Committee Meeting: Children and Families Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Children and Families  Senator Simcha Felder, Chair  1:30 PM, Wednesday, May 27, 2015  Room 945 LOB

May 27, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Tougher Sentencing Laws for Violent Criminals

Dear Neighbor,

In November of 2009, 12-year-old Brittany Passalacqua was brutally murdered along with her mother, Helen Buchel, in their home.

The perpetrator was John Edward Brown, a violent convicted felon who had been released from prison early after serving only 2 ½ years for assaulting his infant daughter in 2003. Brown had been put on parole just months before he committed the murders. We have a responsibility to keep our communities safe and these tragic deaths underscore the need for tougher penalties for violent offenders.

May 19, 2015

Senator Felder Calls Upon NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio to Repair City's Streets

In a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio, Senator Felder demanded that the City  move swiftly to repair its streets to ensure the safety of New Yorkers. To date, more than 300,000 potholes have been reported to the Department of Transportation.

“The safety of our citizens is at stake,” Senator Felder stressed. “We are headed into the summer when more people will be out for their daily run, bike ride, or family outing. The City must hire outside contractors to get the work done immediately. Mayor de Blasio specifically allocated money for pothole repairs in his budget. It is time to actually use that money for its intended purpose.”

May 18, 2015

Committee Meeting: Children and Families Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Children and Families  Senator Simcha Felder, Chair  1:00 PM, Monday, May 18, 2015  Room 945 LOB

May 18, 1:00 PM - 1:08 PM

Betty Pollack

Betty Pollack was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and met her husband at Fort Knox while he was serving in the Army. After his military return from Korea, the couple moved to New York to live and raise their family.

Ms. Pollack was always a doting parent who was very involved in her children’s schools, helping to organize fundraising activities, assisting new parents and presiding over many school events.

May 13, 2015

Senator Simcha Felder's Statement Congratulating Newly Elected Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan

“I congratulate Senator John Flanagan on being elected Senate Majority Leader” said Senator Felder. “As Chair of the NYC Education sub-committee I had the privilege of working with Senator Flanagan on passing the Education Investment Tax Credit in the Senate, securing funding for school transportation, and helping parents secure special education for their children. Senator Flanagan has a proven track record of supporting our community, and I know that as Majority Leader he will continue to fight for our needs.”

May 12, 2015

Committee Meeting: Children and Families Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Children and Families  Senator Simcha Felder, Chair  1:30 PM, Tuesday, May 12, 2015  Room 945 LOB

Printed No.



1707  Refer to Finance


May 12, 1:30 PM - 1:41 PM

Committee Meeting: New York City Education Subcommittee Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on New York City Education Subcommittee  Senator Simcha Felder, Chair  1:30 PM, Monday, May 4, 2015  945 LOB


May 4, 1:30 PM - 1:49 PM

Felder: NYC Must Stop Body Snatchers

Senator Simcha Felder (D, Brooklyn), together with Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz of Queens, is calling on Mayor de Blasio to prevent the release of unclaimed bodies without prior written authorization by the deceased person or their next of kin.

April 27, 2015

Senator Felder's Statement Applauding Councilman Greenfield and NYC Council for School Safety Legislation

"I commend Councilman David Greenfield and his colleagues in the New York City Council for proposing Introduction 65 to ensure the safety of non-public school children. Safety is a growing concern in every community, and all parents deserve to have peace of mind knowing that their children will be protected. We must do everything possible to keep all children safe."

April 16, 2015


Credit card scammers are continuously coming up with new ways to steal your information.

This new scam is particularly devious because the scammers actually provide YOU with information about your credit card, leading you to believe that they are a legitimate caller.

April 16, 2015

Committee Meeting: Children and Families Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Children and Families Senator Simcha Felder, Chair 1:30 PM, Tuesday, April 21, 2015 Room 945 LOB

April 21, 1:30 PM - 1:34 PM

Outgoing Fort Drum Major General Townsend at NYS Senate

Senator Felder thanked outgoing Major General Stephen J. Townsend, Commanding General of Fort Drum for his service to our nation and to the Fort Drum community, at a ceremony held in the New York State Senate in Albany.

April 2, 2015

Senator Felder Bringing EITC Petitions to the New York State Assembly

Today, Senator Felder, who has been fighting tirelessly for the needs of New York's tuition paying parents personally brought thousands of petitions in support of the Education Investment Tax Credit to both the Governor and New York State Assembly. These petitions were sent in by tuition paying parents throughout the State of New York as part of Senator Felder's efforts to ensure that the Assembly and Governor keep their promise and include EITC in the 2015-2016 budget.

March 24, 2015

Senator Simcha Felder with Agudath Israel of America Members in Albany

On Wednesday, February 25, 2015, Senator Felder met with Agudath Israel of America leaders, activists, and representatives during their Annual Mission to Albany. 

March 11, 2015

PETITION: The Education Investment Tax Credit (EITC) Online Petition

The Education Investment Tax Credit (EITC) is an important bill that allocates $150 million for education scholarships, half of which benefits tuition paying parents, while the other half is allocated toward additional resources and programming for public schools. This is a direct benefit to you, our parents, who work hard every day to provide your children with quality education.

On January 21, 2015, this legislation was passed in the Senate. However, in order for the EITC to become law the Assembly and the Governor must act now!

Media resources

March 10, 2015

Education Investment Incentives Act Briefing Materials

On Monday, February 23rd,  Senator Felder  was joined by Senator Marty Golden, Jim Cultrara Co-chair for the New York State Coalition for Independent and Religious Schools, and Jay Bove, Esq. to discuss the benefits of the Education Investment Incentives Act (EIIA, or Tuition Tax Credit) at a workshop for school administrators and principals.

Below is a copy of the slides, memo, and FAQ sheet that were handed out at the workshop.

Slides demonstrating the benefits of the EIIA

Memo regarding the EIIA

Frequently Asked Questions

March 3, 2015

Mayor Bill de Blasio thanks Senator Felder during the Joint Budget Local Government Hearing

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio thanking Senator Felder for making it easier for parents with special needs children get the help they need.

February 25, 2015

New York City Rent Freeze Program (“SCRIE”)

Freeze Your Rent!! 

You may qualify for the NYC Rent Freeze Program if you meet both of these requirements:

Rent an apartment that is rent regulated (rent controlled or rent stabilized) hotel stabilized or Mitchell-Lama) and;
You are 62 or older or have a disability.

For more information, and to get help applying, call Senator Simcha Felder’s District Office at 718-253-2015

February 25, 2015