Valesky Bills Supporting Local Agriculture Signed Into Law

SYRACUSE, N.Y.— Two pieces of legislation sponsored by State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) supporting farmland protection and property tax relief have been signed into law by Governor David Paterson.

“These new laws further assist the agriculture industry, especially in Upstate New York, by providing local farmers with additional property tax relief,” said Senator Valesky

August 4, 2010

Valesky Trapping Legislation Signed By the Governor

SYRACUSE, N.Y.-- Legislation sponsored by State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) allowing the Department of Conservation to assign personal identification numbers to trappers (S.2622) has been signed into law. 

“This legislation will enable the DEC to protect the public, while at the same time protecting trappers’ private information,” said Senator Valesky.

The new law will allow trappers to substitute personal information with an identification number assigned by the DEC. Currently, the Department of Environmental Conservation requires that all traps must display trappers’ names and addresses. The ID number will be traceable only by police and the DEC.

August 3, 2010

Valesky Legislation Supporting Local Wineries and Orchards Signed Into Law

SYRACUSE, N.Y.— Governor Paterson has signed 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.

The bill streamlines an existing property tax exemption for new or replanted vineyards or orchards that proved burdensome for farmers (S.5501).

“Wineries and orchards provide substantial economic impact in Central and Upstate New York,” said Senator Valesky. “This legislation is a cost saving measure for farms, and in these difficult economic times, every dollar saved helps.”

August 2, 2010

Senator Valesky Hosts Energy Saving Workshop

SYRACUSE, N.Y.— State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) is sponsoring a special seminar to help homeowners and renters save money on energy costs.

“Energy costs are a big concern in Upstate New York,” said Senator Valesky. This event will provide people with information about how to reduce their bills when they need it.”

Representatives from local utility companies will present cost saving tips on reducing energy, heat, and hot water bills. Also, representatives will detail the specific charges listed on utility bills, and show participants where they might be able to decrease their usage. For example, replacing five lights with Energy Star lightbulbs will save $9 per month.

August 2, 2010
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July 23, 2010

Crossbows To Join Regular Season Hunting

ALBANY, N.Y.— Legislation sponsored by David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) allowing crossbows to be used during hunting season passed the New York State Senate.

"Hunting in Upstate New York is a time honored tradition that thousands of New Yorkers enjoy each year,” said Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida). “Expanding hunting to include crossbows will enhance the opportunities available for sportsmen and women and will provide increased revenue to the state and our communities from licensing and tourism.”

July 1, 2010

Senate Passes Legislation to Mandate Tough Sentencing for Intentional Death

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—On the heels of an unprecedented week of tragedy in Central New York, the New York State Senate has passed some of the strongest laws in the country making those responsible for the intentional death of a child punishable to the very fullest extent of the law-life without the opportunity for parole.

June 25, 2010

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

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

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