Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District), Chairman of the New York State Senate Social Services Committee, called on the commissioner of the New York State Office of Child and Family Services, Gladys Carrion, to use the full authority of her office to conduct an investigation into the events surrounding 10-year-old Abdifatah Mohamud’s beating death at the hands of his stepfather earlier this month in their family home in Buffalo.
“There is a pattern of abuse and dysfunction that this young boy was subjected to that can be traced back to at least 2009, including numerous incidents where local police were called to the home to investigate claims of domestic abuse,” Gallivan said.
Senator Will Utilize Panel of 24 Local Agriculture Professionals to Help Direct Agriculture Policy
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District) announced the formation of his Agriculture Advisory Board today, comprised of 24 local residents from across the four counties that makeup the 59th State Senate District.
The National Prescription Drug Drop-Off will be hosting “drive-in, drop-off” programs at sites throughout Western New York this month. Senator Patrick M. Gallivan is strongly encouraging area residents who have any excess, unused, or expired prescription medications, or over-the-counter drugs, to take advantage of this opportunity to safely and securely dispose of them.
Budget Comes Early, Controls Spending and Holds The Line On Taxes
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan hailed the 2012 state budget today as lawmakers approved the spending plan ahead of the April 1st deadline, marking the second consecutive year New York State will enact an on-time budget.
“Passing a second on-time budget in as many years is indicative of the larger progress we’ve seen lately in Albany. Just as late budgets were once a symbol of dysfunction, on-time budgets are symbolic of continued progress,” the Senator said. “Even more important than passing an on-time budget, is that we passed a fiscally responsible budget that respects New York’s taxpayers and keeps the State moving forward.”
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) announced today that the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has informed him that to the Old 219 Bridge (South Cascade – Miller Road) spanning the Cattaraugus Creek between the Towns of Concord and Ashford will re-open to traffic this Friday, March 23rd. The bridge has been closed to traffic since a faulty bearing was discovered during an inspection on January 5th.
Gallivan Hails DNA as "Best Tool For Law Enforcement Since Fingerprints"
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan applauded Governor Cuomo today after signing DNA databank expansion legislation into law, making New York State the first "all crimes DNA" state in the nation. The State Senate passed legislation to implement the expansion of the state’s DNA Databank in January.
The new law will require criminals convicted of all felonies, as well as all penal law misdemeanors, to submit DNA samples.
Gallivan: “Senate Plan Cuts Taxes, Reforms Medicaid, Protects Seniors and Schools.”
The New York State Senate voted to approve its 2012-13 Senate Budget resolution, continuing its focus on state spending, job creation, and structural reform to government.
The Senate budget, at just under $132.5 billion, keeps the total state spending increase below two percent, and spends less than the Executive Budget. The budget closes a $2 billion budget deficit and builds on last year’s successes in putting the state’s fiscal house in order.
Competitive Grant Money Should Be Allocated to Rural Students Who Need It Most
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District) continued his call today to utilize $250 million allocated in Governor Andrew M Cuomo’s Executive Budget Proposal to restore funding to students in rural, high-need schools, instead of a new “targeted grant” program.
Senate Republican Budget Plan Will Include Expansive “New Jobs-NY” Plan
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District) joined fellow Republican members of the Senate today to announce details of the 2012 NEW JOBS-NY Job Creation Plan. The plan puts forth policies critical to revitalizing Western New York, including; tax relief to encourage the creation of new jobs, measures to ensure fiscal responsibility and control state spending, as well as other reforms and incentives to make New York more economically competitive. The plan is part of the Senate budget resolution to be acted on next week.
NYSDOT Anticipates That Traffic Can Safely Return By Early April
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) announced today that the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has informed him that the repair work necessary to return vehicular traffic to the Old 219 Bridge (South Cascade – Miller Road) spanning the Cattaraugus Creek between the Towns of Concord and Ashford is moving forward on schedule.
