth empowerment and education.

August 20, 2013
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Senator Gianaris’ Bill to Protect Children from Sun Overexposure Becomes Law

(Albany, NY) Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill authored by Senator Michael Gianaris and carried in the State Assembly by Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, which will increase cancer prevention and reduce the dangers of sun poisoning for children. The law will strengthen existing regulations regarding the application of sunscreen in schools and summer camps to ensure that children are able to apply sunscreen when spending time outside.

The New York State Department of Education and the Federal Food and Drug Administration include sunscreen on their list of over-the-counter drugs, previously requiring a note from a doctor before a child would be allowed to use it during school hours. Summer camps also follow these guidelines.

Understanding how important it is for children to protect themselves from sunburn and overexposure to the sun, Senator Gianaris’ newly passed law will only require a note from a parent.

“Our first responsibility is to protect our kids, and we fail to do that when illogical regulations force schools to put our children in danger. Our schools should be encouraging sunscreen use, not preventing it,” said Senator Gianaris. “I am pleased Governor Cuomo signed this common sense measure into law, allowing us to rest assured that our children will not be at risk when they play outside at school or at summer camp.”  

August 19, 2013
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Grace Unity Fellowship Church Youth Festival and Parade

Last Saturday, I was pleased to join Grace Unity Fellowship Church for their community parade and youth festival. This free event celebrates young people in our community and encourages them to make our city a safer place to live. I'd like to thank Reverend Roosevelt Dixon and all who planned and participated in this great event.

August 13, 2013
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Funding Announced For Cortland Repertory Theatre

CORTLAND, 08/13/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that a recently adopted senate resolution includes, at his insistence, $250,000 to provide assist with the “Cortland Repertory Theatre Downtown” project. 

August 13, 2013
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FLRBA Send-off Breakfast

I had the pleasure of taking part in the annual Finger Lakes Regional Burn Association Youth Burn Camp Send-off Breakfast yesterday morning. These resilient children will take part in Camp Courage, a four day retreat for youth burn victims. This camp gives them a chance to participate in a wide array of activities that encourage creating a new and positive self-image. Special thanks to the Rochester Fire Department for hosting the send-off breakfast. 

 

August 2, 2013
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO PROMOTES LEGISLATION TO HELP MORE YOUNG PEOPLE SUCCEED IN SCHOOL AND THE WORKPLACE

Assemblymember Sam Roberts held a press conference on July 26, 2013, with Senator John A. DeFrancisco to urge the Governor to sign into law a bill they authored to reduce the number of part-time hours needed to qualify for the NY Youth Works program (A.7928-A/S.4762-A). The press conference was held at Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection, a nationally recognized Syracuse City youth development and dropout prevention program that helps students stay in school and successfully graduate high school ready for post-secondary education and employment.

July 26, 2013
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Senator Adams joins members of Always Our Kids at their annual Bar-B-Q

Senator Adams joins members of Always Our Kids at their annual Bar B Q

July 17, 2013
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First Annual 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament

Senator Boyle & Youth Enrichment Services First Annual 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament

If you are interested in participating in a local 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament, please read on….

July 13, 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Senator O'Brien, librarians discuss summer reading initiatives, promote Senate's "NYRead.com" tool

PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Today, Senator Ted O'Brien encouraged families of the 55th Senate district to participate in the State Senate's summer reading program, available at "NYRead.com." This Senate site tracks books read by youth in the district and makes age-appropriate suggestions based on what other students throughout the state are reading. On NYRead.com, parents can create accounts for their children and log all of their reading throughout the summer. Top readers from throughout the district will be recognized by the Senator later this year.

July 11, 2013
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City of Rochester & RochesterWorks Summer Youth Employment

Last night, I had the pleasure of welcoming participants of this year's City of Rochester and RochesterWorks summer employment program. I'm pleased to say that I've helped secure funding for this program the past few years; with the support of Mayor Richards and the City of Rochester, we're able to help over 400 youth gain summer employment and learn valuable skills for their future.

July 9, 2013
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Sen. Smith attends youth soccer tournament at Montebello park in Springfield Gardens.

Sen. Smith attends youth soccer tournament at Montebello park in Springfield Gardens.

July 1, 2013
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Sen. Smith attends a youth basketball tournament at the Baisley Park Houses

Sen. Smith attends a youth basketball tournament at the Baisley Park Houses.

July 1, 2013
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Senator Phil Boyle Combats Cyberbullying; West Babylon Jr. High School Students Get "Internet Smart"

West Babylon, NY - Senator Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore) recently joined with Cablevision in sponsoring the Internet Smarts program at the West Babylon Jr. High School in an effort to help protect students from the dangers of the internet.  “In today’s digital world, it is vital that young people treat one another with respect and fully understand that irresponsible online behavior can have devastating repercussions,” Senator Phil Boyle said.  “I am proud to be part of this shared effort to spread awareness about the dangers of the Internet and the real threats facing our children today.”

June 28, 2013
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Senator David J. Valesky Speaks at Boys' State at Morrisville State College

Senator David J. Valesky spoke to more than 1,100 high school junior boys and staff at this year’s Boys' State government camp at Morrisville State College, sponsored by the American Legion, June 23-28. Boys' State participants learn the importance of the individual in the success and progress of the government. The program also provides training in leadership, character, and citizenship development.

June 28, 2013
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Legislature Passes Gianaris Bill to Protect Children from Sun Overexposure

(Albany, NY) Both houses of the State Legislature  passed a bill authored by Senator Michael Gianaris to increase cancer prevention and reduce the dangers of sun poisoning for New York students. The bill will codify New York State Department of Education (NYSED) regulations regarding the application of sunscreen in schools and summer camps to ensure that children are able to apply sunscreen when spending time outside. Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas carried the bill in the State Assembly.

The NYSED and the Federal Food and Drug Administration include sunscreen on their list of over-the-counter drugs, previously requiring a note from a doctor before a child would be allowed to use it during school hours. Summer camps also follow these guidelines.

Understanding how important it is for children to protect themselves from sunburn and overexposure to the sun, Senator Gianaris’ bill would only require a note from a parent.

“Our schools should be protecting our kids, not putting them in danger,” Senator Gianaris said. “Prohibiting children from using sunscreen is senseless and harmful. I urge the Governor to sign this common sense measure into law immediately to ensure that our children are not at risk this summer.”

June 26, 2013
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Sen. Jeff Klein and NYC DOT Commissioner Sadik-Khan Join Forces to Highlight Dangerous Speeding at PS 81 in Riverdale

RIVERDALE, NY — Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) joined New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and PS 81 parents today to release new statistics demonstrating a pattern of dangerous speeding near PS 81, an elementary school in Riverdale. To combat the danger posed by this consistent speeding, Senator Klein has introduced legislation in the Senate that would authorize the use of speed cameras in New York City school zones where dangerous speeding is most prevalent. The legislation, S.4459A/A.4327A, is being considered in both the Assembly and the Senate in the final weeks of this year’s legislative session.

June 14, 2013
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Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein, Sen. Diane Savino and Assemblyman Steve Otis Announce Passage of New Child Labor Laws Aimed at Protecting Child Models

ALBANY, NY- Last night, both the New York State Senate and Assembly passed legislation protecting child models from exploitation and abuse. State Senate Labor Committee Chairwoman Diane Savino (D-Staten Island) was the prime sponsor in the Senate (S.5486) and Assemblyman Steve Otis was the prime sponsor in the Assembly (A.7787). Senate Majority Coalition Leader Jeffrey D. Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) co-sponsored the legislation and helped fast track the measure through the legislature.

June 13, 2013
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