The League of Women Voters of Scarsdale is planning to select a student to participate in this year's Students Inside Albany conference, which will be held on March 25-28, 2012.
Students Inside Albany is an intensive 4-day conference designed to immerse students in the process by which public policy is proposed, enacted and changed in New York State and to educate them on how they can influence and affect this process. Students are afforded the opportunity to observe Assembly and Senate sessions and to shadow one of their state legislators.
A downloadable application and additional information may be found on the League website, www.lwvs.org, or by emailing the League at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are due on January 11, 2012.
International Walk to School Week is taking off across the Sound Shore with help from the Safe Routes to School Committees from Rye, Rye Neck and Mamaroneck. With 9 elementary schools in the area, representing over 4500 children grades K-5, that’s a lot of steps taking to the sidewalks during the week of Oct. 3-7.
With help from the Rye Y and grant funding provided by the United Way of Westchester and NY State Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer, Safe Routes “starter kits” were distributed to 9 local grade schools as a way to encourage safe walking and biking to school. Walking safety tips, banners, walking school bus signs, and an array of incentives were included in the kit for children. Adult messaging such as “Please Put Down the Cellphone” are on lawn signs to appear on school campuses as well as car magnets proclaiming, “Caution. I stop at Crosswalks.”
International Walk to School Week takes place twice a year, in the Fall and Spring. Safe Routes to School is an international program recognized by the CDC as an effective initiative in helping to create healthier communities.
ALBANY, NY (10/21/2010)(readMedia)-- 2010 Voters Guide for Library Advocates Released
The New Yorkers for Better Libraries PAC has released its 2010 Voters Guide: The Library Advocate's Guide to the Voting Records of the New York State Legislature.
"The 2010 Voters Guide is the first effort by the New Yorkers for Better Libraries to grade legislators on their actual voting records on library funding and legislative issues," stated John Hammond, Chairman of the New Yorkers for Better Libraries.
"I have not met a legislator who does not support libraries and recognizes the important role they play in our democracy, in providing access to unbiased and uncensored information, for their role in promoting literacy and reading at all age levels, and for helping the unemployed in our communities search for jobs, start new careers and improve their skills sets", continued Mr. Hammond.
"Yet there is often a disconnect between the rhetoric and their voting records, often due to no fault of their own as the legislative system in which they operate limits their ability to act on their support for libraries", said Mr. Hammond.
"The state Senate and especially Senator Suzi Oppenheimer, Chair of the Senate Education Committee demonstrated this year, despite all the distractions, that they were able to match their words with actual deeds and passed four of the library community's legislative priorities, one of which was signed into law and the other vetoed by the Governor."
"For this reason, Senator Suzi Oppenheimer receives the 2010 Ex Libris Award for her outstanding leadership and determination in moving forward many of our legislative priorities," continued Mr. Hammond.
Good-Government Group Measures Lawmakers' 2011 Productivity
By Dan Wiessner
A recent report looked at how many bills each state lawmaker passed, compared to how many were introduced. Lower Hudson Valley legislators were mostly in the middle of the pack.
Measuring the effectiveness of individual lawmakers can be tricky, not least because many of them do much of their work behind the scenes. Some choose to spread their energy across a number of initiatives while others have laser-like focus on a handful of specific areas.
One way to begin is to look at the number of bills they successfully pushed through each house of the legislature, and how many wound up being signed into law by the governor. The New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) did just that earlier this summer, releasing a detailed breakdown of the number of bills introduced and passed by all 212 lawmakers.
"Legislative 'productivity' is more complicated than simple numbers. It’s up to New Yorkers to assess their legislators’ effectiveness and impact," NYPIRG's Bill Mahoney said in the report.
The dozen lawmakers who represent the lower Hudson Valley generally settled in the middle of the pack this year. The most 'effective' legislators were mainly veteran Senate Republicans, two of whom pushed at least 30 bills through both houses.
Meanwhile, local Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Port Chester) was the most successful Senate Democrat with 13 bills passing her chamber. Those include measures that will allow the town and village of Ossining to consolidate their courts and allow local boards of health to levy steeper penalties to businesses that violate sanitary codes.
New York's budget crisis is forcing government at all levels to re-evaluate how it allocates increasingly rare public dollars. As officials seek to identify and eliminate wasteful and unnecessary spending, they will find some of the waste is hiding in plain sight.
