Issues: Developmental Disabilities

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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Senator Young Honored with Community Action Award from The Resource Center and TRC Foundation

For Release: Immediate, December 5, 2014

Senator Cathy Young was given the great honor of receiving the annual “Community Action Award” from The Resource Center and TRC Foundation in a special presentation held at their Dunkirk location yesterday afternoon.

“To be presented with this award from The Resource Center and TRC Foundation is an honor that I truly and profoundly appreciate. They do wonderful work serving our communities and providing the care and services that people with disabilities need and deserve. The real recognition goes to everyone at The Resource Center and TRC Foundation who work every day to help and support them,” said Senator Young.

December 5, 2014
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Senator Bonacic at Center for Discovery's Harvest Festival, November 2, 2014

Senator Bonacic attended the Center for Discovery’s Harvest Festival on Sunday, November 2, 2014 which honored three individuals for their dedication to improving the lives of those with disabilities. The Senator presented them with New York State Senate Certificates of Merit, and also applauded the work of the Center which is also committed to providing positive experiences for their disabled residents.   

November 3, 2014
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SENATOR MARTINS VISITS SPECTRUM DESIGNS IN PORT WASHINGTON

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently visited Spectrum Designs Foundation in Port Washington to congratulate Brent Matthew Lillard on receiving the William B. Joslin Outstanding Performance Award from New York State Industries for the Disabled. Brent was nominated for the award by the Foundation, which aims to provide gainful employment and meaningful work opportunities to individuals with autism, for all his hard work and the crucial role he plays there.

October 21, 2014
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Workshop for Parents of Children with Special Needs

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) will be holding a free workshop to help parents who have children with special needs. The “How to Protect Your Child Legally and Financially” workshop will take place on Monday, October 27th at 7 pm at the Hicksville Library (169 Jerusalem Avenue, Hicksville). 

     The event will feature a presentation by Andrew Coen, Esq. and Mitch Weisbrot, CLU, ChSNC, both of whom are fathers of children with disabilities, to inform parents about the legal and financial preparations crucial to safeguarding assets and benefits for their special needs children. 

October 27, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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SENATOR MARTINS TO HOLD “HOW TO PROTECT YOUR CHILD” WORKSHOP FOR PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

     Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) will be holding a free workshop to help parents who have children with special needs. The “How to Protect Your Child Legally and Financially” workshop will take place on Monday, October 27th at 7 pm at the Hicksville Library (169 Jerusalem Avenue, Hicksville). 

     The event will feature a presentation by Andrew Coen, Esq. and Mitch Weisbrot, CLU, ChSNC, both of whom are fathers of children with disabilities, to inform parents about the legal and financial preparations crucial to safeguarding assets and benefits for their special needs children.

     Topics of discussion will include:

October 20, 2014
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Public Hearing: To examine supports and services for individuals and families dealing with mental illness in New York State

Senate Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities
Chair: Senator David Carlucci
Public Hearing: To examine supports and services for individuals and families dealing with mental illness in New York State
Place: Rockland Community College, RCC 3214, 145 College Avenue, Suffern, New York
Time: 11:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.
Contact: Evan Sullivan (845) 623-3627
Media Contact: Mike Grubiak (845) 623-3627
ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

October 22, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Senator Young Presented with NYS Rehabilitiation Association's Public Official of the Year Award

For Release: Immediate, September 23, 2014

            Senator Young was deeply honored to accept this year’s “Public Official of the Year Award” from the New York State Rehabilitation Association (NYSRA).

            NYSRA represents 90 not-for-profit human service organizations and advocates throughout New York State who dedicate themselves to providing quality services to individuals with disabilities.

September 23, 2014
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2nd Annual AutismUp Kite Flite

I was pleased to join AutismUp for its second annual Kite Flite on Saturday morning at Rothfuss Park in Penfield. AutismUp has quickly become our area's leading autism organization, supporting individuals and families dealing with the Autism Spectrum Disorder. Thanks to everyone who came out in support or donated to Kite Flite. For more information visit www.autismup.org.

