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Green Jobs, Green Homes, Green New York

What if you could create fourteen thousand new jobs, and save New Yorkers one billion dollars on energy bills at the same time, without additional cost to taxpayers?

A bill that I co-sponsored and which passed in the State Senate last week will do just that.

The Green Jobs/Green New York initiative will get to the heart of two of Central New York’s biggest issues—the availability of permanent, skilled jobs and high energy costs.

September 11, 2009
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Program to Create 14,000 Green Jobs, Reduce Consumers’ Energy Costs Passes Senate

(SYRACUSE, N.Y.)—Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today praised the passage of comprehensive economic development legislation that he co-sponsored, the Green Jobs/Green New York program, which will create 14,000 jobs and save New Yorkers $1 billion on their energy bills.

September 11, 2009
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New Law Will Give Communities Voices

NYRI. Those four letters will forever evoke feelings of anger and frustration throughout communities in Madison and Oneida counties. Though the upside of the NYRI fight and subsequent victory was the successful coalescence of residents to fight for their homes and communities, none of us want to be forced to go through that battle again.

September 1, 2009
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Valesky-sponsored new law will help communities fight future projects like NYRI

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—To help prevent projects like New York Regional Interconnect (NYRI) that could decimate Upstate communities against the will of local people, State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) and Assemblywoman RoAnn M. Destito (D/WF-Rome) sponsored legislation signed into law this week that will make financial resources available to communities to make their voices heard.

 The legislation (S1599) resulted from the community outcry and subsequent defeat of the New York Regional Interconnect (NYRI) project in Oneida and Madison Counties.

September 1, 2009
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Major Economic Development Initiative Is One of Seven Valesky Bills Signed into Law This Week

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—Businesses that have found it difficult to navigate state regulations or find available funding will now have a place to go for help, thanks to one of seven bills sponsored by State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that were signed into law yesterday.

The legislation (S3076) creates regional “one-stop” economic development centers where business owners can learn about state programs that benefit their businesses and receive help in navigating sometimes complicated federal, state and local regulations, including licensing and permitting.

August 27, 2009
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State Senators Valesky and Johnson Urge Comptroller to Pull State Pension Funds Over Libyan Terrorist Release

SYRACUSE, N.Y.--State Senators David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) and Craig M. Johnson (D-Nassau), incensed over the release and subsequent “hero’s welcome” received by the terrorist convicted of the Pam Am Flight 103 bombings, today sent a letter to NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli urging him to divest state pension funds from any United Kingdom-based companies that conduct business with Libya.

This call for divestment comes as a result of information suggesting that Scotland's release of  Abdel Baset al-Megrahi was somehow influenced by the desire for United Kingdom-based companies to forge closer economic ties with the Libyan government.

August 27, 2009
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Senator Valesky announces $159,000 in funding for alternative energy projects

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), announced two legislative initiatives that will fund alternative energy projects in Central New York.

“These projects represent a wise investment in the future of Upstate New York,” Senator Valesky, Vice President Pro-Tempore said. “Developing technology and delivery of alternative energy sources will provide environmental and economic benefits to all of New York State.”

August 24, 2009
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Senator Valesky Encourages Participation in Madison County Buy Local Week

 SYRACUSE, N.Y.—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) applauded the launch of Madison County’s second annual Buy Local Week, Aug. 17-23. The initiative spotlights local products through events, with the goal of educating the public about the wide variety of local foods available and encouraging them to “buy local” year-round.

August 14, 2009
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Senator Valesky hosts Senator Eric Schneiderman, Chair of Senate Codes Committee, in Central New York

(SYRACUSE, N.Y.)—In a continuing effort to bring Central New York-specific issues to the forefront of the New York State Senate, Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) hosted Senator Eric Schneiderman (D-Manhattan/Bronx), chairman of the Senate Codes Committee, for a day of events in Madison and Onondaga counties.   “The Senate Codes Committee deals with law enforcement and criminal justice related legislation, which impact communities and constituents across Central New York,” said Senator Valesky, Vice President Pro-Tempore of the Senate.

August 13, 2009
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Buy Local…and Invest in Central New York

Buying locally grown foods has become somewhat of a trend in the past few years. Bestsellers have been written, new words—localvore—have been coined, and people across the nation want to be connected to where their food comes from.

This is no trend in Central New York—it is a way of life. Our broad agricultural base gives us, as consumers, an opportunity that many don’t have—the opportunity to buy local. Products are readily available at local grocery stores, farmers’ markets and roadside stands, and we happily buy them because they taste good and we know where they came from.

