David J. Valesky's News items

Breakaway Senate Dems unveil 'Invest New York' policy agenda

BY KEN LOVETT, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, January 19, 2015, 1:48 PM

The breakaway group of five Senate Democrats on Monday unveiled a 15-point policy agenda for the new legislative session that includes a call to give localities like New York City the power to set their own minimum wage rates.

Other proposals in the "Invest New York" package would be the creation of an education investment tax credit that private and parochial schools have been pushing for years, a $400 million school construction trust fund, and various housing initiatives.

January 23, 2015
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A call to action for the education of our children

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

First Posted: Monday, January 19, 2015 -3:46 p.m.

To the editor:

January 23, 2015
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Skelos: The IDC-GOP Coalition Remains In Place

JAN 13TH - 12:43 PM

Posted by Nick Reisman

Even though Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeff Klein was largely stripped of the power and title he held for the last two years, Republican Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos insisted in an interview there would be little change in how the chamber functions.

“As we go through the legislative session, you’re going to see it’s going to be very similar to the way it was for the last four years,” Skelos said.

The Senate last week adopted rules that made Skelos, a Long Island Republican, the majority leader once again as well as temporary president of the chamber.

January 23, 2015
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Valesky on IDC, Republican NY Senate coalition: 'Continuing to do what works'

By Teri Weaver on January 08, 2015 at 5:17 PM, updated January 08, 2015 at 5:18 PM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Without last year's power-sharing arrangement between the New York State Senate and breakaway Democrats, it's hard to imagine that allowing marijuana for medical use would now be state law, according to Sen. David Valesky.

"You can't say if there wasn't a coalition, it wouldn't have happened," Valesky, D-Oneida, said. "But I think you can say, absent the coalition as it existed last year, I feel comfortable saying that it is highly unlikely that that statute would be on the books now."

January 12, 2015
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GOP takes full control of NY Senate, but retains 'coalition' with Valesky, IDC

By Teri Weaver on January 07, 2015 at 2:52 PM, updated January 07, 2015 at 2:55 PM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Republicans officially took full control of the New York State Senate today, but they committed to continuing a special, if not equal, relationship with a small group of breakaway Democrats including Sen. David Valesky, D-Oneida.

Sen. Dean Skekos, R-Rockville Centre, was re-elected as the Republican's majority leader, an expected move that puts him in charge of the Albany chamber.

But the Independent Democratic Conference still has advantages over a larger group of mainstream Democrats.

January 12, 2015
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Libous: IDC To Be ‘Respected’ In New Rules

JAN 6TH - 6:05 PM

Posted by Nick Reisman in State Senate

The state Senate’s new rules will grant some power to the breakaway Independent Democratic Conference, but also acknowledge that Republicans control the chamber, Deputy Senate Republican Leader Tom Libous on Tuesday said.

“I think it will be a good working relationship,” Libous said. “It will be a positive one. I think once the rules are finally adopted, it will show Republicans control the chamber, but the IDC will be respected and have a lot to say.”

January 8, 2015
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CAPITOL PRESSROOM: Dec. 9, 2014: Anne Marie Garti and Robert Nied, UUP’s Fred Kowal, Sen. David Valesky, AG Schneiderman

by ALYSSA PLOCK

December 9, 2014

The Constitution Pipeline, which will transport shale gas from Pennsylvania to New York, has received conditional approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. But some groups are looking for legal actions to halt the process. Anne Marie Garti, a founder of “Stop the Pipeline” and a volunteer lawyer representing “Stop the Pipeline” through the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic, and Robert Nied, of the Center for Sustainable Rural Communities, say Constitution Pipeline lawyers’ threaten and intimidate landowners who refuse to sign easement agreements. They are calling on the Attorney General to intervene.

December 15, 2014
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Advocates gather at Syracuse City Hall to seek state money for roads, pipes and bridges

By Tim Knauss on December 09, 2014 at 12:36 PM, updated December 09, 2014 at 12:40 PM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Anticipating a "feeding frenzy'' over New York state's $5 billion windfall, a dozen public officials, union leaders and contractors gathered this morning at Syracuse City Hall to advocate spending all of the money to repair roads, bridges, water pipes and other infrastructure.

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, state Senators John DeFrancisco and David Valesky, Assemblyman Al Stirpe and others said the state should use the money from a one-time settlement with banks to make long overdue infrastructure repairs.

December 15, 2014
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Hundreds cast write-in votes against unopposed NYS Sens. DeFrancisco, Valesky

By Michelle Breidenbach on December 09, 2014 at 11:32 AM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Hundreds of voters decided not to let state Sens. John DeFrancisco and David Valesky get away with running unopposed in this year's election.

In both districts, voters likely set a record for the number of times they chose to write in a name on the ballot instead of allowing a senator to return to Albany with no opposition.

New paper ballots make it easier than ever for a quiet write-in protest.

December 15, 2014
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Suburban Agriculture Bill Is Signed Into Law In NYS

By ALLISON DUNNE 8:45 AM FRI DECEMBER 5, 2014

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a suburban agriculture bill. A Hudson Valley lawmaker had sponsored the bill in the Assembly.

