Cecilia Tkaczyk's Press releases

Tkaczyk Measure Will Help Fight Adolescent Drug Addiction

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk, working with local officials and advocates, has introduced legislation that will help address the growing epidemic of drug abuse and addiction in vulnerable children as young as 12 years old.

Senator Tkaczyk noted recent studies showing an alarming increase in the use of drugs by middle and high school students.  Her measure would help parents detect a potential problem by allowing for drug screening of children between the ages of 12 and 18 as part of their annual health care physical examination.

September 4, 2014

Tkaczyk Calls on DEC to Protect Esopus River

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk delivered testimony to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) calling on the agency to protect the Lower Esopus River and put an end to New York City’s discharges of muddy water from the Ashokan Reservoir into the Esopus.

“These discharges are polluting the river,” Tkaczyk said, “And they are having a negative impact on the quality of life for many Ulster County residents. It is up to New York City to remediate these problems if they want to continue to use the Ashokan Reservoir without building a filtration system.”

August 4, 2014

Tkaczyk Bill Will Allow Shared Fire Protection Services, Reduce Costs

A measure (S6162A) authored by Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk to allow the Town of Mohawk Fire District to extend service into the Village of Fonda has passed the Senate and Assembly and will be delivered to the Governor for his signature.

“Shared governmental services help to streamline operations and save taxpayers’ money,” Senator Tkaczyk said. “Extending the Fire district into the Village of Fonda will save money, increase the pool of volunteer firefighters available and maintain effective and efficient fire service.”

The Fonda Village Fire Department was dissolved last year, and the Mohawk Fire District has been providing fire protection services to the village through a contractual agreement since April 2013.

June 18, 2014

Senator Tkaczyk calls for Action to Mitigate Electric Rate Hike

 State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk has called on Senate leaders to “bring the force of the State Senate to bear” to mitigate a recent decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) which will increase utility rates in the lower Hudson Valley by six to 10 percent a year.

June 3, 2014

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Actions Hurting Hudson Valley Ratepayers

ALBANY, NY – New York State Senators Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam), George Latimer (D-Rye) and Cecilia Tkaczyk (D-Duanesburg) today urged Governor Cuomo to issue an executive order to protect Hudson Valley families and businesses from increased energy costs. The senators asked that the Governor direct the state’s Public Service Commission (PSC) to use funds from the System Benefits Charge (SBC) to mitigate the rate increase from the federally mandated energy capacity zone.

May 30, 2014

Pastor Gail Adamoschek -- Woman of Distinction

Each year, the State Senate honors "Women of Distinction" and each Senator selects a woman from their district who has contributed to their community. This year, I selected Pastor Gail Adamoschek, who was so instrumental in the recovery efforts after the Fort Plain floods.
Here's her bio:
Born to dairy farmers in Sprakers, NY,  Gail spent her young life working rigorously  along side her family on a successful farm. At 25 she married Steve Adamoschek and together they raised three wonderful children while she operated a sheep and pastured poultry farm and he worked in Beech Nut - this being done while home schooling their children. Gail is used to hard work.

May 14, 2014

Tkaczyk Forces Committee Vote on Her Anti-Fracking Measure

Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk’s legislation (S.5123-A) to prevent toxic fracking wastes from other states being dumped and disposed of in New York will be considered by the Senate Committee on Environmental Conservation tomorrow.

The measure was assigned to committee immediately after Senator Tkaczyk introduced it in May of 2013. The Chair of the Committee has to date refused to place it on the agenda, but Senator Tkaczyk is using a procedural maneuver called a “Motion to Consider” to force a vote on the bill.

April 29, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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