August 7, 2009
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Senator Valesky Announces Passage of Main Street Program Legislation

(SYRACUSE, N.Y.)—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) announced the passage by the State Senate of economic development legislation in the form of a strengthened Main Street Program.   “Strengthening the successful Main Street program will help to jump-start new projects to bring people and businesses back to our city and village centers, and help them to become the economic engines they once were,” Senator Valesky,Vice President Pro-Tempore of the Senate, said.

July 31, 2009
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Revitalizing Upstate Begins on Main Street

For too long, Upstate New Yorkers have watched as our plants closed, our children moved away and our Main Streets emptied.  We were all again disheartened to see recently that Forbes magazine listed Syracuse as one of the cities in distress, citing in part shrinking population within the city.  To change this, we have to stop and reverse the population loss and economic trends that have driven people and businesses from our city and village centers. Today, there is renewed reason for hope.   Earlier this week, Governor Paterson signed into law a bill I spons

July 31, 2009
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In Major Victory for Upstate, Governor Signs Valesky-Sponsored Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—In a significant victory for Upstate New York, Governor Paterson today signed into law the Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit (HRTC), sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), that will encourage development, stimulate economic growth and improve the quality of life in cities like Syracuse and Utica.

July 29, 2009
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Senator Valesky-sponsored Legislation to Create Wood Products Development Council Passes Both Houses of Legislature

Legislation to establish a wood products development council in New York State (S.4330-A/A.7742-A) within the State Department of Agriculture and Markets has passed both Houses of the New York State Legislature.  This bill was sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) and Assemblywoman RoAnn M. Destito (D/WF-Rome).

July 28, 2009
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Sound Investment: Governor should sign bill to help downtowns

Syracuse Post-Standard editorial, published June 23, 2009

Gov. David Paterson announced Wednesday that he had vetoed 14 bills that he said would have cost taxpayers a total of $5.7 million. "This is not a time to add to the state's spending or to increase the burden on the state's taxpayers," he said. "This is the time for fiscal responsibility, and that means vetoing bills that increase costs to taxpayers."

July 28, 2009
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Senator Valesky Passes Most Two-House Bills in Legislature

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), Vice President Pro-Tempore of the New York State Senate, was the prime sponsor of 32 pieces of legislation that passed both the Senate and Assembly, the most of any legislator in either house.

“For too long, one-house bills were the order of the day,” Senator Valesky said. “This year, working with my colleagues in the Assembly, I was pleased to help pass critical pieces of legislation that will create jobs, promote green energy, and make government more open and accountable.”

July 22, 2009
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Rules Reform: A New Day Dawns in State Senate

For the past five weeks, I have had individuals across Central New York tell me that the time has come for real and significant reforms.  To each, I have said simply, I agree.   For the past five years, I have been advocating for a more open, responsive and responsible state Senate, one that empowers individuals members of the Senate, ends the tyranny of Senate leadership and puts the people back in charge of this chamber.   

July 17, 2009
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Historic Senate Rules Reform, Sponsored by Senator Valesky, Passes Senate

ALBANY, N.Y.--The State Senate adopted historic and sweeping rules reform, sponsored by State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), which will transform Senate operations, decentralize long-held leader control, and give each member of the house, regardless of party, fair opportunity to influence the legislative process.

July 16, 2009
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Senator Valesky Proposes Long-Term Bi-Partisan Operating Agreement to Get Senate Back to Work

 ALBANY, N.Y.-- In an effort to break the Senate stalemate, Senators David Valesky (D-Oneida), Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), Darrel Aubertine (D- Jefferson/Oswego/ St. Lawrence), William Stachowski (D- Erie), Craig Johnson (D- Nassau), Diane Savino (D- Brooklyn/Staten Island), Brian Foley (D- Suffolk), Thomas Duane (D-Manhattan) and George Onorato (D-Queens) proposed a long-term bipartisan operating agreement that would get the Senate back to work. The agreement was presented to Republican leaders and Senators Dean Skelos and Pedro Espada, Jr.

July 7, 2009
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An Open Letter to Constituents: Rational Compromise Necessary to Move Senate Forward

 As many of you know, the New York state Senate has been mired in gridlock as a result of an illegal and self-serving power grab which attempted to place Sen. Pedro Espada, D-Bronx, as leader of the Senate. This took place June 8, during the last two weeks of session, a critical time when much legislation is passed.

A resolution of this matter has been complicated because the Senate is now equally divided, 31-31. The only logical way to move forward is through compromise, by setting aside our differences for the sake of the public good.

June 23, 2009
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