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Senator Tkaczyk, Assemblyman Santabarbara Expand Flood Relief Measure to Help NYers in Five Counties

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk and Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara have joined together and expanded the Senator’s Flood Assessment Relief Act of 2013 (S.5915-A) to include assistance for homeowners and businesses in the five counties across Upstate New York hurt by flooding in June and July.

The revised measure has to-date been co-sponsored by 10 of Senator Tkaczyk’s Democratic Senate colleagues and has been introduced in the Assembly by Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara as A.8124.

 The legislation would create a local option allowing businesses and homeowners in Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery, Niagara and Oneida counties to have their property taxes reassessed and lowered to reflect the flood-damaged status of their home or property.

September 9, 2013

September 2013 has been designated as Suicide Prevention Month in New York State

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of all deaths in the United States, the third leading cause of death among individuals  between  the ages  of  15  to 24, and the second leading cause of death among college students. More than twenty percent of those who die  by  suicide  are  active  or retired members of the military.

A great many suicides are preventable. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, together with  thousands of advocates, caregivers,  consumers  and  professionals  work  tirelessly to raise awareness, reduce stigma, educate New Yorkers and influence public policy to make mental health services readily available and accessible.

September 6, 2013

Tkaczyk opens Montgomery County office

By David Lombardo
Friday, August 23, 2013

Residents of the 46th Senate District can now reach Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk, D-Duanesburg, through an Amsterdam office.

The freshman senator has become much more accessible to the northern end of her district, which stretches from Montgomery County down to Ulster County. Tkaczyk's new office is on the first floor of 1170 Riverfront Center, where her phone number is 518-842-2407.

August 26, 2013

Tkaczyk visits Liberty Enterprise, touts mental health bill


Recorder News Staff

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk (D-46th) visited Liberty Enterprise's day support building, the Montgomery County chapter of New York State ARC, Thursday afternoon to tour the building and meet staff members. Liberty is the largest facility in the county that serves people who have developmental disabilities.

Community mental health needs are at a historic high, though funding has been funneled into the General Fund for ten of the last 20 years. Having recognized a need to address the lack of funds, Tkaczyk, who is on the Mental Health Committee, jointly introduced legislation with chair of the Mental Health Committee Assemblyman Aileen Gunther to do just that.

August 26, 2013

Amsterdam Recorder: Tkaczyk pays visit to summer reading program


Recorder News Staff

A group of elementary-aged students received a visit from state Sen. Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk during their normally scheduled summer reading program Thursday morning.

As part of a resolution Tkaczyk brought to the Senate floor recently, she stopped into the Amsterdam Free Library to read the children a book written by a student from the capital district.

Most of the children were regulars to the summer reading program, even though they are still learning to read.

"Reading is something you have to learn to do, and when you have moms and dads read books to you, it all helps so it's great that you're here," Tkaczyk told the group.

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August 16, 2013

Tkaczyk Brings Investors, Developers to Fort Plain

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk, together with local officials from the Village of Fort Plain and Montgomery County,  led a group of investors, community development agencies and financial institutions on a tour of some of the businesses hit by the recent flooding.

“My goal is to bring organizations with money to invest or donate and introduce them to local officials and businesspeople that desperately need help,” Senator Tkaczyk said. “I have seen firsthand just how resilient the people of Fort Plain are. Together with these organizations, and their expertise revitalizing businesses and communities, we can rebuild Fort Plain and make it better than ever.”

July 30, 2013

The WORLD CHAMPION Odyssey of the Mind Team from Hunter-Tannersville High School

This is the WORLD CHAMPION Odyssey of the Mind Team from Hunter-Tannersville High School -- Emily Farrell, Troy Bates, Dylan Endy, William Garrison and Neal Statts, along with their coaches Rich and Dawn Outtrim. Theirs is an incredible story of a small school in rural Greene County that defeated 47 teams – 39 from the US and eight from Singapore, South Korea, Mexico and Poland at the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals

June 19, 2013

Senator Tkaczyk co-Sponsor of Legislation Restoring OPWDD Cuts

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk, Ranking Member on the Senate Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, praised the agreement to restore funding to the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities. She was a co-sponsor of the measure to restore the funds.

“These cuts would have devastated the services that our most vulnerable residents and their families rely on,” Tkaczyk said. “I am proud to have fought for full restoration throughout the budget process, and am thrilled these cuts have finally been restored.”

June 14, 2013

Sarah Jones

This is Sarah Jones from Guilderland High School, who recently visited me in the Capitol. Sarah was one of 51 students -- one from each State and the District of Columbia -- who wrote award-winning essays for the national World War II Museum's "Salute to Freedom" contest. She is quite an impressive young lady.

