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Senator Valesky Meets with Syracuse University Students

Senator Valesky spoke with a group of bright and energetic Syracuse University students on Feb. 27 about the great work done in HEOP and CSTEP programs.

February 27, 2015
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Senator Valesky plan sets aside $10m for supportive housing Upstate in IDC “Invest NY” agenda

SYRACUSE—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) and the Independent Democratic Conference have unveiled a comprehensive policy agenda that would include $10 million allocated specifically to Upstate New York for supportive housing development.

Supportive housing models include inclusive design for those who may have physical impairments and often offer a variety of services including activities, transportation, an on-site service coordinator, amenities, meals, and support for residents’ health-related services.

February 19, 2015
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Valesky Says Ethics Reform Won’t Be a Problem for Budget

Dan Clark on February 6, 2015 at 4:51 pm

Senator Dave Valesky said, Friday, he doesn’t think ethics legislation will hold up an on-time, fiscally responsible state budget.

Governor Cuomo said during a talk at NYU Law School Monday that he wouldn’t approve a budget without significant ethics reform. That package of bills would focus on disclosure of outside income for lawmakers, client information, and campaign finance reforms.

The package would be a large hurdle for Albany, with remnants of the latest corruption scandal still circling the halls of the state capitol.

But Valesky says he doesn’t see any trouble.

February 12, 2015
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Miner calls Cuomo comment 'not reasonable,' still seeks state money for Syracuse water mains

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.

February 12, 2015
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Worried about Centro's proposed service cuts? Here's what you can do

By Teri Weaver on February 03, 2015 at 10:23 AM, updated February 04, 2015 at 2:27 PM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Centro, last week, announced proposed cuts to late-night and weekend services to make up for a $4.5 million budget gap.

The proposals are preliminary.

But they are significant: Centro would end bus routes after 9 p.m. on weeknights, after 7 p.m. on Saturdays and all service on Sundays.

Centro officials are talking with state leaders about solutions to its budget woes to avoid the drastic changes and steer the bus authority onto better, long-term financial footing. Centro officials also have asked the public to weigh in.

February 12, 2015
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'Massive' recycling event in Syracuse nets 100 tons of TVs and electronics, shuts down interstate ramp

By Tim Knauss on February 02, 2015 at 3:03 PM, updated February 02, 2015 at 3:33 PM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Organizers of an electronics recycling event Saturday at the Syracuse DPW garage expected a big crowd, but they were shocked by how big it actually was. So many cars arrived loaded with old TVs, computers and other junk that Syracuse police were forced to close an exit ramp from Interstate 690 for four hours to prevent traffic from backing up on the highway.

Eight tractor-trailers were filled with estimated 100 tons of electronics during the event -- four times as much as was collected at a similar event in January 2014, said Cindy Jessop, of Sunnking Electronics Recycling, the company that recycles the items.

February 12, 2015
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Colgate’s Center for Art and Culture receives $750,000 in state regional development funding

JANUARY 30, 2015

Colgate University is poised to prove that regional development can have an international reach.

Governor Andrew Cuomo, through his Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) initiative, has awarded $750,000 to Colgate, supporting the university’s efforts to relocate the Picker Gallery of Art and the Longyear Museum of Anthropology from campus to the new Center for Art and Culture in the Village of Hamilton.

February 12, 2015
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Senator Valesky Attends Launch of 2-1-1 CNY

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.

February 6, 2015
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AARP Commends Senator Valesky for Voting to Help NY’s Family Caregivers

Health Committee Sends CARE Act to Full Senate for Consideration; Bill Ensures Caregivers Receive Instruction in Post-Discharge Tasks 

Family caregivers are too often left unprepared to provide proper care before taking their loved ones home from the hospital. State Senator David Valesky cast a key vote this week to advance legislation ensuring caregivers are offered instruction in any post-discharge tasks their older parents, spouses or other loved ones will need at home, fostering better care and potentially avoiding costly hospital re-admissions.

February 6, 2015
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Senator Valesky Remembers Former Gov. Mario Cuomo

Senator Valesky spoke during the Senate Legislative Session on February 3 about resolution J.276, remembering former Governor Mario M. Cuomo.

