Issues: Families

Senate Acts to Protect New York's Most Vulnerable Children and Adults

The New York State Senate today passed a measure to prevent child and adult abuse and expand the authority of protective workers to enable full investigations into allegations of abuse. The bill (S.3306B), is sponsored by Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) due to the murder and abuse of Laura Cummings, a mentally and physically challenged young adult from Erie County.

Twenty-three-year-old Laura Cummings was murdered last year by her mother and suffered a lifetime of physical, mental, and sexual abuse by her mother and half-brother. The abuse was reported to Social Services officials on numerous occasions but no actions were taken to prevent the terrible conditions Laura endured.

May 24, 2011

Syracuse Resident Mary Nelson is NY Senate “WOMAN OF DISTINCTION”

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) named Mary Nelson, of Syracuse, as the 49th Senate District’s “Woman of Distinction” as part of the New York State Senate’s 14th Annual 2011 Women of Distinction celebration. 

May 24, 2011

Ball and Tedisco to Sponsor 1st Ever NYS Animal Advocacy Day to Strengthen Buster's Law


Mark your calendars! On June 1st, hundreds of pet owners, animal advocates, rescues, shelters, veterinarians, law enforcement and other supporters will descend on Albany to strengthen Buster’s animal cruelty law.

May 24, 2011
June 1, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Senator Ball Visits Opening Day in Lewisboro

SOUTH SALEM, NY (4/30/2011) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) visited Opening Day for Lewisboro’s Little League on Saturday at Lewisboro Town Park as part of his Concussion Management Awareness initiative.

Senator Ball co-sponsors S.3953, the Concussion Management and Awareness Act, which implements rules and regulations for the treatment and monitoring of youth athletes with mild traumatic brain injuries.

May 24, 2011

Gianaris: Bring Gay Marriage To A Vote

State of Politics wrote about part of Senator Gianaris' interview on "The Capitol Pressroom," during which he said that a same-sex marriage bill must be introduced and brought to a vote.

Democratic Sen. Mike Gianaris today disagreed with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to not introduce a bill supporting same-sex marriage unless the votes are available, saying the public deserves to know where individual legislators stand.

In an interview on WCNY’s Capitol Pressroom this morning, Gianaris, D-Queens, said not having a bill allows Senate Republicans to tease on where they and duck the issue on where they stand.

May 23, 2011

Announcement From NYS Senator Eric Adams: Youth Talent Showcase

On Friday, May 20, 2011, Youth America in partnership with Healthfirst sponsored a Youth Talent Showcase featuring Elementary thru High School students in the 20th Senatorial District. 


May 23, 2011

Erie Harbor Wall Raising Ceremony

On Thursday, May 19th, I had the opportunity to attend, and speak at, a wall raising ceremony for the new Erie Harbor apartment building that is currently under construction on Mt. Hope Avenue. For more about this new venture, you can visit The project is expected to be complete this summer.


Photo courtesy: Communications Bureau, City of Rochester.

May 20, 2011
May 20, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM



Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) announced today that the New York State Senate passed legislation he is sponsoring, Senate bill S.3111, which would allow for the New York State Department of Health to issue a "Certificate of Birth Resulting in Stillbirth."


"This legislation recognizes the ordeal which parents go through during this difficult experience," said Larkin. "It is a way for them to acknowledge the baby and the event that occurred at a formal level. They may even include the stillborn child's name on the certificate if they so desire," said Larkin.


May 17, 2011

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
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