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Amy Paulin's Bills on Financial Literacy and Child Abuse Signed into Law PDF Print Email


By Kevin Czerwinski, Office of Amy Paulin

Sep. 27, 2017: Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (D-88) is proud to announce that two pieces of legislation that she authored were signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

1. A.474-A/S.1170-A--Financial Literacy Course for Public Assistance Participants

This legislation allows social services districts to offer recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) the option to complete a course in financial literacy and personal finance, with such instruction counting toward the 30-hour work activity requirement.

Additionally, the legislation authorizes social services districts to cooperate with the Department of Labor to provide workforce guidance and information regarding nontraditional careers for women to TANF recipients. This would help to encourage women to pursue and secure nontraditional careers, such as jobs in the trades, which pay above-average salaries.

The combination of promoting access to nontraditional careers and offering financial literacy courses will provide low-income women with the tools to attain greater economic security for themselves and their families.

"Encouraging women to pursue careers in higher-paying fields that they may not have otherwise considered can help these women to get out of poverty," said Assemblywoman Paulin. "Similarly, the financial literacy course would provide helpful information for low-income women, particularly as they transition off TANF and into the workforce."

2. A.2965/S.4172--Notice of Child Abuse in Foster Care

This legislation amends current social services law in relation to forwarding reports of abuse. The law requires that reports of suspected child abuse or maltreatment of a child be provided to the social services district charged with the care, custody, or guardianship of such child when the child has been placed in a home under the care, custody, or guardianship of an authorized agency that is not in the social services district that placed the child.

The care and custody of a child may be transferred by a social services district to an authorized agency and the child placed in foster care. There is no requirement that the authorized agency charged with the care and custody of the child and the child's foster home be located in the same social services district that transferred the care and custody of the child.

Problems arise, however, when the foster home is the subject of a report of child abuse or maltreatment and the foster home is not located in the social services district that placed the child in the foster home. Under the previous law, notice of such report was not required to be provided to the placing social services district. Absent information that the foster home was the subject of a report of child abuse or maltreatment, the placing social services district could continue to place children in the care and custody of that foster home.

"We needed to close gaps in communication between and among authorized agencies and social service districts responsible for the safety and welfare of our children," Paulin said.

"Placing agencies must be informed of reports of suspected abuse or maltreatment involving homes in which they have placed children so that they do not unwittingly place additional children in a situation that risks subjecting them to further abuse or maltreatment."

Patrick Gallivan (R-59) sponsored the bill in the Senate.

Pictured here:  Assemblywoman Amy Paulin.

Photo courtesy Office of Amy Paulin


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Bronxville is a quaint village (one square mile) located just 16 miles north of midtown Manhattan (roughly 30 minutes on the train) and has a population of approximately 6,500. It is known as a premier community with an excellent public school (K-12) and easy access to Manhattan. Bronxville offers many amenities including an attractive business district, a hospital (Lawrence Hospital), public paddle and tennis courts, fine dining at local restaurants, two private country clubs and a community library.

While the earliest settlers of Bronxville date back to the first half of the 18th century, the history of the modern suburb of Bronxville began in 1890 when William Van Duzer Lawrence purchased a farm and commissioned the architect, William A. Bates, to design a planned community of houses for well-known artists and professionals that became a thriving art colony. This community, now called Lawrence Park, is listed on the National register of Historic Places and many of the homes still have artists’ studios. A neighborhood association within Lawrence Park called “The Hilltop Association” keeps this heritage alive with art shows and other events for neighbors.

Bronxville offers many charming neighborhoods as well as a variety of living options for residents including single family homes, town houses, cooperatives and condominiums. One of the chief benefits of living in “the village” is that your children can attend the Bronxville School.

The Bronxville postal zone (10708, known as “Bronxville PO”) includes the village of Bronxville as well as the Chester Heights section of Eastchester, parts of Tuckahoe and the Lawrence Park West, Cedar Knolls, Armour Villa and Longvale sections of Yonkers. Many of these areas have their own distinct character. For instance, the Armour Villa section has many historic homes and even has its own newsletter called “The Villa Voice” which reports on neighborhood news.

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