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Senator Valesky Takes on Locavore Challenge

Syracuse, NY – State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) is taking part in the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York’s (NOFA-NY) Locavore Challenge, which it holds each September to inspire awareness and action in eating locally and organically through events and activities around the state and online.

“We are fortunate to live in an area with a strong agricultural base and where locally produced foods are so readily available,” Senator Valesky said. “I encourage everyone to take advantage of the abundance of produce at our farmers’ markets, to support restaurants that buy local food products and to take part in the Locavore Challenge themselves.”

September 17, 2014
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Free Electronics Recycling Event on Sept. 13

Please drop off your old, unused electronics at my e-recycling event tomorrow, Sept. 13, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the DMV parking lot, 5801 E. Taft Rd., North Syracuse. Area residents can drop off electronics at no charge, and there is no limit to the number of items that may be dropped off.

Sunnking Electronics Recycling will be accepting computers (desktops and laptops), printers, scanners, copiers, fax machines, televisions (CRT, LCD, LED, plasma), cell phones, IT and networking equipment, monitors (CRT, LCD, LED), MP3 players, PDAs, tablets, and ink and toner cartridges. Visit Sunnking.com for a full list of acceptable items.

September 16, 2014
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Primary Day is Tuesday

Just a reminder - Tuesday is Primary Day. Polls are open from noon to 9:00 p.m. To find your polling place and to look at sample ballots, visit your county Board of Elections website:

Madison County 

Oneida County 

Onondaga County 

Be Ready for Disasters with Citizen Preparedness Training

September 16, 2014
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State Fair Opens, Health and Civic Engagement Fair Tomorrow

The New York State Fair opens today, with plenty of new attractions, concerts, and events. I attended a preview of the Fair on Wednesday, where I met this year’s Fair mascots, Candy and Pop. They each represent an important New York agricultural product. They’ll be appearing around the Fairgrounds and will pose for pictures. Some of the attractions include:

September 16, 2014
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Senator Valesky to Judge CNY Civic App Challenge

Senator David J. Valesky is one of the judges for the AT&T Central New York Civic App Challenge, a two-month virtual hackathon in which developers are encouraged to "Solve Local" by building smartphone apps that serve Central New Yorkers. Winners will receive cash prizes totaling $18,000. The challenge, which will be facilitated by Hack Upstate, was announced September 11 at The Tech Garden and will run until November 11. Coders, designers and technologists can register for the challenge and get more information at attcny.hackupstate.com.

September 11, 2014
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Statement from Senator David J. Valesky, NYS Senate Aging Chair, on AARP Boomstate Report

The AARP report clearly shows that our aging population has serious concerns about its financial security and quality of life in New York State. While we have made some progress on reducing the property tax burden and ensuring access to affordable health care, there is much more to be done to ensure the 50+ demographic stays in New York.

September 8, 2014
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Senator Valesky Attends St. Joseph's Surgical Tower Ribbon Cutting

Senator David Valesky attended the ribbon cutting for the new Christina M. Nappi Surgical Tower at St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center in Syracuse on September 4, 2014. The Surgical Tower offers innovations in health care, use of technology, and “green” design.

September 4, 2014
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Senator Valesky Receives Unclaimed Funds

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.

August 28, 2014
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Senator Valesky Attends Dairy Day at the NYS Fair

Senator Valesky joined NYS Dept. of Agriculture and Markets Commissioner Richard Ball and Assemblyman Bill Magee for a Dairy Day breakfast at the New York State Fair on August 25.

August 25, 2014
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Senator Valesky Attends 2014 New York State Fair Opening

Senator Valesky joined Governor Andrew Cuomo to officially open the 2014 New York State Fair on Thursday, August 21.

August 21, 2014
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Senator Valesky Hosts Health and Civic Engagement Fair

Senator Valesky is hosting a Health and Civic Engagement Fair at the Southwest Community Center on Friday, August 22, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This free event is open to all area residents. The nonprofit and government agencies listed below will have tables at the fair and provide important information on health care, free smoke detectors, healthy living, long-term elder care, job hunting, prescription payment assistance, and more, as well as offer giveaways. Flu shots will be available (bring insurance card, cash, or check), along with other health screenings. For more information, call the district office at 478-8745.

