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Senator Felder's session remarks on S.7691

S.7691: The special education bill.

June 10, 2014
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FELDER SPONSORS LEGISLATION TO HELP PARENTS OF SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS

Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) has taken the lead as the prime Senate sponsor of a bill which streamlines the process of special education placements and requires a more expeditious placement and tuition reimbursement process for private schools. The bill will be introduced this week in the Senate and is being sponsored in the Assembly by Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein (D-Brooklyn).

May 29, 2014
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Committee Meeting: New York City Education Subcommittee Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on New York City Education Subcommittee  Senator Simcha Felder, Chair  9:30 AM, Thursday, May 29, 2014  Room 945 LOB

May 29, 9:30 AM - 9:41 AM
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Committee Meeting: Children and Families Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Children and Families  Senator Simcha Felder, Chair  1:30 PM, Wednesday, May 28, 2014  Room 945 LOB

May 28, 1:30 PM - 1:46 PM
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FELDER’S WORKSHOP HIGHLIGHTS SUCCESS OF TRANSPORTATION LAW

As his after 4 P.M. school bus program enters its second year, Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) took time last week at a workshop for non-public schools to reflect on the continued success of the transportation law he sponsored, and to discuss how the State’s education budget impacts the non-public school community.

Some 70 schools from across the five boroughs attended the meeting, which was held at Ateres Chaya Hall in Borough Park on Thursday, May 15. The group also heard remarks from Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein (D-Brooklyn), who co-sponsored the legislation in the Assembly, and from Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn).

May 20, 2014
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Anna Cali

Anna Cali was born to Italian Catholic immigrants, and grew up in Brooklyn with her family. She received a B.B.A. Degree in Finance from Pace University and went on to work for First Boston Corporation in the World Trade Center. After four years, Ms. Cali decided that she wanted a more rewarding profession and became a teacher. It has been her passion for the past 23 years. Currently, Ms. Cali is an educational director for a preschool, also teaching in an afterschool program. 

May 13, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Children and Families Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Children and Families Senator Simcha Felder, Chair 11:30 AM, Tuesday, May 13, 2014 Room 945 LOB

May 13, 11:30 AM - 11:34 AM
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Committee Meeting: New York City Education Subcommittee Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on New York City Education Subcommittee Senator Simcha Felder, Chair 1:30 PM, Tuesday, May 13, 2014 Room 945 LOB

May 13, 1:30 PM - 1:43 PM
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR FELDER REGARDING PROPOSED FUNDING FOR AFTER-SCHOOL VOUCHERS

"During our many years in the City Council, Mayor Bill de Blasio and I worked together tirelessly to restore voucher funding every year. I am pleased that today's executive budget reflects a partial restoration and a commitment by the Mayor to this important program.  I am confident that Council members David Greenfield and Stephen Levin under the leadership of Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito will work together with the Mayor to ensure that families continue to receive uninterrupted child care vouchers."

May 8, 2014
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FELDER-SILVER BILL EXTENDS PETITION SEASON TO ACCOMMODATE ORTHODOX JEWISH VOTERS

Legislation introduced by Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) which amends the election law to accommodate Orthodox Jewish voters has passed the State Legislature. With the unanimous passage of this bill, the first day to sign a designating petition for state and local primary elections in 2014 is now Thursday, May 29. Bill number S7097/A9407 has been sent to Governor Cuomo for his signature.

May 7, 2014
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR SIMCHA FELDER IN RESPONSE TO ARREST OF GRAFFITI VANDAL IN BORO PARK

"The New York Police Department has proven once more why it’s called New York’s Finest," said Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn). “When news of this anti-Semitic incident first broke at the conclusion of shabbos, the NYPD, in conjunction with the Boro Park Shomrim, went to work immediately to identify and catch the person responsible for these vile acts, and to restore a sense of peace and security in Boro Park.

May 4, 2014
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Statement by Senator Simcha Felder Regarding Arrests in the Menachem Stark Case

“I hope that the alleged murderers are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and are condemned to a life behind bars. I am confident that the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office will mount a formidable case and bring justice to the Stark family. As always, my thoughts and prayers remain with the Stark family during this excruciatingly painful time.”

April 30, 2014
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FELDER IS MAKING HOUSE CALLS WITH LAUNCH OF SUCCESSFUL “SENATOR ON SITE” INITIATIVE

Doctors may not make house calls anymore, but Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) has reinstituted the concept with the launch of his Senator On Site or “SOS” initiative intended to tackle outdoor safety and quality-of-life issues in the 17th Senate District. Senator Felder initially introduced the program late last month in his newsletter. Since then, nearly 100 people have contacted his office for assistance with problems pertaining to potholes, street lights, tree stumps, or broken sidewalks outside their homes or in their neighborhood which require repair.

April 29, 2014
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EARTH DAY 2014 POSTER CONTEST: DISTRICT 17

Earth Day Poster Contest. This year we received many outstanding posters that exemplify the creativity of the young people in the 17th Senatorial 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 2014 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is:

Roman DishmeyGrade 1P.S. 682

April 17, 2014
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FELDER INTRODUCES LEGISLATION IMPOSING A CIVIL PENALTY ON SHAIMOS TRUCK OPERATORS WHO FAIL TO PROPERLY BURY SHAIMOS

In response to numerous reports of abuse by so-called shaimos truck vendors who take money to bury religious books and articles but fail to do so, Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) will introduce legislation in the Senate imposing a civil penalty on shaimos truck operators who fail to properly bury the religious items. The bill will require those wishing to operate a shaimos truck to obtain a permit from the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs, and to provide advanced proof of access to a proper burial ground. Civil penalties range from a minimum of $1,000 up to $5,000. 

April 7, 2014
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2014 Newsletter

Click on the link below to view my recent newsletter.

March 28, 2014
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FELDER WELCOMES EDWARD R. MURROW HIGH SCHOOL CONCERT BAND IN ALBANY

In keeping with his commitment to increase funding and access to music and arts programs in New York City’s schools, Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) welcomed the Edward R. Murrow High School Concert Band during their performance this week in Albany. The Edward R. Murrow High School is located in Senator Felder’s district, and is ranked as one of the top high schools in New York City.

March 26, 2014
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR FELDER DENOUNCING REVIVAL OF PROPOSED PLASTIC BAG TAX

“I was disheartened to learn that this absurd plastic bag tax legislation requiring consumers to pay 10 cents for paper and plastic bags at retail and grocery stores has once again reared its ugly head in the City Council.

March 25, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Children and Families Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Children and Families  Senator Simcha Felder, Chair  1:30 PM, Monday, March 17, 2014  Room 944 LOB

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN TIME OF MEETING.

March 17, 1:30 PM - 1:35 PM
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Committee Meeting: Children and Families Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Children and Families Senator Simcha Felder, Chair 1:30 PM, Monday, April 28, 2014 Room 945 LOB

April 28, 1:30 PM - 1:32 PM
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