Issues: Families

SI Advance: At Parade, Gay Community Calls for Visibility

By: Judy Randall

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Under a canopy of rainbow-colored balloons, several hundred gay and lesbian Staten Islanders and their supporters kicked off the borough’s sixth annual LGBT Pride Parade and festival in St. George yesterday with a clear message: We are one of you.

“We are here to say we are your friends, your neighbors,” said spectator Brian Hagan of New Brighton. “We sit next to you on the bus, in church. We are part of the diversity of the city.”

June 10, 2010
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Daily News: Government Must OK New Domestic Worker Rights

by: Albor Ruiz

Every day, 200,000 domestic workers in New York make it possible for their employers to go to work. Yet, many of these mostly immigrant women of color are employed without a living wage, health care and basic labor protections.

"As far as I am concerned, these folks are the economic backbone of New York," said Assemblyman Keith Wright (D-Harlem). "[Yet] they are an invisible segment of society."

June 10, 2010
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NYT Editorial: Domestic Worker's Rights

New York State has the chance to lead the nation in extending basic workplace protections to domestic workers — the nannies, housekeepers and caregivers for the elderly who are as essential to the economy as they are overlooked and unprotected.

June 10, 2010
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Senator Foley Helps Families Coping with Autism

Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point) co-sponsored legislation that will protect children with autism. Senate Bill 7000-B, which passed the senate yesterday, will establish a national model requiring health care coverage for autism. This will save families thousands of dollars a year.

June 10, 2010
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Breaking Barriers: Majority Announces Passage Of Legislative Package Expanding Opportunities For New Yorkers With Disabilities

Sweeping Legislation Improves Services For People With Disabilities,Puts An End To Discriminatory Practices

June 10, 2010
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Fighting To Ensure Children With Autism Receive The Medical Care They Deserve, Senate Passes Landmark Autism Legislation

Holding Health Insurers Accountable

The Senate Democratic Majority passed groundbreaking legislation to protect children with autism, setting the bar for a new national standard for treatment and services. The legislation (S7000B/Breslin) requires early intervention screening, diagnosis and treatment for autism spectrum disorders, saving families facing autism thousands of dollars a year. 

June 9, 2010
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Mothers: Know Your Rights!

In late 2009 I sponsored and pushed through Legislation (S1107) to establish a Breastfeeding Mothers’ Bill of Rights. All too often women are made to feel ashamed when they breastfeed, which can lead them to quit breastfeeding their babies prematurely.

My Breastfeeding Mother’s Bill of Rights is common-sense legislation that empowers and supports new mothers by providing them with the information they need prior to, and after they give birth so they can make the best decisions for their child and themselves.

June 9, 2010
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Senator Robach Honored by YMCA of Greater Rochester

The YMCA of Greater Rochester recently presented Senator Robach with the Albert B. Hooke Red Triangle Award for his support and volunteer service with their organization.

June 9, 2010
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Senator Robach Honored by YMCA of Greater Rochester

The YMCA of Greater Rochester recently presented Senator Robach with the Albert B. Hooke Red Triangle Award for his support and volunteer service with their organization.

June 9, 2010
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PROTECTING NEW YORKERS FROM HARMFUL PESTICIDES

Senate Passes Klein Bill Requiring Companies to Notify Residents 48-Hours Before Pesticide Spraying Occurs

 

June 7, 2010
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Public Hearing: Joint - Senate and Assembly Standing Committee on The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Program

Joint – Assembly Standing Committee on Social ServicesChair:    Assembly Member Keith L. T. WrightSenate Standing Committee on Social ServicesChair:    Senator Daniel SquadronAssembly Standing Committee on Children and FamiliesChair:    Assembly Member William ScarboroughSenate Standing Committee on Children and Families

June 16, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
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Committee Meeting: Children and Families Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Children and Families Senator Velmanette Montgomery, Chair 10:00 AM, Tuesday, June 8, 2010 Room 710 LOB

June 8, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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Senator Foley Protects Victims of Domestic Violence

Legislation sponsored by Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point) aimed at protecting the rights and security of victims of domestic violence has been signed into law by Governor Paterson.

The new law allows victims of domestic violence to request a court order that requires the Board of Elections to keep their registration records confidential. This means that victims will be afforded an added layer of protection in keeping their new address out of the hands of their abusers.

June 3, 2010
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Yonkers Rising: Senator Stewart-Cousins Proposes Bill for Additional Education Aid for Yonkers

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins recently announced that legislation she introduced in the Senate, S7190, to provide additional aid to the Yonkers City School District, passed this week out of the Local Government Committee.

June 1, 2010
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State Parks to Remain Open

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins announced that every State park and historic site will be open Memorial Day weekend, for the entire summer and well into next year. Senate Democrats were able to negotiate an agreement to restore full funding for all parks, fulfilling their promise to keep parks, campgrounds, historic sites and botanical gardens open for New York’s families.

May 28, 2010
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Parents for Megan's Law Lecture at PS 254 in Richmond Hill

A speaker from Parents for Megan's Law will be present to discuss the prevention programs, advocacy services and counseling they offer. The event is being sponsored by Senator Addabbo and is free to attend.
http://www.parentsformeganslaw.org/

June 17, 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
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Committee Meeting: Children and Families Meeting: THIS MEETING WAS CANCELLED

Senate Standing Committee on Children and Families Senator Velmanette Montgomery, Chair 10:00 AM, Wednesday, June 2, 2010 Room 710 LOB

"THIS MEETING WAS CANCELLED"

June 2, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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Construction Begins on Midtown East's New Home to PS 59 and Whole Foods

By Gabriela Resto-Montero

MIDTOWN EAST — Officials broke ground Friday at the new, $500 million home to P.S. 59 and Whole Foods at 250 East 57th Street.

The 1.5 acre campus will house P.S. 59 and the High School of Art and Design when it opens in September 2012. A Whole Foods Market will take up 38,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor.

"In these tough financial times, it is absolutely critical that we look to the private sector to support our efforts at building new schools," Joel Klein, the schools chancellor, said in a statement.

May 25, 2010
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