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (59th District) is calling on Western New Yorkers to do their part to keep the blood supply strong this summer. Area residents will have an opportunity to donate blood next week at a Upstate New York Transplant Services (UNYTS) blood drive being sponsored by Senator Gallivan.
The blood drive runs from 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday, March 9th, taking place outside Senator Gallivan’s District Office at 4729 Transit Rd, Suite 7 in Depew.
Gallivan Co-Sponsors Legislation To Repeal Burdensome Wage Theft Prevention Act
Yesterday, the New York State Senate passed legislation (S.6063A), co-sponsored by Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District) to repeal the notification provisions of the Wage Theft Prevention Act, a massive, costly mandate on every employer in the state.
The Wage Theft Prevention Act, passed in 2010, includes a requirement that each year, a written notice on wages be provided by all private sector employers to all employees. There are
MEASURE WILL INCENTIVIZE HOME IMPROVEMENTS, ENCOURAGE NEW CONSTRUCTION, AND COMBAT BLIGHT
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District) announced that the Senate passed legislation, S.5557A (Gallivan), that provides targeted tax relief and property tax abatement for home construction in the Town of Evans.
The bill authorizes the Town of Evans to establish a partial residential tax abatement program for the improvement, modification or construction or construction of one to three family homes that raise the assessed value of the property by at least $10,000. During the first year of the program, 50 percent of the assessed value will be abated, to a maximum of $150,000. The abatement is subsequently decreased by 10 percent each subsequent year.
Senate Passes Series of Bills To Curb Prescription Painkiller Abuse
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I- 59th District) was among a handful of Senators to take part in a Senate Roundtable on New York State’s Prescription Drug Abuse Crisis, hosted in Albany today by Senators Kemp Hannon and Jeffrey Klein, Chairmen of the Senate Committee on Health and the Senate Committee Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, respectively.
The Roundtable included doctors, pharmacists, medical professionals, addiction specialists, law enforcement officials, drug abuse prevention organizations, and parents of victims whose deaths were attributed to prescription drug abuse, including, Avi and Julie Israel of North Buffalo.
Senator's Priority Remains, "Long Term Viability of Springville Span"
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) reacted to today’s announcement that the New York State Department of Transportation will expedite the structural repairs needed to restore vehicular traffic to the Old 219 Bridge (South Cascade – Miller Road) spanning the Cattaraugus Creek between the Towns of Concord and Ashford.
Eliminates Bureaucratic Red-Tape Preventing Experienced Cops From Landing New Jobs
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District) introduced legislation today to allow the 20 recently laid-off Niagara Transportation Authority (NFTA) police officers to transfer to law enforcement job openings that may exist with nearby departments.
Bill Would Have Linked Authorities To Bike Path Rapist Years Prior To His 2007 Arrest
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan announced that the New York State Senate today passed legislation to implement the largest expansion of the state’s DNA databank since it was created in 1994. The legislation mirrors the databank expansion plan proposed by Governor Cuomo in his Executive Budget to require people convicted of all felonies, as well as all misdemeanors in the penal law to submit DNA samples.
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District) announced that legislation (S.5889C / A.8644A) he authored to structurally reform the cost administration of New York State’s Medicaid system passed the Senate Social Services Committee with unanimous support today. Gallivan’s bill -- the subject of much attention in the Capital and across the state -- incrementally transfers the local share of Medicaid traditionally paid by county governments to the state over the course eight years.
“Today’s budget announcement is a strong starting point from which to build upon last year’s accomplishments. The Governor’s proposal is a largely responsible plan that balances the budget through cuts in spending and consolidation of redundant government functions, while holding the line on taxes for individuals and businesses.
I was pleased to see the Governor recognize the unsustainable burden that Medicaid places on county governments and property tax payers, but it is my belief that Medicaid reform and mandate relief must go further and must come faster. Given the historic property tax cap, local governments and property tax payers need immediate relief and reductions of state imposed burdens.