David J. Valesky's News items

Sound Investment: Governor should sign bill to help downtowns

Syracuse Post-Standard editorial, published June 23, 2009

Gov. David Paterson announced Wednesday that he had vetoed 14 bills that he said would have cost taxpayers a total of $5.7 million. "This is not a time to add to the state's spending or to increase the burden on the state's taxpayers," he said. "This is the time for fiscal responsibility, and that means vetoing bills that increase costs to taxpayers."

July 28, 2009
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New York's State Senate approves Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit

Published in the Syracuse-Post Standard

Thursday, May 28, 2009

 By Greg MunnoA long-anticipated program that would help make it viable to restore historic buildings took a big step toward becoming reality on Wednesday.

The state Senate passed the Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit, a bill that Upstate leaders have been pushing for years.

"This is a game changer," said Robert Simpson, president of the Metropolitan Development Association, which has advocated for the credit for five years.

June 2, 2009
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May 26, 2009
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NYRI Withdrawl is a Victory for Central New Yorkers

Lately, in these difficult times, it is seemingly impossible to escape bad news. That’s why this week, a piece of good news in the form of New York Regional Interconnect withdrawing its application to build power lines in Central New York, is so extraordinary.

April 9, 2009
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Senator Valesky Statement on News that NYRI has Withdrawn Its PSC Application

As a strong and vocal opponent of NYRI, I am pleased that they have at last decided to withdraw their petition from the PSC. Though it is necessary to address New York State's aging power infrastructure, I firmly believe it should not be done at the detriment of our Upstate communities. The power line would have cut through the hearts of those communities and resulted in increased power costs for Upstate. Today, I am happy that the residents of those communities in Madison and Oneida counties can rest easy knowing this project has been defeated.

April 6, 2009
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Sun Continues to Shine on Reform Committee: Rules Reform Committee Meeting Webcast

During National Sunshine Week, a national initiative to open a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information, the New York State SenateTemporary Committee on Rules Reform once again webcast of its public meeting and archived the video to its site.

March 20, 2009
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Senate MTA Plan Comes with Commitment for Upstate

 

State Senators David J. Valesky and Darrel J. Aubertine announced today that the Senate Majority’s plan to provide solvency and transparency to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority comes with a commitment to Upstate road and bridge projects.

March 17, 2009
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Senator Valesky Details Plan to Steer Stimulus Funds to Close Budget and Spur Economy

State Senator David Valesky (D-Oneida) today laid out a vision for how the State Senate can help direct discretionary stimulus funds to achieve a broader goal of economic development, while also closing specific budget holes that could be detrimental to economic stability. He noted that, with an expected $50 billion multi-year deficit still predicted for the state, tough decisions still had to be made and that any relief created by federal funds must be targeted to the right programs and purposes. 

February 19, 2009
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Senator Valesky Presides Over Historic Session Confirming State’s Top Judge

On February 11, 2009, in a historic moment for our state and for Central New York, State Senator David Valesky served as Presiding Officer of the State Senate during the session that saw the confirmation of the first Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals in 16 years.

Judge Jonathan Lippman was confirmed as the new Chief Judge of the state's highest court, replacing retiring Chief Judge Judith Kaye, who was appointed by Governor Mario Cuomo in 1993 and has served ever since.

February 11, 2009
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Senate Rules Reform Committee Website Launched

As part of their commitment to increase public participation and awareness about the legislative process in Albany, the bi-partisan New York State Senate Temporary Committee on Rules and Administration Reform today announced the launch of a new website: http://www.senate.state.ny.us/sws/reform/index.html

February 10, 2009
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Rules Reform Committee Holds 2nd Hearing in Albany

Today the bi-partisan Senate Rules and Administration Reform Committee held the second of four public hearings, at which they heard testimony from reform advocates and citizens for how the State Senate can improve the legislative process and become a transparent and accountable body. These hearings are key to the new Majority’s effort to open up the legislative process, and increase public awareness and input. In the past, few public hearings were held on important Senate actions. 

February 10, 2009
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Rules Reform Committee Holds 2nd Hearing In Albany

Today the bi-partisan Senate Rules and Administration Reform Committee held the second of four public hearings, at which they heard testimony from reform advocates and citizens for how the State Senate can improve the legislative process and become a transparent and accountable body. These hearings are key to the new Majority’s effort to open up the legislative process, and increase public awareness and input.

February 10, 2009
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Senate Rules Reform Committee Website Launched

As part of their commitment to increase public participation and awareness about the legislative process in Albany, the bi-partisan New York State Senate Temporary Committee on Rules and Administration Reform today announced the launch of a new website: http://www.senate.state.ny.us/sws/reform/index.html

February 10, 2009
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News From The News From The Temporary Committee On Rules Reform

SENATE RULES AND ADMINISTRATION REFORM COMMITTEE GATHERS TESTIMONY FROM REFORM ADVOCATES, INCLUDING A FORMER SENATOR The State Senate’s Temporary Committee on Rules and Administration Reform held its first public hearing of four planned across the state, and heard from several good government groups, regional reform advocates and a former state senator.  The hearing was hosted at Syracuse City Hall by Reform Committee Co-Chairs State Sen. David Valesky and State Sen. John Bonacic.   

February 6, 2009
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Remembering The Reason For Memorial Day

These days, many people often refer to Memorial Day as the unofficial start of summer -- and we hear it mentioned in passing as the beginning of the summer travel season, or barbecue season, or some other season. But, all of us should take a moment to remember that it is so much more.

As this Memorial Day arrives, it is important for us to take a moment to collectively recall and honor the men and women who, in the words of Abraham Lincoln, "gave their last full measure of devotion" to our country.

May 15, 2008
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Valesky Tours State's First Cogen Home

 

In recognition of Earth Day last week, I had the pleasure of visiting a new home that has within it a furnace that may hold the key to reducing energy costs and carbon emissions. But to understand the concept, it might be best to start by considering the makeup of a typical car.

When you are driving down the road, your car is burning gas to run the engine. But it is also using the engine’s energy to create electricity. That electricity powers your radio and other devices in your car.

April 24, 2008
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Budget Done, But Does End Justify Means?

This year’s state budget season included economic forecasts and unforeseen events that certainly presented unprecedented challenges for members of the Legislature and the new Governor. In the end we adopted a budget that was nine days late, and that had a share of restraint and many strong initiatives for Central New York. Still, I believe the final product, and the process, left much to be desired.

April 10, 2008
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Year In Review

With the Holidays upon us, another year is quickly drawing to a close. For me, it is a time when I like to reflect on the past year’s accomplishments and consider lessons to be learned. When it comes to the Legislature, it has been a difficult year to summarize, for it was a year full of both promising accomplishments and disappointing distractions. The year began with great hope, as the new Governor and the Legislature tackled challenges that had gone unresolved for years, if not decades.

December 14, 2007
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Are Gift Cards On Your Holiday List?

With the holiday shopping season upon us, we will all be tempted to purchase gift cards for family and friends. These cards can be a practical way to get something for that special person. And, it seems that everywhere you look, from the checkout aisle to newspaper ads, the virtue of these cards is being promoted by top retailers. Because of their ease and promotion, gift cards have become increasingly popular, with the number issued up more then 34 percent over the last two shopping seasons.

November 30, 2007
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