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.
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.
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.
(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.”
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.
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.
Senator Tkaczyk’s Primary Reimbursement Bill Introduced in Assembly by Assemblyman Felix Ortiz
Legislators ask Gov to include funding in budget
Senator Tkaczyk’s measure to reimburse local governments and property taxpayers for the cost of a second Primary Election has been introduced by Assemblyman Felix Oritz, and the two legislators today requested the Governor include funding for the bill in his 30-day budget amendments.
State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk today disputed claims by the NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH) about the savings to be generated from the planned downsizing of the State’s psychiatric hospital system. By underestimating those savings, the agency is shortchanging the “Community Mental Health Reinvestment Program” by millions of dollars.
The Executive Budget proposes closing 399 beds and OMH estimates annual savings per bed to be $110,000 -- a total savings of about $43 million annually.
However, holding a billing statement from the state Office of Mental Health (OMH) Senator Tkaczyk noted that the daily rate for an inpatient bed in a state psychiatric hospital is more than $1,100, yielding annual savings of $408,000 per bed.
Senator Neil Breslin and I recently welcomed four outstanding public servants to the Senate Chamber. Together, they provided 116 years of service to their constituents as Town Clerk. They are: RoseMary Centie; Served as Town Clerk of Guilderland for 14 years. She is Past Secretary to the NYS Town Clerks Association, a Registered Municipal Clerk, a Past Regional Director of the New York State Clerks’ Association, and the President of the Town Clerks’ Association of Albany/Schenectady Counties.
ALBANY >> state Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk has been named the “2014 State Senate Legislative Freshman Leader of the Year” by the state School Boards Association.
Tkaczyk, D-Duanesburg, “has demonstrated an unwavering dedication to public education issues,” School Boards Association Executive Director Timothy Kremer said in a press release. “She has met with boards of education, participated in educational forums and events and made state aid for education a top legislative priority.”
Tkaczyk served as president of her local school board before being elected to represent the state’s 46th Senate District. She said she was honored to receive the recognition from the School Boards Association.
ALBANY >> A bill stalled in the state Senate to realign political primary dates in New York will cost local governments tens of millions of dollars if it is allowed to die, officials said Wednesday.
They estimated the cost of holding separate state and federal primaries to comply with a court ruling could total anywhere from $25 million to $50 million.
“It’s a lot of money,” said Ulster County Democratic Elections Commissioner Vic Work. “It’s just like driving on a train with $25 million in ones with the window open and throwing the money out the window.”
(ALBANY, NY) -- While the Federal courts have forced New York to move its Congressional primaries from September to June, the State Senate’s coalition leaders have failed to move State Primaries to coincide with the June date. In response, State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk has introduced legislation (S.6417)that would require the State to pay back local governments and taxpayers for the costs of the second, unnecessary and wasteful Primary -- estimated to be up to $50 million for every two-year election cycle.
Legislation co-sponsored by State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk to aid property owners hurt by this summer’s flooding unanimously passed the State Senate today.
Immediately following the flooding of Fort Plain in Montgomery County, Senator Tkaczyk introduced legislation to allow impacted businesses and homeowners to have their property taxes reassessed and lowered to reflect the flood-damaged status of their home or property.