Issues: Families

Senate Passes Women's Equality Package

In its first legislative act of 2015, the New York State Senate today approved a comprehensive Women’s Equality Agenda that would enhance the rights of women and protect those who are most vulnerable to abuse and discrimination.

January 12, 2015
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RITCHIE PRAISES PASSAGE OF WOMEN’S EQUALITY MEASURES

Legislative Package Aims to End Discrimination, Combat Sexual Harassment and Stop Domestic Violence

State Senator Patty Ritchie today is praising passage of legislation that will provide females across New York State with new protections when it comes to discrimination, sexual harassment and domestic violence.

The historic measures passed Monday mark the first legislative act of 2015 and are the components of a comprehensive Women’s Equality Agenda, made up of bills that would stop human trafficking; ensure equal pay for equal work; combat sexual harassment in the workplace; end gender discrimination in employment, housing and credit decisions; make reasonable work accommodations available for pregnant women; and provide stronger protections for domestic violence victims. 

“In every corner of our state and across our nation, women are breaking glass ceilings and reaching new heights. However, we cannot turn a blind eye to the things that often hold them down—namely the discrimination, harassment and abuse that often happen in the workplace and in our society at large,” said Senator Ritchie.

January 12, 2015
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The 11th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Concert

Please share the dream and come join us for the for the 2nd largest MLK Tribute Concert in New York City!

  A Shared Dream Foundation Presents...

 The 11th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Concert

 Monday 19, 2015

 Time: 5 PM- Doors Open at 4:00 PM

 Where: Brooklyn College, Walt Whitman Theater

 THIS EVENT FREE & OPEN TO ALL

 For more information/ tickets please contact: 347-685-4837

  Below is the event link to get your free tickets.

Ashareddream.eventbrite.com

January 19, 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Griffo, Rozic Announce Law to Increase Protections for Children in Foster Homes

Bill Improves the Screening Process for Prospective Foster Parents

UTICA – Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D,WF-Queens) and Senator Joseph Griffo (R-Rome) announced that legislation (A8474/S6875) they drafted to protect foster children from being placed in unsuitable homes has been signed into law by Governor Cuomo. The new law creates a formal system for an agency to review and evaluate an applicant’s history if the applicant were to apply to another agency to take in foster children.

January 5, 2015
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KWANZAA GREETING FROM SENATOR KEVIN PARKER

KWANZAA GREETING FROM SENATOR KEVIN PARKER

 

In the spirit of the principles on which it was founded, I proudly wish a Happy Kwanzaa to the thousands around the country who have embraced and celebrate this very important holiday in the African American community. Kwanzaa, first observed as a holiday tradition in 1966, is a celebration of family, community and culture.

December 26, 2014
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SENATOR KLEIN GIVES MORE THAN 400 HOLIDAY GIFTS TO CHILDREN AT THIRD ANNUAL THROGGS NECK HOUSES TOY DONATION

BRONX, NY - State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) visited the Throggs Neck Houses on Tuesday, December 23rd  to give holiday gifts to children and their families.  At the toy donation, Senator Klein presented boys and girls with fun gifts like Monopoly, Clue, dolls, toy cars, a stuffed “Olaf” from the popular movie Frozen and more.

December 24, 2014
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Important New Laws Taking Effect January 1, 2015

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) says with the arrival of the New Year, a number of new laws will be taking effect in New York State.  These include:

December 23, 2014
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Chanukah is the celebration of Miracles!

"Chanukah is the celebration of miracles, a reminder that all things are possible," Senator Parker said.  "As you celebrate the spirit of Chanukah with friends and family, I wish you health, happiness and good fortune." The holiday celebrates a legendary victory of the Maccabees, a band of Jews, over a Greek army that occupied the Holy Land.  After the battle, the victorious Maccabees found only a one day supply of oil in the temple to light the lamps.  But the oil burned miraculously for eight days, the story says.

December 17, 2014
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Bivona Child Advocacy Center Breaks Ground

What an exciting day for Bivona Child Advocacy Center and its local partners as they broke ground on their new home at One Mt Hope Avenue in the City of Rochester. This is an incredible project that will renovate one of the oldest commercial buildings in our community, and will benefit everyone at Bivona and their partners. Congratulations and I can't wait to be back for the ribbon cutting!

December 15, 2014
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SENATOR JEFF KLEIN, FLEETWOOD NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION HOST FIRST ANNUAL TREE LIGHTING IN MOUNT VERNON

Senator Klein, Local Elected Officials, Business Owners, Community Members and Families Come Together to Celebrate the Holiday Season

BRONX, NYState Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), in partnership with the Fleetwood Neighborhood Association, hosted the first annual Tree Lighting in Fleetwood Playground this Sunday, December 7th,. The inaugural tree lighting  was attended by local elected officials, community leaders, families and seniors and featured cups of hot cocoa, holiday treats, live Christmas music and an appearance by a very special guest from the North Pole.

December 8, 2014
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SQUADRON, AT NYU, URGES STATE TO EXPAND SUCCESSFUL, NATIONALLY ACCLAIMED PROGRAM

"Universal" Nurse-Family Partnership Would be Offered to All Eligible Low-Income Moms; Make NYS National Leader

NEW YORK— Today, State Senator Daniel Squadron, together with NYU’s College of Nursing and Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, called on New York State to implement universal Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP), a nationally-proven, evidence-based program that links first-time low-income mothers with a nurse home visitor from pregnancy through the child’s second birthday. Squadron bolstered his case with a panel of experts who discussed the merits of both expanding NFP, which has nearly 40 years of evidence behind it, as well as funding NFP, in part, with “Pay for Success” programs. 

