US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and NYS Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk hosted a roundtable discussion in Athens, Greene County on the issue facing local farmers and how the federal and state governments can better support their efforts.
Met with Chief Ray Senecal and many members of the Schenectady Fire Department yesterday. The 120-member Department provides mutual aid to the surrounding towns in Schenectady County, as well as regional Haz Mat and Emergency Medical Services. Chief Senecal oversees the busiest fire department in New York and one of the busiest in the entire country, with more than 21,700 responses in 2012.
I've never met two more inspiring people then John Robinson and Doug Hamlin. They just completed the 350 mile trip along the Erie Canal from Tonawanda to Albany to raise public awareness and to celebrate their abilities. I rode with them from Amsterdam to Schenectady and am amazed at their dedication and commitment.
Abigail Schrader a recent graduate of Berne-Knox-Westerlo High School, recently came to the Capitol to spend a day with me and learn more about State Government. Abigail, who maintained a 90+ average for all four of years of high school, will be going to SUNY Potsdam in the Fall to study History and Museum Studies.
Grace Rutagengwa is a survivor of the Rwandan genocide which claimed the lives of her parents and three siblings. As one of her last acts, Grace’s mother hid three year old Grace under her skirt, to protect her from their attackers.
A neighbor – who was named Providence -- found Grace and provided shelter for her until she could be safely transported out of the country, hidden in a large suitcase.
This young man is Tyler Benjamin Searles from Ravena. Last year achieved the Boy Scouts highest and most prestigious rank, Eagle Scout. After graduating from High School last year, Tyler enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, and is currently stationed at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center 29 Palms, in California. He is scheduled for deployment to the Middle East in September. I invited him to the Senate Chamber to receive much-deserved recognition from my colleagues. That’s his very proud Dad, Brian, with us in the Senate Chamber.
My nominee for the Senate's Veterans' Hall of Fame is Robert Tarpinian of Cairo. He's an amazing man with a wonderful personality, and I can see why he's known as "Mayor Bob" around town. This is part of his bio:
My colleague, Senator Ted O'Brien, and I joined Susan Arbetter on the Capitol Pressroom to discuss yesterday's forum on fracking wastes from other states being transported to and disposed of in New York. We don't allow high-volume horizontal fracking because of unanswered questions and the potential impact on
This week we welcomed cadets from the United States Military Academy at West Point to the Capitol as part of the annual “West Point Day.”
Cadet Gregory Larsen from Voorheesvile (class of 2015) made the trip and it was really great to meet this young man, who despite his young age demonstrated true leadership skills and dedication.
My friend Richard Ball, nominated last year by Governor Cuomo to serve as Commissioner of Agriculture, stopped by today's meeting of the Senate Agriculture Committee. Commissioner Ball is is 20-year owner and operator of Schoharie Valley Farms and has long been involved in the effort to connect small Upstate farmers with consumers in New York City and other parts of the State.
Berne-Knox-Westerlo students Jared Lussier (left) and his twin brother John joined me today to learn more about State Government and to tour the Senate Chamber and the Capitol. They asked many intelligent questions and no doubt have a bright future ahead of them.