Issues: Families

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer Stands with Women's Advocacy Groups to Urge Governor Paterson to Enact New Protections for Domestic Violence Survivors

While violent crime overall has declined in recent years, violence against loved ones is on the rise.  In 2008, intimate partner homicides increased 25% statewide and 45% in counties outside New York City.  Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck), joined by representatives from the Pace Women’s Justice Center, My Sisters’ Place, Hope’s Door and Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, today called on Governor Paterson to sign into law sweeping legislation to strengthen the rights and protections of domestic violence survivors and increase the criminal penalties for domestic abuse.

August 10, 2010

Senate President Malcolm A. Smith and Legendary Hip-Hop Artist L.L. Cool J. Kick-off Sixth Annual Jump N Ball Tournament

The five-week athletic program is dedicated to bringing wholesome fun to young people in Southeast Queens.


August 10, 2010

Car Seat Safety Checks in LeRoy

On Saturday, August 7, Senator Ranzenhofer sponsored a Car Seat Safety Check at Wolcott Street School in LeRoy. Special thanks to the Genesee County Sheriff's Office, the City of Batavia Police Department and the Village of LeRoy Police Department.

August 9, 2010

Forum/Town Hall: "Back to School Blast"-Free School Supply Giveaway

(Brooklyn, 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, giveaways, safety tips and college-related information. Kids will be treated to a visit by the Brooklyn Cyclone’s mascot, Sandy the Seagull and representatives from city and state local agencies, including the NYC Public Library System, NYC Dept. of Youth and Community Development and the NYPD will also be on hand.

August 11, 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

New to You Sale and 'BBQ and Bargains Feast"

On Saturday, August 7th, the Zion-Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Rochester is holding a New to You Sale from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 250 Samuel McCree Way. There will also be a BBQ and Bargains Feast. For more information, click on the poster below.

August 5, 2010


Senator Ken LaValle was honored to address the crowd that gathered for the Boy Scouts of America’s historic broadcast of the Centennial Show at the Suffolk County Council’s celebratory “Shining Light Across America.”  The event took place at the LaValle Stadium at Stony Brook University and marked the first time in history that the entire Scouting community had the opportunity to come together in celebration of Scouting’s rich heritage.  Hundreds of “Shining Light” events took place across the country, while the natio

August 2, 2010

Senator Robach in Hilton Parade

On Thursday night, July 29, Senator Robach participated in the Hilton Firemen's Grand Parade. The parade is a part of the Hilton Fire Department Carnival, which runs from July 28-31. For more information, visit

July 30, 2010
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