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Senator Valesky Drops Off Donation to Food Bank of CNY

Senator David Valesky stopped by the Food Bank of CNY on November 24, 2014 to drop off a donation check. The amount, $1,926.04, is based on the total weight of items collected at his e-recycling event in October: 113,383 lbs of e-waste! This donation will provide 7,000 meals for the patrons of the Food Bank's services. With Senator Valesky are, from left, Alice Kim, director of government relations for Time Warner Cable; Kathleen Stress, Food Bank of CNY's executive director; and Craig Wilson, community liaison for Senator Valesky.

November 24, 2014

Hiring Resource for Vets, Cyber Monday Parks Special

The calendar may say winter doesn’t arrive for another month, but the cold and snow are already here. For the past couple of weeks, I have been collecting gently used blankets and washable coats, hats, and gloves at my Syracuse office for refugee toddlers, youth, women, and men. The response to this coat and blanket drive, held in partnership with InterFaith Works/Center for New Americans, has been overwhelmingly generous, and I sincerely thank everyone who has made donations. If you would like to contribute, please drop off your items in the lobby of the State Office Building, 333 E. Washington St., Syracuse, through December 5.

New Online Hiring Resource for Veterans

November 24, 2014

Senator Valesky Attends Groundbreaking for Rescue Mission Facility

Senator Valesky joined other local officials and representatives from the Rescue Mission on November 17 for a Groundbreaking Ceremony for the organization's future Emergency Shelter/Day Center facility. Construction has begun on the building, and the project is expected to be finished in late summer 2015. The new facility will increase emergency shelter bed capacity from 132 currently to 183 beds.

November 17, 2014

Senator Valesky Receives NY FarmNet Award

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) received the Outstanding Supporter of NY Agriculture Award from NYFarmNet during its annual banquet on November 12 in Auburn.

“It has been my pleasure to work with NY FarmNet for many years, and I am honored to receive this award,” Senator Valesky said. “FarmNet’s expertise is a valuable and vital resource for New York’s farmers who wish to expand their businesses and for the next generation of farmers looking to enter the agricultural industry.”

November 14, 2014

Senator Valesky Holds Coat and Blanket Drive to Benefit Newly Arrived Refugees

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) is holding a coat and blanket drive at the State Office Building in Syracuse now through Friday, December 5 in partnership with InterFaith Works’ Refugee Resettlement program at the Center for New Americans. Refugee families often need coats, blankets, and other household items when they arrive in the United States.

November 13, 2014

Senator Valesky Visits Clinton's Youngest and Oldest Residents

Senator Valesky spent October 17 in the village of Clinton. He stopped by Clinton Elementary School and then LutheranCare, where he accepted an award and spent some time with residents.

October 17, 2014

Senator Valesky Meets With Students From "Big Picture" Program at LaFayette High

Senator Valesky had the opportunity to meet with students in the Big Picture program at Lafayette High School while on their field trip in Albany.

October 15, 2014

Senator Valesky Speaks to Seniors at State Convention

Senator Valesky, chair of the Senate Aging Committee, spoke October 15 to attendees at the New York StateWide Senior Action Council's 2014 convention about state government priorities for older New Yorkers. The New York StateWide Senior Action Council is a grassroots membership organization made up of individual senior citizens and senior citizen clubs from all parts of New York State.

October 15, 2014

Sen. Valesky to Hold Free Senior Fair on Oct. 16

Senator Valesky is hosting a Senior Information Fair at the Kallet Civic Center in Oneida on Thursday, October 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Experts from local businesses, nonprofits and government agencies (listed below) will provide important information on health care, in-home services, health insurance, prescription assistance, housing, avoiding scams, and local services, as well as offer giveaways. All senior citizens in Sen. Valesky’s district are invited to attend this free event.

Kinney Drugs will offer flu shots (with insurance card and co-payment), along with blood pressure checks and other health screenings. Tim Horton’s will provide refreshments.

October 1, 2014

Senator Valesky Warns Public About Rebate Tax Scammers

SYRACUSE—State Senator David J. Valesky today warned the public about reports of scammers attempting to illegally obtain personal information under the guise of confirming their eligibility for a state tax rebate.

