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Senator Valesky Drops Off Donation to Food Bank of CNY

Senator David Valesky stopped by the Food Bank of CNY on November 24, 2014 to drop off a donation check. The amount, $1,926.04, is based on the total weight of items collected at his e-recycling event in October: 113,383 lbs of e-waste! This donation will provide 7,000 meals for the patrons of the Food Bank's services. With Senator Valesky are, from left, Alice Kim, director of government relations for Time Warner Cable; Kathleen Stress, Food Bank of CNY's executive director; and Craig Wilson, community liaison for Senator Valesky.

November 24, 2014
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Oneida removes limits on taxis

By Jolene Cleaver, The Oneida Daily Dispatch

POSTED: 11/19/14, 9:55 AM EST | UPDATED: 4 DAYS AGO

ONEIDA >> Among myriad actions at Tuesday’s Common Council meeting, councilors voted to allow an unlimited number of taxi companies in the city.

Councilors voted in favor of repealing a portion of city code that set a maximum number of taxis permitted in Oneida.

Previously, Fred Edick, owner of Oneida Taxi, pointed out that the number of taxis operating in the city went against the city charter, which stated there should be one taxi for every 1,000 people.

November 24, 2014
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Seward supports NY Senate GOP continuing 'some sort of partnership' with Independent Democratic Conference

November 18, 2014 6:15 am  •  Robert Harding

Thanks to election night wins in three upstate New York districts, Republicans now hold the majority in the state Senate. But does that mean they will discontinue their coalition with the Independent Democratic Conference?

The answer could be no.

After Republicans re-elected state Sen. Dean Skelos as leader of the GOP conference, the focus shifted to what to do with the power-sharing coalition, which began in 2013.

November 24, 2014
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Hiring Resource for Vets, Cyber Monday Parks Special

The calendar may say winter doesn’t arrive for another month, but the cold and snow are already here. For the past couple of weeks, I have been collecting gently used blankets and washable coats, hats, and gloves at my Syracuse office for refugee toddlers, youth, women, and men. The response to this coat and blanket drive, held in partnership with InterFaith Works/Center for New Americans, has been overwhelmingly generous, and I sincerely thank everyone who has made donations. If you would like to contribute, please drop off your items in the lobby of the State Office Building, 333 E. Washington St., Syracuse, through December 5.

New Online Hiring Resource for Veterans

November 24, 2014
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Donate coats, hats, gloves to refugees new to snowy Syracuse

By Michelle Breidenbach on November 13, 2014 at 3:53 PM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - As the first snowflakes of the season fall on Syracuse, NYS Sen. David Valesky, D-Oneida, has started a coat and blanket drive for refugee families from warm climates.

Bring new or gently used, washable coats, hats, gloves and blankets to the lobby of the State Office Building, 333 E. Washington St. in Syracuse through Friday, Dec. 5.

All coat sizes are needed, starting with toddlers.

The drive is a partnership with the Interfaith Works' Refugee Resettlement Program at the Center for New Americans.

November 17, 2014
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On Veterans Day, Sen. Valesky calls for year of sharing heroic stories with young people

By Michelle Breidenbach on November 11, 2014 at 1:40 PM, updated November 11, 2014 at 2:22 PM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - At a Veterans Day ceremony in Syracuse Tuesday, New York State Sen. David Valesky, D-Oneida, called for a year of sharing memories and stories about military service.

He thought of it after visiting an elementary school in Oneida, where young students were able to talk one-on-one Monday with a veteran he called a "hero."

November 17, 2014
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North Broad Elementary students learn the importance of Veterans Day

By Nick Will, Oneida Dispatch POSTED: 11/10/14, 11:46 AM EST

ONEIDA>>Students at North Broad Elementary School spent Monday, November 10 with Veterans, thanking them for their service and learning just what having the school day off on Nov. 11 is all about.

All of the North Broad School students gathered for an assembly in the Cafeteria in the beginning of the day, learning about why Veterans Day is important from classmates and other important people.

Senator David Valesky spoke to the students, urging them to not only remember the sacrifice of veterans on Nov. 11, but every day of the year when the look at the flag.

November 17, 2014
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Senator Valesky Attends Groundbreaking for Rescue Mission Facility

Senator Valesky joined other local officials and representatives from the Rescue Mission on November 17 for a Groundbreaking Ceremony for the organization's future Emergency Shelter/Day Center facility. Construction has begun on the building, and the project is expected to be finished in late summer 2015. The new facility will increase emergency shelter bed capacity from 132 currently to 183 beds.

November 17, 2014
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Senator Valesky Receives NY FarmNet Award

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) received the Outstanding Supporter of NY Agriculture Award from NYFarmNet during its annual banquet on November 12 in Auburn.

“It has been my pleasure to work with NY FarmNet for many years, and I am honored to receive this award,” Senator Valesky said. “FarmNet’s expertise is a valuable and vital resource for New York’s farmers who wish to expand their businesses and for the next generation of farmers looking to enter the agricultural industry.”

November 14, 2014
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Senator Valesky Holds Coat and Blanket Drive to Benefit Newly Arrived Refugees

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) is holding a coat and blanket drive at the State Office Building in Syracuse now through Friday, December 5 in partnership with InterFaith Works’ Refugee Resettlement program at the Center for New Americans. Refugee families often need coats, blankets, and other household items when they arrive in the United States.

November 13, 2014
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Central New York's influence in state legislature changes

By Ryan Delaney & Ellen Abbott

Thu November 6, 2014 1:27AM

The New York state Senate got swept up in this year's Republican election wave, with 33 districts in their corner after the votes were counted.

