"Today, we remember the horrific attacks against the United States twelve years ago and the sacrifices made by thousands of victims and first responders. We will not forget, and we will endure, together, in the name of democracy and freedom--the cornerstones of our great nation."
SYRACUSE, N.Y.—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) announced today that $1.716 million has been awarded for a paving project in Tully. Funded through the New York Works program, the project will repave Route 11 in Tully from its intersections with Route 80 to Route 20.
Yesterday, Senator Valesky presented a resolution commemorating the Onondaga Historical Association's 150th anniversary to Greg Tripoli, the Association's executive director. The OHA is a great resource for the community and Senator Valesky was pleased to acknowledge its efforts.
Just two months after the devastating floods, state funds are being released to residents in the affected areas. I was with Gov. Cuomo in Oneida as he announced that $13.6 million in flood recovery checks would be delivered today.
Yesterday, Governor Cuomo announced a $16 million Flood Recovery Program to assist homeowners, small businesses, and farms in areas hardest hit by recent flooding. Many people will not be able to return to their homes due to extensive damage, and others face substantial rebuilding costs that are not covered by insurance. Unfortunately, the financial and property loss from the floods is below the amount that triggers federal FEMA and other federal assistance.
SYRACUSE, N.Y.–State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) and Mohawk Valley state senators Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta), Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R/C/I-Rome), and Senator Hugh T. Farley (R/C/I-Schenectady) announced a multi-prong strategy to assist local businesses and residents recover and rebuild from devastating June/July flooding.
On July 8, Senator Valesky spoke to 77 middle school students who are participating in the Honeywell Summer Science Week at the Museum of Science and Technology. They spent the morning on Onondaga Lake learning about bird habitats. He congratulated these students for continuing their education during summer vacation.
Senator David J. Valesky spoke to more than 1,100 high school junior boys and staff at this year’s Boys' State government camp at Morrisville State College, sponsored by the American Legion, June 23-28. Boys' State participants learn the importance of the individual in the success and progress of the government. The program also provides training in leadership, character, and citizenship development.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Senate Majority Coalition Leader Dean Skelos, Senate Majority Leader Coalition Leader Jeffery Klein and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver today announced a three way agreement on two bills that follow through on the promises made after the NYS Wine Beer and Spirits Summit. The Farm Cideries Bill (Governor’s Program Bill #18) will establish a new license for farm cideries similar to the licenses already available to farm wineries, breweries and distilleries.
ALBANY, N.Y.—The State Senate passed legislation (S.5552) sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that will expand the amount of New York State local food products purchased by New York State agencies.
ALBANY, N.Y.—Legislation sponsored by State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) assisting law enforcement in combating the threat to public health and safety surrounding methamphetamine production passed the Senate today.
I was pleased to co-sponsor S.270, legislation that requires facilities to perform pulse oximetry screenings on newborns, and even more pleased to meet a family who directly benefited from this test. Jacob Thomas was born April 10, 2012 and appeared to be a healthy newborn. Two days later, his skin turned bluish. A nurse performed a pulse oximetry test on Jacob and learned that his blood-oxygen level was dangerously low. He was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect, which is a common birth defect.
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