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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
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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
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Senator Tkaczyk Marks Earth Day with Solar Energy Legislation

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk marked Earth Day by co-sponsoring several pieces of legislation to expand the use of solar energy and promote the solar industry in New York.

“Solar power is renewable, clean, and far safer for our environment than fossil fuels,” Senator Tkaczyk said. “And promoting the solar industry in New York would create new jobs and help revitalize the Upstate economy.”

Senator Tkaczyk referenced a report from The Prometheus Institute, a data source on solar energy initiatives, which estimates that solar energy will create 22,000 American jobs in manufacturing, distribution and various building trades over the next decade.

April 22, 2013
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April 19, 2013
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Senator Tkaczyk Joins Montgomery County Officials to Discuss Job Creation and Economic Development

(AMSTERDAM, NY April 18) -- State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk joined Montgomery County officials today to discuss a package of economic development bills that would help small businesses and farms grow, create new jobs and spur the local economy.

“Our rural communities and small Upstate cities are not getting the support they need, and many of the unique challenges facing our local businesses are not being addressed,” Tkaczyk said. “The cornerstones of my legislative package would help small businesses by expanding Broadband Internet service, and would also support the small and medium farms that contribute so much to the Upstate economy.”

EXPANDING BROADBAND

April 18, 2013
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Senator Tkaczyk and Colleagues Unveil Tough Ethics Package

Bills Would Limit Use of Campaign Money and Strip Pensions of Any Official Who Breaches Public Trust

  (Albany, NY) State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk joined her Senate colleagues to unveil a tough legislative ethics package designed to reform state government and combat the ongoing corruption issues facing New York State. Senator Tkaczyk also announced her support for the principles of the Governor Cuomo’s “New York Public Trust Act.”

April 16, 2013
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Senator Tkaczyk Introduces Legislation to Create Jobs, Help Small Businesses and Farms

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk today announced a package of economic development bills that would help small businesses and farms grow, create new jobs and spur the local economy.

“Our rural communities and small Upstate cities are not getting the support they need, and many of the unique challenges facing our local businesses are not being addressed,” Tkaczyk said. “The cornerstones of my legislative package would help small businesses by expanding Broadband Internet service, and would also support the small and medium farms that contribute so much to the Upstate economy.”

EXPANDING BROADBAND

April 10, 2013
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Kingston Daily Freeman: "Jobs, school, agriculture high on Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk's state agenda"

The Kingston Freeman recently conducted extensive interviews with me and several others about my first few months in office. You can read the article about it here.You can read the article by clicking this link.

April 1, 2013
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Observer-Dispatch: "Cecilia Tkaczyk is the kind of person we need in government."

Thank you to the Observer-Dispatch for their Sunday editorial (March 24, 2013). I greatly appreciate the recognition of my efforts, and will continue to work hard and fight for my constituents. Click this link to view the editorial.

March 25, 2013
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Students from Schalmont High School

Students from Schalmont High School stopped by the Capitol Wednesday to see and learn more about their State Government. A very bright and engaged group of future leaders.

March 19, 2013
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Tkaczyk, Parents and Advocates: Restore Funds for People with Developmental Disabilities

(Rotterdam, NY) State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk, Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, advocates, parents and service providers today called for additional funds to be included in the State budget to assist New Yorkers with developmental disabilities. Under current budget proposals, significant cuts would be made to these critical services.

March 11, 2013
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On the job: Tkaczyk settles in to Senate role

Last week a reporter from the Amsterdam Recorder followed me for the day to get a sense of what life in the Legislature is like. Click here to view full article:

March 5, 2013
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Senator Tkaczyk: Raising Minimum Wage Helps Women with Children, Benefits the Economy

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk joined her colleagues to call for an increase to the  New York State minimum wage and index future increases to the rate of inflation. She said the increase would be especially beneficial to women with small children and have an overall positive effect on the economy.

