Issues: Families

Preventing Sexual Abuse

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: April 5, 2011Contact:  Bryant G. Gaspard | gaspard@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

Senate Bills Strengthen Protections for Youth and Other Vulnerable New Yorkers from Sexual Predators

Working to protect victims of sexual abuse, the New York State Senate passed a package of bills aimed at improving public safety, creating harsher penalties for perpetrators of sexual abuse and strengthening adherence to penal laws, Senator Shirley L. Huntley (D-Jamaica) announced today.

April 5, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Children and Families Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Children and Families Senator Diane Savino, Chair 1:00 PM, Monday, April 4, 2011 Room 123 CAP

April 4, 1:00 PM - 1:02 PM
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Senate Acts to Protect Children and Families From Abuse

The New York State Senate today passed a legislative package that would strengthen penalties and provide additional protections for children and families who are victims of domestic or sexual abuse. The proposals build upon the Senate’s commitment to supporting victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, preventing abuse from continuing, and ensuring appropriate penalties for criminals who prey upon the state’s most vulnerable populations.  

March 30, 2011
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Senator Krueger: "Don't Play Politics With Homeless Families"

 The following is an opinion piece penned by Senator Liz Krueger for Huffington Post:

Albany and City Hall are engaged in a high-stakes game of chicken, and thousands of homeless families are trapped in the middle.

Every spring, as we debate the tough choices that inevitably must be made to balance our budget, we hear from thousands of New Yorkers, non-profits and mayors -- from cities big and small -- who warn of the consequences of cutting the State programs they rely on.

March 28, 2011
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Sen. Klein & Public Health Advocates Unveil Plan to Combat Underage 'Alcopop' Abuse

Plan Comes Amid Evidence that Minors Continue to Have Access to Four Loko and Similar High Alcohol Drinks

NEW YORK, NY  – State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), chairman of the Senate Alcohol and Drug Abuse Committee, was joined by public health advocates from across New York Sunday to unveil plans to crack down on easy access that minors have to Four Loko and similar high-alcohol malted beverages.

March 27, 2011
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Community Connection for Week Ending March 25th

Here is my community connection for the week ending Friday, March 25th. In this week's edition, I had the honor of hosting a "Youth of the Year" in Albany this week, my legislatively speaking column looks at diving New York into two seperate states along with initiative and referendum, and some great events taking place over the next week. Click the pdf link below to view it in full screen.

March 25, 2011
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Boys & Girl Club award winners from WNY

Molly from Elma, Senator Gallivan, Paige from Holland, & Elizabeth from East Aurora

March 23, 2011
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Gabe Dalmath Memorial Walk Raises Money for Camp Northpoint

On Sunday morning, March 20th, Senator Robach spoke to participants at the 8th Annual Gabe Dalmath Memorial Walk to benefit Camp Northpoint. Money raised will help improve the 48-acre YMCA camp that kids from kindergarten through ninth grade can attend. Over 200 people took part in the walk at the Mall at Greece Ridge.

March 23, 2011
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Greece Athena Basketball Coach Debuts New Book

On Saturday, March 19th, Senator Robach spoke at Greece Athena High School, where boys basketball head coach Jim Johnson debuted his new book, "A Coach and A Miracle". The book discusses the 2005-2006 basketball season, which included Jason McElwain's special game on February 15th, 2006 against Spencerport. Pictured with Senator Robach is Johnson (left) and McElwain (center).

March 23, 2011
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Forum/Town Hall: Town Hall Event at Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House

In the face of some of the most significant and potentially damaging government budget cuts in recent memory, Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House will hold a town hall meeting on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 from 6:30-8:00 pm at its headquarters in the Queensbridge Houses at 10-25 41st Avenue in Long Island City.

The following proposed cuts will be the main topic for discussion:

Senior Services: Cuts to Title XX funds in the Governor's Executive Budget would force the NYC Department for the Aging to close 105 senior centers. The loss of $24 million in these funds would be devastating, and affect over 8,000 seniors in New York City.

March 23, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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Senator Montgomery Votes Down Senate Republican's Budget Resolution, Faults Proposal for Dismissing Juvenile Justice Reform

Dear Constituents and Juvenile Justice Advocates:

The Republican-controlled Senate and the Assembly have each submitted their budget bills, which accept and reject portions of the Governor’s recommended State spending plan for FY 2011-12.

While I was pleased by many of the funding restorations contained in the Senate’s budget resolution, I voted against the proposal because it hurts our children -- our young people who are on the road to ruin because we, as a State, are not acting responsibly to reform New York’s juvenile justice system.

March 16, 2011
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Fondos del Título XX Restaurado en Ley Presupuestaria del Senado

COMUNICADO DE PRENSA

14 de marzo de 2011

PARA PUBLICACIÓN INMEDIATA

March 14, 2011
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KLEIN RALLIES TO SAVE FUNDING FOR 4201 SCHOOLS IN NEW YORK

Senator Klein Fights To Help Save Money That Supports Deaf, Blind and Physically Disabled Schools

BRONX, NY –  State Senator Jeff Klein (D- Bronx/ Westchester) joined concerned students, parents and educators during an Albany rally to save the funding for schools that serve deaf, blind and physically disabled students. 

The Bronx  is home to three of these schools otherwise known as 4201 schools -  Lavelle School for the Blind, St. Joseph’s School for the Deaf and New York Institute for Special Education.

March 10, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Children and Families Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Children and Families Senator Diane Savino, Chair 1:00 PM, Monday, March 14, 2011 Room 123 CAP

March 14, 1:00 PM - 1:09 PM
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Greece Athena Middle School Director Honored Before Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

On Friday, March 4th, Greece Athena Middle School opened up its production of 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'. Prior to the first show of the weekend, Senator Robach presented a certificate to Artistic Director Carl Wager. Wager is retiring after a 39-year career of a teacher and director. 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' continues Friday March 11th at 7:30 and Saturday March 12th at 2:00 and 7:30 at the Greece Athena Performing Arts Center.

March 9, 2011
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3/9/2011: Mental Health Matters Advocacy Day

Speakers included Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, Chair on Mental Hygiene, Senator Roy McDonald, Chair of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, Senator Shirley L. Huntley, Ranking Member on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, Assemblyman, Jeffrey Dinowitz Chair of Aging and Mental Health Commissioner Michael Hogan. Also, we will hear from other leading experts discussing significant mental health issues.

We will also have the wonderful mix of MHA members dedicated to community based mental health services, our grassroots colleagues from AFSP, our colleagues in the community as well as several high school students whose schools have been directly impacted by suicide completion.

Issues we will discuss include:

March 9, 2011
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