Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announced that West Seneca Public Library, Lancaster Public Library, Elma Public Library Wadsworth Library and Eagle Free Library have been awarded state aid to allow the branches to expand or make major renovations. The aid is part of a $14-million capital fund for public library construction statewide provided in the 2014 state budget.
“Many of our local public libraries are in need of renovations to better serve our communities,” Gallivan said. “Some of the buildings are unable to accommodate users with disabilities, are not energy efficient or are in need of expansion in order to accommodate growing collections and public use. These are wise investments in important community assets that benefit everyone.”
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announced he has secured additional state funding to support various public safety initiatives throughout the 59th Senate District. The aid is being provided to community based agencies, police departments and fire companies to maintain existing programs and to purchase new equipment or technology upgrades for law enforcement and emergency services.
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announced he has secured additional state funding to support the presence of school resource officers (SRO’s) in several local school districts. The aid is being provided to school districts and law enforcement agencies in order to provide a uniformed officer in schools as a way to promote student safety, conflict resolution and anti-bullying initiatives.
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) and Assemblymember Harry B. Bronson (D-Rochester/Chili/Henrietta) announce the passage of legislation (S.71A & A.2458A) that requires landowners receive notice and a copy of the application when any portion of a gas or electric line is to be installed. Notice must also be served on landowners when any portion of a major utility transmission building is to be constructed. The bill also requires that the Public Service Commission consider specific factors when determining the effect the facility would have on agricultural lands.
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) is announcing grants for more than two dozen public libraries throughout the 59thState Senate District, which covers all of Wyoming County and portions of Erie, Livingston and Monroe counties. In all, 26 libraries will share a total of $39,000.
The New York State Senate has passed crucial legislation in the fight against sexual violence on college campuses. The bill (S5965) takes a comprehensive approach to help make every college and university campus throughout New York State more safe and secure. In 2014, members of the Senate Higher Education Committee convened a roundtable of advocates, legislators, college and
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announces the Senate has passed a bill (S-93A) that would allow the hunting of moose in New York State. The legislation would amend current environmental conservation law to regulate the taking of moose in the same manner as deer hunting.
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announces the Senate has passed legislation to create an economic gardening program to help stimulate New York’s economy by providing technical assistance to existing businesses looking to expand. The bill, (S-73) introduced by Gallivan, would establish a pilot program known as ‘GrowNY.”
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announces that Western New York native Ricky Palermo is the recipient of the New York State Senate Liberty Medal for his contributions to the treatment of spinal cord injuries. The Batavia resident has helped raise more than $1-million for research and awareness.
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) has introduced legislation to better protect personal information collected by the Department of Motor Vehicles and contained in New York’s motor vehicle records. The bill (S-5668) would require the DMV to notify motorists before registration information is sold and provide individuals with a way to keep their personal information private. Exceptions would be made for instances related to motor vehicle warranties and safety recalls.
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) honored Western New York Veteran Franklin “Bob” Harder Jr. Tuesday during a ceremony at the State Capitol. The Henrietta resident has been named to the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame.
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) honored Elizabeth “Betsy” Sherwood of Caledonia on Tuesday with one of the New York State Senate’s highest honors, the “Woman of Distinction” award. Sherwood is being recognized for her work in the community as a lifelong resident and president of the non-profit organization Focus on the Children.
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) is once again teaming up with the Springville Area Chamber of Commerce and leaders in business development to present a small business summit to be held at the Colden Mill Restaurant and Banquet Facility on May 7, 2015 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, will focus on sales and business development.
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) met Friday, April 24, with Wheatland-Chili Central School Superintendent Deborah Leh, Monroe County Sheriff Patrick O’Flynn and School Resource Officer Laura Michaels, a Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy. Funding secured by Gallivan in last year’s state budget made it possible for the school district to establish a School Resource Officer (SRO) program in February. In collaboration with the County of Monroe and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, the program will continue through the end of the 2014-2015 school year.
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announced the Senate has passed a bill (S-92) that will eliminate a requirement that hunters display and wear back tags while hunting in New York State. The legislation would amend environmental conservation law and eliminate confusion over hunting requirements.
Education is at a crossroads in New York State. There is a great deal of concern and frustration among parents, students, educators and taxpayers.
Earlier this year, Governor Andrew Cuomo attempted to enact far-reaching educational reforms as part of the 2015-2016 New York State budget. My Senate colleagues and I rejected the governor’s original education reform plan and, where possible, made changes in an effort to find more reasonable common ground.
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announces that Letchworth State Park and Knox Farm State Park will both receive funding for various revitalization and rehabilitation work. The projects are part of a package totaling nearly $72 million for improvements in 60 parks and historic sites across the state.