Issues: Local Government

Community to Rally in Support of Repowering Dunkirk

Residents encouraged to join local officials, area businesses and labor leaders in support of NRG


DUNKIRK – A huge turnout is needed one more time to send a loud and clear message -- the community continues to resoundingly support repowering the NRG plant, said Senator Catharine Young.


“We've done it before and we need to do it again. People's voices got us this far, and now we need to get over the finish line. Our future depends on it,” she said.


Senator Young will lead a united coalition of community members, Assemblyman Andy Goodell, local and federal officials, businesses, labor organizations and Dunkirk City School representatives in a public rally on Saturday, October 17, at 10:30 a.m. on the Dunkirk Boardwalk.

October 1, 2015

New York State begins finalizing guidelines for the 'New NY Broadband Program' included in this year's budget ~ 'Request for Information' issued for providers, municipal leaders, other stakeholders ~ Find out more detailed information

New York State is taking the next step in finalizing the guidelines for the "New NY Broadband Program" included in the 2015-2016 state budget.

Below is from today's announcement:

September 24, 2015

Senator Valesky Visits Town of Hamilton

Senator David Valesky spent some time in the town of Hamilton on September 22, 2015 visiting the Earlville Library, the Poolville Community Center, and the site for the new Hamilton Town Hall. There he met with Town Supervisor Eve Ann Shwartz, Partnership for Community Development Executive Director Jennifer Marotto Lutter, and Hamilton Town Clerk Sue Reymers.

September 22, 2015

Ortt Delivers for Orleans County Law Enforcement

Senator Ortt also secured funds for law enforcement agencies to help fight against crime, operate more effectively and efficiently, and aid emergency services and public safety measures.

The amount of Senate grant money to law enforcement is as follows:

Orleans County Sheriff’s Office - $10,000

Orleans County District Attorney’s Office - $10,000

Albion Police Department - $5,000

Holley Police Department - $5,000

Medina Police Department - $5,000

September 21, 2015

Ortt Delivers for Orleans County

Senator Secures Funds For Libraries, Law Enforcement and Railroad Museum

Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) today delivered a total of $85,000 to the Medina Railroad Museum, public libraries and law enforcement agencies throughout Orleans County. The Senator secured the money as part of the 2015-16 State Budget.

Senator Ortt presented the Medina Railroad Museum with a $15,000 check to support its educational, cultural, and recreational programming.

The Orleans County libraries received a total of $35,000 to assist with educational services and programming, materials, renovation projects, operations, or events that serve the community. 

September 21, 2015


Funds Will Help Firefighters Acquire Radios, Personal Protective Gear and Other Emergency Equipment

State Senator Patty Ritchie announced Thursday that she secured $50,000 in special state funding for 10 fire departments and emergency service programs in St. Lawrence, Jefferson and Oswego Counties.

Funding delivered by Senator Ritchie will help departments cover the cost of protective gear, including in some departments, new radios that will improve communication amongst emergency responders. 

“Our firefighters and other emergency responders are constantly on call to help when families and individuals need them the most, and this funding will help them to be better prepared to fight fires and respond to other emergencies in the communities they serve” said Senator Ritchie.

September 17, 2015

Senator Valesky and Senator DeFrancisco to Host Senate Community Resources Fair at Magnarelli Community Center

Syracuse, NY-Senator David J. Valesky and Senator John A. DeFrancisco will host a Senate Community Resources Fair at the Magnarelli Community Center on Thursday, October 8, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This free event is open to all area residents. The nonprofit and government agencies listed below will have tables at the fair and provide important information on health care and health insurance, housing, voting, small business development, veterans services, and more, as well as offer giveaways. For more information, call the district office at 478-8745.



ARISE Child and Family Services

ASW and Associates: Dementia screenings

September 11, 2015

Senator Young Presents Liberty Medals to Members of the Cuba Fire Department

On Tuesday, September 1st, Senator Young had the privilege of awarding New York State Liberty Medals to seven firefighters and EMTs from the Cuba Fire Department. In February, they braved intense fire and weather conditions to rescue domestic violence victims’ advocate Shannon Pepper, after flames erupted from her Erin's Isle Apartment. Sadly, Ms. Pepper later succumbed to her injuries.

September 11, 2015

Seward Delivers $150,000 For Town Of Olive Highway Garage, Police Dept.

WEST SHOKAN, 09/08/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced a pair of grants he secured totaling $150,000 to assist with roof repairs at the Town of Olive highway garage and equipment needs for the Town of Olive Police Department. 

“These grants mean property tax relief for the Town of Olive,” said Senator Seward.  “Major expenditures are not always in the budget for local governments and this state funding will help ensure local services are maintained without hitting taxpayers’ wallets.”  