 

February 3, 2015
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Recycle old TVs and other electronics for free Saturday at Syracuse DPW

By Tim Knauss on January 30, 2015 at 2:47 PM, updated January 30, 2015 at 3:23 PM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Central New York residents can get rid of old TVs, computers, phones and other electronic equipment for free at a recycling event 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Syracuse Department of Public Works, 1200 Canal St. Extension, off Midler Avenue.

Just drive into the DPW truck garage and volunteers will unload your unwanted items, said Jessica DeCerce, chief of staff for Sen. David Valesky, who is sponsoring the event together with Time Warner Cable and Sunnking Electronics Recycling.

February 2, 2015
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LAWMAKERS IN ALBANY NEED DAVID’S LAW

by Ed Griffin-Nolan - Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

(This may or may not be an exclusive)

A lawyer friend of mine says that whenever a law is named for someone, you can pretty much figure that it’s a bad law.

February 2, 2015
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Budget Hearings, Legislation Passed, GEA

My thanks to everyone who brought items to my electronics recycling event on Saturday. We had a very successful event, with an amazing turnout. The Food Bank of CNY will benefit from a generous donation from Sunnking Recycling based on the total weight of items collected. If you weren’t able to make it to this event, please keep an eye out. We will be doing more in the future.

The Legislative Session is now in full swing, and as Vice Chair of the Senate Health Committee I am participating in budget hearings this week on funding for health-related issues.

February 2, 2015
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Executive Budget, Committee Assignments, Free Electronics Recycling

The Executive Budget proposal was released last week and, overall, it addresses issues we face every day, including property taxes, jobs, and infrastructure, while keeping spending in check. I am especially encouraged by Governor Cuomo’s continuing commitment to invest in Upstate New York. There is much to consider in this budget proposal, and I look forward to studying the details and discussing it with my constituents and colleagues in the coming weeks, with the goal of enacting an on-time, fiscally responsible budget.

Details about the budget, the Governor’s presentation, and proposed legislation are available online here.

February 2, 2015
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Senator Valesky Attends Launch of 3DayOK Initiative

On January 29, Senator Valesky attended the launch of the 3DayOK Partnership of Onondaga County, a network of government agencies, local organizations, and businesses created to ensure the public throughout the county is prepared and ready to respond in the event of a natural or man-made disaster. With Senator Valesky are Assemblyman Al Stirpe; Rosie Taravella, chief executive officer of the Western & Central New York Region, American Red Cross; and Melanie Littlejohn, Regional Executive of CNY, National Grid.

January 29, 2015
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Senators seek one-year delay of New York's electronic prescribing mandate

By James T. Mulder on January 28, 2015 at 3:00 PM

Syracuse, N.Y. -- The March 27 deadline when nearly all drug prescriptions in New York state must be issued electronically would be delayed one year under proposed legislation co-sponsored by Sen. David Valesky, D-Oneida.

The electronic prescribing mandate is required by the state's I-STOP law enacted in 2012 to address the epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse and addiction in New York. E-prescribing is expected to eliminate the problem of forged, traded or stolen prescriptions.

The e-prescribing mandate applies to all prescriptions, even non narcotic drugs. The new rule covers all prescribers except veterinarians.

January 28, 2015
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GOP hands out Senate committee assignments

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.

January 28, 2015
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Independent Democratic Conference: More education, housing, child care, smart growth

By Rachel Shapiro on January 20, 2015 at 2:46 PM

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. --  The Independent Democratic Conference in the state Senate released a 15-point plan Monday to invest in the state's workforce, education, housing, child care and smart growth communities.

The IDC, a five-member group of Democrats, including state Sen. Diane Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn), has had a coalition with Republicans to give them a working majority in the chamber and give the IDC a larger role in Senate business as co-leaders. Now with an outright majority, Republicans continue to work with the IDC, no longer sharing co-leader roles.

January 28, 2015
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Breakaway Senate Dems unveil 'Invest New York' policy agenda

BY KEN LOVETT, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, January 19, 2015, 1:48 PM

The breakaway group of five Senate Democrats on Monday unveiled a 15-point policy agenda for the new legislative session that includes a call to give localities like New York City the power to set their own minimum wage rates.

Other proposals in the "Invest New York" package would be the creation of an education investment tax credit that private and parochial schools have been pushing for years, a $400 million school construction trust fund, and various housing initiatives.

January 23, 2015
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A call to action for the education of our children

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

First Posted: Monday, January 19, 2015 -3:46 p.m.

To the editor:

January 23, 2015
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