Please ask NY State representatives to support this Education Tax Credit Bill

Please ask NY State representatives to support this Education Tax Credit.  I have spent many hours and multiple visits to Albany and locally talking with NY State representatives on behalf of our NY State children.  This tax credit bill had been combined with another act which held it back in the last round of negotiations. We have one more chance to get it passed.  PLEASE, if you live in NY, especially the Upper West Side where Linda Rosenthal does not support the bill but rather the uniformed teacher’s union, please send an email to help. I am happy to tell you more about this if you reach out to me personally.

I commit much energy to this issue and am asking for you to do this one thing to have your voice heard by our elected officials. This supports BOTH PUBLIC AND NONPUBLIC schools!             Thank you.    

The letter can be sent via this website:

I urge you to support the Governor’s Parental Choice in Education Act and Education Tax Credit. As a constituent, I believe it’s critical that my local representatives support and protect alternative school options for parents and students across New York State and increase investment in education.

The Education Tax Credit will provide for $150 million in tax credits annually that will:

· Encourage donations to critical school projects like art and music classes, tutoring, and career counseling
· Reimburse public school teachers who purchase supplies for their classrooms
· Encourage donations to pay for scholarships for low and middle income students who attend public or private schools.
· Provide a $500 tax credit to low-income families who send their children to religious or private schools
Please take action today so the Education Tax Credit becomes law and all children across New York will have greater access to a quality education.

The Governor’s Parental Choice in Education Act will support and protect alternative school options for parents and students across New York State and will increase investment in education by encouraging more charitable donations – donations that benefit all students regardless of what type of school they attend.

The Parental Choice in Education Act includes the Education Tax Credit which allows for $150 million in education tax credits annually:

  • Tax credits to low-income families who send their children to nonpublic schools
  • Scholarships to low- and middle-income students to attend either a public school outside of their district or a nonpublic school
  • Incentives to public schools for enhanced educational programming (like after school programs); and
  • Tax credits to public school teachers for the purchase of supplies.

How the Tax Credits Work

Family Choice Education Credit – $70 million in credits

This tax credit will provide credits to families of religious and private school students. Families with incomes below $60,000 per year would qualify for up to $500 per student for tuition expenses, which will benefit approximately 140,000 children and approximately 82,000 families across the state.

Education Scholarship and Program Tax Credit – $70 million in credits

This portion of the Parental Choice in Education Act will benefit children especially from low-income and working-class families by expanding private K-12 scholarship opportunities and increasing resources for public school programming.

Scholarships for Low-Income Students – $50 million in credits

The proposed Education Scholarship and Program Tax Credit is the most effective and realistic approach to provide equal educational access to greater numbers of children from low-income and working-class families. This tax credit will expand access to religious and private schools that many families rely on as alternatives by funding $67 million in scholarships for low-income students. By expanding the availability of K-12 scholarships, more children will have more quality educational options than are available currently.

Individuals and businesses can receive a tax credit for up to 75 percent of their donations made to not-for-profit organizations that award scholarships to private and out-of-district public schools based on financial need of the students’ families.

Funding for Public School Programs – $20 million in credits

Non-profit organizations that serve children in public schools, for example, by operating pre-Kindergarten or after-school programs, or providing arts, music, tutoring or other educational activities, require revenue sources in various forms. Under this portion of the Education Scholarship and Program Tax Credit, public school students and educators will benefit from $27 million in new funds for education improvement programs. It will substantially increase the ability of these organizations to raise charitable funds and expand their educational reach in the communities they serve.

Individuals and businesses will be able to receive a total of $20 million in tax credits for up to 75 percent of their donations made to public schools and not-for-profits that support public schools’ educational programs, including Pre-K and extended-day programs.

Instructional Materials and Supplies Credit – $10 million in credits

This tax credit will reimburse teachers who pay out of their own pockets to buy supplies for their classrooms. Public school teachers will be eligible for $200 to support the purchase of instructional materials and supplies for use in classrooms. This credit will benefit educators and students throughout the state, and will be administered on a first come, first served basis.

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Greta Greene – with love from the Upper West Side

I can not stop thinking about Greta Greene, the 2 year old who sadly, lost her life due to the loose bricks of the cherished Esplanade Senior Center.  It is such a special building and home to those in our community and it is so very sad that those tiny bricks ended the life a tiny child.  I understand her Grandmother lives in our neighborhood, while she and her family lived in Brooklyn.

I’m sure I am in good company with all of you who will think of the potential Greta had in life as we walk by that building for years to come.

Hug your children, parents and grandparents.  Life is so precious.

My thoughts and compassion go out to her mourning family.

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Watch for woman who has tried to kidnap UWS kids

Update: She was arrested.

A friend of mine told me tonight that this woman was seen on 86th & Central Park West this afternoon. Tell your caregivers, grandparents and yourself, to keep a close eye on your kids!


Nanny thwarts kidnap attempt in Central Park playground

Published: Friday, May 15, 2015, 11:54 PM
The woman — believed to be 32 years old, 5-foot-2 and 140 pounds with curly black hair — fled the playground alone.DCPI

The woman — believed to be 32 years old, 5-foot-2 and 140 pounds with curly black hair — fled the playground alone.

