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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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Senator Valesky helps out at Crouse Hospital Employee Appreciation Day

Senator David Valesky, joined by Juli Boeheim, wife of Syracuse University men's basketball coach, Jim Boeheim, serves lunch to Crouse Hospital employees at the hospital's annual Employee Appreciation Day.

May 21, 2009
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New York Senate Passes Trapping Legislation Sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky

SYRACUSE, N.Y.-- The New York State Senate passed legislation on May 19, sponsored by State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), which gives the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) the flexibility to identify traps with either the trapper’s name and address or assigned identification number.

May 21, 2009
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Senator David J. Valesky Applauds Passage of Legislation to Enable Firefighters to Drive Trucks in Non-Emergency Situations

As Memorial Day weekend approaches, firefighters and fire trucks will continue to be a parade staple, thanks in part to legislation passed in the New York State Senate today.

The bill, S1624C, provides a clear exemption from federal regulations that require drivers of emergency vehicles to have a Commercial Drivers License. Though the Legislature partially rectified the issue in the Enacted Budget, further clarification was needed. Important duties performed by fire companies, such as training, inspections and parades, were not specifically exempted.

May 21, 2009
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Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit, Sponsored By Senator Valesky, Passes Finance Committee; Program will bring unprecedented redevelopment to distressed areas

ALBANY, N.Y.--The New York State Senate Finance Committee today passed the Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit (HRTC) (S2960-A), sponsored by State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), sending this important economic stimulus and community revitalization legislation to the full Senate.

May 21, 2009
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New York Senate Passes Good Government Legislation Sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky; Bill Prohibits State Agencies from Making Loans to Employees

SYRACUSE, N.Y.-- The New York State Senate passed legislation on May 12, sponsored by State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), which would prohibit state agencies from making personal loans to employees.

The bill is the latest in a series of bills focused on good government and providing transparency and increased access to citizens.

May 21, 2009
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Senator David J. Valesky's Bill Expanding Individual Access to State Records Signed into Law

SYRACUSE, N.Y.— The Governor of New York today signed into law new legislation sponsored by State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that will allow individuals to request record covered by the Personal Privacy Protection Law through electronic mail.  Until now, a written request had to be submitted by an individual to receive information the state may maintain about that person. 

May 21, 2009
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Senator David J. Valesky To Participate in Senate Elections Hearing May 14

SYRACUSE, N.Y.--On Friday, May 14, 2008, Sen. David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) will join members of the State Senate Elections Committee, including committee chairman, Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr. (D-Queens), and Senator Joseph Griffo (R-Rome), to participate in a New York State Senate public hearing dedicated to soliciting public comment on a number of proposals to update and reform the state’s poll site accessibility and absentee ballot laws, and poll site operations.

May 21, 2009
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New York Senate Passes Legislation, Sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky, that Requires Greater Transparency for Public Authority

 SYRACUSE, N.Y.-- The New York State Senate passed legislation on April 21, sponsored by State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), which would require the Canal Corporation to better inform the public about parcels it puts up for sale.

May 21, 2009
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Senator David Valesky Receives Legislator of the Year Award from New York State Snowmobile Association

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) was the recipient of the New York State Snowmobile Association’s (NYSSA) Legislator of the Year Award during the association’s annual meeting and forum April 18.

May 21, 2009
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New York Senate Passes Legislation Sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky Expanding Individuals’ Access to Own Records

SYRACUSE, N.Y.-- The New York State Senate passed legislation on April 21, sponsored by State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), which would allow individuals to request information about their own records covered by the Personal Privacy Protection Law via electronic mail. Currently, a written request must be submitted.

May 21, 2009
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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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