Issues: Families

Brighton Volunteer Ambulance Kicks off National EMS Week

On Sunday, May 15th, Senator Robach had the honor to meet with the great folks over at Brighton Volunteer Ambulance during their open house. May 15th through May 21st is National EMS Week. It was great to see families taking a tour of the base and learning about the tools these men and women use on a daily basis to help save lives. For more information on Brighton Volunteer Ambulance, visit their website at

May 16, 2011

Keeping Schools Safe from Illegal Activity

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: May 12, 2011Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | | (518) 455-3531

Senate Enhances Law Aimed at Punishing Prostitution Offenses Near School Grounds

Senator Huntley (D-Jamaica) announced that the New York State Senate passed legislation,      S. 1313-A, which establishes new crimes and increased penalties for promoting and conducting prostitution within one thousand feet of school grounds.

May 12, 2011

2011 Concerts by the Shore Schedule

Here is the 2011 Concerts by the Shore schedule. The concerts take place every Wednesday from June through August at Ontario Beach Park. All the concerts are FREE and open to the public. If you would like to download a copy of this year's schedule, you can click on either the PDF file or Microsoft Word file below.

May 10, 2011

Caucus Meeting: Participates in NYS Bipartisan Pro-Choice Legislative Caucus Kick-off Event

Senator Gianaris will attend and give brief remarks at the opening ceremony of the NYS Bipartisan Pro-Choice Legislative Caucus’ first public event, a Reproductive Rights and Health Information Fair.

May 9, 12:15 PM - 4:00 PM

Faces of Autism: An Educational Forum

Presentations by: New York Families For Autistic Children, Autism Speaks, The School for Language and Communication Development, Queens County Parents Autism Coalition, New York Christian Parents of Children With Autism and Jackson Developmental Center 


• Learn about the signs of Autism and the importance of early intervention

• Ask questions about issues related to caring for children living with Autism

• Share stories of frustration, joy and hope

• Make connections with other parents 


Translators will be available at the event.

May 23, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Brighton Little Leaguers Ready to PLAY BALL!

On Saturday, April 30th, Senator Robach had the honor to take part in Opening Day festivities for Brighton Little League. This included a parade and post parade ceremony, where he spoke to all of the participants in this great program. It was great to meet a number of parents and ball players throughout the morning and afternoon. Senator Robach wish you all a successful 2011 Little League season! For more photos from this event, check out my facebook page,

May 4, 2011

STAR Rebate Extension

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: May 4, 2011Contact: Bryant G. Gaspard| | (518) 455-3531

Senator Shirley L. Huntley Announces Passage of Legislation to Extend Application Deadline for STAR Program Participants

May 4, 2011

Deadly Ties: IDC Proposes Hospital Ban on Infection Causing Neck Wear; Other Bacteria Carrying Clothing

The Independent Democratic Conference today urged a prohibition on doctors and other healthcare professionals wearing neck ties, jewelry and other items that studies indicate are carriers for potentially deadly hospital-borne infections.

May 3, 2011

Senator Klein Commemorates New York Botanical Gardens' 120th Anniversary

Senator Klein commemorated New York Botanical Gardens 120th Anniversary with a resolution adopted by the New York State Senate declaring April 28th New York Botanical Garden Day. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the new azalea garden.

May 3, 2011

Senate Passes Bill Giving Tenants FREE Meeting Space in Public Housing

May 2, 2011

Standing up for the rights of tenants to organize, the New York State Senate passed legislation to eliminate the financial burden to tenants who want to conduct meetings in public housing, announced Senator Velmanette Montgomery, a sponsor of the bill. 

The legislation (S.3114)  bans the imposition of a fee currently placed on tenants wishing to hold a group meeting. Under the bill, tenants would have access to a location owned by the authority which has been set aside as an area of common use for all tenants, including any community or social room.

May 3, 2011

5/3/2011: Housing Works Lobby Day

Housing Works vistited Senator Huntley to discuss S. 2873: The Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GEND) sponsored by Senator Duane. This bill is the first step to ending the legal discrimination and social barriers faced by transgender people.

