Did you know that every 15 seconds a woman in this country is the victim of violence at the hands of a husband, lover or domestic partner? In fact, battery is the single major cause of injury to women, harming more individuals than auto accidents, muggings and sexual assaults combined. Sadly, nearly half of all women will be the victim of domestic violence at some point in their lives.These are frightening statistics but it is essential that we talk about these facts this October as we observe Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Senator David Valesky joined Congressman Jim Walsh and Syracuse Research Corporation executives for the groundbreaking of a new 100,000 square foot expansion that willbring 250 new jobsto Central New York. Senator Valesky is committed to economic development in the 49th Senate District, as well as around New York State.
As teachers and children begin another school year it is also time for those of us in state government to refocus on what we can do to improve our schools and better prepare our children for the future.Right now, I believe we are not doing enough.One simple example is the issue of school supplies. Due to tight budgets, many school districts have cut spending on classroom supplies. This forces dedicated teachers to spend money out of their own pocket to benefit their students.
Like so many people in Central New York, I have been deeply saddened by the human tragedy in the Gulf States. At the same time, I am astounded at the speed that this disaster has affected New York fuel prices.As individual Americans dig deep into their pockets to send something to those in need, we are being forced to put more of that money into the pockets of the very oil companies that reported record profits just weeks ago. It does not seem right.I have been vocal that the state needs to address this issue.
Congratulations to all of the young people who earned a Certificate of Merit for completing the 2005 State Senate Summer Reading Program.Earlier this summer I announced that any school-aged student who read ten books this summer would be eligible for an official Certificate of Merit from the State Senate. All they had to do was spend some time reading this summer and then tell me about it.Reading is one of the most important, rewarding and enjoyable learning experiences for children. It is also a great way to spend time together as a family.
In the news it is all too common to read about government programs that go wrong and exacerbate the problems they were designed to fix. Fortunately that is not always the case. As an example, I am pleased to share my experience on a tour of a dairy farm in southern Onondaga County.I recently had the pleasure of visiting Fesko Farm in the town of Spafford on a hillside overlooking Skaneateles Lake.The Feskos have converted their fields to what is known as "strip farming" along the hillsides that overlook Skaneateles Lake.
Sen. David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) and Assemblywoman RoAnn M. Destito (D/WF-Rome) announced the passage of legislation they sponsored that will rename the bridge commonly called the Erie Boulevard Bridge as the "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Ten years ago New York’s Legislature responded to the tragic murder of a young girl named Megan Kanka by passing a law in her memory: Megan’s Law. That act set up the state’s sex offender registry to protect families and children from sexual predators in our society. As a parent, I have always appreciated the security Megan's law gives our family and community as we all work so hard to keep our children safe.Since it was first enacted, the strengths and weaknesses of Megan's law have come to light.
Senator David Valesky, along with Governor George E. Pataki and local elected officials, joined members of the Syracuse University and greater Syracuse communities in dedicating the site on which the headquarters campus of the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems (CoE) will be built.
Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) announced the State Senate passed eight bills designed to assist military veterans and to recognize them for their service to our country."The men and women who have selflessly and bravely served in the military deserve all the benefits our State can afford," Valesky said. "These measures give thanks to our veterans and give them some of the recognition they deserve."One of the most important measures will help Vietnam veterans receive high school diplomas based on knowledge and experience gained while in service.
In communities across the Central New York local firefighters stand ready to assist all of us in our time of need. Some of these brave men and women are paid professionals, but most are volunteers. They serve all of us simply because of their commitment to the community.We all recognize and honor this commitment. We should also remember that by joining the fire department these brave men and women say they are willing to put their lives on the line for our safety.
Senator David Valesky, joined by Senate Democratic Leader David Paterson and Senators Jeff Klein and Kevin Parker, announced a proposal that would reduce health insurance costs for New York’s small businesses.
There is a new four-letter word in our communities: "meth." Methamphetamine is a highly addictive drug that, unfortunately, can be easily manufactured using household products and over the counter medications. As easy as it is to produce, its impact on families and communities is devastating.Meth is so addictive and destructive that users often ignore all other aspects of their lives while they seek to sustain the high. Jobs are lost, homes are torn apart and, in the sad cases where dependents are present, children are neglected.
While an important accomplishment in its own right, the first on-time budget in twenty years also offers immediate benefits for this year’s legislative agenda. First, we have a blueprint for cooperation and compromise that can be used to enact other reforms. Second, the legislature has time to address important issues that have been left unresolved for years as past budgets monopolized the legislative session.One of the most pressing issues is workers’ compensation reform.
State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) and Assemblyman William Magee (D-Nelson) have introduced legislation that will allow New York winemakers to note the high levels of antioxidants on the labels of New York wines sold within the state.Studies have long shown the link between moderate red wine consumption and increased heart health, with benefits attributed to naturally occurring antioxidants like resveratrol.
As we proceed through the 2014 Legislative session, I’d like your feedback on issues that may be considered, such as medical marijuana, universal full-day pre-kindergarten, and campaign finance reform. I want to know what your priorities are. What concerns you the most? Please share your thoughts by filling out this survey.