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New York Senate Passes Legislation Sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky Supporting Craft Brewers

SYRACUSE, N.Y.--The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), which would give smaller brewers the ability to offer packaged or bottled beer for sale or tasting at farmers markets, county fairs and the New York State Fair.

The bill, passed 60-1, provides brewers producing less than 60,000 barrels of beer annually with additional outlets to sell their product and to educate the public about their small craft beers. Similar provisions have already been granted to wineries and farm wineries.

March 20, 2009
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Sun Continues to Shine on Reform Committee: Rules Reform Committee Meeting Webcast

During National Sunshine Week, a national initiative to open a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information, the New York State SenateTemporary Committee on Rules Reform once again webcast of its public meeting and archived the video to its site.

March 20, 2009
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First Meeting of the Rules Reform Committee

The Temporary Committee on Rules Reform was created at the beginning of the 2009 session to return New York State government to its rightful owner: the people. In a bipartisan effort, Co-Chairs David Valesky and John Bonacic have been spearheading a series of public hearings to solicit input from the public on changes that should be made in the way the State Senate operates.

The Rules Reform Committee met today to push forward on the Senate's reform agenda. Watch the video from the meeting below, or see the attachment for the minutes.

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March 18th, 2009 Rules Reform Committee Meeting Minutes

March 18, 2009
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Senators Valesky, Aubertine to Host Federal Stimulus Town Hall

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (March 17, 2009)—State Senators David Valesky (D-Oneida) and Darrel Aubertine (D-Cape Vincent) will host a town hall meeting at which the Governor’s Office and state agencies will share information and answer questions about the federal stimulus package.

The forum will be held 6 p.m. Thursday at the Syracuse City Council Chambers, 233 East Washington St., and will be open to the public.

March 17, 2009
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Senate MTA Plan Comes with Commitment for Upstate

 

State Senators David J. Valesky and Darrel J. Aubertine announced today that the Senate Majority’s plan to provide solvency and transparency to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority comes with a commitment to Upstate road and bridge projects.

March 17, 2009
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Senator Valesky Sponsors Bill to Expand Historic Property Rehabilitation Tax Credits

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) recently introduced legislation which would make it easier for individuals and developers to rehabilitate historic properties.

March 10, 2009
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March 3, 2009
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Temporary Committee on Rules Reform Submitted Testimonies

Syracuse:Friday, February 6, 2009Syracuse Common Council Chambers231 Washington StreetSyracuse, New York 13202

Click for Syracuse Testimony

Albany:Tuesday, February 10, 200910 AM - 1 PMState Capitol Hearing Room AAlbany, New York 12247

March 2, 2009
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February 27, 2009
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NYSS Temporary Committee on Rules Reform: NYC Testimony Given Thursday, February 26, 2009

Hearing MinutesMinutes from the Hearing in New York City

Gerald BenjaminProfessor of Political Science and Director, Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach (SUNY NEW PALTZ)

Rachael Fauss, Research and Policy Associatefor Citizen Union of the City of New York

February 26, 2009
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Senator Valesky Details Plan to Steer Stimulus Funds to Close Budget and Spur Economy

State Senator David Valesky (D-Oneida) today laid out a vision for how the State Senate can help direct discretionary stimulus funds to achieve a broader goal of economic development, while also closing specific budget holes that could be detrimental to economic stability. He noted that, with an expected $50 billion multi-year deficit still predicted for the state, tough decisions still had to be made and that any relief created by federal funds must be targeted to the right programs and purposes. 

February 19, 2009
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Senator Valesky Presides Over Historic Session Confirming State’s Top Judge

On February 11, 2009, in a historic moment for our state and for Central New York, State Senator David Valesky served as Presiding Officer of the State Senate during the session that saw the confirmation of the first Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals in 16 years.

Judge Jonathan Lippman was confirmed as the new Chief Judge of the state's highest court, replacing retiring Chief Judge Judith Kaye, who was appointed by Governor Mario Cuomo in 1993 and has served ever since.

February 11, 2009
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Senate Rules Reform Committee Website Launched

As part of their commitment to increase public participation and awareness about the legislative process in Albany, the bi-partisan New York State Senate Temporary Committee on Rules and Administration Reform today announced the launch of a new website: http://www.senate.state.ny.us/sws/reform/index.html

February 10, 2009
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Rules Reform Committee Holds 2nd Hearing in Albany

Today the bi-partisan Senate Rules and Administration Reform Committee held the second of four public hearings, at which they heard testimony from reform advocates and citizens for how the State Senate can improve the legislative process and become a transparent and accountable body. These hearings are key to the new Majority’s effort to open up the legislative process, and increase public awareness and input. In the past, few public hearings were held on important Senate actions. 

February 10, 2009
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Rules Reform Committee Holds 2nd Hearing In Albany

Today the bi-partisan Senate Rules and Administration Reform Committee held the second of four public hearings, at which they heard testimony from reform advocates and citizens for how the State Senate can improve the legislative process and become a transparent and accountable body. These hearings are key to the new Majority’s effort to open up the legislative process, and increase public awareness and input.

February 10, 2009
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Senate Rules Reform Committee Website Launched

As part of their commitment to increase public participation and awareness about the legislative process in Albany, the bi-partisan New York State Senate Temporary Committee on Rules and Administration Reform today announced the launch of a new website: http://www.senate.state.ny.us/sws/reform/index.html

February 10, 2009
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