Issues: Families

Child Care Council’s Annual Legislative Breakfast on Children & Youth

The Child Care Council of Westchester, Inc. in partnership with the Westchester Children Association, held their annual Legislative Breakfast on Friday, February 28th to give constituents, particularly young people, the opportunity to ask elected official questions and hear about the particular needs of children and youth in Westchester County.

March 1, 2014
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Senator Kevin Parker Lauds Assembly’s Passage of the New York State DREAM Act

(Brooklyn, NY)- “The Assembly’s passage of the DREAM Act (New York State Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act,  A 2597-A) on Tuesday was a giant step forward for New York’s immigrant community. This progressive legislation increases educational access for talented students, regardless of their immigration status, and provides them with a pathway to receive the education they rightfully deserve.

February 26, 2014
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Food Bank For Westchester Food Giveaway

Senator Stewart-Cousins regularly collaborates with the Food Bank For Westchester to make sure that the underprivileged living in her district don't go hungry. On Saturday, February 22nd, Senator Stewart-Cousins, along with Ground Works and members of the AME Zion Church, put the Food Bank For Westchester's mobile food pantry to use and gave away food to 100+ needy individuals and families living in Yonkers. 

February 24, 2014
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1917-2014 A Look at the History of the Legislators of Color

It is with honor that I present to you this up-to-date chronicle of men and women of color who have served in the New York State Legislature.

This book reflects the challenges that resolute men and women of color have addressed and the progress that we have helped New Yorkers achieve over the decades. Since this book was first published in 1977, new legislators of color have arrived in the Senate and Assembly to continue to change the color and improve the function of New York State government.

February 21, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Children and Families Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Children and Families  Senator Simcha Felder, Chair  Wednesday, February 26, 2014  Room 944 LOB

February 26, 3:50 PM - 4:10 PM
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Senator Kennedy, Assemblyman Ryan Announce State Funding as Renovation Plans are Outlined at Boys & Girls Club on Buffalo’s West Side

State providing $150,000 grant through the Urban Initiatives program to support Boys & Girls Club renovation project.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy and Assemblyman Sean Ryan today announced state funding to support major renovation plans for the Butler-Mitchell Boys and Girls Club, which is an important yet aging community asset on Buffalo’s West Side. Boys and Girls Clubs of Buffalo officials outlined their plans to improve the Butler-Mitchell Clubhouse and broaden its impact in the neighborhood. Kennedy said this major reconstruction project will help strengthen the West Side community and support families who call the neighborhood home. 

February 18, 2014
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Senator Griffo's Weekly Column #7: Protecting Tax Dollars In Welfare Programs

I believe one of government’s most important functions is to provide a helping hand to those who are working, but are still struggling to meet life expenses, such as food, rent, utility bills and household necessities.

Public assistance programs are funded through taxpayer dollars, so it’s in our best interest to ensure that the money is used for its intended purpose.

I have zero tolerance for recipients who abuse the welfare program by withdrawing cash from their Electronic Benefits Transfer card to pay for tobacco, alcohol, gambling and adult entertainment.

February 13, 2014
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State Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein and Independent Democratic Conference Unveil New Budget Push for Paid Family Leave in New York

ALBANY— Flanked by advocates for working parents, same sex couples and New York seniors, State Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein and members of the Independent Democratic Conference unveiled a new paid family leave plan today that would vastly expand worker eligibility and increase benefits for working men and women statewide.

February 11, 2014
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Senator O'Brien applauds $281,600 grant for violence prevention programming in the City of Rochester

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Senator Ted O’Brien praised a $281,600 state grant announced today that will enable Rochester’s Action for a Better Community (A.B.C.) to work with local law enforcement and youth to encourage nonviolent conflict resolution and discourage gang violence.  A state Division of Criminal Justice Services researcher will be working with A.B.C.

February 5, 2014
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Senator Kennedy Demands Increased State Resources for Local Child Protection Services

At public hearing today in Albany, Kennedy says there’s an urgent need for additional state resources for local CPS agencies in light of recent child fatalities in Erie County. 

ALBANY, N.Y. – At a public hearing where state lawmakers explored the budget’s impact on human services, Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, made a forceful plea for increased state resources for local child protection services in Western New York and across the state. In light of recent child fatalities in Erie County, Kennedy says there is a dire need for new support for child protection services.

