CANASTOTA >> The Canastota Central School Distinct held its public hearing Tuesday night on the proposed 2014-15 school budget that will be decided by district voters May 20.
Although there were approximately 100 people in attendance, there was little public comment and no opposition to the budget expressed.
Canastota resident Brenda Conover said she attended the hearing to better educate herself on the entire budget process. “I feel that the district has done a very good job in looking out not only for the taxpayers, but most importantly, the children,” she said.
There a major push in Albany to protect the elderly from financial abuse. According to state officials, more than ever before, elderly residents of New York State are now the target of scams and thefts. To protect consumers, State Senators Patrick Gallivan (R-Elma) and David Valesky (D-Oneida) are pitching new legislation. The series of bills would amend state law to toughen penalties for offenders and give banks the authority to reject financial transactions that appear to exploit the elderly. "Our goal shouldn't be to just reduce elder abuse, it should be to eliminate it," says Gallivan.
By Michelle Breidenbach on May 05, 2014 at 5:20 PM, updated May 06, 2014 at 9:00 AM
UPDATE: Sen. David Valesky, D-Oneida, has added his name to the list of New York state lawmakers who stand with the Oneida Indian Nation against the Washington Redskins.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Albany lawmakers will join Oneida Indian Nation Representative Ray Halbritter tomorrow to call on professional sports teams to stop using dictionary-defined racial slurs as mascots, according to a press release from the Oneida Nation.
By Teri Weaver on April 30, 2014 at 11:30 AM, updated April 30, 2014 at 11:35 AM
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Schools would teach children about recognizing and reporting sexual abuse under a bill passed by the New York State Senate on Tuesday.
The bill, known as Erin Merryn's Law, would require schools to establish curriculum to help sexual abuse victims ask for help. This is the second year the Senate has passed the law. Last year, the legislation died in the New York State Assembly.
The legislation is named after Erin Merryn, an Illinois resident who as a child was abused by both a neighbor and a family member.
State Sen. Dave Valesky, a founding member of the Independent Democratic Conference believes a recent Siena College poll gives credence to the coalition between the IDC and Senate Republicans.
The poll shows that 58 percent of New Yorkers like the way the coalition is running the New York State Senate. The Senate is controlled by minority Republicans and the IDC -- a system created a few sessions back, after a problem-filled term when Democrats controlled the Senate.
(Hamilton, NY – April 2014) At an April 16 meeting of the Madison County Democratic Committee in the Rathskellar at Hamilton’s Colgate Inn, candidates for election to the NY State Legislature were heard and endorsements were decided.
After being questioned about issues in the state as well as the role of the Independent Democratic Conference, incumbent David Valesky was endorsed by acclamation in his campaign for a sixth term in the NY State Senate representing the 53rd Senate district.
(Madison County, NY – April 20, 2014) Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) will join Madison County officials on Earth Day, April 22 at 11 a.m. at the Village of Hamilton DPW, 18 Milford St., to kick-off a series of six e-recycling collection events. The events are designed to bring attention to the New York State Electronics Recycling & Reuse Act by encouraging residents to properly dispose of their unwanted TVs and computer monitors that contain cathode ray tubes (CRTs).
UTICA>> Heroin and other opioid addiction is on the rise in New York. On Tuesday, the Senate Joint Task Force held a forum at the State Office Building in Utica.
The panel was led by Senator Joe Griffo and Senator Phil Boyle, who is also the chairman of the task force and Senator Dave Valesky. This was the third of 12 sessions throughout the state, which is designed to brainstorm ideas for legislation that they can take to Albany before the current session ends in June.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation Division of Law Enforcement this week hosted a graveside memorial ceremony in honor of Samuel S. Taylor, the first environmental officer killed in the line of duty in New York state.
Taylor, a game protector (now called environmental conservation officers), was fatally shot at the age of 38 on April 5, 1914, after attempting to apprehend a duck hunter while patrolling the banks of the Mohawk River.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – Local lawmakers are backing a Federal bill to deter thieves from targeting people with smartphones.
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Syracuse Congressman Dan Maffei, Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, Senator David Valesky and Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler were at Syracuse City Hall on Friday to announce Maffei’s co-sponsorship of a bill recently proposed in the United States House of Representatives that would require a kill switch on smartphones.
Schneiderman began the Secure Our Smartphones initiative to help combat “Apple Picking,” which is when thieves target popular devices such as smartphones and tablets.
ALBANY -- The morning after the legislature passed the fourth straight on-time state budget, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and legislative leaders grinned in front of news cameras, gripped a white ash Adirondack baseball bat, and declared they hit a grand slam.
But some lawmakers and political observers said that leaders' most potent weapon in this budget adopted late Monday night was their curve ball.
Friday, April 04, 2014 12:00 AM | Written by Staff
TCAD President Michael Stamm joined others for a press conference in Albany to announce the result of a new study, 'Manufacturing Executives: Attitudes, Operations, Expectations & Opportunities.' The results indicate that while the manufacturing sector still finds the economic climate to be challenging, they continue to invest in capital and operation in New York State.
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