Karl W. Monson

Karl W. Monson was born in 1918. He graduated from Wheaton College and planned to attend medical school, but fi rst enlisted in the United States Army as a Private in June 1941. Mr. Monson was assigned to Seacoast Artillery and was serving in San Diego when Pearl Harbor was attacked. He was sent to Officers Candidate School, and in April 1942, he graduated as a “90-day wonder” with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. That July, Mr. Monson was promoted to 1st Lieutenant and in August, Captain in charge of the 602nd Anti-Aircraft Artillery (AAA) Battalion. Mr. Monson rose quickly in the ranks due to his unprecedented intelligence and perseverance. 

May 20, 2015

Senator Valesky Inducts Karl Monson into NYS Senate Veterans Hall of Fame

Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today announced the induction of Lieutenant Colonel Karl W. Monson of Cazenovia into the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame in Albany in honor of his service to the nation.

“Lieutenant Colonel Monson fought bravely through some of the worst battles of World War II and quickly rose through the ranks to lead other soldiers during wartime,” Sen. Valesky said. “He is a true war hero, and I am pleased to be able to honor him as the 53rd Senate District’s 2015 inductee to the Veterans Hall of Fame.”

May 20, 2015

Sharon F. Owens

Sharon Owens, a graduate of Syracuse University, committed much of her energy serving individuals and families within the fields of housing, community development and human services for almost 30 years.

In May 2013, Ms. Owens became the third Chief Operating Officer of Syracuse Model Neighborhood Facility, Inc. in the agency’s history. Her vision to expand services that infuse human services with community revitalization initiatives will further serve even more communities in need.

May 13, 2015

Senator Valesky Names Sharon Owens New York State Senate Woman of Distinction

Syracuse–State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) announced today that Sharon Owens, chief executive officer of Syracuse Model Neighborhood Facility, Inc., has been selected as the 53rd Senate District’s 2015 Woman of Distinction. Owens was recognized for her work in human services and community development in the city of Syracuse.

“Sharon Owens’ remarkable contributions to our community demonstrate her dedication and commitment to the Syracuse residents most in need of a strong advocate,” Sen. Valesky said. “Her leadership is strengthening the programs and services that Southwest Community Center offers, and I am pleased to honor her as this year’s Woman of Distinction.”

May 6, 2015

AARP Thanks Senator Valesky for Voting to Pass CARE Act; Assembly Likely to Take Up

ALBANY, New York – Critical help for millions of family caregivers across New York took a giant step toward reality this week when the State Senate – with the support of Senator David Valesky - unanimously (59-0) passed the CARE Act, legislation to support family caregivers as they safely help New Yorkers age at home.

The Caregiver Advise, Record, and Enable Act ensures hospital patients can designate a family caregiver and requires hospitals to offer that caregiver instruction and demonstrations of medical tasks they are being expected to provide for their loved ones at home, such as administering multiple medications, dressing wounds, and operating medical equipment.

April 23, 2015


Dear Students,Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest.  This year we received many outstanding posters that exemplify the creativity of the young people in the 53rd Senatorial District. Each entry from my district displayed tremendous originality and vision as well as obvious concern for the ecological future of our communities and our state. I am proud of your work and that of your classmates, and encourage you to continue to study and learn more about the serious challenges that face our environment.I am pleased to announce that the winners of the 2015 Earth Day Poster Contest from my district are: Mr. Matteson's Third Grade ClassMadison Central School

April 10, 2015

Statement from Senator David J. Valesky on the Confirmation of Joanne M. Mahoney as Chair of the New York State Thruway Authority

On March 30, I enthusiastically supported the confirmation of Joanie Mahoney as Chair of the New York State Thruway Authority. Over the years, I have had the pleasure of working closely with Joanie in her capacity as Onondaga County Executive. She has demonstrated skill and leadership in a challenging environment as County Executive, and I believe she will be a great asset to the Thruway Authority. I commend Governor Cuomo for this excellent appointment, and I look forward to a continued positive relationship with County Executive Mahoney in her new role.

Senator Valesky's floor comments

March 31, 2015

Senate Passes One-House Budget Resolution

The Senate passed its one-house budget resolution this week, with my support. This resolution delivers for hardworking middle class families in Central New York and throughout the State while holding the line on spending. It provides additional funding for school districts, invests in upstate transit to prevent Centro service cuts, and provides property tax relief for homeowners. I look forward to working with my colleagues to continue the process with the goal of enacting an on-time, responsible budget.

