Thank you to the Observer-Dispatch for their Sunday editorial (March 24, 2013). I greatly appreciate the recognition of my efforts, and will continue to work hard and fight for my constituents. Click this link to view the editorial.
Met four incredible students from Farnsworth Middle School in Guilderland who were in Albany to meet legislators and explain the importance of gifted and talented programs. From left to right, they are: Jonah Goldstein, Matthew Creighton, Layla Yousef and Mallory Trainor. Thanks to their teacher, Deborah Escobar, for her dedication and for introducing me to these truly impressive young people.
State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, called on the Senate leadership to strengthen and provide adequate funding for the for the Community Mental Health Reinvestment Act. Tkaczyk noted that community-based services are less expensive for taxpayers and more effective for recipients than is institutional care.
(Rotterdam, NY) State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk, Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, advocates, parents and service providers today called for additional funds to be included in the State budget to assist New Yorkers with developmental disabilities. Under current budget proposals, significant cuts would be made to these critical services.
State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk joined her colleagues to call for an increase to the New York State minimum wage and index future increases to the rate of inflation. She said the increase would be especially beneficial to women with small children and have an overall positive effect on the economy.
“More than 55 percent of the workers in New York State receiving minimum wage are women, many of them with children,” Tkaczyk said. “Even those who can work 40 or more hours each week are living below the federal poverty level and are struggling to provide their families with decent housing, clothing and food.”
Tkaczyk said raising the wage would also have an overall economic benefit:
State Senators and Assemblymembers from the Capital Region today called for increased education aid to save public schools that have been pushed to the edge of insolvency by recent budget cuts. The elected officials noted public schools have absorbed $2.7 billion in budget cuts in 2010 and 2011. Those cuts were especially devastating for high needs districts, where the cuts per pupil were much higher than for high-wealth districts.
State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk joined dozens of friends and colleagues at Amsterdam City Hall for a ceremonial swearing-in to thank the many supporters from Montgomery and Schenectady Counties who made her a Senate victory a reality.
The oath of office was administered by Congressman Paul Tonko. Participants included Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, Montgomery County Democratic Chair, Bethany Schumann-McGhee, and Schenectady County Democratic Chair Brian Quail.
Tkaczyk was officially sworn in on the Senate floor on January 23, but said she wanted an opportunity to thank and celebrate with her friends and supporters in Schenectady and Montgomery Counties.
Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk hand-delivered her first Senate resolution today to Fordyce Post, a resident of the Town of Lloyd who celebrated his 100th birthday on January 30.
“This is truly a wonderful occasion, and I am honored to be a part of the celebration,” Tkaczyk said. She told Mr. Post “This resolution is especially meaningful for me, as it is the first I have introduced as the Senator from New York’s 46th Senate District.”
Tkaczyk’s resolution highlighted many of the extraordinary events Mr. Post has witnessed in his long life. “This distinguished man has experienced the incredible joys and sorrows characteristic of and reserved for those with the stamina and courage to savor a full life,” she said.
State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk (D-46th S.D.) has been appointed the Ranking Democratic Member on two legislative committees -- Elections and Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities. She will also serve as a member of four other Senate committees – Education, Agriculture, Environmental Conservation and Children and Families.
State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk joined more than 150 friends and colleagues at the historic Senate House in Kingston for a ceremonial swearing-in to thank the many supporters from Ulster and Greene Counties who made her a Senate victory a reality.
Although Tkaczyk was sworn in on the Senate floor earlier in the week, she said she felt “it was very important for me to come here today to thank my friends and volunteers from Greene and Ulster Counties who spent countless hours going door to door and phoning voters.”
The oath of office Administered by Ulster County Executive Michael Hein and Assemblyman Kevin Cahill was master of ceremonies. Several Senate colleagues, including Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Senator Liz Krueger, joined Tkaczyk.
Cecilia Tkaczyk was sworn in today as State Senator from the 46th Senate District and vowed to provide the residents of Albany, Greene, Montgomery, Schenectady and Ulster Counties with strong, full-time representation.
“This is a very humbling experience, and I thank the voters and many volunteers who generously offered their time and support to help elect me,” Senator Tkaczyk said. “I ran for office to ensure all residents of the 46th Senate District have access to the good paying jobs, well-protected environment, equal treatment and responsive, progressive government they deserve.”