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Senate Passes Valesky Bill to Ease Regulations on Beekeeping Industry

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—The New York State Senate passed legislation today sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that would ease regulations on beekeepers and save the state more than $100,000 annually.

March 3, 2010
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NYS Senator Valesky comments on new Govt. Efficiency Task Force 3/2/10

March 2, 2010: NYS Senator David Valesky comments on the creation of the bi-partisan Government Efficiency Task Force. Chaired by Deputy Senate Majority Leader Jeff Klein, the twelve member task force of which Sen. Valesky is a member will conduct a statewide investigation into the spending practices of state agencies and operations to uncover areas of administrative inefficiencies and government waste.

March 3, 2010
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Your Refund Can't Wait

Taxpayers are struggling and in economic times like this, people use their income tax returns to pay rent, their heating bills, or put food on the table.

New Yorkers need their government to ease the pressure, not add to it.The Governor’s proposal to delay income tax returns would only punish New Yorkers who pay their taxes on time and in full, and just want the return they deserve.

There is a big difference between making tough decisions and bad decisions—this proposal is just plain wrong.

February 26, 2010
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Senator Valesky Supports Tax Department Plan to Regulate Amount of Tax-Free Cigarettes Supplied to Indian Nations/Tribes

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today announced his support for recent actions undertaken by the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance that would move the state closer to collecting sales tax on cigarettes sold by Native American businesses to non-Native Americans.

February 24, 2010
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Senator Valesky Opposes Governor's Plan to Delay Income Tax Returns

ALBANY, N.Y.--If New Yorkers have to pay their taxes on time, the state should provide its refunds on time, Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) and Senate Majority Democrats told Governor Paterson today. Passing a resolution with broad bi-partisan support, the Senate formally opposed the Governor’s scheme to delay more than $500 million in refunds to individuals and $200 in refunds to businesses.

February 24, 2010
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Senate Passes Valesky Bill that Supports Local Wineries, Allows Sale and Consumption at Food Festivals

SYRACUSE, N.Y.--Supporting local and farm wineries, the New York State Senate has passed legislation (S5440B) sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) expanding the ability of  wineries to sell wine for consumption at food festivals, significantly increasing the market for in-state producers.

February 23, 2010
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Senator Valesky to Host Census Town Hall Meeting at Gansevoort Elementary in Rome

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) will host a community town hall meeting to inform the public about the upcoming 2010 Census. The event will be held Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. at Gansevoort Elementary School, 758 West Liberty St. in Rome.

February 22, 2010
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Senator Valesky's Statement on Proposed Parks Closures

In addition to providing Central New York families with affordable, safe recreational opportunities, our state parks and historical sites are also economic development engines in our communities. Complete closure of these facilities will accomplish little in savings and will serve to further stagnate the Upstate economy.

February 19, 2010
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CNY’s Role in Black History is a Source of Pride

Each February, we celebrate Black History Month and recognize the contributions that black men and women have made to the United States.

February 12, 2010
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Senator Valesky Says "No" to Beverage Tax; Will Fight to Save Jobs

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- State Sen. David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today led a rally of beverage industry workers against Governor Paterson’s proposed 50 percent tax on soda and other drinks.

“This tax will eliminate jobs and increase costs for families on tight budgets,” Sen. Valesky said. “It is simply not the right approach for addressing our state’s budget problems.”

Valesky’s comments came during a rally at the Coca Cola Bottling Co. Sales Center in Syracuse on Friday. Valesky told workers at the facility that he would do everything he could to save their jobs.

February 5, 2010
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