“We are aware that scammers are targeting Central New York,” Senator Valesky said. “I urge everyone to be vigilant, to make sure their family and friends are aware of the scam, and to report any incidents to the Attorney General.”

October 1, 2014

Albany Times-Union Op-Ed: Pathway through state's current job crisis

New York is in the midst of a middle-skills job crisis.

When you look at help-wanted listings across our state, the positions being advertised are for computer network specialists, electricians, machinists, welders and high-tech manufacturing workers. We often hear from employers who say many job applicants for skilled labor or high-tech positions lack the necessary skills to do the job. Additionally, we have a significant number of students who do not finish school, or who graduate without the skills to do well in college or the job market.

Providing a Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathway to high school graduation helps solve this problem, but time to act is ticking.

September 26, 2014

Valesky bill to cover equipment and supplies for ostomies signed into law

SYRACUSE—This week, Governor Cuomo signed into law S.7893, sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) which requires every insurance policy to include equipment and supplies necessary for the treatment of ostomies.

An ostomy is a surgically created opening connecting an internal organ to the abdomen, caused by many different conditions, including cancer, bowel disease, birth defects and injury. Different kinds of ostomies are named for the organ involved, such as a colostomy, ileostomy, or urostomy.

September 25, 2014


CICERO—Dozens of children made quick work of breaking in a brand new playground at Cicero Central Park on Sept. 23, thanks to a grant by State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida).

Valesky directed $100,000 in capital funds to the Town of Cicero to build an inclusive play area at Central Park. The Town tore up an old tennis court that was in disrepair and replaced it with brightly colored playground equipment suited for children of all ages and physical abilities, including slides, swings and a rock climbing wall.

“I was pleased to direct this grant to the town for the play area,” Senator Valesky said. “This project fills a need for Central Park and provides a safe and fun environment for kids.”

September 24, 2014

Senator Valesky Takes on Locavore Challenge

Syracuse, NY – State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) is taking part in the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York’s (NOFA-NY) Locavore Challenge, which it holds each September to inspire awareness and action in eating locally and organically through events and activities around the state and online.

“We are fortunate to live in an area with a strong agricultural base and where locally produced foods are so readily available,” Senator Valesky said. “I encourage everyone to take advantage of the abundance of produce at our farmers’ markets, to support restaurants that buy local food products and to take part in the Locavore Challenge themselves.”

September 17, 2014

Senator Valesky to Judge CNY Civic App Challenge

Senator David J. Valesky is one of the judges for the AT&T Central New York Civic App Challenge, a two-month virtual hackathon in which developers are encouraged to "Solve Local" by building smartphone apps that serve Central New Yorkers. Winners will receive cash prizes totaling $18,000. The challenge, which will be facilitated by Hack Upstate, was announced September 11 at The Tech Garden and will run until November 11. Coders, designers and technologists can register for the challenge and get more information at attcny.hackupstate.com.

September 11, 2014

Statement from Senator David J. Valesky, NYS Senate Aging Chair, on AARP Boomstate Report

The AARP report clearly shows that our aging population has serious concerns about its financial security and quality of life in New York State. While we have made some progress on reducing the property tax burden and ensuring access to affordable health care, there is much more to be done to ensure the 50+ demographic stays in New York.

September 8, 2014

Senator Valesky Attends St. Joseph's Surgical Tower Ribbon Cutting

Senator David Valesky attended the ribbon cutting for the new Christina M. Nappi Surgical Tower at St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center in Syracuse on September 4, 2014. The Surgical Tower offers innovations in health care, use of technology, and “green” design.

September 4, 2014

Senator Valesky Receives Unclaimed Funds

At NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli's breakfast on August 28, Senator Valesky found out he had $421 in unclaimed funds available! Visit the Comptroller's booth in the Center of Progress building at the Fair, or search online to see if you do too.

August 28, 2014

Senator Valesky Attends Dairy Day at the NYS Fair

Senator Valesky joined NYS Dept. of Agriculture and Markets Commissioner Richard Ball and Assemblyman Bill Magee for a Dairy Day breakfast at the New York State Fair on August 25.

August 25, 2014

Senator Valesky Attends 2014 New York State Fair Opening

Senator Valesky joined Governor Andrew Cuomo to officially open the 2014 New York State Fair on Thursday, August 21.

August 21, 2014