Senator Owen H. Johnson joined with local officials on May 13, 2011 to congratulate Cynthia Salinas-Roberts, Owner and Director of The Early Childhood Center of West Babylon, at the First Year Anniversary Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. The Early Childhood Center of West Babylon offers full and part time programs for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years in addition to vacation, holiday and summer programs for school age children. For more information, call (631) 661-1117 or visit their website: www.ECCofWB.com
The New York State Senate today passed a measure that would prohibit the sale of children’s jewelry which may contain harmful levels of cadmium and other hazardous substances. The bill (S.4055A), sponsored by Senator James Alesi (R-C-I, Perinton) protects children from accidentally ingesting cadmium, often used in inexpensive charm bracelets, pendants and other jewelry. Cadmium is a known carcinogen, which can hinder brain development in children and cause kidney, lung and intestinal damage. A 2009 report by the Associated Press found that Chinese manufacturers have been substituting cadmium for lead to make inexpensive jewelry which is then being sold by retailers in New York and other states.
The New York State Senate today approved legislation to enable individuals with autism spectrum disorders to receive insurance coverage for screening, diagnosis and treatment. The bill (S.4005A), sponsored by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R, Merrick), would save tens of thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket expenses spent by families caring for individuals with autism and address insurance companies’ refusal to cover costs for autism treatments and therapies.Autism Spectrum Disorders affect individuals of all ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic groups. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 1 in 110 children, including 1 in 70 boys, are currently affected with autism.
The New York State Senate gave final legislative passage to a bill (S.5253B) to divert youth to an education program addressing the sending of nude or obscene photographs through electronic technologies, also known as “sexting,” as well as conduct that constitutes “cyberbullying.” The bill, entitled the “Cyber-Crime Youth Rescue Act,” sponsored by Senator Kemp Hannon (R-C-I, Garden City), requires the development of an educational program about the numerous perils of sexting and cyberbullying. The program provides an option other than a permanent criminal record for juveniles deemed eligible by a court.
The New York State Senate passed the Concussion Management Awareness Act, sponsored by Senator Kemp Hannon (R, C, I, - Garden City), Chairman of the Senate Health Committee, that would direct the State Health and Education Departments to adopt rules and regulations for the treatment and monitoring of students with mild traumatic brain injuries. “The number of children each year who suffer brain injuries, such as concussions, is alarming,” Senator Hannon said. “New York needs legislation to outline rules and regulations for the treatment and monitoring of students with mild traumatic brain injuries, and that’s exactly what my legislation provides.”
Now that school is out for the summer, Senator Owen H. Johnson is inviting all elementary school students in his district to participate in his Summer Reading Program. Senator Johnson is sponsoring this free program to encourage students throughout our community to continue reading this summer vacation.The program is open to any young child who enjoys reading. To complete Senator Johnson’s reading challenge, students will be asked to read at least three books over the summer and record their thoughts about their chosen works in a Summer Reading Journal. The children who return a completed log to Senator Johnson’s office by August 31, 2011 will receive a Summertime Reading Certificate to recognize their efforts.
SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION PROHIBITING HARMFUL LEVELS OF TOXICS IN CHILDREN’S JEWELRY The New York State Senate passed a measure that would prohibit the sale of children’s jewelry which may contain harmful levels of cadmium and other hazardous substances. The bill (S.4055A) protects children from accidentally ingesting cadmium, often used in inexpensive charm bracelets, pendants and other jewelry.
SENATE PASSES BILL TO REQUIRE IMMEDIATE INVESTIGATION BY LAW ENFORCEMENT OF ABUSE IN STATE FACILITIESMeasure Provides Timely Notification to Law Enforcement of Abuse of Children in Residential Care The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Steve Saland (R, I, C – Poughkeepsie), that would modify current reporting procedures involving the abuse of children in residential care. The measure (S.6563) guarantees that reports of certain abuse will be immediately forwarded to law enforcement. The passage of this legislation comes amidst the latest announcement by Governor Andrew Cuomo of his proposal to establish the Justice Center for the Protection of Persons with Special Needs.
Senator Owen H. Johnson (R-Babylon) and Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) today awarded the New York State Senate Liberty Medal to Grace Varley, a five-year-old girl from Amityville, for heroically helping to save her younger brother’s life. “I am honored to present Grace Varley with the New York State Senate Liberty Medal for her bravery. Grace reminds us that there is no age requirement for an individual to perform an act of heroism. At age five, her fortitude and quick action make her a fine example to all of us and deserving of the highest civilian honor that a New Yorker can receive,” said Senator Johnson.
SENATE GIVES FINAL PASSAGE TO BILL REQUIRING MINORS TO OBTAIN PARENTAL PERMISSION FOR BODY PIERCINGAnyone Under 18 Would Need A Parent’s Approval Before Receiving Non Ear-Piercing The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to a bill (S7446) that would require minors to obtain consent from a parent or guardian for unemancipated persons who wish to receive body piercings, other than piercing one’s ears.