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Land Bank Sales Controversy

While it was a big day for members of the Land Bank board, it was also a big day for Zahide Halimi. A day she's long waited for. Zahide and her husband immigrated from Bosnia more than ten years ago. Her parents have now followed her to Syracuse, but have been unable to find a home. YNN's Bill Carey has more on the story.

December 16, 2013
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Senator David J. Valesky Unveils IDC Affordable NY Plan

SYRACUSE–State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), joined by several local advocates, introduced the Independent Democratic Conference’s 2014 legislative agenda, titled “Affordable NY.” The agenda, composed of five core policy items, demonstrates the IDC’s commitment to working families during the 2014 legislative session.

“The Affordable NY plan is a lifetime commitment to New York’s working families. It is critically important to address issues that affect all New Yorkers; challenges in paying for child care, affording college and living on a fixed income after retirement are topics I hear about from constituents every day,” Senator Valesky said.

The IDC’s proposals include:

December 13, 2013
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Senator Valesky Delivers Coats, Blankets for Newly Arrived Refugees

(Syracuse, NY – Dec. 5, 2013) State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) recently delivered 12 bags of donated coats and blankets to the Center for New Americans as a result of a coat and blanket drive he sponsored at the State Office Building in partnership with InterFaith Works’ Refugee Resettlement program.

December 10, 2013
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State Leaders Developing Cybercrime Policies

By RICHARD MOODY, Legislative Gazette, December 02, 2013

December 10, 2013
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At State Education Chief John King's Forum at F-M, Just Sign In and Speak Up

By Paul Riede | priede@syracuse.com on December 02, 2013 at 12:26 PM, updated December 02, 2013 at 4:26 PM

December 10, 2013
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State Legislators Sponsor Disaster Recovery Fund Bill

Observer-Dispatch Posted Dec 02, 2013 @ 11:25 AM

State legislators representing the Mohawk Valley and Niagara County have co-sponsored a bill that would create disaster recovery funding.

December 10, 2013
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Thanksgiving Essays and Contributions

Dear Participant, 

Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration. We received outstanding poems, essays, and artwork that exemplify the creativity of New York State’s young people.

The submissions received are remarkable in what they represent – showing gratitude and respect for family, friends, our troops fighting overseas, and many other important subjects and activities. I am humbled and honored to see such inspiring contributions in response to what is a deceptively difficult question: “What are you thankful for?”

December 6, 2013
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Senator Valesky Drops Off Coats and Blankets for Newly Arrived Refugees

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) dropped off 12 bags of donated coats and blankets at the Center for New Americans on Monday, November 25. Senator Valesky had recently held a coat and blanket drive at the State Office Building in partnership with InterFaith Works’ Refugee Resettlement program.

December 5, 2013
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Senator Valesky Visits Welch Allyn

Senator Valesky visited Welch Allyn on December 4, one of the region's largest employers and a worldwide leader in the manufacture of medical equipment.

December 5, 2013
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Senator Valesky Attends Common Core Forum

On December 3, Senator Valesky participated in a forum with local officials, State Education Commissioner John King and Regent Anthony Bottar at Fayetteville-Manlius High School to discuss the Common Core standards.

December 5, 2013
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In Wake of 2013 Flood, Senator Valesky Co-Sponsors Bill to Create Disaster Fund

SYRACUSE—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) has joined other state legislators who represent areas affected by severe flooding in July 2013 in introducing legislation that would create a state disaster recovery fund aimed at expediting assistance to victims and municipalities.

“We have seen too many instances of flood victims lacking basic necessities months after a disaster hits because they are waiting for government to act,” Senator Valesky said. “That is unacceptable, and I am pleased to co-sponsor this legislation that will ensure expeditious distribution of aid and resources through a disaster recovery fund.”

December 2, 2013
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Senator David Valesky Welcomes DFS Mobile Command Center to CNY

Department of Financial Services' Assistance Available for Homeowners during Mobile Command Center Visits to Syracuse on Thursday and Liverpool on Friday

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today announced that the Department of Financial Services’ (DFS) Mobile Command Center (MCC) will be in Central New York this week to help provide foreclosure prevention assistance to struggling homeowners.

Department representatives will be available to meet homeowners in the MCC at two locations:

November 21, 2013
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NY Senate to Convene Cybersecurity Hearing in Rome

ROME -Six Senate committees will hold a joint hearing at noon on Monday, November 18, 2013 to hear testimony from experts in law enforcement, finance and computer science about the state’s preparedness against cyber-attacks.

“Cyber crime is a major economic issue, resulting in more than $500 million in losses last year alone,” said Sen. Joseph A. Griffo, who chairs the Senate Banking Committee and is hosting the event. “There’s a reason why England considers it an even greater threat than nuclear war. We need to take a closer look at what our state is doing to prevent cyberattacks that could affect our security, our economy and our government.”

November 18, 2013
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Coat and Blanket Drive to Benefit Refugees

This week, I attended two events that spotlight community development efforts in the city of Syracuse. WCNY officially opened its new headquarters on Syracuse's Near Westside, and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was in town

November 1, 2013
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Senator Valesky to Hold Coat and Blanket Drive to Benefit Newly Arrived Refugees

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) will hold a coat and blanket drive at the State Office Building in Syracuse from Monday, October 28 to Friday, November 15 in partnership with InterFaith Works’ Refugee Resettlement program at the Center for New Americans.

October 28, 2013
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Kasson Place Apartments Opens

Senator David J. Valesky joined state and local officials to celebrate the opening of Kasson Place Apartments on James Street in Syracuse. This project is great for the community and is another project that used Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits.

October 28, 2013
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Senator Valesky, Central New York Business & Labor Leaders Urge New Yorkers to Vote Yes on Proposal #1 – and the more than 10,000 Jobs it Will Bring to New York State

Proposal #1 will deliver more than $44 million a year for schools, property tax relief and aid to local governments in Central New York and the Mohawk Valley 

Proposal #1 will bring $9.4 million to Onondaga County and $3.2 million to Syracuse

October 23, 2013
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Farm Bureau Recognizes Legislators

All of Oneida County’s state representatives are among the 101 senators and Assembly members recognized by the New York Farm Bureau for their support of the state’s agriculture industry.

October 21, 2013
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