Travel to downtown Buffalo or to many of the state's older suburbs and you'll find decaying sidewalks, half-empty shopping centers, vacant lots and abandoned homes. Then travel a few more miles into what was until recently open countryside, and you'll find big new homes sprouting from former farm fields. Meanwhile, the population of many counties and the state continues to decline.
These are challenging times for most New York schools. Buffeted by declining state aid and mounting property tax fatigue, school districts are struggling to maintain educational programs with fewer and fewer resources. As chair of the Senate Education Committee, I fought hard to avert devastating mid-year cuts to state education aid in 2009, affording school districts an opportunity to plan for the difficult fiscal year ahead.
Every night, millions of men, women and children in New York go to bed hungry. The Food Bank Association of New York, a consortium of regional food banks throughout the state, estimates that in 2010, close to three million New Yorkers will receive emergency food assistance from food banks, soup kitchens, shelters and other emergency feeding programs.
Ludington Adult Day Services Center Welcomes Senator Oppenheimer New Rochelle, NY (June 12, 2009) – Recently State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer scheduled a visit with her friends at Sound Shore Medical Center’s Ludington Adult Day Program. Though Senator Oppenheimer sent responses to this group’s individually written letters expressing concern about proposed Medicaid cuts, she felt their efforts deserved an in-person visit.
Senator Oppenheimer Named "Champion of Child Care" by the Child Care Council of Westchester, Inc.
The Child Care Council of Westchester, Inc. (“Council”) bestowed its “Champions of Child Care Award” on Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck). The award was presented to the Senator at the Council’s annual awards luncheon held on June 5, 2009, at the Women’s Club in White Plains, New York.
Senior Writer from On Board: The Voice of the Public School Leadership
The new chairwoman of the Senate’s Education Committee has an ambitious agenda for New York’s schools.
"If I could get universal pre-K down to age 3, I’d do it in a heartbeat," Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer told On Board during a wide-ranging interview in her corner office in Albany’s Legislative Office Building.
Did you know that an average of 17 people die every day waiting for a transplant of a vital organ because there are not enough donors? Since April has been designated as a month that honors organ donors–"our unsung heroes"–I would like to remind you how you can save a life by becoming an organ donor. There are currently more than 85,000 individuals nationwide, including many thousands of New Yorkers, who are waiting for organ transplants.
State Senator Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) today announced that the Senate passed a bill, which she co-sponsored, that would allow seniors in New York State to take college courses for credit without paying tuition at State-operated campuses
New York took a big step with reforming Workers’ Compensation – but it’s only the beginning. “There is more to do,” she said. “The Senate needs to work on passing Article 10 legislation, implementing the Brownfields Shovel-Ready Site Program, and pushing for Empire Zone and IDA reforms. These actions will go a long way in showing companies in our state that we mean business.”
Hoping to bring better awareness to new breakthroughs associated with detecting ovarian cancer, State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) today noted that New Yorkers need to learn more about the symptoms of early disease. She said ovarian cancer used to be called the ‘silent killer’ because it rarely revealed symptoms in its earliest, most treatable stages. But ovarian cancer is silent no more.
Says reductions were necessary in economic climate, but education and Medicaid funding remain
State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) today said that although she had deep reservations about making cuts to the current state budget, she voted in favor of the reductions to prevent even more drastic cuts further down the road.
Reminds families that the use of consumer fireworks is illegal in New York State
While Fourth of July festivities and fireworks would seem to go hand in hand,State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) today reminded residents that the use of all consumer fireworks is illegal in New York State. The safest way to enjoy fireworks, she said, is through a community event where trained professionals handle them.
State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) today announced an upcoming one-day special event designed to help college-bound high school seniors and their families complete and file federal aid applications electronically.College Goal Sunday, a national initiative hosted locally by the New York State Financial Aid Administrator’s Association (NYSFAAA) and the New York State Higher Education Services Corp. (HESC), has assisted thousands of families with access to higher education opportunities.
In preparation for the digital television conversion slated for February 2009, State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) announced today that federal assistance will soon be available for New Yorkers who receive their television signals through antennas (known as analog technology). TV sets not connected to either cable or satellite – and those without a built-in digital tuner – will need a converter box after the digital transition occurs.