Patrick M. Gallivan's Press releases

Statement From Senator Patrick M. Gallivan Regarding Federal Legislation To Waive the Unemployment Insurance Assessment Surcharge

Last month, employers across New York State began receiving notices from the New York State Department of Labor asking them to pay an extra twenty-one dollars per employee to cover the interest cost on what had been traditionally interest-free loans issued to the states by the federal government to pay for the Unemployment Insurance extensions called for in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

New York State Senator Patrick M. Gallivan applauded United States Senator Charles Schumer today following his announcement in Tonawanda that he has introduced federal legislation waiving the Unemployment Insurance Assessment Surcharge.

August 18, 2011
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STATEMENT BY WNY SENATORS REGARDING NYSUNY 2020

Senator Patrick Gallivan, Senator George Maziarz, Senator Mark Grisanti, Senator Michael Ranzenhofer, Senator Cathy Young and Senator Tim Kennedy--have joined together to release the following statement in support of the signing of the NYSUNY 2020 legislation (S.5855-A/A.8519) into law:

We began the year by working together, across party lines, for the future of public higher education in Western New York, particularly at our university center—the University at Buffalo. Eight months later, after a remarkably productive legislative session, we are still working together for that same goal.

August 9, 2011
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Route 15A in Lima to be Renamed the “Lima Veterans Memorial Highway”

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan announced today that Governor Andrew Cuomo has recently signed legislation into law (S. 3242 - Gallivan) that will designate the portion of Route 15A that runs through the Town of Lima as the “Lima Veterans Memorial Highway”.

“Every corner of this state has a rich tradition of national service and every citizen owes a degree of gratitude to all those who have served through the years. That is even more true for the residents of Lima,” Gallivan said. “Lima was founded by veterans of the Revolutionary War and the town has sent its sons and daughters to defend America in every one of our nation’s major armed conflicts. This designation is a fitting tribute to both the town and its tradition of military service.”

August 5, 2011
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Gallivan sponsored bill allowing rifle hunting In Wyoming County is signed into law

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I-59th District) announced today that legislation permitting sportsmen to use rifles when hunting big game in Wyoming County has become law. The bill (S. 2385) passed the Senate in March with unanimous support and was signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo late Wednesday night.

“Hunting large game by rifle is legally practiced across much of New York but until now has been unavailable to Wyoming County’s sportsmen. This law ensures that Wyoming County will continue to be a top destination for hunters and outdoor enthusiast, bolstering the County’s economy and enhancing its growing tourism industry,” Gallivan said.

August 4, 2011
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Statement from Senator Gallivan regarding the creation of the Western New York and Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Councils

“For too long New York has lacked a comprehensive economic development strategy that reflects our state’s true economic and regional diversity. The newly created “regional economic development councils” will bring stakeholders from across the Western New York and Finger Lakes regions together to provide local expertise, insight, and know-how to the process -- ensuring that the residents of Erie, Wyoming, Livingston and Ontario Counties will have a strong voice in the discussion about the future of our community.

I applaud each of the Council’s appointees, and look forward to working hand-in-hand with them to attract jobs, grow our economy, and improve the region’s quality of life."

July 26, 2011
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Tough Anti-Texting Measure Is Signed In Orchard Park

Gallivan Says Legislation Will “Protect Drivers, Save Lives”

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Senator Patrick M. Gallivan joined together today in Orchard Park to sign legislation to strengthen the state’s law against texting while driving.

July 14, 2011
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Statement From Senator Patrick M. Gallivan Regarding Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Signing Property Tax Cap Legislation

“New York State homeowners and small businesses pay the highest local taxes in the nation. That fact only rings truer in Western New York -- where we have seen our jobs, our friends, and our neighbors leave in record numbers because of the back-breaking property tax burden. The Governor’s visit today not only signifies that he understands the unique challenges we face in Western New York, but that he is also willing to partner with anyone who shares his commitment to addressing those challenges."

July 5, 2011
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Senate Passes Property Tax Cap Legislation

"Historic Moment" For WNY Homeowners And Businesses

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District) announced this evening that the State Senate has passed landmark legislation to finally provide Western New York families and businesses with meaningful property tax relief – instituting a local property tax cap of two percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is less.

June 24, 2011
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Gallivan Praises Passage of SUNY 2020

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R, C, I – 59th District) announced tonight that he and his Senate colleagues passed legislation instituting a rational tuition policy for the State University of New York (SUNY) system. The program, formally titled SUNY 2020, provides for reasonable and predictable tuition increases at SUNY schools across the state.

June 24, 2011
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Gallivan Passes Legislation That Will Keep Guns Away From Criminals

Former Sheriff Continues To Advocate For Common Sense Criminal Justice Reforms In Senate

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) announced this week that the Senate has taken deliberate action to close a loophole in state law that has inadvertently allowed dangerous criminals to possess certain types of firearms.

