Larkin Awards ’kidscount’ Grants To Area Schools

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that he has awarded all public elementary schools and middle schools containing elementary grades in the 39th Senate district with a special grant through Larkin's "KidsCount" program.


Padavan/Brennan Bill Would Prohibit Gas Drilling in Upstate New York City Watershed Areas

New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) Assemblymember James F. Brennan (D-Brooklyn) have announced their intention to reintroduce legislation in next year’s session that would prevent the immediate drilling of oil and gas wells in upstate New York. 


State Senate Democrats Blast Senate Republicans For Failure To Act On The Home Heating Fuel Crisis

State Senators meet with low and middle income families affected by surging energy costs



Senator Larkin Obtains Additional Funding For Newburgh Schools

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) has successfully secured additional state funding for the Newburgh City School District.

"I am pleased to have been able to negotiate this funding for the Newburgh City School District," said Senator Larkin. "These grants will help support the educational goals of the district and serve the students well."


Serrano Celebrates Growing Number Of Same-sex Couples In The Bronx

Reiterates his Support for Gay Marriage in New York State

Bronx, NY – State Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) today highlighted a recent UCLA report that showed a growing population of same-sex couples in the outer boroughs. He called it an exciting demographic trend that will positively benefit The Bronx.


Padavan Urges Queens Families To Apply For Child Health Plus

New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) is urging all families throughout Northeast Queens to apply for health insurance for their children under Child Health Plus. With the recent expansion of income eligibility limits of Child Health Plus, all uninsured children in New York are now eligible for health insurance coverage.


Senator Flanagan Helps Residents Prepare For Emergencies

To inform residents about how to prepare in the event of an emergency, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently hosted a community seminar which provided helpful tips and information to local residents. The event, which was held at the Middle Country Public Library in Centereach, was presented with the help of a number of emergency assistance organizations. The meeting provided those who attended with numerous safety tips on how to prepare for and recover from an emergency.


Perkins Discretely Teary Over Obama

Sen. Bill Perkins , a self-proclaimed "child of the civil rights movement" and one of the first New York Democrats to break with the hometown pack and endorse Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton, talked to me yesterday about how moved he was by the historic nature of Obama's nomination.

I also asked him about the idea that there's a split between the old guard, MLK-era guard of African American leaders and the new generation, now led by Obama, whose members are too young to have been part of defining moments like the march on Washington.


The Three C's: Condos, Classrooms and Crowding

By James Trimarco

The current flurry of new luxury housing construction in New York City has created a number of quandaries for the city's public schools.


Labor Day Statement From Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith

"This Monday marks the 126th anniversary when scores of craftsmen and laborers paraded in New York City to show strength in support of ideals such as the abolishment of child labor, an eight hour work day, equal pay for women and a progressive income tax system. Many of these challenges were met and we celebrate these accomplishments the first Monday in September; but New York's working class again faces great obstacles. 

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