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.
CATSKILL — In a letter last week, New York State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk urged senate leaders to take action against a decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that is raising utility rates in the Hudson Valley this month.
The decision, made in August 2013, created a “new capacity zone” for wholesale energy pricing that groups Hudson Valley counties, including Greene, with New York City counties. The change took effect May 1 and is expected to raise local electric prices by six to 10 percent a year, according to a press release from Tkaczyk’s office.
Still reeling from huge spikes in their utility bills this past winter and already facing the highest average residential electric rates in the continental United States, New Yorkers don't believe there's anything they can do about the seemingly endless increase in the cost of energy.
They're feeling that strain in their kitchen table economies.
They don't think they're adequately represented when utility companies push for rate hikes.
And they don't think their elected officials are doing enough to keep utility costs from spiraling ever upward.
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.
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.
Early Monday morning, before the barbecues were fired up and people welcomed the unofficial start of summer, tears were shed on the lawn of Veterans Memorial field and later at Green Hill Cemetery in Amsterdam as the community honored the true meaning of Memorial Day.
Local and state officials, veterans, residents and others first gathered before the memorial at Veterans Field first to remember fallen soldiers in wars past and present, like U.S Army Sgt. Shawn Michael Farrell II, of Accord, who died April 28, 2014, of wounds sustained during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan when forces attacked his unit with small-arms fire. He was 24 years old.
My nominee for the Senate's Veterans' Hall of Fame is Robert Tarpinian of Cairo. He's an amazing man with a wonderful personality, and I can see why he's known as "Mayor Bob" around town. This is part of his bio:
State Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk, D-Duanesburg, honored and presented Senate resolutions to three local wrestling coaches who have dedicated a combined 105 years to the sport, and who have coached state, national and olympic champions.
She also presented a resolution to Amsterdam High School's Brandon Lapi, who won more than 260 matches and five Section II titles in his high school career.
"And, in the final match of his high school career," Tkaczyk said, "Brandon won the Division I, 138-pound title match to become state wrestling champ." She noted that Brandon was also selected the Division I Most Outstanding Wrestler.
"Brandon is a true champion and a winner who will no doubt continue to have great success in his life," she said.
ST. JOHNSVILLE -- During this month's St. Johnsville Springfest, Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk presented honorary proclamations to two brothers -- Armand and Leo Mancini -- who served with distinction in World War II.
Stated the proclamation, "It is the privilege of the New York State Senate to honor Armand Mancini for his exemplary citizenship on behalf of our community and state upon the recognition of his service to our country as a Veteran of the United States Air Force."
Armand was born on March 19, 1922, and raised in St. Johnsville. Armand and Leo's parents came from Italy to America to seek opportunity and a better life for their children.
Seaman 1st Class Robert Tarpinian was one of the first men on the beaches of Normandy during the D-Day invasion. He was wounded in action during the battle, and was awarded the Purple Heart Medal, as well as numerous other decorations.
It was his involvement in “Exercise Tiger” that nearly cost Robert Tarpinian his life. One of the least known and secretive battles of WW II, Exercise Tiger was a scaled down test run for the Normandy Invasion, but due to the operational missteps of the British military, German E-boats were able to sink and damage three United States vessels, killing about 740 U.S. service personnel and wounding many others.
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.
My colleague, Senator Ted O'Brien, and I joined Susan Arbetter on the Capitol Pressroom to discuss yesterday's forum on fracking wastes from other states being transported to and disposed of in New York. We don't allow high-volume horizontal fracking because of unanswered questions and the potential impact on
Gail C. Adamoschek was born into a successful dairy farm in Sprakers, New York, where she spent her young years working rigorously alongside her family. At 25, she married her husband, Steve, and together they raised their children. While home schooling her children, Ms. Adamoschek operated a sheep and pastured poultry farm while her husband worked for Beech Nut. Used to hard work, they were both ordained as pastors through Maranatha Ministerial Fellowship International and set in as pastors of River of Jubilee Church in 2003. Ms. Adamoschek’s theological degree is from Christian Life School of Theology.
State Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk has introduced a bill to force any statewide elected official, lawmaker, candidate, legislative staffer or party leader to file a disclosure if they were in that post "for any portion