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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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Senator Valesky Calls for Reasonable and Rational GOP Leaders to Step Forward

It has become clear since the court ordered the Senate to negotiate a bipartisan agreement that the current Senate Republicans’ leadership under Pedro Espada is acting in an unreasonable, and even irrational, way. They are unwilling to recognize the reality that the Senate is deadlocked 31-31, and that the only way for us to address critical legislation is through a mutually agreed upon structure that reflects this mathematical reality. 

June 18, 2009
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Empowering Citizens and Lowering Property Taxes

For a long time, we have talked about ways to reduce property taxes in New York State. I have consistently advocated for government consolidation as one means to achieve this.

This week, we accomplished part of that goal.

By passing the New York Government Reorganization And Citizen Empowerment Act, the New York State Senate did something historic—it gave the people power to decide how their local governments are organized, and, along with it, the power to reduce their property tax burden.

June 5, 2009
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Senator David J. Valesky's Bill Requiring Greater Transparency by Canal Corporation Signed Into Law

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Legislation sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that provides more public accountability when the New York State Canal Corporation prepares to sell abandoned property has been signed into law by Governor David A. Paterson (Chapter 44). 

The legislation was sponsored in the Assembly by Assemblywoman RoAnn M. Destito.

June 5, 2009
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Senate Passes Historic Government Consolidation Legislation Co-Sponsored by Senator Valesky

ALBANY, N.Y. – State Senator David J. Valesky (D- Oneida) announced that the New York State Senate passed the New York Government Reorganization And Citizen Empowerment Act (S5661) by 47-16 votes, legislation that will empower citizens to streamline their government, cut costs associated with government and lower property taxes through consolidation of governmental entities.

June 4, 2009
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Senator Valesky Co-sponsors Senate Ethics Reform Legislation

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) will co-sponsor two pieces of legislation that would fundamentally reform governmental ethics in New York State.

“As elected officials, we are and stewards of the citizenry’s interests, and must be held to the highest of standards,” Senator Valesky, Vice President Pro-Tempore of the Senate, said. “The Senate is serious about ethics reform, and I am proud to co-sponsor this legislation, which is part of a seismic shift in the way the people’s business is conducted in Albany.”

June 2, 2009
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Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit is Critical Component of Upstate Revitalization

It is not hard to describe the economic trend for Upstate New York over the last few decades.  We have all watched as our main streets emptied out, our factories left town and our children moved away.   These losses only increased the strains on our communities, pushing property taxes up on the businesses and families who have stayed.  

May 27, 2009
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Landmark Economic Development Legislation Sponsored By Senator Valesky Passes State Senate; Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit is unprecedented redevelopment incentive for Upstate New York

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—The New York State Senate today passed landmark economic development legislation sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) which would stimulate the Upstate economy and revitalize its communities through rehabilitation of historic properties.

May 27, 2009
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May 26, 2009
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Remembering the true meaning of Memorial Day

For many people, Memorial Day symbolizes the official beginning of summer. Family and friends gather for picnics, parades and barbecues--the first outdoor events of the season.

However, I believe it is important that we remind ourselves of the true meaning of the holiday. Too often, the real message gets lost amidst the events and advertisements.

May 26, 2009
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New York Senate Passes Trapping Legislation Sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky

SYRACUSE, N.Y.-- The New York State Senate passed legislation on May 19, sponsored by State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), which gives the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) the flexibility to identify traps with either the trapper’s name and address or assigned identification number.

May 21, 2009
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Senator David J. Valesky Applauds Passage of Legislation to Enable Firefighters to Drive Trucks in Non-Emergency Situations

As Memorial Day weekend approaches, firefighters and fire trucks will continue to be a parade staple, thanks in part to legislation passed in the New York State Senate today.

The bill, S1624C, provides a clear exemption from federal regulations that require drivers of emergency vehicles to have a Commercial Drivers License. Though the Legislature partially rectified the issue in the Enacted Budget, further clarification was needed. Important duties performed by fire companies, such as training, inspections and parades, were not specifically exempted.

May 21, 2009
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Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit, Sponsored By Senator Valesky, Passes Finance Committee; Program will bring unprecedented redevelopment to distressed areas

ALBANY, N.Y.--The New York State Senate Finance Committee today passed the Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit (HRTC) (S2960-A), sponsored by State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), sending this important economic stimulus and community revitalization legislation to the full Senate.

May 21, 2009
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New York Senate Passes Good Government Legislation Sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky; Bill Prohibits State Agencies from Making Loans to Employees

SYRACUSE, N.Y.-- The New York State Senate passed legislation on May 12, sponsored by State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), which would prohibit state agencies from making personal loans to employees.

The bill is the latest in a series of bills focused on good government and providing transparency and increased access to citizens.

May 21, 2009
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Senator David J. Valesky's Bill Expanding Individual Access to State Records Signed into Law

SYRACUSE, N.Y.— The Governor of New York today signed into law new legislation sponsored by State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that will allow individuals to request record covered by the Personal Privacy Protection Law through electronic mail.  Until now, a written request had to be submitted by an individual to receive information the state may maintain about that person. 

May 21, 2009
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