Cecilia Tkaczyk's Press releases

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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Tkaczyk Commends Governor for Signing Bill to Limit Tax Increases for Farmland

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk said she was very pleased that Governor Cuomo has signed into law a measure to cap assessment increases on farmland at two percent each year, and said the Governor has “once again demonstrated his support of and appreciation for the State’s farmers.”

The measure will “provide farmers in New York with a greater level of stability and predictability in budgeting and anticipating their expenses; And it will help small family farms to grow, invest in their farms and create new jobs,” Senator Tkaczyk said.

Previously, agricultural assessments could increase by as much as ten percent, which has led to a doubling of the base assessment for farm land in the last seven years. This has been disastrous for New York farmers.

October 22, 2013
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TKACZYK NAMED TO FARM BUREAU’S CIRCLE OF FRIENDS

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk has been named to the New York Farm Bureau’s 2013 Circle of Friends.

“Agriculture is the State’s largest industry, generating more than $30 billion for the New York economy,” Senator Tkaczyk said. “Right now, small farms in New York are struggling to survive, and it’s critical that we support the industry and help it to grow and create jobs.”

October 11, 2013
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Tkaczyk Has Senate’s Best Score on Environmental Legislation

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk was given the highest score in the State Senate by Environmental Advocates of New York, in recognition of her strong record of sponsoring and supporting legislation to protect New York’s environment.

“I am very proud to have received a perfect score on environmental legislation,” Senator Tkaczyk said. “Protecting the State’s beautiful natural resources, as well as the health of our residents, is a responsibility that should not be taken lightly, and I thank EPL/Environmental Advocates for their recognition of my work in the Senate.”

Legislators’ scores are heavily influenced by their support for the Super Bills, the most pressing environmental priorities for New York.

This year, the environmental Super Bills included:

October 10, 2013
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Tkaczyk measure would save critical programs for infants with disabilities

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk and Assemblymember Pat Fahy joined colleagues, families and advocates to announce legislation to help ensure that thousands of infants and toddlers with disabilities receive the early intervention services they need to live normal, fulfilling lives.

As a result of legislative changes and bureaucratic snafus, many early intervention specialists -- who provide speech, physical and educational therapies to more than 70,000 young children -- have not been paid since April 1. Many are either closing their doors or are declining to take new children into the program. 

October 8, 2013
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Tkaczyk Measure to Restore Funding for OPWDD Signed by Governor

A measure co-sponsored by State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk to restore funding to the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)  has been signed by Governor Cuomo.

Senator Tkaczyk, Ranking Member on the Senate Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, was a vocal opponent of the cuts first proposed in the Executive Budget, saying:

 “The budget cuts would have devastated the services that our most vulnerable residents and their families rely on.  I am proud to have fought for full restoration throughout the budget process, and am thrilled these cuts have finally been restored,” she said.

September 30, 2013
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Senator Tkaczyk, Assemblyman Santabarbara Expand Flood Relief Measure to Help NYers in Five Counties

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk and Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara have joined together and expanded the Senator’s Flood Assessment Relief Act of 2013 (S.5915-A) to include assistance for homeowners and businesses in the five counties across Upstate New York hurt by flooding in June and July.

The revised measure has to-date been co-sponsored by 10 of Senator Tkaczyk’s Democratic Senate colleagues and has been introduced in the Assembly by Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara as A.8124.

 The legislation would create a local option allowing businesses and homeowners in Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery, Niagara and Oneida counties to have their property taxes reassessed and lowered to reflect the flood-damaged status of their home or property.

September 9, 2013
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Tkaczyk: State Legislature Must Return to Help Montgomery County

 State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk said it is imperative the State Legislature return to Albany before local property tax bills are sent out to help property owners in Montgomery County that were devastated by the recent flooding..

 Senator Tkaczyk introduced legislation that would allow, at local option, people to seek a lowered property tax assessment for their flood damaged homes and businesses (S.5915).  The Montgomery County Board of Supervisors unanimously endorsed Tkaczyk’s measure at their July 23 meeting.

August 13, 2013
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Tkaczyk Brings Investors, Developers to Fort Plain

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk, together with local officials from the Village of Fort Plain and Montgomery County,  led a group of investors, community development agencies and financial institutions on a tour of some of the businesses hit by the recent flooding.

“My goal is to bring organizations with money to invest or donate and introduce them to local officials and businesspeople that desperately need help,” Senator Tkaczyk said. “I have seen firsthand just how resilient the people of Fort Plain are. Together with these organizations, and their expertise revitalizing businesses and communities, we can rebuild Fort Plain and make it better than ever.”

July 30, 2013
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Senator Tkaczyk Introduces Flood Relief Measure

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk has introduced legislation that would aid property owners in flood-ravaged portions of her Senate District.

 The measure would allow businesses and homeowners in Montgomery County who have been hit by the flooding to have their property taxes reassessed and lowered to reflect the flood-damaged status of their home or property.

 Senator Tkaczyk said, “Under the current law, property owners would still have to pay taxes based on the pre-flood condition and value of their property, which is simply not fair. My legislation would lower their tax bill to compensate for the decreased value of their property.”

July 30, 2013
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Tkaczyk Rural Broadband Expansion Bill Passes Senate

Legislation co-sponsored by Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk to expand access to broadband in rural areas of the State passed the Senate today. Senator Tkaczyk has been an outspoken proponent of expanding broadband service in her district and earlier this year held several press conferences on the issue.

“Broadband is an absolutely crucial component of our modern-day business infrastructure. It is essential for job creation and economic growth,” Senator Tkaczyk said. “Unfortunately, it is not readily available at an affordable price in many portions of Upstate New York, particularly in rural areas. My bill would encourage broadband service providers to invest in rural areas that are currently underserved.”

July 30, 2013
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Tkaczyk Measure to Create Levon Helm Memorial Boulevard Signed by Governor

Legislation co-sponsored by Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk to designate State Route 375 as "Levon Helm Memorial Boulevard” has been signed by Governor Cuomo after receiving unanimous support in both the State Assembly and Senate. The roadway will run from Route 28 in West Hurley to Route 212 in Woodstock.  The legislation to commemorate Helm’s life and brilliant career received strong support not only from people in and around Woodstock, but from music enthusiasts around the country.

July 30, 2013
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Tkaczyk’s Mountain Cloves Scenic Byway Measure Passes Assembly

Measure Would Increase Tourism, Boost Local Economy

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk’s bill to designate a 41 mile corridor in Greene County as “The Mountain Cloves Scenic Byway” has passed the State Assembly and will go Governor Cuomo for his signature.

The designation will promote tourism in Greene County and open the door to transportation funding for the County.

Senator Tkaczyk said, “State Scenic Byways are an important tool for economic development. They increase tourism and recreational opportunities and also help secure federal funding for road improvements and preservation.”

July 30, 2013
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Senator Tkaczyk Brings Investors, Developers to Fort Plain

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk, together with local officials from the Village of Fort Plain and Montgomery County,  led a group of investors, community development agencies and financial institutions on a tour of some of the businesses hit by the recent flooding.

“My goal is to bring organizations with money to invest or donate and introduce them to local officials and businesspeople that desperately need help,” Senator Tkaczyk said. “I have seen firsthand just how resilient the people of Fort Plain are. Together with these organizations, and their expertise revitalizing businesses and communities, we can rebuild Fort Plain and make it better than ever.”

July 16, 2013
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