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September 2013 has been designated as Suicide Prevention Month in New York State

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of all deaths in the United States, the third leading cause of death among individuals  between  the ages  of  15  to 24, and the second leading cause of death among college students. More than twenty percent of those who die  by  suicide  are  active  or retired members of the military.

A great many suicides are preventable. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, together with  thousands of advocates, caregivers,  consumers  and  professionals  work  tirelessly to raise awareness, reduce stigma, educate New Yorkers and influence public policy to make mental health services readily available and accessible.

September 6, 2013
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Tkaczyk opens Montgomery County office

By David Lombardo
Friday, August 23, 2013

Residents of the 46th Senate District can now reach Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk, D-Duanesburg, through an Amsterdam office.

The freshman senator has become much more accessible to the northern end of her district, which stretches from Montgomery County down to Ulster County. Tkaczyk's new office is on the first floor of 1170 Riverfront Center, where her phone number is 518-842-2407.

August 26, 2013
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Tkaczyk visits Liberty Enterprise, touts mental health bill

By ALISSA SCOTT

Recorder News Staff

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk (D-46th) visited Liberty Enterprise's day support building, the Montgomery County chapter of New York State ARC, Thursday afternoon to tour the building and meet staff members. Liberty is the largest facility in the county that serves people who have developmental disabilities.

Community mental health needs are at a historic high, though funding has been funneled into the General Fund for ten of the last 20 years. Having recognized a need to address the lack of funds, Tkaczyk, who is on the Mental Health Committee, jointly introduced legislation with chair of the Mental Health Committee Assemblyman Aileen Gunther to do just that.

August 26, 2013
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Amsterdam Recorder: Tkaczyk pays visit to summer reading program

By ALISSA SCOTT

Recorder News Staff

A group of elementary-aged students received a visit from state Sen. Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk during their normally scheduled summer reading program Thursday morning.

As part of a resolution Tkaczyk brought to the Senate floor recently, she stopped into the Amsterdam Free Library to read the children a book written by a student from the capital district.

Most of the children were regulars to the summer reading program, even though they are still learning to read.

"Reading is something you have to learn to do, and when you have moms and dads read books to you, it all helps so it's great that you're here," Tkaczyk told the group.

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August 16, 2013
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Ribbon cutting for Mohawk Valley CollectiveTourism Information Center in Canajoharie

On August 10, I helped cut the ribbon to celebrate the opening of the new Mohawk Valley Collective (MVC) Tourism Information Center in Canajoharie.

I joined Congressman Paul Tonko, Tolga Morawski, founder of the MVC, Amsterdam Mayor Ann Thane, Canajoharie Mayor Francis Avery, Fort Plain Mayor Guy Barton, Montgomery County Board of Supervisors Chairman John Thayer, Minden Supervisor Thomas Quackenbush, Hein Kraak, president of Historic West Hill School; Mark Kilmer, president of the Fulton-Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce, Brian Stratton, director of the Canal Corporation and others to celebrate the event and raise money for flood relief.

August 13, 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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The WORLD CHAMPION Odyssey of the Mind Team from Hunter-Tannersville High School

This is the WORLD CHAMPION Odyssey of the Mind Team from Hunter-Tannersville High School -- Emily Farrell, Troy Bates, Dylan Endy, William Garrison and Neal Statts, along with their coaches Rich and Dawn Outtrim. Theirs is an incredible story of a small school in rural Greene County that defeated 47 teams – 39 from the US and eight from Singapore, South Korea, Mexico and Poland at the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals

June 19, 2013
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Senator Tkaczyk co-Sponsor of Legislation Restoring OPWDD Cuts

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk, Ranking Member on the Senate Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, praised the agreement to restore funding to the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities. She was a co-sponsor of the measure to restore the funds.

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

June 14, 2013
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Sarah Jones

This is Sarah Jones from Guilderland High School, who recently visited me in the Capitol. Sarah was one of 51 students -- one from each State and the District of Columbia -- who wrote award-winning essays for the national World War II Museum's "Salute to Freedom" contest. She is quite an impressive young lady.

June 14, 2013
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Breakthrough for Broadband Bill

This article from the Catskill Daily Mail  is about the passage of my bill to expand broadband Internet acces into rural areas of the state.

June 13, 2013
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Senator Tkaczyk, Assemblywoman Gunther Fight for Community-Based Mental Healthcare

(ALBANY, NY) -- Although community mental health needs are at an all-time high, funding for those programs has been diverted to the General Fund for ten of the last 20 years. State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk (ranking member of the Senate Mental Health Committee) and Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther (chair of the Assembly Mental Health Committee) have introduced legislation to address that lack of funding and the current critical shortage of community-based services.

June 13, 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.”

June 12, 2013
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Legislators Hold Forum on Impact of Testing and Mandates on Public Schools

Teachers, parents, school superintendents and administrators from rural, urban and suburban school districts  provided testimony to state legislators today on the impact increased testing and new state and federal mandates are having on our public schools. 

The forum was organized by Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy and State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk, both of whom are former school board presidents. They were joined by Democratic and Republican colleagues from the Senate and Assembly.

Testimony was presented on the effects testing can have on children’s emotional health, the loss of hours of instructional time, and the financial strain caused by testing and other mandates at a time when school districts’ budgets are stretched to the limit.

June 6, 2013
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Senator Tkaczyk Passes First Bill; Measure Would Increase Tourism, Boost Local Economy

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk passed her first bill in the Senate today, a measure that would designate a 41 mile corridor in Greene County as “The Mountain Cloves Scenic Byway.”

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

 The Mountain Cloves Scenic Byway would link Platte Clove Road with sections of Route 23A and Route 214 and cross through the Greene County Villages of Hunter and Tannersville and the Town of Hunter.

May 30, 2013
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