David J. Valesky's News items

Senator Valesky Proposes Bill To Expand Freedom Of Information Laws For Legislature

Right now, thanks to the state’s Freedom of Information Laws, everyday citizens can request to see most of the documents produced by state agencies. But because of a double standard in New York’s FOIL statutes, the same is not true of documents produced by the Legislature.

May 11, 2006
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Reform Day, A Look Ahead

Today, thousands of New Yorkers representing more than 30 organizations will travel to Albany to rally on the 2006 Reform New York Day of Action. I see this day as an opportunity to measure what the reform movement has accomplished in recent years, and to consider how much work there is left to do.As someone who ran for office on a reform platform, people often come up to me and ask how I think the reform movement is doing.

May 8, 2006
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Senator Valesky's Stand Improves Transparency In Member Items

The reform movement scored a major victory this past week on behalf of all state taxpayers, by helping to lift the veil of secrecy on member items and adding more openness to the budget process.I was pleased to stand with my colleagues in the Senate as we demanded changes and used the power of our votes to improve transparency .In recent years, the member item process had grown increasingly secretive.

April 27, 2006
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Redistricting Reform Bill Proposed By Senator Valesky

Over recent months I have been detailing ideas and legislative proposals I believe will help make our state government more open, responsible and responsive.

April 18, 2006
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Senator Valesky Participates In The Great New York Read Aloud

Senator Valesky recently participated in the Great New York Read Aloud at E.R. Andrews Elementary School in Morrisville.  The Senator read stories to Mrs. Morley's 2nd grade class and Ms. Yacavone's kindergarten class.

April 18, 2006
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Senator Valesky Lauds Passage Of Budget

For the second year in a row, the people of New York have a budget before the April 1st deadline, and for the second year in a row our state is closer to having a Legislature that is more open and more responsive. The budget I voted to adopt is not just on-time, it is also a strong budget that provides property tax relief, improves school funding and protects higher education.This budget reduces the property tax burden in several ways. First and foremost, the budget includes $805 million in property tax rebates for home owners.

March 31, 2006
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Senator Valesky Named "freshman Legislator Of The Year"

Recognizing his commitment to education, Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) was honored as the "Freshman Legislator of the Year" on March 5th at the New York School Board Association’s annual legislative conference."When I took office, I made my support of public education a top priority. I believe sound education is a foundation not just for individual success, but for the economic prosperity of the entire community," said Sen. Valesky.

March 6, 2006
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Fees Should Stay In Trail Fund

The Governor’s proposed budget holds one item in particular that surprised and angered many snowmobilers. Within the budget is a plan to take $2.5 million out of the snowmobile trail fund and put it into the general fund. As the legislature considers the budget, there are compelling economic reasons why we need to rethink the proposed shift of funds.Today, snowmobiling is much more than just a recreational activity. It is a big business in our state. There are more than 169,000 snowmobiles registered in New York.

March 6, 2006
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Legislation To Prevent Dwi On The Move In The Senate

It seems every few weeks we hear another heartbreaking story about how a drunk driver has taken the life of an innocent victim in our area. These sad tales have touched so many members of our community, from the teenagers in Cicero to the WSYR family and their loyal listeners.

February 17, 2006
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Senator Valesky Says Proposed School Aid Fails Central New York Students

Today, Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) called on the Governor and the state legislature to use the 2006 legislative session to address, once and for all, the state's school funding crisis. The Senator made his remarks a week after the Governor proposed his latest budget -- a budget that further illustrates the state's broken school aid funding system."Last week, the Governor unveiled a budget that he said holds a 'record increase' in school funding," said Sen. Valesky.

January 26, 2006
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Senator Valesky Speaks At Fallow Land Symposium

Senator Valesky gave the following speech on January 14, 2006 at Morrisville State College. The Senator's briefing on Agriculture was part of a symposium on reclaiming fallow land using livestock as a tool for change and understanding the relationships between the soil seed bank, animal impact, grazing management and the opportunities for landowners and farmers to work together.Thanks for that welcome. And, of course, thank you President Cross for your kind words. It is always a pleasure to be here with you at Morrisville State College.

January 19, 2006
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Senator Valesky Announces Reform Bill On Bond Disclosure

State Senator David Valesky has introduced legislation (S. 6024) that would disclose the hidden costs of State and local municipal bond sales, which often amount to millions of taxpayers’ dollars.Attorney General Eliot Spitzer said "I applaud Senator Valesky for shining a light on an area of financing that has had little, if any, scrutiny. Greater transparency in these transactions can only serve to improve the accountability of government."State Comptroller Alan Hevesi said "I commend Senator Valesky for turning his attention toward reforming the State’s debt practices.

January 9, 2006
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Senator Valesky Provides Support For New Library Information System

Senator David Valesky checked out a book recently at the Weedsport Library, which is now using the Polaris integrated library system. Senator Valeskysecured a New York State grant in the amount of $6,400 that enabledthe Finger Lakes Library system to purchase software for the new system.The new system, which replaces afifteen-year-old Dynix system,will allow for information to be shared between the libraries in the five county Finger Lakes Library system.

December 22, 2005
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Senator Valesky Offers Assistance To Seniors

If you are confused by the new Medicare Part D program, you are not alone.

December 12, 2005
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Senator Valesky And Senator Krueger Hold Reform Hearing

I have long believed the people of New York State deserve a government that is open, responsive and responsible. They deserve leaders who serve everyone, not just the vested interests and the power elite. They deserve a legislature that tackles our greatest challenges before these challenges reach crisis level. And they deserve a government that works every single day to make this state a better place to live, work and do business.When I ran for the Senate, I expressed these ideas along with the general frustration so many of us feel about our state government.

December 1, 2005
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Group Gathered To Celebrate The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Memorial Bridge In Rome

Senator David J. Valeskyand Assemblywoman RoAnn M. Destito, along with Rome Mayor James Brown and members of the Afro-American Heritage Associationgathered for a dedication ceremony of the newly named Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Bridge in Rome.Senator Valesky and Assemblywoman Destito sponsored legislation to rename the bridge, which has been commonly referred to as the Erie Boulevard Bridge. The bridge comprises parts of routes 69, 49 and 29 in the city of Rome."Dr.

November 14, 2005
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Senator Valesky And Assemblyman Tonko Announce Bill To Address School Energy Costs

Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) and Assemblyman Paul D. Tonko (D – Amsterdam) today announced a bill to assist school districts with sky-rocketing energy costs.

October 17, 2005
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October Is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Did you know that every 15 seconds a woman in this country is the victim of violence at the hands of a husband, lover or domestic partner? In fact, battery is the single major cause of injury to women, harming more individuals than auto accidents, muggings and sexual assaults combined. Sadly, nearly half of all women will be the victim of domestic violence at some point in their lives.These are frightening statistics but it is essential that we talk about these facts this October as we observe Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

October 13, 2005
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Fire Safety A Top Priority

The weather is starting to turn colder and furnaces are being fired up for the first time this season.

October 13, 2005
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Senate Sets Agenda For Energy Policy

The recent fuel crisis has turned our collective focus to an issue I have been concerned about for some time: the cost of energy.

September 28, 2005
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