A measure co-sponsored by State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk to restore funding to the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) has been signed by Governor Cuomo.
Senator Tkaczyk, Ranking Member on the Senate Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, was a vocal opponent of the cuts first proposed in the Executive Budget, saying:
“The budget cuts would have devastated the services that our most vulnerable residents and their families rely on. I am proud to have fought for full restoration throughout the budget process, and am thrilled these cuts have finally been restored,” she said.
FORT PLAIN — A big chunk of Tammy Erhardt’s 22 Abbott St. residence is long gone, but her tax bill is intact and right on time.
On June 28, Otsquago Creek flood waters tossed a neighbor’s house against her son’s bedroom, causing heavy damage. The Erhardts were gone at the time — more fortunate than the resident of the floating house, 87-year-old Ethel Healey, who died in the flood.
Erhardt feels lucky, but still was taken aback by the property tax bill that arrived in the mail last week.
“I basically have half a house right now,” she said, “but I have to pay the full tax.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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
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.”
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.
(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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.”