Issues: Youth

Meeting with Boy Scouts from Troop 18

Earlier this afternoon I had the opportunity to meet with a group of boy scouts from Troop 18. The four scouts, who visited my district office, discussed issues regarding our community as they complete the process for their Citizenship Merit Badge. In addition to our community, we also discussed how government operates in New York State and current issues facing our state government.

November 15, 2012
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School #36 26th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony

On Thursday night, I had the honor to speak at, and talk with students, faculty, staff, their families, and local veterans at the annual Veterans Day ceremony. This was the 26th year for the ceremony. The students, faculty, and staff did a wonderful job as always on this great annual event to honor those who have served our Country.

November 9, 2012
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St. Lawrence School Veterans Day Concert

On Wednesday night, I had the privilege to attend, and speak at, the annual St. Lawrence School Veterans Day concert. Students from grades 4-6 took part in the concert to honor our country and those who have served it. Great job by all the students!

November 8, 2012
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Recognizing Students for Summer Reading Program

Last week I had the privilege to visit with students and their teachers at Greece Athena Middle School. Students there were recognized for taking part in the district's summer reading program. Great job by all the students for your efforts this summer and getting a head start!

October 30, 2012
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Section Five Football Semi-Finals

On Sunday, October 28th, I had the privilege to conduct the pre-game coin toss before kickoff of the Section Five Football Semi-Final game between Aquinas and Rush-Henrietta. Congratulations to the Li'L Irish from my alma mater on your 21-13 victory. Best wishes to Aquinas in the Section Five Championship against Pittsford Saturday, and continued success to all of our student athletes!

October 29, 2012
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New York Immigration Coalition & FPA Announce 2013 DREAM Fellowship Program

The New York Immigration Coalition, in partnership with the Fund for Public Advocacy, announced its acceptance of applications for the 2013 DREAM Fellowship Program, a semester-long leadership development program.

The Dream Fellowship Program is a semester-long leadership development program, initiated jointly by the New York Immigration Coalition and the Fund for Public Advocacy. In its first semester in the Spring of 2012, ten college-level DREAM Act eligible student leaders were selected for the fellowship, which included leadership development trainings, internships at community organizations and $2,000 scholarships toward tuition at City University of New York. The Korean American Community Foundation also provided supported for the program.

October 26, 2012
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Community-Wide Collaborative to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse

Earlier today, I had the privilege to speak at a press conference announcing a new community-wide collaborative to prevent child sexual abuse. Bivona Child Advocacy Center, in partnership with the YMCA of Greater Rochester announced today their official collaboration with local nonprofit and government organizations to address the epidemic of child sexual abuse. In addition to Bivona Child Advocacy Center and the YMCA of Greater Rochester, the Darkness to Light Collaborative includes: Center for Youth Services, Heritage Christian Services, Hillside Children's Center, Monroe County Department of Human Services, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children/NY Branch, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester Police Department, Society for the Protection and Care of Children, St.

October 26, 2012
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Wilson Magnet High School IB Diploma Programme Induction Ceremony

On Thursday evening, I had the privilege to speak at the 11th Annual Wilson Magnet High School International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Induction Ceremony. Prior to the ceremony, I also had the opportunity to meet the great young men and women who enter this program as the Class of 2014! For more information on this very successful program, visit http://www.rcsdk12.org/page/17007. Best wishes to all the students on continued success!

October 26, 2012
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Glens Falls Boy Scout Troop 2 welcomes Senator Little

Senator Betty Little met with the Glens Falls Boy Scout Troop 2 to talk about her motivation to serve in public office and the role and responsibilities of a New York State Senator.  The boys asked questions of the senator to fulfill a requirement to advance to their next rank.

