Senate Passes Legislation to Expand Sporting Opportunities

The State Senate today passed legislation supported by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that would expand opportunities for New Yorkers to participate in sporting activities including snowmobiling and hunting. 

March 1, 2011

Committee Meeting: Aging Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Aging Senator David J. Valesky, Chair 11:30 AM, Monday, February 14, 2011 123 CAP

February 14, 11:30 AM - 11:34 AM

Statement on Governor's Executive Budget Proposal

I’m pleased that Governor Cuomo has proposed an Executive Budget that closes a $10 billion deficit with recurring spending actions, and does not rely on any borrowing or new taxes.

February 1, 2011

IDC Members to Chair Legislative Committees

The Independent Democratic Conference today accepted recommendations from the Senate Majority that, in keeping with recent bi-partisan tradition, would allow them to chair legislative committees.


January 26, 2011

Senator David Valesky Joins Groundbreaking Independent Democratic Conference

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) announced his departure from the Senate Democratic Conference and the formation of a third legislative conference, along with three of his Democratic colleagues, Senators Jeffrey D. Klein, Diane Savino, and David Carlucci. 

January 20, 2011

IDC Releases Mandate Relief Recommendations

Proposals Level Local Gov't Playing Field, Lower Costs & Save Taxpayer Dollars 

The Independent Democratic Conference today unveiled a series of common sense recommendations that will help local governments tackle state mandates, save money, and help ease the burden on taxpayers.  

January 19, 2011

Senator Valesky joins groundbreaking Independent Democratic Conference

ALBANY, N.Y.—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) announced his departure from the Senate Democratic Conference and the formation of a third legislative conference, along with three of his Democratic colleagues, Senators Jeffrey D. Klein, (D-Bronx/ Westchester), Diane Savino, (D-Staten Island/ Brooklyn), and David Carlucci, (D-Clarkstown).

January 6, 2011

Crossbow Legislation Signed Into Law By Governor

ALBANY, N.Y.— Legislation sponsored by David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) allowing crossbows to be used during hunting season was signed into law by Governor David Paterson.

"Expanding New York’s hunting regulations to include crossbows will expand Upstate’s economic opportunities,” said Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida). “It will provide increased revenue to the state and our local communities through licensing and will also draw in out of state hunters looking to experience hunting in New York.”

September 20, 2010

Valesky Named To NY Farm Bureau’s Circle of Friends

Syracuse, N.Y. — Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) has been named to the New York Farm Bureau’s Circle of Friends.

“New York’s farms are an integral part of our Upstate economy,” said Senator Valesky. “Agriculture is New York’s largest industry; we must continue to ensure its success and vitality through a strong legislative agenda that will encourage it to grow.”

Valesky has sponsored and passed legislation securing property tax credits, expanding opportunities for locally made products, and lowering energy costs for local farms and agriculture, ensuring their continued success.

September 13, 2010

Valesky Legislation Expanding Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Signed into Law

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Legislation sponsored by State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that expands the Historic Preservation Tax Credit (S.7556) was signed into law. The expansion allows banks and insurance companies to claim the tax credit, which will have a positive effect on commercial development efforts of historic structures across the state.

“Continued economic development is integral to the growth and expansion of our Upstate communities,” said Senator Valesky. “By allowing banks and insurance companies to utilize the HRTC, we are creating more incentive for companies to invest in larger projects in Upstate New York, which will spur economic growth and development.”

September 1, 2010

Bill Extending Health Benefits for Volunteer Firefighters Signed by Governor Paterson

ALBANY, N.Y.— Governor David Paterson signed legislation sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that will extend cardiovascular health benefits for volunteer firefighters an additional five years (S.2769A).

“Everyday volunteer firefighters across New York put their lives on the line to protect our communities,” said Senator David Valesky. “Extending their benefits enables them to continue to protect the places they live, without compensating their health coverage.”

According to the law, firefighters stricken with heart problems while performing their duty are allowed to claim benefits unless substantial evidence is given that their activity as a firefighter did not cause the heart disease.

August 23, 2010