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Senator Shirley L. Huntley represents the 10th Senatorial District in Queens County. Having spent most of her life in the district she now represents, Senator Huntley knows very well the nature of her diverse communities, and welcomes the opportunity to serve her district.

Shirley L. Huntley presently resides in Jamaica, New York with her husband Herbert Huntley. Senator Huntley is a very proud mother and grandmother. She has served as an effective parent activist, and is a community leader. Her commitment has and will always be to provide the best education for her own children, as well as for all children. Her passionate concern for the welfare of the students has resulted in her becoming involved in the public school system, and her participation in many other community projects and community based organizations.

Prior to becoming Senator, Shirley L. Huntley was elected to Queens Community School Board #28 in 1993, with an overwhelming number of votes. In 1996, she was re-elected for a second term, and then she was elected as president of Community School Board #28, until its dissolution in 2004. In June 2004, Senator Huntley was appointed by the honorable Queens Borough President Helen Marshall to the Community Education Council for District #28. In July of 2004, Shirley L. Huntley was recognized for her dedication and commitment when elected to serve as President on the Community Education Council for District #28. Senator Huntley pledges that she will always fight   for the welfare of children, work to keep improving the Public school system for the future of our children’s success, and to defend mental health issues by supporting needed programs for the well being of one’s mental health.

Over the years, Senator Shirley L. Huntley has been recognized for her outstanding services to fight for the rights of children and parents in District 28. Her persistent ability and determination has enabled her to make educational changes in her community. It is her strong belief that formal and informal education is vitally important to the future success of this city and its children. She continues to advocate for the school system to provide students with a formal education of historical, cultural, and current events. Senator Huntley supports programs that encourage civic awareness, stewardship, and volunteerism, and promotes the development of our youth with implementation of current technology. She also advocated for extended Public library services. Senator Huntley’s hope is that all students will be afforded an education that gives them the opportunity to acquire the skills that will bring forth worthy and successful scholars to lead, and to one day be the dynamic forces that can support the social and economic needs of our great state.

Senator Shirley L. Huntley was elected to office in 2007. Appointed to Co-Chair of the NYC School Governance Task Force, she held a forum were testimonies can be expressed by parents, educators, administrators, students, advocates, community organizations, and leaders regarding the issues our school system needs to address. Due to her efforts, when Mayoral Control was renewed in 2009 parents were assured that they would have increased involvement and participation in their child’s education. Subsequently, the active role she took of enhancing the quality of education received in her community, enabled her to be chosen as Co-Chair of Senate Select Committee on New York City School Governance.

Also in 2009, Senator Huntley became Chair of the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee and enacted many important laws.  She sponsored and passed 16 bills such as Timothy’s Law to provide increased medical treatment and coverage to those with a mental illness. The “Office of People with Developmental Disabilities” was a new name assigned to the department that cares for those with mental disabilities and was also passed into law.  Additionally, Senator Huntley passed the “Children’s Plan” and conducted a hearing regarding insurance coverage and the most effective treatment options for those who have Autism.  Many of the mental health initiatives and laws passed by Senator Huntley will have improved the lives of countless people who deserve to be treated fairly and equally.

In 2010 Senator Huntley was selected to become Chair of the Cities Committee.  As chair, she spoke with and listened to the concerns of City Mayors and local leaders around the state of New York regarding property taxes, unfunded mandates, and pension reform.  Senator Huntley stepped up her efforts by passing 22 bills in 2010 most notably, the “Hospital Closure Act”, teen suicide prevention, and training for physicians about eating disorders.
 
Throughout 2009 and 2010 Senator Huntley was intensely focused on improving the lives of everyone in her district. She hosted a wide range of events and programs such as Home Foreclosure Workshops.

2011-2012 Legislative Sessions: Senator Shirley L. Huntley serves as Ranking Minority Member of the Senate Committees on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities and Alcoholism and Drug Abuse

2011Committee Assignments: Agriculture, Codes, Consumer Protection, Education, Racing, Gaming and Wagering and Social Services

Co-Chair, Senate Committee on New York City School Governance

Board Member, New York State Association of Black, Puerto Rican and Asian Legislators, Inc.


