If you snatch relatively safe yellow school bus service away from schoolchildren, even 13-year-olds, they are going to be more at risk getting to and from school on their own. The Bloomberg administration and the city Department of Education dispute this simple statement mightily, but it stands to reason. The truth of it was made starkly clear June 28 when a seventh-grader racing to catch a city bus after the final day of classes at the Staten Island School for Civic Leadership on Goethals Road North was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer truck. Aniya Williams, 13, was one of thousands seventh- and eighth-graders - most of them on Staten Island - who were denied the variances that had allowed them to get yellow school bus transportation before this school year.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- A bill to amend the state education law to mandate that the city Department of Education provide yellow school bus transportation to children in grades three through eight who live more than one mile from school passed the state Senate in the waning days of the Legislature last week. But it awaits action in the Assembly Education Committee, which could come if state lawmakers reconvene in a special session, possibly later in the summer. The Bloomberg administration yanked yellow bus service for seventh- and eighth-graders at the start of the school year last fall to save an estimated $2.1 million annually. Education officials argued that middle-school students citywide were old enough to take public transportation.
The New York State Senate has passed legislation, S.2471, sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza and Assemblyman Michael Cusick, which would require the New York City Health and Hospital Corporation to spend a minimum of ten percent of its budget on acute care and emergency room facilities in each borough.
The State Senate recently passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza (Senate bill S.2328), which would require the Department of Education to provide yellow school bus transportation for students in New York City.
The New York State Senate passed a bill to potentially save chemotherapy patients thousands of dollars in pharmaceutical costs by ensuring that chemotherapy treatment, no matter how administered, is covered equally by insurance companies. The bill (S.3988), sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza (R-C, Staten Island), would help patients by enabling oral chemotherapy – a treatment in pill form - to be covered by insurance as a chemotherapy treatment.
“There is absolutely no reason why life-saving medicines should be covered differently simply because of the way they are administered,” said Senator Lanza. “This bill is about keeping up with the times and the changing face of medicine.”
Senator Andrew Lanza recently honored Jordan Czerniawski as his 2011 inductee to the New York State Senate Veteran’s Hall of Fame at a special ceremony in Albany Tuesday. Czerniawski, a Korean War Vet and family man, passed away in December of 2010. His wife, Phyllis, accepted the honor on his behalf.
Lanza Partners With Assemblyman Cusick, DA Dan Donovan & Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to Target Prescription Drug Addiction – Part Of National Movement to Address America’s Prescription Drug Crisis
ALBANY, N.Y. — Megan Bonstein says modern health care has provided her oral chemotherapy in a pill to fight her leukemia, but modern health insurance has failed her.
"Ten years ago, that was a very grim diagnosis," the 26-year-old Columbia University social work major said of her cancer, leukemia. But advances since then — and since her own diagnosis in early 2009 — like oral chemotherapy have worked. For many cancer patients, the pill form provides a way to trade hospital intravenous treatments, hair loss and nausea for a dose taken in their own home, on their own schedule.
Bill Addresses Recent Incidents of Dangerous Bus Drivers with a History of Criminal Driving Convictions
The New York State Senate today passed legislation, cosponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza, that would help ensure bus safety and crack down on so-called “terror” bus drivers. The bill requires bus drivers to submit to a criminal history check. The legislation aims to improve safety for bus passengers following a string of bus crashes caused by dangerous bus drivers with a history of criminal driving convictions.
Includes Protections Against Cyber-Bullying and Helps Empower Schools To Intervene
The New York State Senate today passed comprehensive anti-bullying legislation to help put an end to this destructive activity that often interferes with a student’s education and emotional well-being. The bill (S.4921), cosponsored by Senator Lanza, would help prevent cyber-bullying as well as conventional bullying on school grounds to create safer learning environments for children.
It's hard to believe that it has been four years since the state Legislature finally gave Staten Island its own, separate judicial district after decades of rejecting calls for this borough's judicial independence. Of course, partisan politics factored heavily into that steadfast refusal. Leaders of the Democratic-controlled Assembly preferred it that Staten Island was an appendage of Brooklyn's 2nd Judicial District because Brooklynites invariably elect judicial candidates nominated by the Democratic Party. But in 2007, the Assembly finally relented and passed a bill creating the 13th Judicial District.
With a property tax cap for homeowners across the state - except for New York City homeowners - taking center stage in Albany, members of the borough's delegation pointed to legislation they advanced earlier this year, co-sponsored by state Sen. Andrew Lanza (R-Staten Island) and Assemblyman Michael Cusick (D-Mid-Island). It would cap the yearly growth of property taxes at either 2 percent or the level of the Consumer Price Index, whichever is less. Also from Lanza and Ms. Malliotakis is legislation calling for an independent audit of Metropolitan Transportation Authority finances. "The MTA consistently deals with a deficit of its own creation and consistently comes to the taxpayers with their hands out," said Lanza.
New York Center for Interpersonal Development (NYCID) is offering a basic 30-hour mediation training course from June 13th though June 16th in New York City. The course is being facilitated by Sequoia Stalder, Esq., Director of Conflict Resolution Services for NYCID.