Issues: Youth

Senator Klein, Assemblyman Crespo and Bronx Community Leaders Call for Official Recognition of African Slave Burial Ground at Drake Park

BRONX, NY– Standing in front of the south side of Joseph Rodman Drake Park in Hunts Point, Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), local elected officials and Bronx community leaders called for official recognition of an African Slave Burial Ground discovered last year. Evidence of the Burial Ground site was discovered last year by a group of students at P.S. 48, led by Teacher-Historian, Philip Panaritis at the south side of Drake Park.

January 24, 2014

Sen. Jose Peralta: It's Up to Senate Independent Dems To Bring DREAM Act To The Floor

As reported by the Daily News:

Sen. Jose Peralta, a member of the mainstream Senate Dems, actually sent a verbal bouquet the way of the four breakaway Democrats who help control the chamber with the Republicans.

Peralta (D-Queens) thanked the four for signing on to his bill to create a state DREAM Act.

But he also tried to put the pressure back on the four to secure whatever Republican votes are needed to ensure its passage.

“I look forward to working with them in helping our  Republican colleagues understand that the DREAM Act is the smartest investment that we can possibly make in workforce development and our state’s future, one that would pay for itself many times over.," Peralta said. “Their help in getting my bill to the Senate floor for a vote when the time comes will be critical to making the DREAM Act a reality.”

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January 23, 2014

Senator Klein and the Morris Park Community Association Host "BedTime Storytime"

Senator Klein and the Morris Park Community Association hosted a story time event for families in the Morris Park neighborhood of the Bronx on Friday.

January 21, 2014

Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein, Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, Time Warner Cable, and Celebrity Contestants from NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” Announce Measures to Combat Obesity

ALBANY, NY – In marking the first day of the 2014 Legislative Session, Senate Co- Leader Jeffrey D. Klein, along with representatives from Time Warner Cable, celebrities from NBC’s The Biggest Loser,  and Assemblyman Felix Ortiz today doubled down on their efforts to reverse the rising obesity trends among children and young adults in New York.

January 8, 2014

Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein and Senator Diane Savino Urge State to Approve Mayor de Blasio's Universal Pre-K Plan

City Hall, Manhattan – Three days before the start of 2014 state legislative session, Senate Co-Leader Jeffrey D. Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) renewed his call for Albany’s approval of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s universal pre-k plan and released a new economic report detailing the major, long-term benefits of doing so. According to the report, An Economic Argument for NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Universal Pre-K Plan, New York City will earn a $3.7 billion return on investment if it enacts the program.

January 5, 2014


Brooklyn, NY- While many parents were shopping and preparing for the revelry of the holidays on Friday, December 20th, others that were sitting by their children’s bedsides in Brooklyn’s hospitals received a surprise appearance from Senator Kevin Parker, who visited the pediatrics departments of both Kings County Hospital Center and the State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center, to spread holiday cheer and distribute toys. Family members and their children were all smiles to receive an unwrapped toy from the Brooklyn lawmaker who distributed more than 700 toys among the community-based organizations and churches of his district this year, and in previous years.

December 23, 2013


State Senator John A. DeFrancisco (R-I-C, Syracuse) announced today that Governor Cuomo has signed his bill (S.4762A) into law that will reduce the number of employer qualification hours for the New York Youth Works program. 

December 19, 2013


WEST SENECA - Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) presented a donation of $1,072 this week on behalf of Sunnking, Inc. to ‘East Leads, a student leadership organization at West Seneca East High School, for their participation in an electronic waste recycling event held in partnership with Senator Gallivan’s office last June.

Members of Senator Gallivan’s staff and student volunteers from ‘East Leads joined with professionals from Sunnking, Inc. to collect and safely dispose of over 100,000 pounds of old, outdated or damaged electronic equipment in just five hours.

December 16, 2013

Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein Launches IDC’s 2014 Agenda – “Affordable NY”

Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein Launches IDC’s 2014 Agenda – “Affordable NY”

IDC Introduces Innovative Programs Like Family Leave Insurance for Working Mothers and Fathers and Launches Mitchell Llama 2020; Agenda Re-Focuses State Resources on Working Families



December 13, 2013

Making New York Affordable: Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein Launches IDC’s 2014 Agenda

Before Senator Klein and the IDC crafted their legislative agenda, Senator Klein heard from real New York families on how their coping with our state's affordability crisis. This video shows some of what these working New Yorkers said. 

December 13, 2013

Senator David J. Valesky Unveils IDC Affordable NY Plan

SYRACUSE–State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), joined by several local advocates, introduced the Independent Democratic Conference’s 2014 legislative agenda, titled “Affordable NY.” The agenda, composed of five core policy items, demonstrates the IDC’s commitment to working families during the 2014 legislative session.

“The Affordable NY plan is a lifetime commitment to New York’s working families. It is critically important to address issues that affect all New Yorkers; challenges in paying for child care, affording college and living on a fixed income after retirement are topics I hear about from constituents every day,” Senator Valesky said.

The IDC’s proposals include:

December 13, 2013

Livestreaming "Affordable New York" Legislative Roll Out Today at 11am

Majority Coalition Leader, IDC Conference Leader and State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) will announce “Affordable NY,” a bold new set of legislative proposals aimed at making New York affordable for working families. Affordable NY will reinvest $1.75 billion into programs, services, and tax credits that directly benefit working families and retirees. 

December 13, 2013

Senator Stavisky Meets with Francis Lewis High School Seniors to Discuss Government, Politics and Civic Involvement

Flushing, NY—Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) met with Crystal Ng, Emily Chen and Myung Jin (Jenna) Kim, three students from Francis Lewis High School, to discuss government, politics and civic engagement as part of an assignment for their social studies class.


December 12, 2013

Senator Stavisky Tours Pre-K Classrooms at the Shield Institute of Flushing

Flushing, NY—Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) toured the Shield Institute of Flushing to visit the center’s on-site classrooms and learn about the services they provide to developmentally disabled children and adults throughout New York City. Senator Stavisky also met with Dr. Susan Provenzano, Ed.D, Executive Director of the Shield Institute.

December 11, 2013

Senator Klein Announces $25,000 Direct Aid Grant for Robotics Program at PS 71

BRONX, NY - Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) joined students, teachers and school administrators in announcing a $25,000 direct funding grant that has been used to fund a Robotics program for current fourth graders as part of an after school program. The announcement took place at the end of a Robotics session held at PS 71.

December 3, 2013

Senator Klein Announces Major Job Creation Program, “START-UP NEW YORK” in the Bronx

BRONX, NY– Standing under the dome of the Gould Memorial Library at Bronx Community College (BCC), State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) announced that BCC will be a host site for START-UP New York, a groundbreaking initiative that allows select colleges and universities to create tax-free zones on or near their academic campuses.

November 14, 2013

Senator Stewart-Cousins Speaks at the WCA "Raise The Age" Town Hall Meeting

One of the leading advocates for children in Westchester, Senator Stewart-Cousins attended the WCA "Raise the Age" Town Hall Meeting as a panelist to raise awareness to "raise the age of criminal responsibility for juvenile offenders". The meeting was held on Wednesday evening, October 30th, at the White Plains Public Library.

November 4, 2013

Stavisky Questions Mulgrew on Common Core Curriculum Readiness at Regents Reform Agenda Public Hearing

New York, NY—Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) questions UFT President Michael Mulgrew during a Senate Education Committee hearing on the Regents’ Reform Agenda. Mulgrew spoke on the lack of a curriculum that conforms to the new Common Core State Standards as well as the danger in testing children in grades K-2.

October 31, 2013
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