The Governor’s State of the State outlined an expansive and comprehensive vision for our state and its future. I am especially encouraged to see Governor Cuomo make the upstate economy a continued priority of his administration, and the specific attention he paid to bolstering Upstate’s agriculture and tourism industries – two sectors vital to the continued economic recovery of Western New York.
The world produces an estimated 50 million tons of E-waste annually. Americans throw away 30 million computers each year, while our European counterparts toss nearly 100 million cell phones. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 80 percent of discarded electronics are deposited in landfills or incinerated without being properly recycled. In the US, 70 percent of the heavy metals found in landfills come from improperly disposed of electronics.
That's why Senator Gallivan is teaming up with Sunnking Electronics Recycling, the East Aurora Rotary and Time Warner Cable to provide a safe and easy way to dispose of your used and out-dated electronics.
“Today’s announcement is great news for Western New York, the Buffalo Bills and all of us who call ourselves Bills fans. The Buffalo Bills are New York State’s only NFL franchise, and an integral part of the cultural and economic identity of Western New York,” said State Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan (R – Elma), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business. “Through good years and bad, this community has supported its team with an unparalleled level of passion and enthusiasm. Now the Bills organization has stepped up with Governor Cuomo and local leaders to reach a stadium improvement plan and lease agreement to keep the Bills in Buffalo while respecting taxpayer dollars.”
"Over the last two years, Senate Republicans and the Independent Democratic Conference have worked in bipartisan fashion to advance shared priorities and bring unprecedented progress to the New York State Senate and the people of New York State. Now that the existing relationship with the Independent Democratic Conference has been formalized, I remain confident that our partnership will result in continued bipartisan cooperation and tangible progress for all New Yorkers."
Celebrates International Day of Persons with Disabilities in Amherst and Warsaw
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-Elma), joined with community leaders and advocates for the disabled in Amherst and Warsaw today to celebrate the first annual “International Day of Persons With Disabilities” in New York State and to recognize the achievements that the community have contributed to the diverse fabric of New York State and Western New York.
Senate Economic Development Chair Cites Economic and Safety Concerns, Urges Comptroller’s Office To Thoroughly Review Contract
“The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles’ apparent selection of a bid submitted by CBN Secure Technology of Canada to produce the state’s next generation drivers licenses raises several questions and concerns.”
“The fact that CBN’s bid was the most expensive to taxpayers and would shift the development and manufacturing processes out of the United States raises some questions as New York State continues to grapple with budget issues. I hope the State Comptroller’s office gives this contract a thorough review to ensure tax dollars are being invested wisely.”
Renews Call To Separate Canal System From Thruway Authority
As New York State Thruway Authority officials postponed a scheduled meeting for the second time in five days that may have included a vote to approve a 45 percent increase on three-axel vehicles, Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – Elma), chairman of the Senate’s Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business Committee, urged the Thruway Authority Board to explore other options to avoid a toll increase and consider his proposal to separate the State’s Canal System from the Thruway Authority.
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) today announced several ways that Western New Yorkers, and all New Yorkers, can help the massive relief effort underway in the New York City Metro Area in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy that ravaged the Eastern Seaboard last week.
Gallivan urged New Yorkers to utilize The American Red Cross and Catholic Charities, or other trusted charitable organizations who have strong track records of efficiently and effectively distributing relief aid in disaster situations.
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - Elma) published public testimony today regarding industrial development agencies (IDAs) in Erie County collected at a public hearing he hosted with Senator Mark J. Grisanti (R,C,I - Buffalo) late last month in Downtown Buffalo.
The public hearing, intended to garner insight from all interested parties, included testimony from Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, Assemblymembers Sean Ryan of Buffalo, Dennis Gabryszak of Cheektowaga and Jane Corwin of Clarence, as well as from local town supervisors, IDA officials, public interest groups, business interests, and the public.
One of Only Ten Lawmakers in State to be Named "Guardian of Small Business"
The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), New York State’s leading small business advocacy organization, named Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – Elma) a “Guardian of Small Business” today for his record of supporting and advocating on behalf of New York State’s small businesses.
Reform Would Save Thruway Authority Millions Annually, Help Prevent Toll Hike
Chairman of the Senate’s Commerce, Economic Development, and Small Business Committee, Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R - Elma), joined with Senator Mark Grisanti (R - Buffalo) and Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak (D - Cheektowaga) this afternoon at Canalside, the historical terminus of the Erie Canal, on Buffalo’s waterfront to announce formal legislation to sever the New York State canal system from the New York State Thruway Authority.
The announcement comes as the Thruway Authority is considering a plan to raise tolls on three-axle vehicles by 45 percent.
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan joined local leaders and hundreds of veterans from across Wyoming County as a portion of NYS Rt. 20A was officially designated The Wyoming County Veterans Memorial Highway. Gallivan introduced the necessary legislation earlier this year along with state assemblyman, Daniel Burling, a Vietnam veteran himself.
“There is no more important constituency of mine than Western New York’s Veterans and their families,” Senator Gallivan said. “It’s important we always keep them in our thoughts, and I hope a new Memorial Highway will be both a reminder of their service and a tribute to their sacrifice.”
Western New York Continues to Face the MostSignificant Economic Challenges in New York State
While state government has finally begun to take meaningful action to reduce spending, cut taxes and revitalize our economy -- much work remains. That’s why I am proud to have been recently named as the new chairman of the Senate’s powerful Economic Development Committee.
Agriculture is the economic backbone of western New York, and Wyoming County has the second highest output of dairy production in the state. In August, Senator Patrick M. Gallivan, chairman of the Senate's Economic Development Committee and member of the Senate's Agriculture Committee, stopped by the Dairy Barn at the Wyoming County Fair in Pike, NY to visit with area producers.
Chairman of the Senate's Commerce, Economic Development, and Small Business Committee, Senator Patrick M. Gallivan, formally requested that the New York State Thruway Authority consider cost saving measures before anything as drastic as a 45 percent toll hike on three-axled vehicles is considered.
In the letter to Thruway Authority Chairman, Howard Milstein, Senator Gallivan said that any such toll hike would have a serious impact on the western New York economy, area farms, and consumers.
Senator Gallivan joins Greg Chamberlain and his family at their Wyoming County dairy farm, Hi-Land Farms. Dairy is one of New York State's leading industries and Wyoming County is New York's dairy capital. Senator Gallivan sits on the Senate's Agricultural Committee and has been recognized as one of the State's leading advocates for farmers and farming communities.
Area Business Leaders Laud Choice of Western New York Senator
ALBANY - Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R-C-I, Rockville Centre) announced today that Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) has been appointed Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business.
Western New York has been rocked recently by several high profile incidents involving the hit-and-run deaths of area teens and young adults. The most widely publicized was the hit-and-run death of 18-year-old Alix Rice of Amherst.