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Upstate Democratic Senators Call For Immediate Release of $120 Million for Upstate Economic Development, $40 Million for Upstate Agribusiness and $30 Million in City by City Funds

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) called on Governor Paterson to immediately release $120 million to spur development in upstate New York. A letter, co-authored by Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith and the Upstate Democratic Caucus, was sent to Governor Paterson urging the immediate release of the $120 million for Upstate New York.

May 21, 2009
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The Draft Report of the Temporary Committee on Rules and Administration

The Temporary Committee for Rules Reform released a report outlining a package of recommendations on how best to change the way the Senate operates. To learn more, go to the Committee's page.

File: 
RulesReformx1a.pdf

April 21, 2009
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Fourth Meeting of the Rules Reform Committee

On April 21, 2009, the Temporary Committee, with all members present, met in Albany for the fourth time in nearly one month to consider and vote on this report. The discussion and vote was preceded by four public hearings conducted throughout the state during the month of February. Following a robust conversation about the recommendations—there were many that had been agreed upon previously—the Temporary Committee voted to accept the report.

File: 
April 21st, 2009 Rules Reform Committee Meeting Minutes

April 21, 2009
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NYRI Withdrawl is a Victory for Central New Yorkers

Lately, in these difficult times, it is seemingly impossible to escape bad news. That’s why this week, a piece of good news in the form of New York Regional Interconnect withdrawing its application to build power lines in Central New York, is so extraordinary.

April 9, 2009
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Senator Valesky Statement on News that NYRI has Withdrawn Its PSC Application

As a strong and vocal opponent of NYRI, I am pleased that they have at last decided to withdraw their petition from the PSC. Though it is necessary to address New York State's aging power infrastructure, I firmly believe it should not be done at the detriment of our Upstate communities. The power line would have cut through the hearts of those communities and resulted in increased power costs for Upstate. Today, I am happy that the residents of those communities in Madison and Oneida counties can rest easy knowing this project has been defeated.

April 6, 2009
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Statement from Senator Valesky on Passage of the New York State Budget

Today, the New York State Senate passed a responsible budget that, in the midst of the worst economic situation since the Great Depression, made tough and necessary choices to close a $17 billion dollar deficit while protecting vital services and programs for the people of New York State.

Contrary to what has been said in packaged sound bytes and calls of doom and gloom from special interests, this budget protects the core values we hold high in Upstate New York—education, agriculture, health care, and job creation.

April 6, 2009
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Senator Valesky stands in front of new EAVES emergency response equipment

Senator David Valesky was able to secure state funding for new emergency response equipment for EAVES.

March 31, 2009
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Senator Valesky helps kick off Jazz in the City

Senator David Valesky was on hand to help kick off Jazz in the City. Senator Valesky was able to secure state funding for the the summer concert series.

March 31, 2009
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Senator Valesky signs the final beam of the Center of Excellence

Senator David Valesky joined Center of Excellence Executive Director Edward Bogucz to sign the final beam to be raised in the construction of the new Center of Excellence.

March 31, 2009
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Senator Valesky talks to Boys State assembly

Senator David Valesky talked the young adults at the Boys State Conference about the importance of democracy and government. Senator Valesky also broke down the Pledge of Allegiance and what the flag stands for.

March 30, 2009
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Senator Valesky helped open new Fire House

Senator David Valesky was on hand to help the Town of Dewitt open its new fire house.

March 30, 2009
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March 30, 2009
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Senator Valesky is escorted through Lakeshore Elementary School by 4th Grader Raymond Scarlata

4th grader Raymond Scarlata walks Senator Valesky through the decorated halls of Lakeshore Elementary School. Sen. Valesky spoke to the children about the importance of the Pledge Allegiance and what it stands for.

March 30, 2009
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Senator Valesky speaks to the students at Lakeshore Elementary School

Senator David Valesky joined the students to celebrate Flag Day. The Senator talked with the children about the importance of the flag and the oath the say every morning - the Pledge of Allegiance.

March 30, 2009
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Senator Valesky joins U.S. Senator Schumer and Cicero Town Supervisor Dudzinski in Brewerton

Senator David Valesky joined U.S. Senator Charles Schumer and Cicero Town Supervisor Chet Dudzinski to announce a nearly $1 million dollar revitalization project in the Hamlet of Brewerton. Sen. Valesky was able to secure $125,000 in state funding for the project.

March 30, 2009
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Senator Valesky helps Oneida Healthcare Center break ground on their $18 million expansion.

Senator David Valesky joined Oneida Healthcare Center administrators and Congressman John McHugh for the groundbreaking of the hospitals $18 million expansion. The expansion will include a larger emergency room, a bigger intensive care unit and new equipment to meet the modern standards of the medical profession.

March 30, 2009
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Senator Valesky and DeFrancisco Welcome the State Champion Jamesville-DeWitt Basketball Team

Senator Valesky was joined by the State Champion Jamesville-DeWitt Basketball Team in Albany. Senator Valesky and Senator DeFrancisco passed a resolution commemorating the State Championship won by Coach McKenney and the Jamesville-DeWitt boys basketball team this winter.

March 30, 2009
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