Patrick M. Gallivan's Press releases

Gallivan Honors Memorial Day By Announcing Veterans' Programs

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – Erie County) announced a series of initiatives today designed to benefit area veterans, current service members and military families. The announcement comes in conjunction with the national observance of Memorial Day.

June 1, 2011

Senator Gallivan Honors Janet Miller of Arcade as "Woman of Distinction"

ALBANY – Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District) honored Janet Miller of Arcade with one of the New York State Senate’s highest honors this week, recognizing her as a contemporary “Woman of Distinction” for volunteerism and devotion to her Wyoming County Community.

“Janet is one of those special people who makes Western New York such a wonderful community,” said Gallivan. “By contributing her time and talent to the Wyoming County Community Hospital and the Wyoming County Community Health System she has made Wyoming County a healthier and happier place to live, work, and raise a family.”

May 25, 2011

Statement From Senator Patrick M. Gallivan Regarding Potential Property Tax Cap Agreement

"Western New York’s property tax burden is among the highest in the nation; forcing families to leave their homes, business to relocate, and our children to seek futures elsewhere. Passing legislation to cap property taxes at two-percent was one of the first actions my Senate colleagues and I took this year.

Now, nearly four months later, the Assembly has joined the discussion by agreeing to a property tax cap framework largely mirroring legislation passed earlier this year in the Senate. This is a very encouraging development.

May 24, 2011

Senator Gallivan Passes Legislation Modernizing Social Services Hearing Process


Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District), announced today that the State Senate recently passed legislation (S.4828) he authored, giving local social service districts increased opportunities to utilize electronic media in Fair Hearing proceedings. The legislation is designed to save both time and money, while making the social service hearing process more efficient.

May 23, 2011

Senate Passes Interstate Compact For Juveniles

Agreement Will Formalize Procedures For Dealings With Youthful Offenders

The New York State Senate passed legislation (S.2551A) this week introduced by Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District), that would make New York State a full member to The Interstate Compact For Juveniles. The Compact is a legal contract between all 50 states, establishing formal procedures to facilitate the return of runaways, and a uniform system to manage juvenile offenders residing in other states.

May 19, 2011

Senate Passes Brittany’s Law: Creates Statewide Violent Offender Registry

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District) announced today that The New York State Senate has passed Brittany’s Law (S.3645B), a bill that would establish a statewide violent felony offender registry by requiring offenders to register with the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services upon release from prison. The law is intended to increase the safety of all New Yorkers by providing access to the list of convicted violent offenders.

May 18, 2011

Senate Revises State's Municipal Consolidation Statute

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) announced this week that the Senate passed legislation to clarify the downsizing procedure citizens must follow to force consolidation of local municipalities and taxing districts.

“Citizens are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with the amount and cost of overlapping layers of local government. The Citizen’s Empowerment Act of 2009 was the first honest effort in New York State to empower residents to consolidate and eliminate layers of local government they deemed unnecessary,” said Gallivan.

May 5, 2011


The new State Budget agreement keeps my commitment to reduce spending, cut taxes and empower the private sector to create jobs.

The spending plan actually reduces year-to-year spending by $3.5 billion, cuts the bureaucratic trims state expenditures by 10 percent and will begin to put New York on the road to fiscal recovery.

It closes a $10 billion deficit without raising taxes or borrowing. It contains structural reforms to government, including a 2-year cap on Medicaid and education to ensure we continue to live within our means. In fact, next year’s projected budget deficit has already been reduced from $15 billion to a more manageable $2 billion - - less than one percent of the overall budget.

April 4, 2011

Senator Gallivan Applauds Both Product and Process of Budget


Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District) announced today that The New York State Senate has approved the state budget for fiscal year 2011-12. The adopted plan, closely resembling Governor Cuomo’s initial spending proposal, closes a $10 billion deficit, holds the line on taxes, and cuts government spending by $3.5 billion compared with last year. The agreement reached early Thursday morning marks the first time in over 5 years that the Governor and the Legislature were able to finalize a budget by April 1.

March 31, 2011

Gallivan Calls for Death Penalty to be Reinstated for Cop Killers

Albany - Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District), a former member of the New York State Police and Sheriff of Erie County called for a reinstatement of the death penalty today for those who murder police officers, peace officers or corrections officers in New York State.

March 18, 2011

State Senate Passes Legislation To Limit Protests at Military Funerals

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District) announced today that the New York State Senate passed two pieces of legislation that would limit the impact of protesters at military funerals. Collectively, the two bills would prohibit protests within a 500 foot radius of a military funeral, and force protest organizers to post a bond to the local municipality and receive a permit from the New York State Department of Military and Naval Affairs to conduct a protest within 2500 feet of a military funeral.

March 16, 2011


ALBANY – To celebrate Women’s History Month, the New York State Senate today announced an exhibit honoring historic New York women whose achievements in arts, science, government, military, labor, education, and social reform has earned them recognition as Women of Distinction.

