Issues: Families

Senate Gives Final Passage to Bill Expediting Investigations of Missing Children

The New York State Senate today gave final passage to legislation that would expedite access to critical information in missing child cases. The bill (S3520A), sponsored by Senator George A. Amedore, Jr.

March 16, 2015

Senate Republican Budget Plan Creates Property Tax Rebate & Eliminates GEA

The New York State Senate Republican Majority approved a budget plan Thursday that creates a new property tax rebate program for middle-class homeowners, increases aid to education and eliminates the Gap Elimination Adjustment.  It also makes significant investments in New York’s infrastructure.

March 16, 2015


“Meeting the Needs of Minority Communities during this Budget Season 

New York, NY – The New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus led by Chair Assemblyman Jeffrion Aubry, outlined the major priorities from their annual report “The People’s Priorities 2015”. Standing in support with them was New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), Fiscal Policy Institute (FPI), Hunger Action, American Heart Association, YMCA, and other labor unions, advocacy groups, and clergy. The Caucus formally announced their agenda which ensures that the budget and other pieces of legislation positively affect and provide equal access for low income and minority communities. 

March 12, 2015

IDC invests in hardworking New York families in State Senate one-house budget resolution

Senate resolution includes key IDC proposals for infrastructure upgrades,  job growth, affordable housing, college affordability and paid family leave

Albany, NY — As the State Senate Coalition announced its $139.7 billion one-house budget resolution on Wednesday, State Senate Coalition Co-Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and the members of the Independent Democratic Conference unfurled key achievements for New York’s hardworking families.

March 11, 2015

New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative (Public Hearing) on Criminal Justice Reform

Joint – Assembly Standing Committee on Codes
Chair: Assembly Member Joseph Lentol
Assembly Standing Committee on Judiciary
Chair: Assembly Member Helene Weinstein
and New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus
Chair: Assembly Member Jeffrion Aubry
Public Hearing: Criminal Justice Reform
Place: Hamilton Hearing Room B, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany, New York
Time: 10:00 A.M.
Contact: Juan Gabriel Genao (518) 455-4313
Media Contact: Assembly Press Office (518) 455-3888

March 11, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

DYCD Begins Accepting Applications for New York City's Summer Youth Employment Program - City Residents Ages 14-24 May Apply for Lottery Until Friday, April 10

The New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) Commissioner Bill Chong today announced that DYCD will accept applications for the 2015 Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) from Monday, March 2 through Friday, April 10, 2015. SYEP, the nation’s largest summer youth employment initiative, provides New York City young people between the ages of 14 and 24 with up to six weeks of entry-level experience at worksites in all five boroughs. Participants are selected by lottery for the program, which runs from July 6 through August 15.

March 2, 2015

Seward Bill Part Of Senate Package To Protect Children, Victims From Sex Offenders

ALBANY, 02/26/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced senate passage of a comprehensive package of legislation to protect children and victims from sex offenders.  A bill sponsored by Senator Seward (S.3926) would bar sex offenders who are on parole, probation, or conditionally discharged from being upon the premises of any day care facility.

February 26, 2015

Senate Coalition Announces Passage of Bills to Close Dangerous Loopholes in Sex Offender Laws

The New York State Senate today passed nine bills to close dangerous loopholes in the laws protecting children and communities from sexual predators. The measures would address critical issues raised by a recent Court of Appeals ruling that prevents local governments from enacting laws restricting sex offenders, as well as the safety concerns highlighted in a recent Senate Coalition joint investigation and report.

February 26, 2015

Erie County Families Not Getting Their Fair Share – Kennedy Calls for Same Child Care Accessibility Offered in Rochester and Albany

Threshold to Qualify for Subsidies Would Rise, Providing Much Needed Relief For Families

With Help, Parents Would No Longer Have to Make Choice Between Job and Child Care 

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy (D-Buffalo) today announced a push for money in this year’s budget to be allocated for child care subsidies for families in Erie County with incomes of up to 275% of the federal poverty level. Currently, these subsidies are only provided to families within the county with incomes of up to 200% by the Department of Social Services. In a letter to Governor Cuomo, Kennedy asked for the state to set aside $2.5 million in the budget in order to expand its subsidy program into Erie County.

