David J. Valesky's Press releases

Senator Valesky Announces Passage of Main Street Program Legislation

(SYRACUSE, N.Y.)—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) announced the passage by the State Senate of economic development legislation in the form of a strengthened Main Street Program.   “Strengthening the successful Main Street program will help to jump-start new projects to bring people and businesses back to our city and village centers, and help them to become the economic engines they once were,” Senator Valesky,Vice President Pro-Tempore of the Senate, said.

July 31, 2009
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In Major Victory for Upstate, Governor Signs Valesky-Sponsored Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—In a significant victory for Upstate New York, Governor Paterson today signed into law the Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit (HRTC), sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), that will encourage development, stimulate economic growth and improve the quality of life in cities like Syracuse and Utica.

July 29, 2009
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Senator Valesky-sponsored Legislation to Create Wood Products Development Council Passes Both Houses of Legislature

Legislation to establish a wood products development council in New York State (S.4330-A/A.7742-A) within the State Department of Agriculture and Markets has passed both Houses of the New York State Legislature.  This bill was sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) and Assemblywoman RoAnn M. Destito (D/WF-Rome).

July 28, 2009
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Senator Valesky Passes Most Two-House Bills in Legislature

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), Vice President Pro-Tempore of the New York State Senate, was the prime sponsor of 32 pieces of legislation that passed both the Senate and Assembly, the most of any legislator in either house.

“For too long, one-house bills were the order of the day,” Senator Valesky said. “This year, working with my colleagues in the Assembly, I was pleased to help pass critical pieces of legislation that will create jobs, promote green energy, and make government more open and accountable.”

July 22, 2009
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Senate Passes Several Bills Sponsored by Senator Valesky

ALBANY, N.Y.—The New York State Senate today passed several pieces of legislation sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida). Action was taken on hundreds of bills that benefit local municipalities and strengthen programs that will lead to the revitalization of communities across the state.

July 16, 2009
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Historic Senate Rules Reform, Sponsored by Senator Valesky, Passes Senate

ALBANY, N.Y.--The State Senate adopted historic and sweeping rules reform, sponsored by State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), which will transform Senate operations, decentralize long-held leader control, and give each member of the house, regardless of party, fair opportunity to influence the legislative process.

July 16, 2009
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Senator Valesky Proposes Long-Term Bi-Partisan Operating Agreement to Get Senate Back to Work

 ALBANY, N.Y.-- In an effort to break the Senate stalemate, Senators David Valesky (D-Oneida), Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), Darrel Aubertine (D- Jefferson/Oswego/ St. Lawrence), William Stachowski (D- Erie), Craig Johnson (D- Nassau), Diane Savino (D- Brooklyn/Staten Island), Brian Foley (D- Suffolk), Thomas Duane (D-Manhattan) and George Onorato (D-Queens) proposed a long-term bipartisan operating agreement that would get the Senate back to work. The agreement was presented to Republican leaders and Senators Dean Skelos and Pedro Espada, Jr.

July 7, 2009
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Senator Valesky Calls for Reasonable and Rational GOP Leaders to Step Forward

It has become clear since the court ordered the Senate to negotiate a bipartisan agreement that the current Senate Republicans’ leadership under Pedro Espada is acting in an unreasonable, and even irrational, way. They are unwilling to recognize the reality that the Senate is deadlocked 31-31, and that the only way for us to address critical legislation is through a mutually agreed upon structure that reflects this mathematical reality. 

June 18, 2009
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Senator David J. Valesky's Bill Requiring Greater Transparency by Canal Corporation Signed Into Law

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Legislation sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that provides more public accountability when the New York State Canal Corporation prepares to sell abandoned property has been signed into law by Governor David A. Paterson (Chapter 44). 

The legislation was sponsored in the Assembly by Assemblywoman RoAnn M. Destito.

June 5, 2009
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Senate Passes Historic Government Consolidation Legislation Co-Sponsored by Senator Valesky

ALBANY, N.Y. – State Senator David J. Valesky (D- Oneida) announced that the New York State Senate passed the New York Government Reorganization And Citizen Empowerment Act (S5661) by 47-16 votes, legislation that will empower citizens to streamline their government, cut costs associated with government and lower property taxes through consolidation of governmental entities.

