Issues: Families

Senator Parker passes a bill to save 16 Daycare Centers in Brooklyn

 (Albany, New York) Today- Governor Paterson signed landmark legislation that means all  all day care centers in New York City have to give 12 months notice prior to closing.  “This is a victory for working families,” said Senator Parker (D-21). “There are thousands of families in New York City who are dependent on city run daycare centers and this will give them the time needed to find a new facility if their day care provider faces closure.” The move came after New York City announced last February it planned to close 16 day care centers at the end of the school year. These closures would have resulted in 772 children, most of whom are minorities needing to find alternative childcare arrangements, by the end of the school year.

September 2, 2010
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September 13, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Serrano at Opening of New Bronx Parks

NYC Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe; Councilwoman Helen Foster; Congressman Jose E. Serrano; Senator Jose M. Serrano; Wilhelm Rhonda; and Community Board 4 Chairman, Pastor Wenzell Jackson.

August 31, 2010
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Yonkers Insider: Senate Bill Guaranteeing Protections for Tenants of Foreclosed Buildings Signed into Law

Prior Law Allowed Tenants to be Forced from Homes without Notice

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (35th District – D/WF) announced that a new law guaranteeing greater protections (S7139) for tenants of buildings in foreclosure has been signed into law. Under the new law, rent-regulated tenants are now required to receive a notice of their housing rights, along with a notice of the building owner’s foreclosure. The bill takes effect 30 days from the date of signing.

A review of the state’s prior notification requirement for renters revealed that existing law failed to effectively communicate to rent-controlled and rent-stabilized tenants that their housing rights are unaffected by a foreclosure proceeding.

August 30, 2010
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Promoting Affordable Health Coverage To All New Yorkers

Small Businesses Have a More Affordable Buy-In Option Under Enhanced Program

August 27, 2010
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A Celebration: 90 Years of Women Voting

This week, we celebrated the 90th anniversary of a great victory for

women and a radical and hard fought win for American democracy:

women’s suffrage -- the right to VOTE!

 

Sitting here in 2010, it’s hard to imagine a time in American history

during which women were not allowed to vote, especially as we watch

women run for all levels of elected office. But as we celebrate the

90th anniversary of American women’s right to vote, we, as men and

women, must ask ourselves if we are honoring the plight of so many who

came before us and fought for this most fundamental right. The sad

reality is that in areas around the world, women and men are still

August 27, 2010
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August 27, 2010
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SENATOR LAVALLE RECEIVES AWARD FOR VISIONARY EFFORTS

(L-R)  WHBPAC Board President, Len Conway, Senator Ken LaValle

August 27, 2010
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Baisley Park Houses Family Day

Please Join Senator Huntley For A Day Of Food, Family and Fun

August 28, 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Senator Suzi Oppenheimer Encourages Parents to Read Aloud to Their Children to Prepare Them for School

As thoughts turn from summer vacations to back-to-school preparations, Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) reminded parents that reading aloud to their young kids is one of the best ways to prepare them for the challenges of a new school year.  Senator Oppenheimer, who chairs the Senate Education Committee, recently participated in an early literacy awareness event at the Open Door Family Medical Center in Ossining.  

Reading the popular children’s book, “Five Little Monkeys” by Eileen Christelow, the Senator captivated her young audience, who joined in with the refrain “No more monkeys jumping on the bed!”  The children and their parents were at the Open Door Family Medical Center for pediatric check-ups.  

August 25, 2010
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Senate Bill Guaranteeing Protections for Tenants of Foreclosed Buildings Signed into Law

Prior Law Allowed Tenants to be Forced from Homes without Notice

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (35th District – D/WF) announced that a new law guaranteeing greater protections (S7139) for tenants of buildings in foreclosure has been signed into law. Under the new law, rent-regulated tenants are now required to receive a notice of their housing rights, along with a notice of the building owner’s foreclosure. The bill takes effect 30 days from the date of signing.

A review of the state’s prior notification requirement for renters revealed that existing law failed to effectively communicate to rent-controlled and rent-stabilized tenants that their housing rights are unaffected by a foreclosure proceeding.

August 19, 2010
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Senator Robach Visits Community Place of Rochester Family Fun Day

On Friday, August 13th, Senator Robach visited with guests at The Community Place of Greater Rochester Youth Department Family Fun Day Luncheon. Programs for family fun day centered around reading, health and self esteem.

August 17, 2010
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8/15/2010: Bone Marrow Drive

State Senator Shirley L. Huntley (D-Jamaica)attended a bone marrow drive accompanied by rap impresario and entertainer Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson. The event took place in Southeast Queens at 50’s Community Garden. The bone marrow drive was inspired by the story of 11-year-old leukemia patient, and Broadway’s Lion King star Shannon Tavarez. Unfortunately Shannon still hasn't found a bone marrow match, so when Senator Huntley heard of the event, she came out to register as a potential marrow donor. Senator Huntley also wanted to bring attention to the need for people to register and get swabbed to see if they could be candidates to donate marrow for Shannon and others suffering from leukemia. 50 Cent sponsored the registry through his G-Unity Foundation.

August 14, 2010
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Senator Diane J. Savino Sponsors Free Back to School Giveaway

(Staten Island, NY) In order to prepare parents and students for the start of a new academic year, Senator Diane J. Savino will sponsor a “Back to School Blast”, where parents and students will receive free school supplies, free health screenings, giveaways, safety tips and college-related information. Kids will also be treated to healthy snacks, games and other activities. Representatives from city and state local agencies, including the NYC Public Library System, the FDNY, Project Hospitality, Boy Scouts of America, Richmond University Medical Center and Staten Island University Health Center will also be present. The event is co-sponsored Richmond County Savings Foundation, One Way Youth of First Central Baptist Church and the Downtown Staten Island Council.

August 18, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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TAKE A RIDE ON THE TUCKAHOE TROLLEY

Senator Klein, Generoso Pope Foundation and Village of Tuckahoe Launch New Tuckahoe Trolley

 

TUCKAHOE, NY – State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), Chairman David Pope of the Generoso Pope Foundation and Tuckahoe Mayor John Fitzpatrick launched the new Tuckahoe Trolley on Friday, August 13th. Elected officials and foundation representatives christened the trolley and took an inaugural ride through the village with community members.

 

“Small businesses are truly the backbone of our community. The Tuckahoe Trolley will make it easier for residents of Eastchester, Tuckahoe, and Bronxville to shop right in their own backyard and pump much needed funds into our local economy,” said State Senator Jeff Klein.

 

August 13, 2010
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Facts About Asthma

As the summer months begin to fade away and the back to school season approaches, many children will be ramping up their level of physical activity.  Some may be returning to sports or joining an athletic team for the first time while others may be looking forward to physical education class or simply rejoining their friends on the school playground.  No matter how intense the participation, as youngsters get back into the swing of things, it is important to watch for signs for the chronic condition of asthma.

August 12, 2010
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