Issues: Emergency Services or FEMA

Seward Bill To Change Fire District Lines Signed By Governor

ALBANY, 08/18/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today announced legislation he sponsored, authorizing the Middletown-Hardenburgh fire district to extend the district into the Village of Margaretville, has been signed into law by Governor Cuomo.  

“Margaretville, Middletown, and Hardenburgh have worked together for some time to ensure area homes and businesses have excellent fire protection,” said Senator Seward.  “Taking this legislative step will simply formalize the long-standing working agreement between the villages, towns, and the fire-district.”

August 18, 2014
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August 13, 2014
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Legislative Notebook: State Initiatives of Interest to Veterans

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.

June 26, 2014
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Senate Passes Four Griffo-Sponsored Bills: Alcohol, Schools, First Responders & Special Elections

Bills address powdered alcohol, Utica schools, first responders and special elections

ALBANY – The New York State Senate today passed four bills sponsored by Sen. Joseph A. Griffo, including a bill to ban powdered alcohol, one to help Utica schools and another to protect first responders, and a fourth to limit government and empower voters regarding statewide offices.

The bills were:

June 11, 2014
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O'Mara issues reminder on state-sponsored emergency preparedness training program on Saturday, June 7th, in Chemung County ~ online preregistration required, sign up now

Horseheads, N.Y., May 30 — State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) reminded area residents today that a state-sponsored “Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program” will be held at Horseheads High School on Saturday, June 7,  2014.

The program is free of charge but participants must complete an 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.

June 2, 2014
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State of Emergency declared in Yates County (Updated: May 19th informational meeting scheduled; 'Donations & Volunteers'; and a new 'Yates County Disaster Assistance Resource Guide')

[UPDATE, May 19: WFLR will broadcast tonight's informational meeting live beginning at 7, find out more and listen HERE]

[UPDATE, May 19: Informational meeting tonight at 7 p.m., read more HERE]

[UPDATE, May 16: The Institute for Human Services, Inc. has released a 'Yates County Disaster Assistance Resource Guide']

May 14, 2014
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Seward To Hold Training Class For Lifesaving Heroin Overdose Medication

ONEONTA, 05/01/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced that he will be hosting a free heroin/opioid overdose prevention training class on Wednesday, May 7th at the FoxCare Center in Oneonta.

“A key aspect in the short term battle against heroin and opioid abuse is preventing overdose deaths,” said Senator Seward.  “Training more individuals to administer the overdose reversal medicine Naxolone or Narcan will save lives, that’s why I am sponsoring this event and will be among those taking the class on May 7th .”

May 1, 2014
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Senator Young Meets with Mercy Flight Central

For Release: Immediate, March 17, 2014 

Member of Board of Directors Richard D. Burke Visits Albany 

            ALBANY - Richard Burke of Avon, a member of Mercy Flight Central’s Board of Directors, visited Albany recently to meet with Senator Young and other legislators and discuss the important work of the non-profit air-medical services provider based in Canandaigua.

March 17, 2014
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State Commits to Senator Kennedy to Support WNY Communities in Storm Response

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.

March 12, 2014
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SENATOR PATRICK M. GALLIVAN PRESSURES GOV. CUOMO ON FLOOD ASSISTANCE FOR WEST SENECA

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.

February 3, 2014
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January 31, 2014
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Mohawk Valley Senators Advance Flood Recovery Strategy

UTICA, 01/29/14 – Mohawk Valley state legislators Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta), Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R/C/I-Rome), Senator Hugh T. Farley (R-Schenectady), and Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today announced senate passage of legislation to rewrite New York State’s disaster response playbook. The bills are in response to multiple floods and storm events throughout last summer, which caused an estimated $80 million in damage between June 26 and July 3 in the Mohawk Valley alone. 

The legislative package includes:

S.5931 (Seward): Enacts the “Mohawk Valley and Niagara county assessment relief act”

January 29, 2014
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Three flood recovery assistance bills pass Senate

Senator George D. Maziarz, (R-C, Newfane) is pleased to announce that three bills he is co-sponsoring to provide financial assistance to municipalities and residents affected by excessive flood damage in Niagara County in the early summer of 2013 were approved on Monday, January 27, 2014 by the New York State Senate.

January 28, 2014
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State Commits to Senator Kennedy to Provide Necessary Resources to Respond to WNY Blizzard

Senator Kennedy closely monitoring state’s response to WNY blizzard.

Kennedy has been in contact with municipal leaders within his district to monitor response and assess needs for state resources, and he is working with state Commissioner of Homeland Security and Emergency Services to relay local concerns and track state actions.

January 7, 2014
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Senator Phil Boyle Urges Delay of Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act

Washington policy riddled with inequities and lacks proper impact research 

December 10, 2013 - Bay Shore, NY - Citing the disastrous financial impact it would have on middle-class families’ home values, Senator Phil Boyle is urging Washington lawmakers to delay the implementation of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act.

“If allowed to be fully implemented, this Federal law would destroy many of my constituents’ home values,” said Boyle. “As many Sandy victims are just getting back into their homes, now is not the time to hit them with a punishing increase in their flood insurance rates." 

December 10, 2013
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State Legislators Sponsor Disaster Recovery Fund Bill

Observer-Dispatch Posted Dec 02, 2013 @ 11:25 AM

State legislators representing the Mohawk Valley and Niagara County have co-sponsored a bill that would create disaster recovery funding.

December 10, 2013
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In Wake of 2013 Flood, Senator Valesky Co-Sponsors Bill to Create Disaster Fund

SYRACUSE—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) has joined other state legislators who represent areas affected by severe flooding in July 2013 in introducing legislation that would create a state disaster recovery fund aimed at expediting assistance to victims and municipalities.

“We have seen too many instances of flood victims lacking basic necessities months after a disaster hits because they are waiting for government to act,” Senator Valesky said. “That is unacceptable, and I am pleased to co-sponsor this legislation that will ensure expeditious distribution of aid and resources through a disaster recovery fund.”

December 2, 2013
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Griffo Bill Would Create Disaster Fund

UTICA – State legislators who represent the Mohawk Valley and Niagara County have followed through on a promise made to flood victims by introducing legislation that would create a state disaster recovery fund.

December 2, 2013
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NY SENATE TO CONVENE MASSIVE CYBERSECURITY HEARING IN ROME

ROME - Six Senate committees will hold a joint hearing at noon Monday to hear testimony from experts in law enforcement, finance and computer science about the state’s preparedness against cyber-attacks.

“Cyber crime is a major economic issue, resulting in more than $500 million in losses last year alone,” said Sen. Joseph A. Griffo, who chairs the Senate Banking Committee and is hosting the event. “There’s a reason why England considers it an even greater threat than nuclear war. We need to take a closer look at what our state is doing to prevent cyberattacks that could affect our security, our economy and our government.”

November 15, 2013
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