Issues: Families

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

Concerts by the Shore at Ontario Beach Park Through August 25th

Concerts by the Shore continue through August 25th at Ontario Beach Park. All concerts begin at 7:00 and end at 9:00 p.m, except for August 11th, which features a pair of guests from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m. and 7:30 until 9:30 p.m. The entire summer schedule is available by downloading the .pdf file. The concerts are free to the public and parking is available around Ontario Beach Park. Wegmans will be selling food and beverages each Wednesday night. For more information on Concerts by the Shore, you can call the Ontario Beach Park Program Committee at (585) 865-3320.

July 14, 2010

Bad Bicycling? Fine Business

In an attempt to curb bad bicycling behavior, a group of East Side elected officials want to pass a law that would shift the burden over to the city’s companies that employ bicyclists who ignore traffic laws.

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July 12, 2010

7/11/2010: Charity car wash raises nearly $7,000

It was scrub-a-dub-dub in Howard Beach this past weekend, as over 100 big-hearted people rolled up their sleeves and got wet to raise thousands at New York Families for Autistic Children’s (NYFAC) fifth annual charity car wash and car show.

It was the most successful ever, raising just “a touch” under $7,000.

“People are very supportive of what we do,” said Andrew Baumann, president and CEO of NYFAC.

He explained that, in this economic climate, fundraisers are pivotal.

“When one door closes, another opens,” he said. “The people of this community [Howard Beach] are extremely generous and warm and have opened their hearts to the kids.”

“A lot of kids from the neighborhood came out to pitch in,” continued Baumann.

July 11, 2010

Free Movies in the Parks All Summer Long


Movies at the Beach is a free outdoor event at Monroe County Ontario Beach Park every Tuesday, starting at dark, from July 13th through August 17th. Movies include:


* July 13 - Jaws (1975) - PG

* July 20 - Star Trek (2009) - PG-13

* July 27 - The Blind Side (2009) -PG-13

* August 3 - Ghostbusters (1984) - PG

* August 10 - Sherlock Holmes (2009) - PG-13

* August 17 -Clash of the Titans (2010) - PG-13




Movies in the Bowl is a free, family-oriented outdoor event at the Highland Park Bowl every Thursday, starting at dark, from July 15th through August 19th. Movies include:


* July 15 - Monsters Vs. Aliens (2009) - PG

* July 22 - Three Amigos! (1986) - PG

July 9, 2010

New York Parks Offer Summer Time Fun

As families and individuals look for ways to enjoy the wonderful summer weather, people need to look no further than our local state parks.  July is Park and Recreation Month across the nation and here in New York we have many great reasons to celebrate. 

Our public parks and state lands are among our greatest resources, particularly in upstate, and they fulfill a number of roles.  They are a strong source of tourist dollars, drawing people from other parts of New York, neighboring states, and across the nation.  Along with generating money for the state, our parks also help support many other businesses, from small grocery stores, to souvenir shops selling locally produced keepsakes, to farm stands offering homegrown fruits and vegetables.

July 8, 2010
July 17, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
August 14, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Legislature Bans Use of Harmful Chemical in Child Care Products


Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) is pleased to announce that legislation prohibiting the manufacture, distribution or sale of certain child care products containing bisphenol-A (BPA) passed the Legislature and is awaiting consideration by the Governor.  Senator Oppenheimer was a strong supporter and co-sponsor of the bill in the Senate. (S.3296H/A.6919D).

July 7, 2010

Summer Series

I would like to announce a series of free events designed to assist the community. My office will be open to the public for your assistance between 10am & 3pm every Friday until August 6th. I invite all my constituents to attend any of our summer series events.

July 9, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Senator Parker would like to invite you to Family Safety Day

Family Safety Day is the second of  six, free community events I am hosting this summer

July 7, 2010

Senator Robach Celebrates Fourth of July at Grandview Beach Parade

On Sunday morning, July 4th, Senator Robach took part in the Grandview Beach Neighborhood Association's Annual July 4th Parade. This was the 20th year for the parade, which travels down Old Edgemere Drive in Greece.

July 7, 2010
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