December 15, 2014
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National Endowment for the Arts

CNY Arts is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $40,000 contract from the National Endowment for the Arts through the Art Works grant program. The funds will be used to support implementation of ENGAGE CNY, CNY Arts’ ten-year cultural plan to boost the livability and economic vitality of Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, and Oswego counties.

December 15, 2014
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NYS Education Department Announces Nominees for 2015 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

By Long Island News & PRs Published: December 03 2014

Education Commissioner John B. King announced the nomination of 10 New York state high school seniors for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

Merrick, NY - December 3, 2014 - Education Commissioner John B. King announced today the nomination of 10 New York state high school seniors for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.  The Presidential Scholar recognition is one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.  Every year, one young man and one young woman from each state are named as Presidential Scholars.

December 15, 2014
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Add Valesky To ‘Syracuse Billion’ Push

Sen. David Valesky of Oneida is joining the push for a “Syracuse Billion.”

The Independent Democratic Conference member on Monday said in a statement he backed the plan as proposed by Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner to have the state commit to a massive infrastructure investment in the central New York city.

December 15, 2014
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Oneida removes limits on taxis

By Jolene Cleaver, The Oneida Daily Dispatch

POSTED: 11/19/14, 9:55 AM EST | UPDATED: 4 DAYS AGO

ONEIDA >> Among myriad actions at Tuesday’s Common Council meeting, councilors voted to allow an unlimited number of taxi companies in the city.

Councilors voted in favor of repealing a portion of city code that set a maximum number of taxis permitted in Oneida.

Previously, Fred Edick, owner of Oneida Taxi, pointed out that the number of taxis operating in the city went against the city charter, which stated there should be one taxi for every 1,000 people.

November 24, 2014
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Seward supports NY Senate GOP continuing 'some sort of partnership' with Independent Democratic Conference

November 18, 2014 6:15 am  •  Robert Harding

Thanks to election night wins in three upstate New York districts, Republicans now hold the majority in the state Senate. But does that mean they will discontinue their coalition with the Independent Democratic Conference?

The answer could be no.

After Republicans re-elected state Sen. Dean Skelos as leader of the GOP conference, the focus shifted to what to do with the power-sharing coalition, which began in 2013.

November 24, 2014
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Donate coats, hats, gloves to refugees new to snowy Syracuse

By Michelle Breidenbach on November 13, 2014 at 3:53 PM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - As the first snowflakes of the season fall on Syracuse, NYS Sen. David Valesky, D-Oneida, has started a coat and blanket drive for refugee families from warm climates.

Bring new or gently used, washable coats, hats, gloves and blankets to the lobby of the State Office Building, 333 E. Washington St. in Syracuse through Friday, Dec. 5.

All coat sizes are needed, starting with toddlers.

The drive is a partnership with the Interfaith Works' Refugee Resettlement Program at the Center for New Americans.

November 17, 2014
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On Veterans Day, Sen. Valesky calls for year of sharing heroic stories with young people

By Michelle Breidenbach on November 11, 2014 at 1:40 PM, updated November 11, 2014 at 2:22 PM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - At a Veterans Day ceremony in Syracuse Tuesday, New York State Sen. David Valesky, D-Oneida, called for a year of sharing memories and stories about military service.

He thought of it after visiting an elementary school in Oneida, where young students were able to talk one-on-one Monday with a veteran he called a "hero."

November 17, 2014
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North Broad Elementary students learn the importance of Veterans Day

By Nick Will, Oneida Dispatch POSTED: 11/10/14, 11:46 AM EST

ONEIDA>>Students at North Broad Elementary School spent Monday, November 10 with Veterans, thanking them for their service and learning just what having the school day off on Nov. 11 is all about.

All of the North Broad School students gathered for an assembly in the Cafeteria in the beginning of the day, learning about why Veterans Day is important from classmates and other important people.

Senator David Valesky spoke to the students, urging them to not only remember the sacrifice of veterans on Nov. 11, but every day of the year when the look at the flag.

November 17, 2014
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Central New York's influence in state legislature changes

By Ryan Delaney & Ellen Abbott

Thu November 6, 2014 1:27AM

The New York state Senate got swept up in this year's Republican election wave, with 33 districts in their corner after the votes were counted.

The dean of central New York’s Senate delegation, state Sen. John DeFrancisco, said that’s good news.

On the flip side, it means difficulty for central New York's Democratic Assembly members to push through key agenda items, and reduces the influence of Sen. Dave Valesky, who DeFrancisco shares representation of Syracuse with.

November 12, 2014
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Unopposed state legislators return to office

By Ashley M. Casey, Sarah Hall First Posted: Wednesday, November 5, 2014 -10:28 a.m.

Neither John DeFrancisco (R-Syracuse) nor Dave Valesky (D-Oneida) had an opponent this election season.

The lack of opposition allowed both state senators to coast easily back to the state legislature, earning 65,967 and 35,515 votes, respectively.

In a speech before the crowd at the Republican Party’s Election Night celebration at the Sheraton Syracuse University, DeFrancisco, senator for the 50th District, said he much prefers running without an opponent.

November 12, 2014
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