Cecilia Tkaczyk's News items

The Leader Herald: Tech Talk Forum participants say area ready to bring in businesses

April 23, 2014

By LEVI PASCHER , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - With the recent surge in high-tech industries and associated educational opportunities, the Mohawk Valley Technology Forum participants said the area is ready to host more companies and jobs.

"We have a rare opportunity to establish the Mohawk Valley as a leader in high-tech economic development and a center for technological innovation and job creation," said state Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk, who led the forum on the Fulton-Montgomery Community College campus. "I envision a high-tech corridor along the Thruway, from SUNY's College of Nanoscale and Engineering in Albany to the SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica."

April 24, 2014

The Recorder: Tech forum focuses on the educational need

Wednesday, April 23, 2014


April 23, 2014

The Recorder: Centenarian gets a special birthday surprise

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - Updated: 10:15 AM


April 22, 2014

The Daily Gazette: Betting on the farm

State budget funding, estate-tax changes could help industry

Sunday, April 13, 2014

By Haley Viccaro  Gazette Reporter  

Photos by Marc Schultz

 State Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk grew up on a dairy farm in New Jersey and over the past 25 years has managed her own sheep farm in Duanesburg.

Since becoming senator of the state’s 46th district, which includes parts of Albany, Schenectady and Ulster counties and all of Greene and Montgomery, Tkaczyk has been juggling her two demanding roles.

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April 15, 2014

Amsterdam Recorder: Roads getting financial help

 Tuesday, April 08, 2014 - Updated: 10:23 AM

April 8, 2014

Daily Gazette: State allows assessment reductions for 2013 flood victims

By Mark McGuire

CAPITOL — Owners of flood-damaged properties in 10 counties still paying taxes based on pre-deluge assessments could be getting a break under the 2014-15 New York state budget.

April 3, 2014

Catskill Daily Mail: Providers, lawmakers dismayed at EI ‘band-aid’


By Kyle Adams Columbia-Greene Media

CATSKILL — Early Intervention providers and lawmakers are calling for further action after they say the state’s 2014-2015 budget failed to substantially address the state’s EI billing crisis.


April 2, 2014

Times Union: Tax relief option after the flood

Localities, including Fort Plain, can decide to join program for distressed properties
By Jordan Carleo-Evangelist

Times Union

April 2, 2014
March 26, 2014

Catskill Daily Mail: Lawmakers call for Early Intervention solution

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 2:00 am

By Kyle Adams Columbia-Greene Media 

ALBANY — New York State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk joined other lawmakers from the senate and assembly Monday afternoon to call for a solution to an administrative problem that has crippled many of the state’s Early Intervention service providers.

The problem stems from a 2011 budget measure that shifted responsibility for collecting third-party insurance payments for EI from counties to a state “fiscal agent,” which has left many small providers waiting months for payments and struggling under the administrative burden of filing claims.

March 25, 2014

Daily Freeman: NY Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk goes to bat for programs that help disabled children

By Kyle Hughes, NYSNYS News

ALBANY >> With the clock ticking on the budget due April 1, advocates and legislators on Monday called for the final spending plan to include help for programs benefiting disabled children.

March 24, 2014
March 24, 2014

Taxes, schools key topics at Saugerties forum with Sen. Tkaczyk

By Pauline Liu

Times Herald-Record


SAUGERTIES — The two hot-button issues of school property taxes and education became the focus of Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk's community forum in Saugerties on Sunday.

 At one point, members of the audience of about 30 people at the Frank Greco Senior Center grew so passionate about the topics that some interrupted the senator's question-and-answer session to shout out their own remarks.

 "I'm retiring at the end of this month, and there's no way that I'm going to be able to afford to stay here because of the school taxes," Paul Jameson, a local firefighter, told the crowd.

March 24, 2014

Separate NY, federal primaries cost millions

By Chris McKenna

Times Herald-Record

February 01, 2014 - 2:00 AM

Holding separate state and federal primaries in New York in 2012 due to partisan fighting wasted millions of taxpayer dollars — including about $260,000 in Orange County alone.

Yet that may be what happens again this year, because of a continued impasse in the state Legislature about when to hold both elections.

The Democratic-controlled Assembly voted 126-11 on Jan. 13 to move primaries for state and local offices from September to late June to coincide with a court-imposed date for New York's primaries for U.S. Senate and congressional seats. Twenty-six Republicans joined Democrats in support of the bill.

February 4, 2014

NY Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk cited by School Boards Association


ALBANY >> state Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk has been named the “2014 State Senate Legislative Freshman Leader of the Year” by the state School Boards Association.

Tkaczyk, D-Duanesburg, “has demonstrated an unwavering dedication to public education issues,” School Boards Association Executive Director Timothy Kremer said in a press release. “She has met with boards of education, participated in educational forums and events and made state aid for education a top legislative priority.”

Tkaczyk served as president of her local school board before being elected to represent the state’s 46th Senate District. She said she was honored to receive the recognition from the School Boards Association.

January 31, 2014

NY should combine primary days to save money, Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk says

By Kyle Hughes, Kingston Freeman

01/29/14, 6:01 PM EST |

ALBANY >> A bill stalled in the state Senate to realign political primary dates in New York will cost local governments tens of millions of dollars if it is allowed to die, officials said Wednesday.

They estimated the cost of holding separate state and federal primaries to comply with a court ruling could total anywhere from $25 million to $50 million.

“It’s a lot of money,” said Ulster County Democratic Elections Commissioner Vic Work. “It’s just like driving on a train with $25 million in ones with the window open and throwing the money out the window.”

January 30, 2014

Legislation introduced for state to pay for primaries

By Haley Viccaro, Daily Gazette

ALBANY — Counties and taxpayers could face up to $50 million in additional costs to support two separate state and federal primary elections over the next two years.

Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk, D-Duanesburg, introduced legislation Wednesday calling on the state to pay back local governments for the estimated costs of the two primaries.

“It would relieve local governments of this unfunded mandate and put it on the state, where it belongs,” Tkaczyk said during a news conference today in Albany.

January 29, 2014

Apples to Apple: Senator prodding farmers to markets



Eating local food is in, and that could be great news for local farmers looking to expand their selling market.

State Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk, D-Duanesburg, and members of the upstate farming community paid a visit to New York City's largest greenmarket at Union Square Park Jan. 17.

"We were amazed at the foot traffic in New York City, at the markets," Tkaczyk said.

The Union Square Market is open four days a week, all year round.

"It was fascinating to see so many people there for several hours, shopping and buying things and connecting with farmers," Tkaczyk said.

January 27, 2014
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