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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?”On behalf of the New York State Senate, I would like to offer my wholehearted congratulations to all of the participants in this year’s Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration. Sincerely,

December 14, 2012


SYRACUSE, N.Y.—A bipartisan coalition of state, local and community leaders in Syracuse announced a comprehensive effort aimed at curbing the ongoing and serious problem of litter on city highways today.

July 16, 2012

Senate Passes Valesky Bill to Combat Meth Production

The State Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) to combat the growing methamphetamine production problem in New York State.

June 21, 2012

Senator Valesky Co-Sponsors Legislation to Strengthen Domestic Violence Legislation

The State Senate unanimously passed co-sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) to protect victims of domestic violence and increases penalties against abusers. 

June 13, 2012

Senator Valesky Supports Landmark Legislation to Curb Prescription Drug Abuse

The New York State Senate passed legislation (S7637) yesterday  that will significantly change the way prescription drugs are distributed and monitored in New York State, with the intent of mitigating the growing prescription drug abuse problem.


June 12, 2012


More than a dozen museums in Central New York will participate in the first ever New York State Museum Week May 31 to June 6, State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), announced. New York State is celebrating the diversity and richness of its museums by inviting residents and visitors alike to discover the fascinating worlds of art, photography, history, science, pop-culture and more during the inaugural celebration.

May 31, 2012

Senator Valesky Introduces Legislation to Bring Local Food to Senior Facilities

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee, recently introduced legislation to establish a farm-to-senior program to facilitate and promote the purchase of New York farm products by senior centers and other institutions for the aging, such as Social Adult Day Programs, County Area Agencies for the Aging and Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities.

May 30, 2012

Anthony C. Nesci, Sr.

Anthony C. “Tony” Nesci, Sr. was born in Syracuse in 1938. A lifelong resident, he graduated from North High School in 1959 and then joined the U.S. Army. He served from 1959-1961, was stationed in Germany and achieved the rank of Private First Class 3. He and his wife, Annette, were married for 45 years and have four children.

Tony was employed by New Process Gear for 43 years, including a position as a peer counselor with the UAW Daimler Chrysler Training Center. He was also a member of the UAW Local 624, serving as CAP and PAC counsel. His greatest legacy, however, is his tireless effort on behalf of veterans in Central New York.

May 18, 2012

Randi Bregman Honored as NY Senate Woman of Distinction

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) named Randi Bregman, Executive Director at Vera House, as the 49th Senate District’s “Woman of Distinction” as part of the New York State Senate’s 15th Annual Women of Distinction celebration.

May 17, 2012

Senator Valesky, IDC Release Report to Expand ‘Doctors Across New York’ program

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) and the Independent Democratic Conference, flanked by hospital executives from around New York State, released a comprehensive report today calling on the Department of Health to implement immediate reforms to the Doctors Across New York program New York currently uses to lure new doctors to underserved areas, particularly in Upstate and rural New York.

May 15, 2012

Senator Valesky Introduces Legislation to Promote Buying New York Products

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) has introduced legislation (S.6965) building upon “Buy Local” movements to increase awareness of restaurants that sell New York-grown products, thereby helping to strengthen the state’s important agricultural industry. 

Senator Valesky, along with his colleagues in the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) will release a report and two pieces of legislation at a press conference at 2 p.m. today in Albany. 

April 18, 2012

Governor Cuomo in Syracuse to Discuss Budget

I was pleased to join Governor Cuomo in discussing budget accomplishments for Central New York. Click the link for more details.

Gov Cuomo CNY Budget Presentation.pdf

April 5, 2012

Budget Update From State Senator David J. Valesky

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. 

Some highlights include:

March 30, 2012

Senator Valesky Enjoys Sounds of Wellwood Middle School 7th and 8th Grade Orchestra

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.

March 22, 2012

Statement from Senator David Valesky Regarding Constitutional Amendment, Statute to Create Independent Redistricting Commission

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.


March 15, 2012

Statement from Senator Valesky Regarding Syracuse Common Council Passage of Land Bank Legislation

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.


March 12, 2012

Rev. Carl Clarke of Open Arms International Ministries Delivers Invocation

Reverend Carl Clarke of Open Arms International Ministries and Ms. Carol Lodman joined Senator David Valesky in Albany. Rev. Clarke was in the Senate Chamber to deliver the day's invocation.

March 6, 2012

Senator Valesky Named Member of Senate Select Committee on Libraries

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.”

January 19, 2012

Senator Valesky Receives High Marks For Supporting New York Libraries

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.

November 2, 2011

Senator Valesky Named To NY Farm Bureau’s Circle of Friends

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.”

October 26, 2011