CATSKILL — The Greene County Chamber of Commerce along with State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk hosted a small business roundtable discussion at the Bridge Street Theater in Catskill on Monday. The objective of the meeting was to discuss the challenges small businesses face and to hear ideas on answers to those challenges.
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.
State Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk wants the state Department of Environmental Conservation to put end to New York City’s muddy water discharges from the Ashokan Reservoir into the Lower Esopus Creek.
“These discharges are polluting the [creek],” Tkaczyk, D-Duanesburg, said in a statement issued Monday. “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.”
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.”
HAINES FALLS — New York State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk met with local leaders Sunday afternoon for a tour of Kaaterskill Falls, where one of several recent accidents resulted in the death of a Dutchess County woman.
The waterfall is a popular tourist destination, but the dangerous terrain and tendency of tourists to hike unprepared has led to numerous accidents and deaths over the years.
“I wanted to experience it firsthand and see and understand the challenges,” Tkaczyk said Sunday. “It’s a great asset in the area and we need to make sure that people can enjoy it safely.”
By Kyle Adams ATHENS — Women farmers from all over New York came to Greene County on Sunday to talk about the unique challenges and obstacles they face in a forum hosted by U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, New York State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk, and the New York State Beginning Women Farmers Program.
About 40 people attended the discussion, held at Crossroads Brewing Company in Athens, to not only voice their concerns, but to find out how the state and federal governments can help.
According to Sarah Williford, of NYS Beginning Women Farmers Program, about 25 percent of farmers in the northeast are women, the highest concentration anywhere in the country — but that does not necessarily translate to farm ownership, she said.
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.
Despite encouragement from above and below, it has been difficult to get local governments to merge operations.
The governor has made it a priority. Many a taxpayer has made it a crusade. So when two governments show that they are ready to get started, that they have considered all of the details and need only final approval from Albany before they start moving the boxes, you would think that nothing could stand in the way.
FONDA -- The Fonda-Fultonville High School class of 2014 was full of pent-up energy Saturday afternoon, as they gathered in the gymnasium an hour before the strains of "Pomp and Circumstance" would usher them from these hallowed halls and into life's great abyss.
Some grabbed a basketball and began to shoot hoops. Others gathered in groups, talking and admiring the decorated graduation caps, which ranged from messages of hope and photograph collages to a 3-D dinosaur display. A few were seen practicing their speeches while others took a few moments alone to calm jitters.
WINDHAM — The highest honor given to an individual by the New York State Senate was presented to Louise McRoberts of Windham, leading up to Memorial Day.
McRoberts received the Liberty Medal in a ceremony hosted by VFW Post #1545 in Windham on May 23, presented by State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk.
“It is incumbent upon the people of the State of New York to recognize and acknowledge those within our midst who have made significant contributions to the quality of life therein,” a legislative resolution states.
TOWN OF MOHAWK -- The state Legislature passed a bill Wednesday allowing the town to expand its fire district to include the village of Fonda.
The bill, which was authored by Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk, D-Duanesburg, comes a year after the village of Fonda dissolved its fire department and entered a contractual arrangement with the town of Mohawk.
"Shared governmental services help to streamline operations and save taxpayers money," 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."
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.