Issues: Families

Senator Valesky Names Sharon Owens New York State Senate Woman of Distinction

Syracuse–State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) announced today that Sharon Owens, chief executive officer of Syracuse Model Neighborhood Facility, Inc., has been selected as the 53rd Senate District’s 2015 Woman of Distinction. Owens was recognized for her work in human services and community development in the city of Syracuse.

“Sharon Owens’ remarkable contributions to our community demonstrate her dedication and commitment to the Syracuse residents most in need of a strong advocate,” Sen. Valesky said. “Her leadership is strengthening the programs and services that Southwest Community Center offers, and I am pleased to honor her as this year’s Woman of Distinction.”

May 6, 2015
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Announcing $2.3 Million in Childcare Subsidies for Monroe County

I was proud to join my colleague Senator Rich Funke, George Rommell of the YMCA of Rochester, County Executive Maggie Brooks and Mayor Lovely Warren to announce that in this years' state budget, we were able to secure $2.3 million in childcare subsides for Monroe County. This funding will do tremendous good in making sure that familes and hard working single parents in our community have safe and responsible child care for their children.

May 5, 2015
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WORKING TOGETHER, WE MADE HISTORY

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

It’s hard to believe, that in many places across the county, many women are still being paid less than their male counterparts for the same work. In fact, repeated studies have shown that despite a 50-year-old federal law aimed at prohibiting paycheck discrimination, women continue to earn just 78 cents for every dollar paid to men doing the exact same job.

These disparities in pay are not fair.  That’s why, for more than two years, I’ve been working to strengthen New York’s law to stop that practice. Now, I’m pleased to report that, after first passing the Senate in January, the bill has now finally cleared the Assembly, where it was being held hostage by the Majority party over politics. The Governor has promised to sign the bill into law.

May 4, 2015
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Protect Our Kids: Senator Kennedy Announces Legislation to Streamline CPS Passes Out of Committee, Ready for Consideration of Full Senate

Kennedy-sponsored Legislation Designed to Streamline CPS Gains Momentum in Albany, Passes Through Key Committee

Bill Allows Doctors, Nurses and Law Enforcement to Bypass Abuse Hotline, Report Child Maltreatment Directly to CPS

BUFFALO, NY – As Senator Tim Kennedy (D-Buffalo) continues his push to improve Child Protective Services in Western New York and across New York State, he announced new progress today on a key reform to further streamline the process for reporting child abuse. Kennedy helped an important bill that improves the coordination between medical personnel and Child Protective Services workers secure approval from the Senate Finance Committee, which moves it toward a vote before the full Senate. 

April 29, 2015
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SENATOR SQUADRON STATEMENT ON SENATE CODES CMTE VOTE ON .50-CALIBER RIFLE BILL

ALBANY – Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement regarding the vote on his bill, the “.50 Caliber Threat Reduction Act” (S.2050), at today's Senate Codes Committee meeting:

April 28, 2015
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Senator Comrie Announces Bill Protecting Minors from Harmful Advertisements

Legislature Called on to Prohibit Alcohol and Sexually Suggestive Ads on State-Maintained Property

(Hollis, Queens) Senator Leroy G. Comrie (D-Hollis) was proud to announce the introduction of Senate Bill S.4455-2015, new legislation that will moderate advertising alcoholic beverages and provocative content to minors on state-owned property. This legislation was announced this afternoon at a press conference attended by Assembly Member Bill Scarborough, Council Member Ruben Wills and leaders from the South Queens community.

April 28, 2015
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SENATOR KLEIN HONORS LOCAL PARENT LEADERS AT ANNUAL EDUCATORS BREAKFAST

Awards Breakfast Celebrates Achievements and Contributions of More Than 50 Parent Leaders in the Bronx

BRONX, NY - Celebrating the remarkable achievements and positive contributions of parent leaders in the 34th Senate District, State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), joined by more than 200 education officials, local teachers and parents, today hosted his annual Educators Breakfast at F&J Pine Restaurant in the Bronx. More than 50 parent leaders received certificates of appreciation for their dedication to local schools.

April 24, 2015
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Legislation Passed To Help Keep Older Adults, Others With Long Term Care Needs In Their Homes

The CARE Act ensures caregivers are involved in and educated about their loved one’s medical needs

 

ALBANY – With more and more Americans requiring long term care each year, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) and her Senate colleagues this week moved to ensure family caregivers receive consultation in the treatment of a loved one, as well as training to assist with post-release care tasks.

 

The CARE Act is an important step toward improving the quality of care for patients when they are released from the hospital, and will help cut down on the estimated $17 billion in Medicare funds spent each year nationally on hospital readmissions.

