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Cecilia Tkaczyk

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Tkaczyk Bill Will Allow Shared Fire Protection Services, Reduce Costs

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.

June 18, 2014

Daily Mail: Tkaczyk urges Senate to oppose wholesale energy pricing plan

June 11, 2014 1:15 am

By Kyle Adams Columbia-Greene Media |

 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.

June 11, 2014

Times Union: Empower users with advocate

Times Union Commentary By Derrick Holmes

Monday, June 9, 2014

 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.

June 10, 2014

A lifetime of service: Fort Johnson woman receives Senate Liberty Medal

Thursday, June 05, 2014


 Not just anyone can be nominated for New York State's Liberty Medal, Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk said Wednesday afternoon.

"The Liberty Medal is presented for exceptional valor and dedication on behalf of the people of upstate New York," said Tkaczyk, D-Duanesburg. "It's the highest honor to present to citizens."

That's why Gyneth Elaine Hogaboom Ko-Talmadge was honored with the prestigious award at the Century Club.

Tkaczyk nominated Ko-Talmadge, and the Senate approved the nomination in the form of a resolution.

June 5, 2014

Senator Tkaczyk calls for Action to Mitigate Electric Rate Hike

 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.

June 3, 2014

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Actions Hurting Hudson Valley Ratepayers

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.

May 30, 2014

The Recorder -- Memorial Day 2014: Gathering as one to give thanks

Tuesday, May 27, 2014


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.

May 27, 2014

Senator Tkaczyk Nominates Robert Tarpinian for Veterans' Hall of Fame

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:

May 22, 2014

The Recorder: Senator honors local coaches and champion wrestler Brandon Lapi

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.

May 22, 2014

The Recorder: Senator honors brothers in arms

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.

May 22, 2014

Pastor Gail Adamoschek -- Woman of Distinction

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.

May 14, 2014

Honoring Leo and Armand Mancini for distinguished service to our Nation.

I recently had the privilege of meeting St. Johnsville natives Armand and Leo Mancini and presenting them with proclamations in honor of their service to our country during World War II.

Armand was shot down over New Guinea, received serious wounds and was Missing in Action. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Silver Star and many other medals in recognition of his duty and sacrifice.

Leo served in both Europe and Morocco, and was awarded the Air Medal with Seven Clusters in recognition of flying 60 missions. Truly remarkable men.


May 14, 2014

On Capitol Pressroom with Senator Ted O'Brien to discuss fracking wastes from other states being dumped here in New York.

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

May 14, 2014

Associated Press: Ban on fracking waste proposed by Democrats

ALBANY, N.Y. — Shipping hydraulic fracturing waste product into the state for treatment or disposal would be banned under legislation introduced Tuesday by Democrats in the state Senate.

The four bill released by the minority conference Tuesday would also ban the waste from being used to melt ice off roads and bar treatment facilities and landfills from accepting the byproduct.

Fracking involves injecting a mixture of water, sand and chemicals at high pressure to extract oil and gas from rock formations.

May 13, 2014

St. Johnsville Springfest Parade

Had a great time at the St. Johnsville Springfest Parade. I was in charge of the tractor!

May 12, 2014

Times Union Editorial: 'Political posturing' or common sense?

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

May 11, 2014

Times Herald Record Editorial: Provoke an opponent and we can learn a lot

If you can't win in the winner-take-all Albany arena, at least you can irritate your opponents and hope they reveal a bit about themselves.

May 9, 2014

Cadet Gregory Larsen of Voorheesville at "West Point Day" at the Capitol

This week we welcomed cadets from the United States Military Academy at West Point to the Capitol as part of the annual “West Point Day.”  
Cadet Gregory Larsen from Voorheesvile (class of 2015) made the trip and it was really great to meet this young man, who despite his young age demonstrated true leadership skills and dedication.


May 9, 2014

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