The main share of the award, $140,000 in capital funding, will be used to replace a portion of the roof on the Town of Olive highway garage.  

September 9, 2015


(Middletown, NY)-Senator Bonacic met yesterday with the newly elected Mayor of Tuxedo Park Mary Jo Guinchard to discuss a range of issues affecting the community. In addition to discussing key issues important to residents of the Village, Mayor Guinchard and Senator Bonacic visited the Wee Wah Lake Dam. The dam had been scheduled for repair several years ago, and for a variety of reasons, the work never took place.

September 2, 2015

Ending 27 year drought, Murphy announces DEC approval for new Yorktown sewer hook-ups

YORKTOWN, NY - For decades, thousands of residents in Yorktown have paid sewer taxes, yet were prohibited by law from hooking up to the sewer district. Senator Terrence Murphy wants residents to know that is all about to change. Today, Murphy, joined by Yorktown Supervisor Michael Grace, local officials and citizens who have been influential in the effort to bring sanitary sewerage systems to Yorktown, announced Yorktown's approval to finally issue new permits in the Hallocks Mill Sewer District.

September 1, 2015


SYRACUSE, NY – On August 27, 2015, CenterState CEO announced $675,000 in awards to thirteen companies through its Grants for Growth program. Grants for Growth is a unique CenterState CEO seed program that supports innovative applied research projects between universities and industry to improve business competitiveness and create jobs. Over 14 rounds, Grants for Growth has invested nearly $3.8 million in small and emerging companies, thanks to direct support secured by New York State Senator John A. DeFrancisco.

August 27, 2015


Watertown Municipal Arena Renovations to be Completed by Spring of 2016

As renovations to the Watertown Municipal Arena continue, State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $50,000 to help cover costs associated with the major overhaul of the facility, which is expected to be completed by spring of 2016.

“From ice hockey to concerts, the Watertown Municipal Arena has been utilized for decades by countless individuals and families on a year-round basis,” said Senator Ritchie. “I’m pleased to provide this funding, which will allow the arena to continue to provide the entertainment, recreational activities and community events that make the North Country a more attractive place to live or visit.”

August 25, 2015

Ortt Takes Media on Tour of Proposed Emergency Hub

On Thursday, Aug. 13, Senator Ortt took the media on a tour of the proposed site for a WNY First Response & Preparedness Center. The former hanger and Niagara Falls U.S. Army Reserve Center in the Town of Niagara would serve as an emergency operations hub and shared training facility for first responders, law enforcement agencies and community organizations. Read the related articles from the publications listed below.

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August 20, 2015

Bridge on Interstate 86 Will Serve As Tribute To The Project's Champion

Dedication will serve as lasting reminder of Susan Foster Myers’ service to Allegany County


ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) and Assemblyman Joseph Giglio (R,C,I- Gowanda) announced today that Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed their legislation to name the bridge that crosses Interstate 86 over State Route 275 in honor of the late Susan Foster Myers.


Mrs. Myers, a former Friendship Town Councilwoman and Allegany County Legislator, will be posthumously honored for her efforts to improve life in Allegany County and her personal crusade to have Route 17 designated as an interstate highway.


August 17, 2015

Senator Young Announces $115,000 in State Funding to Clean and Preserve Cattaraugus County Waterways

Grants will help ongoing dredging and debris removal efforts, fight against invasive species



ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) announced today she has secured state assistance for necessary dredging and invasive species prevention in Cattaraugus County’s waterways.


As part of this year’s state budget, Senator Young successfully obtained two $30,000 grants to cover the cost of dredging Conewango Creek and Thatcher Brook. The Senator also secured a $25,000 grant for Lime Lake, to assist with the lake’s ongoing battle against invasive aquatic species, and $30,000 for dredging and debris removal at dams within the county.


August 14, 2015

Delaware County Tax Bills Signed Into Law

ALBANY, 08/14/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) and Assemblyman Clifford Crouch (R-Guilford) today announced legislation they sponsored, allowing Delaware County to enact a “bed tax” on hotel and motel room rentals has been signed into law by Governor Cuomo.  The bill (S.5075/A.7316) follows a home rule request from the Delaware County Board of Supervisors and is now Chapter 205 of the laws of 2015

August 14, 2015

Ortt Meets With Steering Committee and Tours Site for Proposed WNY First Response & Preparedness Center

Emergency Management Hub Will Quicken Response Time & Help Secure Niagara Falls Air Base

August 13, 2015

Senator Valesky Secures Funds for Salina Sewer Project

Senator Valesky met with Town of Salina officials on August 11 to discuss a sewer projct on Cadillac Street. Sen. Valesky secured funding for the project.

August 12, 2015
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