David J. Valesky's News items

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

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

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

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

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

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

Senator Valesky Offers Assistance To Seniors

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

December 12, 2005

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Jobs For Central New York

Senator David Valesky joined Congressman Jim Walsh and Syracuse Research Corporation executives for the groundbreaking of a new 100,000 square foot expansion that willbring 250 new jobsto Central New York. Senator Valesky is committed to economic development in the 49th Senate District, as well as around New York State.

September 18, 2005

School Funding Formula Needs Reform

As teachers and children begin another school year it is also time for those of us in state government to refocus on what we can do to improve our schools and better prepare our children for the future.Right now, I believe we are not doing enough.One simple example is the issue of school supplies. Due to tight budgets, many school districts have cut spending on classroom supplies. This forces dedicated teachers to spend money out of their own pocket to benefit their students.

September 14, 2005

Addressing The Cost Of Gas

Like so many people in Central New York, I have been deeply saddened by the human tragedy in the Gulf States. At the same time, I am astounded at the speed that this disaster has affected New York fuel prices.As individual Americans dig deep into their pockets to send something to those in need, we are being forced to put more of that money into the pockets of the very oil companies that reported record profits just weeks ago. It does not seem right.I have been vocal that the state needs to address this issue.

September 8, 2005

Senator Valesky Congratulates Young Readers

Congratulations to all of the young people who earned a Certificate of Merit for completing the 2005 State Senate Summer Reading Program.Earlier this summer I announced that any school-aged student who read ten books this summer would be eligible for an official Certificate of Merit from the State Senate. All they had to do was spend some time reading this summer and then tell me about it.Reading is one of the most important, rewarding and enjoyable learning experiences for children. It is also a great way to spend time together as a family.

September 8, 2005

Cooperation Key To Environmental Progress

In the news it is all too common to read about government programs that go wrong and exacerbate the problems they were designed to fix. Fortunately that is not always the case. As an example, I am pleased to share my experience on a tour of a dairy farm in southern Onondaga County.I recently had the pleasure of visiting Fesko Farm in the town of Spafford on a hillside overlooking Skaneateles Lake.The Feskos have converted their fields to what is known as "strip farming" along the hillsides that overlook Skaneateles Lake.

July 20, 2005

Rome Bridge To Be Renamed In Honor Of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sen. David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) and Assemblywoman RoAnn M. Destito (D/WF-Rome) announced the passage of legislation they sponsored that will rename the bridge commonly called the Erie Boulevard Bridge as the "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

June 29, 2005

A First Step On The Road To Reform

The New York Senate has finished work in Albany for the year. Compared to past years, it was a productive session.

June 23, 2005
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