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Protecting Seniors from Elder Abuse

There a major push in Albany to protect the elderly from financial abuse. According to state officials, more than ever before, elderly residents of New York State are now the target of scams and thefts. To protect consumers, State Senators Patrick Gallivan (R-Elma) and David Valesky (D-Oneida) are pitching new legislation. The series of bills would amend state law to toughen penalties for offenders and give banks the authority to reject financial transactions that appear to exploit the elderly. "Our goal shouldn't be to just reduce elder abuse, it should be to eliminate it," says Gallivan.

May 22, 2014
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After Sterling, NY lawmakers stand with Oneida Indian Nation call to ban R-word from NFL

By Michelle Breidenbach on May 05, 2014 at 5:20 PM, updated May 06, 2014 at 9:00 AM

UPDATE: Sen. David Valesky, D-Oneida, has added his name to the list of New York state lawmakers who stand with the Oneida Indian Nation against the Washington Redskins.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Albany lawmakers will join Oneida Indian Nation Representative Ray Halbritter tomorrow to call on professional sports teams to stop using dictionary-defined racial slurs as mascots, according to a press release from the Oneida Nation.

May 22, 2014
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Drive for Five still accepting donations to fund new library construction in Oneida

By Jolene Cleaver, The Oneida Daily Dispatch

POSTED: 04/30/14, 2:11 PM EDT | UPDATED: 4 DAYS AGO

ONEIDA >> The Oneida Public Library’s 90th anniversary decorations are put away, and the Drive for 5 fundraiser over, but there’s still plenty to celebrate, say event organizers.

“The Drive for 5 was a great success,” said Carol Butler, spokesperson for the library capital campaign. “We are still taking in contributions, as well as counting bottles and cans.”

May 22, 2014
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NY Senate approves bill to teach children how to talk about sexual abuse

By Teri Weaver on April 30, 2014 at 11:30 AM, updated April 30, 2014 at 11:35 AM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Schools would teach children about recognizing and reporting sexual abuse under a bill passed by the New York State Senate on Tuesday.

The bill, known as Erin Merryn's Law, would require schools to establish curriculum to help sexual abuse victims ask for help. This is the second year the Senate has passed the law. Last year, the legislation died in the New York State Assembly.

The legislation is named after Erin Merryn, an Illinois resident who as a child was abused by both a neighbor and a family member.

May 22, 2014
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Students Shadow Senator Valesky

Two students shadowed Senator Valesky on May 20: Ganli Demyttenaere (left) of Cazenovia Central High School and Joshua Schecter of Milford Central School in Cooperstown. The students toured the Capitol and observed both the Senate and Assembly in session.

May 22, 2014
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Senator Valesky Welcomes Youth of the Year to Albany

Senator Valesky met with Masiah Muya, the Central Village Boys and Girls Club of Syracuse Youth of the Year, at his office in Albany this week. 

May 22, 2014
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Judy O'Rourke Inducted as Woman of Distinction

I had the honor this week of inducting Judy O’Rourke, director of undergraduate studies at Syracuse University, as the 53rd Senate District’s 2014 Woman of Distinction. Judy was recognized for her work in developing the Pan Am 103 Remembrance and Lockerbie Scholars programs at SU, which honor the memory of the 35 students lost in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. As part of those programs, she mentors students who return to Scotland to become leaders and advocates for preventing terrorism. More information about Judy’s accomplishments is available on my website.

May 22, 2014
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Elderly Abuse Report, Diplomas for Veterans, State Fair Competition Registration, Earth Day Poster Contest Winner

This week, I released a report that exposes the high level of elderly abuse and shows financial abuse amongst New York's seniors to be more prevalent than initially thought. The number of incidents involving elder abuse correlate with statistics that show a significant increase in New York's senior population. Unfortunately, these incidents often times go unreported due to the startling fact that the abuser is someone that the victim either trusts, is a caregiver, or more often than not, is a family relative.

May 22, 2014
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Senator Valesky Inducts Robert McLean to NYS Senate Veterans Hall of Fame

ALBANY, N.Y.--Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today announced the induction of Lieutenant Colonel Robert McLean (USMC Ret.) into the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame in honor of his service to the nation and his work on behalf of veterans after leaving active service.

