Issues: Social Services

Senator Gallivan Pressures Assembly Majority To Pass Laura Cummings' Law

In January of last year, Laura Cummings, a developmentally disabled young woman from North Collins, was tragically murdered by her mother. Subsequent information revealed that Laura had been sexually and physically abused by her mother and brother for years. Had New York State Child and Adult Protective Services been given the proper legal tools to conduct an appropriate investigation after several reports of abuse in the Cummings' home, Laura's death could have been prevented. Today I joined my colleagues from Western New York to demand the Assembly take action on this critical measure.

August 22, 2011

Preventing Caregiver Burnout: Tips and Techniques for Caring for Loved Ones and Reducing Stress

Senator Gianaris, Congresswoman Maloney and the Visiting Nurse Service of New York are holding a free seminar to learn about proper caregiving techniques and resources, and how caregiviers can reduce stress and strain when caring for loved ones at home.

RSVP to Kara Hughett at Kara.Hughett@morris-king.c​om or 1-212-561-7424.

Photo ID is required for entry.

July 21, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
July 22, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Schools Chancellor Walcott, NYC Agencies & Non-Profit Groups Announce Outreach Initiatives to Promote Free Summer Meals for Youth 18 and Younger

Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott, joined by City agencies and non-profit organizations, today announced outreach initiatives to notify families with children 18 years old and younger about the City’s annual summer meals program, which provides nutritious and tasty meals at no charge.

July 6, 2011

Senator Owen H. Johnson Sponsored Legislation That Helps Over 98,000 Charities and Non-Profits in New York

Senator Owen H. Johnson sponsored legislation that helps over 98,000 charities and non-profits in New York continue to provide desperately needed social work services to those in need.  The bill (S.5713), passed by the NY Senate on June 17, 2011, grants a nine month extension for charitable organizations to apply for a New York State Education Department waiver that will allow them to continue to lawfully employ licensed social workers and other mental health professionals.  

June 21, 2011

Senate Approves Bill to Strengthen Due Process Provision of Medicaid Law

The State Senate today approved legislation (S.3184), sponsored by Senator Betty Little (R-C-I, Queensbury), to ensure appropriate due process protections for providers and recipients of Medicaid who come under the scrutiny of the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG). The legislation adds to the law which created the OMIG in 2007, to assure fairness and procedural clarity when audits are conducted.

June 20, 2011

Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients

Senator Ball Urges NY Lawmakers to Follow Florida’s Lead

Albany, N.Y. — (06/11/11) — Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) is urging fellow legislators to do the right thing and demand drug testing for welfare recipients in New York. Senator Ball has long advocated for a law that would ensure that hard-working taxpayers are not subsidizing drug addictions.

June 15, 2011

Senator Gallivan Passes Legislation Modernizing Social Services Hearing Process


Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District), announced today that the State Senate recently passed legislation (S.4828) he authored, giving local social service districts increased opportunities to utilize electronic media in Fair Hearing proceedings. The legislation is designed to save both time and money, while making the social service hearing process more efficient.

May 23, 2011

Legislative Report 5/19/2011

A 59th Senate District legislative report from Albany with Senator Patrick Gallivan.  Discussing legislative accomplishments and goals for the remainder of this session.

May 19, 2011

Committee Meeting: Social Services Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Social Services Senator Patrick Gallivan, Chair 10:00 AM, Tuesday, May 17, 2011 Room 901 LOB

May 17, 10:00 AM - 10:03 AM

Valesky Legislation Promotes Shared Services

Legislation sponsored by State Senator David J. Valesky(D-Oneida) that encourages cooperative sharing of services betweenorganizations passed the Senate.

May 12, 2011

Committee Meeting: Social Services Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Social Services Senator Patrick Gallivan, Chair 9:30 AM, Tuesday, May 10, 2011 Room 901 LOB

May 10, 9:30 AM - 9:33 AM

4/13/2011: Rent Control Expires Wednesday, June 15, 2011

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: April 15, 2011Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | | (518) 455-3531

**Press Release**

Rent Control Expires June 15,2011

April 13, 2011

4/12/2011: New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn

Speaker Quinn and Senator Huntley share the same concerns that are affecting New York City and New York State such Rent Control legislation, Education and school closures, Anti-Bullying in schools and Social Service programs.

April 12, 2011

Senator Martins Backs Measure to Protect Children in Protective Cases

Senator Jack M. Martins is backing an effort to ensure that abused children in protective custody are truly being protected. In a press conference in Albany, Senator Martins and Senator Martin Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) announced they are introducing legislation to require child protective caseworkers to take a photograph when they make a visit to a child in the child protective services (CPS) system for abuse and neglect.

“This proposed bill saves lives, period. This will bring accountability. It’s our responsibility to protect those who are least able to protect themselves. Let’s protect our children first,” Senator Martins said.

April 5, 2011

Committee Meeting: Social Services Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Social Services Senator Patrick Gallivan, Chair 9:45 AM, Tuesday, April 5, 2011 Room 901 LOB

April 5, 9:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Committee Meeting: Social Services Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Social Services Senator Patrick Gallivan, Chair 10:00 AM, Tuesday, March 29, 2011 Room 901 LOB

March 29, 10:00 AM - 10:02 AM

Rally To Save Our Senior Centers


Rally To Save Our Senior Centers

(D-Jamaica) Senator Shirley L. Huntley and several elected officials representing parts of Southeast Queens will rally with residents to stop the proposed closures of many Senior Centers in the community. The rally will demonstrate the communities resolve to fight against severe budget cuts that will negatively impact seniors. The Senior Centers that would face closure include Rochdale Village Senior Center, Brooks Senior Center, Howard Beach Senior Center, Forest Hills Community House Senior Center, and JSPOA Rockaway Boulevard Senior Center.

March 18, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Cradle to Career: A social services agenda for a new New York

New York State’s fiscal crisis is taking a toll on all New Yorkers, but especially the low-income citizens and those who are considered hardest to employ. Given our limited resources, it is critical to support proven, cost-effective programs that will nurture children, help them transition from school to college, onto adulthood, and help them find successful careers.

With a total investment of $76 million, the Cradle to Career initiative outlined below has the potential to do just that.

Cradle to Career Proposal FINAL.pdf

February 23, 2011
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