The Daily Mail: Broadband, gas tax on business’ short list

By Audrey Matott Columbia-Greene Media

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.

September 16, 2014

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

DAILY FREEMAN: Sen. Tkaczyk calls on state to stop NYC’s muddy discharges from Ashokan Reservoir into Lower Esopus Creek

By William J. Kemble


 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.”

August 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

Presenting a Senate Liberty Medal to William Street, Ulster Hose Company's EMS Provider of the Year

I had the privilege of meeting and presenting a Senate Liberty Medal to William Street, who joined the Ulster Hose Company in 1980.

August 1, 2014

Daily Mail: Tkaczyk tours Kaaterskill Falls with eye on safety

By Kyle Adams  Columbia-Greene Media

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.”

July 28, 2014

Daily Mail: Gillibrand, Tkaczyk host forum for women farmers

Monday, July 21, 2014

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.

July 21, 2014

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

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

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

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

Times Herald-Record Editorial: It can’t be about politics because they say it’s not

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.

July 7, 2014

The Recorder: At F-FCS, a call to embrace opportunity

Monday, June 30, 2014


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.

June 30, 2014

The Daily Mail: NY Senate honors an ‘extraordinary individual’

Louise McRoberts receives Liberty Medal

 Friday, June 20, 2014

By Michael Ryan Columbia-Greene Media

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.

June 20, 2014

The Recorder: Legislature OKs Mohawk fire coverage for village of Fonda

Thursday, June 19, 2014


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."

June 19, 2014

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

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

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

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

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