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.
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.
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.
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."
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)
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.
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.
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.
ALBANY — New York State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk joined other lawmakers from the senate and assembly Monday afternoon to call for a solution to an administrative problem that has crippled many of the state’s Early Intervention service providers.
The problem stems from a 2011 budget measure that shifted responsibility for collecting third-party insurance payments for EI from counties to a state “fiscal agent,” which has left many small providers waiting months for payments and struggling under the administrative burden of filing claims.
(ALBANY, March 24, 2014) -- Thousands of infants and toddlers with developmental disabilities rely on Early Intervention (EI) services to help them develop to their fullest potential and have the chance of a normal and fulfilling life.
But legislative changes and bureaucratic missteps have put many EI service providers out of business. The problem has had the most severe impact on small agencies and sole proprietorships, most of which are woman-owned businesses.