Issues: Families

Free & Expanded Language Access Services Now Provided by State Agencies

New York State agencies are now providing provide free language interpretation in six major non-English languages, helping all New Yorkers have access to vital government services.

October 12, 2012
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Cutting the Ribbon on Art Walk Expansion Project

On Thursday, I had the privilege to speak at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Art Walk Extension and Enhancement Project. The project reconstructs University Avenue from North Goodman Street to Union Street by replacing aging streets and sidewalks. The portion unveiled today runs east to west on University Avenue from Goodman Street to Union Street, and north to south on Goodman Street from Village Gates to the Rochester Museum and Science Center.

October 4, 2012
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Empire State Games to Return

Rochester, N.Y. – Michael G. Carey, son of Governor Hugh Carey, today joined a host of athletes, sports dignitaries, and local elected officials to announce plans to bring back the Empire State Games through the creation of a new not-for-profit foundation, the Empire State Sports Foundation. The private foundation has taken over the planning, promotion and organization of the summer games thanks to a recent agreement signed with the New York State Parks Department.

 

Carey, who will serve as president of the foundation’s Board of Governors, detailed the significant progress being made to permanently bring back the summer games, including a plan to reunify the two games under the banner of the Empire State Games and the Empire State Sports Foundation.

 

October 4, 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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Hillside Family of Agencies Unveils Renovated Monroe Avenue Campus

On Friday, I had the privilege to speak at a ceremony in which Hillside Family of Agencies unveiled it's $22 million renovated Monroe Avenue campus. Funding for the renovation was raised from private donors and funders and through numerous campaign over more then a decade. Renovations include six renovated residential buildings, the new Horton Family Center, a renovated Eastman Hall, a new common area, a new baseball field, track and playground, and one of the cottages now allows for residential services for eight youth with developmental disabilities. For further details, visit www.hillside.com.

September 24, 2012
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Addabbo Focuses on Families

Families are the backbone of our communities, and they are always changing.See attcahed PDF to read more on what Senator Addabbo and the state are doing assist families.

September 20, 2012
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Senator Martins Reaches Out to Read

Participates in Program That Encourages Medical Professionals to Promote Reading

Senator Jack M. Martins was the guest reader at Winthrop Pediatric Associates on a recent morning as part of the Reach Out and Read Program. The program encourages medical professionals to promote reading to children. The program is utilized at four locations in the Seventh Senate District – Winthrop, Cohen’s Children’s Medical Center of NY in Lake Success, The Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of NY in New Hyde Park and Port Pediatrics in Port Washington.

September 18, 2012
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Brockport Fire Department 9/11 Ceremony

On Tuesday, night, September 11th, the Brockport Fire Department held their annual vigil to remember the victims of the terrorist attacks 11 years ago. Brockport FD has held this vigil each year since the attacks. The vigil included a display of firefighters' helmets, a display of American flags, and the Brockport 9/11 Memorial.

September 12, 2012
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Remembering Those Who Perished On 09-11-01

Eleven years ago, our Nation was attacked, and our way of life was changed forever. Terrorists killed thousands of innocent victims in New York City, at the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Today, we remember all of those who perished on that terrible day. I hope that you and your family will spend some time together, thinking about those who lost their lives and the families they left behind. There are a number of community events today and tonight that people can attend to reflect and remember. Not only on this anniversary, but continually, we shall Never Forget.

September 11, 2012
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RITCHIE HAILS GOVERNOR FOR SIGNING BILL TO CLOSE CHILD PORN LEGAL LOOPHOLE

Legislation Makes the Viewing of Child Pornography a Class E Felony

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced that a bill she voted in favor of to close a gaping legal loophole in New York State that makes it legal to view online child porn has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. 

“I applaud Governor Cuomo for his leadership and for acting quickly to support a measure that would protect the children of New York State,” said Senator Ritchie. 

September 7, 2012
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First Day of School

Today, many of our students across the area started the 2012-2013 school year. I had the privilege to join the students, faculty, and staff at Flower City School #54 in the city for their first day of school! Students had the opportunity to meet City of Rochester School District Superintendent Bolgen Vargas and take part in activities on The Green Machine. The Green Machine is a solar powered research vehicle, designed by Monroe #1 BOCES Technology Service. It is an interactive mobile science labratory that provides state-of-the-art technology in a curriculum-rich environment. It includes five workstations (CSI, Ecology, Geography, Zoology, and Medical), which students are assigned to work together in a specified scenario to solve a mystery.

September 5, 2012
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Back to School Reminder: No State Sales Tax on Clothing Purchases Up to $110

Believe it or not, it’s back-to-school time again! Preparing our kids for a new school year can be a fun and exciting time, but with so many families feeling an economic crunch these days, it can be a stressful time as well. That’s why I wanted to remind you of some good news that is sure to help your back-to-school budget. Shoppers will not pay state sales tax on clothing purchases up to $110. Clothing purchases can be a big part of a family budget, and I was pleased to support this tax cut to help hardworking New Yorkers keep more money in their pockets. Repealing the sales tax on clothing is projected to save a typical family of four nearly $200 a year.

August 30, 2012
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Town of Greece Citizens Police Academy Graduation Picnic

Last Thursday afternoon, I had the privilege to speak to, and meet with, graduates of the Town of Greece Citizens Police Academy. This was the 16th Annual Picnic to celebrate the accomplishments of residents and past graduates who have gone through this program. Thank you to all of you who help make our community safe.

August 28, 2012
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Brooks Court Ground Breaking

Earlier this afternoon, I had the privilege to take part in a ground-breaking ceremony to kick off a $5.5 million redevelopment plan on Genesee Street in Rochester. Brooks Court will soon be the home of new single-family 1 1/2 - 2 story homes. These homes will have individual garages, front porches, and vinyl siding. They are estimated to be priced between $150,000 and $180,000. The homes are scheduled to be ready for occupancy in late fall. For more information on the project, visit http://www.woodstonecustomhomesinc.com/brookscourt.html.

August 22, 2012
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Town of Greece Volunteer Awards Reception

On Saturday afternoon, I had the privilege to speak at, and present at, the Town of Greece volunteer award ceremony. This event is put on annually by the Greece Community Partners organization to recognize residents throughout the community for their service and dedication. Congratulations to all of this year nominees. They are: Anne Caprio, David Codding, Hildegard DiNatale, Betty Fetter, Ruth Fitzgerald, Donald Howard, Dolores Ketchum, Joyce King, Nancy and Jeff Kliss, Ken Kruger, Jim Kunkel, Francis Maslyn, Norm Morrealle, Diana Needham, Marion Palumbo, Ralph Panfil, Kathy Pospula, Eugene Preston, Ken Preston, Mary Ellen Schramm, and Walter Scott. Here I am pictured with Jim Kunkel, who I had the honor to nominate for this award.

August 22, 2012
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Legislation Sponsored by Senator Dilan Signed by Governor Cuomo

S.7189 consolidates bus services provided to pre-kindergarten and early intervention children under the City Department of Education.Allowing this process enables the City DOE to draw on its extensive knowledge of bus contracts and the subsequent negotiating process to ensure that pre-kindergarten and early intervention students are afforded the same process and treatment as all other New York City schoolchildren.

August 21, 2012
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