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Less Mandates - Lower Taxes

Overburdened taxpayers in Western New York and across the state are desperate for relief. The Tax Cap was a great first step but to actually cut property taxes, county governments need relief from unfunded mandates handed down by the State. Medicaid is largest mandated budget item for every county in New York State and is the primary reason that New Yorkers pay the highest property taxes in the nation. I have authored legislation that will remove the Medicaid burden from county government, allowing local government to reduce local taxes, not just slow their growth.Over 100 state and local officials from around the state have signaled their support for this bipartisan legislation, and you can too.Sign the petition below to show your support.

October 14, 2011
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Gallivan Bringing Senator Patty Ritchie To Geneseo For Agriculture Forum on Oct. 18

Chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture to Continue Her Statewide Agri-Business Tour in WNY

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-59th District) will be hosting the Chairwoman of the New York State Senate Agriculture Committee, Senator Patty Ritchie (R-48th District), at an agri-business forum in Livingston County to hear the concerns, ideas, and expectations of the Western New York agriculture community, and to help inform the senators’ legislative priorities for next year.

The forum will take place on October 18, 2011 – 1:00 PM at the Livingston County Government Ctr., Board of Supervisors Room, 6 Court St in Geneseo, Livingston County.

October 11, 2011
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Gallivan Continues Statewide Tour To Eliminate Counties' Medicaid Mandate, Provide Property Tax Relief

Buffalo -- Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I-Erie, Wyoming, Livingston, Ontario) and Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (D,I,WF-Westchester) were joined by state and local officials from across western New York Wednesday to announce bipartisan legislation (S.5889-B) that will structurally reform the cost administration of New York State’s Medicaid system by incrementally transferring full responsibility for funding the $44 billion program to the State -- gradually eliminating the local share traditionally paid by county governments. Senator Roy McDonald (R,C,I – Saratoga) is also a primary sponsor of the Senate legislation, but was unable to join his colleagues at the press conference.

September 29, 2011
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Gallivan Calls For Assembly Action on Anti-Bullying Legislation

Comprehensive Bill Focuses on Prevention and Accountability in Schools

In response to the tragic death of Western New York teen Jamey Rodemeyer, Senator Patrick M. Gallivan is urging his colleagues in the New York State Assembly to follow the Senate and pass the Law to Encourage the Acceptance of All Differences (S.4921).

September 26, 2011
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Gallivan, McDonald, Paulin Announce Local Mandate Relief Legislation

Senators Patrick M. Gallivan (R-Erie) and Roy McDonald (R-Saratoga), and Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (D-Westchester) will propose reforms to the cost administration of New York State’s Medicaid System that will provide immediate and permanent mandate relief for the State’s struggling local governments.

September 20, 2011
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Senator Gallivan Speaks at Medicaid Mandate Relief Press Conference

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-Erie) will propose reforms to the cost administration of New York State’s Medicaid System that will provide immediate and permanent mandate relief for the State’s struggling local governments.

September 20, 2011
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Gallivan seeks to provide unprecedented mandate relief for local governments

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-Erie), Senator Roy McDonald (R-Saratoga) and Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (D-Westchester) conducted a press conference Monday in Albany to outline a plan to structurally reform the cost administration of New York State’s Medicaid system by incrementally transferring full responsibility for funding the $44 billion program to the State -- gradually eliminating the local share traditionally paid by county governments.

September 20, 2011
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Gallivan Returns To Ground Zero As Part of 9-11 Memorial Ceremonies

Former Erie County Sheriff Was Part Of Post 9-11 Cleanup A Decade Ago

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District) joined thousands this weekend to take part in the official opening of the 9-11 Memorial at Ground Zero in New York City. Ten years ago, as then Sheriff of Erie County, Gallivan led a contingent of sheriffs deputies from across the state to Lower Manhattan to assist federal and local agencies during the post 9-11 clean-up efforts.

September 12, 2011
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Senator Gallivan Honors The Memory Of 9-11 Memorial Ceremony In NYC

Senator Patrick Gallivan and Majority Leader Dean Skelos join with the families of the fallen at Ground Zero

September 12, 2011
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Senator Gallivan Remembers September 11th

Dear Fellow New Yorker:It’s hard to believe that 10 years have passed since the September 11th terrorist attacks.

September 8, 2011
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Senator Gallivan To Sponsor UNYTS Blood Drive At Transit Road Office

Blood drive in Lancaster on Tuesday, September 13

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-59th District) is calling on Western New Yorkers to do their part to keep the blood supply strong this fall. 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 2 p.m on Tuesday, September 13, taking place outside Senator Gallivan’s District Office at 4729 Transit Rd, Suite 7 in Depew.

September 2, 2011
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Senator Gallivan Applauds The Launch Of "New York Open For Business" Campaign

Cites Inclusion of M&T’s Wilmers On Leadership Team As Bonus For Western New York

"The "New York Open For Business" marketing initiative comes as welcome news and is a necessary component to any comprehensive and realistic economic development strategy for New York State.

August 25, 2011
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Senator Gallivan Pressures Assembly Majority To Pass Laura Cummings' Law

In January of last year, Laura Cummings, a developmentally disabled young woman from North Collins, was tragically murdered by her mother. Subsequent information revealed that Laura had been sexually and physically abused by her mother and brother for years. Had New York State Child and Adult Protective Services been given the proper legal tools to conduct an appropriate investigation after several reports of abuse in the Cummings' home, Laura's death could have been prevented. Today I joined my colleagues from Western New York to demand the Assembly take action on this critical measure.

August 22, 2011
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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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Senator Gallivan Looks To Build On This Year’s Accomplish​ments

Senator Gallivan reflects on the the achievements of this year's legislative sessions, a session being hailed as the most productive in 25 years.

August 11, 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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