Issues: Families

Open Door Mission Kicks off National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

On Friday, November 11th, SEnator Robach had the privilege to speak at a press conference to kick-off National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week. The event was held by the Open Door Mission, which will mark a 59 year tradition of serving hundreds of Thanksgiving meals to our area's most vulnerable citizens.

Here he is photographed with (from left to right) Chris Scribani of the Open Door Mission, Patty Lark from Congresswoman Slaughter's office, Michael J. Hennessy, Executive Director of the Open Door Mission, Darryl W. Porter, Assistant to the Mayor, and Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks.

For more information, visit www.opendoormission.com.

November 14, 2011
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Queens Gazette: GIANARIS ENCOURAGES RESIDENTS: ‘APPLY FOR LIHEAP’

Queens Gazette wrote about Senator Gianaris' support for LIHEAP, a state-run assitance program to help New Yorkers pay their energy bills.

State Senator Michael Gianaris (D–Astoria) issued a reminder yesterday to Western Queens residents to sign up for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, (LIHEAP).

November 9, 2011
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Spooktacular Good Time

The Queens Gazette wrote about the19th annual Children’s Halloween Costume Party, sponsored by the United Community Civic Association (UCCA) and Central Lounge in Astoria Heights. Senator Gianaris, along with other elected officials, was there to celebrate Halloween with over 500 children, friends and parents.

Taking a break from the age-old custom of going doorto door trick or treating on Halloween night, more than 500 youngsters, parents and friends attended the 19th annual Children’s Halloween Costume Party, sponsored by the United Community Civic Association (UCCA) and Central Lounge in Astoria Heights. Central Lounge owner Nick Neocleous, a member of the UCCA board, provided the venue.

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November 3, 2011
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Public Hearing: A Roundtable Discussion on the current and future issues and concerns of human services administrators, advocates and clients

Joint - Senate Standing Committee on Social ServicesChair: Senator Patrick M. Gallivanand Senate Standing Committee on Children and FamiliesChair: Senator Diane J. SavinoRoundtable: A Roundtable Discussion on the current and future issues and concerns of human services administrators, advocates and clientsPlace: Senate Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, 19th Floor, New York, New YorkTime: 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.Contact: Roxanne Irwin (518) 455-3471

November 29, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Public Hearing: A Roundtable Discussion on the current and future issues and concerns of human services administrators, advocates and clients

Joint - Senate Standing Committee on Social ServicesChair: Senator Patrick M. Gallivanand Senate Standing Committee on Children and FamiliesChair: Senator Diane J. SavinoRoundtable: A Roundtable Discussion on the current and future issues and concerns of human services administrators, advocates and clientsPlace: Senate Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, 19th Floor, New York, New YorkTime: 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.Contact: Roxanne Irwin (518) 455-3471

November 29, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Safe Walk Halloween

Participate in this year's SAFE WALK for trick or treaters, starts sharply at 5 pm thru 9 pm.  All participating minors must be accompanied by an adult.The walk route is as follows:Start at Rutland & Flatbush.Walk Rutland Rd. to Rogers Ave.Left on Rogers, Walk to Midwood St.Left on Midwood, Walk to Bedford Ave.Right on Bedford, Walk to Maple St.Right on Maple, Walk to New York Ave.Left on New York, Walk to Empire Blvd.End at New York & Empire @ the 71st Precinct.Be on time and have good clean fun!

October 28, 2011
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SENATOR GIANARIS ENCOURAGES WESTERN QUEENS RESIDENTS TO APPLY FOR HOME HEATING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Queens, NY – As winter approaches, Senator Gianaris reminds western Queens residents of a federal program offering low income households assistance to pay their energy bills. The program, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), particularly helps those households with the lowest incomes paying a high proportion of household income for energy.

“During these difficult economic times, energy costs are an increasing burden for all New Yorkers, particularly for those in need,” Senator Gianaris said. “Programs like LIHEAP are vital to many members of our community who struggle to keep warm during the cold winter months. I strongly encourage all who are eligible to see how this program can help their families.”

