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Times Union: Tkaczyk ethics bill would close loophole as part of Senate plan

State Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk has introduced a bill that she says would close a disclosure loophole allowing outgoing state lawmakers to shield potential conflicts of interest from public view.

May 6, 2014
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With Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball and Senator Terry Gipson

My friend Richard Ball, nominated last year by Governor Cuomo to serve as Commissioner of Agriculture, stopped by today's meeting of the Senate Agriculture Committee. Commissioner Ball is is 20-year owner and operator of Schoharie Valley Farms and has long been involved in the effort to connect small Upstate farmers with consumers in New York City and other parts of the State.

May 6, 2014
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Editorial: Ban on toxic waste fails to get support

Times Herald Record May 1, 2014

Those who oppose hydraulic fracturing and those who are in favor all understand that New York will not be able to move ahead on any permits or regulations without including plans to handle the wastewater the process produces.

May 2, 2014
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Times Union: Senate Democrats propose manslaughter for opioid-related deaths; help for addicts

By Casey Seiler

 State Senate Democrats, including two lawmakers from the Capital Region, plan to unveil a package of legislation designed to address the growing problem of substance abuse involving heroin and other opioid narcotics.

April 30, 2014
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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
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The Leader Herald: Tech Talk Forum participants say area ready to bring in businesses

April 23, 2014

By LEVI PASCHER , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - With the recent surge in high-tech industries and associated educational opportunities, the Mohawk Valley Technology Forum participants said the area is ready to host more companies and jobs.

"We have a rare opportunity to establish the Mohawk Valley as a leader in high-tech economic development and a center for technological innovation and job creation," said state Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk, who led the forum on the Fulton-Montgomery Community College campus. "I envision a high-tech corridor along the Thruway, from SUNY's College of Nanoscale and Engineering in Albany to the SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica."

April 24, 2014
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The Recorder: Tech forum focuses on the educational need

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

By NICOLE ANTONUCCI

April 23, 2014
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The Recorder: Centenarian gets a special birthday surprise

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - Updated: 10:15 AM

By ALISSA SCOTT

April 22, 2014
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Earth Day 2014 Poster Contest: District 46

Dear Students,Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest. This year we received many outstanding posters that exemplify the creativity of the young people in the 46th Senatorial District.Each entry from my District displayed tremendous originality and vision as well as obvious concern for the ecological future of our communities and our state. I am proud of your work and that of your classmates, and encourage you to continue to study and learn more about the serious challenges that face our environment.I am pleased to announce that the winner of the 2014 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is:Sean SkodaGrade 5Pinewood Intermediate School (Mohonasen CSD)

April 17, 2014
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The Daily Gazette: Betting on the farm

State budget funding, estate-tax changes could help industry

Sunday, April 13, 2014

By Haley Viccaro  Gazette Reporter  

Photos by Marc Schultz

 State Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk grew up on a dairy farm in New Jersey and over the past 25 years has managed her own sheep farm in Duanesburg.

Since becoming senator of the state’s 46th district, which includes parts of Albany, Schenectady and Ulster counties and all of Greene and Montgomery, Tkaczyk has been juggling her two demanding roles.

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April 15, 2014
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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
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Amsterdam Recorder: Roads getting financial help

 Tuesday, April 08, 2014 - Updated: 10:23 AM
By NICOLE ANTONUCCI

April 8, 2014
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Daily Gazette: State allows assessment reductions for 2013 flood victims

By Mark McGuire

CAPITOL — Owners of flood-damaged properties in 10 counties still paying taxes based on pre-deluge assessments could be getting a break under the 2014-15 New York state budget.

April 3, 2014
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Catskill Daily Mail: Providers, lawmakers dismayed at EI ‘band-aid’

 

By Kyle Adams Columbia-Greene Media

CATSKILL — Early Intervention providers and lawmakers are calling for further action after they say the state’s 2014-2015 budget failed to substantially address the state’s EI billing crisis.

 

April 2, 2014
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Times Union: Tax relief option after the flood

Localities, including Fort Plain, can decide to join program for distressed properties
By Jordan Carleo-Evangelist

Times Union

April 2, 2014
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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
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Berne-Knox-Westerlo students Jared and John Lussier

Berne-Knox-Westerlo students Jared Lussier (left) and his twin brother John joined me today to learn more about State Government and to tour the Senate Chamber and the Capitol. They asked many intelligent questions and no doubt have a bright future ahead of them. 

March 27, 2014
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March 26, 2014
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