Three Upcoming Events

Friday, July 22, 2011 11:04:00 PM
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Here are three events that deal with school busing, coming up in the next week and a half, and suggested phone call and letter sending to be done at any convenient time.

1====ATU LOCAL 1181-1061 RALLY ====










MONDAY, JULY 25th, 2011

10:00am – 12:00pm


Protect our city’s mostPRECIOUS CARGO

*Keep safe, experienced school bus drivers behind the wheel

*Trusted matrons and well-trained mechanics working on school buses.

*Tell the NYC Department of Education to support the Employee Protection Provision.                                           

*Call NYC School Chancellor Dennis Walcott at



Citywide Council on Special Education




                                                Date:               Thursday, July 28, 2011

Time:                6:00 p.m.

Location:          Brooklyn Borough Hall

209 Joralemon Street - Court Room
Brooklyn, New York  11209


5:30 PM -Public is invited to sign in to speak


Public Meeting 6:00 PM


1.                  Call to Order and Roll Call

2.                  President’s Report

3.                  “Aniya's Law”- School Buses for 7th/8th Graders




The Public is asked to keep comments to a minimum of three minutes





By calling the CCSE Office at 718-391-8354



All meetings are held at wheelchair accessible sites.



Victoria Shklanko
Administrative Assistant
Citywide Council on Special Education
28-11 Queens Plaza North - Room 522
Long Island City, New York 11101
Phone No. (718) 391-8354
Fax No.    (718) 391-8095




Special education busing workshop on Aug. 2

Are you having trouble understanding the process of getting busing? Is busing on your child’s IEP? The Brooklyn Public Library and the Child's Place for Children with Special Needs is sponsoring a workshop on busing for special education students.

The workshop will be presented by Ruth DiRoma, Brooklyn Parent Center, and Ed Jacobsen, Office of Pupil Transportation.

Date: Tuesday, Aug. 2

Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Location:Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY

See the flier or call 718-253-4948 for more information.



Dear Friends and Neighbors:


I would like to give you a brief update on the pending NYS bill to compel the Dept. of Education to restore yellow school bus service to 7th and 8th grade students(Bill #A2988A).  CEC member Mike Reilly and I were present at a meeting in the office of NYS Assemblyman Michael Cusick this week.  At that meeting, ALL of the NYS & NYC legislators from Staten Island (Assembly members, Senators and CityCouncil members) were present or represented.


First I am compelled to share a few thoughts of my own.  Since the day of Aniya’s death, I - like many of you - have thought about what I would do or how I would act if one of my children were suddenly taken from me.  If you have had these thoughts too then you realize that there is no way to imagine the loss of a child. I don’t know if I would become totally unhinged, I don’t know if I would be brave, I don’t know if I would be strong.  At the meeting, the legislators met Mrs. Elizabeth Favors, the mother of Aniya Williams.  As requested by CEC 31, Mrs. Favors gave permission for NY State Bill #A2988A to be named ANIYA’S LAW in honor of her deceased daughter.  Elizabeth is a very strong, very brave and very powerful person.  It has given me strength to watch her agree to lend Aniya’s name to this bill in the hopes of regaining our longstanding school bus service.  She does this not just for our public school students but also for our private school students.  She does this not just for Staten Island students but also for every student in every district throughout the city who must traverse dangerous and hazardous conditions to travel to and from school.  We owe a debt to her that can never be repaid.


Next I must say that I am very impressed with Assemblyman Mike Cusick. There is no doubt in my mind that Assemblyman Cusick is sincere, knowledgeable and has the experience to handle this task.  Let me remind you that we face an uphill battle against very difficult obstacles to restore school bus entitlement.  I would also like to thank all of our other Staten Island legislators as they each champion in support for this school bus law.


Currently Aniya’s bill is in the Education Committee of the Assembly.  After the Education Committee the bill will be sent to the Ways & Means Committee to determine costs and funding.  Unfortunately, the earliest opportunity for the NYS Assembly to vote on this bill may be January 2012, UNLESS there is a large ground-swell of letters indicating support for this new law. 


Your help is needed again!  You may have already sent the attached letter to the NYS Assembly EDUCATION Committee members, but now we ask you to send it to the Assembly WAYS & MEANS Committee members as well.  The 2nd and 3rd pages of the attached letter contain the contact information for the members of these two important committees.  If you haven’t already sent it to the Education Committee members, please do that now, in addition to sending it to the Ways & Means Committee members.  Just complete your name, address and contact information on the bottom of page 1 of the attached letter, and then mail or e-mail your letter directly to each of the elected officials listed on pages 2 & 3.   


(NOTE: The e-mail addresses for all the Committee Members appear below, grouped for easier use.  Just highlight and paste their e-mails into the "TO" field of your e-mail program and send them the attached letter after you have filled out your name and contact information on the bottom and saved the changes.)  


If the legislators see an outpouring of support for passage of Aniya’s Law, it is possible that it might be brought up for a vote earlier than January – perhaps as early as this autumn. 


Thank you for your continued support.  It is appreciated, it is needed and your help can make the difference in our efforts to restore school bus service for Staten Island’s students under Aniya’s Law. 



Sam Pirozzolo, President

Community Education Council 31 (CEC 31)

715 Ocean Terrace

Staten Island, New York 10301

Phone:  718-420-5746

Fax:     718-420-5745



Sample letter and addresses follow here:

                                                                                          July 2011



Dear Speaker Silver, Chairperson Nolan and Members of NYS Assembly Education Committee:


I am writing for your assistance in providing a safe commute for all public school students. 


As you may have seen in the news, on June 28th, the last day of school, Aniya Williams, a 13-year old 7th grader at Staten Island’s PS 861 was struck by a tractor-trailer and killed two blocks from her school. Aniya had just finished school, was looking forward to the summer and was attempting to run after an NYC MTA bus.  Aniya used to travel to and from school via yellow school bus before the NYC Department of Education eliminated the Staten Island bus variance policy last year.  


In 2010, Mayor Bloomberg and the NYC Department of Education eliminated a 42-year variance that allowed Staten Island 7th and 8th grade students to receive yellow school bus service.  This service was granted because our students contend with many obstacles traveling to and from school.  On average, Staten Island students live the greatest distance from school, contend with the greatest number of walking hazards, and have the least availability of public transportation.


The members of Community Education Council 31 (CEC 31) are partnering with the Staten Island legislative delegation to support NYS Bill # S2328A, introduced by Senator Andrew Lanza and Assemblyman Michael Cusick.  The bill passed the NYS Senate on June 23rd and now sits with the NYS Assembly Education Committee.   This bill would give yellow school bus service to ALL 7th & 8th grade students who live more than 1 mile from their school.


I believe that these students, who are only 12 and 13 years old, encounter dangers traveling to and from school that they are not mature enough to handle.  Children that age still need as much protection as we can offer them, including riding on yellow school buses.  Soon enough they will have to face the dangers of the world alone. 


I plead with you to put this bill on the fast track for approval so that no parent has to suffer a similar tragedy in the future.




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If you haven’t already sent the letter to the Education Committee, please send it to these contacts too:


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