Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) and Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes (D-Buffalo) have introduced legislation (S.405/A.4760) that would make it illegal to leave the scene of an accident while intoxicated.
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) has been re-appointed to serve as Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections. The former New York State Trooper and Sheriff of Erie County has chaired the committee since 2013.
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) has introduced legislation that would abolish the Gap Elimination Adjustment imposed on public schools in New York in 2010. The bill (S.2743) would eliminate the GEA starting in 2015-16 and provide school districts the full amount of education aid based on existing budget funding formulas.
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announces the Senate has passed a bill (S.396) that would require New York State to notify a local municipality when a sex offender is transferred from a state facility to a community program or residence.
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announces the New York State Senate has passed a bill (S.1976) which would provide a tax credit for donations made to public schools in New York, including charter schools. Gallivan co-sponsored the legislation, which would also provide tax credits for certain expenses incurred by parents who educate their children at home and qualified educators who purchase materials and supplies for classroom use.
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announces the New York State Senate has passed eight pieces of legislation as part of the Senate’s Women’s Equality Agenda, enhancing the rights of women while protecting from abuse and discrimination. The bills, which Senator Gallivan co-sponsored, would ensure equal pay for equal work; combat sexual harassment on the job; end gender discrimination in employment, housing and credit decisions; strengthen laws against human trafficking, make reasonable work accommodations for pregnant women and better protect victims of domestic violence.
The New York State Senate will hold a series of public hearings convened by four Senate committees starting in early January to examine police safety and public protection in New York City and throughout the state. The hearings will review serious safety concerns raised by the shooting deaths of two NYPD Officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, in addition to other recent attacks and hostility directed at law enforcement.
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) is urging the State Senate to override Governor Cuomo’s veto of a bill (S.7839) which would extend New York’s Military Service Credit Law to all active public employees who served in the military, allowing them to purchase up to three years of retirement credit for their military service. Under the existing law, only veterans who served during specified conflicts are eligible to participate in the buyback program.
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) is being honored by the New York Farm Bureau for his ongoing support of agriculture issues, including sponsorship of bills that the organization has either supported or opposed during the most recent legislative session. The New York Farm Bureau included Gallivan in its distinguished “Circle of Friends.”
Western New York continues to recover from record breaking snowfall. While the area has dug out from the heavy snow, the aftermath of the storm is still being felt.
Senator Gallivan surveyed storm damage throughout the 59th Senate District and met with county, town and village leaders as well as residents. He will continue to monitor the ongoing recovery effort and update communities and residents.
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) and Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs say a state law designed to increase organ donations has not been implemented as intended by the Department of Motor Vehicles. Gallivan and Jacobs are calling on DMV Commissioner Barbara Fiala to make the necessary changes to the department’s computer system in order to comply with the spirit of Lauren’s Law.
Voters head to the polls in a couple of weeks to exercise their most basic democratic right; choosing the people they want to represent them at various levels of government. In addition to the candidates running for various federal, state and local offices, this year’s ballot includes three important statewide propositions. Unfortunately, these proposals often don’t get much attention in the media and can catch some voters by surprise.