Issues: Families

Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein and State Senators Diane Savino and David Carlucci propose nearly $200 million in affordable day care subsidies to help New York’s working families 

 

New report shows that the IDC’s Affordable New York  proposals would critically change financial health for state’s low- and middle-income parents

January 15, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS CONTINUES KID PIX PROGRAM AT THE MINEOLA LIBRARY

Senator Jack M. Martins continued the valuable Kid Pix program at the Mineola Memorial Library. Partnering with Nassau County, Senator Martins offered free identification cards to children. The cards have important information on them. The program has been highly successful with parents and children taking advantage of the service. The Senator has brought the program to the communities in the Seventh Senate District. 

January 13, 2014
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Kennedy, Peoples-Stokes Propose Major Changes to Reform Child Protective Services

Following the tragic deaths of two young Buffalo children, Senator Kennedy and Assemblywoman Peoples-Stokes pursue new legislation to improve a system long needing reform.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy and Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes, both Democrats from Buffalo, today unveiled a comprehensive series of legislation that will strengthen and improve Child Protective Services in Erie County and across the state. Together, the bills proposed by Kennedy and Peoples-Stokes present major changes to a system long in need of reform.

January 10, 2014
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Greek Peak Grand Opening

I was happy to be invited to celebrate the grand re-opening of Greek Peak. Congratulations to new owners John Meier (pictured) and Marc Stemerman on the new amenities at the resort. 

January 9, 2014
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CAUCUS CHAIR, THE REVEREND AND ASSEMBLYMAN KARIM CAMARA RESPONDS TO GOVERNOR CUOMO’S 2014 STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS

It was a great pleasure and honor to deliver the Invocation at the State of the State. In his address Governor Cuomo outlined the positive trajectory of the state due to his leadership and the leadership of the legislative leaders. Over the past few years we have demonstrated that New York State government can work in a bipartisan fashion for the betterment of the State. 

January 8, 2014
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Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein and Senator Diane Savino Urge State to Approve Mayor de Blasio's Universal Pre-K Plan

City Hall, Manhattan – Three days before the start of 2014 state legislative session, Senate Co-Leader Jeffrey D. Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) renewed his call for Albany’s approval of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s universal pre-k plan and released a new economic report detailing the major, long-term benefits of doing so. According to the report, An Economic Argument for NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Universal Pre-K Plan, New York City will earn a $3.7 billion return on investment if it enacts the program.

January 5, 2014
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Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #1: The Right Route For Government

Happy New Year!

My wife and I did some traveling for the holidays. Our destination was the same as the year before – and many years before that. One thing had changed, however. We didn’t agree on how to get there.

Governing is a lot like a road trip. All participants share a common destination, but the disagreements are always about what exact route to take.

State legislators and the governor, regardless of political affiliation, all want to help New York attract good-paying jobs and grow our economy. We also want to invest in our children and keep spending in check while maintaining services.

This week, Governor Cuomo will unveil his roadmap in a State of the State address. As always, I’m looking forward to hearing his plan.

January 2, 2014
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FELDER & COLLEAGUES WORKING TO PREVENT FALLOUT FROM BUS COMPANY BANKRUPTCY

With Atlantic Express Bus Company expected to close its doors on December 31, Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn), Chair of both the New York City Education Subcommittee and the Children and Families Committee, is working with his colleagues, Assemblyman Dov Hikind and Councilman David Greenfield, to ensure a smooth transition for the more than 40,000 affected public and private school students. Atlantic Express, which declared bankruptcy in November, was responsible for over 1,600 bus routes, leaving children on those routes without a means of transportation as of January 2, 2014.

December 23, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS HONORED BY COPAY

Senator Jack M. Martins recently attended the COPAY "Kids Helping Kids" holiday event, held at the Village of Great Neck Plaza. The Senator was honored and humbled to have received a Certificate of Appreciation from COPAY.

