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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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March 30, 2009
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Third 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 for a final time today to discuss the remaining open items on the agenda. Watch the video from the meeting below, or see the attachment for the minutes.

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March 25th, 2009 Rules Reform Committee Meeting Minutes

March 25, 2009
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Second 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 for a second time today. Watch the video from the meeting below, or see the attachment for the minutes.

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March 24th, 2009 Rules Reform Committee Meeting Minutes

March 24, 2009
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Senator Valesky at Senate Energy News Conference

Senator Valesky calls on NYPA leaders to halt proposed service rate increases and stop employee bonuses.

March 23, 2009
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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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