June 23, 2011
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GALLIVAN, SENATE PASS EXPANSION OF DNA DATABANK

All Criminal Convictions Would Require Submission of DNA Sample

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan announced yesterday that State Senate has taken another definitive step towards making our communities safer, passing legislation (S.5560) that significantly expands the ability of law enforcement to solve crimes by requiring those convicted of all felonies and misdemeanors to submit DNA samples.

The bill would greatly enhance the DNA database, protecting communities by keeping more criminals off the streets, while also reducing the financial costs and victims’ emotional strain by solving crimes more expeditiously.

June 17, 2011
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“How To Care For and Honor The Flag” Information Now Available At Gallivan’s Office

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan announced today that his office will be honoring Flag Day and National Flag Week by providing the public with valuable information regarding the history of Old Glory and guidelines for its proper handling.

“Flag Day and National Flag Week is a special time of the year when all Americans try to do something special to honor the flag and all it represents. My office will be offering information so that everyone knows the proper time to display the flag, when it’s appropriate to salute it, and how to respectfully dispose of worn flags,” the Senator said.

June 16, 2011
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Gallivan Co-Sponsored Ethics Bill Passes Senate

Public Integrity Reform Act Creates Powerful New Oversight Commission, Requires Financial Disclosure

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District) announced today that the New York State Senate overwhelmingly passed the sweeping ethics reform legislation announced last week.

The reform package, titled The Public Integrity Reform Act of 2011, includes measures requiring lawmakers to disclose their outside income, any clients with business before the state and other financial interests. It also creates a stronger oversight entity for elected officials and lobbyists, and calls for the forfeiture of public pensions for officials who commit crimes related to their public office; among other reforms.

June 13, 2011
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Gallivan Honors Memorial Day By Announcing Veterans' Programs

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – Erie County) announced a series of initiatives today designed to benefit area veterans, current service members and military families. The announcement comes in conjunction with the national observance of Memorial Day.

June 1, 2011
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Senator Gallivan Honors Janet Miller of Arcade as "Woman of Distinction"

ALBANY – Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District) honored Janet Miller of Arcade with one of the New York State Senate’s highest honors this week, recognizing her as a contemporary “Woman of Distinction” for volunteerism and devotion to her Wyoming County Community.

“Janet is one of those special people who makes Western New York such a wonderful community,” said Gallivan. “By contributing her time and talent to the Wyoming County Community Hospital and the Wyoming County Community Health System she has made Wyoming County a healthier and happier place to live, work, and raise a family.”

May 25, 2011
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Statement From Senator Patrick M. Gallivan Regarding Potential Property Tax Cap Agreement

"Western New York’s property tax burden is among the highest in the nation; forcing families to leave their homes, business to relocate, and our children to seek futures elsewhere. Passing legislation to cap property taxes at two-percent was one of the first actions my Senate colleagues and I took this year.

Now, nearly four months later, the Assembly has joined the discussion by agreeing to a property tax cap framework largely mirroring legislation passed earlier this year in the Senate. This is a very encouraging development.

May 24, 2011
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Senator Gallivan Passes Legislation Modernizing Social Services Hearing Process

PLAN UTILIZES ELECTRONIC MEDIA TO SAVE TAX DOLLARS, FIND EFFICIENCIES

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District), announced today that the State Senate recently passed legislation (S.4828) he authored, giving local social service districts increased opportunities to utilize electronic media in Fair Hearing proceedings. The legislation is designed to save both time and money, while making the social service hearing process more efficient.

May 23, 2011
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Senate Passes Interstate Compact For Juveniles

Agreement Will Formalize Procedures For Dealings With Youthful Offenders

The New York State Senate passed legislation (S.2551A) this week introduced by Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District), that would make New York State a full member to The Interstate Compact For Juveniles. The Compact is a legal contract between all 50 states, establishing formal procedures to facilitate the return of runaways, and a uniform system to manage juvenile offenders residing in other states.

May 19, 2011
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Senate Passes Brittany’s Law: Creates Statewide Violent Offender Registry

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District) announced today that The New York State Senate has passed Brittany’s Law (S.3645B), a bill that would establish a statewide violent felony offender registry by requiring offenders to register with the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services upon release from prison. The law is intended to increase the safety of all New Yorkers by providing access to the list of convicted violent offenders.

May 18, 2011
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Senate Revises State's Municipal Consolidation Statute

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) announced this week that the Senate passed legislation to clarify the downsizing procedure citizens must follow to force consolidation of local municipalities and taxing districts.

“Citizens are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with the amount and cost of overlapping layers of local government. The Citizen’s Empowerment Act of 2009 was the first honest effort in New York State to empower residents to consolidate and eliminate layers of local government they deemed unnecessary,” said Gallivan.

May 5, 2011
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