June 14, 2013

Senator Tkaczyk, Assemblywoman Gunther Fight for Community-Based Mental Healthcare

(ALBANY, NY) -- Although community mental health needs are at an all-time high, funding for those programs has been diverted to the General Fund for ten of the last 20 years. State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk (ranking member of the Senate Mental Health Committee) and Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther (chair of the Assembly Mental Health Committee) have introduced legislation to address that lack of funding and the current critical shortage of community-based services.

June 13, 2013

Tkaczyk Rural Broadband Expansion Bill Passes Senate

Legislation co-sponsored by Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk to expand access to broadband in rural areas of the State passed the Senate today. Senator Tkaczyk has been an outspoken proponent of expanding broadband service in her district and earlier this year held several press conferences on the issue.

“Broadband is an absolutely crucial component of our modern-day business infrastructure. It is essential for job creation and economic growth,” Senator Tkaczyk said. “Unfortunately, it is not readily available at an affordable price in many portions of Upstate New York, particularly in rural areas. My bill would encourage broadband service providers to invest in rural areas that are currently underserved.”

June 12, 2013

Legislators Hold Forum on Impact of Testing and Mandates on Public Schools

Teachers, parents, school superintendents and administrators from rural, urban and suburban school districts  provided testimony to state legislators today on the impact increased testing and new state and federal mandates are having on our public schools. 

The forum was organized by Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy and State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk, both of whom are former school board presidents. They were joined by Democratic and Republican colleagues from the Senate and Assembly.

Testimony was presented on the effects testing can have on children’s emotional health, the loss of hours of instructional time, and the financial strain caused by testing and other mandates at a time when school districts’ budgets are stretched to the limit.

June 6, 2013

Senator Tkaczyk Passes First Bill; Measure Would Increase Tourism, Boost Local Economy

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk passed her first bill in the Senate today, a measure that would designate a 41 mile corridor in Greene County as “The Mountain Cloves Scenic Byway.”

 “State Scenic Byways are an important tool for economic development,” Senator Tkaczyk said. “They increase tourism and recreational opportunities and also help secure federal funding for road improvements and preservation.”

 The Mountain Cloves Scenic Byway would link Platte Clove Road with sections of Route 23A and Route 214 and cross through the Greene County Villages of Hunter and Tannersville and the Town of Hunter.

May 30, 2013

Redal Ram, Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year nominee

Each year Boys and Girls Clubs all across New York State nominate an outstanding member of their club to be a candidate for the Youth of the Year Award. I have two of these amazing young people in my Senate District. This is  Redal Ram from Schenectady. Redal is the Salutatorian of his graduating class and will be attending Dartmouth.



May 23, 2013

Leither Moultrie, Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year nominee.

Each year Boys and Girls Clubs all across New York State nominate an outstanding member of their club to be a candidate for the Youth of the Year Award. This is Leither Moultrie, from the Kingston Boys and Girls Club. Leither is a HS freshman, and she is going to achieve great things in her life


May 23, 2013

Emergency Medical Services Memorial Dedication Ceremony

I was honored to take part in a very moving ceremony to pay tribute to Eric Monty and David Restuccio, two EMS professionals who lost their lives in the line of duty. Behind me you can see the "Tree of Life" Memorial which honors fallen EMS professionals. The event also honored the 60,000 EMS personnel in NYS who serve the public every day.

May 21, 2013

Tkaczyk Proposes Ban on Hazardous Fracking Waste Being Shipped into New York State

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk today announced legislation that would ban hazardous waste products from out-of-state fracking operations from being imported into, treated or disposed of in New York State.

“New York is under assault,” Senator Tkaczyk said. “Tens of thousands of tons of hazardous wastes are being shipped here each year from fracking sites in Pennsylvania and other states. These wastes have high levels of heavy metals, carcinogens and other toxic chemicals and compounds, yet they are exempt from the storage and treatment regulations which govern the handling of other hazardous substances.”

May 15, 2013

Mary "Chiz" Chisholm" -- a Woman of Distinction

The Senate recently held their annual "Women of Distinction" event. My nominee, Mary "Chiz" Chisholm is a remarkable woman who runs "Chiz's Heart Street" which she calls "A home for people who have not typically had a home. Thirty four of the 39 residents are diagnosed schizophrenic. Many have overcome alcohol and drug addictions. This is a link to a great article about Mary "Chiz" Chisholm from the Kingston Times.

May 8, 2013

Senator Tkaczyk and Assemblyman Cahill Announce Legislation to Protect New Yorker’s Right to Vote

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk and Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, joined by Board of Elections officials from several counties, today announced legislation that would protect New Yorkers’ right to vote and ensure their votes are counted.

One of the measures (S.4270) would prevent affidavit ballots from being disqualified for insignificant, hyper technical reasons, as long as the voter is eligible, registered and in substantial compliance with voting regulations.

“Our democracy will only thrive if citizens participate and vote,” Senator Tkaczyk said. “We should be encouraging residents to get involved in the process and cast their vote, rather than creating unnecessary obstacles that prevent their votes from being counted.”

May 1, 2013