Issues: Families

Senator Kennedy's Bill to Improve Statewide Child Abuse Hotline Passed Through State Legislature

Senator Kennedy’s Legislation Will Improve State Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment by Enacting Strong Requirements for Tracking of Repeat Reports.

Senate, Assembly Approved Key CPS Reform Pushed by Kennedy.

State review of Erie County CPS found 72 percent of existing reports involved families with previous history of CPS investigations within the past four years.

June 23, 2014
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Senate Passes Seward Bill To Combat Heroin & Opioid Crisis

ALBANY, 06/19/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today spoke on the senate floor in support of legislation to fight the growing heroin and opioid abuse epidemic.  The senate passed a package of eleven bills that were part of a three-way agreement between the senate, assembly and governor.  The package includes senate bill 7912, sponsored by Senator Seward, to improve access to insurance coverage for substance abuse treatment and dependency services.

June 19, 2014
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Bill Pushed By Kennedy to Improve CPS Transparency, Caseload Oversight Passes State Legislature

Following Conflicting Reports Related to Caseload Levels for CPS Workers, Kennedy Secures Approval of Bill to Improve Transparency by Requiring Disclosure of CPS Caseloads.

Kennedy-backed bill requires local CPS agencies to outline steps they’ll take to reduce caseloads.

Kennedy: As Erie County Adds More Workers, This Bill Will Shed Light on Future Needs to Reduce Caseloads.

June 19, 2014
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Griffo-Rozic Foster Care Bill Heading To Governor

Passed Legislation to Protect Children in Foster Homes

June 19, 2014
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Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #25: Ensuring Equality for Women

In Governor Cuomo’s 2013 State of the State address, he challenged legislators to reject institutional and cultural norms and make New York a leader in creating equality for women.

I’m proud that my Senate colleagues and I have twice met his challenge.

We’ve passed nine bills that would stop human trafficking, ensure equal pay for equal work, combat sexual harassment in the workplace, end gender-based discrimination in employment, housing and credit, require reasonable accommodations for pregnant women in the workplace and provide stronger protections for victims of domestic violence.

June 19, 2014
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Seward Bill Key Component Of Legislative Agreement To Combat Heroin

ALBANY, 06/18/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced an agreement between legislative leaders and the governor on several bills aimed at fighting the growing heroin and opioid abuse epidemic.  The package includes a bill, sponsored by Senator Seward, to improve access to insurance coverage for substance abuse treatment and dependency services.

June 18, 2014
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Children and Families in Chautauqua County to Receive Additional Family Court Judge

For Release: Immediate, June 18, 2014

Senate and Assembly Reach Agreement on Allocation of New Family Court Judges

ALBANY - To address a record number of cases, Chautauqua County will have an additional Family Court judge to alleviate a huge backlog.

After sponsoring legislation to elect an additional judge to relieve the overwhelming caseload in Chautauqua County Family Court, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) announced today that an agreement has been reached between the state Senate and Assembly to double the county’s number of Family Court judges from one to two.

June 18, 2014
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Senator Valesky Celebrates Juneteenth

Senator David Valesky joined Congressman Dan Maffei, Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, Syracuse City Common Councilors, and area residents for a Juneteenth Flag Raising at City Hall on Friday, June 13.

June 13, 2014
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Senate Passes Valesky-Sponsored Elder Financial Abuse Legislation

Legislation sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) protecting seniors from financial abuse passed the Senate today.

Sen. Valesky, chair of the Senate Aging Committee, released a report on May 6 that shows financial abuse amongst New York's seniors to be more prevalent than initially thought, with much higher rates of undocumented incidents that actually exist. Data obtained by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services project a surge in the number of cases of financial abuse by the year 2030, with nearly 200,000 incidents predicted to occur.

June 12, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill to Make Residential Youth Facilities Safer

The New York State Senate today passed a measure to protect the staff and youth in group homes and other youth residential facilities.

