State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk organized and participated in a meeting between members of the Upstate farming community and officials from Grow NYC, which manages the largest Greenmarket in the country.
Senator Tkaczyk said, “My goal is to connect small Upstate farmers with the New York City markets, forge new partnerships and collaborations and bring more produce from our local farms to the restaurants and consumers in New York City.”
Tkaczyk organized the meeting and was joined by farmers and agricultural experts to tour Grow NYC’s largest Greenmarket, their flagship in Union Square Park. Since its start in 1976, the Union Square Greenmarket has grown to include, during peak season, 140 regional farmers, fisherman and bakers.
State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk said the Senate should immediately vote on a bill passed yesterday by the Assembly to enact a single Primary Election date in June. Consolidating State and Federal primaries to a single day would protect the voting rights of military members serving overseas and would save taxpayers more than $50 million every two year election cycle.
Senator Tkaczyk co-sponsored the measure in the Senate to consolidate the primaries and bring the state into compliance with the federal Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act. MOVE was enacted to ensure that votes from military personnel and Americans living abroad are received in time and counted.
State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk has co-sponsored legisaltion to consolidate the state’s Primary Election day for state and federal offices to a single day in June. This bill would save state and local governments $50 million every two years by holding a single primary election and moving Primary Election day from the month of September.
As Senate leaders prepare a 2014 session calendar, Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk called on the Senate's majority coalition leaders to schedule a legislative session day during the fall of 2014, allowing the Legislature to address issues that are left unresolved or that develop after the end of session in June. "As we saw this year, the issues faced by our constituents are not automatically resolved when the Legislative Session ends in June," Tkaczyk said. "And also like this year, other issues develop after we adjourn. Representing the people is something we do year-round, and we owe it to them to address those issues and take care of the State's unfinished business."
State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk said the five counties she represents will receive 57 awards totaling $28.9 million from the Governor’s Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) for a wide range of projects, programs and businesses.
Senator Tkaczyk said “I am very pleased that the counties I represent were such big winners. These grants will boost a wide range of industries, from small farms to state-of-the-art high-tech firms.”
Tkaczyk represents all of Greene and Montgomery counties, and parts of Albany, Schenectady and Ulster counties.
Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration. We received outstanding poems, essays, and artwork that exemplify the creativity of New York State’s young people.
The submissions received are remarkable in what they represent – showing gratitude and respect for family, friends, our troops fighting overseas, and many other important subjects and activities. I am humbled and honored to see such inspiring contributions in response to what is a deceptively difficult question: “What are you thankful for?”
On behalf of the New York State Senate, I would like to offer my wholehearted congratulations to all of the participants in this year’s Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration.
BETHLEHEM - It's not every day when two state senators and one assembly member show up for a local school board meeting. But that's exactly what happened on Wednesday night as the frustration continues to grow regarding the state's Common Core implementation.
According to Albany Assembly woman Pat Fahy, what's happening with the state of New York State's education is a perfect storm of frustration.
"I was hearing with almost unanimity the number of concerns," Fahy says, "And when you start hearing from educators, parents and even students, then you have to start to pay attention."
State Legislators from the Capitol Region have raised concerns that the Common Core curriculum and standardized testing are inconsistent with Federal laws designed to guarantee a quality education for children with special needs.
They requested that the State Education Department dedicate one of their upcoming public forums on Common Core to the curriculum’s impact on children with special needs.
State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk said New York City should be directed to fund an independent study on the issues related to the release of turbid water from the Ashokan Reservoir into the Lower Esopus Creek.
In order to protect NYC’s drinking water supply in the Ashokan Reservoir, the City’s Department of Environmental Protection releases up to 600 million gallons of highly turbid, muddy water per day from the reservoir into the Lower Esopus Creek. Those releases have created many problems for Ulster County residents and business owners near the creek, including polluted water and an increased frequency of flooding. Critics also contend the releases have damaged local wildlife and recreational activities.
State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk announced that Governor Cuomo has signed a measure she co-sponsored (S.5805/A.8039) to provide that flags lowered to half-staff at the State Capitol in honor of a fallen soldier be given at no cost to the loved ones of the deceased.
The program is named after Lt. Colonel Todd Clark, a native of Guilderland in Tkaczyk’s Senate District. As a 17-year US Army Veteran, Lt. Colonel Clark served with great distinction and bravery. While recuperating from serious wounds he received on a previous tour of duty, Lt. Colonel Clark traveled to the State Capitol to talk to legislators about Veterans’ issues.
State Education Commissioner John King was treated roughly by teachers and parents at a town hall meeting held last week in Poughkeepsie to discuss the Common Core learning standards. He promptly cancelled four other town halls that were scheduled around the state, including one at Shenendehowa High School, saying the one in Poughkeepsie was “co-opted by special interests.” Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk, a former school board member and mother of a current high school student, sent King a letter asking him to reconsider and hold those meetings. He should.
In the wake of State Education Commissioner Dr. John King’s suspension of PTA-sponsored town hall meetings on the Common Core and standardized testing mandates, State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk (D, Duanesburg) urged him to reconsider.
The freshman lawmaker told King in a letter that the new mandates placed on schools, teachers and students “are among the most significant challenges ever faced by our public education system.”
Tkaczyk would like King to attend a community forum she will be holding in Ulster County.
State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk has been named to the New York Farm Bureau’s 2013 Circle of Friends.
“Agriculture is the State’s largest industry, generating more than $30 billion for the New York economy,” Senator Tkaczyk said. “Right now, small farms in New York are struggling to survive, and it’s critical that we support the industry and help it to grow and create jobs.”
State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk was given the highest score in the State Senate by Environmental Advocates of New York, in recognition of her strong record of sponsoring and supporting legislation to protect New York’s environment.
“I am very proud to have received a perfect score on environmental legislation,” Senator Tkaczyk said. “Protecting the State’s beautiful natural resources, as well as the health of our residents, is a responsibility that should not be taken lightly, and I thank EPL/Environmental Advocates for their recognition of my work in the Senate.”
Legislators’ scores are heavily influenced by their support for the Super Bills, the most pressing environmental priorities for New York.
This year, the environmental Super Bills included:
State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk and Assemblymember Pat Fahy joined colleagues, families and advocates to announce legislation to help ensure that thousands of infants and toddlers with disabilities receive the early intervention services they need to live normal, fulfilling lives.
As a result of legislative changes and bureaucratic snafus, many early intervention specialists -- who provide speech, physical and educational therapies to more than 70,000 young children -- have not been paid since April 1. Many are either closing their doors or are declining to take new children into the program.