Like everything in the United States, drug use and abuse has evolved alongside the ebb and flow of larger American culture. The sixties and seventies saw the rise in recreational use of marihuana and psychedelics like LSD. Later cocaine become a popular substance of choice, and along with it, the development of crack cocaine – a compound so addictive and destructive that many communities are still struggling to recover from the crack epidemic of the late eighties and early nineties that devastated neighborhoods and urban centers across the country. More recently, we have experienced an increase in heroin and synthetic opioid use along with designer drugs like ecstasy and methamphetamine.
Joint - Senate Standing Committee on BanksChair: Senator Joseph GriffoSenate Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military AffairsChair: Senator Greg BallSenate Standing Committee on InsuranceChair: Senator James SewardSenate Standing Committee on Commerce, Economic Developmentand Small BusinessChair: Senator David ValeskySenate Select Committee on Science, Technology, Incubation and EntrepreneurshipChair: Senator Martin GoldenSenate Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and CorrectionChair: Senator Patrick M. GallivanPublic Hearing: Cybersecurity: Defending New York from cyber attacksPlace: The Griffiss Institute, 725 Daedalian Drive, Rome, New YorkTime: 12:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.Contact: Dwight Evans (518) 455-3334Media Contact: Rayan Aguam (315) 793-9072ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY
The New York State Department of Health has opened a hotline to help customers sign up for New York's healthcare exchange. The enrollment period runs from October 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014. You can reach the "NY State of Health" program at 1-855-355-5777. The line will be open Monday through Friday 8 a.m to 5 p.m. For additional information, please visit www.nystateofhealth.ny.gov.
Routes 219 and 400 Will Undergo Significant Improvements
ERIE COUNTY - State Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma), a member of the Senate's transportation committee, today announced nearly $21 million in improvement investments for key highway construction projects across southern Erie County. The investment will be funded through the New York Works State Highway and Bridge Project Acceleration Program, which was approved as part of this year's enacted state budget.
Specifically, the state will invest $9.6 million toward removing and replacing 14 miles of Route 219’s road surface stretching from Route 391 in the Town of Boston to Route 39 in the Town of Concord.
Panel Will Hear Input From Leaders In WNY’s Healthcare And Medical Sciences Industries
BUFFALO - A statewide series of industry-specific bipartisan forum’s intended to identify and help eliminate up to 1,000 burdensome and duplicitous state regulations that impede job creation and economic growth will kick-off in Downtown Buffalo on Wednesday at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, where the chairs of the statewide effort – Sens. Patrick M. Gallivan (R-Erie County), David Valesky (D-Onondaga County), Kathleen Marchione (R-Saratoga County) and David Carlucci (D-Rockland County) – will hear testimony from leaders in Western New York’s healthcare and medical sciences industries.
HENRIETTA- New York State Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, 59th District) joined with Monroe County community leaders and over 50 area residents Wednesday as he formally opened his new Monroe County Satellite Office on Jefferson Road in the Town of Henrietta.
“Constituent communication and interaction is an essential component to effective representation. This new office in the heart of Henrietta will provide area residents with an accessible and open point of contact with our office, and I believe it will allow me to be a better advocate for their interests and the interests of Monroe County in the Senate,” Gallivan said.
The new satellite office is located in the Genesee Valley Regional Market Authority Building at 900 Jefferson Road in Henrietta.
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – Elma) reminded Western New York homeowners today that new registration requirements for the Basic STAR exemption for school property taxes have gone into effect and all homeowners seeking the Basic STAR Property Tax Exemption in 2014 must register for the property tax break with the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance.
Four-Way Stop And Line-Of-Sight Upgrades Will Make Riga-Mumford Road and North Road Intersection Safer
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, 59th District) announced today that the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has outlined a series of physical improvements to be made immediately to the dangerous intersection at Riga-Mumford Road and North Road in the Town of Wheatland where three young adults lost their lives in a car accident on July 16th.
Clarifications To Tax Law Will Ensure Farm-Based Anaerobic Digesters Qualify For Existing Agriculture Property Tax Benefits
Wyoming County Is Currently Home To Six Digesters
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announced today that Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has signed legislation (S 4770-A –Gallivan) to ensure that anaerobic digesters, or bio-digesters, are properly classified as agricultural facilities for property tax assessment purposes.
ECSO Deputy Will Rotate Between Alden, Holland, Iroquois, North Collins and Springville
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announced today that he has secured state funding to employ a School Resource Officer (SRO) at five Erie County school districts beginning in the 2013-14 academic year.
The program is being administered in cooperation with the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, which will provide a Sheriff’s Deputy to serve as the SRO on a rotating basis at Iroquois Central School District, Alden Central School District, Springville-Griffith Institute Central School District, North Collins Central School District and Holland Central School District.
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. Whether 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.
Fatal Crash In Wheatland Marks Tragic End To Three Promising Young Lives
“As a former State Trooper and Erie County Sheriff, and as a father, I speak from experience in saying there is nothing worse than arriving on an accident scene and finding young drivers involved. My thoughts remain with the family members of the deceased. Unfortunately, answers are not always as immediate as we would like following tragedies of this nature.”
“Since Tuesday, I have been in communication with local, county and State Department of Transportation officials to discuss the cause of the accident, the traffic safety history of the intersection, and the effectiveness of safety improvements implemented in 2011.”
New York State Rural Schools Association Bestows “Appreciation Award” To WNY Senator At Annual Conference in Cooperstown
COOPERSTOWN, NY -- Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) was honored Monday with the New York State Rural Schools Association “Appreciation Award” for his advocacy and leadership on behalf of the rural schools and students of New York State. The New York State Rural Schools Association presented the award to Gallivan Monday night at their annual conference at the Otesaga Resort in Cooperstown, NY.
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announced today that Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has signed legislation (S.3757-A/A5832-A) to make the provisions of a 2011 law allowing rifle hunting in Wyoming County permanent.
“Hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation are important parts of Western New York’s cultural history and equally important to our area economy. My first piece of legislation passed in the Senate was to allow rifle hunting in Wyoming County and today I am pleased to announce that we have made that law permanent. Local sportsmen have been long sought for rifle hunting to have a permanent place in Wyoming County and I am proud to have delivered it this year.”
Small Businesses From Across Monroe and Livingston Counties Hear Discussions From WNY State Senator And Small Business Development Experts At RIT’s Golisano Institute of Sustainability
HENRIETTA, NY – More than 50 area employers turned out Thursday morning for New York State Senator Patrick M. Gallivan’s (R-C-I, 59th District) Small Business Summit at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s (RIT) state-of-art Golisano Institute of Sustainability in Henrietta. RIT sponsored the event in partnership with the Henrietta Chamber of Commerce and the Livingston County Area Chamber of Commerce.
Legislation Designed to Protect Taxpayers Against Abuse of Public Assistance
Senator Patrick Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) today voted in favor of the “Public Integrity Act” (S. 966), which protects taxpayers by cutting down on the abuse of Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards by prohibiting welfare recipients from using the money associated with the card for the purchase of alcohol, tobacco, lottery tickets and gambling, as well as strip clubs.
ALBANY – Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, 59th District) announced that the New York State Senate reached an agreement today with the State Assembly and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to restore $90 million in cuts to not-for-profit support services and programs for the state’s developmentally disabled.
During this year’s budget process, Senator Gallivan and the State Senate were successfully able to restore a substantial portion of the initially proposed cuts, but significant reductions remained that threatened the welfare and stability of many individuals and families.