State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), a member of the Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction today joined colleagues in releasing a report summarizing the findings of statewide forums held to examine the issues surrounding the increase in drug abuse, addiction and drug-related crimes in New York. The report includes a comprehensive package of bills recommended for action this legislative session that target prevention, treatment, and enforcement issues raised during extensive testimony provided by dozens of experts, parents, and concerned New Yorkers.
At NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli's breakfast on August 28, Senator Valesky found out he had $421 in unclaimed funds available! Visit the Comptroller's booth in the Center of Progress building at the Fair, or search online to see if you do too.
The state Senate’s new rules will grant some power to the breakaway Independent Democratic Conference, but also acknowledge that Republicans control the chamber, Deputy Senate Republican Leader Tom Libous on Tuesday said.
“I think it will be a good working relationship,” Libous said. “It will be a positive one. I think once the rules are finally adopted, it will show Republicans control the chamber, but the IDC will be respected and have a lot to say.”
By Teri Weaver on January 07, 2015 at 2:52 PM, updated January 07, 2015 at 2:55 PM
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Republicans officially took full control of the New York State Senate today, but they committed to continuing a special, if not equal, relationship with a small group of breakaway Democrats including Sen. David Valesky, D-Oneida.
Sen. Dean Skekos, R-Rockville Centre, was re-elected as the Republican's majority leader, an expected move that puts him in charge of the Albany chamber.
But the Independent Democratic Conference still has advantages over a larger group of mainstream Democrats.
By Teri Weaver on January 08, 2015 at 5:17 PM, updated January 08, 2015 at 5:18 PM
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Without last year's power-sharing arrangement between the New York State Senate and breakaway Democrats, it's hard to imagine that allowing marijuana for medical use would now be state law, according to Sen. David Valesky.
"You can't say if there wasn't a coalition, it wouldn't have happened," Valesky, D-Oneida, said. "But I think you can say, absent the coalition as it existed last year, I feel comfortable saying that it is highly unlikely that that statute would be on the books now."
Posted on January 22, 2015 at 4:12 pm by Matthew Hamilton
Senate committee assignments were doled out Thursday, and they include many of the same chairs as were in place last session.
The same Senate Republicans remain in top chair positions, including John DeFrancisco of Finance, John Flanagan of Education and Kemp Hannon of Health.
The GOP also dealt in a few new members, including the Capital Region’s George Amedore, who will chair the Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Committee. Amedore also will serve on the Banks, Consumer Protection, Elections, and Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs committees.
On February 6, Senator Valesky attended the launch of 2-1-1 CNY, which provides access to community information and referral services. This service is accessible in Onondaga County by dialing 211 on a cell phone or by calling toll-free 1-844-445-1922. Locating basic resources such as food, shelter, employment, or health care may mean calling dozens of phone numbers, then struggling through a maze of agencies and services to make the right connections. The 211 system helps residents find resources by dialing a simple three-digit number.
By Tim Knauss on February 06, 2015 at 9:22 AM, updated February 06, 2015 at 9:25 AM
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Mayor Stephanie Miner said she will continue to seek state money to pay for new water mains in Syracuse, despite Gov. Andrew Cuomo's statement this week that the city should pay for pipes itself by invigorating the local economy.
State legislators from Central New York have promised Miner they will seek additional funding for Syracuse infrastructure in the next state budget, the mayor said Thursday.
Allowing the century-old water system to deteriorate further is not an option, she said.
State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) is hosting a Community Resources Fair on Thursday, June 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to raise awareness of the many community services available through various governmental and nonprofit organizations. The agencies listed below will have tables at the fair and provide important information on health care and health insurance, financial planning for college, emergency preparedness and fire safety, family planning, housing, voting, small business development, veterans services, and more, as well as offer giveaways. A representative from the Office of the State Comptroller will assist attendees with Unclaimed Funds searches.