February 19, 2015

Committee Meeting: Children and Families Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Children and Families  Senator Simcha Felder, Chair  1:00 PM, Wednesday, February 25, 2015  Room 945 LOB

February 25, 1:00 PM - 1:07 PM

Schoharie County Youth Bureau Meets With Senator Seward

ALBANY, 02/10/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) today met at his Capitol office with members of the Schoharie County Youth Bureau.  

“Youth Bureau programs are cost effective and enhance the quality of life in our rural communities along with developing future leaders,” said Senator Seward.  “The preventive benefits these programs produce are immeasurable and the confidence they give the students involved is truly special.  I am proud that a legislative grant I secured a decade ago helped initiate the Schoharie County program and I will continue to advocate for continued state funding for this and other vital youth programs.” 

February 10, 2015

Senator Venditto's Blood Drive at Farmingdale State College

New York Blood Center has issued an emergency appeal for blood donations to ensure their continued capability to serve area hospitals. Their primary concerns are their ability to meet predictable patient needs as well as any unexpected emergencies that may occur. Please make every possible effort to donate blood.

Eligibility Criteria:

 Must have valid photo ID or ID with signature
 Minimum weight 110 lbs
 Between 16 to 76 years of age
 No tattoos in past 12 months

 For more information please call Senator Venditto's office at 516-882-0630.

February 17, 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Kid Pix Program at the Baldwin Library

Kid Pix Program: The Free, Walet-Sized Kid Pix ID Card:

Includes child's personal contact information
Includes child's photo
Lists the child's date of birth, age, gender, eye & hair color, and issue date of card
Includes child's fingerprint image on back of card

February 13, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

AARP Commends Senator Valesky for Voting to Help NY’s Family Caregivers

Health Committee Sends CARE Act to Full Senate for Consideration; Bill Ensures Caregivers Receive Instruction in Post-Discharge Tasks 

Family caregivers are too often left unprepared to provide proper care before taking their loved ones home from the hospital. State Senator David Valesky cast a key vote this week to advance legislation ensuring caregivers are offered instruction in any post-discharge tasks their older parents, spouses or other loved ones will need at home, fostering better care and potentially avoiding costly hospital re-admissions.

February 6, 2015


Report reveals that nearly a dozen sex offenders are currently housed in family shelters throughout the five boroughs

Elected officials, community leaders and concerned residents call on the State Assembly to pass companion legislation to protect children

JAMAICA, NYState Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) today unveiled an alarming investigative report, “Uncovering Sex Offenders in the New York City Family Shelter System,” that found that nearly a dozen sexual predators currently residing in 10 family shelters across New York City which house young children.

February 6, 2015

Kennedy Announces Senate Passage of Bill Designed to Increase Confidentiality Within Child Fatality Reports

Kennedy: Legislation Helps Create Greater Report Transparency, While Maintaining Family Privacy 

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy (D-Buffalo) announced today the passage of legislation which amends the social services law in order to increase the confidentiality of families named in child fatality reports. If enacted, the law would require local social services departments to make sure any comments made in the report protect the confidentiality of the deceased child, the child’s family and the source of the report.  In the past, concerns have been voiced about state officials not releasing fatality reports due to an inability to redact these identities and other sensitive case information.

February 2, 2015

Young Joins Colleagues To Pass Legisaltion Aimed At Protecting Communities From Sexual Predators

Legislation will strengthen reporting requirements; creates a program to increase awareness among local officials

ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) has announced that the state Senate has passed a package of legislation to protect communities from sexual predators by promoting greater public access to information and awareness. 

January 28, 2015

Independent Democratic Conference: More education, housing, child care, smart growth

By Rachel Shapiro on January 20, 2015 at 2:46 PM

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. --  The Independent Democratic Conference in the state Senate released a 15-point plan Monday to invest in the state's workforce, education, housing, child care and smart growth communities.

The IDC, a five-member group of Democrats, including state Sen. Diane Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn), has had a coalition with Republicans to give them a working majority in the chamber and give the IDC a larger role in Senate business as co-leaders. Now with an outright majority, Republicans continue to work with the IDC, no longer sharing co-leader roles.

January 28, 2015

Senate Passes Bill to Better Track State Transfer of Sex Offenders

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announces the Senate has passed a bill (S.396) that would require New York State to notify a local municipality when a sex offender is transferred from a state facility to a community program or residence.

January 27, 2015
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