December 2, 2014
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SENATOR PARKER’S ANNUAL THANKSGIVING TURKEY GIVEAWAY AN OVERWHELMING SUCCESS!

FROM THE OFFICE OF STATE SENATOR KEVIN PARKER (D-Brooklyn)

Contact: Glenda Cadogan ‌‌‌‌‌| triniscribe@aol.com | 718-629-6401 ph |718-629-6420 fax

 

SENATOR PARKER’S ANNUAL THANKSGIVING TURKEY GIVEAWAY

AN OVERWHELMING SUCCESS

 

November 28, 2014
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Statement From State Senator Jose Peralta, Lead Sponsor Of The NYS DREAM Act, On President Obama's Executive Order

"The good news is that millions of upstanding, hardworking undocumented immigrants will now be able to continue contributing to our economy without having to live and work in fear of deportation.

"The bad news is that millions of other upstanding, hardworking undocumented immigrants will remain in the shadows of our economy and society.

"President Obama is to be applauded for taking a strong first step toward long-overdue reform of our broken immigration system.  Like the president, we in New York should not wait on Congress to make additional necessary repairs.

"The DREAM Act is sensible, compassionate public policy.  It is the law in Texas, a red state, California, a blue state, and New Mexico, a purple state.  Here, the New York DREAM Act is supported by editorial boards throughout the state, including those at newspapers as different as the New York Post, The New York Times and the Daily News.

"Let’s follow the bipartisan example of the five states that have already passed a DREAM Act.  Let's collaborate in New York on making an investment in our young people, our economy and our state’s future that will pay for itself several times over."

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November 21, 2014
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Senator Young Presented with NYS Council for Exceptional Children's 2014 Excellence in Community Service Award

For Release: Immediate, November 21, 2014

ALBANY - The New York State Council for Exceptional Children (NYS CEC) has honored Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) with their 2014 “Excellence in Community Service Award.”

At their 61st annual conference in Syracuse, NYS CEC President Annmarie Urso, Ph.D., officially announced Senator Young as the honoree to be recognized with this year’s prestigious award.

November 21, 2014
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Donate coats, hats, gloves to refugees new to snowy Syracuse

By Michelle Breidenbach on November 13, 2014 at 3:53 PM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - As the first snowflakes of the season fall on Syracuse, NYS Sen. David Valesky, D-Oneida, has started a coat and blanket drive for refugee families from warm climates.

Bring new or gently used, washable coats, hats, gloves and blankets to the lobby of the State Office Building, 333 E. Washington St. in Syracuse through Friday, Dec. 5.

All coat sizes are needed, starting with toddlers.

The drive is a partnership with the Interfaith Works' Refugee Resettlement Program at the Center for New Americans.

November 17, 2014
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Senator Serrano is Providing a FREE Legal Clinic on Family Law issues including Domestic Violence

Senator Serrano and the Urban Justice Center's Domestic Violence Project are providing a FREE legal clinic on family law issues, including domestic violence. Learn more about the law and how it protects victims of domestic violence. 

November 13, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Press Release: Senator Stewart-Cousins Delivers Long-Awaited State Grant to the New Rochelle Day Nursery School

New Rochelle, NY - State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Democratic Conference Leader, announced today during a news conference at the New Rochelle Day Nursery School that she was able to cut through legislative red tape to deliver a $12,000 state grant awarded in the 2011-12 Budget year for a new boiler. Senator Stewart-Cousins learned about the problem during her office’s mobile constituent hours in New Rochelle in April.

October 31, 2014
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Cuomo signs new law to protect trafficking victims

As reported by Times Ledger:

“These new protections build upon our work to combat human trafficking in New York by providing more tools to help victims escape their circumstances and to get a fresh start,” Cuomo said.

The new law requires that all case records concerning 16- or 17-year-old victims be sealed so that future employers cannot find out about their history. The records can only be unsealed if they are needed in a case against the victim’s trafficker.

Roosevelt Avenue in Queens has been the borough’s epicenter of human trafficking over the years, as many young, foreign-born women migrating to the borough have fallen prey to traffickers, advocates say.

“Putting an end to human trafficking is the moral issue of our time,” he said. “Women are shipped here from around the world and the country. They’re brought right here to my district and enslaved. The standard response is that it’s a victimless crime, which it is not.”

For full article, click here.

October 30, 2014
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Op-ed: Roosevelt Avenue needs Street Vendor Review Panel

As reported by the Queens Courier:

By State Senator Jose Peralta:

Walk along Roosevelt Avenue in Jackson Heights and Corona, and everywhere you go you’ll see small businesses, the vast majority of which are mom-and-pop operations.

These businesses, including the street vending carts and stands, sustain families and breathe life into the community.

From early in the morning until well into the evening, you’ll come across rows of street vendors offering up a smorgasbord of tasty dishes from throughout Latin America, as well as fresh fruits and vegetables, books, homemade trinkets and on and on. All this amidst a sea of commuters and shoppers flowing in out of the subway stations and many retail stores along the avenue.

For full article, click here.

October 27, 2014
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Griffo Secures $10,000 to Address Domestic Violence in Lewis County

LOWVILLE - Sen. Joseph A. Griffo today announced that he has secured $10,000 for Lewis County Opportunities to use toward services that directly help victims of domestic violence.

"During Domestic Violence Awareness Month, it's important that we recognize agencies that are helping victims by giving them the tools they need to regain control of their lives," said Griffo, R-Rome. "Lewis County Opportunities provides confidential help free of charge and, in doing so, have become an indispensible community resource."

October 20, 2014
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