Onondaga Community College Nursing Program

August 15, 2014
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Senator Valesky Congratulates Art Contest Winner

Congratulations to Tyler O'Connor, 7, for winning Senator Valesky's Summer Art Contest in the 10 and under category out of all entries from the Town of Sullivan Playground Program. Tyler's winning artwork is shown in the inset.

August 15, 2014
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Senator Valesky Donates Backpacks and School Supplies

Senator Valesky stopped at the First Presbyterian Church in Chittenango to donate backpacks full of school supplies to the Chittenango Area Association of Churches school supplies drive held in August. Midge Daviau, chair of the school supplies drive, and her grandkids Aime and Tyler accepted the donation.

August 15, 2014
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Health and Civic Engagement Fair, Jobs Express, Wildlife Areas Open

On Friday, I joined Mayor Miner and City Parks Commissioner Baye Mohammed to officially open the Baker Playlot. I was glad to help provide state funding for this project to give kids in the neighborhood a safe and fun place to play. After the opening, I headed over to Kirk Park where my staff and I, with enthusiastic help from the neighborhood kids, picked up litter and tidied up the field and play areas.

Save the Date – Health and Civic Engagement Fair on Aug. 22

August 14, 2014
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Land Bank Legislation, Buy Fair Tickets Online

This week, Governor Cuomo signed into law legislation I sponsored (S.6731) that increases to 20 the allowable number of land banks in New York State.

August 14, 2014
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Recovering from Severe Storms and Tornado

My deepest condolences to the families of Kimberly Hilliard, Paris Newman, Virginia Warner, and Arnie Allen, who died in the tornado that hit Smithfield on July 8.

As the area recovers from the devastating storms and tornado, Disaster Action Teams from the American Red Cross of Central New York are offering assistance to those whose homes were destroyed or severely damaged.

The New York Insurance Association also has tips for filing insurance claims related to storm and tornado damage:

August 13, 2014
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Free Fishing this Weekend in All State Lakes and Rivers

Warm, sunny weather is predicted for this weekend, perfect to get out and enjoy some free fishing. All New York residents and visitors may fish for free without a fishing license in any of the state’s 7,500 lakes and ponds or 50,000 miles of rivers and streams during the weekend of June 28-29. Saltwater anglers may also fish in marine waters or for migratory marine fish species without enrolling in the Recreational Marine Fishing Registry for the same two days.

August 13, 2014
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End of 2014 Legislative Session Update

The 2014 Legislative Session has ended and much was accomplished, including an agreement to legalize medical marijuana in New York State. I supported this legislation because I believe it is about compassionate care and will provide comfort and relief to people with serious medical conditions. I am satisfied that the program will be highly regulated to ensure the drug goes only to those who need it. The legislation includes provisions to ensure medical marijuana is reserved only for patients with serious conditions and is dispensed and administered in a manner that protects public health and safety.

August 13, 2014
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Legislation Passed that Addresses Elder Abuse, Substance Abuse, and Land Banks

To celebrate Juneteenth, I joined Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, Congressman Dan Maffei, Syracuse City Common Councilors, and area residents for a flag raising at City Hall on Friday, June 13.

This past week, the Senate passed a number of bills that I sponsored or co-sponsored that address elder financial abuse, substance abuse, land banks, and housing.

July 25, 2014
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Physical & Financial Fitness for Seniors, Meachem Ice Rink, June is Dairy Month

Today I joined with a coalition of advocates from the Syracuse Area Domestic & Sexual Violence Coalition's Elder Abuse & Justice Committees to draw attention to the serious issue of elder financial abuse and to invite the community to a special presentation, “Physical & Financial Fitness,” in recognition of the 9th Annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

July 25, 2014
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