In the spirit of the principles on which it was founded, I proudly wish a Happy Kwanzaa to the thousands around the country who have embraced and celebrate this very important holiday in the African American community. Kwanzaa, first observed as a holiday tradition in 1966, is a celebration of family, community and culture.
"Chanukah is the celebration of miracles, a reminder that all things are possible," Senator Parker said. "As you celebrate the spirit of Chanukah with friends and family, I wish you health, happiness and good fortune." The holiday celebrates a legendary victory of the Maccabees, a band of Jews, over a Greek army that occupied the Holy Land. After the battle, the victorious Maccabees found only a one day supply of oil in the temple to light the lamps. But the oil burned miraculously for eight days, the story says.
Western New York continues to recover from record breaking snowfall. While the area has dug out from the heavy snow, the aftermath of the storm is still being felt.
Senator Gallivan surveyed storm damage throughout the 59th Senate District and met with county, town and village leaders as well as residents. He will continue to monitor the ongoing recovery effort and update communities and residents.
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) is calling on Governor Cuomo to provide disaster aid to residents of the Town of West Seneca impacted by severe flooding this past winter that damaged more than 70 homes and businesses. While the state has provided funding to help the town with costs incurred for storm damage and cleanup, individual residents have not received any financial assistance.
MIDDLEBURGH, 09/29/14 – The Schoharie Valley delegation of U.S. Congressman Chris Gibson, New York State Senator James L. Seward and New York State Assemblyman Pete Lopez joined to announce funding for a major stream rehabilitation project for flood prone areas of Schoharie County and to reduce the financial impact on Schoharie County taxpayers.
On July 22, 2014, Senator Bonacic met with officials from the Sullivan County Towns of Delaware, Callicoon, and the Village of Jeffersonville, as well as representatives from the DEC to discuss flood damage from recent storms. The discussions included asking Governor Cuomo to help fund repairs to county infrastructures, work with the DEC to conduct stream maintenance to minimize flooding; look into ways to be more prepared for these storms before they come, rather than after
Senator Valesky joined Governor Cuomo and Madison County Sheriff Al Riley this morning to assess the damage in Smithfield as a result of the tornado. It is devastating and shocking. We will mourn the victims, and come together as a community to help those affected.
Senator Bonacoc touring some of the water damaged areas in Sullivan County that were hit hard during the early July storms that came through the area. The Senator visited the Town of Delaware; the Village of Jeffersonville and the Sullivan West Elementary School; and Youngsville in the Town of Callicoon.
Hornell, N.Y., July 9—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) reminded area residents today that the online registration process is underway for a state-sponsored “Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program” at Hornell High School on Saturday, July 12, 2014.
The program is free of charge but participants must complete the online registration prior to the event. According to the office of Governor Andrew Cuomo, registration is limited and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Here is a partial listing of bills I have supported this session to aid New York’s former servicemen and servicewomen. These initiatives will now go to Governor Cuomo for final action.
-- Legislation I co-sponsored was passed by both houses (S.7839, first introduced as S.4714)) to extend the Military Service Credit Law of 2000 to all veterans who have served in the military. Right now, public employees who served in the armed forces may purchase up to three years of pension credit only if their military service occurred during specified conflicts. This measure will expand this opportunity to public employee veterans who also served their country in peacetime.
Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) urges residents to take precautions and help local officials in the wake of recent flooding by immediately reporting any storm damage.
Although the full extent of the impact remains unclear, the flooding that has ravaged parts of Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties is expected to have caused millions of dollars in damages as floodwaters have poured into homes and structures, and over roads and fields.
WFLR 96.9 / 101.9 FM and 1570 AM will broadcast tonight's informational meeting from the Penn Yan Middle School auditorium regarding last week's flooding and recovery efforts in Yates County. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
For more information and to listen online, click HERE...
Earth Day and Arbor Day are wonderful reminders of our ongoing obligation to protect our natural resources, which provide us shelter, food, fuel and beauty.
I was pleased to support this year’s state budget because it recognizes the importance of protecting our clean air and clean water and expanding our access to park lands and other open spaces. Our spending plan also includes needed investments in agriculture, which will allow our farmers to better use their land and to have an easier time bringing their harvest to homes.
ALBANY, NY—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today lauded the passage of the state’s fourth and historic consecutive on-time budget. This has not been accomplished with the same Governor and legislative leaders in more than 40 years.
With an unprecedented second blizzard warning in 2014, Kennedy calls Emergency Services Commissioner to monitor state response to storm.
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, called New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Jerome Hauer this morning to ensure the state's preparedness to support storm response in Western New York. Western New York is facing an unprecedented second blizzard warning in 2014, and Kennedy is closely monitoring the state's response.
In a letter sent over the weekend, Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-Elma) urged Governor Andrew M. Cuomo (D-New York) to use existing state disaster relief funds to provide direct relief to homeowners and residents affected earlier this month when the Buffalo Creek flooded in the Town of West Seneca. Specifically, Gallivan is requesting the Governor use funds from a $200 million appropriation contained in the 2013-14 State Operations Budget that is intended to assist localities that have suffered from a natural or man-made disaster.