Issues: Families

SENATOR MARTINS: WE WILL NEVER FORGET 9/11

On September 11, we paid tribute to those who lost their lives 12 years ago, on September 11, 2001. We remember their lives and the devotions they had to their families and friends. We will never forget.

On this 12th anniversary of 9/11 and in all years to come, it’s important that we share the lessons of that fateful day to our children. This morning, I attended a ceremony at an elementary school in the Seventh Senate District. Every student at the ceremony was either not yet born or just born when 9/11 took place. Yet, they should know the stories of bravery, heroism and sacrifice. They should know the stories of those who lost their lives and the resiliency of their families. They should know the lessons of tolerance and the ramification of hate.

September 12, 2013
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Portable Cribs Available for Families in Need

New York State is offering portable cribs, also known as playards or playpens, for families in need. In keeping with the continued efforts to promote safe sleep practices for infants, the Office of Children and Families Services (OCFS) will purchase 2,142 GRACO Pack ‘n Play portable playards that will be made available to counties and community-based programs, benefitting families without the resources to obtain safe sleep furniture for children in their care.

September 9, 2013
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Senator Diaz hosts Annual Family Day at Concourse Village!

Come join the residents of Concourse Village at their annual family day hosted by State Senator Ruben Diaz. There will be free food, entertainmente and music for the entire community!

Everyon is invited! Bring a friend!

September 6, 2013
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New Public-Private Partnership to Prepare More Than 6,000 Students for High-Skill Jobs

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo this week announced 16 winners of a statewide competition to form public-private partnerships that will prepare more than 6,000 New York high school students for high-skill jobs in technology, manufacturing and healthcare. Students will earn an associate degree at no cost to their families and will be first in line for jobs with participating companies when they graduate.

August 30, 2013
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ON THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON, CAUCUSSAYS PROGRESS MADE, BUT WE HAVEN'T REACHED MOUNTAINTOP

The 1963 “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom” was organized in support of civil rights legislation, and also to call attention to significant economic inequalities. As we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic “March on Washington”, inspired by its victories (the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965), we must also acknowledge that there is still much progress to be made as a society and pervasive inequalities that must be addressed.

August 28, 2013
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Dads Take Your Child to School Day is Tuesday, Sept. 17 -- Encourage your child's school to get involved!

The Office of Children and Family Services and the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance have worked together for the last several years to encourage and support the development of a statewide focus on responsible fatherhood. As part of New York State’s commitment to promote responsible fatherhood, one day in September has been set aside for fathers and father-figures to take their children to school as a way of becoming more involved in their child’s education throughout the year.

August 27, 2013
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Senator Gianaris’ Bill to Protect Children from Sun Overexposure Becomes Law

(Albany, NY) Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill authored by Senator Michael Gianaris and carried in the State Assembly by Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, which will increase cancer prevention and reduce the dangers of sun poisoning for children. The law will strengthen existing regulations regarding the application of sunscreen in schools and summer camps to ensure that children are able to apply sunscreen when spending time outside.

The New York State Department of Education and the Federal Food and Drug Administration include sunscreen on their list of over-the-counter drugs, previously requiring a note from a doctor before a child would be allowed to use it during school hours. Summer camps also follow these guidelines.

Understanding how important it is for children to protect themselves from sunburn and overexposure to the sun, Senator Gianaris’ newly passed law will only require a note from a parent.

“Our first responsibility is to protect our kids, and we fail to do that when illogical regulations force schools to put our children in danger. Our schools should be encouraging sunscreen use, not preventing it,” said Senator Gianaris. “I am pleased Governor Cuomo signed this common sense measure into law, allowing us to rest assured that our children will not be at risk when they play outside at school or at summer camp.”  

August 19, 2013
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The NYS Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus Applaud Stop and Frisk Ruling

Reforming Stop and Frisk has been a top priority 

Albany, NY- Reforming "Stop and Frisk" has been one of the top priorities of the NYS Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus for at least the past decade. We strongly support and applaud Judge Shira A. Scheindlin’s decision on the New York Police Department’s Stop and Frisk Program. In 2012, the Caucus traveled to D.C. to lobby the Department of Justice to investigate NYC’s Stop and Frisk practices. While in D.C. the Caucus also briefed the Congressional Black Caucus on the status and implications of this controversial program.

August 12, 2013
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WNY Community Comes to Aid of Depew Family to Help their Twin Daughters with Cerebral Palsy

After years of work, the Geary family of Depew finally celebrates the completion of renovation work that makes their home more accessible to serve the needs of their twin daughters with cerebral palsy.

Senator Kennedy partnered with the family to generate widespread community support, and pushed state bureaucracy to be more responsive to their call for help. 

Kennedy: This is a uniquely Western New York story. Our community came together to help a neighbor in need.

