Seward Administers Oath for Coxsackie Leaders

ALBANY, 04/07/09 – Senator James L. Seward (R/I/C- Oneonta) this week administered the oath of office to new Village of Coxsackie Mayor Mark Evans and re-elected trustees.

Before the swearing-in Seward told the standing room only crowd on hand at the Coxsackie Village Hall that “holding office in local government is a vital and important service. It is also one of the most difficult because you see your constituents on the village streets each and every day.”


State Senator Liz Krueger and the NYS Maple Producers Association Present New York's Rich Maple History

Public school students from P.S. 77 will spend a morning learning about maple syrup's history and production through a variety of interactive workshops. Maple syrup has been a staple of New York's agricultural industry dating back to pre-colonial times. To this day the maple syrup industry in upstate New York provides many jobs and is a significant part of the State's economy.


Statement From Senator Maziarz on the Adopted State Budget

I voted ‘no’ on every budget bill debated in the State Senate this week.   At $132 billion, this bloated budget will tax and spend our economy into the ground.  

In these tough times, families across the state know that every dollar counts.   How can we now ask them to pay more for property taxes, utility bills, and a host of other fees and surcharges?


Senate Approves Red Light Cameras

By Bud Lowell

The State Senate has approved a package of bills that will allow Rochester, Buffalo and other upstate New York cities to install red light cameras.

The cameras are set up at crash-prone intersections to catch people who run red lights. Police send a notice of liability and a $50 ticket to the registered owner of the car.

New York City has had the cameras in use since 2006, and State Senator Liz Krueger of Manhattan says they've saved lives. She predicts upstate communities will discover the same thing.

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Senate Legislation, Sponsored by Senator Dilan, Bolsters Safety Measures at New York City Intersections

(Albany, NY)—Today, legislation sponsored by Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn) passed the Senate, authorizing New York City to increase the number of red light cameras at intersections as part of a larger statewide initiative. 


Senator Valesky Statement on News that NYRI has Withdrawn Its PSC Application

As a strong and vocal opponent of NYRI, I am pleased that they have at last decided to withdraw their petition from the PSC. Though it is necessary to address New York State's aging power infrastructure, I firmly believe it should not be done at the detriment of our Upstate communities. The power line would have cut through the hearts of those communities and resulted in increased power costs for Upstate. Today, I am happy that the residents of those communities in Madison and Oneida counties can rest easy knowing this project has been defeated.


Statement from Senator Valesky on Passage of the New York State Budget

Today, the New York State Senate passed a responsible budget that, in the midst of the worst economic situation since the Great Depression, made tough and necessary choices to close a $17 billion dollar deficit while protecting vital services and programs for the people of New York State.

Contrary to what has been said in packaged sound bytes and calls of doom and gloom from special interests, this budget protects the core values we hold high in Upstate New York—education, agriculture, health care, and job creation.


Senator Parker 2nd Annual Job Fair Highlights Green Collar Job Opportunities

Over 40 private companies, public sector agencies and non-profits meet with job-seekers with a focus on preparing for green industry training

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