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'Panhandling' Albany, Washington isn't a solution to Syracuse's financial distress (Your letters)

By Your Letters

on April 14, 2014 at 10:55 AM, updated April 14, 2014 at 10:56 AM

To the Editor:

April 30, 2014
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Senator Valesky Takes Action Against Child Sexual Abuse

Senate passes Erin Merryn’s Law, Senator Valesky signs on to child abuse prevention campaign

ALBANY – State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) redoubled his support for programs that combat child sexual abuse today.

April 29, 2014
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Senate Passes Legislation Increasing Penalties for Methamphetamine Manufacture

ALBANY, N.Y.—The New York State Senate passed legislation co-sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that would increase the penalties for manufacturing methamphetamine. The growing use and manufacture of this illegal and highly addictive drug  is particularly pervasive in rural counties in Upstate New York.

April 28, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Aging Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Aging Senator David J. Valesky, Chair 10:00 AM, Wednesday, April 30, 2014 Room 511 LOB

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN DATE OF COMMITTEE MEETING

Printed No.

Sponsor

Title

2196 Refer to Finance

Carlucci

An act to amend the real property tax law, in relation to certain calculations for enhanced STAR

April 30, 10:00 AM - 10:03 AM
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Senator Valesky Attends Opening of New Fishing Access Site

Senator David J. Valesky joined Assemblyman Bill Magee, DEC Regional Director Ken Lynch, and Trout Unlimited for the opening of the new Chittenango Fishing Access site in Cazenovia on April 24. Senator Valesky noted for the local anglers that it looks like a great spot to catch some world-class trout.

April 24, 2014
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Senator Valesky Celebrates Earth Day at Hamilton DPW

Senator David J. Valesky visited the Hamilton DPW on Earth Day to kick-off a series of electronics recycling events in Madison County. The county Department of Solid Waste is collecting old TVs and computer monitors to be recycled safely and to keep them out of landfills. 

April 22, 2014
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SENATOR DAVID J. VALESKY CELEBRATES EARTH DAY AT ELECTRONICS RECYCLING EVENT

SYRACUSE - Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) will join Madison County officials on Earth Day, April 22, at 11:00 a.m. at the Village of Hamilton DPW, 18 Milford St., to kick-off a series of six e-recycling collection events. The events are designed to bring attention to the New York State Electronics Recycling & Reuse Act by encouraging residents to properly dispose of their unwanted TVs and computer monitors that contain cathode ray tubes (CRTs).      

April 21, 2014
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Earth Day 2014 Poster Contest: District 53

Dear Students,Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest. This year we received many outstanding posters that exemplify the creativity of the young people in the 53rd Senatorial District.Each entry from my district displayed tremendous originality and vision as well as obvious concern for the ecological future of our communities and our state. I am proud of your work and that of your classmates, and encourage you to continue to study and learn more about the serious challenges that face our environment.I am pleased to announce that the winner of the 2014 Earth Day Poster Contest from my district is:Emma NeufangGrade 6Long Branch Elementary School

April 17, 2014
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Fallen DEC officer honored

Ashley M. Casey / APR 13, 2014

The state Department of Environmental Conservation Division of Law Enforcement this week hosted a graveside memorial ceremony in honor of Samuel S. Taylor, the first environmental officer killed in the line of duty in New York state.

Taylor, a game protector (now called environmental conservation officers), was fatally shot at the age of 38 on April 5, 1914, after attempting to apprehend a duck hunter while patrolling the banks of the Mohawk River.

April 17, 2014
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Lawmakers push for ‘kill switch’ to deter smartphone thefts

04/11/2014 09:33 PM04/11/2014 09:40 PM

Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – Local lawmakers are backing a Federal bill to deter thieves from targeting people with smartphones.

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Syracuse Congressman Dan Maffei, Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, Senator David Valesky and Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler were at Syracuse City Hall on Friday to announce Maffei’s co-sponsorship of a bill recently proposed in the United States House of Representatives that would require a kill switch on smartphones.

Schneiderman began the Secure Our Smartphones initiative to help combat “Apple Picking,” which is when thieves target popular devices such as smartphones and tablets.

April 17, 2014
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Ethics, campaign finance oversight just got weaker in Albany, say observers

Published: April 8, 2014 8:58 PM

By MICHAEL GORMLEY  michael.gormley@newsday.com

ALBANY -- The morning after the legislature passed the fourth straight on-time state budget, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and legislative leaders grinned in front of news cameras, gripped a white ash Adirondack baseball bat, and declared they hit a grand slam.

