Earth Day Poster Contest. This year we received many outstanding posters that exemplify the creativity of the young people in the 5th Senatorial District.
Each entry from my District displayed tremendous originality and vision as well as obvious concern for the ecological future of our communities and our state. I am proud of your work and that of your classmates, and encourage you to continue to study and learn more about the serious challenges that face our environment.
I am pleased to announce that the winners of the 2014 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District are:
Fifth grade class Grade 5Hebrew Academy County of Nassau
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.
New legislation will now require all homeowners receiving a Basic STAR exemption on their property taxes to register with the New York State Tax Dept. in order to receive the exemption in 2014 and subsequent years. Homeowners will not have to register in order to receive their 2013 STAR exemptions.