A woman tried to snatch a 2-year-old boy playing on a swingset in Central Park this week — but was shooed away by the child’s nanny, authorities said Friday.

The would-be kidnapper entered the Heckscher Playground near Center Drive and W. 59th St. around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and tried to abduct the child from a swing but was stopped by the nanny, who was with the toddler’s brother nearby.

The woman — believed to be 32 years old, 5-foot-2 and 140 pounds with curly black hair — fled the playground alone.

The victim’s family reported the incident Thursday and helped police cobble together a sketch of the woman.

Cops are asking anyone with information regarding this woman’s whereabouts to call the NYPD Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

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32nd Annual Hippo Playground Spring Fair SUNDAY

You know you’ll know most of the people there.  What a fun event!

32nd Annual Hippo Playground Spring Fair

Sunday, May 3, 2015

10:00 a.m.4:00 p.m.

Join the Hippo Playground Project for their 32nd Annual Spring Fair and help raise essential funds for Hippo Playground maintenance and programs. Activities for children will include a jumping castle, pony rides, petting zoo, a maze, face painting, games, prizes and more!

Volunteers are needed. The success of the Fair depends on the hundreds of volunteers who give their time so generously. It’s fun and a great way to give back. Pass out hot dogs, or guide children through the maze or petting zoo. Volunteer for this event. Shifts are from 9:45am – 1pm or 12:45pm – 4pm.

Hippo Playground in Riverside Park Accessible

Directions to this location


Tickets or bracelets for rides and games can be purchased at the entrance.

Event Organizer

Riverside Park Conservancy, The Hippo Playground Project

Contact Number

(212) 870-3070

Contact Email

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3D printing & Pop up cards Sunday May 3

We always love the Dazzling Discoveries encounters – whether camp, a weekend workshop or one of their school programs. You will love this if you go. Take friends. They always know how to help the kids come together to feel great about discovering science!

971 Columbus Avenue

near 108th St


STEM Summer Camp registration is underway – don’t delay!

Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (S

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971 Columbus Avenue

near 108th St


STEM Summer Camp registration is underway – don’t delay!


Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) Camp at Dazzling Discoveries. Hands on, minds on. Our specialized activities let kids combine new technologies with old fashioned craft making and creative problem solving. Different projects each week. See our website for a full description.

Camp days available for JUNE, JULY, AUGUST & SEPTEMBER. If your school is closed, our camp is open.

REMINDER: Sign up soon! Spaces are filling up. Weekly & daily options. Send an email to Dazzlingdiscoveries to request a registration form.

3D Printing & Pop Up Cards Workshop for all ages May 3 10:30 – 1:00

3D pop up

Mother’s Day or Special Person day: Think it, make it, take it home. Create your own unique designs or follow our lead. What ever strikes your fancy. Use our 3D printers plus cardboard, pipe cleaners and lots of other craft materials. Don’t know how to use a 3D printer? We will teach you!

Optional – make a pop up light up card!

Bring your creativity (and empty toilet paper and paper towel rolls if you have them!)

Sunday anytime between 10:30 – 1:00

You are welcome to come without a reservation, but if you can let us know even an hour in advance, it will help us plan the supplies. Dazzlingdiscoveries

All ages. $40 per project. That covers one child and one adult, or one adult without a child. Payment accepted at the workshop.


June, July, Aug & Sept Camp dates


Contact us:


(917) 288-9975

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E-Recycling Drive: Go Green this Spring

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March 7 3D printing & Marble Runs plus Camp info

March 7 3D printing & Marble Runs plus Camp info

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Your invitation to Kids Creative Summer Camp Party

This afternoon:

I’d like to invite you and your family to Kids Creative Summer Camp Party!

Kids Creative is an arts education program that provides after school and summer camp programming to New York City kids. The kids write their own plays, write the music for it and create the sets, all while learning conflict resolution and peace education. Kids Creative’s Summer Camp was named Most Awesome Camp by Red Tricycle. Our Summer Camp is located at the Ideal School at 314 West 91st Street.

We’re hosting a Summer Camp Party on March 1st from 1-4pm with karaoke, s’mores, hot chocolate and a photo booth. Parents can learn about summer camp and speak with camp alumni and teachers about their experiences. It will be held at 71 5th Ave, 6th Floor, between 14th and 15th Streets near Union Square.

Hope to see you there!

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How do you make Purim special? Go to the JCC

Of course, there are the Purim events but I also want to share info about the gorgeous Shabbat Shop that is set up in the lobby of the JCC each Thursday and Friday through the year.  I have bought a Challah cover, flowers, Challah, hostess gifts – you name it!

For Purim, I encourage you to stop by there to see all the gorgeous gifts they have to make Purim special for your family.  If you are missing the Judaica shops that used to be in our neighborhood, this is a wonderful way to have access to many of those holiday items.  Of course, you can go to West Side Judaica on Broadway between 88th/89th (which I love to support so we can keep it!)

The JCC lobby is a special place as we prepare for Purim and Shabbat.  The shop, I feel compelled to tell you, is run by a group of the JCC’s Adaptations program which supports the adult special needs community.



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Vital Theatre’s Free Open House with Broadway Stars

Kids Take Center Stage
With Broadway Stars

Vital Theatre’s Free Open House
One Night Only / Space is limited

Wednesday, February, 25th
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
RSVP: 646-395-2898

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