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IDC Report Shows $391 Million Positive Impact for Marriage Equality

The Independent Democratic Conference today reaffirmed its support for marriage equality and released a report showing that New York State stands to generate some $391 million in increased economic activity, revenue, and savings during the three years after it is made law. 

May 10, 2011

Senator Valesky Named Co-Chair of New York State Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) has been named co-chair of the New York State Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus. The bi-partisan group, made up of legislators from both the Assembly and Senate, focuses on legislative issues concerning sportsmen and women, including fishing, hunting and other outdoor-related activities.

April 18, 2011

IDC, Assemblyman Bing, Propose Plan to Help State Lower Liability Risks


Proposal Would Save NY $50 Million; Increase Workplace Safety

March 23, 2011

Senate Passes Bill to Strengthen Farmers’ Markets, Increase Access to New York Grown Products

The State Senate Tuesday passed legislation co-sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that would expand local and regional green and farmers’ markets across New York State. 

March 22, 2011

State Senate Passes Valesky Legislation to Fight Embalming Fluid Abuse

Legislation aimed at curbing the dangerous abuse of embalming fluid as a drug, sponsored by State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), passed the New York State Senate. 

March 21, 2011

IDC Calls for End to Deferral of Key Upstate Development Program

Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit to Leverage $461 M in Upstate Investment; Create 1,600+ Jobs

March 16, 2011

Senator Valesky Supports New Programs to Benefit New York's Servicemen and Women

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) voted to pass a package of legislation that extends or creates programs to honor the brave veterans and active military personnel who serve our nation.

March 15, 2011

Governor's ReCharge NY Initiative Will Protect 250,000 jobs; Foster New Job Creation

The State Senate passed important pro-jobs legislation co-sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky, (D-Oneida), that would protect more than 250,0000 jobs statewide and stable energy rates for employers.

March 11, 2011

Independent Democratic Conference Plan would save $37 million; Strengthen State IG Office

The Independent Democratic Conference today released a plan to streamline New York's patchwork Inspector General system and further empower the State Inspector General to be the top watchdog of New York's bureaucracy.

This proposal, which would eliminate overlapping and duplicative layers of state government and consolidate what are often competing operations, would result in $37 million in savings.

March 9, 2011

Senate Passes Legislation to Expand Sporting Opportunities

The State Senate today passed legislation supported by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that would expand opportunities for New Yorkers to participate in sporting activities including snowmobiling and hunting. 

March 1, 2011

Statement on Governor's Executive Budget Proposal

I’m pleased that Governor Cuomo has proposed an Executive Budget that closes a $10 billion deficit with recurring spending actions, and does not rely on any borrowing or new taxes.

February 1, 2011

IDC Members to Chair Legislative Committees

The Independent Democratic Conference today accepted recommendations from the Senate Majority that, in keeping with recent bi-partisan tradition, would allow them to chair legislative committees.


January 26, 2011

Senator David Valesky Joins Groundbreaking Independent Democratic Conference

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) announced his departure from the Senate Democratic Conference and the formation of a third legislative conference, along with three of his Democratic colleagues, Senators Jeffrey D. Klein, Diane Savino, and David Carlucci. 

January 20, 2011

IDC Releases Mandate Relief Recommendations

Proposals Level Local Gov't Playing Field, Lower Costs & Save Taxpayer Dollars 

The Independent Democratic Conference today unveiled a series of common sense recommendations that will help local governments tackle state mandates, save money, and help ease the burden on taxpayers.  

January 19, 2011

Crossbow Legislation Signed Into Law By Governor

ALBANY, N.Y.— Legislation sponsored by David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) allowing crossbows to be used during hunting season was signed into law by Governor David Paterson.

"Expanding New York’s hunting regulations to include crossbows will expand Upstate’s economic opportunities,” said Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida). “It will provide increased revenue to the state and our local communities through licensing and will also draw in out of state hunters looking to experience hunting in New York.”

September 20, 2010

Valesky Named To NY Farm Bureau’s Circle of Friends

Syracuse, N.Y. — Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) has been named to the New York Farm Bureau’s 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.”

Valesky has sponsored and passed legislation securing property tax credits, expanding opportunities for locally made products, and lowering energy costs for local farms and agriculture, ensuring their continued success.

September 13, 2010