Cecilia Tkaczyk's Press releases

Tkaczyk Flood Relief Measure Included in 2014-15 Budget

Legislation proposed by State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk to aid property owners hurt by last summer’s flooding was included in the 2014-2015 state budget adopted last night.

 Immediately following the flooding of Fort Plain in Montgomery County, Senator Tkaczyk introduced legislation to allow impacted businesses and homeowners to have their property taxes reassessed and lowered to reflect the flood-damaged status of their home or property.

April 8, 2014
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Increased School Aid, Property Tax Relief and Farm Support Included in 2014-15 State Budget

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk said she voted for the negotiated 2014-15 State Budget despite reservations on some of the appropriations. “The budget is far from perfect,” she said. “But it is also far better than the Budget Resolution that was offered by the Senate’s coalition  leaders two weeks ago.”

 The new state budget “provides a significant increase in school aid, property tax relief for homeowners, and substantial assistance for Upstate manufacturers and small farms that will help them to grow and create new jobs,” she said. 

 “It will also strengthen ethics laws and increase punishment for public officials who accept bribes or otherwise disgrace their office,” she added.

April 2, 2014
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Legislators Call for Action to Save Critical Programs for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities

(ALBANY, March 24, 2014) --  Thousands of infants and toddlers with developmental disabilities rely on Early Intervention (EI) services to help them develop to their fullest potential and have the chance of a normal and fulfilling life.

 But legislative changes and bureaucratic missteps have put many EI service providers out of business. The problem has had the most severe impact on small agencies and sole proprietorships, most of which are woman-owned businesses.

March 24, 2014
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Two Tkaczyk Initiatives Included in Assembly, Senate Budget Resolutions

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk has had rare success in this year's budget drafting process -- - two major initiatives of hers, introduced in 2013, have been included in both the Senate and Assembly budget resolutions.

Senator Tkaczyk’s legislation to reform the way Early Intervention (EI) services are provided and paid for, and another measure to rewrite and expand the Community Mental Health Reinvestment Act were both outlined and accepted into the budget resolutions put forward by both houses. 

“I was happy to see my bills were included in both the Assembly and Senate resolutions.  I think that speaks volumes about the merit of, and the need for, these important measures,” Senator Tkaczyk said.

March 19, 2014
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Canines Come to the Capitol to Support Tkaczyk’s “K9 Vets Day” Bill

(ALBANY- 3-13-2014) To mark the 72nd anniversary of the creation of  the US Army’s K9 Corps, Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk brought together police and service dogs, trainers, handlers and law enforcement officials to call for the establishment of March 13 as “K-9 Veterans Appreciation Day.”

“There are countless stories about Military and Police dogs knowingly putting themselves in the line of fire to protect their human partners,” Senator Tkaczyk said. “They have served as sentries and scouts,  on search and rescue missions and to locate explosive devices and subdue the enemy.  And they have provided great comfort and companionship to our soldiers. I think it is fitting that we honor them and recognize their devotion, loyalty and bravery.”

March 13, 2014
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Senator Tkaczyk to Vote Against Incumbent Members of the Board of Regents

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk today announced she would vote against all the incumbent members of the Board of Regents during next week's Regents elections.

“The Board of Regents must be held accountable and take responsibility for the extremely flawed roll-out of Common Core in New York State. The debacle created by the Regents has had a devastating effect on our students, schools, teachers and administrators. I cannot in good conscience vote to retain them, and believe very strongly they should be replaced with new members who will bring a fresh approach and a greater level of understanding of the issues facing our schools," she said.

March 4, 2014
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Community Resiliency Forum Held in Montgomery County

First Event to Address Public Safety Threats Since 2013 Flooding

(JOHNSTOWN, NY) February 28, 2014 -- In the wake of last year’s flooding in Fort Plain, and with serious storms becoming more commonplace, State legislators and local leaders today held a Community Resiliency Forum designed to improve emergency preparedness, response and recovery. The event was organized and hosted by State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk, Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara and the American Red Cross, Northeastern New York Region.

March 4, 2014
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Senator Tkaczyk’s Primary Reimbursement Bill Introduced in Assembly by Assemblyman Felix Ortiz

Senator Tkaczyk’s Primary Reimbursement Bill Introduced in Assembly by Assemblyman Felix Ortiz

Legislators ask Gov to include funding in budget

Senator Tkaczyk’s measure to reimburse local governments and property taxpayers for the cost of a second Primary Election has been introduced by Assemblyman Felix Oritz, and the two legislators today requested the Governor include funding for the bill in his 30-day budget amendments.

February 18, 2014
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Tkaczyk: OMH Shortchanges Community Mental Health Reinvestment

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk today disputed claims by the NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH) about the savings to be generated from the planned downsizing of the State’s psychiatric hospital system. By underestimating those savings, the agency is shortchanging the “Community Mental Health Reinvestment Program” by millions of dollars.

The Executive Budget proposes closing 399 beds and OMH estimates annual savings per bed to be $110,000 -- a total savings of about $43 million annually.

However, holding a billing statement from the state Office of Mental Health (OMH) Senator Tkaczyk noted that the daily rate for an inpatient bed in a state psychiatric hospital is more than $1,100, yielding annual savings of $408,000 per bed.

February 13, 2014
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Tkaczyk Mental Health Reinvestment Measure Moves Through Committee

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk’s legislation to strengthen the State’s community-based mental health services has been reported from the Senate Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities.

