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Schenectady schools to get extra $500,000

(The following is an excerpt from the July 6th edition of the Daily Gazette)

The Schenectady City School District will receive an additional $500,000 in state funding for new teachers.

Angelo Santabarbara, D-Rotterdam, and Phil Steck, D-Colonie, announced the discretionary aid during a news conference Monday morning at Schenectady High School.

This year, we continued to invest in our public schools and increase state aid, including meaningful increases right here in the City of Schenectady, and I fought tirelessly for this additional investment. This continued investment will allow us to keep important programs in place, allow our schools to offer a diverse curriculum and make sure we support teachers with critical classroom resources.
— Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara

Superintendent Laurence Spring said the $500,000 would be used to add a handful of new positions for the 2015-16 school year, including about three intervention and reading specialists and two music teachers, both on the elementary level. Spring said the funding would also go toward one clerical position.



Assemblyman Santabarbara secures funds for helmets

(The following appeared in the Sept. 10, 2014 edition of the Leader-Herald)

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara announced on Saturday that the Amsterdam Little Giants will receive $3,000 to purchase new helmets for their athletes.

The Amsterdam Little Giants are an instructional league offering children from ages 5 to 13 an opportunity to participate in for flag football, tackle football, cheerleading and majorettes. In order to comply with new safety standards and regulations, the league needs to purchase new equipment, including upgraded helmets.

“Our children deserve the best safety equipment available, which is why I pushed to make state funds available for new helmets,” said Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara. “With these new helmets, parents can feel more at ease when their kids play football.”

“Thanks to Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara we can equip our athletes with helmets that reflect the latest safety standards,” said league Executive Director Chris Iorio.

As part of the league’s focus on safety, there is a concentrated effort to teach safe tackling and promote awareness about head injuries. The league’s flag football program is also a chance for athletes to learn basic safety procedures before they start playing tackle football.

Learn more about the Amsterdam Little Giants, which has been serving the local community for more than 50 years,



Waiver allows Delanson Fire Department to expand

(The following is an excerpt of a story that appeared in the Aug. 29, 2014 edition of the Daily Gazette)

The Delanson Volunteer Fire Department hopes to go from 13 volunteers to 20 thanks to a bill recently signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

“Assemblyman Santabarbara’s legislation will let us bring in some of the volunteers we had to turn away previously and puts us in a better position to serve our community,” Delanson fire Chief Kevin Morrison said.

Santabarbara was confident that the department will be able to get the numbers it needs.

“Delanson families will be better protected in case of an emergency now that the fire department has an expanded pool of eligible volunteers,” he said.



Santabarbara looks out for people in need

(The following is a Letter to the Editor that appeared in the Daily Gazette)

Daily Gazette

Politics can often be mean and impersonal, but it doesn't have to be. I know this because I have seen first-hand the compassionate, thoughtful and driven way that Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara approaches his job of representing the people in our community.

I am personally appreciative of Angelo's support for families who have children with autism. The activism by him and his wife has helped give a voice to the people who need it most.

Additionally, he has worked tirelessly in the Assembly to preserve programs and services for special-needs individuals and their families. Last year, when funding for the state agency that serves people with special needs was in jeopardy, Angelo helped lead the coalition that restored funding.

He is also working to expand access to life-saving locator bracelets for people with special needs. These bracelets provide peace of mind for families that constantly live with the fear that one of their family members might wander off. Angelo helped raise money to purchase more of the bracelets locally and is pushing legislation to expand the availability across the state.

We need to vote for Angelo Santabarbara on Election Day.

Heather Walker


The writer is the Schenectady County advocacy director for the Autism Action Network.