October 28, 2011
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As Winter Moves in, Senator Espaillat Reminds Residents of Heating Assistance for Low Income Families

Espaillat's office to help contistuents with applications and follow up 

As temperatures drop, Senator Adriano Espaillat (D – Manhattan/Bronx) is reminding residents about the availability of heating assistance for low income families. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps millions of low income households, particularly those with the lowest incomes that pay a high proportion of household income for energy, in paying their energy bill.

October 26, 2011
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Senator Krueger Talks Health Exchanges

The Bipartisan Pro-Choice Caucus wants to make sure women still have quick access to family planning and other services once the Affordable Healthcare Act is fully in place. As caucus founder Senator Liz Krueger explains, their concerns is connected to the state-level health insurance exchanges.

October 26, 2011
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Senator Krueger & Pro-Choice Caucus Push Obama Admin On Care Inclusion

Fifty-four Assembly members and senators have signed on to a letter circulated by the Bipartisan Pro Choice Legislative Caucus urging the Obama administration to interpret the health care reform law such that state-level health care exchanges include all family planning essential community providers in their networks.

The letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Donald Berwick, administrator of the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, notes wait times increased most significantly – up to 70 days in the Boston area – for women’s health care providers when Massachusetts implemented its version of health care reform. The lawmakers don’t want to see that replicated here in New York.

October 26, 2011
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Erin Merryn's Law would mandate child sex abuse education

SYRACUSE, N.Y. --"My innocence was killed, my childhood was taken. My voice was silenced. And I lived in that silence," Erin Merryn said.

Merryn says starting when she was six, she was sexually abused by a neighbor, then at 11 by an older cousin.

October 26, 2011
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Senators Valesky, Klein, Bring Erin Merryn's Law To NY State

Measure Aimed at Stopping Child Sexual Abuse; Catching Predators

October 25, 2011
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Senator Krueger Introduces Guide on Regulations Associated With Employing a Nanny & Other Full Time Domestic Workers

Dear Community Members,

Many of my constituents have chosen to hire full time nannies or other domestic workers for their families. Some people are unaware, however, that when they hire domestic workers, they become employers, subject to the same rules and regulations of the Federal and New York State governments as any other employer and business. These regulations can be incredibly complex and are difficult to navigate even for a professional accountant.

File: 
Senator Krueger's Nanny Guide

October 25, 2011
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Public Hearing: Review of the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) EarlyLearnNYC Proposal

Nov. 16 Senate Standing Committee on Children and FamiliesChair: Senator Diane J. SavinoPublic Hearing: Review of the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) EarlyLearnNYC ProposalPlace: Senate Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, 19th Floor, New York, New YorkTime: 10:00 A.M.Contact: Barbara O’Neill (518) 455-2405Media Contact: Barbara O’Neill (518) 455-2405ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

November 16, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Intimate Partner Violence

For Immediate Release: October 20, 2011

Contacts: Bryant G. Gaspard (Huntley) | gaspard@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

Guillermo Martinez (Rivera) | martinez@assembly.state.ny.us | (518) 455-5844

Lawmakers: High Rates of Domestic Violence Hurts Adolescents, More Needs to be Done to Protect Women

Senator Shirley L. Huntley & Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera call for passage of legislation that will reverse increasing rates of violence against women

October 20, 2011
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Announcement from NYS Senator Eric Adams...Install cameras in all NYC school playgrounds

 

Install cameras in all NYC school playgrounds

 

Please visit Change.org and sign this petition

October 17, 2011
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Join Operation TBOC

Do you feel unsafe in your own community?

 

Are you fed up with the increased crime activity in your community?

 

Are you annoyed with the excessive amount of litter on the street?

 

Are you discouraged about the future of your community?

 

THEN...become a part of OPERATION TBOC, Take Back Our Community!

 

October 17, 2011
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