Issues: Families

Advocates for Juvenile Justice Reform

Youth from the Center for Community Alternatives join with Senator Montgomery and Senator Perkins in announcing the Senate Democratic Conference's proposal for juvenile justice reform.

February 9, 2011
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Juvenile Justice Reform: A Call To Action

 

 

 

Facing a system in crisis and an economy on the brink of collapse, Senate Democrats joined with child advocates and clergy to announce their support for Gov. Cuomo’s plans to reform the broken juvenile justice system, and call on Senate Republicans to drop their political demands that stand in the way of needed reform. Led by Senator Velmanette Montgomery, ranking member on the Senate’s Children and Families Services Committee, Senate Democrats sought to build on proposals included in Gov. Cuomo’s 2011-12 Executive Budget by announcing additional policy initiatives to create greater oversight and cost savings for New York taxpayers.

 

February 9, 2011
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Senator Zeldin Tours New Patchogue YMCA

Patchogue, NY-  Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) recently toured the new 54,000 square foot facility in the Village of Patchogue.  Senator Zeldin is pictured here with Patchogue YMCA Executive Director, Donna Boyle. 

February 8, 2011
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Governor Gets High Marks on First State of the State, But More Needs to be Done for Communities of Color

By Senator Ruth Hassell-ThompsonChairwoman - New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative CaucusLow-income and middle-income New Yorkers are hurting from the combined effects of high property taxes, unemployment and underemployment, health care premium increases, and cuts to public services. While it is within the responsibilities of the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus ("the Caucus") to protect services and resources for the most vulnerable New Yorkers, we understand full well the immediacy of the fiscal challenges facing our state. We are committed to partnering with Governor Andrew Cuomo to balance a budget that is fair going forward.

February 7, 2011
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IDC Discovers Spike in Overtime/ Worker's Comp Costs at Office of Children and Family Services

The Office of Children and Family Services has increased overtime costs and experienced a drastic spike in worker's compensation claims, according to a report released today by the Independent Democratic Conference.

These startling numbers come as the overall number of youths under OCFS supervision has actually decreased from 983 during this beginning of the 2009-2010 fiscal year, to roughly 700 currently.

January 26, 2011
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Maplewood YMCA Unveils Expansion, Renovations

On Monday, January 17th, the Maplewood YMCA held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the completion of renovations which totaled $5 million dollars, which added 16,000 square feet of space. Senator Robach made remarks prior to the ceremony, and helped cut the ribbon for the remodeled facility. For more information click here to visit the YMCA of Greater Rochester.

January 19, 2011
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1/15/2011: Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Senator Huntley attended the 14th Annual Celebration held at Merrick Park Baptist Church, 120-02 Bishop Curtis G. Norton, Sr. Drive

January 15, 2011
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Senator Krueger Urges Young and Old to Make Life Changing New Year’s Resolution

For Immediate Release | January 4 , 2011

Katie Kincaid | kincaid.nysenate@gmail.com | 646-784-0485

 

(New York, NY) – During the beginning of the new year, while New Yorkers vow to exercise and eat healthier, save more money and cut down on the amount of reality TV shows watched, Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) is urging all New Yorkers to fill out a Health Care Proxy, a resolution that will bring comfort and clarity to end-of-life decisions.

A Health Care Proxy (or some other form of Advance Directive), enables an individual to make important decisions about his/her health care planning, particularly regarding end-of-life care.

January 5, 2011
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From One Closet to Another Coats for Kids Clothes Drive a BIG Success!

On Wednesday, December 22nd, Senator Robach had the privilege to donate all of the winter articles of clothing that were donated to the "From One Closet to Another" Coats for Kids Winter Clothes Drive. Clothing was donated to the Greece Ecumenical Clothes Closet. I thank everyone for their tremendous support and generosity throughout the past three weeks, and for making this project so successful! Pictured with Senator Robach (from left to right) is Town of Greece Deputy Supervisor Jeff McCann, Town of Greece Councilman Andrew Conlon, representatives of the Greece Ecumenical Clothes Closet, and Town of Greece Supervisor John Auberger.

December 22, 2010
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Serrano Welcomes Displaced Bronx Residents Home

Today Senator José M. Serrano, along with Community advocates and residents of the Highbridge section in the Bronx, welcomed back 26 displaced families that had been evacuated by city agencies from 1204 Shakespeare Avenue due to safety concerns.On Saturday, December 4th, city officials evacuated tenants after they found construction debris blocking a fire exit and two fire escapes were deemed unsafe for use. Families traveled to shelters and hotels around New York City, some as distant as Far Rockway, making it difficult for children to attend local schools, among other inconveniences.

December 20, 2010
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12/17/2010: Senator Huntley's Holiday Party

Date: Friday, December 17, 2010

Time: 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Location: Robert RossFamily Life Center

172-15 Linden Boulevard

St. Albans, New York 11434

 

December 17, 2010
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Statement From Senator Krueger Regarding Governor's Veto of Hydrofracking Legislation

While I am glad that Governor Paterson has recognized the severity of this situation, I am disappointed that he has decided to veto such important legislation and has instead opted for a scenario that creates an easily exploitable loophole. The fact is that this legislation was drafted in a very specific manner to ensure that we put a temporary hold on all drilling that could do irreparable harm to areas of the State of New York. The Executive Order the Governor signed gives us some delay on some types of drilling, but it still leaves the State of New York vulnerable to overzealous gas companies who wish to make up for the ban on horizontal drilling by increasing the number of vertical drills.

December 13, 2010
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December 22, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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12/11/2010: TOTS-2-SENIORS

News From New York State

Senator Shirley L. Huntley

For Immediate Release: December 13, 2010

Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | arodrigu@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

“TOTS-2-SENIORS”

December 11, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Staten Island Holiday Events Include Train Show, Toy Giveaway

ublished: Thursday, December 09, 2010, 6:33 AM  Staten Island Advance

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- As Staten Islanders ease into the spirit of the season, a free-to-the-public display of train sets with door prizes and raffles this weekend in Castleton Corners and a toy giveaway on Dec. 17 will spread the joy of what, for many borough residents, is indeed the most glorious time of the year.

This weekend, at Clove Lakes Health Care and Rehabilitation Center, the third annual Holiday Train Show will allow visitors to view three historic train sets laid out in an elaborate miniversion of real life.

December 9, 2010
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Keynote Address at Greyston Workforce Development Graduation Ceremony

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins delivered the keynote address at the Greyston Foundation’s Workforce Development Program (WD 2.0) Graduation ceremony, held in the Yonkers Public Library Riverfront Branch. Immediately preceding the ceremony, employers from throughout Westchester County met with graduates to assess employment possibilities.

December 6, 2010
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Health Care Proxy & Living Will Information

Living Wills and the appointment of a person who can function as your health care proxy are important decisions we all should make related to how we wish to be treated as our life ends. These decisions are not just considerations for the frail and elderly, but choices to be made when we are alert and willing to evaluate our views on end- of- life care. Discussions with close family and friends is a good way to have opinions known, but will have greater relevance if they are also supported by a living will and a health care proxy.

File: 
Health Care Proxy[1].pdf

December 3, 2010
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