As Senate leaders prepare a 2014 session calendar, Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk called on the Senate's majority coalition leaders to schedule a legislative session day during the fall of 2014, allowing the Legislature to address issues that are left unresolved or that develop after the end of session in June. "As we saw this year, the issues faced by our constituents are not automatically resolved when the Legislative Session ends in June," Tkaczyk said. "And also like this year, other issues develop after we adjourn. Representing the people is something we do year-round, and we owe it to them to address those issues and take care of the State's unfinished business."
BETHLEHEM - It's not every day when two state senators and one assembly member show up for a local school board meeting. But that's exactly what happened on Wednesday night as the frustration continues to grow regarding the state's Common Core implementation.
According to Albany Assembly woman Pat Fahy, what's happening with the state of New York State's education is a perfect storm of frustration.
"I was hearing with almost unanimity the number of concerns," Fahy says, "And when you start hearing from educators, parents and even students, then you have to start to pay attention."
State Education Commissioner John King was treated roughly by teachers and parents at a town hall meeting held last week in Poughkeepsie to discuss the Common Core learning standards. He promptly cancelled four other town halls that were scheduled around the state, including one at Shenendehowa High School, saying the one in Poughkeepsie was “co-opted by special interests.” Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk, a former school board member and mother of a current high school student, sent King a letter asking him to reconsider and hold those meetings. He should.
In the wake of State Education Commissioner Dr. John King’s suspension of PTA-sponsored town hall meetings on the Common Core and standardized testing mandates, State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk (D, Duanesburg) urged him to reconsider.
The freshman lawmaker told King in a letter that the new mandates placed on schools, teachers and students “are among the most significant challenges ever faced by our public education system.”
Tkaczyk would like King to attend a community forum she will be holding in Ulster County.
ALBANY — A strong push by New York State lawmakers in the past several months has restored $90 million in proposed spending cuts for the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities included in the state’s final 2013-2014 budget.
FORT PLAIN — A big chunk of Tammy Erhardt’s 22 Abbott St. residence is long gone, but her tax bill is intact and right on time.
On June 28, Otsquago Creek flood waters tossed a neighbor’s house against her son’s bedroom, causing heavy damage. The Erhardts were gone at the time — more fortunate than the resident of the floating house, 87-year-old Ethel Healey, who died in the flood.
Erhardt feels lucky, but still was taken aback by the property tax bill that arrived in the mail last week.
“I basically have half a house right now,” she said, “but I have to pay the full tax.”
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Residents of the 46th Senate District can now reach Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk, D-Duanesburg, through an Amsterdam office.
The freshman senator has become much more accessible to the northern end of her district, which stretches from Montgomery County down to Ulster County. Tkaczyk's new office is on the first floor of 1170 Riverfront Center, where her phone number is 518-842-2407.
State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk (D-46th) visited Liberty Enterprise's day support building, the Montgomery County chapter of New York State ARC, Thursday afternoon to tour the building and meet staff members. Liberty is the largest facility in the county that serves people who have developmental disabilities.
Community mental health needs are at a historic high, though funding has been funneled into the General Fund for ten of the last 20 years. Having recognized a need to address the lack of funds, Tkaczyk, who is on the Mental Health Committee, jointly introduced legislation with chair of the Mental Health Committee Assemblyman Aileen Gunther to do just that.