Patrick M. Gallivan's Press releases

Gallivan Continues to Press For Funding For WNY’s Rural Schools

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.

March 9, 2012

Gallivan Sees Opportunity To Build Off Last Year’s Successful Budget With More Reform in 2012

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.

March 7, 2012

Gallivan: “Old Route 219 Bridge Repair Work Is Progressing On Schedule”

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.

March 5, 2012

Senator Gallivan To Sponsor UNYTS Blood Drive At Transit Road Office

Blood drive in Lancaster on Friday, March 9th

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.

March 5, 2012


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

March 1, 2012

Legislation Authored By Senator Gallivan To Provide Property Tax Relief For Town of Evans Passes Senate Unanimously


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.

March 1, 2012

Gallivan Takes Part in Roundtable Addressing Prescription Drug Abuse Crisis in New York State

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.

February 15, 2012

Senator Gallivan is Pleased That DOT Will Move Quickly To Repair Old 219 Bridge

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.

February 3, 2012

Gallivan Introduces Bill To Help Laid-Off NFTA Police Officers Get Back To Work

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.

February 3, 2012


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.

February 1, 2012

Gallivan Advances Medicaid Reform and Mandate Relief Bill Through Social Services Committee

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.

January 24, 2012

Gallivan: “Governor’s Budget is a Strong Start"

“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.

January 18, 2012

Old Route 219 Span Over Cattaraugus Creek Closed For Safety Inspection

Senator Gallivan Presses DOT To Complete Review and Repairs Quickly

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – Elma) was informed by New York State Department of Transportation officials today that after undergoing inspection, the old Route 219 bridge over Cattaraugus Creek between the Town of Concord in Erie County and the Town of Ashford in Cattaraugus County has been closed (currently named S. Cascade Dr. in Concord and Miller Rd. in Ashford, respectively).

State DOT officials were taking part in an ongoing repairs project to the span when an irregularity was discovered, which they determined warrants a more thorough inspection to ensure the bridge’s safety for motorists.

January 5, 2012

Statement From Senator Patrick M. Gallivan on the Governor’s State of the State Address

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) was selected by his Senate colleagues today to give official notification to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo that the Senate is standing at ready to conduct its business for 2012. Gallivan notified the Governor prior to the annual State of the State address this afternoon, which Gallivan applauded for “its strong vision for New York State’s future” while stressing the importance of building upon the cooperation and collegiality that enabled last year’s progress.

January 4, 2012

Gallivan Introduces Legislation to Create Wyoming County Veterans Memorial Highway

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) announced today that he has officially introduced legislation (S.6061) to designate a stretch of Rt. 20A as "Wyoming County Veterans Highway". The portion to be designated traverses 16 miles between the intersection of Rt. 20A and Rt. 98, in the Hamlet of Varysburg, and the intersection of Rt. 20A and Rt. 246 in the Town of Sheldon.

December 21, 2011

Gallivan Announces Legislation To Cap Income Taxes, Refund Excess Funds Back To Taxpayers


December 9, 2011

Senator Patrick Gallivan Named to Leadership Post of National Conference of State Legislatures

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District) has been named Vice Chairman of the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) Human Services and Welfare Committee for 2011-12. Gallivan was appointed by NCSL President and President of the Kansas State Senate, Stephen Morris.

“I am excited to bring my experience and ideas to the Conference of State Legislatures, and to learn from the successes and innovations occurring in state governments across the country,” Gallivan said about his new appointment. “The relationship between states and the federal government is constantly evolving and I am honored to represent the states’ agenda in this continuing debate.”

November 29, 2011

A Little Volunteering Can Go A Long Way During the Holidays

At some point during the manic cascade of Thanksgiving, Black Friday, the ritual series of holiday parties with friends and co-workers, days of shopping, feast preparations, and decorating our homes, it becomes all too easy to cast aside even our own personal understanding of this special time of year.

November 22, 2011

Senate Issues Mid-Year Economic and Revenue Report

This week the Senate Majority released a mid-year economic and revenue forecast for New York State. A copy of the report can be found at the Senate website,

Working together this year, with Governor Cuomo, we were able to close a $10 billion budget deficit. We balenced the budget by finding efficiencies in government, identifying areas to make responsible cuts in spending, and most importantly, held the line on taxes," said Senator Gallivan. "Significant challenges remain and I look forward to returning to Albany to address next year's budget, continuing to focus on fiscal responsibility, economic development, and job creation for Western New York."

Highlights of the report including the following:

November 21, 2011

NYS Senate Veterans Hall of Fame 2012 Nominations


I want to invite local residents of the 59th district to nominate veterans whose service on behalf of our nation designates them as aninductee of the New York State Veterans Hall of Fame.Once you have printed and completed the form, please send it to my office at:

November 11, 2011
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