Issues: Families

STAY INFORMED TO KEEP YOUR FAMILY SAFE

As part of my ongoing commitment to provide you with information that will help keep your home, family, business and community safe, I am pleased to let you know of a new program called NY-Alert. 

NY-Alert is a web-based, early warning program offered through the New York State All-Hazards Alert and Notification website.  The information posted here includes severe weather warnings, significant highway closures, hazardous materials spills, and many other emergency conditions.

November 28, 2011
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The Importance of Giving Back this Thanksgiving

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: November 22, 2011Contact: Bryant G. Gaspard | gaspard@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

*PRESS RELEASE*

Senator Shirley L. Huntley Emphasizes the Importance of Giving Back this Thanksgiving Season

While Thanksgiving is the time of year when people spend time with their family and friends and give thanks for all they have, Senator Shirley L. Huntley (D-Jamaica) noted that the holiday also offers New Yorkers the opportunity to help the less fortunate.

November 22, 2011
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Senator Adams Distributes Turkeys for Thanksgiving Holiday

Realizing the importance of giving and appreciation, Senator Eric Adams distributed turkeys to churches and senior centers in the 20th Senate District for the Thanksgiving holiday.  Local senior centers and places of worship identified those persons in need, and assisted in helping those families enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday despite the challenging economic times.

 

November 21, 2011
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Public Hearing: Challenges facing the Childcare Community in New York State in 2011

Senate Standing Committee on Children and FamiliesChair:Senator Diane J. SavinoPublic Hearing: Challenges facing the Childcare Community in New York State in 2011Place: Senate Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, 19th Floor, New York, New YorkTime:10:00 A.M.Contact: Bryan Clenahan (518) 455-2437Media Contact: Bryan Clenahan (518) 455-2437

December 12, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Community Action Meeting Held at St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church

Senator Adams was the guest speaker at a Community Action Meeting in the Prospect-Lefferts Gardens area, where he presented the Take Back Our Community (TBOC) initiative.  Concerned community residents, including representatives from several block and civic associations, were in attendance and received information on taking action against the increased crime in their neighborhood.

November 21, 2011
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Gianaris, Simotas, Vallone Hold Anti-Crime Rally in Astoria

Local leaders protest recent area crimes and introduce initiatives to make the neighborhood safer.

Queens, NY – Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblymember Aravella Simotas and Council Member Peter Vallone, Jr. today held an anti-crime rally to protest the concentrated number of criminal activities that have occurred in the neighborhood recently. The elected officials, as well as community leaders and activists, also announced new crime-fighting initiatives to increase safety in the neighborhood.

November 16, 2011
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SENATOR SALAND ANNOUNCES NEW FACEBOOK APP TRACKS SEX OFFENDERS

Program allows parents to quickly search surroundings for threats to children

State Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C – Poughkeepsie) today announced that the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) has launched a Sex Offender Locator application which is accessible via the New York State Public Safety Facebook page. The app makes it easier for parents who want to quickly look up information regarding Level 2 and Level 3 Sex Offenders within their immediate area.

November 15, 2011
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Forum/Town Hall: A Roundtable Discussion on the current and future issues and concerns of human services administrators, advocates and clients

Joint – Senate Standing Committee on Social Services Chair: Senator Patrick M. Gallivan and Senate Standing Committee on Children and Families Chair: Senator Diane J. Savino Roundtable: A Roundtable Discussion on the current and future issues and concerns of human services administrators, advocates and clients Place: Room 711-A, Legislative Office Building, Empire State Plaza, Albany, New York Time: 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. Contact: Roxanne Irwin (518) 455-3471

December 14, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Forum/Town Hall: 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: Room 711-A, Legislative Office Building, Empire State Plaza, Albany, New YorkTime: 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.Contact: Roxanne Irwin (518) 455-3471

December 14, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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SENATOR SALAND: NEW YORK STATE MUST EXTEND PROTECTIONS FOR MANDATORY REPORTING BILL ON CHILD ABUSE

Senator Steve Saland (R, I, C - Poughkeepsie), Chairman of the Senate Codes Committee and an author of  a number of child protection and domestic violence laws, announced that New York State must act on his legislation which requires suspected acts of abuse by a person in a position of authority to be reported immediately to law enforcement.

November 14, 2011
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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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