But some lawmakers and political observers said that leaders' most potent weapon in this budget adopted late Monday night was their curve ball.

April 17, 2014
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THE BATTLE FOR THE STATE SENATE

Sixty-three seats. Three conferences. Six toss-ups. Who wins?

BY JON LENTZ AND MATTHEW HAMILTON | APR 06, 2014 |

George Amedore had won.

April 17, 2014
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Newsmakers: State Senator Valesky talks State budget 4-6-14

This week on Newsmakers with Dan Cummings, Dan talks with State Senator Dave Valesky on the new State budget and other issues.

http://www.onenewspage.us/video/20140404/1722576/Newsmakers-State-Senator-Valesky-talks-State-budget.htm

April 17, 2014
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Manufacturing Investment in New York State

Friday, April 04, 2014 12:00 AM | Written by Staff

TCAD President Michael Stamm joined others for a press conference in Albany to announce the result of a new study, 'Manufacturing Executives: Attitudes, Operations, Expectations & Opportunities.' The results indicate that while the manufacturing sector still finds the economic climate to be challenging, they continue to invest in capital and operation in New York State.

April 17, 2014
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Mayor Miner appeals again for NY state help for Syracuse

By Tim Knauss on March 31, 2014 at 11:51 AM, updated March 31, 2014 at 2:01 PM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Mayor Stephanie Miner today said she has called on Syracuse's representatives in the state Legislature to continue efforts to secure emergency state funding to pay for city infrastructure, following news that the state budget to be voted on today does not contain such funding.

Miner said she appealed over the weekend to Senators John DeFrancisco and David Valesky and Assemblymen Bill Magnarelli and Sam Roberts to help Syracuse pay for water main repairs, police cars and other expenses the city cannot afford on its own.

April 17, 2014
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VALESKY, GRIFFO ANNOUNCE FUNDING FOR BOYS’ AND GIRLS STATE

UTICA – State Sens. David J. Valesky and Joseph A. Griffo announced today that the state budget includes, for the first time, funding for American Legion Boys’ State and American Legion Auxiliary’s Empire Girls State.

Morrisville State College will receive $100,000 to defray the cost of hosting 1,100 rising seniors for Boys’ State, which will be held from June 27 to July 3. The College at Brockport will receive $50,000 to cover some costs related to hosting more than 360 rising seniors for Empire Girls State, which will be held June 30 to July 6.

April 17, 2014
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53rd State Senate District: Democrat Valesky Unopposed

Posted on March 30, 2014, Joe Infantino

For the second consecutive election, voters in the 53rd State Senate District could be limited to only one choice at the voting booth in November.

As of March 29, state Sen. David J. Valesky, D-Oneida, is running unopposed again. And a contender is unlikely to step up before the official April 10 deadline for candidates to declare, political experts say. The election is Nov. 4, 2014.

April 17, 2014
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Senate passes set asides for disabled vets who own businesses

State lawmakers have passed legislation to guarantee state contracts for disabled veterans who own businesses.

The state Senate Monday passed the measure Monday. The Assembly took it up the next day and approved it. Both of Oneida County's senators were cosponsors of the measure. In the Assembly, it was cosponsored by Assemblyman Anthony J. Brindisi, D-119, Utica.

The action follows Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's last week that he and legislative leaders had reached an agreement on the preference. The bill would set aside 6 percent of state contracts for small businesses owned by veterans disabled during their service.

April 17, 2014
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NY Budget gives more seniors break on prescription drug costs

By Teri Weaver on March 29, 2014 at 3:22 PM, updated March 29, 2014 at 3:29 PM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- About 25,000 more seniors will receive help paying for prescription drugs under the final 2014-15 New York state budget, according to Sen. David Valesky, D-Oneida.

The final budget deal -- struck by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders late Friday -- raises the income levels allowed to qualify for Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage.

The budget would raise the eligibility thresholds from $35,000 to $75,000 for singles and from $50,000 to $100,000 for married couples. The new thresholds also excludes social security income from the income calculations.

April 17, 2014
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Cayuga County Legislature votes 10-2 to urge state to require welfare recipients to be residents

March 27, 2014 6:05 am Samantha House | samantha.house@lee.net

AUBURN | When it comes to welfare benefits, most local legislators believe state assistance should only be extended to residents.

On Tuesday evening, during the Cayuga County Legislature's full monthly meeting, legislators voted 10-2 to support a resolution urging New York to a establish a residency requirement for people seeking to obtain welfare benefits.

The resolution sparked debate among legislators — two of whom questioned the matter's underlying claims.

April 17, 2014
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