Issues: Families

Senate Passes Stronger Rent Reguslations

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: June 29, 2011Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | arodrigu@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

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Senate Passes Stronger Rent Regulations

Senator Shirley L. Huntley Addresses Affordable Housing Crisis Through Extensionand Expansion of Rent Laws

June 29, 2011
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SENATOR GIANARIS APPLAUDS HISTORIC PASSAGE OF MARRIAGE EQUALITY ACT

Queens, NY – Senator Michael Gianaris was proud to be one of the 33 votes in favor of the Marriage Equality Act, which passed the New York State Senate on Friday, June 24 by a vote of 33-29 and was signed into law by Governor Cuomo.

New York is now the sixth state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage, giving LGBT couples the same domestic and human rights as heterosexual couples.

“Today, New York reclaimed its mantle as the nation's human rights leader. I am proud to be one of the 'yes' votes that made marriage equality a reality in our state,” Senator Gianaris said. “May our example set the tone for the rest of the country so that all Americans can enjoy the same rights and privileges.”

June 25, 2011
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Statement from Sen. Espaillat on His Vote In Support of Marriage Equality

Shortly after 10:30 pm tonight, the New York State Senate passed marriage equality by a 33 – 29 vote. After voting “Yes” on the legislation, Senator Adriano Espaillat (D – Manhattan/Bronx) released the following statement:

“I stand here today, as a proud immigrant and life-long civil rights advocate. Through the years, we have fought to protect minorities and immigrants from discrimination. Today, we rise in support of the modern-day civil rights movement: the right of gay and lesbian New Yorkers to be with the person they love.

June 24, 2011
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Statement from Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos on Same Sex Marriage Legislation

After many hours of deliberation and discussion over the past several weeks among the members, it has been decided that same sex marriage legislation will be brought to the full Senate for an up or down vote.   The entire Senate Republican Conference was insistent that amendments be made to the Governor’s original bill in order to protect the rights of religious institutions and not-for-profits  with religious affiliations.  I appreciate the Governor’s cooperation in working with us to address these important issues and concerns. As I have said many times, this is a very difficult issue and it will be a vote of conscience for every member of the Senate.

June 24, 2011
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New Fire Safety Plans for the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: June 24, 2011Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | arodrigu@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

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New Fire Safety Plans for the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)

June 24, 2011
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Summer Camps Would Be Safer Under New Measure

From the Herald Community Newspapers

By Jackie Nash

Summer's first official day is June 21, and parents who are now beginning to think about sending their children to summer camps can be assured that local politicians are working to ensure more camp safety. An amendment that was introduced by Sen. Jack Martins (R-Elmont) to require directors of overnight, summer day and traveling summer day camps to report suspected child abuse or maltreatment was delivered to Gov. Andrew Cuomo on June 10.

June 23, 2011
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Senate Gives Final Legislative Passage to Juvenile 'Sexting' and 'Cyberbullying' Prevention Bill

The New York State Senate Wednesday gave final legislative passage to a bill (S.5253B) to divert youth to an education program addressing the sending of nude or obscene photographs through electronic technologies, also known as “sexting,” as well as conduct that constitutes “cyberbullying.”

 

The bill, entitled the “Cyber-Crime Youth Rescue Act,” sponsored by Senator Kemp Hannon (R-C-I, Garden City), requires the development of an educational program about the numerous perils of sexting and cyberbullying. The program provides an option other than a permanent criminal record for juveniles deemed eligible by a court.

 

June 22, 2011
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Senator Ball talks marriage equality on CNN's "In the Arena"

6/20/2011 - With one more vote needed to pass marriage equality, New York Senator Greg Ball holds out for stronger religious protections.

June 20, 2011
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Senator Kennedy Announces Certificate of Still Birth Approved in Senate, Assembly

After nearly a decade of logjam, bill finally approved by both houses

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, announced the State Senate and Assembly have passed legislation (S.3111B) to create the Certificate of Still Birth to help heal the pain felt by families enduring the stillbirth of a child.

Currently, the state only issues a fetal death certificate when a child is stillborn – leaving many families feeling that the state does not recognize their stillborn child ever existing. A Certificate of Still Birth will serve as state recognition of the child’s birth and life.

June 17, 2011
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LARKIN STILLBIRTH LEGISLATION PASSES SENATE

NYS Senator Bill Larkin speaks on the Senate Floor in support of his legislation establishing a Certificate of Still Birth.

 

June 16, 2011
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LARKIN STILLBIRTH LEGISLATION PASSES SENATE

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C,Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced today that the New York State Senate has passed legislation which will direct the Department of Health to establish a "Certificate of Still Birth" which can be issued upon request to families suffering a stillbirth.

 

"To families who have suffered this terrible loss, the Certificate of Still Birth will help them to begin the healing process," said Senator Larkin. "My heart goes out to everyone who has endured this tragedy and I hope this acknowledgment of their stillbirth will allow them a form of closure during this difficult time."

 

June 16, 2011
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SENATE PASSES RENEE’S LAW

The New York State Senate yesterday passed “Renee’s Law,” which would help protect staff of the state’s youth residential programs and ensure appropriate placement of youth based on their criminal history. The bill (S.5565), co-sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,I,C – Olean) and Senator George Maziarz (R,C – Newfane), was prompted by the brutal 2009 murder of Renee Greco committed by youth in her care. Renee Greco was only 24-years-old when she was bludgeoned to death while supervising troubled teenagers at a group home in Lockport, Niagara County.

June 16, 2011
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NYS Senator Eric Adams' Safety Video Is Used To Assist Parents Outside Of NY State

Due to recent violent events in Atlantic County, a series of town-hall meetings will be held in hopes to combat violence with help from the public.  Read the article here.

June 15, 2011
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Senate Passes Bill to Give More Adopted New Yorkers Access to Valuable Information

The New York State Senate today passed a bill enabling people who were adopted in New York but born in other states to participate in the New York State Adoption Registry. The bill (S.5145), sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R, Rockville Centre) gives adoptees born in other states the same ability to access information as eligible New York-born adoptees. 

June 13, 2011
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LaValle Launches Summer Reading Program

“Reading is a cornerstone of a solid education,” LaValle said. “My Summer Reading Program will help parents and educators keep children interested in reading while preparing them for the next school year. I urge all children to head down to their local library and pick up a book today and take part in my Summer Reading Program.”

The program is designed for students in Grades 4-6 but is open to any child in the community who enjoys reading.  Complete details are available at the New York State Senate’s summer reading program website at www.nyread.com.

A parent or guardian can register a child. The complete program will be administered online.

June 13, 2011
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Senator Ball Interviewed on State of Politics

06/06/2011 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security, and Military Affairs, talks with Liz Benjamin on 

June 8, 2011
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NYS Senator Eric Adams Participates In The 7th Annual Tour De Brooklyn

On Sunday, June 5, 2011, more than one thousand bikers participated in the 7th annual Tour de Brooklyn.

June 7, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Children and Families Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Children and Families Senator Diane Savino, Chair 9:30 AM, Tuesday, June 7, 2011 Room 123 CAP

June 7, 9:30 AM - 9:33 AM
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Get Ready For the Mid-Summer Classic - 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament Coming July 16 - Register Now

Senator Jack M. Martins and the 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament committee announced that the 7th Annual 3-on-3 Tournament will be played on Saturday, July 16 at Dutch Broadway School in Elmont at the Assemblyman Tom Alfano Basketball Courts, located in the rear of the school. A raindate has been scheduled for July 17. The tournament is free and there is no cost to participate.

June 1, 2011
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