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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.