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Randi Bregman

Randi Bregman is the executive director at Vera House, Incorporated, a not-for-profit agency that focuses on serving those affected by domestic and sexual violence. In 1990, she joined the agency as coordinator of the Syracuse-Area Domestic Violence Coalition. Since 2001, Ms. Bregman has served as executive director, with responsibility for administration and financial management, supervision of staff , fundraising and fund development, community education, and professional training and program development.

May 14, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Aging Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Aging Senator David J. Valesky, Chair 11:30 AM, Monday, May 14, 2012 Room 309 LOB

May 14, 11:30 AM - 11:35 AM
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NYS Senate Independent Democratic Conference News Conference - Buy Local - April 18, 2012

April 18, 2012 - NYS Senate Independent Democratic Conference News Conference - State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) has introduced legislation (S.6965) building upon "Buy Local" movements to increase awareness of restaurants that sell New York-grown products, thereby helping to strengthen the state's important agricultural industry.

April 19, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Aging Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Aging Senator David J. Valesky, Chair 11:30 AM, Wednesday, May 30, 2012 Room 309 LOB

May 30, 11:30 AM - 11:34 AM
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Senator Valesky Introduces Legislation to Promote Buying New York Products

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) has introduced legislation (S.6965) building upon “Buy Local” movements to increase awareness of restaurants that sell New York-grown products, thereby helping to strengthen the state’s important agricultural industry. 

Senator Valesky, along with his colleagues in the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) will release a report and two pieces of legislation at a press conference at 2 p.m. today in Albany. 

April 18, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Aging Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Aging Senator David J. Valesky, Chair 11:30 AM, Tuesday, April 17, 2012 Room 309 LOB

April 17, 11:30 AM - 11:32 AM
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Governor Cuomo in Syracuse to Discuss Budget

I was pleased to join Governor Cuomo in discussing budget accomplishments for Central New York. Click the link for more details.

File: 
Gov Cuomo CNY Budget Presentation.pdf

April 5, 2012
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Budget Update From State Senator David J. Valesky

The New York State Legislature has completed passage of an on-time budget for the second year in a row. Though it was another challenging budget, requiring the closure of a $3.5 billion deficit, we were able to balance the budget without tax increases or fiscal gimmickry. In addition, overall spending was reduced for the second straight year, the frist time this has happened in at least three decades. 

Some highlights include:

March 30, 2012
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Senator Valesky Enjoys Sounds of Wellwood Middle School 7th and 8th Grade Orchestra

Senator David J. Valeksy enjoyed the orchestral sounds of Wellwood Middle School in Albany's concourse. The 7th and 8th grade students performed under the direction of their teacher, Ms. Jacqueline Darvill. The students were performing in Albany as a part of Music In Our Schools Month presented by the NYSSMA. Wellwood Middle School is in the Fayetteville-Manlius School district.

March 22, 2012
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Statement from Senator David Valesky Regarding Constitutional Amendment, Statute to Create Independent Redistricting Commission

I was pleased to join Governor Cuomo in enacting long-needed reform to create a system of independent redistricting that would take drawing district lines out of legislators’ hands. The constitutional amendment and accompanying statute passed last night mirrors legislation I sponsor that would enact permanent structural reform of a broken, dysfunctional system, and create an independent commission to draw lines. From now on, an equally balanced commission will be in charge of the process, and it will have to adhere to guidelines with respect to population deviation, preservation of communities of interest and protection of minority voting rights.

 

March 15, 2012
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Statement from Senator Valesky Regarding Syracuse Common Council Passage of Land Bank Legislation

I applaud the Common Council for moving legislation forward to create a city/county land bank. As the author of the state law, I am extremely encouraged that Onondaga County and the city of Syracuse will have the opportunity to be one of the first land banks in the state. Vacant and abandoned housing has been a problem in our communities for too long, and the application of this new strategy is a promising solution.

 

March 12, 2012
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Rev. Carl Clarke of Open Arms International Ministries Delivers Invocation

Reverend Carl Clarke of Open Arms International Ministries and Ms. Carol Lodman joined Senator David Valesky in Albany. Rev. Clarke was in the Senate Chamber to deliver the day's invocation.

March 6, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Aging Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Aging Senator David J. Valesky, Chair 11:30 AM, Wednesday, February 29, 2012 Room 309 LOB

February 29, 11:30 AM - 11:32 AM
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Committee Meeting: Aging Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Aging Senator David J. Valesky, Chair 11:30 AM, Monday, February 13, 2012 Room 410 LOB

February 13, 11:30 AM - 11:36 AM
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WHAT DO YOU THINK?

As your State Senator, I want to know your opinion. Please fill in the answer that best describes your position on the subjects below.

February 3, 2012
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Senator Valesky Named Member of Senate Select Committee on Libraries

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) was named to a newly-created bipartisan Senate Select Committee on Libraries.

“Libraries are an integral resource in our communities, providing access to books, technology and education to people of all ages,” Senator Valesky said. “I am pleased to serve on this committee, to focus on the specific needs of libraries in Central New York and across the state.”

January 19, 2012
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Creative Celebration

Dear Participant,

Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration. In our first year, we received outstanding poems, essays, and artwork that exemplify the creativity of New York State’s young people.

The submissions received are remarkable in what they represent – showing gratitude and respect for family, friends, our troops fighting overseas, and many other important subjects and activities. I am humbled and honored to see such inspiring contributions in response to what is a deceptively difficult question: “What are you thankful for?”

On behalf of the New York State Senate, I would like to offer my wholehearted congratulations to all of the participants in this year’s Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration.

December 22, 2011
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