David J. Valesky's Press releases

Senate Passes Valesky Bill to Ease Regulations on Beekeeping Industry

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—The New York State Senate passed legislation today sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that would ease regulations on beekeepers and save the state more than $100,000 annually.

March 3, 2010
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Senator Valesky Supports Tax Department Plan to Regulate Amount of Tax-Free Cigarettes Supplied to Indian Nations/Tribes

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today announced his support for recent actions undertaken by the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance that would move the state closer to collecting sales tax on cigarettes sold by Native American businesses to non-Native Americans.

February 24, 2010
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Senator Valesky Opposes Governor's Plan to Delay Income Tax Returns

ALBANY, N.Y.--If New Yorkers have to pay their taxes on time, the state should provide its refunds on time, Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) and Senate Majority Democrats told Governor Paterson today. Passing a resolution with broad bi-partisan support, the Senate formally opposed the Governor’s scheme to delay more than $500 million in refunds to individuals and $200 in refunds to businesses.

February 24, 2010
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Senate Passes Valesky Bill that Supports Local Wineries, Allows Sale and Consumption at Food Festivals

SYRACUSE, N.Y.--Supporting local and farm wineries, the New York State Senate has passed legislation (S5440B) sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) expanding the ability of  wineries to sell wine for consumption at food festivals, significantly increasing the market for in-state producers.

February 23, 2010
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Senator Valesky to Host Census Town Hall Meeting at Gansevoort Elementary in Rome

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) will host a community town hall meeting to inform the public about the upcoming 2010 Census. The event will be held Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. at Gansevoort Elementary School, 758 West Liberty St. in Rome.

February 22, 2010
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Senator Valesky's Statement on Proposed Parks Closures

In addition to providing Central New York families with affordable, safe recreational opportunities, our state parks and historical sites are also economic development engines in our communities. Complete closure of these facilities will accomplish little in savings and will serve to further stagnate the Upstate economy.

February 19, 2010
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Senator Valesky Says "No" to Beverage Tax; Will Fight to Save Jobs

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- State Sen. David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today led a rally of beverage industry workers against Governor Paterson’s proposed 50 percent tax on soda and other drinks.

“This tax will eliminate jobs and increase costs for families on tight budgets,” Sen. Valesky said. “It is simply not the right approach for addressing our state’s budget problems.”

Valesky’s comments came during a rally at the Coca Cola Bottling Co. Sales Center in Syracuse on Friday. Valesky told workers at the facility that he would do everything he could to save their jobs.

February 5, 2010
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Statement from Senator Valesky Regarding Governor's Ethics Bill Veto

I am deeply disappointed that the Governor chose to veto the ethics reform package. This legislation is a good first step in advancing substantial structural change in the way business is conducted in Albany, and will wipe out decades of ineffective ethics standards and enforcement. 

For the reform movement to move forward, we need steady progress, not line in the sand posturing.

The Senate will move to override this veto, and I implore my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to vote in favor of it, as they did with the original legislation.

February 3, 2010
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Senator Valesky Lauds State Senate Passage of Landmark Ethics Reform Package

ALBANY, N.Y.—State Senator David J. Valesky applauded today’s Senate passage of sweeping ethics and campaign finance reform legislation. 

January 21, 2010
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Senator Valesky Calls for Responsible Budget Action and Long-Term Solutions

ALBANY, N.Y.—Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) echoed the call for long-term budget solutions made by Governor Paterson during his Executive Budget presentation today.

January 20, 2010
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Senator Valesky Applauds Sweeping Ethics Reform Legislation

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today applauded the introduction of the most sweeping ethics and campaign finance reform ever in the Legislature.

January 13, 2010
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Senator Valesky to Host Census Town Hall Meeting Jan. 21

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) will host a community town hall meeting to inform the public about the upcoming 2010 Census. The event will be held Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. at the Huntington Family Center, 405 Gifford St. in Syracuse. “An accurate Census count is instrumental in deciding the level of funding available for critical public services including schools, hospitals and infrastructure projects.

January 11, 2010
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January 5, 2010
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Senator Valesky: Actions Demonstrate Commitment to Bipartisanship and Improving Senate Operations

After 40 years of moving backward on reform, the State Senate took its first giant steps forward this year.  Beginning with the creation of the bipartisan Temporary Committee on Rules and Administration Reform, and with immediate changes to bill sponsorship and other procedures, the effort included major changes in the way the State Senate operates, all only possible because of the new leadership of the Senate and the hard work of the Committee. 

December 16, 2009
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Senator Valesky Supports Christmas Bureau Donations, Encourages Giving

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), recognizing the increased need for services for low-income families in Onondaga County this holiday season, announced that his office in the State Office Building in Syracuse will serve as a drop-off location for food and toys to support the Christmas Bureau efforts this year.

December 11, 2009
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Senate Passes Bipartisan Deficit Reduction Plan

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December 4, 2009
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Senator David J. Valesky Joins Upstate Leaders to Announce High Speed Rail New York Coalition

Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), Senate President Malcolm A. Smith and other Upstate leaders were in Syracuse this morning to introduce the new High Speed Rail Coalition and announce the submission for over $5 billion in federal funding.

November 23, 2009
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Officials talk about new laws strengthening sentences for drunk drivers and class A-I offenders

Two recently passed laws strengthen the penalty drunk drivers and class A-1 offenders can receive as a sentence.

November 20, 2009
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Leandra’s Law passes Senate; strengthens punishment for DWI with child passenger

ALBANY, N.Y.—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) lauded the State Senate passage of landmark legislation drastically increasing the penalty for any person who drives intoxicated with a child passenger.  

November 18, 2009
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SENATOR DAVID VALESKY NAMED AIANYS LEGISLATOR OF THE YEAR

The American Institute of Architects New York State (AIANYS) has named Senator David Valesky as its “2009 Legislator of the Year.” The award recognizes outstanding contributions in advancing the legislative priorities of AIANYS. Senator Valesky is receiving the award for his sponsorship of the Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit, which was recently signed into law.

November 9, 2009
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