Published: Tuesday, April 03, 2012, 6:00 AM By Jill Jorgensen
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- At the start of the school year, the fight for yellow bus service might have seemed hopeless.
On the first day of class in September -- two years after a variance allowing bus service for seventh- and eighth-graders was yanked, three months after a seventh-grader was killed walking to a city bus, and two months after a lawsuit to restore service was tossed out of court -- schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott told reporters at Susan Wagner High School it wasn't going to happen.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- After a three-year legal battle, the city will be re-instating yellow bus service for seventh- and eighth-grade students on Staten Island, Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott announced today.
Walcott was joined by a host of borough officials as he made the announcement during an afternoon press conference at Laurie Intermediate School in New Springville.
Students who were eligible for the bus service prior to the city's decision to yank it will be eligible once again.
Walcott cited the city's newly-granted exemption from the "like circumstances" clause of the State Education Law as the city's reason for providing the service again.
Senator Andrew Lanza and Assemblyman Matthew Titone will join Veterans and elected officials at Tottenville High School at 1 p.m. this Sunday to recognize the sacrifices of those who served in the Vietnam War at their fourth annual Vietnam Veterans’ Day Celebration.
A coordinated effort is underway between lawmakers in Albany and Trenton, N.J. to impose greater accountability on the Port Authority, in response to toll hikes last summer and a recent audit of the agency. NY1's Zack Fink filed the following report.
Long before Port Authority toll raises were approved, there were concerns about cost overruns at the World Trade Center site, where the agency has made significant public investment.
Legislation Seeks To Reform Organizational Deficiencies
The New York State Senate today passed legislation to ensure theproper functioning of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey as anopen, transparent and accountable interstate authority. The bill (S.5878)is named the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Transparency andAccountability Act and is sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza (R-I, StatenIsland). The Act is part of a bipartisan, bi-state effort designed tocreate a new system of accountability at the Port Authority.
Continuing his efforts to enact a balanced, on-time State budget for the second year in a row, New York State Senator Andrew Lanza today was appointed to serve on the Joint Budget Conference Committees for Education and Transportation. Senator Lanza also serves on the Senate Finance Committee, which is responsible for all aspects of the State budget.
Tomorrow, Friday, March 9th at 10:00 a.m. Senator Lanza will be hosting his Annual Special Education Fair bringing over 50 groups together to share information about city, state and local programs designed to help children and adults with special needs. The fair will run from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The New York State Senate today passed a series of bills increasing penalties for people convicted of sex crimes against children.
The Senate passed legislation (S1541A), cosponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza, that would increase criminal penalties for sexual contact between a child and a person in a position of trust, which includes any adult responsible for supervision of children when they are not with their parents.
Below find information regarding some new developments at the Department of Taxation and Finance for the 2012 personal income tax filing season. The new initiatives reflect statutory changes enacted in 2011 as well as Governor Cuomo’s mandate that State agencies deliver services more effectively and at lower cost to taxpayers.
The New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) announced that in observance of Presidents’ Day, there will be no garbage or recycling collection, or street cleaning on Monday, February 20, 2012. In addition, all Sanitation Department administrative offices will be closed on Monday, February 20th, in observance of the holiday.
ALL MONDAY RECYCLING COLLECTION TO BE PICKED UP ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21ST DUE TO BACK-TO-BACK MONDAY HOLIDAYS OF LINCOLN’S BIRTHDAY AND PRESIDENTS’ DAY