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Executive Budget Proposal, Government Modernization

Governor Cuomo released his Executive Budget proposal this week, and as he made clear, the difficult choices that we have had to make in recent years have erased a sizeable structural deficit and we are in a much better fiscal position. I share the Governor’s broad priorities to address the property tax burden, increase education funding, and create a more business friendly environment. I am especially pleased with the Governor’s focus on breaking the cycle of economic decline in Upstate New York.

January 24, 2014
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Senators Valesky, DeFrancisco Provide $250,000 for Effort to Improve Government Services and Efficiency

SYRACUSE, NY – The Commission on Local Government Modernization, has launched a comprehensive study of government structure in Onondaga County in an effort to provide better services more efficiently to the community.

January 24, 2014
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SAFE Act: One Year Later

WHEC-TV, updated 1/14/2014 6:48:11 PM ET

He said he made a promise and so far, he says he's kept his end of the bargain. That was Governor Cuomo last week at the State of the State Address. It's been nearly a year since the SAFE Act was passed. Some gun advocates say it was rushed through in the middle of the night.

News10NBC is hearing from some lawmakers who say that isn't exactly true.

The bill was passed in about 24 hours and while that is faster than normal, there was debate around it in the Assembly. It passed the Senate 43-18 and in the Assembly, the SAFE Act passed 104-45.

January 22, 2014
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IDC PAC Has $1M, Klein $1.6M

The Independent Democratic Conference’s political action committee will report about $1 million in cash on hand this fundraising cycle.

Combined, the IDC has about $3.6 million, when counting its four members, Sens. Jeff Klein, Diane Savino, David Carlucci and David Valesky.

Klein, the Senate’s co-president, has $1.6 million in the bank.

January 22, 2014
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Report Shows Heavy Lobbying Efforts, Campaign Contributions by Pro-Fracking Interests

By MATTHEW DONDIEGO, Legislative Gazette

January 14, 2014

A new report released Monday shows pro-fracking interest groups have spent a staggering $64.3 million on campaign contributions and lobbying efforts in recent years to pressure state lawmakers to allow high-volume hydraulic fracturing in New York.

Hydraulic fracturing, otherwise known as "fracking," is a natural gas extraction process that blasts high volumes of water, sand and chemicals into gas-rich rock formations to release the natural gas.

January 22, 2014
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Senators Say 2,219 Regulations Are Too Many

by Rick Karlin, Albany Times Union, January 13, 2014 at 5:24 pm

Surrounded by posters urging a cutting of Red Tape and a pile of regulation books on a nearby table, a group of Senate Republicans and IDC members earlier Monday rolled out a plan to cut the regulatory burdens they say impede the state’s business community.

January 22, 2014
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Statement from Senator David J. Valesky on Executive Budget Presentation

As Governor Cuomo made clear, the difficult choices that we have had to make in recent years have erased a sizeable structural deficit and we are in a much better fiscal position.

January 21, 2014
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Senator Valesky Co-Sponsors Resolutions Honoring Nelson Mandela

ALBANY, N.Y.-- State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) announced that the New York State Senate passed two resolutions this week commemorating the life of former South African President Nelson Mandela.

January 14, 2014
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Senator David J. Valesky Hosts Electronic Recycling Event Jan. 18

SYRACUSE – Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) is hosting an electronics recycling event in partnership with Sunnking Electronics Recycling and Time Warner Cable on Saturday, January 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Department of Public Works, 1200 Canal St. Extension (off Midler Ave.), Syracuse. Area residents can drop off old and unused electronics at no charge, and there is no limit to the number of items that may be dropped off.

January 13, 2014
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Senator Valesky Announces Report on Regulatory Reform

Report Identifies over 2,000 State Rules and Regulations that Warrant Reform or Review

SYRACUSE, N.Y.– State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today joined colleagues in the Senate Majority Coalition to issue a comprehensive report shedding light on New York State’s notoriously dense regulatory structure and identifying 2,219 specific rules, regulations and practices that put New York’s businesses at a competitive disadvantage.  

The report is the product of surveys, meetings, community outreach and the input of more than 100 business owners, advocacy organizations and individuals that participated in one of nine industry-specific public forums conducted throughout the State.

January 13, 2014
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Why Gov. Andrew Cuomo Needs Upstate New York

By Teri Weaver | tweaver@syracuse.com

January 12, 2014 at 7:04 AM, updated January 12, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Albany, N.Y. - Gov. Andrew Cuomo doesn't need to win over Upstate New York to win re-election.

But his ability to establish a long-term turnaround for Upstate's struggling economy is important resume material for Cuomo's potential candidacy on the national stage.

January 13, 2014
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Local Leaders React to Cuomo's Tax Plans and Marijuana Stance

by Jim Kenyon

In order to get into the convention center to hear the State of the State, people had to file past a loud group of protesters calling for a ban on fracking for natural gas, and others opposed to the New York SAFE Act which became the centerpiece to last year's speech.

On Wednesday, the Governor talked about creating jobs by relieving the tax burden on employers He wants to reduce the corporate income tax, abolish it all together for upstate manufacturers and put a freeze on property taxes.

Senator Dave Valesky supports the efforts. " We feel very confident that we'll be successful in providing meaningful tax relief to the taxpayers of our state." he told CNY Central's Jim Kenyon.

January 13, 2014
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Will the Real Job Creators Please Stand Up?

January 7th 2014

By Rodney Yearby, Sr.

At present, there are three times as many people looking for employment than there are positions available. Beginning December 28th 2013, 1.3 million Americans lost their unemployment benefits just three short days after Christmas.

January 13, 2014
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Recycle Your Old Electronics; State of the State

Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address this week gives us a roadmap to continue the forward progress we have made together in the past three years. I was especially pleased with his focus on breaking the cycle of economic decline in Upstate New York, decreasing the property tax burden, and investing in our public education system. I look forward to seeing details of his proposals in the Executive Budget in the coming weeks, and working with my colleagues in the Legislature to enact a responsible, forward-looking agenda that improves our state, our region, and our economy.

January 10, 2014
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Greek Peak Grand Opening

I was happy to be invited to celebrate the grand re-opening of Greek Peak. Congratulations to new owners John Meier (pictured) and Marc Stemerman on the new amenities at the resort. 

January 9, 2014
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Statement from Senator David J. Valesky Regarding Governor Cuomo's State of the State Address

Governor Cuomo’s broad and comprehensive State of the State address gives us a roadmap to continue the forward progress we have made together in the past three years.

January 8, 2014
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Senator Valesky Presents Check to CNY Food Bank

On November 27, Senator David J. Valesky presented Lynn Hy and Liz Occhino from the Central New York Food Bank with a check for $2,486.65. Included in the donation was a portion of the proceeds from the electronics recycling event held in September in partnership with Sunnking Electronics Recycling and Time Warner Cable. Along with him are Alice Kim, northeast government relations director for Time Warner Cable, and Steve Porubek from Time Warner Cable.

December 20, 2013
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Senator Valesky Reads to Students

Senator David J. Valesky read to students at the Main Street School in North Syracuse during the Cookies with Santa celebration on December 13.

December 20, 2013
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Affordable NY, STAR Registration, Next Electronics Recycling Event

Last week, I and the other members of the Independent Democratic Conference introduced the Affordable NY plan, a commitment to help working families address challenges in paying for child care, affording college, and living on a fixed income after retirement. These are critically important issues that I hear about from constituents every day.  The proposals include:

December 18, 2013
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