Issues: Families

Local Politicians Show Support For NY Family Leave Act

As reported by NY1:

“State Senator Jose Peralta and Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas rallied with community members in Astoria on Monday in support of the New York Family Leave Act, which would extend unpaid, job-protected maternity leave.”

For video click here.

July 19, 2012

State Department of Health Reports Increased Number of Cases of Whooping Cough

State Health Department Urges People to Get Immunized


ALBANY, N.Y. (July 18, 2012) – State Health Commissioner Nirav R. Shah, M.D., M.P.H., is urging New Yorkers to get vaccinated against pertussis (whooping cough) in light of an elevated number of cases this year in New York and across the country.


"Pertussis is a highly contagious, but very preventable disease" Commissioner Shah said. Here in New York, we are seeing an increased number of reported cases this year, as is the case across the United States. "I encourage New Yorkers to make sure that you and your family members are up-to-date on pertussis vaccinations in order to prevent infection".


July 18, 2012

8/11/2012: 6th Annual Family & Friends Day

Join Senator Huntley and friends for a FREE day of learning,exercise, games, rides, food, music, entertainment and otherfun-filled activities.

Saturday, August 11, 2012 at Roy Wilkins ParkFoch and Merrick Boulevards12 NOON – 4:00 PM

For more information, please contact my District Office at (718) 523-3069

August 11, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Senator Gianaris speaks at the Federation of Italian-American Organizations 5k run

Senator Gianaris congratulating a participant and handing her a prize.

July 17, 2012

2012 Big Rib BBQ & Blues Fest

On Thursday, July 12th, I had the privilege to speak at the Rib-In cutting ceremony to officially open the 2012 Big Rib BBQ and Blues Fest. This year's festival takes place at Highland Park through Sunday, serving at 11:30 a.m. each day. For all the details on the great food and music that will be a part of this year's festival, visit

July 12, 2012

Brass Taxi Performs at Concerts by the Shore

On Wednesday, July 11th, I had the privilege to join Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks and introduce Brass Taxi (pictured above) prior to thier performance at Concerts by the Shore. The free concert series takes place every Wednesday night, until the end of August, at Ontario Beach Park, beginning at 7:00. You can click on the Concerts by the Shore graphic on my homepage to see the 2012 Concerts by the Shore schedule.

July 12, 2012

Far Rockaway Healthcare Workshop

A Healthcare Workshop, featuring:The American-Italian Cancer Foundation(FREE MAMOGRAMS FOR AGES 40 & OVER)

The Samaritan Hands Health Ministry at St. Johns Baptist Church

DATE:     Thursday, July 26, 2012

TIME:     10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Location:  Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center    62-00 Beach Channel Drive    Averne, New York 11692

For more information, please contact:

July 26, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Kennedy, Local Officials Announce DEC Efforts to Address Air Quality at Peace Bridge

Department of Environmental Conservation Agrees To Monitor Air Near Peace Bridge – Put Conservation Officers in Place To Enforce Truck Idling Regulation

BUFFALO – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, joined several of his colleagues in government to announce that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has agreed to institute various measures to address air quality near the Peace Bridge. 

July 6, 2012

Local Domestic Violence Programs Receive State Grants

ALBANY, 07/05/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) announced today that local domestic violence programs would be receiving direct, unrestricted grants through the state senate.

“These community programs provide vital services for those in dire need,” said Senator Seward.  “The U.S. Surgeon General has identified domestic violence as the number one health problem affecting American women.  Providing help to vulnerable individuals, who often have nowhere else to turn, is essential.”

The funding was set aside in the 2012-2013 state budget.

Program - Funding Amount

July 5, 2012

Pickleball Courts Open in Monroe County

On Tuesday, July 2nd, I had the privilege to speak at the ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the first Pickleball courts in Monroe County. The courts are located next to the Roger Robach Community Center at Ontario Beach Park in Charlotte. For more information on Pickleball, visit Following the press conference, I gave Pickleball a try!



July 3, 2012

Little known policy bans sunscreen in schools

Senator Gianaris appeared on Channel 7's segment on sunscreen in schools and talked about his bill that would make it easier for children to use sunscreen while in school.

Watch the video here.

July 2, 2012

Astoria keeps eye on Greece after election

An article by the Queens Campaigner talks about Astoria's Greek-American residents and their concern for Greece's economic future.

Astoria’s Greek-American elected officials said their constituents remain concerned but hopeful about Greece’s economic future after the nation’s New Democracy Party was elected by a narrow margin on a platform of remaining within the European Union.


“Hopefully, they’ll get their act together and start getting things moving in the right direction,” said state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria).


July 2, 2012

2012 Corn Hill Arts Festival Poster Unveiling

On Thursday afternoon, I had the privilege to speak at the unveiling of the offical poster for the 2012 Corn Hill Arts Festival. The unveiling was held aboard the Mary Jemison boat, which will be used as a shuttle for this weekend's festival. The 2012 Corn Hill Festival is this Saturday and Sunday, July 7th and 8th. For more information on the festival, visit Great job by artist Lisa Robinson on this year's poster!

July 2, 2012

School Modernization Program Kicks Off

(Rochester, N.Y.) - Earlier this afternoon, I had the privilege to take part in the Rochester City School District's ground breaking ceremony to launch the schools modernization program. Five schools will mark the beginning of a $325 million dollar construction program. Overall, 15 projects are to be completed by September 2015 as phase one of the schools modernization program. Today's ceremony was held at School No. 50, where work is underway.

June 28, 2012


Sign The E-Petition Today

Western New York has been rocked recently by several high profile incidents involving the hit-and-run deaths of area teens and young adults. The most widely publicized was the hit-and-run death of 18-year-old Alix Rice of Amherst.

June 28, 2012

Affordable Care Act

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. huntleyFor Immediate Release: June 28, 2012Contact: Bryant G. Gaspard | | (518) 455-3531


Senator Huntley Applauds Supreme Court Decision To Uphold Affordable Care Act

June 28, 2012

Senator Kennedy Announces Action to Prevent Bullying, Cyberbullying

State Legislature approves comprehensive bill to prevent growing problem of online harassment.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, announced legislative action to protect children from bullying and cyberbullying across New York State. The State Legislature approved legislation to ensure young people have access to safe learning environments at school, in their neighborhoods and online.

June 27, 2012

2012 Session - Solutions & Accountability

ALBANY, 06/21/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on the close of the 2012 legislative session:

“Albany is results driven once again and for that reason there were plenty of notable accomplishments during the 2012 legislative session.  We focused on solutions and accountability.

 “For a second consecutive year we passed an on-time state budget that kept spending in check, rejected new taxes and fees, funds the reconstruction of our upstate roads and bridges and funnels additional education aid to our neediest rural schools. 

June 21, 2012


Legislation Creates the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs to Prevent, Investigate and Prosecute Abuse and Neglect of Vulnerable New Yorkers

The New York State Senate today passed sweeping legislation that will transform how New Yorkers with special needs and disabilities are protected. The bill (S7749) sponsored by Senator Roy McDonald (R-C-I, Saratoga) is part of a three-way agreement between the Senate, Assembly and Governor Cuomo to establish the strongest standards and practices in the nation for protecting individuals in state operated, certified or licensed facilities and programs.

June 20, 2012
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