Community Organization for Parents and Youth (COPAY), located in Great Neck, is a wonderful organization that provides many valuable program to assist families. For more information on the programs COPAY offers, visit their website at www.copayofgreatneck.org. The phone number is (516) 466-2509. 

December 23, 2013
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Senator Hoylman Sounds Alarm On Mattel’s Suspect Advertising Claims

New York, NY—Following dubious claims about the educational and developmental benefits of New York-based Fisher-Price’s Apptivity products, New York State Senator Brad Hoylman sent a letter today to parent company Mattel, calling on the toy manufacturer to review the product line and cease promoting passive screen use by infants and toddlers.

December 18, 2013
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Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein Launches IDC’s 2014 Agenda – “Affordable NY”

Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein Launches IDC’s 2014 Agenda – “Affordable NY”

IDC Introduces Innovative Programs Like Family Leave Insurance for Working Mothers and Fathers and Launches Mitchell Llama 2020; Agenda Re-Focuses State Resources on Working Families

#AffordableNY

 

December 13, 2013
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Making New York Affordable: Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein Launches IDC’s 2014 Agenda

Before Senator Klein and the IDC crafted their legislative agenda, Senator Klein heard from real New York families on how their coping with our state's affordability crisis. This video shows some of what these working New Yorkers said. 

December 13, 2013
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Senator David J. Valesky Unveils IDC Affordable NY Plan

SYRACUSE–State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), joined by several local advocates, introduced the Independent Democratic Conference’s 2014 legislative agenda, titled “Affordable NY.” The agenda, composed of five core policy items, demonstrates the IDC’s commitment to working families during the 2014 legislative session.

“The Affordable NY plan is a lifetime commitment to New York’s working families. It is critically important to address issues that affect all New Yorkers; challenges in paying for child care, affording college and living on a fixed income after retirement are topics I hear about from constituents every day,” Senator Valesky said.

The IDC’s proposals include:

December 13, 2013
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Livestreaming "Affordable New York" Legislative Roll Out Today at 11am

Majority Coalition Leader, IDC Conference Leader and State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) will announce “Affordable NY,” a bold new set of legislative proposals aimed at making New York affordable for working families. Affordable NY will reinvest $1.75 billion into programs, services, and tax credits that directly benefit working families and retirees. 

December 13, 2013
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Senator Stavisky Tours Pre-K Classrooms at the Shield Institute of Flushing

Flushing, NY—Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) toured the Shield Institute of Flushing to visit the center’s on-site classrooms and learn about the services they provide to developmentally disabled children and adults throughout New York City. Senator Stavisky also met with Dr. Susan Provenzano, Ed.D, Executive Director of the Shield Institute.

December 11, 2013
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Senator Valesky Delivers Coats, Blankets for Newly Arrived Refugees

(Syracuse, NY – Dec. 5, 2013) State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) recently delivered 12 bags of donated coats and blankets to the Center for New Americans as a result of a coat and blanket drive he sponsored at the State Office Building in partnership with InterFaith Works’ Refugee Resettlement program.

December 10, 2013
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Seward & Hannon Fight For Children With Special Needs

ALBANY, 12/09/13 – New York Senate Health Committee Chairman Kemp Hannon and Senate Insurance Committee Chairman James L. Seward today introduced legislation to preserve New York State’s Early Intervention Program and make certain that children with special needs receive the care they need. 

The legislation (S.6002) requires the state to make prompt payment to early intervention providers and ensures that retroactive payments will be made to providers who have been waiting for reimbursement since a new state system went into effect on April 1.

December 9, 2013
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Senator Valesky Drops Off Coats and Blankets for Newly Arrived Refugees

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) dropped off 12 bags of donated coats and blankets at the Center for New Americans on Monday, November 25. Senator Valesky had recently held a coat and blanket drive at the State Office Building in partnership with InterFaith Works’ Refugee Resettlement program.

December 5, 2013
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