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Redal Ram, Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year nominee

Each year Boys and Girls Clubs all across New York State nominate an outstanding member of their club to be a candidate for the Youth of the Year Award. I have two of these amazing young people in my Senate District. This is  Redal Ram from Schenectady. Redal is the Salutatorian of his graduating class and will be attending Dartmouth.

 

 

May 23, 2013
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Leither Moultrie, Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year nominee.

Each year Boys and Girls Clubs all across New York State nominate an outstanding member of their club to be a candidate for the Youth of the Year Award. This is Leither Moultrie, from the Kingston Boys and Girls Club. Leither is a HS freshman, and she is going to achieve great things in her life

 

May 23, 2013
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Emergency Medical Services Memorial Dedication Ceremony

I was honored to take part in a very moving ceremony to pay tribute to Eric Monty and David Restuccio, two EMS professionals who lost their lives in the line of duty. Behind me you can see the "Tree of Life" Memorial which honors fallen EMS professionals. The event also honored the 60,000 EMS personnel in NYS who serve the public every day.

May 21, 2013
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Roma Stern

While in college at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Ms. Roma Stern was one of only two women at her school to sign up for the Civil Air Patrol, which was still in its infancy. She earned her pilot’s license, and when World War II broke out two years later she hoped to join the Army Air Corps, but the military at that time didn’t offer much encouragement for female pilots. 

Undaunted, and anxious to serve her country, she became one of the first women to join the Marines, which had just begun to accept women in order to address a personnel shortage. She completed her basic training at Hunter College and was stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, where she quickly rose through to the rank of Drill Sergeant, training the next classes of Women Marines. 

May 20, 2013
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Tkaczyk Proposes Ban on Hazardous Fracking Waste Being Shipped into New York State

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk today announced legislation that would ban hazardous waste products from out-of-state fracking operations from being imported into, treated or disposed of in New York State.

“New York is under assault,” Senator Tkaczyk said. “Tens of thousands of tons of hazardous wastes are being shipped here each year from fracking sites in Pennsylvania and other states. These wastes have high levels of heavy metals, carcinogens and other toxic chemicals and compounds, yet they are exempt from the storage and treatment regulations which govern the handling of other hazardous substances.”

May 15, 2013
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Mary Chisholm

Mary “Chiz” Chisholm, Executive Director of Chiz’s Heart Street, has touched the lives of countless individuals from all walks of life, including those diagnosed with schizophrenia, many struggling with drug and alcohol addictions and some who were previously homeless. No matter their circumstance, every person who has walked through the doors of Chiz’s Heart Street will agree that Ms. Chisholm saved their lives.

In her own words, Ms. Chisholm explains why the house is so unique and beneficial to the community. “What the house offers is a home where each person is held and acknowledged for who they are, just as they are; that they are beautiful and loved with no judgment.”

May 13, 2013
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Mary "Chiz" Chisholm" -- a Woman of Distinction

The Senate recently held their annual "Women of Distinction" event. My nominee, Mary "Chiz" Chisholm is a remarkable woman who runs "Chiz's Heart Street" which she calls "A home for people who have not typically had a home. Thirty four of the 39 residents are diagnosed schizophrenic. Many have overcome alcohol and drug addictions. This is a link to a great article about Mary "Chiz" Chisholm from the Kingston Times.

May 8, 2013
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Senator Tkaczyk and Assemblyman Cahill Announce Legislation to Protect New Yorker’s Right to Vote

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk and Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, joined by Board of Elections officials from several counties, today announced legislation that would protect New Yorkers’ right to vote and ensure their votes are counted.

One of the measures (S.4270) would prevent affidavit ballots from being disqualified for insignificant, hyper technical reasons, as long as the voter is eligible, registered and in substantial compliance with voting regulations.

“Our democracy will only thrive if citizens participate and vote,” Senator Tkaczyk said. “We should be encouraging residents to get involved in the process and cast their vote, rather than creating unnecessary obstacles that prevent their votes from being counted.”

May 1, 2013
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Senator Tkaczyk Announces Veterans Credit for NY Civil Service Exams

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk today announced good news for Veterans -- the passage of legislation in the State Senate allowing veterans and disabled veterans credits to be added to civil service examination scores.

 “The military training our veterans receive provides valuable leadership skills and experiences that are highly desirable to any employer, including State and local governments,” Tkaczyk said. “So while this measure will help veterans, I believe it will also benefit our civil workforce.”

April 25, 2013
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Senator Tkaczyk Marks Earth Day with Solar Energy Legislation

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk marked Earth Day by co-sponsoring several pieces of legislation to expand the use of solar energy and promote the solar industry in New York.

“Solar power is renewable, clean, and far safer for our environment than fossil fuels,” Senator Tkaczyk said. “And promoting the solar industry in New York would create new jobs and help revitalize the Upstate economy.”

Senator Tkaczyk referenced a report from The Prometheus Institute, a data source on solar energy initiatives, which estimates that solar energy will create 22,000 American jobs in manufacturing, distribution and various building trades over the next decade.

April 22, 2013
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April 19, 2013
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Senator Tkaczyk Joins Montgomery County Officials to Discuss Job Creation and Economic Development

(AMSTERDAM, NY April 18) -- State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk joined Montgomery County officials today to discuss a package of economic development bills that would help small businesses and farms grow, create new jobs and spur the local economy.

“Our rural communities and small Upstate cities are not getting the support they need, and many of the unique challenges facing our local businesses are not being addressed,” Tkaczyk said. “The cornerstones of my legislative package would help small businesses by expanding Broadband Internet service, and would also support the small and medium farms that contribute so much to the Upstate economy.”

EXPANDING BROADBAND

April 18, 2013
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Earth Day 2013 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 2013 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is:

Cameron France

April 17, 2013
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Senator Tkaczyk and Colleagues Unveil Tough Ethics Package

Bills Would Limit Use of Campaign Money and Strip Pensions of Any Official Who Breaches Public Trust

  (Albany, NY) State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk joined her Senate colleagues to unveil a tough legislative ethics package designed to reform state government and combat the ongoing corruption issues facing New York State. Senator Tkaczyk also announced her support for the principles of the Governor Cuomo’s “New York Public Trust Act.”

April 16, 2013
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Senator Tkaczyk Introduces Legislation to Create Jobs, Help Small Businesses and Farms

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk today announced a package of economic development bills that would help small businesses and farms grow, create new jobs and spur the local economy.

“Our rural communities and small Upstate cities are not getting the support they need, and many of the unique challenges facing our local businesses are not being addressed,” Tkaczyk said. “The cornerstones of my legislative package would help small businesses by expanding Broadband Internet service, and would also support the small and medium farms that contribute so much to the Upstate economy.”

EXPANDING BROADBAND

April 10, 2013
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Kingston Daily Freeman: "Jobs, school, agriculture high on Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk's state agenda"

The Kingston Freeman recently conducted extensive interviews with me and several others about my first few months in office. You can read the article about it here.You can read the article by clicking this link.

April 1, 2013
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March 25, 2013
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