Erica Boynton captured the energy from the grief of a personal tragedy and harvested it into something that would help others. Tragically, in 2009, her 15 year old son Christopher was murdered by a member of a gang.
Ms. Boynton suffered the loss of her son and then dedicated her life to stopping gang violence. She has helped spearhead several community events geared toward intervening in gang recruitment of youth. Dedicating herself to speaking with the youth members of her community, she is the first parent to ever speak before the students of the Brentwood School District about alternatives to gang involvement. Her campaign to get teens to “Speak Up” has spread from the middle schools to the high schools in both Central Islip and Brentwood.
At an award ceremony held in Albany on May 7, 2013, Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) honored Erica Boynton of Brentwood as the 3rd Senate District’s 2013 New York State Senate “Woman of Distinction.” Erica was honored for her outstanding work in the prevention of gang violence in Suffolk County. She is also a founder of the Brentwood Association of Concerned Citizens and a leader of the successful anti-graffiti and neighborhood clean-up campaign in Brentwood. The Senate’s Women of Distinction program honors the exceptional achievement, personal excellence and outstanding, courageous and heroic actions on the part of individual women from across the State. Pictured here with Senator Zeldin (right) and Erica (Center) is Leonard Tucker, Jr.
On May 3, 2013, Senator Lee Zeldin presented a Senate Resolution to the Pine Park Elementary School in Brentwood to help commemorate the school’s 50th anniversary. Pine Park Elementary is home to hundreds of Kindergarten students. Pictured with Senator Zeldin (right) and some of the students are Special Education teachers, Cara Falk and Maureen Stavrakoglou.
Mastic Beach, NY- State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) today released the First Year Progress Report of the Tri-Hamlet Renaissance Project.
The Project was announced on April, 29, 2012, with a 33 page collaborative report detailing proposed projects that community leaders, including local elected officials from every layer of government, have agreed to work together towards achieving.
Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley) today joined Senators David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester), Chairman of the Senate Mental Health Committee and Greg Ball (R,C,I-Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee as well as Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino and Putman County Executive Mary Odell to announce funding for the expansion of the PFC Joseph Dwyer PTSD Peer-to-Peer Veterans Counseling program to Westchester, Rockland and Putman Counties. The continuation and expansion of the PFC Joseph Dwyer PTSD Peer-to-Peer Veterans Counseling program was approved as part of the 2013-14 state budget.
On April 26, 2013, Senator Lee Zeldin (R,C,I- Shirley) recognized the accomplishments of five William Floyd High School alumni at the William Floyd Distinguished Alumni Day Dinner at Lombardi's on The Bay in Patchogue. Pictured from left to right are: Al Fritsch, Josephine Nobisso, Barbara Kruk, Robert Horkovich, Assemblyman Edward Hennessey and Senator Zeldin.
On April 27, 2013, Senator Lee Zeldin (R,C,I- Shirley) threw out the "first pitch" at the Mastic Sports Club Opening Day Ceremonies. Also in this picture are (from right to left): Brookhaven Town Deputy Supervisor/Councilman Dan Panico, Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine, and Mastic Sports Club President Gene Mona.
Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley) today joined Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos, and Senators Chuck Fuschillo, Jack Martins, Carl Marcellino, and Kemp Hannon, as well as Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, to announce funding for the expansion of the PFC Joseph Dwyer PTSD Peer-to-Peer Veterans Counseling program to Nassau County. The continuation and expansion of the PFC Joseph Dwyer PTSD Peer-to-Peer Veterans Counseling program was approved as part of the 2013-14 state budget.
On April 21, 2013, Senator Lee Zeldin had the honor of speaking at the opening ceremony of the 7th Jigsaw Run/Walk for Autism that supports children diagnosed with autism on Long Island. Pictured with Senator Zeldin is Bea Huste Petersen, founder and Executive Director of the EJ Autism Foundation. The event, which kicked off at the East Islip Marina, was dedicated to the victims and families of Boston in the aftermath of the recent tragedy at the Boston Marathon.
Advocating for children, women and all law abiding citizens, Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R-C-I, Shirley) today announced that the State Senate has passed legislation (S.3805) he sponsored to increase the penalties for public lewdness.
The bill creates the new crimes of Public Lewdness in the first degree, second degree and third degree and increases the penalties for anyone who repeatedly commits lewd acts in public or who targets children.
Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest. This year we received many outstanding posters that exemplify the creativity of the young people in the 3rdSenatorial 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 winner of the 2013 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is:
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick), Chairman of the New York State Senate’s Transportation Committee, and Senator Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), a member of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, today announced their strong opposition to a proposal to have the Mayor of New York City have control over the MTA.
In 2010, the State Education Department secured Race to the Top Funding from the U.S. Department of Education. In exchange for $700 Million in funding, the state education department made various commitments related to educational standards, testing, a teacher evaluation system, and data collection.