The New York State Legislature has completed passage of an on-time budget for the second year in a row. Though it was another challenging budget, requiring the closure of a $3.5 billion deficit, we were able to balance the budget without tax increases or fiscal gimmickry. In addition, overall spending was reduced for the second straight year, the frist time this has happened in at least three decades.
Senator David J. Valeksy enjoyed the orchestral sounds of Wellwood Middle School in Albany's concourse. The 7th and 8th grade students performed under the direction of their teacher, Ms. Jacqueline Darvill. The students were performing in Albany as a part of Music In Our Schools Month presented by the NYSSMA. Wellwood Middle School is in the Fayetteville-Manlius School district.
I was pleased to join Governor Cuomo in enacting long-needed reform to create a system of independent redistricting that would take drawing district lines out of legislators’ hands. The constitutional amendment and accompanying statute passed last night mirrors legislation I sponsor that would enact permanent structural reform of a broken, dysfunctional system, and create an independent commission to draw lines. From now on, an equally balanced commission will be in charge of the process, and it will have to adhere to guidelines with respect to population deviation, preservation of communities of interest and protection of minority voting rights.
I applaud the Common Council for moving legislation forward to create a city/county land bank. As the author of the state law, I am extremely encouraged that Onondaga County and the city of Syracuse will have the opportunity to be one of the first land banks in the state. Vacant and abandoned housing has been a problem in our communities for too long, and the application of this new strategy is a promising solution.
State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) was named to a newly-created bipartisan Senate Select Committee on Libraries.
“Libraries are an integral resource in our communities, providing access to books, technology and education to people of all ages,” Senator Valesky said. “I am pleased to serve on this committee, to focus on the specific needs of libraries in Central New York and across the state.”
SYRACUSE— New Yorkers for Better Libraries recently announced its grades for New York State Legislators. Senator David Valesky (D-Oneida) received an A for his strong support of libraries throughout the community, scoring 140 of 160 points from the group.
SYRACUSE — Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) has been named to the New York Farm Bureau’s 2011 Circle of Friends. “New York’s farms are an integral part of our Upstate economy,” said Senator Valesky. “Agriculture is New York’s largest industry; we must continue to ensure its success and vitality through a strong legislative agenda that will encourage it to grow.”
Bipartisan panel to identify savings, eliminate wasteful spending, streamline bureaucracy
Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) has been named to the revamped New York State Senate Task Force on Government Efficiency, a bipartisan panel charged with uncovering waste, inefficiency and mismanagement throughout state government.
Legislation sponsored by Senator David Valesky (D-Oneida) that promotes the development of senior citizen-based domestic abuse prevention programs was recently signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.S4235 directs the Office For the Prevention of Domestic Violence to develop senior center-based domestic violence prevention programs. This new law aims to create new resources for victims of elder abuse.
I have long advocated for an ethics law that provides greater transparency, better enforcement and serious penalties for violators. I commend Governor Cuomo for his leadership in signing this legislation; it is a great step forward in changing the dysfunctional culture that has pervaded Albany.
ALBANY, N.Y.--Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today announced the induction of Albert Paviglianti, of Canastota, into the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame in honor of his meritorious service to the nation and his community.
“I am pleased to have the opportunity to thank Mr. Paviglianti for his bravery and sacrifice serving our nation in the Marines, and for his continued commitment to the community through his leadership in the American Legion,” Senator Valesky said.
Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) and his fellow members of The Independent Democratic Conference joined their colleagues in the Senate and the Assembly today to pass a comprehensive ethics reform package that strengthens oversight of the State Legislature, increases transparency, and helps restore the public's faith in their state government.