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Senate Passes Valesky Legislation Creating Land Banks to Spur Redevelopment

SYRACUSE, N.Y.— The State Senate passed legislation (S.4281A) sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that will allow municipalities to create land banks in order to fight urban blight and revitalize communities.

“The large number of abandoned and vacant properties has contributed to low property values and poor economic growth in Upstate cities,” said Senator Valesky. “The creation of land banks will foster economic revitalization and improve the quality of life in our cities and neighborhoods.”

June 23, 2010
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Senate Passes Valesky Legislation to Fight Embalming Fluid Abuse

SYRACUSE, N.Y.— Legislation aimed at curbing the dangerous abuse of embalming fluid as a drug, sponsored by State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), passed the New York State Senate.

“The increased use of embalming fluid with other drugs has become a public safety issue in Central New York and across the nation,” said Senator Valesky. “This legislation will provide law enforcement with a vehicle to get this dangerous substance off the streets, and to hopefully deter anyone from taking a chance with it in the first place.”

June 22, 2010
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Health Benefits for Volunteer Firefighters Extended

ALBANY, N.Y.— The New York State Senate passed legislation sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that will extend cardiovascular health benefits for volunteer firefighter an additional five years.

“Our volunteer firefighters provide an invaluable service to New York State and our individual communities,” said Senator Valesky. “We owe it to them to ensure they have adequate health coverage to continue to serve their communities.”

June 18, 2010
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Legislature passes crucial amendments to Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit

ALBANY, N.Y. – The NYS Senate and Assembly unanimously approved legislation (S7556/ A10839) amending the current Historic Preservation Tax Credit law to allow banks and insurance companies to claim the tax credit.

June 17, 2010
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Senate Passes Valesky Legislation Creating “Gold Alert” System to Locate Missing Vulnerable Adults

Syracuse, N.Y.— Legislation sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that will create a “Gold Alert” adult alert system for vulnerable and elderly New Yorkers passed the State Senate today.

“Too many lives have been lost as a result of adults with cognitive impairment wandering from home,” Senator Valesky said. “The Gold Alert puts their safety, and the peace of mind of their families, at the forefront.”

June 16, 2010
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Valesky Bill Streamlines Property Tax Exemptions for Grape, Apple Growers

SYRACUSE, N.Y.— The New York State Senate passed legislation sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that supports growth and investment in vineyards and orchards, two major agricultural crops in New York State.

June 15, 2010
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Valesky Legislation Creates Stricter Sex Offender Laws

ALBANY, N.Y.—  Legislation sponsored by State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that will create stricter punishments for sex offenders passed the New York State Senate.

June 11, 2010
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State Senate Announces Expanded Opportunities for New Yorkers With Disabilities

State Senate Announces Expanded Opportunities for New Yorkers With Disabilities

June 11, 2010
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Senate Passes Valesky Bill to Expand Net Metering for Anaerobic Digestion

ALBANY, N.Y.—The State Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that will double the allowable amount of electricity produced through anaerobic digestion, including by on-farm methane digesters, to be sold back to the grid.

June 9, 2010
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Senate Passes Legislation to Ensure Children with Autism Receive the Medical Care They Deserve

Syracuse, NY - Landmark legislation (S7000B), co-sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D- Oneida), which will end the discriminatory practices by insurance companies against children with autism disorders passed the New York State Senate today.

“Often, families affected by autism are forced to pay for medical treatment on their own without the support of insurance agencies,” said Senator Valesky. “This legislation gives families the ability to rely on their insurance to help alleviate some of that financial impact.”

June 9, 2010
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June 1, 2010
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Senator Valesky Proposes Legislation to Celebrate Legacy of Harriet Tubman by Naming Memorial Highway

SYRACUSE, N.Y.— The State Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that will designate New York State Highway Route 34 as the Harriet Tubman Memorial Highway.”  “This legislation celebrates the hard work and sacrifices Harriet Tubman made in the name of abolition,” Senator Valesky said.

May 28, 2010
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Statement from Senator Valesky Regarding Robert Duffy as LG Candidate

I have worked with Mayor Robert Duffy and know first hand that he will be an excellent Lieutenant Governor.  As the mayor of an Upstate city, he brings knowledge of the challenges we face in Upstate New York and experience addressing those challenges.  Bob Duffy is a great addition to the ticket and I applaud Attorney General Andrew Cuomo on his selection.

May 26, 2010
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Valesky’s Independent Redistricting Legislation Clears Another Hurdle

ALBANY, N.Y.—Independent redistricting reform legislation sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) was approved by the State Senate Elections Committee today without opposition.

Today’s vote represents another milestone--versions of independent redistricting plans have been introduced in the Senate and Assembly in the past five years, but did not advance through any committee.

May 25, 2010
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