This exhibit includes three new honorees: America’s first trained nurse Linda Richards of Potsdam, (1841-1930), women’s advocate Mary Wiltsie Fuller of Troy and the Glens Falls area (1862-1943) and the first African-American female doctor in New York, and the third in the nation Susan Smith McKenney Steward (1847-1918) of Brooklyn.

March 14, 2011

Gallivan Honored By The Good Government Club of Western New York

While newly elected State Senator Patrick M. Gallivan hasn’t been in Albany long, on Thursday evening the Good Government Club of Western New York saw fit to bestow upon him their “achievement award” for his career in public service.

Gallivan stated he was “honored and humbled” to receive the prestigious award from such a respected institution. “For over three decades The Good Government Club of Western New York has been actively promoting and encouraging honesty and integrity in government and I am very appreciative that they recognize my adherence to those same principles,” remarked Gallivan.

March 11, 2011

Senate Passes Recharge NY Program

GALLIVAN SEES IT AS KEY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TOOL FOR UPSTATE NEW YORK       Senator Patrick M. Gallivan announced today that the State Senate passed legislation to create a permanent state energy program that will continue to provide affordable energy rates to businesses in the Empire State. The legislation makes permanent the “Power For Jobs” program, which was subject to annual extensions to remain in effect. The new, permanent program is called “Recharge NY”.        “Recharge NY is vital to the economic interests of Western New York.

March 8, 2011

Senator Gallivan’s Statement Regarding The Medicaid Redesign Team’s Initial Recommendations

“It ‘s encouraging to hear some details from the Governor’s office regarding his intentions on how to reform the Medicaid system and control its costs. While many of the Medicaid Redesign Team’s 79 recommendations are still unknown, the few included in the Governor’s briefing are promising. Primary among them; instituting a global cap on state Medicaid spending, addressing long-needed reform to medical malpractice statutes, and placing emphasis on patient centered medical facilities.

February 25, 2011

Senator Gallivan Opens Office In Livingston County

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R – 59th District) was joined by many of Livingston County’s local elected officials, members of the public, and a representative of Assemblyman Dan Burling Wednesday as he cut the ribbon on his new, one-room office at the Livingston County Government Center in Geneseo.

“Our goal is to provide comprehensive constituent service and effective representation to every resident across the four counties of the 59th Senate District. Locating an office in Geneseo will provide easier access to the resources available through a state senator’s office for all of our constituents in Livingston County,” said Gallivan.

February 23, 2011

Major Medicaid Reform Legislation Approved In Social Services Committee


Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – Elma), Chairman of the Senate Social Services Committee today announced a major piece of reform legislation has passed through the Social Services Committee with his enthusiastic support. The bill, often referred to as Medicaid opt-out legislation, allows for increased local control of Medicaid by permitting county governments to “opt-out” of non-mandated services that do not fit the needs of their specific county, significantly reducing the cost burden on local property taxpayers.

February 14, 2011

Gallivan Calls Governor’s Budget Proposal, “Fiscally Responsible, Economically Necessary”

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – Elma) expressed a sense of guarded optimism today, immediately following Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive proposal for the State’s 2011-12 budget. The initial proposal, unveiled this afternoon in Albany, recommends a total State Budget of $132.9 billion, a 2.7 percent decrease from last year.

“The only way to balance the State’s $10 billion deficit and revitalize its economy is to reduce state spending. The Governor seemingly recognizes this and has proposed to balance the budget without any tax increases or any plans to increase New York’s debt load through borrowing,” said Gallivan, “that is the right place to start budget negotiations.”

February 1, 2011

Senator Gallivan Announces Passage of Job Creation and Taxpayers Protection Act

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma), joined with Senate colleagues this morning to announce an aggressive fiscal reform package, the Job Creation and Taxpayers Protection Act of 2011.  The package aims to grow private sector jobs while demanding fiscal responsibility from government, primarily through a state spending cap and establishing a two-thirds “super-majority” vote threshold to enact any tax increase.

“For New York State’s working families and small businesses to survive we need to reduce taxes and control state spending. That is the only responsible action, and I am proud that it is the first action the new Senate Majority is taking,” said Gallivan.

January 19, 2011

Senator Gallivan: “UB 2020 Is Western New York’s Top Priority”

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – Elma) joined with the rest of the Western New York Legislative Delegation this morning at the University at Buffalo’s North campus to send a unified message to Governor Cuomo that the implementation of UB 2020, the University’s long term growth and development strategy, is the region’s and the delegation’s principle legislative concern.

Legislation sponsored by Gallivan and four of his Western New York Senate colleagues allowing for the implementation of UB 2020 through public education policy reforms was unveiled at the press conference this morning. A letter signed by the delegation urging the Governor to include the necessary provisions in his soon-to-be-released executive budget proposal was also released.

January 19, 2011
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