Every parent has a fundamental right to protect their child’s personal data and to choose what information is available and to whom. With that in mind, I was proud to support the creation of a “Parents’ Bill of Rights”.
As part of this year’s State Budget, the State Education Department (SED) was required to develop a "Parents' Bill of Rights" on the use and security of student data. The law was a direct result of strong parental opposition to the inBloom data cloud project. In addition to requiring the Bill of Rights, the law also forced SED to eliminate the plan to participate in the inBloom project.
Senator Carl L. Marcellino, Vice-Chairman of the NYS Senate Transportation Committee and Senator Jack Martins today called on Governor Andrew Cuomo to use his considerable influence to intervene and to resolve the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) workers and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) contract dispute in order to prevent a devastating strike. The unions have been without a contract since 2010. Under federal law, LIRR workers can legally walk off the job as early as July 20.
Senator Carl L. Marcellino today announced that Patricia Aitken of Syosset has been selected as a 2014 New York State “Woman of Distinction."
"I am proud to honor Patricia as a Woman of Distinction, and prouder still of the recognition she earned from neighbors, colleagues and friends for her achievements on behalf of our community," said Senator Marcellino.
New York State Senate today passed legislation (S1519), sponsored by Senator Carl L. Marcellino (R-Syosset), that would keep communities safer from sexual predators by prohibiting registered sex offenders from working as bus drivers.
“Registered sex offenders should not be operating a school bus or a passenger bus, plain and simple. Bus operators come in contact with vulnerable individuals every day. To give a registered sex offender a license and access to potential victims is dangerous and makes zero sense. This legislation fixes the problem,” Senator Marcellino said.
It is time to uncover the boat, give it a tune-up from its long winter nap, and head for the water. Many people have already begun to enjoy the boating season on Long Island's harbors, bays and waterways. More than a million New Yorkers will take to the State’s waterways this spring and summer.
Today, I voted against all the candidates who were nominated to fill the four open spots on the Board of Regents. My vote serves two purposes. First, was to express my outrage with the Common Core roll out. Second, to voice my opposition to the methodology of how Regents are nominated and elected in our State. Currently, each member of the combined legislature, a total of 213 representatives, get a vote, therefore by virtue of the numbers the selection is controlled by the majority in the state Assembly.
Senator Carl L. Marcellino (R- Syosset) today introduced legislation (S.6657) to require commercial establishments to have carbon monoxide detectors.
Recently, a carbon monoxide leak tragically killed a Long Island restaurant manager, Steven Nelson and sickened nearly 30 people. The carbon monoxide poisoning came from a malfunctioning water heater flue pipe in the basement of the establishment.
On Thursday, January 23rd, the New York State Senate Education Committee met with State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. to discuss the flawed implementation of the Common Core curriculum and to find out what he was prepared to do to help students, parents and teachers.
During the meeting, I specifically asked the Commissioner about changes to Regents Exams to match Common Core standards. I have serious concerns for our students who will be forced to take Common Core based Regents Exams without the proper preparation. I asked the Commissioner to address this issue.
The State Education Department (SED) has mishandled the implementation of the new Common Core Learning Standards from the start, causing unnecessary anguish and discouragement to students, parents, and teachers in every school. The results, as expected, are lower than last year’s standardized tests scores. That doesn’t mean the students and teachers failed; it means SED failed them by moving too quickly and changing the criteria midstream.
I arranged two meetings where Commissioner King had the opportunity to hear the concerns of the educators and parents in the schools that I represent. If you are interested in watching, the second meeting, with Dr King, Chancellor Tisch and Regents Tilles it is posted below
All of us who lived through September 11th will remember that day with clarity. We always will remember whom we lost, and the anger, the shock and devastation we felt. It is difficult to believe that 12 years have passed.