 “More than 55 percent  of the workers in New York State receiving minimum wage are women, many of them with children,” Tkaczyk said. “Even those who can work 40 or more hours each week are living below the federal poverty level and are struggling to provide their families with decent housing, clothing and food.”

Tkaczyk said raising the wage would also have an overall economic benefit:

February 28, 2013
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Senator Tkaczyk, Local Legislators, Parents and Advocates Call for Action to Save Vulnerable Public Schools

State Senators and Assemblymembers from the Capital Region today called for increased education aid to save public schools that have been pushed to the edge of insolvency by recent budget cuts. The elected officials noted public schools have absorbed $2.7 billion in budget cuts in 2010 and 2011. Those cuts were especially devastating for high needs districts, where the cuts per pupil were much higher than for high-wealth districts.

February 20, 2013
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Senator Tkaczyk Holds Ceremonial Swearing In to Thank Montgomery and Schenectady Supporters

Congressman Tonko Administers Oath of Office

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk joined dozens of friends and colleagues at Amsterdam City Hall for a ceremonial swearing-in to thank the many supporters from Montgomery and Schenectady Counties who made her a Senate victory a reality.

The oath of office was administered by Congressman Paul Tonko. Participants included Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, Montgomery County Democratic Chair, Bethany Schumann-McGhee, and Schenectady County Democratic Chair Brian Quail.

Tkaczyk was officially sworn in on the Senate floor on January 23, but said she wanted an opportunity to thank and celebrate with her friends and supporters in Schenectady and Montgomery Counties.

February 3, 2013
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Tkaczyk Delivers First Resolution Honoring Local Man on 100th Birthday

Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk hand-delivered her first Senate resolution today to Fordyce Post, a resident of the Town of Lloyd who celebrated his 100th birthday on January 30.

“This is truly a wonderful occasion, and I am honored to be a part of the celebration,” Tkaczyk said. She told Mr. Post “This resolution is especially meaningful for me, as it is the first I have introduced as the Senator from New York’s 46th Senate District.”

Tkaczyk’s resolution highlighted many of the extraordinary events Mr. Post has witnessed in his long life. “This distinguished man has experienced the incredible joys and sorrows characteristic of and reserved for those with the stamina and courage to savor a full life,” she said.

January 31, 2013
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Tkaczyk Accepts Leadership Role on Important Senate Committees

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk (D-46th S.D.) has been appointed the Ranking Democratic Member on two legislative committees -- Elections and Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities. She will also serve as a member of four other Senate committees – Education, Agriculture, Environmental Conservation and Children and Families.

January 30, 2013
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Senator Tkaczyk Holds Ceremonial Swearing In to Thank Ulster and Greene County Supporters

State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk joined more than 150 friends and colleagues at the historic Senate House in Kingston for a ceremonial swearing-in to thank the many supporters from Ulster and Greene Counties who made her a Senate victory a reality.

Although Tkaczyk was sworn in on the Senate floor earlier in the week, she said she felt “it was very important for me to come here today to thank my friends and volunteers from Greene and Ulster Counties who spent countless hours going door to door and phoning voters.”

The oath of office Administered by Ulster County Executive Michael Hein and Assemblyman Kevin Cahill was master of ceremonies. Several Senate colleagues, including Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Senator Liz Krueger, joined Tkaczyk.

January 27, 2013
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Cecilia Tkaczyk Sworn in as Newest State Senator

Cecilia Tkaczyk was sworn in today as State Senator from the 46th Senate District and vowed to provide the residents of Albany, Greene, Montgomery, Schenectady and Ulster Counties with strong, full-time representation.

“This is a very humbling experience, and I thank the voters and many volunteers who generously offered their time and support to help elect me,” Senator Tkaczyk said. “I ran for office to ensure all residents of the 46th Senate District have access to the good paying jobs, well-protected environment, equal treatment and responsive, progressive government they deserve.”

January 24, 2013
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