May 21, 2014
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Robert McLean

Lieutenant Colonel Robert McLean (USMC Ret.) was commissioned as a Marine Corps Officer upon graduation from Syracuse University in 1972. During his career, he participated in combat support operations against communist forces in Southeast Asia, while serving as a member of VMFA-232, a Marine F-4 Phantom Squadron, in Thailand in 1973.

Lieutenant Colonel McLean has served as a Staff Officer at Headquarters Marine Corps in Washington, as well as in both the First and Third Marine Divisions and the First Marine Aircraft Wing.

May 17, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Aging Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Aging Senator David J. Valesky, Chair 10:00 AM, Tuesday, May 20, 2014 Room 511 LOB

May 20, 10:00 AM - 10:04 AM
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Senator Valesky Names Judy O’Rourke New York State Senate Woman of Distinction

Syracuse– State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) announced today that Judy O’Rourke, director of undergraduate studies at Syracuse University, has been selected as the 53rd Senate District’s 2014 Woman of Distinction. O’Rourke was recognized for her work in developing the Pan Am 103 Remembrance and Lockerbie Scholars programs at SU, which honor the memory of the 35 students lost in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.

May 14, 2014
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Judith O’Rourke

Judith O’Rourke is the Director of the Offi ce of Undergraduate Studies at Syracuse University. In this position, Ms. O’Rourke is responsible for developing and implementing programs to support academic excellence at the University. A graduate herself of Syracuse University, she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in 1975 and Master’s in Public Administration in 2010.

May 14, 2014
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Senate Passes Valesky Legislation to Require State Agencies to Consider Impacts of New Rules on Businesses as Part of Larger Regulatory Relief Package

Albany, NY – Today, the New York State Senate passed legislation (S.2158) sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that strengthens the State Administrative Procedure Act (SAPA) to require consideration of potential  adverse impacts on existing and future jobs and employment opportunities in the rulemaking process for state agencies.

May 14, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Aging Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Aging Senator David J. Valesky, Chair 10:00 AM, Tuesday, May 13, 2014 Room 511 LOB

May 13, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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Senators Valesky and Gallivan Release Report Exposing the High Prevalence of Elderly Abuse and Exploitation in New York State

Legislators Propose Preventative Measures that Include Providing Banks the Authority to Reject Deceptive Financial Transactions  

May 6, 2014
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Senate Passes Legislation to Protect Children and Strengthen Meth Penalties

The Senate passed two important pieces of legislation this week, both of which I co-sponsored, aimed at protecting children from sexual abuse and at strengthening the penalties for manufacturing methamphetamine. “Erin Merryn’s Law” (S.2367) would require schools to add child sex abuse prevention to existing curriculum for child abduction. In addition to prevention, this change would give critically important information to victims–many of whom do not know there is a way out of their horrific situation.

May 2, 2014
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Valesky believes IDC-GOP coalition will stay together

By Ellen Abbott

State Sen. Dave Valesky, a founding member of the Independent Democratic Conference believes a recent Siena College poll  gives credence to the coalition between the IDC and Senate Republicans.

The poll shows that 58 percent of New Yorkers like the way the coalition is running the New York State Senate. The Senate is controlled by minority Republicans and the IDC -- a system created a few sessions back, after a problem-filled term when Democrats controlled the Senate.

April 30, 2014
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Madison County Democratic Committee Endorses Valesky and Hennessy

(Hamilton, NY – April 2014) At an April 16 meeting of the Madison County Democratic Committee in the Rathskellar at Hamilton’s Colgate Inn, candidates for election to the NY State Legislature were heard and endorsements were decided.

After being questioned about issues in the state as well as the role of the Independent Democratic Conference, incumbent David Valesky was endorsed by acclamation in his campaign for a sixth term in the NY State Senate representing the 53rd Senate district.

April 30, 2014
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Five interesting things from Siena's poll, starting with this: NYers like the IDC-GOP Senate

By Teri Weaver | tweaver@syracuse.com

on April 22, 2014 at 7:35 AM, updated April 22, 2014 at 7:40 AM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The April poll from Siena College covered a range of political topics, from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's job performance to his decision to dismantle an anti-corruption investigatory panel.

Here's a look at five more things voters said in the poll:

GOP+IDC = So far, so good

A large majority of voters wants to see a coalition of Democrats and Republicans continue to control the New York State Senate next year, according to a poll of registered voters out this morning.

April 30, 2014
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