OCC Students Recognized for Academic Excellence and Service

March 26, 2015

OCC Students Honored for Academic Excellence and Service

Senator Valesky met two Onondaga Community College (OCC) students on March 9 who received the USA Today Phi Theta Kappa All-New York Academic Team Recognition for their academic excellence and community service. From left are OCC President Casey Crabill, Greg Freitag, Alena Cerro, and Sen. Valesky. Cerro is an electronic media communications major and vice president of public relations for the College’s Alpha Sigma Zeta chapter. Cerro also serves as an Honors Program Student Ambassador and Honors Program Committee Student Representative. She is an intern in OCC’s External Relations and Marketing New Media departments.

March 12, 2015

Senator Valesky Supports Veterans with PTSD

On March 2, Senator Valesky spoke in Albany about the Research and Recovery Project, which helps provide treatment for veterans with PTSD.

March 3, 2015

Stop Proposed Cuts to CENTRO Service

Letter to the Editor

Posted on February 26th, 2015 by The Stand in More News, Voices

On Thursday, Feb. 19, we had a meeting at City Hall in Syracuse concerning CNY Centro. Centro is proposing service cuts to the Syracuse area. Local 580 is not in agreement with these cuts. We believe they should be adding services and hiring more drivers.

The Mission of CNYRTA is to provide services which are Safe, Convenient, Reliable and Environmentally responsible with a goal of maximizing the taxpayers return on investment. Cutting services does not meet these standards.

March 2, 2015

IDC still powerful in the Senate: Avella

FEBRUARY 26, 2015 

By Madina Toure

When state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) first joined the Independent Democratic Conference, a group of rogue Democrats in the state Senate, he praised the group for its ability to overcome partisan lines and get things done.

Now that Republicans have the majority in the upper chamber of the state Senate, he concedes “the jury might still be out” on whether the IDC remains relevant.

But he insists that the group is still relevant, saying that it continues to have a working relationship with the Republican conference and still has influence.

March 2, 2015

Safeguard finances of the elderly

By Bobbie Sackman and Ann Marie Cook, Commentary

Published 5:38 pm, Monday, February 16, 2015

More than 260,000 older New Yorkers suffer from elder abuse every year. The most common form — financial abuse and exploitation — is growing at an alarming rate.

Not only does this heartless crime leave its victims in economic ruin and devastate families, but according to a preliminary finding of a pending report by the Office of Family and Children Services, its conservative impact on the state is $1.7 billion a year in costs for Adult Protective Services, police departments, courts, state Office for the Aging, and necessary new services like SNAP, Medicaid and Crime Victims Assistance.

March 2, 2015

Mid-year freeze halts spending at area school

POSTED: 02/13/15, 8:31 AM EST 

WATERVILLE>> The Waterville Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution to freeze spending on Feb. 3.

In 2010-11, the Gap Elimination Adjustment cost the district $5.97 million in state funds. Since the 2007-08 school year, Waterville has seen a total aid loss of $15.23 million, putting the district in a difficult situation to plan for the future, said Superintendent Charles Chafee.

March 2, 2015

Gov. Cuomo: No Ethics Reform, No Budget

By Bill Carey

Monday, February 9, 2015 at 03:01 PM EST

The downfall of State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has led to a call for new reforms in state government, a campaign that could lead to a budget impasse. As Bill Carey reports, lawmakers believe they can avoid a budget stalemate by reaching a deal with the governor before the April 1 deadline.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has been on the road to warn that timely budgets are less important than a trustworthy government in Albany.

March 2, 2015

Supportive Housing, Income Tax Assistance

The Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) has 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. More information is available on my website.

IDC Senior Affordability Survey

March 2, 2015

Home Ownership Classes, Tourism Resources

New York State has launched a couple of new tools that will make finding information about tourism and tourism history easier than ever.

Thousands of NYS attractions and events, including Path through History and Taste NY locations, are now available at the touch of a button thanks to the new, free I LOVE NEW YORK mobile app launched in January to promote New York State tourism.

March 2, 2015

Downtown Dining Weeks, New Info Referral Service

It was an honor last week to speak during the Senate Legislative Session about resolution J.276, remembering former Governor Mario M. Cuomo. Here’s the link to my comments.

Last Friday, I attended the launch of 2-1-1 CNY, which provides access to community information and referral services in Onondaga County by dialing 211 on a cell phone or by calling toll-free 1-844-445-1922. The 211 system helps residents locate basic resources such as food, shelter, employment, or health services by dialing a simple three-digit number. Visit the 2-1-1 website for more information.

March 2, 2015

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

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