August 9, 2013
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Senate Majority Coalition Leader Jeff Klein, Secures $250,000 In Funding For Gun Violence Prevention Program in the Bronx

BRONX, NY –Last night, Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) announced that he has secured $250,000 dollars in funding for Operation S.N.U.G. (guns spelled backwards), an initiative designed to reduce violence in communities in New York that experience disproportionately high rates of shootings and killings. Senator Klein made the announcement at the 49th Precinct’s National Night Out Against Crime and has committed to working with local officials and community leaders throughout the Bronx.

August 7, 2013
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Senator Serrano Joins Congressman Serrano in Celebration of the Annual Bronx Dominican Parade

(Bronx, NY) - Senator Serrano marched in the annual Bronx Dominican parade, which took place along the Grand Concourse in the Bronx. The parade, which is widely attended by thousands of people across all nationalities,  honors and celebrates the history and culture of the Dominican people.

July 27, 2013
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Kennedy Urges Governor to Sign Jay-J’s Law

With Governor’s signature, Jay-J’s bill will officially become Jay-J’s Law.

The bill has been delivered to the Governor; under state law he now has until the end of the month to sign it.

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy is urging Governor Cuomo to sign Jay-J’s Law – which the State Legislature approved last month. The bill has been delivered to the Governor, and it is now waiting for his signature to become law. The Governor has 10 days – not counting Sundays – from July 19, the day the bill was delivered, to sign it into law, giving him until the end of the month.

July 27, 2013
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July 2013 Newsletter – Summer Health Tips

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July 18, 2013
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Senator O'Brien, librarians discuss summer reading initiatives, promote Senate's "NYRead.com" tool

PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Today, Senator Ted O'Brien encouraged families of the 55th Senate district to participate in the State Senate's summer reading program, available at "NYRead.com." This Senate site tracks books read by youth in the district and makes age-appropriate suggestions based on what other students throughout the state are reading. On NYRead.com, parents can create accounts for their children and log all of their reading throughout the summer. Top readers from throughout the district will be recognized by the Senator later this year.

July 11, 2013
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Senator O'Brien speaks on pay equity for women

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Senator O'Brien speaks on the floor of the State Senate in favor of pay equity for the hardworking women of New York State.

July 9, 2013
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Senator O'Brien fights to restore OPWDD funding, continues to work with advocates to address future needs

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – At the end of this year's legislative session, Senator Ted O’Brien worked to restore $90 million in funding to the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). Today, Senator O'Brien joined local experts and advocates to discuss the importance of supporting quality services for New Yorkers with developmental disabilities and their families.

July 2, 2013
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140 Yeshivas Attend Felder’s Transportation Workshop

Over 140 school administrators and transportation coordinators from across the five boroughs packed into Ateres Chaya Hall in Borough Park on Wednesday, June 26, to attend a workshop hosted by Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) about the new changes to the school bus transportation law. Each attendee received a packet from Senator Felder containing valuable information designed to help administrators navigate the new changes.

This past March, the New York State Legislature passed Senator Felder’s historic legislation that provides an increased level of safety and protection for grade school children in the City of New York. Starting in the 2013-2014 school year, any public, private or parochial school that holds academic classes from 9:30 A.M. or earlier to 4:00 P.M. or later, is now eligible to receive enhanced transportation services, with pick up and drop off within one block of a child’s home. An allocation of $12 million has been earmarked for this program.

July 1, 2013
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Senator O'Brien fixes loophole in sex offender registry

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Last week, Senator Ted O'Brien’s bill making it a felony for a convicted sex offender to provide a false address or other identifying information to law enforcement for the sex offender registry was passed. The bill received unanimous support in the New York State Senate.

June 28, 2013
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Summary of 2013 Senate Legislative Action

 

2013-2014 NEW YORK STATE BUDGET

 

The New York State Senate approved the 2013-14 state budget that delivers on priorities outlined by the Senate Republican Conference to provide much-needed tax relief for middle-class families, help businesses create jobs, and, for the third consecutive year, the budget keeps spending growth below two percent, which is consistent with the local spending cap that applies to school districts and local governments.  It was also the third consecutive budget approved prior to the April 1 deadline.

 

June 24, 2013
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Senate Passes Public Assistance Integrity Act

Legislation Would Curb Abuse of Public Assistance

ALBANY - The New York State Senate has passed the “Public Assistance Integrity Act,” co-sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean), that would prohibit welfare recipients from using cash assistance for tobacco, alcoholic beverages, lottery tickets or gambling.

“Temporary public assistance is supposed to help people get back on their feet as they work to become self-sufficient. Unfortunately, far too many individuals are abusing the program that is intended for groceries and other necessities. It is time to cut down on the blatant misuse of these funds,” said Senator Young.

June 19, 2013
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