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The Recorder: Centenarian gets a special birthday surprise

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - Updated: 10:15 AM


April 22, 2014

Earth Day 2014 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 2014 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is:Sean SkodaGrade 5Pinewood Intermediate School (Mohonasen CSD)

April 17, 2014

The Daily Gazette: Betting on the farm

State budget funding, estate-tax changes could help industry

Sunday, April 13, 2014

By Haley Viccaro  Gazette Reporter  

Photos by Marc Schultz

 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.

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April 15, 2014

Amsterdam Recorder: Roads getting financial help

 Tuesday, April 08, 2014 - Updated: 10:23 AM

April 8, 2014

Daily Gazette: State allows assessment reductions for 2013 flood victims

By Mark McGuire

CAPITOL — Owners of flood-damaged properties in 10 counties still paying taxes based on pre-deluge assessments could be getting a break under the 2014-15 New York state budget.

April 3, 2014

Catskill Daily Mail: Providers, lawmakers dismayed at EI ‘band-aid’


By Kyle Adams Columbia-Greene Media

CATSKILL — Early Intervention providers and lawmakers are calling for further action after they say the state’s 2014-2015 budget failed to substantially address the state’s EI billing crisis.


April 2, 2014

Times Union: Tax relief option after the flood

Localities, including Fort Plain, can decide to join program for distressed properties
By Jordan Carleo-Evangelist

Times Union

April 2, 2014

Increased School Aid, Property Tax Relief and Farm Support Included in 2014-15 State Budget

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.

April 2, 2014

Berne-Knox-Westerlo students Jared and John Lussier

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. 

March 27, 2014
March 26, 2014

Catskill Daily Mail: Lawmakers call for Early Intervention solution

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 2:00 am

By Kyle Adams Columbia-Greene Media 

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.

March 25, 2014

Daily Freeman: NY Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk goes to bat for programs that help disabled children

By Kyle Hughes, NYSNYS News

ALBANY >> With the clock ticking on the budget due April 1, advocates and legislators on Monday called for the final spending plan to include help for programs benefiting disabled children.

March 24, 2014

Legislators Call for Action to Save Critical Programs for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities

(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.

March 24, 2014

Taxes, schools key topics at Saugerties forum with Sen. Tkaczyk

By Pauline Liu

Times Herald-Record


SAUGERTIES — The two hot-button issues of school property taxes and education became the focus of Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk's community forum in Saugerties on Sunday.

 At one point, members of the audience of about 30 people at the Frank Greco Senior Center grew so passionate about the topics that some interrupted the senator's question-and-answer session to shout out their own remarks.

 "I'm retiring at the end of this month, and there's no way that I'm going to be able to afford to stay here because of the school taxes," Paul Jameson, a local firefighter, told the crowd.

March 24, 2014

Ride-along with the Amsterdam Police

Thanks to the Amsterdam Police Department for taking me on a ride-a-long recently. I already knew how difficult and demanding law enforcement is, but this gave me an even greater understanding and appreciation of the work they do.

March 19, 2014

Two Tkaczyk Initiatives Included in Assembly, Senate Budget Resolutions

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk has had rare success in this year's budget drafting process -- - two major initiatives of hers, introduced in 2013, have been included in both the Senate and Assembly budget resolutions.

Senator Tkaczyk’s legislation to reform the way Early Intervention (EI) services are provided and paid for, and another measure to rewrite and expand the Community Mental Health Reinvestment Act were both outlined and accepted into the budget resolutions put forward by both houses. 

“I was happy to see my bills were included in both the Assembly and Senate resolutions.  I think that speaks volumes about the merit of, and the need for, these important measures,” Senator Tkaczyk said.

March 19, 2014

Canines Come to the Capitol to Support Tkaczyk’s “K9 Vets Day” Bill

(ALBANY- 3-13-2014) To mark the 72nd anniversary of the creation of  the US Army’s K9 Corps, Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk brought together police and service dogs, trainers, handlers and law enforcement officials to call for the establishment of March 13 as “K-9 Veterans Appreciation Day.”

“There are countless stories about Military and Police dogs knowingly putting themselves in the line of fire to protect their human partners,” Senator Tkaczyk said. “They have served as sentries and scouts,  on search and rescue missions and to locate explosive devices and subdue the enemy.  And they have provided great comfort and companionship to our soldiers. I think it is fitting that we honor them and recognize their devotion, loyalty and bravery.”

March 13, 2014

Senator Tkaczyk to Vote Against Incumbent Members of the Board of Regents

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk today announced she would vote against all the incumbent members of the Board of Regents during next week's Regents elections.

“The Board of Regents must be held accountable and take responsibility for the extremely flawed roll-out of Common Core in New York State. The debacle created by the Regents has had a devastating effect on our students, schools, teachers and administrators. I cannot in good conscience vote to retain them, and believe very strongly they should be replaced with new members who will bring a fresh approach and a greater level of understanding of the issues facing our schools," she said.

March 4, 2014

Community Resiliency Forum Held in Montgomery County

First Event to Address Public Safety Threats Since 2013 Flooding

(JOHNSTOWN, NY) February 28, 2014 -- In the wake of last year’s flooding in Fort Plain, and with serious storms becoming more commonplace, State legislators and local leaders today held a Community Resiliency Forum designed to improve emergency preparedness, response and recovery. The event was organized and hosted by State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk, Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara and the American Red Cross, Northeastern New York Region.

March 4, 2014