 

Biografía de Shirley L. Huntley,

Senadora Shirley L. Huntley representa el Distrito 10 del Senado, en el Condado de Queens. Habiendo pasado la mayor parte de su vida en el distrito que representa en la actualidad, la senadora Huntley sabe muy bien la naturaleza de sus diversas comunidades, y acoge con satisfacción la oportunidad de servir a su distrito.

Shirley L. Huntley reside actualmente en Jamaica, Nueva York con su marido Herbert Huntley. Senadora Huntley es una madre muy orgullosa y abuela. Se ha desempeñado como activista de los padres eficaz, y es un líder de la comunidad. Su compromiso ha sido y siempre será la de proporcionar la mejor educación para sus propios hijos, así como para todos los niños. Su apasionada preocupación por el bienestar de los alumnos ha resultado en participar en el sistema escolar público, y su participación en muchos otros proyectos comunitarios y las organizaciones comunitarias.

Antes de convertirse en senadora, Shirley L. Huntley fue elegida miembro de Queens Community School Board # 28 en 1993, con un número abrumador de votos. En 1996, fue reelegida para un segundo mandato, y luego fue elegida como presidente de la Comunidad de la Junta Escolar # 28, hasta su disolución en 2004. En junio de 2004, la senadora Huntley fue nombrada por el honorable presidente del condado de Queens Helen Marshall para el Consejo de Educación de la Comunidad para el Distrito # 28. En julio de 2004, Shirley L. Huntley fue reconocida por su dedicación y compromiso cuando fue elegida para servir como Presidente en el Consejo de Educación de la Comunidad para el Distrito # 28. Senadora Huntley promete siempre luchar por el bienestar de los niños, el trabajo para seguir mejorando el sistema de escuelas públicas para el éxito futuro de nuestros hijos, y para defender los problemas de salud mental mediante el apoyo a programas necesarios para el bienestar de la salud mental.

A través de los años, la senadora Shirley Huntley ha sido reconocido por sus destacados servicios a la lucha por los derechos de los niños y los padres en el distrito 28. Su persistente capacidad y determinación le ha permitido hacer cambios educativos en su comunidad. Es su firme convicción de que la educación formal e informal es de vital importancia para el éxito futuro de esta ciudad y de sus hijos. Ella sigue abogando por el sistema escolar para proveer a los estudiantes con una educación formal de los acontecimientos históricos, culturales y actuales. Senadora Huntley apoya programas que fomenten la conciencia cívica, la administración, el voluntariado, y promueve el desarrollo de nuestra juventud con la aplicación de la tecnología actual. También abogó por la ampliación de los servicios de bibliotecas públicas. Senadora Huntley tiene la esperanza que todos los estudiantes se les dará una educación que les da la oportunidad de adquirir las habilidades que traerá investigadores digna y satisfactoria al plomo, y un día las fuerzas dinámicas que pueden apoyar las necesidades sociales y económicas de nuestro gran estado.

Senadora Shirley L. Huntley fue elegida para el cargo en el 2007. Nombrada la Co-Presidente de la Ciudad de Nueva York gobierno de la escuela Grupo de Trabajo, tiene un foro donde  testimonios pueden ser expresadas por los padres, educadores, administradores, estudiantes, abogados, organizaciones comunitarias y los líderes sobre los problemas de nuestro sistema escolar, tiene que abordar. Se sigue centrando sus esfuerzos en las áreas de Salud Mental y Discapacidades del Desarrollo, Salud, Educación, Juventud y servicios. Senadora Huntley tiene membrecías y afiliaciones con una serie de organizaciones y comités. Ella sigue recibiendo numerosos premios y honores para encomiar su dedicado servicio a la comunidad.


Sesión Legislativa 2009-2010: Senadora Shirley L. Huntley actúa como Presidente, Comité de Salud Mental y Discapacidades del Desarrollo