Click here to see more photos from this great event.

August 11, 2014
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Public Hearing: Olmstead Implementation and the future of supports and services for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities in New York State

Joint – Senate Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental DisabilitiesChair: Senator David Carlucciand Assembly Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental DisabilitiesChair: Assembly Member Aileen GuntherPublic Hearing: Olmstead Implementation and the future of supports and services forIndividuals with Developmental Disabilities in New York StatePlace: Suffern Free Library, 210 Lafayette Avenue, Suffern, New YorkTime: 1:00 P.M.Contact: Katie L. Birchenough (518) 455-4371Media Contact: Assembly Press Office (518) 455-3888ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

August 11, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Legislative Notebook: State Initiatives of Interest to Veterans

Here is a partial listing of bills I have supported this session to aid New York’s former servicemen and servicewomen. These initiatives will now go to Governor Cuomo for final action.

-- Legislation I co-sponsored was passed by both houses (S.7839, first introduced as S.4714)) to extend the Military Service Credit Law of 2000 to all veterans who have served in the military. Right now, public employees who served in the armed forces may purchase up to three years of pension credit only if their military service occurred during specified conflicts. This measure will expand this opportunity to public employee veterans who also served their country in peacetime.

June 26, 2014
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Senator Young Passes Bill to Improve Transportation for People with Developmental Disabilities

For Release: Immediate, June 20, 2014

Senate Bill 7798 Would Assist Developmentally Disabled Individuals in Rural Areas

ALBANY - Transportation for people with developmental disabilities can be a difficult challenge, especially in rural areas. Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I,-Olean) has announced the state Senate’s passage of legislation to improve the transportation services available.

June 20, 2014
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Your Voice With Senator Griffo

Senator Griffo discusses his recently-passed legislation on low-volume roads and violent felony offenders, before introducing Jason Robinson. Robinson, 11, is a very inspiring 11-year-old boy. Born with a rare form of spina bifida, he was the youngest person to ever finish the 15-kilometer Boilermaker Road Race.

May 19, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Senator David Carlucci, Chair 9:30 AM, Wednesday, May 21, 2014 Room 816 LOB

May 21, 9:30 AM - 9:45 AM
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Panel on Senator Perkins' Bill: Humane Alternatives to Long Term Solitary Confinement Act

Time Warner Cable News| Liz Benjamin| May 8, 2014| 3:25PM

Senator Perkins participates in a panel discussion on his Humane Alternatives to Long Term Confinement Act (HALT Solitary Confinement Act). The Act would prohibit the use of solitary confinement for youth, elderly, pregnant and postpartum women, LGBTI individuals, and individuals with certain mental health conditions as well as restricts the use of Solitary confinement as a discplinary method for all incarcerated individuals in favor of more therapuetic treatment. To view the full panel discussion please click here 

May 8, 2014
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Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Meeting with Westchester Council of the Blind

Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins met with representatives of the Westchester Council of the Blind on Monday, May 5th to discuss bills and other issues concerning the visually-impaired constituents of her district and the State as a whole.

May 5, 2014
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ADDABBO AND AMERICAN ITALIAN CANCER FOUNDATION PROVIDE NO-COST MAMMOGRAMS AND EXAMS TO COMMUNITY

Middle Village, NY (May 2, 2014) – State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. once again provided free mammogram screenings and clinical exams to his constituents.

May 2, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Senator David Carlucci, Chair 1:00 PM, Tuesday, April 29, 2014 Room 816 LOB

April 29, 1:00 PM - 1:11 PM
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SENATOR VALESKY HAILS PASSAGE OF FOURTH CONSECUTIVE ON-TIME STATE BUDGET

ALBANY, NY—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today lauded the passage of the state’s fourth and historic consecutive on-time budget. This has not been accomplished with the same Governor and legislative leaders in more than 40 years.

April 1, 2014
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March 26, 7:00 PM - 7:07 PM
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