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Thank You to Our Veterans

Tuesday is Veterans Day, and I want to extend my sincere appreciation to everyone who has served our country. Advocating for our veterans has always been, and will continue to be, one of my highest priorities. To that end, in the 2014-2015 Enacted Budget I supported $3.1 million for veterans assistance programs, expanded eligibility for the Gold Star Parent Annuity, and a new measure that includes veteran businesses within the Department of Economic Development’s Entrepreneurial Assistance Program.

November 10, 2014
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Handful of key local races on Election Day

Elizabeth Cooper,Posted Nov. 2, 2014 @ 7:15 am

Mohawk Valley voters Tuesday will help decide who gets to represent them in a host of seats, from the governor’s office down to town offices.

Polls open Tuesday at 6 a.m.

At the top of the ballot are races for governor, state comptroller and attorney general.

Closer to home, incumbent Republican Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney is challenged on the Independence Party line by Republican Herkimer County Sheriff Chris Farber for the 101st Assembly seat. In the race for the 121st District Assembly seat, incumbent Democrat Bill Magee is challenged by Republican John Salka.

November 3, 2014
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Unopposed or Unwanted?

Veronica Ung-Kono ‘18, STAFF WRITER

October 30, 2014

Not a Green Party, a Right to Life, or a Libertarian is running against the candidates for the New York Senate.

Currently Senator John D. Francisco [R-Syracuse], James Seward [R-Milford], Patty Ritchie [R-Oswegatchie], Michael Nozzolio [R-Fayette], David Valesky [D-Oneida] and Joseph Griffo [R-Rome] will be running in an election for the first time in about 16 years where opposition is nonexistent.

This means voters of Central New York will be stuck with the decisions of voters from the districts of Buffalo, Albany and across the Hudson Valley, who will either turn the chamber into an entirely Democratic institution by joining the two factions of Democrats, or allow Republicans to retain control.

November 3, 2014
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In a Syracuse park scarred by shootings, officials open a creekside place to 'take a break'

By Tim Knauss on October 28, 2014 at 7:10 PM, updated October 28, 2014 at 7:19 PM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Mayor Stephanie Miner today dedicated a new observation deck overlooking Onondaga Creek in Kirk Park that city officials call the "Outdoor Classroom" because it will be used to teach kids about the creek.

Miner was joined at a news conference by Cesar Perales, secretary of the New York Department of State, which provided funding for the project through its Local Waterfront Revitalization Program. State Sen. David Valesky, Common Councilor Bob Dougherty and other officials also attended.

November 3, 2014
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Remember to Vote on Tuesday, November 4

Tuesday is Election Day, and I encourage everyone to go out and vote. Polls are open from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. In addition to the candidates on the ballot, there are three propositions, which I support, for New Yorkers to vote on:

Proposal One - Revising State's Redistricting Procedure: This proposal would reform the process of establishing new state legislative and congressional district lines that the Constitution requires every 10 years. If the proposal is approved, a redistricting commission will be established to determine lines for legislative and congressional districts.

October 31, 2014
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Valesky Presented ‘Partner in Quality’ Award

(Clinton, NY -Oct. 2014) LutheranCare, a leading provider of services to older New Yorkers in the area recognized Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) with the prestigious “Partners in Quality” award created by Leading Age New York, a statewide association representing 570 organizations that provide care to some 500,000 New Yorkers of all ages.

The award was presented Oct. 17 in the Community Room of the Martin Luther building at LutheranCare, Route 12B, Clinton

October 27, 2014
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Free Senior Information Fair on Oct. 16

Please come to my second annual Senior Information Fair next Thursday, Oct. 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Kallet Civic Center in Oneida. More than 40 representatives from all levels of government, nonprofit organizations, health care providers, and local businesses will be available to speak with attendees about their concerns, questions, and interests related to aging. Tim Horton’s will also be on hand with refreshments.

Around Syracuse

My office was able to assist Clark's Ale House in securing its liquor license. I look forward to this Syracuse institution re-opening soon.

October 20, 2014
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Why Syracuse should care about who controls the New York Senate

By Teri Weaver on October 20, 2014 at 6:50 AM, updated October 20, 2014 at 6:56 AM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The state's Republican Party is in a fight for its life to keep control of its last source of power in state government: The New York State Senate.

Central New York voters will have no say in the matter. The region's six senators are all unopposed.

That means voters in a handful of districts near Buffalo and Albany and across the Hudson Valley likely will decide whether the Republicans retain control of the Senate - or whether two Democratic factions will join forces to control the chamber and put the entire New York State Legislature into the party's hands.

October 20, 2014
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Oneida: Senior Fair attracts more visitors in year 2

By Nick Will, Oneida Dispatch, POSTED: 10/16/14, 3:03 PM EDT 

ONEIDA>> State Sen. David Valesky, D-53, held his second-annual Senior Information Fair at the Kallet Civic Center, an event he hopes will keep area senior citizens better informed.

“I have found and continue to find so many projects and resources available to our seniors, that, they may not be aware of,” Valesky said. “There are more than 30 different groups that have volunteered their time to get information out to he people who can benefit from it. As of 12 p.m., we’ve already exceeded last year’s number of visitors.”

