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State Program to Help Flood Victims

Yesterday, Governor Cuomo announced a $16 million Flood Recovery Program to assist homeowners, small businesses, and farms in areas hardest hit by recent flooding. Many people will not be able to return to their homes due to extensive damage, and others face substantial rebuilding costs that are not covered by insurance. Unfortunately, the financial and property loss from the floods is below the amount that triggers federal FEMA and other federal assistance.

July 18, 2013
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Senator Valesky, Mohawk Valley Senate Delegation Advance Flood Recovery Strategy

SYRACUSE, N.Y.–State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) and Mohawk Valley state senators Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta), Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R/C/I-Rome), and Senator Hugh T. Farley (R/C/I-Schenectady) announced a multi-prong strategy to assist local businesses and residents recover and rebuild from devastating June/July flooding.

July 15, 2013
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Senator David J. Valesky Speaks to Students Taking Part in Summer Science Week

On July 8, Senator Valesky spoke to 77 middle school students who are participating in the Honeywell Summer Science Week at the Museum of Science and Technology. They spent the morning on Onondaga Lake learning about bird habitats. He congratulated these students for continuing their education during summer vacation.

July 9, 2013
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Legislation Sponsored by Senator Valesky Designating “LCpl. Jeremy Lasher Memorial Highway” in Oneida is Signed into Law

Albany, NY – Governor Andrew Cuomo today signed legislation, sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), that designates Route 365A in the City of Oneida as the “LCpl.

July 8, 2013
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Emergency Assistance for Madison and Oneida Flood Victims

As I'm sure you are aware, parts of Madison and Oneida Counties have been hit hard by floods as a result of our very wet weather.

July 1, 2013
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Senator David J. Valesky Speaks at Boys' State at Morrisville State College

Senator David J. Valesky spoke to more than 1,100 high school junior boys and staff at this year’s Boys' State government camp at Morrisville State College, sponsored by the American Legion, June 23-28. Boys' State participants learn the importance of the individual in the success and progress of the government. The program also provides training in leadership, character, and citizenship development.

June 28, 2013
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Governor Cuomo and Legislative Leaders Announce Agreement on Bills to Allow Licenses for NY Cideries and Streamline Labeling Process for NY Producers

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Senate Majority Coalition Leader Dean Skelos, Senate Majority Leader Coalition Leader Jeffery Klein and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver today announced a three way agreement on two bills that follow through on the promises made after the NYS Wine Beer and Spirits Summit. The Farm Cideries Bill (Governor’s Program Bill #18) will establish a new license for farm cideries similar to the licenses already available to farm wineries, breweries and distilleries.

June 20, 2013
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Senate Passes Legislation Sponsored by Senator Valesky Giving State Purchase Preference to Local Products

ALBANY, N.Y.—The State Senate passed legislation (S.5552) sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that will expand the amount of New York State local food products purchased by New York State agencies.

June 14, 2013
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Valesky-Sponsored Legislation Combating Methamphetamine Production Passes Senate

ALBANY, N.Y.—Legislation sponsored by State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) assisting law enforcement in combating the threat to public health and safety surrounding methamphetamine production passed the Senate today.

June 13, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill that Requires Life-Saving Screenings on Newborns

I was pleased to co-sponsor S.270, legislation that requires facilities to perform pulse oximetry screenings on newborns, and even more pleased to meet a family who directly benefited from this test. Jacob Thomas was born April 10, 2012 and appeared to be a healthy newborn. Two days later, his skin turned bluish. A nurse performed a pulse oximetry test on Jacob and learned that his blood-oxygen level was dangerously low. He was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect, which is a common birth defect.

June 13, 2013
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Senate Passes Landmark Valesky Legislation Prohibiting Campaign Consultants from Lobbying the Officials They Help Elect

ALBANY, N.Y.—The New York State Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Senator David J.

June 11, 2013
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UConn Basketball Star Breanna Stewart Visits Senate Chamber

Cicero-North Syracuse grad Breanna Stewart was in the Senate Chamber this week in honor of her being named the NCAA’s Most Outstanding Player in the 2013 Final Four Tournament.

June 6, 2013
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Senate Majority Coalition Announces Major Initiative to Eliminate State Regulations That Cost Money and Jobs

Senate Republican Conference Leader Dean Skelos and Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeff Klein today announced that the Senate Majority Coalition will begin an unprecedented initiative to identify and eliminate thousands of costly and unnecessary government regulations that strangle business and job growth and drive up municipal and school property taxes. 

June 6, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business Senator David J. Valesky, Chair 10:30 AM, Tuesday, June 4, 2013 Room 511 LOB

June 4, 10:30 AM - 10:35 AM
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Senator Valesky’s Expanded Pride of New York Legislation Passes Senate Bill Will Encourage Restaurants to Use Local Foods

ALBANY, N.Y.—Legislation creating a program to recognize restaurants featuring local products promoting New York-grown products sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) passed the Senate today.

May 30, 2013
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May 22, 2013
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