Senator Tkaczyk last year introduced the “Communities of Excellence Mental Health Reinvestment Act,” which would take money saved from consolidation of the State’s psychiatric hospital system and use it to ensure that our community-based services are appropriately funded.

Similar legislation was introduced this year by Senator David Carlucci, Chairman of the Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, together with Senator Tkaczyk, Ranking Democratic member on the committee, and Senator Thomas Libous, the former chair of the committee.

February 13, 2014
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Tkaczyk Measure Would Repay Taxpayers for Wasteful Second Primary Election

(ALBANY, NY) -- While the Federal courts have forced New York to move its Congressional primaries from September to June, the State Senate’s coalition leaders have failed to move State Primaries to coincide with the June date.  In response, State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk has introduced legislation (S.6417)that would require the State to pay back local governments and taxpayers for the costs of the second, unnecessary and wasteful Primary -- estimated to be up to $50 million for every two-year election cycle.

January 29, 2014
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Tkaczyk Flood Relief Measure Passes Senate

Legislation co-sponsored by State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk to aid property owners hurt by this summer’s flooding unanimously passed the State Senate today.

Immediately following the flooding of Fort Plain in Montgomery County, Senator Tkaczyk introduced legislation to allow impacted businesses and homeowners to have their property taxes reassessed and lowered to reflect the flood-damaged status of their home or property.

January 27, 2014
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Tkaczyk Connecting Upstate Farms with NYC Markets

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk organized and participated in a meeting between members of the Upstate farming community and officials from Grow NYC, which manages the largest Greenmarket in the country.

Senator Tkaczyk said, “My goal is to connect small Upstate farmers with the New York City markets, forge new partnerships and collaborations and bring more produce from our local farms to the restaurants and consumers in New York City.”

Tkaczyk organized the meeting and was joined by farmers and agricultural experts to tour Grow NYC’s largest Greenmarket, their flagship in Union Square Park. Since its start in 1976, the Union Square Greenmarket has grown to include, during peak season, 140 regional farmers, fisherman and bakers.

January 18, 2014
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Tkaczyk: Single Primary Day will Protect Military Voting Rights, Save Taxpayers $50 MILLION

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk said the Senate should immediately vote on a bill passed yesterday by the Assembly to enact a single Primary Election date in June. Consolidating State and Federal primaries to a single day would protect the voting rights of military members serving overseas and would save taxpayers more than $50 million every two year election cycle.

Senator Tkaczyk co-sponsored the measure in the Senate to consolidate the primaries and bring the state into compliance with the federal Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act. MOVE was enacted to ensure that votes from military personnel and Americans living abroad are received in time and counted.

January 14, 2014
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Tkaczyk Measure Would Protect Dogs from Neglect

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk is introducing legislation that will make the failure to provide adequate shelter for dogs a misdemeanor, rather than a violation.

January 9, 2014
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Tkaczyk Sponsors Bill To Consolidate State Primary Elections, Will Save Taxpayers $50 Million Every Two Years

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk has co-sponsored legisaltion to consolidate the state’s Primary Election day for state and federal offices to a single day in June. This bill would save state and local governments $50 million every two years by holding a single primary election and moving Primary Election day from the month of September.

December 30, 2013
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Five Counties in Tkaczyk’s District Receive nearly $30 million in Economic Development Grants

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk said the five counties she represents will receive 57 awards totaling $28.9 million from the Governor’s Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) for a wide range of projects, programs and businesses.

Senator Tkaczyk said “I am very pleased that the counties I represent were such big winners. These grants will boost a wide range of industries, from small farms to state-of-the-art high-tech firms.”

Tkaczyk represents all of Greene and Montgomery counties, and parts of Albany, Schenectady and Ulster counties.

December 12, 2013
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Tkaczyk Calls on State Ed Dept to Study Impact of Common Core, Testing on Children with Special Needs

State Legislators from the Capitol Region have raised concerns that the Common Core curriculum and standardized testing are inconsistent with Federal laws designed to guarantee a quality education for children with special needs.

 They requested that the State Education Department dedicate one of their upcoming public forums on Common Core to the curriculum’s impact on children with special needs.

November 22, 2013
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Senator Tkaczyk wants NYC to Help Protect Esopus Creek

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk said New York City should be directed to fund an independent study on the issues related to the release of turbid water from the Ashokan Reservoir into the Lower Esopus Creek.

 In order to protect NYC’s drinking water supply in the Ashokan Reservoir, the City’s Department of Environmental Protection releases up to 600 million gallons of highly turbid, muddy water per day from the reservoir into the Lower Esopus Creek.  Those releases have created many problems for Ulster County residents and business owners near the creek, including polluted water and an increased frequency of flooding. Critics also contend the releases have damaged local wildlife and recreational activities.

November 22, 2013
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Governor Signs Tkaczyk bill to Honor Fallen Military Members

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk announced that Governor Cuomo has signed a measure she co-sponsored (S.5805/A.8039) to provide that flags lowered to half-staff at the State Capitol in honor of a fallen soldier be given at no cost to the loved ones of the deceased.

 The program is named after Lt. Colonel Todd Clark, a native of Guilderland in Tkaczyk’s Senate District.  As a 17-year US Army Veteran, Lt. Colonel Clark served with great distinction and bravery. While recuperating from serious wounds he received on a previous tour of duty, Lt. Colonel Clark traveled to the State Capitol to talk to legislators about Veterans’ issues.

November 11, 2013
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