June 11, 2014
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ELDER ABUSE COALITION PARTNERS, SENATOR VALESKY JOIN TO FIGHT ELDER FINANCIAL ABUSE

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—Today, a coalition of advocates from the Syracuse Area Domestic & Sexual Violence Coalition's Elder Abuse & Justice Committees joined State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) to draw attention to the serious issue of elder financial abuse and to invite the community to a special presentation, “Physical & Financial Fitness,” in recognition of the 9th Annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

June 6, 2014
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State Senator and Assemblywoman Debate DREAM Act

As reported by NY1:

Inside City Hall hosted a debate on the merits of the state Dream Act, a bill that would give college financial aid to undocumented immigrants with State Senator Jose Peralta, a Democrat from Queens and a leading opponent, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, a Republican whose Assembly district covers parts of Staten Island and Brooklyn.

To view full video, click here. 

June 6, 2014
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Senator Kennedy Announces Legislation to Improve CPS Transparency Passes Out of Committee, Ready for Consideration of Full Senate

Kennedy-sponsored Legislation that Would Add Increased Transparency to CPS has Gained Momentum in Albany and Passed Through Key Committee.

Proposed bills will require local CPS agencies to disclose caseloads – overburdened workers have been a major concern – and allow CPS department heads to, in good faith, share critical information about individual cases to shed light on gaps in the system.

Caseloads in Erie County may be as high as 40 or 50 cases per worker, according to recent reports.

May 30, 2014
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May 2014 Newsletter – DREAM Act

Please click the file below to view the DREAM Act newsletter.

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DREAM Act

May 29, 2014
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SENATOR VALESKY, MEMBERS OF SENATE’S JOINT TASK FORCE ON HEROIN AND OPIOID ADDICTION RELEASE REPORT AND LEGISLATIVE RECOMMENDATIONS

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), a member of the Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction today joined colleagues in releasing a report summarizing the findings of statewide forums held to examine the issues surrounding the increase in drug abuse, addiction and drug-related crimes in New York. The report includes a comprehensive package of bills recommended for action this legislative session that target prevention, treatment, and enforcement issues raised during extensive testimony provided by dozens of experts, parents, and concerned New Yorkers. 

May 28, 2014
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Domestic Violence Victims See Delays in Pursuit of Permanent Housing

As reported by WNBC News:

Nearly one-third of New York City’s homeless population are victims of domestic violence who have made the difficult decision to walk away from a bad situation. But when they turn to the city for help, some say they’re facing risky, sometimes life-threatening red tape. Government Affairs Reporter Melissa Russo reports.

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May 27, 2014
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At Start of Summer and Beginning of “100 Deadliest Days for Teen Drivers,” Klein, Crespo Push for Passage of Legislation Curbing Underage Drinking

BRONX, NY -  The upcoming Memorial Day weekend, marks the unofficial start of summer – but it also marks the beginning of what is known as the “100 Deadliest Days” for teen drivers. Underage drinking continues to be a chronic problem in New York City with nearly 1,800 summonses a year issued by the NYPD for sales of alcohol to minors. 

May 23, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Children and Families Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Children and Families  Senator Simcha Felder, Chair  1:30 PM, Wednesday, May 28, 2014  Room 945 LOB

May 28, 1:30 PM - 1:46 PM
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR KEVIN PARKER ON BROWN V BOARD OF EDUCATION 60TH ANNIVERSARY

(Brooklyn, NY) - "Sixty years ago today, the Supreme Court of the United States announced its unanimous ruling in Brown v the Board of Education. As we all know, the Court's decision made it crystal clear that not only were the racially segregated school systems of the day unequal and illegal, but that segregated schools could never be equal and therefore violated the U.S. Constitution.

May 19, 2014
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Senator Parker’s Free Prom Dress Giveaway Helps Local Families

Brooklyn, NY- Over 300 eager high school seniors walked away from Brooklyn’s Samuel Tilden High School with their free ‘dream’ gown from Senator Kevin Parker’s 7th Annual Free Prom Dress Giveaway event on Saturday, May 10, 2014. Young ladies and parents traveled from neighboring and outer-borough  schools to begin the selection process of their prom attire as the highly anticipated prom season for high school seniors quickly approaches.

May 12, 2014
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