October 25, 2012
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Visiting with Students at Stepping Stones Learning Center

On Tuesday, October 24th, I had the privilege to tour and visit with students at Stepping Stones Learning Center. Stepping Stones Learning Center, a not-for-profit, family centered program for children birth to 21 years of age with and without special needs. Through our community, OPWDD, clinic, and early childhood school based classroom programs, we have developed unique environments where an acceptance of diversity promotes an atmosphere where children learn and grow together and from each other; what a lifelong gift. For more information, visit http://steppingstoneslearning.com/.

October 24, 2012
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Grant Helps Greece Add iPads to Elementary Schools

I am proud to partner with the Greece Central School District to put technology into the hands of Greece elementary school students. In an effort to increase students' access to, and understanding of, technology, the district recently purchased 30 iPads for each school serving grades 3-5. I was able to access educational funding for this program. In addition to Buckman Heights, iPad stations have been added to Brookside, Craig Hill, Lakeshore, Longridge, Paddy Hill, Pine Brook, and West Ridge Elementary Schools.

October 23, 2012
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Visiting Students at Turkish Cultural Center of Rochester

On Saturday morning, I had the privilege to visit with children at the Turkish Cultural Center of Rochester. The kids had great questions regarding our community, our state, and our country. I also had the opportunity to read to them before they returned to their classrooms. So many bright young minds! Thanks for having me as a guest!

October 23, 2012
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Summer of Opportunity Volunteer/Employer Breakfast

Earlier this morning, I had the privilege to speak at an appreciation breakfast for volunteers and employers of the Summer of Opportunity and Summer Youth Employment program. For more information on this great program for our youth, visit http://www.cityofrochester.gov/soop/.

October 18, 2012
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Senator Gianaris at "New Yorkers against Gun Violence Gala", held by NYU Law School

Senator Gianaris attended the "New Yorkers Gun Violence Gala", an event of paramount importance aiming at informing the public about the gun violence problems.

October 17, 2012
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Visiting Discovery Charter School

On Thursday morning, I had the privilege to meet with students who attend Discovery Charter School in Irondequoit. This is a new elementary public school located at the campus of Bishop Kearney High School. Currently, it has grades K through 2nd and will be adding 3rd through 6th grade. For more information on Discovery Charter School, visit their website at www.rochesterdiscovery.com.

October 11, 2012
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Town Hall: Solitary Confinement in NY Prisons

Town Hall Meeting hosted by State Senator Bill Perkins with a Panel Discussion and Public Dialogue on Solitary Confinement in New York State and City Prisons with state and local legislators, advocates, the formerly incarcerated, and family members. Panel discussion moderated by Jean Casella, Co-Editor of Solitary Watch, with Jack Beck, Director of Prison Visiting Project, Correctional Association of New York, Dilcio Acosta, Mental Health Alternatives to Solitary Confinement, Sarah Kerr, Staff Attorney of The Legal Aid Society Prisoners' Rights Project, and Lisa Ortega, JAC, New York City Jails Action Coalition. 

October 10, 2012
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Gates-Chili Volleyball Teams Goes Pink in Fight Against Cancer

On Tuesday night, October 2nd, I had the privilege to make remarks prior to the Gates-Chili girls volleyball game against Greece Arcadia. The team wore pink jerseys as a part of their 'Dig Pink' fund raiser for cancer awareness.

October 3, 2012
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RITCHIE TO HONOR OSWEGO COUNTY TEENS WITH LIBERTY MEDAL

State Senator Patty Ritchie will award the New York State Senate Liberty Medal to two Oswego County sisters for their help saving three people when their boat overturned this summer on Sandy Pond. 

Julia and Michele Lavery will be awarded the prestigious Liberty Medal Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. in the Oswego High School main office. 

October 1, 2012
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2012 Dictionary Project Wraps Up

Earlier this morning, I had the privilege to distribute new dictionaries to third grade students at Craig Hill Elementary School in Greece. This was the 11th and final school, in the Hilton and Greece School Districts, to receive new dictionaries this school year. Thank you to the Rotary Clubs of Hilton and Greece for their support in this project once again. Best wishes to all of our students for a successful 2012-2013 school year!

September 26, 2012
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