GENDA will:

Ensure equality in education, housing, healthcare and employment regardless of gender expression or identity
Enhance safety for all transgender people, especially the poor and homeless at high risk of getting HIV
Promote culturally competent medical care and delivery

May 3, 2011

5/2/2011: Healthy Workplace Bill

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: May 3, 2011Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | | (518) 455-3531

*Press Release*

Senator Shirley L. Huntley wants to StopWorkplace Bullying

(D-Jamaica) On May 2, 2011 Senator Huntley spoke out against workplace bullying/ harassment at a press conference in Albany, New York.  Several guests and relatives talked about their loved ones who suffered through abuse and harassment at work, and in a few unfortunate cases, took their own lives.  

May 2, 2011

Committee Meeting: Children and Families Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Children and Families Senator Diane Savino, Chair 1:00 PM, Monday, May 2, 2011 Room 123 CAP

May 2, 1:00 PM - 1:03 PM

NYS Senator Eric Adams Joins Prospect Lefferts Gardens Neighbors And Shopkeepers To Clean Up Trash, Garbage And Litter In An Effort To Help Beautify The Community

On Saturday, April 30, 2011, NYS Senator Eric Adams joined Prospect-Lefferts Gardens neighbors and shopkeepers to clean up trash, garbage and litter in an effort to help beautify the community.  Between the hours of 11:00am and 4:00pm, several areas in this neighborhood were cleaned up.  In light of Earth Day and in response to the recent illegal dumping incidences in the community, this neighborhood clean up will encourage others to be responsible and have an appreciation of the community in which they live.

April 25, 2011

NYS Senator Eric Adams Announces The Second Annual 20th Senatorial District Spelling Bee.

On Thursday, April 14, 2011, NYS Senator Eric Adams hosted the Second Annual 20th Senatorial District Spelling Bee for students to showcase their spelling capabilities in the hopes to win a $100 savings bond.  It is crucial that school students comprehend literacy skills such as spelling, vocabulary and correct English language usage.   This spelling bee will not only bring attention to the importance of literacy, but also address skills such as developing poise, enhancing the art  of public speaking and sportsmanship, important life skills that will guarantee future success.

April 19, 2011

NYS Senator Eric Adams Joins The Parents Of Slain NYPD Detective Russel Timoshenko To Announce The Second Annual Bridging The Gap Basketball Scholarship Tournament In Memory Of Detective Timoshenko’s Life, Which Was Taken In The Line Of Duty In July 2007.

On Friday, April 8, 2011, NYS Senator Eric Adams joined the parents of slain NYPD Detective Russel Timoshenko to announce the second annual Bridging the Gap Basketball Scholarship Tournament in memory of slain NYPD Detective Russel Timoshenko.  The tournament, was hosted by the Student Government Association in collaboration with the 71st Precinct Detectives Unit.  The money raised will benefit the Detective Russel Timoshenko Scholarship Fund for tuition assistance to Medgar Evers College students.

April 19, 2011


Senator Klein holds his 17th Annual Easter Bunny Breakfast and Magic Show

BRONX, NY- On Saturday, April 16th, Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) joined by more than 300 children from the Bronx and Westchester, held his 17th annual Easter Bunny Breakfast and Magic Show at Villa Barone Catering Hall in the Bronx. Families enjoyed a free breakfast, magic show and a build-a-bunny workshop. The Easter Bunny also made a special appearance.

April 18, 2011

NYS Senator Eric Adams Visits The Maple Street School During The Week Of The Young Child

Maple Street School celebrates the Week of the Young Child April 10-16, 2011 to recognize the needs of young children and thank educators, leaders, and community members involved in building better futures for all children. The 2011 theme of the Week of the Young Child is Early Years are Learning Years.


April 15, 2011

Kelly Cline and Senator Kennedy Launch Families Against Texting While Driving

Click here to join Families Against Texting While Driving

Advocacy group will first focus on making texting while driving a primary offense statewide

April 14, 2011
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