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Senate Passes Historic Government Consolidation Legislation Co-Sponsored by Senator Valesky

ALBANY, N.Y. – State Senator David J. Valesky (D- Oneida) announced that the New York State Senate passed the New York Government Reorganization And Citizen Empowerment Act (S5661) by 47-16 votes, legislation that will empower citizens to streamline their government, cut costs associated with government and lower property taxes through consolidation of governmental entities.

June 4, 2009
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Senator Valesky Announces Funding Available for Farmers’ Markets Capital Improvement Grants

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today announced that $150,000 in matching grants will be available for capital improvements to New York State farmers’ markets. The $150,000 fund was earmarked in this year’s Enacted Budget as part of the Grow New York program. The purpose of the fund is to construct permanent infrastructure to help increase access to New York-grown and produced food. More than 30 farmers’ markets are located in Central New York. 

June 3, 2009
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New York's State Senate approves Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit

Published in the Syracuse-Post Standard

Thursday, May 28, 2009

 By Greg MunnoA long-anticipated program that would help make it viable to restore historic buildings took a big step toward becoming reality on Wednesday.

The state Senate passed the Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit, a bill that Upstate leaders have been pushing for years.

"This is a game changer," said Robert Simpson, president of the Metropolitan Development Association, which has advocated for the credit for five years.

June 2, 2009
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Senator Valesky Co-sponsors Senate Ethics Reform Legislation

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) will co-sponsor two pieces of legislation that would fundamentally reform governmental ethics in New York State.

“As elected officials, we are and stewards of the citizenry’s interests, and must be held to the highest of standards,” Senator Valesky, Vice President Pro-Tempore of the Senate, said. “The Senate is serious about ethics reform, and I am proud to co-sponsor this legislation, which is part of a seismic shift in the way the people’s business is conducted in Albany.”

June 2, 2009
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Senator Valesky Breaks Ground on a Green Data Center at Syracuse University

On May 29th, Senator Valesky joined Syracuse University officials and local elected to break ground on a Green Data Center on campus.

June 2, 2009
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Senator Valesky talks about the Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit

The New York State Senate passed landmark economic development legislation sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky which would stimulate the Upstate economy and revitalize its communities through rehabilitation of historic properties.

The bill, S2960, would provide tax credits for redevelopment of qualified residential and commercial properties with the intention of creating an economic stimulus in distressed communities.

May 28, 2009
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Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit is Critical Component of Upstate Revitalization

It is not hard to describe the economic trend for Upstate New York over the last few decades.  We have all watched as our main streets emptied out, our factories left town and our children moved away.   These losses only increased the strains on our communities, pushing property taxes up on the businesses and families who have stayed.  

May 27, 2009
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Landmark Economic Development Legislation Sponsored By Senator Valesky Passes State Senate; Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit is unprecedented redevelopment incentive for Upstate New York

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—The New York State Senate today passed landmark economic development legislation sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) which would stimulate the Upstate economy and revitalize its communities through rehabilitation of historic properties.

May 27, 2009
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Senator Valesky speaks at STOP NYRI celebration

Senator David Valesky attended an event held by the STOP NYRI group to celebrate the defeat of the proposed NYRI power line proposal.

May 26, 2009
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May 26, 2009
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Remembering the true meaning of Memorial Day

For many people, Memorial Day symbolizes the official beginning of summer. Family and friends gather for picnics, parades and barbecues--the first outdoor events of the season.

However, I believe it is important that we remind ourselves of the true meaning of the holiday. Too often, the real message gets lost amidst the events and advertisements.

May 26, 2009
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Senator Valesky is Guest Reader at Pig Out On Reading Event in Morrisville

Senator Valesky served as a guest reader to a 5th grade class at Edward R. Andrews Elementary School in Morrisville. After reading the book "Moses the Cat," students engaged the Senator in a Q&A about his life, his work in the Legislature and why education is important.

May 21, 2009
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Senator Valesky, with Cazenovia College President Mark Tierno, spoke at a Cazenovia College Board of Trustees meeting

Senator David Valesky recently spoke at a Cazenovia College Board of Trustees meeting, updating members about legislative priorities in Albany. The Senator is pictured with Cazenovia College President Mark Tierno.

May 21, 2009
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