Issues: Youth

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.

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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 22, 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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Senator Kennedy Secures Release of Long-Awaited Funding for Critical Upgrades to Gateway-Longview Family Resource Center in Buffalo

Kennedy fought to cut bureaucratic red tape that had stalled the critical upgrades to East Side Center for over 3 years.

Gateway-Longview will put $200,000 in funds toward improvements at their Family Resource Center. 

Kennedy: Gateway-Longview’s Funding is no longer a long-shot – project to improve important Buffalo community center is now a reality. 

April 8, 2013
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PRESS RELEASE---Senator Eric Adams & Child Abuse Prevention Program (CAPP) Partner on Awareness Campaign for April’s National Child Abuse Prevention Month

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   

 

Senator Eric Adams & Child Abuse Prevention Program (CAPP) Partner on

Awareness Campaign for April’s National Child Abuse Prevention Month

 

“One Simple Step Can Change a Child’s Life”

April 3, 2013
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Senator Boyle Introduces The "Secure our Schools Act": Legislation Seeks to Protect Children on Election Days

Senator Phil Boyle today announced the introduction of the Secure our Schools Act, legislation directing the New York State Education Department and the New York State Board of Elections to deliver a joint proposal that mitigates risk factors associated with the public’s access to schools that are also polling places.  The bill requires that the joint proposal be delivered to the State Legislature and the Governor within six months of the law’s enactment.  Senator Boyle made the announcement at the Forest Avenue Elementary School in West Babylon and was joined by West Babylon Superintendent of Schools Anthony Cacciola, West Babylon School Board President Diane Thiel and several concerned parents. 

March 28, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Announces Funds Secured for At-Risk Youth

Kennedy confirms budget includes funding for Operation SNUG, Court Appointed Special Advocates program.

Kennedy: This minimal state investment will have a tremendous community impact helping at-risk youth avoid destructive decisions.

March 22, 2013
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Senator Robach Supports Legislation To Toughen Penalties for Sex Crimes

The New York State Senate today passed a package of bills cracking down on rapists and sex offenders by creating new crimes and increasing penalties.

 

Legislation (S.1459) sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos (R, Rockville Centre) ensures significantly longer prison sentences for serial rapists. Under current law, it is possible for a judge to issue concurrent sentences for multiple counts arising from separate and distinct acts of rape. The legislation would require consecutive prison sentences for each separate count of first-degree rape when an individual is convicted of multiple counts, keeping dangerous felons off the streets for as long as possible.

March 21, 2013
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Taconic Hills Select Choir Performs at Empire State Plaza

The Taconic Hills Select Choir sings at the Empire State Plaza in Albany on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 as part of "Music in Our Schools Month."

March 20, 2013
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IDC and TV Star Padma Lakshmi Kick-off Teen Health Awareness Campaign in Albany

Albany, NY -- At the State Capitol on Wednesday, Padma Lakshmi, host of Bravo TV’s Top Chef and co-founder of the Endometriosis Foundation of America, joined Senate Majority Coalition Leader Jeffrey D. Klein and members of the Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference to kick-off a Teen Health Awareness Campaign.  The campaign focuses on reducing adolescent obesity, educating students about the health consequences of short and long-term alcohol and substance abuse, and raising awareness among young women and health professionals about endometriosis, an often undiagnosed but debilitating disease.  March is Endometriosis month.  At the press conference, Senator Klein was joined by seventh graders from JHS 141, a middle school in the Riverdale section of the Bronx.

 

March 14, 2013
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