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US Senator Gillibrand and NYS Senator Tkaczyk host roundtable discussion in Greene County on the issues facing local farmers

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. 

July 21, 2014
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Meeting Schenectady Fire Dept Chief Ray Senecal

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.

July 16, 2014
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With John Robinson and Doug Hamlin

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.

 

July 14, 2014
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Ride-along with Guilderland Town Police

I recently had the opportunity to join members of the Guilderland Town Police for a ride-along. Here I am with Officer Dan Coburn, Chief Carol Lawlor and Captain Curtis Cox.

July 9, 2014
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Student shadow, William Connolly from Greenville HS

This young man is William Conolly of Greenville, who recently came to visit me and spend some time in Capitol, learning more about New York's hisory and government.

June 19, 2014
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Meeting Abigail Schrader, a recent graduate of Berne-Knox-Westerlo High School.

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.

 

June 19, 2014
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Nick Gwiazdowski, NCAA Champion Wrestler

This is Nick Gwiazdowski and his parents, who are form my hometown of Delanson. As a wrestler at Duanesburg HS, Nick was a two- time State Champion, and posted a 50-0 record in his senior season.

In his first year in college, Nick compiled a 30-9 record at Binghamton,  won the 2012 Colonial Athletic Association Conference Tournament and was named the 2012 conference’s Rookie of the Year.

This year he attended North Carolina State, where he really shined.

He was the Atlantic Coast Conference Champion and then beat the two-time defending champion to become the NCAA champion in his weight class.

June 18, 2014
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Meeting Grace Rutagengwa, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide

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.

June 18, 2014
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Recognizing the accomplishments and service of Tyler Benjamin Searles.

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.

June 18, 2014
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Senator Tkaczyk Nominates Robert Tarpinian for Veterans' Hall of Fame

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:

May 22, 2014
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Honoring Leo and Armand Mancini for distinguished service to our Nation.

I recently had the privilege of meeting St. Johnsville natives Armand and Leo Mancini and presenting them with proclamations in honor of their service to our country during World War II.

Armand was shot down over New Guinea, received serious wounds and was Missing in Action. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Silver Star and many other medals in recognition of his duty and sacrifice.

Leo served in both Europe and Morocco, and was awarded the Air Medal with Seven Clusters in recognition of flying 60 missions. Truly remarkable men.

 

May 14, 2014
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On Capitol Pressroom with Senator Ted O'Brien to discuss fracking wastes from other states being dumped here in New York.

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

May 14, 2014
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St. Johnsville Springfest Parade

Had a great time at the St. Johnsville Springfest Parade. I was in charge of the tractor!

May 12, 2014
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Cadet Gregory Larsen of Voorheesville at "West Point Day" at the Capitol

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.

 

May 9, 2014
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With Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball and Senator Terry Gipson

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.

May 6, 2014
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Berne-Knox-Westerlo students Jared and John Lussier

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. 

March 27, 2014
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March 24, 2014
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