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.
Farms and businesses across Western New York are opening their doors, issuing a heartfelt invitation to sample the abundant bounty and natural beauty found in New York's growing venture - agritourism. Agritourism is the intersection of agriculture and tourism, a heady mix of farms, markets, people, livestock and the culture of growing food, guaranteed to entertain people of all ages. Weather you're looking for an authentic farm experience, or scary twists and turns in a Halloween corn maze, it can all be found right here in your own backyard.
The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Steve Saland (R-I-C, Poughkeepsie), that would provide further protections and procedures for students who are bullied or cyberbullied. The legislation clarifies and expands the Dignity for All Students Act, an anti-cyberbullying law enacted in 2010 and creates guidelines for local school districts to develop policies and procedures to address the problem.
"This legislation provides school districts with the tools they need to address bullying and cyberbullying to help ensure that the school environment is safe for all students," Senator Saland said.
Gallivan Seeks To Designate Part Of Route 20A In Honor Of Area Vets
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) announced this week that the New York State Senate passed legislation (S.4752 - Gallivan) to designate a portion of State Route 20A in Livingston County as the “Livingston County Veterans Memorial Highway.” The portion to be designated begins at State Route 20A’s intersection with Route I-390 and continues west to Livingston County’s border with Wyoming County.
Final Proposal Includes “Real-Time” Prescription Drug Tracking To Eliminate “Doctor Shopping”, Creates Safe Disposal Program, Improves Education and Awareness for Prescribers
WEST SENECA, NY - Families from across Western New York joined with the Western New York Legislative Delegation Saturday at the local offices of Kids Escaping Drugs in West Seneca to discuss the landmark agreement reached this week on a comprehensive prescription drug reform package that will make New York State a national leader in curbing prescription drug abuse.
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District) introduced legislation (S.7577) Tuesday to make leaving the scene of a car accident while under the influence of drugs or alcohol a specific offense under New York State vehicle and traffic safety law. Current law merely holds that a driver must knowingly, or have cause to know, that they caused personal injury or property damage to be guilty of leaving the scene of an accident without reporting it.
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District) spoke out today against the New York State Thruway Authority’s recently announced plan to increase Thruway tolls 45 percent on commercial vehicles with three or more axles.