Issues: Families

Senate Passes Legislation to Protect Children From Abuse

The New York State Senate today passed a measure requiring camp directors to report suspected child abuse regardless of the location where abuse may have occurred. The bill (S.3777A), sponsored by Senator Jack Martins (R-C-I, Mineola), would protect children by requiring camp directors to report child abuse that may be taking place outside the camp setting.

“It only makes sense that when it comes to our children's safety that we take the guess work out of required reports of suspected child abuse cases,” Senator Martins said. “We already require so many different professionals to report and it is clear that camp counselors in their position of supervision of our children should be added to that list of mandate reporters.”

April 11, 2011
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NYS Senator Eric Adams Joins Prospect Park Alliance at Little League Opening Day

On Saturday, April 9, 2011, Little Leaguers from all over Brooklyn marched through Park Slope and Prospect Park to kick off the 2011 baseball and softball season.

 

April 9, 2011
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Resignation of Cathie Black as NYC Schools Chancellor

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. Huntley

**Press Release**

Resignation of Cathie Black as NYC School Chancellor

(D-Jamaica, NY) April 7, 2011, Senator Shirley L. Huntley has always been a strong advocate for education. As former president of the School Board District 28 and current Co-Chair of the Senate Committee on New York City School Governance, Senator Huntley has the experience and vast knowledge of the needs for our schools and students to be successful.

April 7, 2011
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One Step Closer Bowl-A-Thon

On Sunday, April 3rd, I had the opportunity to attend One Step Closer's Bowl-a-thon at Clover Lanes. Families took part in the event which raised money for the organization, which is dedicated for providing needy youth in the Rochester City Schools with a new pair of shoes for the new school year so they may start the year with pride. For more information, visit http://www.onestepcloser.org/.

Senator Robach is pictured here with board members Mildred Jordan-Reynolds and Cindy Becker.

April 6, 2011
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Autism Awareness Month

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: April 6, 2011Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | arodrigu@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

APRIL IS AUTISM AWARENESS MONTHSenator Shirley L. Huntley supports Autism Advocacy

Senator Shirley L. Huntley (D-Jamaica) recognizes April as Autism Awareness Month and encourages New Yorkers to learn more about autism and its effects on children and their families, as well as what can be done to help the cause.

April 6, 2011
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IDC, Assemb. Ortiz, Join 10-year-old Heart Transplant Survivor to Push for Life-Saving Legislation

'Lauren's Law' to Increase Organ Donation Passed Important Committee Vote Today

 

ALBANY, N.Y. The Independent Democratic Conference and Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, (D-Brooklyn) joined 10-year-old heart transplant survivor Lauren Shields and her family today in a push for life saving legislation.

April 5, 2011
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Senate Aims to Strengthen Passenger/Highway Safety, Passes “Abigail’s Law”

Senator Adams: Bill Strengthens Penalties Against Intoxicated Supervising Drivers

(Brooklyn, NY) – Senator Eric Adams (D-20) has announced that the New York State Senate has passed legislation aiming to increase safety for passengers and motorists across the state, by significantly strengthening the penalties against supervising drivers who are intoxicated at the time the vehicle their designee – often a teen driver – is in an accident.

Under this bill, supervising drivers under influence of alcohol and/or drugs may be charged with a class A misdemeanor or a class E felony in an aggravated case. Supervising drivers are defined as drivers supervising drivers with junior licenses and learner’s permits.

April 5, 2011
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Preventing Sexual Abuse

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: April 5, 2011Contact:  Bryant G. Gaspard | gaspard@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

Senate Bills Strengthen Protections for Youth and Other Vulnerable New Yorkers from Sexual Predators

Working to protect victims of sexual abuse, the New York State Senate passed a package of bills aimed at improving public safety, creating harsher penalties for perpetrators of sexual abuse and strengthening adherence to penal laws, Senator Shirley L. Huntley (D-Jamaica) announced today.

