Issues: Families

"Cool Sweep" for City Residents

Cool Sweep is the City’s annual public safety and customer service program to help city residents who have limited opportunities to find relief from summer heat. Cool Sweep kicks off once schools let out for summer recess. A Cool Sweep operation is triggered when the forecast calls for a day to reach 85 degrees.

 

Cool Sweep hours are normally from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The operation employs the use of a cooling spray from fire hydrants and extended hours at City pools and Durand Eastman Beach. The use of City spray parks and pools in certain city high schools are also available to the public.

 

When hot summer days creep in make sure to watch the news and check the newspaper for a possible Cool Sweep day announcement from Mayor Richards.

June 19, 2012
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Senator DeFrancisco Discusses Cyber Bullying Legislation on Your Voice Cable Program

On this program of the cable show, Your Voice, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses a bill that would better protect children from online bullying, and a bill that would make college more affordable for families.

June 14, 2012
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Senators Klein, Ranzenhofer, Miss New York, and the IDC Release New York's Definitive Cyberbullying Census

Miss New York Joins NY State Senators Klein, Ranzenhofer, and IDC in Releasing Results of Largest And Most Comprehensive Cyberbullying Census Ever Conducted

Nearly 10,000 NY Students Complete Survey; 70% Think Cyberbullying Should be a Crime

 

File: 
Cyberbully Final Report.docx

June 13, 2012
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Senate Gives Final Passage to Bill Requiring Minors to Obtain Parental Permission for Body Piercing

Anyone Under 18 Would Need A Parent’s Approval Before Receiving Non Ear-Piercing  The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to a bill (S7446) sponsored by Senator Joe Robach (R-C-I, Rochester), that would require minors to obtain consent from a parent or guardian for unemancipated persons who wish to receive body piercings, other than piercing one’s ears.

June 13, 2012
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Jay J’s Law Approved in Senate

Kennedy-sponsored legislation, which carries name of local boy, aims to crackdown on repeat child abusers.

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, announced the Senate unanimously approved Jay J’s Law by a vote of 57-0. Jay J’s Law (S.6508/A.9488), which Senator Kennedy authored, will crackdown on repeat child abuse and enact far stiffer penalties for violent offenders who repeatedly hurt children.

June 13, 2012
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Senator Valesky Co-Sponsors Legislation to Strengthen Domestic Violence Legislation

The State Senate unanimously passed co-sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) to protect victims of domestic violence and increases penalties against abusers. 

June 13, 2012
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Senator Kennedy Announces Reform Legislation Approved to Prevent Prescription Drug Abuse

I-STOP is central component of comprehensive reform bill, which the Senate passed Monday.

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-58th District, announced the Senate approval of comprehensive reform legislation to prevent prescription drug abuse. The central component of the legislation is the Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing (I-STOP), which establishes a real-time prescription drug tracking system. The legislation also requires e-prescriptions of controlled substances, improves training and education for practitioners, expands awareness among patients and the public, creates year-round drug-disposal sites and updates controlled substance schedules.

June 11, 2012
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Senator Kennedy Announces Buffalo Sabres to Bring Street Hockey Program to Lackawanna

Sabres Street program in Lackawanna kicked-off Sunday as part of Mount Olive Church’s Youth Day. Local youth invited to participate in full Sabres Street program to be launched Monday at 4:30 p.m.  

LACKAWANNA, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy announced the Buffalo Sabres are bringing their Sabres Street mobile hockey program to the streets of Lackawanna this summer. Sabres Street Lackawanna kicked-off Sunday at Mt. Olive Baptist Church with games and giveaways for local children. The full program launches Monday, June 11, at 4:30 p.m. in the church parking lot, 66 Wasson Ave. Local youth, ages 6 to 15, are invited to participate.

June 10, 2012
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Senator Kennedy Announces Buffalo Sabres to Bring Street Hockey Program to Lackawanna Youth

Sabres Street program in Lackawanna launched as part of Mount Olive Church’s Youth Day 2012

LACKAWANNA, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy announced the Buffalo Sabres are bringing their Sabres Street mobile hockey program to the streets of Lackawanna this summer. Sabres Street Lackawanna kicked-off Sunday at Mt. Olive Baptist Church with games and giveaways for local children. The full program launches Monday, June 11, at 4:30 p.m. in the church parking lot, 66 Wasson Ave. Local youth, ages 6 to 15, are invited to participate.

June 10, 2012
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Senator Kennedy, Avi Israel Praise Deal Struck on Prescription Drug Tracking System

A year after Michael Israel’s death and months after push began for I-STOP and the Michael David Israel Laws, deal struck to reform the system

ALBANY, N.Y. – Last fall, Senator Tim Kennedy and Avi Israel joined forces to announce a new legislative package that they called the Michael David Israel Laws. The bills – which outlined a comprehensive approach to addressing the epidemic of prescription drug abuse – were named for Mr. Israel’s son, Michael, who took his own life after battling addiction to painkillers.

June 8, 2012
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Senate Passes "Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Act"

The New York State Senate today passed the “Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Act” (S5226A), sponsored by Senator Steve Saland (R-I-C, Poughkeepsie), Chairman of the Senate Codes Committee.  The bill creates new, tougher crimes for predators who prey on children over the Internet.

June 5, 2012
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Senate Passes Bill Waiving 24-Hour Waiting Period For Military Members to Get Married

The New York State Senate today passed a bill (S.490), sponsored by Senator Joe Robach, that waives the 24-hour waiting period for military members to get married after receiving a marriage license. This would apply to military members who are scheduled for deployment in less than 30 days.  “Given the sacrifice, coupled with the unique circumstances of active veterans, we feel this bill will better accommodate the requests of some of our brave men and women in the military with their personal and family lives,” said Senator Robach. “This is one small favor we can do to accommodate their time frame.”

May 31, 2012
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After Luke’s Death, a Push for Myocarditis Awareness

Senator Kennedy, family of Luke Gould announce efforts to raise awareness of unpredictable, devastating heart condition

WEST SENECA, N.Y. – Luke Gould, a 10-year-old West Seneca boy, passed away unexpectedly November 16, 2011. An active, healthy young athlete, Luke lost his life to an unpredictable heart condition known as myocarditis – which often leads to sudden death.

May 24, 2012
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Simotas Hosts Seminar To Help Local Restaurant Owners

The Queens Gazette posted an article about the seminar held by Assemblymember Aravella Simotas on helping local restaurant owners.

On May 17, Assemblymember Aravella Simotas hosted local restaurant owners and managers at the “Understanding the New Health Code: A Restaurant Seminar” at Vino di Vino in Astoria.

 

The event was attended by members of the local business community as well as state Senator Michael Gianaris.

 

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May 24, 2012
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