Timothy M. Kennedy's posts related to Children

Senator Kennedy Announces Progress in Securing Resources for Operation SNUG, CASA Program

Critical funds for programming to help at-risk youth will be made a priority in Senate budget resolution. 

Kennedy says Senate’s proposal includes funding for Operation SNUG, which combats gang violence, and the Court Appointed Special Advocates program, which assists youth in the Family Court System.

Kennedy: Now we must ensure resources for at-risk youth remain in the final negotiated budget.  

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Senator Kennedy Announces Funds Secured for At-Risk Youth

Kennedy confirms budget includes funding for Operation SNUG, Court Appointed Special Advocates program.

Kennedy: This minimal state investment will have a tremendous community impact helping at-risk youth avoid destructive decisions.

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Senator Kennedy Secures Release of Long-Awaited Funding for Critical Upgrades to Gateway-Longview Family Resource Center in Buffalo

Kennedy fought to cut bureaucratic red tape that had stalled the critical upgrades to East Side Center for over 3 years.

Gateway-Longview will put $200,000 in funds toward improvements at their Family Resource Center. 

Kennedy: Gateway-Longview’s Funding is no longer a long-shot – project to improve important Buffalo community center is now a reality. 

Kennedy: 4 out of 5 At-Risk Youth in Erie County Do Not Have Access to Critical Mental Health Services; Urges Expanded Mental Health Care for Local Children

Kennedy secures $800,000 in state budget to preserve the Erie County Mental Health Association’s Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program, says more funding is needed next year. 

CASA program able to serve 200 of the 1000 at-risk children in need of help in Erie County; MHA, with Kennedy’s support, is pushing to expand the program. 

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Senator Kennedy Wants Justice for Jay J, Renews Fight for Jay J’s Law

Kennedy encourages WNY community to help prevent child abuse and participate in the “Million March Against Child Abuse” on Monday, April 22.

The fight to pass Jay J’s Law continues, as Kennedy urges Senate and Assembly to approve much-needed crackdown on child abuse. 

Kennedy: As Jay J recovers from the abuse he suffered, he’s relying on us to stand up for him and help secure justice for children across our state.

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Senator Kennedy Says Now-Approved Bill Gives Courts Stronger Power to Revoke Parental Rights in Cases of Severe or Repeat Child Abuse

Senate, Assembly pass bill to strengthen courts’ ability to protect children by streamlining process required to revoke parental rights after severe or repeat abuse. Bill now heads to Governor to be signed into law.    

Kennedy:  After taking this important step to protect children, now it’s time to pass Jay J.’s Law and ensure those who hurt children end up behind bars for a long, long time.

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Senator Kennedy Passes Jay-J’s Law through Senate

With unanimous approval in Senate, pressure grows for the Assembly to act on Jay J’s Law this year.

Kennedy: Unanimous Senate approval of Jay J’s Law sends the message that the Assembly needs to act. This is an opportunity for the Assembly to show that they’re serious about protecting the vulnerable.

Governor Cuomo Signs Jay-J's Law, which Senator Kennedy Authored to Toughen Penalties for Child Abusers

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation Monday enacting Jay-J’s Law, which allows for tougher penalties against offenders who have been convicted of repeatedly abusing a child. Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, first authored the bill in late 2011, and since then, he has worked closely with Jay-J's family, the Retzer's, to push for final passage of the bill. 

“Assaulting a child is a heinous crime that must be met with the strictest of punishments,” Governor Cuomo said. “By enacting Jay-J’s Law we are taking a step forward in safeguarding children across New York State, and immediately ensuring that repeat offenders are met with heightened penalties that match the seriousness of their actions.”

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Senator Kennedy Calls for Comprehensive State Investigation into Death of Eain Clayton Brooks and CPS Response, Operations

Five-year-old Eain Clayton Brooks was murdered this week on Buffalo’s West Side. Family members say they reported abuse on several occasions, but CPS reportedly found those complaints unfounded. 

Kennedy wants the state Office of Children and Family Services to investigate the child’s death and to conduct a comprehensive study into state and county systems for Child Protective Services.

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