October 20, 2014
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Senator Valesky Visits Clinton's Youngest and Oldest Residents

Senator Valesky spent October 17 in the village of Clinton. He stopped by Clinton Elementary School and then LutheranCare, where he accepted an award and spent some time with residents.

October 17, 2014
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Senator Valesky Meets With Students From "Big Picture" Program at LaFayette High

Senator Valesky had the opportunity to meet with students in the Big Picture program at Lafayette High School while on their field trip in Albany.

October 15, 2014
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Senator Valesky Speaks to Seniors at State Convention

Senator Valesky, chair of the Senate Aging Committee, spoke October 15 to attendees at the New York StateWide Senior Action Council's 2014 convention about state government priorities for older New Yorkers. The New York StateWide Senior Action Council is a grassroots membership organization made up of individual senior citizens and senior citizen clubs from all parts of New York State.

October 15, 2014
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Happening this Week

I wanted to update you on a few things you might find interesting.

October 2, 2014
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Sen. Valesky to Hold Free Senior Fair on Oct. 16

Senator Valesky is hosting a Senior Information Fair at the Kallet Civic Center in Oneida on Thursday, October 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Experts from local businesses, nonprofits and government agencies (listed below) will provide important information on health care, in-home services, health insurance, prescription assistance, housing, avoiding scams, and local services, as well as offer giveaways. All senior citizens in Sen. Valesky’s district are invited to attend this free event.

Kinney Drugs will offer flu shots (with insurance card and co-payment), along with blood pressure checks and other health screenings. Tim Horton’s will provide refreshments.

October 1, 2014
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Senator Valesky Warns Public About Rebate Tax Scammers

SYRACUSE—State Senator David J. Valesky today warned the public about reports of scammers attempting to illegally obtain personal information under the guise of confirming their eligibility for a state tax rebate.

“We are aware that scammers are targeting Central New York,” Senator Valesky said. “I urge everyone to be vigilant, to make sure their family and friends are aware of the scam, and to report any incidents to the Attorney General.”

October 1, 2014
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Albany Times-Union Op-Ed: Pathway through state's current job crisis

New York is in the midst of a middle-skills job crisis.

When you look at help-wanted listings across our state, the positions being advertised are for computer network specialists, electricians, machinists, welders and high-tech manufacturing workers. We often hear from employers who say many job applicants for skilled labor or high-tech positions lack the necessary skills to do the job. Additionally, we have a significant number of students who do not finish school, or who graduate without the skills to do well in college or the job market.

Providing a Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathway to high school graduation helps solve this problem, but time to act is ticking.

September 26, 2014
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Valesky bill to cover equipment and supplies for ostomies signed into law

SYRACUSE—This week, Governor Cuomo signed into law S.7893, sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) which requires every insurance policy to include equipment and supplies necessary for the treatment of ostomies.

An ostomy is a surgically created opening connecting an internal organ to the abdomen, caused by many different conditions, including cancer, bowel disease, birth defects and injury. Different kinds of ostomies are named for the organ involved, such as a colostomy, ileostomy, or urostomy.

September 25, 2014
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SENATOR VALESKY GRANT MAKES NEW, INCLUSIVE PLAYGROUND POSSIBLE IN CICERO CENTRAL PARK

CICERO—Dozens of children made quick work of breaking in a brand new playground at Cicero Central Park on Sept. 23, thanks to a grant by State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida).

Valesky directed $100,000 in capital funds to the Town of Cicero to build an inclusive play area at Central Park. The Town tore up an old tennis court that was in disrepair and replaced it with brightly colored playground equipment suited for children of all ages and physical abilities, including slides, swings and a rock climbing wall.

“I was pleased to direct this grant to the town for the play area,” Senator Valesky said. “This project fills a need for Central Park and provides a safe and fun environment for kids.”

September 24, 2014
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Senator Valesky Takes on Locavore Challenge

Syracuse, NY – State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) is taking part in the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York’s (NOFA-NY) Locavore Challenge, which it holds each September to inspire awareness and action in eating locally and organically through events and activities around the state and online.

“We are fortunate to live in an area with a strong agricultural base and where locally produced foods are so readily available,” Senator Valesky said. “I encourage everyone to take advantage of the abundance of produce at our farmers’ markets, to support restaurants that buy local food products and to take part in the Locavore Challenge themselves.”

September 17, 2014
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Free Electronics Recycling Event on Sept. 13

Please drop off your old, unused electronics at my e-recycling event tomorrow, Sept. 13, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the DMV parking lot, 5801 E. Taft Rd., North Syracuse. Area residents can drop off electronics at no charge, and there is no limit to the number of items that may be dropped off.

Sunnking Electronics Recycling will be accepting computers (desktops and laptops), printers, scanners, copiers, fax machines, televisions (CRT, LCD, LED, plasma), cell phones, IT and networking equipment, monitors (CRT, LCD, LED), MP3 players, PDAs, tablets, and ink and toner cartridges. Visit Sunnking.com for a full list of acceptable items.

September 16, 2014
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