Issues: Families

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

Senator Parker is presented the legislative Award from Human Care Services

Esther Lustig and the staff at Human Care Services are truly doing God's work by looking after the most vulnerable members of our community.

July 29, 2010

NYCHA’S Fatherhood Initiative

NYCHA’S fatherhood initiative helps fathers of all ages reconnect with their children and strengthen New York City families.

For more information and to register, please contact Brooklyn Community Operations at (718) 453-1296.

NYCHA Fatherhood Initiative (NFI) builds on existing services and platforms in community centers to create a new network where fathers and their children will be supported and provided the tools they need to build strong relationships.

July 29, 2010

Cool Down with Cool Sweep!

Cool Sweep is the City’s annual public safety and customer service program to help city residents who have limited opportunities to find relief from summer heat. A Cool Sweep operation is triggered when the forecast calls for a day to reach 85 degrees.

Cool Sweep hours are normally from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The operation employs the use of a cooling spray from fire hydrants and extended hours at City pools and Durand Eastman Beach. The use of City spray parks and pools in certain city high schools are also available to the public.

When hot summer days creep in make sure to watch the news and check the newspaper for a possible Cool Sweep day announcement.

Cool Sweep Hydrant locations are:

• School No. 41 parking lot, 279 W. Ridge Road (map)

July 28, 2010

2010 National Night Out Against Crime

On Tuesday, August 3rd, from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m., join Senator Robach at the 2010 National Night Out Against Crime at the Dewey Avenue Family Festival.This year’s event will feature carnival games courtesy of the Northwest YMCA, prizes and giveaways from Target and the NorthGate Neighbors, police and safety displays, free haircuts for children 10 and under from House of Hair, and a performance by the Greece Marching Band. Admission is FREE. There will be plenty of food, with $1 hot dogs and $1 cold drinks to benefit Two Doors Community Resource Center, plus Abbott's Frozen Custard and a candy bar & snack sale by Troop 195. Click on the .pdf below for all the information!

July 27, 2010

Senator Robach Visits Chil Ave. Business Alliance Festival

On Saturday, July 24, Senator Robach joined the Chili Avenue Business Alliance for the Taste of Chili Ave Festival.The event featured numerous activities for children and youth, including a bouncy house, face painting and a basketball competition at Gardiner Recreation Center.In addition, there was live music from Noon until 6:00 p.m.

July 26, 2010

Cardiovascular Screening Day

State Senator Jeff Klein and Weill Cornell Community Clinic present FREE cardiovascular screenings for blood pressure, diabetes, and cholesterol, at the Throggs Neck Community Center on Saturday, July 31st.  To RSVP, contact Senator Klein's office at 718-822-2049. WALK-INS WELCOME.


**Overnight fasting is required to participate in the screenings.**

July 31, 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Senator DeFrancisco Reads to Children at the Solvay Public Library Summer Storyhour.

Senator DeFrancisco was the guest reader at the Solvay Public Library storyhour.

July 20, 2010

Annual Health Fair and Picnic

For More Information, Please Contact Lois Menyweather at (718) 949-1601 Office

To Join Invited City and State Agencies, As Well As Other Organizations In Attendance

August 21, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Senate Passes Bill to Protect the Kids from Sex Offenders

Senator Addabbo: Law Requires Sex Offender, Abuse Screening for Jobs Working with Children

Queens, NY, July 16, 2010 --  NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach) announced the passing of legislation in the Senate (S6998A) which will help prevent employers from hiring registered sex offenders and those guilty of child abuse for jobs that require a significant time spent around children.

While hiring policies utilized by public schools already include background checks and ensure this security for children, other organizations do not currently practice similar diligence.

July 16, 2010

History of The New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus


In 1917, The New York State Assembly elected its first Black American legislator, Mr.Edward A. Johnson, and in 1937 Assemblyman Oscar Garcia Rivera was the first American of Puerto Rican heritage to be elected in the State Assembly. From those small victories, slowly, two became three, three became four, and four became many. Presently the Caucus has a total of 48 members within the State Assembly and Senate.

July 16, 2010

The People’s Budget Equity XVIII Report

Click on the link below to view the full Equity XVIII Report...

Budget Euilty XVIII Report.pdf

July 15, 2010

Senator Robach Welcomes Herb Gross & The Invictas to Concerts by the Shore

On Wednesday, July 14th, Senator Robach introduced Herb Gross & The Invictas to the crowd at Ontario Beach Park prior to the latest Concert by the Shore. The group played from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m. Concerts by the Shore is a free event, supported by Senator Robach, that provides great fun and entertainment for the entire family. Every Wednesday throughout the summer, Concerts by the Shore takes place at Ontario Beach Park. For more information on The Invictas, visit their website.

July 15, 2010
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