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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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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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Giant Hogweed in New York State

 A monster plant with flowers the size of umbrellas and sap that causes blisters and blindness is spreading across New York.

 

   From the NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation

 

July 8, 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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Buffalo News - Measure Would Take Ipecac Off Store Shelves

The Buffalo News

By Anne Neville

Published: July 5, 2011, 12:00 AM

A new bill that will make it more difficult for people with eating disorders to buy a compound that induces vomiting has passed both houses of the State Legislature and awaits the signature of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

The bill, which will require that syrup of ipecac be taken off open shelves and kept behind a counter, was co-sponsored by Assemblyman Sam Hoyt and Sen. Patrick Gallivan.

July 5, 2011
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Senator Gallivan Hosts Summit with Sportsmen's Groups From Across Western New York

Earlier this month, Senator Patrick M. Gallivan invited the leadership from sportsmen's groups across Western New York to discuss the issues most important to their membership. The event, held at Boxler's in Wyoming County, included representatives from the hunting, angling, trapping, houndsmen, and bow hunting communities.

June 30, 2011
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Local governments may have cost-saving contract options

By Melissa Daniels, staff writer

GateHouse News Service Posted Jun 27, 2011 @ 10:09 AM

Canandaigua, N.Y. —

Taxpayer dollars may be saved from high contract costs thanks to new legislation that allows local governments to get the same prices on the same products.

The bill, which was recently passed in the state Senate and is pending in the Assembly, would allow governments to “piggy-back” off each other’s purchasing contracts — specifically at the state and federal levels.

Debbie Gierman, purchasing director for Ontario County, said the county will continue to send out bids for purchases, but the ability to use an existing contract does offer more options.

June 28, 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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Senator Gallivan on the end of 2011 Senate Session

Senator Patrick Gallivan comments on 2011 New York State Senate session accomplishments. 

June 23, 2011
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Post Star Editorial: Cuomo should OK inmate bill

As a former Erie County sheriff and New York state trooper, Sen. Patrick Gallivan probably understands inmate populations and jail finances better than most members of the state Legislature.

So perhaps Gov. Andrew Cuomo should cede to his expertise and sign a bill that would open up New York state jails to inmates from other states.

The state Senate and Assembly this week passed a bill sponsored by Gallivan that will allow counties with extra space in their jails to enter into contracts with other states to accept their extra inmate populations.

June 23, 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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