Issues: Youth

Senator O'Brien fights to curb texting while driving

FAIRPORT AND EAST ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Today, Senator Ted O’Brien stood with local residents and insurance representatives to promote safe driving through the “X the TXT” initiative, amid recent reports that texting while driving now causes more teen fatalities than drunk driving.

“As a father and a legislator, my top priority is keeping our children safe from harm,” Senator O’Brien said. “Texting while driving is one of the leading easily prevented causes of death among young people today. The ‘X the TXT’ program is a great way to educate our kids about the dangers of texting while driving and help them make good decisions when they’re on the road. I’m proud to support this life-saving initiative.”

May 19, 2013
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Gianaris Honors Sacramone As Woman Of Distinction

Last week I was proud to honor Taryn Sacramone, Executive Director of the Astoria Performing Arts Center, at the New York Senate 2013 Women of Distinction Ceremony. Check out this Western Queens Gazette article for more details on Taryn's contributions to our community.

May 15, 2013
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Senator Serrano Joins Prince Harry and Harlem RBI to Celebrate New Project Coach Program

(East Harlem) - Senator José M. Serrano joined Prince Harry (Prince Henry of Wales), New York Yankee 1st Baseman Mark Teixiera and Harlem RBI to celebrate the announcement of The Royal Foundation's partnership with Harlem RBI's Project Coach, a youth mentorship program. Harlem  RBI, a nonprofit organization designed to provide inner-city youth with opportunities, partnered with Prince Harry to implement Project Coach to help local youths recognize their potential and realize their dreams by coaching and playing on teams.

May 13, 2013
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Senator Klein Honors Bronx Student, Aspiring Filmmaker and Riverdale Resident, Sofie Somoroff, at 16th Annual Women of Distinction Celebration

ALBANY, NY – Senator Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) honored Sofie Somoroff, a seventeen year old from the Bronx at the 16th Annual Women of Distinction celebration that took place on the evening of Tuesday, May 7, 2013. Late last year, Somoroff was named the Grand Prize Winner of the OnBuzz Reach for the Stars Aspiring Filmmakers Contest for her lyrical, 71-second “micro-movie,” entitled “Me,” that concerns the subject of bullying. Somoroff is a junior at Bronx High School of Science and a resident of Riverdale.

May 9, 2013
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State Sen. Malcolm Smith Sponsors Youth Breakfast

State Sen. Malcolm A. Smith (D-Hollis) sponsored a breakfast on Saturday at IS 59 in Springfield Gardens to kick off a five-week job readiness program by Our Brother's Guardian, a mentoring organization aimed at preparing youth for a productive future through positive reinforcement, mentoring, vocational training programs and internships. The job prep program is open to ages 18-30. For more information, visit www.ourbrothersguardian.com.

May 7, 2013
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Boy Scouts Community Breakfast

On Friday morning, I had the privilege to speak at a Boy Scouts community breakfast in Greece. During the breakfast, a local scout, Aaron Adams received the heroism award for his quick actions which saved the life of his friend who suffered a severe and life threatening injury from falling on a glass chard. Aaron is from Boy Scout Troop 99 in Hilton.

May 6, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill to Protect Victims of Severe Child Abuse

The New York State Senate today gave final passage to legislation that would provide important protections for child victims who have been severely abused by their parents or guardians. The bill (S4082), sponsored by Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn), improves Family Court procedures to reduce the trauma abused children can potentially experience and helps expedite the finding of a new, permanent home.

May 2, 2013
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Time to 'Play Ball!' in Brighton, Greece

Over this past weekend, I had the privilege to take part in Little League Opening Ceremonies in Greece and Brighton! Best wishes to all of our young little league for a healthy and successful baseball season! Play Ball!

April 30, 2013
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Senator Robach Secures Funding for City of Rochester's Summer of Opportunity Program

(Thursday, April 25, 2013) - Mayor Thomas S. Richards announced today that the City's Summer of Opportunity (SOOP) work and career exploration program for city youth will expand its scope due to the efforts of State Senator Joe Robach.

 

"Senator Robach has secured almost half of the funding for this program, which means more than 400 city high school students will have an opportunity to spend their summers in meaningful jobs or exploring modern career alternatives," said Mayor Richards. "The Senator's commitment to Rochester's future is well known, and he has demonstrated it yet again with this grant. The people of Rochester are truly fortunate to have such an effective advocate in Albany."

 

April 25, 2013
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DOT supports speed cameras at boro intersection

As reported by the Times Ledger:

The city Department of Transportation threw its support behind calls for a speed camera at a dangerous intersection near PS 206 in Rego Park, but said it is waiting for the state to pass a law authorizing the cameras before it can move forward.

“The proposed speed camera program would significantly enhance safety at school locations throughout the city,” said DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan in a letter to state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), who is advocating for making the intersection safer and is the first Senate sponsor of legislation that would permit the speed cameras.

For full article, click here. 

April 22, 2013
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Greece Re-Engagement Center Showcase Event

On Friday, I had the privilege to view work done by SNAP students at the Greece Central School District Re-Engagement Center. The students displayed photographs, poems, and artwork to promote the message of anti-bullying.

April 22, 2013
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Senator Stavisky Presents 5th Grader with Award for Earth Day Project

(Bayside, NY)  Senator Toby Ann Stavisky presented 5th Grader Margaret Sakar with an award honoring her 1st place finish in the student Earth Day Art Contest. More than 60 students participated, and Ms. Sakar, of the Holy Martyrs Day School in Bayside, was judged the winner.

April 21, 2013
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Kennedy: 4 out of 5 At-Risk Youth in Erie County Do Not Have Access to Critical Mental Health Services; Urges Expanded Mental Health Care for Local Children

Kennedy secures $800,000 in state budget to preserve the Erie County Mental Health Association’s Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program, says more funding is needed next year. 

CASA program able to serve 200 of the 1000 at-risk children in need of help in Erie County; MHA, with Kennedy’s support, is pushing to expand the program. 

April 18, 2013
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Senator Martins' Bill to Protect Childen Left Unattended in Motor Vehicle Passes Unanimously

The New York State Senate passed a bill that would require children under 8 years old not be left alone in a car without supervision of someone twelve or older when the conditions present a significant risk to the health and safety of a child. The legislation, (S.306) sponsored by Senator Jack Martins (R-C-I, Mineola), is intended to keep young children safe when conditions, such as hot and cold weather, present a risk to safety of the child.

"Leaving a helpless child behind, alone, in a vehicle for any length of time is dangerous, period,” said Senator Martins. “We owe it to our children to hold irresponsible parents accountable. This bill does that."

April 17, 2013
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April 16, 2013
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Inspire! Learning and Childcare Opens at Greenleaf Meadows

On Wednesdsay evening, I had the privilege to speak at a ribbon cutting ceremony at Inspire! Learning and Chidcare Center. Inspire is located at 500 Greenlead Road in Greece, at the Greenleaf Meadow Apartments. For more infomration about Inspire, visit their website at http://inspirechildcare.com/.

April 11, 2013
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