The dean of central New York’s Senate delegation, state Sen. John DeFrancisco, said that’s good news.

On the flip side, it means difficulty for central New York's Democratic Assembly members to push through key agenda items, and reduces the influence of Sen. Dave Valesky, who DeFrancisco shares representation of Syracuse with.

November 12, 2014
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Unopposed state legislators return to office

By Ashley M. Casey, Sarah Hall First Posted: Wednesday, November 5, 2014 -10:28 a.m.

Neither John DeFrancisco (R-Syracuse) nor Dave Valesky (D-Oneida) had an opponent this election season.

The lack of opposition allowed both state senators to coast easily back to the state legislature, earning 65,967 and 35,515 votes, respectively.

In a speech before the crowd at the Republican Party’s Election Night celebration at the Sheraton Syracuse University, DeFrancisco, senator for the 50th District, said he much prefers running without an opponent.

November 12, 2014
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Thank You to Our Veterans

Tuesday is Veterans Day, and I want to extend my sincere appreciation to everyone who has served our country. Advocating for our veterans has always been, and will continue to be, one of my highest priorities. To that end, in the 2014-2015 Enacted Budget I supported $3.1 million for veterans assistance programs, expanded eligibility for the Gold Star Parent Annuity, and a new measure that includes veteran businesses within the Department of Economic Development’s Entrepreneurial Assistance Program.

November 10, 2014
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Handful of key local races on Election Day

Elizabeth Cooper,Posted Nov. 2, 2014 @ 7:15 am

Mohawk Valley voters Tuesday will help decide who gets to represent them in a host of seats, from the governor’s office down to town offices.

Polls open Tuesday at 6 a.m.

At the top of the ballot are races for governor, state comptroller and attorney general.

Closer to home, incumbent Republican Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney is challenged on the Independence Party line by Republican Herkimer County Sheriff Chris Farber for the 101st Assembly seat. In the race for the 121st District Assembly seat, incumbent Democrat Bill Magee is challenged by Republican John Salka.

November 3, 2014
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Unopposed or Unwanted?

Veronica Ung-Kono ‘18, STAFF WRITER

October 30, 2014

Not a Green Party, a Right to Life, or a Libertarian is running against the candidates for the New York Senate.

Currently Senator John D. Francisco [R-Syracuse], James Seward [R-Milford], Patty Ritchie [R-Oswegatchie], Michael Nozzolio [R-Fayette], David Valesky [D-Oneida] and Joseph Griffo [R-Rome] will be running in an election for the first time in about 16 years where opposition is nonexistent.

This means voters of Central New York will be stuck with the decisions of voters from the districts of Buffalo, Albany and across the Hudson Valley, who will either turn the chamber into an entirely Democratic institution by joining the two factions of Democrats, or allow Republicans to retain control.

November 3, 2014
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In a Syracuse park scarred by shootings, officials open a creekside place to 'take a break'

By Tim Knauss on October 28, 2014 at 7:10 PM, updated October 28, 2014 at 7:19 PM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Mayor Stephanie Miner today dedicated a new observation deck overlooking Onondaga Creek in Kirk Park that city officials call the "Outdoor Classroom" because it will be used to teach kids about the creek.

Miner was joined at a news conference by Cesar Perales, secretary of the New York Department of State, which provided funding for the project through its Local Waterfront Revitalization Program. State Sen. David Valesky, Common Councilor Bob Dougherty and other officials also attended.

November 3, 2014
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Remember to Vote on Tuesday, November 4

Tuesday is Election Day, and I encourage everyone to go out and vote. Polls are open from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. In addition to the candidates on the ballot, there are three propositions, which I support, for New Yorkers to vote on:

Proposal One - Revising State's Redistricting Procedure: This proposal would reform the process of establishing new state legislative and congressional district lines that the Constitution requires every 10 years. If the proposal is approved, a redistricting commission will be established to determine lines for legislative and congressional districts.

October 31, 2014
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Valesky Presented ‘Partner in Quality’ Award

(Clinton, NY -Oct. 2014) LutheranCare, a leading provider of services to older New Yorkers in the area recognized Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) with the prestigious “Partners in Quality” award created by Leading Age New York, a statewide association representing 570 organizations that provide care to some 500,000 New Yorkers of all ages.

The award was presented Oct. 17 in the Community Room of the Martin Luther building at LutheranCare, Route 12B, Clinton

October 27, 2014
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Free Senior Information Fair on Oct. 16

Please come to my second annual Senior Information Fair next Thursday, Oct. 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Kallet Civic Center in Oneida. More than 40 representatives from all levels of government, nonprofit organizations, health care providers, and local businesses will be available to speak with attendees about their concerns, questions, and interests related to aging. Tim Horton’s will also be on hand with refreshments.

Around Syracuse

My office was able to assist Clark's Ale House in securing its liquor license. I look forward to this Syracuse institution re-opening soon.

October 20, 2014
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Why Syracuse should care about who controls the New York Senate

By Teri Weaver on October 20, 2014 at 6:50 AM, updated October 20, 2014 at 6:56 AM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The state's Republican Party is in a fight for its life to keep control of its last source of power in state government: The New York State Senate.

Central New York voters will have no say in the matter. The region's six senators are all unopposed.

That means voters in a handful of districts near Buffalo and Albany and across the Hudson Valley likely will decide whether the Republicans retain control of the Senate - or whether two Democratic factions will join forces to control the chamber and put the entire New York State Legislature into the party's hands.

October 20, 2014
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