Issues: Families

Child Care Council of Westchester Awarded 2013 Joey Awards & Champion of Child Care Awards (Source: Larchmont Patch)

Source: Larchmont Patch

On Friday, May 17, 2013, the Child Care Council of Westchester held its annual awards event at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in White Plains to recognize exceptional individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the child care industry in Westchester County. Over 250 people attended the Awards Breakfast. Recognizing those community individuals who have significantly supported early care and education in Westchester, the Council presented its 2013 CHAMPIONS OF CHILD CARE AWARDS to NYS Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, The Editorial Board of The Journal News and The Dannon Company.

May 24, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Children and Families Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Children and Families Senator Simcha Felder, Chair 1:30 PM, Wednesday, May 29, 2013 Room 944 LOB

 

May 29, 1:30 PM - 1:36 PM
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Senate Passes Legislation to Protect Children From Sex Crimes

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S4791), sponsored by Senate Majority Coalition Leader Dean G.

May 22, 2013
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Caucus Applauds Assembly Passage of the DREAM Act, a Caucus Top Priority

Albany, NY- The Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus today applauded the passage of the DREAM Act (A.2597) allowing undocumented students who meet in-state tuition requirements to access state financial aid and scholarships for higher education. This bill also opens 529 tuition savings accounts to all New York youth, and establishes a DREAM Fund Commission to raise private funds for a college scholarship program for children of immigrants.

May 22, 2013
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Civil Rights: Post Obama Conversation

The Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus Host a Forum on Civil Rights

ALBANY,NY -- On the heels of the New York State Assembly's passage of the DREAM Act and as America moves into the second term of President Barack H. Obama the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus presented a thought-provoking conversation about the past successes and future struggles of the civil rights movement. The event took place Monday, May 22, 2013 at the Legislative Office Building in Albany, New York.

May 22, 2013
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Senator O'Brien fights to curb texting while driving

FAIRPORT AND EAST ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Today, Senator Ted O’Brien stood with local residents and insurance representatives to promote safe driving through the “X the TXT” initiative, amid recent reports that texting while driving now causes more teen fatalities than drunk driving.

“As a father and a legislator, my top priority is keeping our children safe from harm,” Senator O’Brien said. “Texting while driving is one of the leading easily prevented causes of death among young people today. The ‘X the TXT’ program is a great way to educate our kids about the dangers of texting while driving and help them make good decisions when they’re on the road. I’m proud to support this life-saving initiative.”

May 19, 2013
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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, May 20, 2013 Room 944 LOB

May 20, 1:30 PM - 1:35 PM
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In Advance of National Women's Health Week, Senate Takes Action

This year, May 12th is not only Mother's Day -- it also marks the beginning of National Women's Health Week.

Senator Jack M. Martins is pleased to report that he voted to approve two critically important bills that are designed to improve women's health care throughout our state. These measures include the following:

May 10, 2013
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Independent Democratic Conference Releases Five Point Working Women’s Agenda

Today, the Independent Democratic Conference released its 2013 Working Women’s Agenda, a five point plan to build a stronger future for New York’s working women and their families. As part of the IDC’s agenda, the conference also released a comprehensive report entitled Building a Stronger Future for New York’s Working Women that details the impact each proposal will have on New York’s workforce. 

May 10, 2013
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Senator Klein and Independent Democratic Conference Releases Five Point Working Women’s Agenda

Today, the Independent Democratic Conference released its 2013 Working Women's Agenda, a five point plan to build a stronger future for New York’s working women and their families. As part of the IDC’s agenda, the conference also released a comprehensive report entitled Building a Stronger Future for New York’s Working Women that details the impact each proposal will have on New York’s workforce.

May 10, 2013
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Walkers Raise Money to Help Fight MS

On Sunday, May 5th, the 2013 Greece MS Walk was held, beginning at Greece Olympia High School. Funds raised give hope to the more than 12,800 people living with MS in Upstate New York, and help support life-changing programs and cutting-edge research. The walk has taken place since 1988 and has raised more than $10 million dollars to help support people living with MS.

May 8, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Says Now-Approved Bill Gives Courts Stronger Power to Revoke Parental Rights in Cases of Severe or Repeat Child Abuse

Senate, Assembly pass bill to strengthen courts’ ability to protect children by streamlining process required to revoke parental rights after severe or repeat abuse. Bill now heads to Governor to be signed into law.    

Kennedy:  After taking this important step to protect children, now it’s time to pass Jay J.’s Law and ensure those who hurt children end up behind bars for a long, long time.

May 3, 2013
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Senator Stavisky and Assemblymember Titus Present Domestic Violence Resolution to Advocates

(Queens , NY)  Senator Toby Ann Stavisky and Assemblymember Michele Titus stood on the steps of Queens Borough Hall and presented advocates for victims of domestic violence with a recently passed New York State Legislative Resolution. This resolution, A313/S1322, made April 22nd “Domestic Violence Awareness Day” in the State of New York, and as a part of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

May 3, 2013
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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, May 6, 2013 Room 944 LOB

May 6, 1:30 PM - 1:40 PM
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2013 Concerts by the Shore Schedule

The 2013 season of Concerts by the Shore gets underway on Wednesday night, June 5th and Ontario Beach Park. The weekly concerts are FREE for families to attend and enjoy. Parking is available at the Ontario Beach Park parking lots, and overflow parking is available on the grass fields Nola's and Abbot's. 

You can download a PDF copy of the 2013 Concerts by the Shore schedule by clicking on the link below.

May 1, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill to Protect Victims of Severe Child Abuse

The New York State Senate today gave final passage to legislation that would provide important protections for child victims who have been severely abused by their parents or guardians.

May 1, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill to Facilitate Care for the Elderly

The New York State Senate today gave final passage to a bill that would help make it easier and less expensive for legal guardians caring for the elderly or other relatives living out-of-state to carry out their responsibilities. The measure (

April 30, 2013
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Time to 'Play Ball!' in Brighton, Greece

Over this past weekend, I had the privilege to take part in Little League Opening Ceremonies in Greece and Brighton! Best wishes to all of our young little league for a healthy and successful baseball season! Play Ball!

April 30, 2013
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Kennedy-Cosponsored Bill That Ensures Parents are Notified of Sex Offenders Living Near Schools Passes Senate; Senator Kennedy Urges Assembly to Approve This Important Legislation

The Kennedy-cosponsored legislation will require school districts to notify parents of sex offenders living within the district in an effort to help keep children and families safe from predators. 

Now that the bill has passed through the Senate with bi-partisan support, Kennedy is urging his Assembly colleagues to pass the bill as well.

Kennedy: With nearly 1,300 sex offenders living in our community, this legislation ensures parents have the knowledge they need to help keep their children safe.

April 30, 2013
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