Kennedy-sponsored Legislation Designed to Streamline CPS Gains Momentum in Albany, Passes Through Key Committee
Bill Allows Doctors, Nurses and Law Enforcement to Bypass Abuse Hotline, Report Child Maltreatment Directly to CPS
BUFFALO, NY – As Senator Tim Kennedy (D-Buffalo) continues his push to improve Child Protective Services in Western New York and across New York State, he announced new progress today on a key reform to further streamline the process for reporting child abuse. Kennedy helped an important bill that improves the coordination between medical personnel and Child Protective Services workers secure approval from the Senate Finance Committee, which moves it toward a vote before the full Senate.
Threshold to Qualify for Subsidies Would Rise, Providing Much Needed Relief For Families
With Help, Parents Would No Longer Have to Make Choice Between Job and Child Care
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy (D-Buffalo) today announced a push for money in this year’s budget to be allocated for child care subsidies for families in Erie County with incomes of up to 275% of the federal poverty level. Currently, these subsidies are only provided to families within the county with incomes of up to 200% by the Department of Social Services. In a letter to Governor Cuomo, Kennedy asked for the state to set aside $2.5 million in the budget in order to expand its subsidy program into Erie County.
Kennedy: Legislation Helps Create Greater Report Transparency, While Maintaining Family Privacy
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy (D-Buffalo) announced today the passage of legislation which amends the social services law in order to increase the confidentiality of families named in child fatality reports. If enacted, the law would require local social services departments to make sure any comments made in the report protect the confidentiality of the deceased child, the child’s family and the source of the report. In the past, concerns have been voiced about state officials not releasing fatality reports due to an inability to redact these identities and other sensitive case information.