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Times Union Editorial Supports Tkaczyk Measure on Casino Siting

Just politics, Mr. Cuomo?

Our opinion: Communities must have a say in whether they host a casino. The state should not be in sole charge of this.


January 27, 2014

State Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk tells Saugerties Board of Education more state aid to schools is needed (video)

Posted: 01/14/14, 10:44 PM EST

SAUGERTIES >> All the schools within her senate district need to see increased state aid for the next few years to get out of the financial hole they are in, state Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk said Tuesday.

January 15, 2014

Senator wants leaders to schedule fall session day to deal with unfinished business

As Senate leaders prepare a 2014 session calendar, Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk called on the Senate's majority coalition leaders to schedule a legislative session day during the fall of 2014, allowing the Legislature to address issues that are left unresolved or that develop after the end of session in June. "As we saw this year, the issues faced by our constituents are not automatically resolved when the Legislative Session ends in June," Tkaczyk said. "And also like this year, other issues develop after we adjourn. Representing the people is something we do year-round, and we owe it to them to address those issues and take care of the State's unfinished business."

December 27, 2013

State lawmakers at local school board meeting

WNYT Newschannel 13

12/05/2013 By: Dan Levy

BETHLEHEM - It's not every day when two state senators and one assembly member show up for a local school board meeting. But that's exactly what happened on Wednesday night as the frustration continues to grow regarding the state's Common Core implementation.

According to Albany Assembly woman Pat Fahy, what's happening with the state of New York State's education is a perfect storm of frustration.

"I was hearing with almost unanimity the number of concerns," Fahy says, "And when you start hearing from educators, parents and even students, then you have to start to pay attention."

December 5, 2013

Annual festival in full swing


Amsterdam Recorder

State Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk visited the Century Club in Amsterdam Wednesday morning for an event that both embraced women's rights and the holiday spirit.

The event was one of several the club will be hosting this week as part of its 22nd annual Festival of Trees, which partially supports the community and raises money for the club.

December 5, 2013

Senator tours Amsterdam hospital's cancer facility

Saturday, October 26, 2013 - Updated: 4:09 AM


Amsterdam Recorder

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month, state Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk delivered a proclamation to the Cancer Medicine Center at St. Mary's Healthcare in Amsterdam Friday afternoon.

"I wanted to recognize St. Mary's and let people know that this is a great place to go and get help and support," Tkaczyk, D-Duanesburg, said.

In her proclamation, Tkaczyk recognized St. Mary's staff and its professional experience in providing patients with individualized attention and care.

October 28, 2013

King should listen more on Common Core


Daily Gazette, Thursday, October 17, 2013

State Education Commissioner John King was treated roughly by teachers and parents at a town hall meeting held last week in Poughkeepsie to discuss the Common Core learning standards. He promptly cancelled four other town halls that were scheduled around the state, including one at Shenendehowa High School, saying the one in Poughkeepsie was “co-opted by special interests.” Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk, a former school board member and mother of a current high school student, sent King a letter asking him to reconsider and hold those meetings. He should.

October 17, 2013

Tkaczyk urges Education Commish not to suspend planned PTA town hall meetings

Mid-Hudson News Network

In the wake of State Education Commissioner Dr. John King’s suspension of PTA-sponsored town hall meetings on the Common Core and standardized testing mandates, State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk (D, Duanesburg) urged him to reconsider.

The freshman lawmaker told King in a letter that the new mandates placed on schools, teachers and students “are among the most significant challenges ever faced by our public education system.”

Tkaczyk would like King to attend a community forum she will be holding in Ulster County.

October 16, 2013

Lawmakers want changes to Early Intervention payment system

09 October 2013, 10:49 am by Jon Campbell

A change in the payment system for Early Intervention programs has drawn ire from state lawmakers, who say it has led to lengthy delays in getting payments to providers.

October 11, 2013

Strong push restores $90M in OPWDD funding

By Kyle Adams Columbia-Greene Media | 0 comments

ALBANY — A strong push by New York State lawmakers in the past several months has restored $90 million in proposed spending cuts for the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities included in the state’s final 2013-2014 budget.

October 11, 2013

Legislation eyed to give flood victims relief from taxes on damaged house

Monday, September 9, 2013

By John Enger Gazette Reporter  

FORT PLAIN — A big chunk of Tammy Erhardt’s 22 Abbott St. residence is long gone, but her tax bill is intact and right on time.

On June 28, Otsquago Creek flood waters tossed a neighbor’s house against her son’s bedroom, causing heavy damage. The Erhardts were gone at the time — more fortunate than the resident of the floating house, 87-year-old Ethel Healey, who died in the flood.

Erhardt feels lucky, but still was taken aback by the property tax bill that arrived in the mail last week.

“I basically have half a house right now,” she said, “but I have to pay the full tax.”

September 10, 2013

September 2013 has been designated as Suicide Prevention Month in New York State

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of all deaths in the United States, the third leading cause of death among individuals  between  the ages  of  15  to 24, and the second leading cause of death among college students. More than twenty percent of those who die  by  suicide  are  active  or retired members of the military.

A great many suicides are preventable. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, together with  thousands of advocates, caregivers,  consumers  and  professionals  work  tirelessly to raise awareness, reduce stigma, educate New Yorkers and influence public policy to make mental health services readily available and accessible.

September 6, 2013

Tkaczyk opens Montgomery County office

By David Lombardo
Friday, August 23, 2013

Residents of the 46th Senate District can now reach Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk, D-Duanesburg, through an Amsterdam office.

The freshman senator has become much more accessible to the northern end of her district, which stretches from Montgomery County down to Ulster County. Tkaczyk's new office is on the first floor of 1170 Riverfront Center, where her phone number is 518-842-2407.

August 26, 2013

Tkaczyk visits Liberty Enterprise, touts mental health bill


Recorder News Staff

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk (D-46th) visited Liberty Enterprise's day support building, the Montgomery County chapter of New York State ARC, Thursday afternoon to tour the building and meet staff members. Liberty is the largest facility in the county that serves people who have developmental disabilities.

Community mental health needs are at a historic high, though funding has been funneled into the General Fund for ten of the last 20 years. Having recognized a need to address the lack of funds, Tkaczyk, who is on the Mental Health Committee, jointly introduced legislation with chair of the Mental Health Committee Assemblyman Aileen Gunther to do just that.

August 26, 2013

Amsterdam Recorder: Tkaczyk pays visit to summer reading program


Recorder News Staff

A group of elementary-aged students received a visit from state Sen. Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk during their normally scheduled summer reading program Thursday morning.

As part of a resolution Tkaczyk brought to the Senate floor recently, she stopped into the Amsterdam Free Library to read the children a book written by a student from the capital district.

Most of the children were regulars to the summer reading program, even though they are still learning to read.

"Reading is something you have to learn to do, and when you have moms and dads read books to you, it all helps so it's great that you're here," Tkaczyk told the group.

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August 16, 2013

Breakthrough for Broadband Bill

This article from the Catskill Daily Mail  is about the passage of my bill to expand broadband Internet acces into rural areas of the state.

June 13, 2013
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