Historic Senate Rules Reform, Sponsored by Senator Valesky, Passes Senate

ALBANY, N.Y.--The State Senate adopted historic and sweeping rules reform, sponsored by State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), which will transform Senate operations, decentralize long-held leader control, and give each member of the house, regardless of party, fair opportunity to influence the legislative process.

July 16, 2009

Senator Valesky Proposes Long-Term Bi-Partisan Operating Agreement to Get Senate Back to Work

 ALBANY, N.Y.-- In an effort to break the Senate stalemate, Senators David Valesky (D-Oneida), Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), Darrel Aubertine (D- Jefferson/Oswego/ St. Lawrence), William Stachowski (D- Erie), Craig Johnson (D- Nassau), Diane Savino (D- Brooklyn/Staten Island), Brian Foley (D- Suffolk), Thomas Duane (D-Manhattan) and George Onorato (D-Queens) proposed a long-term bipartisan operating agreement that would get the Senate back to work. The agreement was presented to Republican leaders and Senators Dean Skelos and Pedro Espada, Jr.

July 7, 2009

An Open Letter to Constituents: Rational Compromise Necessary to Move Senate Forward

 As many of you know, the New York state Senate has been mired in gridlock as a result of an illegal and self-serving power grab which attempted to place Sen. Pedro Espada, D-Bronx, as leader of the Senate. This took place June 8, during the last two weeks of session, a critical time when much legislation is passed.

A resolution of this matter has been complicated because the Senate is now equally divided, 31-31. The only logical way to move forward is through compromise, by setting aside our differences for the sake of the public good.

June 23, 2009

Senator Valesky Calls for Reasonable and Rational GOP Leaders to Step Forward

It has become clear since the court ordered the Senate to negotiate a bipartisan agreement that the current Senate Republicans’ leadership under Pedro Espada is acting in an unreasonable, and even irrational, way. They are unwilling to recognize the reality that the Senate is deadlocked 31-31, and that the only way for us to address critical legislation is through a mutually agreed upon structure that reflects this mathematical reality. 

June 18, 2009

Empowering Citizens and Lowering Property Taxes

For a long time, we have talked about ways to reduce property taxes in New York State. I have consistently advocated for government consolidation as one means to achieve this.

This week, we accomplished part of that goal.

By passing the New York Government Reorganization And Citizen Empowerment Act, the New York State Senate did something historic—it gave the people power to decide how their local governments are organized, and, along with it, the power to reduce their property tax burden.

June 5, 2009

Senator David J. Valesky's Bill Requiring Greater Transparency by Canal Corporation Signed Into Law

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Legislation sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that provides more public accountability when the New York State Canal Corporation prepares to sell abandoned property has been signed into law by Governor David A. Paterson (Chapter 44). 

The legislation was sponsored in the Assembly by Assemblywoman RoAnn M. Destito.

June 5, 2009

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

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

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

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

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

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