June 4, 2009
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Senator Valesky Announces Funding Available for Farmers’ Markets Capital Improvement Grants

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today announced that $150,000 in matching grants will be available for capital improvements to New York State farmers’ markets. The $150,000 fund was earmarked in this year’s Enacted Budget as part of the Grow New York program. The purpose of the fund is to construct permanent infrastructure to help increase access to New York-grown and produced food. More than 30 farmers’ markets are located in Central New York. 

June 3, 2009
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Senator Valesky Co-sponsors Senate Ethics Reform Legislation

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) will co-sponsor two pieces of legislation that would fundamentally reform governmental ethics in New York State.

“As elected officials, we are and stewards of the citizenry’s interests, and must be held to the highest of standards,” Senator Valesky, Vice President Pro-Tempore of the Senate, said. “The Senate is serious about ethics reform, and I am proud to co-sponsor this legislation, which is part of a seismic shift in the way the people’s business is conducted in Albany.”

June 2, 2009
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Landmark Economic Development Legislation Sponsored By Senator Valesky Passes State Senate; Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit is unprecedented redevelopment incentive for Upstate New York

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—The New York State Senate today passed landmark economic development legislation sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) which would stimulate the Upstate economy and revitalize its communities through rehabilitation of historic properties.

May 27, 2009
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New York Senate Passes Trapping Legislation Sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky

SYRACUSE, N.Y.-- The New York State Senate passed legislation on May 19, sponsored by State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), which gives the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) the flexibility to identify traps with either the trapper’s name and address or assigned identification number.

May 21, 2009
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Senator David J. Valesky Applauds Passage of Legislation to Enable Firefighters to Drive Trucks in Non-Emergency Situations

As Memorial Day weekend approaches, firefighters and fire trucks will continue to be a parade staple, thanks in part to legislation passed in the New York State Senate today.

The bill, S1624C, provides a clear exemption from federal regulations that require drivers of emergency vehicles to have a Commercial Drivers License. Though the Legislature partially rectified the issue in the Enacted Budget, further clarification was needed. Important duties performed by fire companies, such as training, inspections and parades, were not specifically exempted.

May 21, 2009
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Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit, Sponsored By Senator Valesky, Passes Finance Committee; Program will bring unprecedented redevelopment to distressed areas

ALBANY, N.Y.--The New York State Senate Finance Committee today passed the Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit (HRTC) (S2960-A), sponsored by State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), sending this important economic stimulus and community revitalization legislation to the full Senate.

May 21, 2009
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New York Senate Passes Good Government Legislation Sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky; Bill Prohibits State Agencies from Making Loans to Employees

SYRACUSE, N.Y.-- The New York State Senate passed legislation on May 12, sponsored by State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), which would prohibit state agencies from making personal loans to employees.

The bill is the latest in a series of bills focused on good government and providing transparency and increased access to citizens.

May 21, 2009
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Senator David J. Valesky's Bill Expanding Individual Access to State Records Signed into Law

SYRACUSE, N.Y.— The Governor of New York today signed into law new legislation sponsored by State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that will allow individuals to request record covered by the Personal Privacy Protection Law through electronic mail.  Until now, a written request had to be submitted by an individual to receive information the state may maintain about that person. 

May 21, 2009
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Senator David J. Valesky To Participate in Senate Elections Hearing May 14

SYRACUSE, N.Y.--On Friday, May 14, 2008, Sen. David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) will join members of the State Senate Elections Committee, including committee chairman, Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr. (D-Queens), and Senator Joseph Griffo (R-Rome), to participate in a New York State Senate public hearing dedicated to soliciting public comment on a number of proposals to update and reform the state’s poll site accessibility and absentee ballot laws, and poll site operations.

May 21, 2009
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New York Senate Passes Legislation, Sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky, that Requires Greater Transparency for Public Authority

 SYRACUSE, N.Y.-- The New York State Senate passed legislation on April 21, sponsored by State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), which would require the Canal Corporation to better inform the public about parcels it puts up for sale.

May 21, 2009
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