April 5, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Children and Families Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Children and Families Senator Diane Savino, Chair 1:00 PM, Monday, April 4, 2011 Room 123 CAP

April 4, 1:00 PM - 1:02 PM
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Senate Acts to Protect Children and Families From Abuse

The New York State Senate today passed a legislative package that would strengthen penalties and provide additional protections for children and families who are victims of domestic or sexual abuse. The proposals build upon the Senate’s commitment to supporting victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, preventing abuse from continuing, and ensuring appropriate penalties for criminals who prey upon the state’s most vulnerable populations.  

March 30, 2011
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Senator Krueger: "Don't Play Politics With Homeless Families"

 The following is an opinion piece penned by Senator Liz Krueger for Huffington Post:

Albany and City Hall are engaged in a high-stakes game of chicken, and thousands of homeless families are trapped in the middle.

Every spring, as we debate the tough choices that inevitably must be made to balance our budget, we hear from thousands of New Yorkers, non-profits and mayors -- from cities big and small -- who warn of the consequences of cutting the State programs they rely on.

March 28, 2011
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Sen. Klein & Public Health Advocates Unveil Plan to Combat Underage 'Alcopop' Abuse

Plan Comes Amid Evidence that Minors Continue to Have Access to Four Loko and Similar High Alcohol Drinks

NEW YORK, NY  – State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), chairman of the Senate Alcohol and Drug Abuse Committee, was joined by public health advocates from across New York Sunday to unveil plans to crack down on easy access that minors have to Four Loko and similar high-alcohol malted beverages.

March 27, 2011
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Community Connection for Week Ending March 25th

Here is my community connection for the week ending Friday, March 25th. In this week's edition, I had the honor of hosting a "Youth of the Year" in Albany this week, my legislatively speaking column looks at diving New York into two seperate states along with initiative and referendum, and some great events taking place over the next week. Click the pdf link below to view it in full screen.

March 25, 2011
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Boys & Girl Club award winners from WNY

Molly from Elma, Senator Gallivan, Paige from Holland, & Elizabeth from East Aurora

March 23, 2011
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Gabe Dalmath Memorial Walk Raises Money for Camp Northpoint

On Sunday morning, March 20th, Senator Robach spoke to participants at the 8th Annual Gabe Dalmath Memorial Walk to benefit Camp Northpoint. Money raised will help improve the 48-acre YMCA camp that kids from kindergarten through ninth grade can attend. Over 200 people took part in the walk at the Mall at Greece Ridge.

March 23, 2011
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Greece Athena Basketball Coach Debuts New Book

On Saturday, March 19th, Senator Robach spoke at Greece Athena High School, where boys basketball head coach Jim Johnson debuted his new book, "A Coach and A Miracle". The book discusses the 2005-2006 basketball season, which included Jason McElwain's special game on February 15th, 2006 against Spencerport. Pictured with Senator Robach is Johnson (left) and McElwain (center).

March 23, 2011
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Forum/Town Hall: Town Hall Event at Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House

In the face of some of the most significant and potentially damaging government budget cuts in recent memory, Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House will hold a town hall meeting on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 from 6:30-8:00 pm at its headquarters in the Queensbridge Houses at 10-25 41st Avenue in Long Island City.

The following proposed cuts will be the main topic for discussion:

Senior Services: Cuts to Title XX funds in the Governor's Executive Budget would force the NYC Department for the Aging to close 105 senior centers. The loss of $24 million in these funds would be devastating, and affect over 8,000 seniors in New York City.

March 23, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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Senator Montgomery Votes Down Senate Republican's Budget Resolution, Faults Proposal for Dismissing Juvenile Justice Reform

Dear Constituents and Juvenile Justice Advocates:

The Republican-controlled Senate and the Assembly have each submitted their budget bills, which accept and reject portions of the Governor’s recommended State spending plan for FY 2011-12.

While I was pleased by many of the funding restorations contained in the Senate’s budget resolution, I voted against the proposal because it hurts our children -- our young people who are on the road to ruin because we, as a State, are not acting responsibly to reform New York’s juvenile justice system.

March 16, 2011
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