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.
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) is calling on Governor Cuomo to provide disaster aid to residents of the Town of West Seneca impacted by severe flooding this past winter that damaged more than 70 homes and businesses. While the state has provided funding to help the town with costs incurred for storm damage and cleanup, individual residents have not received any financial assistance.
October is also National Domestic Violence Awareness Month Domestic violence is a crime that rips apart the very fabric of families. It can afflict every segment of society and knows no economic, ethnic or geographic boundaries. During National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we are encouraged to not only acknowledge the progress made in reducing these shameful crimes, but to also recognize that more work must be done.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Like so many others in our community, breast cancer has impacted my life and my family. My wife Mary Pat is a breast cancer survivor and while great strides have been made in the early detection and treatment of this disease, the fight is far from over. During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, women are encouraged to consult with their health care providers to learn more about the disease, discuss their concerns, and develop an appropriate plan for breast cancer screening -- because early detection can save lives.
It’s not a bad problem to have. What to do with more than $3 billion? That’s the question facing the State of New York after a settlement with BNP Paribas, a French bank charged with violating U.S. money laundering laws. Similar settlements with other banks could drive the total windfall to about $4 billion. As you can imagine, there is no shortage of ideas for what to do with this money. I believe the answer is simple; return the money to the people of New York by relieving the tax burden on residents and lowering the cost of government.
Western New York has so much to offer and with fall weather in the air, now is the perfect time to enjoy some quality time in our own backyard. There are dozens of bed & breakfast opportunities across the 59th Senate District, waiting to welcome you. I invite you to use this guide to plan your near-by get away and support these small, local businesses.
“I congratulate Terry and Kim Pegula on their successful bid for the Buffalo Bills. I join Bills fans everywhere in celebrating the purchase of the team by someone with ties to western New York and an interest in keeping the Bills where they belong, in Buffalo.