 

April 22, 2015
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SENATOR HOYLMAN FILES MOTION TO FORCE COMMITTEE VOTE ON ‘CHILD VICTIMS ACT’

Hoylman: “Survivors deserve their day in court. Plus, we must shine a light on abusers, some of whom still have contact with our kids.”

NEW YORK – State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) said: “Today, I filed a motion for committee consideration for the Child Victims Act in the Senate Codes Committee, which should force a committee vote on this legislation based on past Senate practice.

April 22, 2015
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CARE Act Passes Senate

ALBANY, 04/21/15 – The New York State Senate today passed the “Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act” to educate and support the individuals who provide vital healthcare to loved ones.

The legislation (S.676), co-sponsored by Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) would update New York’s Public Health Law and require hospitals to provide, at a patient’s request, discharge instructions and post-release care plans to a designated caregiver.

April 21, 2015
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Ribbon-cutting for LeFrak City’s newly refurbished West Courtyard

As reported by Times Ledger:

The first phase of renovations of the outdoor amenities at LeFrak City, in Corona, is complete just in time for spring.

Elected officials and community leaders joined Jamie LeFrak, the president of the 20-building complex, at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of the newly revamped West Courtyard April 7.

“Exciting changes are underway at LeFrak City, and this is just the tip of the iceberg,” LeFrak said. Within two years the ongoing multimillion-dollar capital improvement program will bring renovations to lobbies, mail rooms, facades, laundry rooms, elevators and garages, but for now the nearly 40,000-square-foot space is considered to be a milestone.

For full article, click here.

April 21, 2015
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Senate to Celebrate Earth Week With a Package of Bills to Protect the Environment, Increase Green Jobs, and Boost Recreation

The New York State Senate will be celebrating Earth Week by acting upon an extensive package of 27 bills that would create new protections for natural resources, promote energy conservation, help create green jobs, and increase tourism through enhanced recreational opportunities. Senate Majority Leader Dean G.

April 20, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Children and Families Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Children and Families Senator Simcha Felder, Chair 1:30 PM, Tuesday, April 21, 2015 Room 945 LOB

April 21, 1:30 PM - 1:34 PM
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Asian women’s center opens in Elmhurst

As reported by the Queens Examiner:

New York City’s Asian population will have more resources and help at their disposal, thanks to the hard work of the New York Women’s Asian Center (NYAWC) and a grant from the New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA).

The funds from the grant will provide a wide-range of services to help survivors of domestic violence, as well as their children, in a new Queens location.

The services offered, thanks to the grant, include a 24/7 hotline, counseling and case management services, advocacy, financial education to survivors, healthy relationship workshops to teens and services to teens in abusive relationships.

For full article, click here.

April 16, 2015
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Kennedy & Peoples-Stokes Push for Powdered Alcohol Ban, Call New Product Dangerous and Targeted Towards Teens

“Palcohol” is Easy: Easy to Hide, Easy to Sneak into School, Easy to Slip into Drinks. Should be Easy to Ban.

Bill Introduced In State Legislature Would Ban Sales of Powdered Alcohol

April 9, 2015
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Volunteer New York! First Annual Fatherhood Conference

(White Plains - April 7th) New York's first Fathering Conference was held in White Plains on April 7th. Tony Porter, co-founder of A Call to Men, was the keynote speaker. Frank Williams of the White Plains Youth Bureau was the master of ceremonies and Bob Stien helped coordinate the event at the County Center. Some 300 participants spent time in various workshops and the Senator had the opportunity to address the group before a roundtable discussion on education.

April 8, 2015
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STATE SENATOR JEFF KLEIN FUNDS FREE SPRING BREAK CAMP FOR STUDENTS AT P.S. 83

Klein, United Federation of Teachers, P.S. 83 Partner to Provide Week-Long Camp to Students and Families Through NYC Community Learning Schools Initiative

April 7, 2015
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Senator Parker Addresses the Needs of People with Autism Through Landmark Bills

FROM THE OFFICE OF STATE SENATOR KEVIN PARKER (D-Brooklyn)

April 2, 2015
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2015-16 State Budget Supports Important Programs

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) says the $142-billion 2015-16 state budget provides critical funding to important state programs while controlling the size and cost of government.  The state’s fifth consecutive on-time budget keeps spending within a two-percent cap, increases aid to education, rejects tax increases and provides property tax relief for homeowners.  The spending plan also includes funding for regional assets such as Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the NFTA and Shea’s Performing Arts Center.

April 1, 2015
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Collins Center Family Health & Safety Fair

Free Admission

Blood Donations

Free Services

Free Screenings

April 18, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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