Patrick M. Gallivan's Press releases

Clarifying Information About the SAFE Act & the 2015 NYS Budget

As you may know, I have co-sponsored no less than three bills to repeal the SAFE Act, a law I voted against in 2013.  I believe the legislation was ill conceived, poorly written and infringes on the rights of law abiding citizens. 

While our efforts to repeal the law have been thwarted to date, I have also sponsored several bills to reform the SAFE Act in hopes of chipping away at the most onerous aspects of the law.

April 10, 2015
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Senator Gallivan to Sponsor A.G. Schneiderman's Payroll Card Act

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced that Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle and Senator Patrick Gallivan will sponsor the Attorney General’s program bill regulating the use of payroll cards to increase protections for workers, clarify ambiguities in the law, and ensure that payroll cards offer a convenient and beneficial method for workers to access their pay.

April 7, 2015
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Senators Gallivan and Young Secure Funding to Replace "Old Route 219 Bridge”

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) and Senator Catharine Young (R, C, I- Olean) announce they have secured $20 million to build a state of the art bridge to replace the existing span over Cattaraugus Creek along “old Route 219.”  In addition, they have inserted $300,000 in the state budget to be deposited in an escrow account that will cover Erie and Cattaraugus counties’ costs for maintaining the structure for the first 22 years.  

April 2, 2015
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2015-16 State Budget Supports Important Programs

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) says the $142-billion 2015-16 state budget provides critical funding to important state programs while controlling the size and cost of government.  The state’s fifth consecutive on-time budget keeps spending within a two-percent cap, increases aid to education, rejects tax increases and provides property tax relief for homeowners.  The spending plan also includes funding for regional assets such as Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the NFTA and Shea’s Performing Arts Center.

April 1, 2015
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Senator Gallivan Announces Agreement to Keep WNY Children's Psychiatric Center Open

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announces that as part of a new state budget, an agreement has been reached to keep the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center in West Seneca open for at least another year.  The state had proposed closing the center and moving adolescent patients to the Buffalo Psychiatric Center.

March 30, 2015
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More Movie Productions for WNY

A California movie crew brought the bright lights of Hollywood to East Aurora recently, realizing what residents here already know; despite the snow and the cold, Western New York is a warm and friendly place.

March 26, 2015
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Senate Passes Alix's Law for the 4th Time

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announces the New York State Senate has once again approved Alix’s Law, which makes it illegal to leave the scene of an accident while intoxicated.  This is the fourth consecutive year that the Senate has approved the bill and sent it to the Assembly, where it has stalled in the past.  The final vote in the Senate was 56-0.

March 23, 2015
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Senate Passes Bills to Require Review of State Rules & Regulations

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announces the Senate has approved legislation that would require the state to review existing rules, regulations and licensing procedures that apply to businesses and other entities throughout New York.  The bills (S.401 & S.406), which were introduced by Senator Gallivan, would establish a task force to examine the rulemaking process and require a five year review of all rules under the State Administrative Procedure Act.

March 19, 2015
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Senate Passes Bill to Prohibit Sex Offenders from Community Residences

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announces the Senate has approved legislation that would prohibit registered sex offenders from living in a community residence that also houses individuals with developmental disabilities.  The bill (S.2885), which was co-sponsored by Senator Gallivan, would prevent those who have committed a sex crime from living in facilities operated or licensed by the state through the Office of Mental Health or the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities.

March 19, 2015
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Senate Republicans Continue Commitment to Support NY Farmers

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan joins Senator Patty Ritchie, Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and members of the Senate Republican Conference in unveiling their new “Grown in New York” multi-part plan to help meet consumers’ demands for locally-grown food, support local farmers in their efforts to provide quality, fresh food, and strengthen rural communities.

"From dairy products to fruits and vegetables, New York's hardworking farmers produce fresh, quality food that we all depend on," said Gallivan.  "The Grown in New York program is designed to support and expand the state's vibrant agriculture industry and provide families throughout New York and the country with the best in locally grown and farm-made products."

March 5, 2015
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Senate Passes Bills to Close Dangerous Loopholes in Sex Offender Laws

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announces the Senate has passed nine bills to close dangerous loopholes in the laws protecting children and communities from sexual predators.

February 27, 2015
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Senator Gallivan Introduces Legislation to Amend NY's SAFE Act

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) has introduced a series of proposals that would reform the NY SAFE Act by addressing some of the most egregious aspects of the law as it pertains to Second Amendment rights.  In all, Gallivan is sponsoring seven bills and co-sponsoring two others that would amend the controversial law. 

February 11, 2015
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Gallivan Re-Introduces Alix's Law

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.

February 6, 2015
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Senator Gallivan Re-Appointed Chair of Committee on Crime Victims, Crime & Corrections

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.  

February 6, 2015
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Senator Gallivan Attends First Hearing on Police Safety & Public Protection

The New York State Senate Wednesday held the first in a series of public hearings to provide a thorough review of issues affecting the safety of law enforcement and the public in New York City.

February 4, 2015
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Senator Gallivan Introduces Legislation to Repeal the Gap Elimination Adjustment, or GEA

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. 

January 29, 2015
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Senate Passes Bill to Better Track State Transfer of Sex Offenders

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.

January 27, 2015
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Senate Passes Bill to Provide Tax Credits for Donations to Public Schools

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.

January 22, 2015
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SENATOR GALLIVAN APPLAUDS COURT DECISION AFFIRMING CHANGES TO REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS ON FARMERS

COURT SAYS DEC REFORMS EASE THE BURDEN ON FARMERS WHILE PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT.     

 

January 16, 2015
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Senator Gallivan Announces Senate Passes Bills to Protect and Enhance Women's Rights

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.

January 13, 2015
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