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Significant legislative action taken to close deficit and reduce spending

This week, New York State took strong legislative action that represents real progress toward economic recovery in both the short and long term.

Continued declining tax revenues left the state with an approximate $3 billion mid-year deficit, which needed immediate attention to ensure payments to school districts and local municipalities and to protect the state from a downgrade in credit rating.

December 4, 2009
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Senate Passes Bipartisan Deficit Reduction Plan

ALBANY, N.Y.—State Senator David J.

December 4, 2009
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Senator David J. Valesky Joins Upstate Leaders to Announce High Speed Rail New York Coalition

Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), Senate President Malcolm A. Smith and other Upstate leaders were in Syracuse this morning to introduce the new High Speed Rail Coalition and announce the submission for over $5 billion in federal funding.

November 23, 2009
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Officials talk about new laws strengthening sentences for drunk drivers and class A-I offenders

Two recently passed laws strengthen the penalty drunk drivers and class A-1 offenders can receive as a sentence.

November 20, 2009
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Leandra’s Law passes Senate; strengthens punishment for DWI with child passenger

ALBANY, N.Y.—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) lauded the State Senate passage of landmark legislation drastically increasing the penalty for any person who drives intoxicated with a child passenger.  

November 18, 2009
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SENATOR DAVID VALESKY NAMED AIANYS LEGISLATOR OF THE YEAR

The American Institute of Architects New York State (AIANYS) has named Senator David Valesky as its “2009 Legislator of the Year.” The award recognizes outstanding contributions in advancing the legislative priorities of AIANYS. Senator Valesky is receiving the award for his sponsorship of the Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit, which was recently signed into law.

November 9, 2009
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CNY is Solidified as a Green Hub

For many years, Central New York has been building a national reputation as a hub of green technology and has been promoting itself as a potential home for jobs in green industries.  That promise and potential got a major boost in recent days as an effort I have been working on to attract one of the first electric car manufacturers in the country bore fruit.

October 27, 2009
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Senator Valesky and Senator Smith attend Upstate Latino Summit, discuss issues critical to Latino success

SYRACUSE, N.Y.--Senator David J. Valesky  and Senate President Malcolm A. Smith toured the 2009 Upstate Latino Summit where they met with various leaders of the community and discussed vital issues to ongoing Latino success and empowerment in New York.   The Spanish Action League of Onondaga County Inc. has been serving the needs of Hispanics in Onondaga County since its creation over 40 years ago.

October 26, 2009
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Electric Car Manufacturer Selects CNY: Senators Smith and Valesky Provide Critical Financing to Attract Jobs and Economic Growth

(SYRACUSE, NY) - Bannon Automotive, LLC, today announced that it has selected Central New York as a manufacturing site for its affordable plug-in electric vehicle which is based on technology developed in the U.S.

October 23, 2009
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Electric Car Plant May Open in Syracuse

Electric Car Plant May Open in Syracuse By KATE GALBRAITH

New York State appears to be close to securing one of the nation’s first assembly plants for electric cars.

Reva, an electric car company based in Bangalore, India, plans to work with Bannon Automotive, a new electric car company in Freeport, N.Y., to assemble a three-door plug-in hatchback, the NXR, at a still-to-be-determined site near Syracuse.

October 21, 2009
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Statement from Senator Valesky About Rejection of DOT 5-Year Capital Plan

“While I agree with the call for fiscal discipline and strongly oppose any new taxes as we enter the 2009-2010 budget season, I am disappointed  that the DOT’s 5-Year Capital Plan was so quickly dismissed in its entirety without consideration of alternatives. 

October 8, 2009
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New York Needs a New Way of Budgeting

Every passing day brings a sea of news about economic conditions in the nation and state. We are getting a lot of data, some good and some bad.

While no elected official or the legislature in New York State can control the global economy, there is something we can do: plan our budgeting process so that government runs as efficiently as possible, and protect New York State, and its taxpayers, as much as possible from future financial crises.

October 2, 2009
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Senator Valesky Calls for New Approach to State Budgeting, Citing SyraStat Success

SYRACUSE, N.Y.--State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) is calling for the adoption of performance budgeting for New York state that has worked in Syracuse as part of a long-term strategy to cut spending and improve efficiency in state government. Senator Valesky recently wrote new Lt. Gov. Richard Ravitch, who will be extensively involved in the state budget development, advocating this new approach.

October 1, 2009
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Senator Valesky Joins Attorney General Andrew Cuomo in Announcing Arrests in CNY Narcotics Sweep

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today joined New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo in the announcement of narcotics trafficking charges being filed against 24 individuals who are alleged to have been involved in drug distribution networks in and around Central New York.

September 29, 2009
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