February 4, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS CONGRATULATES THANKSGIVING ESSAY WINNERS

Senator Jack M. Martins congratulated the winners of the 2013 Seventh Senate District Thanksgiving Essay Contest that asked six grade students to write an essay about what they are most thankful for. A student from each school who captured the spirit of the holidays was invited to a special reception at the Hillside Library, where the students read their essays aloud. The students exhibited creativity and a sense of humility in discussing what they are most thanful for. Many wrote about their famlies, friends and children. Senator Martins thanked the students for their participation and congratulated them on an outstanding job.

There are:

Fiona Kurian - Covert Avenue School

Peter Karagiorgis - New Hyde Park Road School

Nicholas Moundros - Manor Oaks School

January 30, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Children and Families Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Children and Families Senator Simcha Felder, Chair 1:30 PM, Monday, February 3, 2014 Room 944 LOB

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN TIME OF MEETING

February 3, 1:30 PM - 1:35 PM
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Senator Parker Urges Gov. Cuomo to Call Special Election for 11 Vacant Seats

In a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senator Parker requested the Governor to hold special elections to provide elected representatives for the 11 principally African-American and Latino districts that are without current legislative representation. 

Please click the pdf link below to read the letter in its entirety. 

File: 
01282014 Letter to Gov Cuomo re calling special elections because of 1 million_ disenfranchised (1).pdf

January 29, 2014
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Senator Stewart-Cousins On Feminomics Money Minute

Senator Stewart-Cousins appears on Feminomics Money Minute (starting at 1:19) discussing the importance of the FAMILY Act, and how it's beneficial for both the employer and employee.

January 27, 2014
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January 24, 2014
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Griffo: Time is Running Out to Cure E.B.T. Abuse

UTICA – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo today called on the state Assembly to support legislation that would prevent New Yorkers from using public-assistance funds on alcohol, tobacco, gambling or strippers.“New York has just 30 days left to prove it has tried to curtail E.B.T. debit card fraud and abuse, or lose out on $120 million in federal funding for needy families,” said Griffo, R-Rome. “It’s important that we pass this legislation now, so that those on public assistance who play by the rules aren’t hurt.”Media reports and public documents have proved that E.B.T.

January 24, 2014
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Reform Child Protective Services: Sign the Petition to Improve the System

Senator Tim Kennedy and Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes are pursuing major reforms to improve Child Protective Services in Western New York and across the state. Their CPS reform legislation aims to make the system more responsive, accountable, transparent and effective to ensure strong protections are in place to keep kids safe.

January 24, 2014
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Sen. Jose Peralta: It's Up to Senate Independent Dems To Bring DREAM Act To The Floor

As reported by the Daily News:

Sen. Jose Peralta, a member of the mainstream Senate Dems, actually sent a verbal bouquet the way of the four breakaway Democrats who help control the chamber with the Republicans.

Peralta (D-Queens) thanked the four for signing on to his bill to create a state DREAM Act.

But he also tried to put the pressure back on the four to secure whatever Republican votes are needed to ensure its passage.

“I look forward to working with them in helping our  Republican colleagues understand that the DREAM Act is the smartest investment that we can possibly make in workforce development and our state’s future, one that would pay for itself many times over.," Peralta said. “Their help in getting my bill to the Senate floor for a vote when the time comes will be critical to making the DREAM Act a reality.”

For full article, click here.

January 23, 2014
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MS 577 Students Visit Albany

Senator Dilan joined nearly 50, 8th graders from Middle School 577 were in Albany to join other students, parents and teachers to call for a $1.9 billion increase in school aid as part of the upcoming Executive Budget. The Alliance for Quality Education (AQENY), Senator Dilan and more than 80 legislators mirrored the request in a letter to the Governor, citing sweeping education cuts over the last five years and the growing inequity between rich and poor school district throughout the state.

January 22, 2014
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Senator Klein and the Morris Park Community Association Host "BedTime Storytime"

Senator Klein and the Morris Park Community Association hosted a story time event for families in the Morris Park neighborhood of the Bronx on Friday.

January 21, 2014
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