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Statement From Senator Patrick M. Gallivan Regarding Potential Property Tax Cap Agreement

"Western New York’s property tax burden is among the highest in the nation; forcing families to leave their homes, business to relocate, and our children to seek futures elsewhere. Passing legislation to cap property taxes at two-percent was one of the first actions my Senate colleagues and I took this year.

Now, nearly four months later, the Assembly has joined the discussion by agreeing to a property tax cap framework largely mirroring legislation passed earlier this year in the Senate. This is a very encouraging development.

May 24, 2011
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Senator Gallivan Passes Legislation Modernizing Social Services Hearing Process

PLAN UTILIZES ELECTRONIC MEDIA TO SAVE TAX DOLLARS, FIND EFFICIENCIES

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District), announced today that the State Senate recently passed legislation (S.4828) he authored, giving local social service districts increased opportunities to utilize electronic media in Fair Hearing proceedings. The legislation is designed to save both time and money, while making the social service hearing process more efficient.

May 23, 2011
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Legislative Report 5/19/2011

A 59th Senate District legislative report from Albany with Senator Patrick Gallivan.  Discussing legislative accomplishments and goals for the remainder of this session.

May 19, 2011
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Senate Passes Brittany’s Law: Creates Statewide Violent Offender Registry

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District) announced today that The New York State Senate has passed Brittany’s Law (S.3645B), a bill that would establish a statewide violent felony offender registry by requiring offenders to register with the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services upon release from prison. The law is intended to increase the safety of all New Yorkers by providing access to the list of convicted violent offenders.

May 19, 2011
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Senate Revises State's Municipal Consolidation Statute

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) announced this week that the Senate passed legislation to clarify the downsizing procedure citizens must follow to force consolidation of local municipalities and taxing districts.

“Citizens are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with the amount and cost of overlapping layers of local government. The Citizen’s Empowerment Act of 2009 was the first honest effort in New York State to empower residents to consolidate and eliminate layers of local government they deemed unnecessary,” said Gallivan.

May 5, 2011
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New York State Considers Gas Tax Holiday

BUFFALO, N.Y. - With prices still climbing nearly a month before Memorial Day, New York State Lawmakers are considering giving drivers some relief.

"When I left Albany yesterday, the price of gas was $4.13 cents per gallon," complained New York State Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak.

With elected leaders feeling the squeeze, the state senate next week will consider temporarily suspending the state tax on gas for three upcoming holiday weekends: Memorial Day Weekend, Independence Day Weekend, and Labor Day Weekend.

How much would it save you?

Right now, removing all New York taxes on gas would cut the price by 33 cents per gallon. That is a savings of about $5.00 every time you fill up a 15-gallon tank.

May 3, 2011
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Senator Gallivan Officially Opens His New Ontario County Satelite Office

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I - 59th District) was joined by hundreds of people Wednesday for the official opening of the Senator's Ontario County Satelite Office. The office is located in Downtown Canandaigua on Bristol Street, and comes at no additional expense to the taxpayers.

April 28, 2011
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Senate Republicans say they're committed to property tax plan

Capital Connection - Albany - The Buffalo News

ALBANY -- State Senate Republicans said Tuesday they will not water down a plan to hold the growth in local property tax increases at 2 percent annually, though the State Legislature's top Democrat questioned the GOP's commitment to the issue.

Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos, R-Rockville Centre, noted that his house already has passed Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's property tax plan and that now the Democratic-led Assembly's turn has come to adopt it.

April 13, 2011
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Legislative Report 4/6/2011

A legislative report from Senator Gallivan in Albany, after this year's budget process.

April 8, 2011
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Senator Gallivan Applauds Both Product and Process of Budget

ON-TIME STATE BUDGET BALANCES THE DEFICIT, CUTS SPENDING AND HOLDS THE LINE ON TAXES

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District) announced today that The New York State Senate has approved the state budget for fiscal year 2011-12. The adopted plan, closely resembling Governor Cuomo’s initial spending proposal, closes a $10 billion deficit, holds the line on taxes, and cuts government spending by $3.5 billion compared with last year. The agreement reached early Thursday morning marks the first time in over 5 years that the Governor and the Legislature were able to finalize a budget by April 1.

March 31, 2011
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Trooper Kevin Dobson Resolution

Senator Gallivan rises on the Senate floor to speak on his Resolution in memory of Trooper Kevin Dobson. 

“The entire New York State law enforcement community and all of Western New York have suffered a tremendous loss today. My thoughts and prayers are with the Dobson Family, especially his three young children and his father, Retired Lieutenant Richard Dobson of the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, whom I had the high honor of serving with during my tenure as Sheriff of Erie County.

March 29, 2011
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Boys & Girl Club award winners from WNY

Molly from Elma, Senator Gallivan, Paige from Holland, & Elizabeth from East Aurora

March 23, 2011
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Video: Gallivan Pushes for Death Penalty for Cop Killers

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I -- 59th District), a former member of the New York State Police and Sheriff of Erie County calls for a reinstatement of the death penalty for those who murder police officers, peace officers or corrections officers in New York State.

March 22, 2011
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Gallivan Calls for Death Penalty to be Reinstated for Cop Killers

Albany - Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District), a former member of the New York State Police and Sheriff of Erie County called for a reinstatement of the death penalty today for those who murder police officers, peace officers or corrections officers in New York State.

March 18, 2011
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State Senate Passes Legislation To Limit Protests at Military Funerals

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District) announced today that the New York State Senate passed two pieces of legislation that would limit the impact of protesters at military funerals. Collectively, the two bills would prohibit protests within a 500 foot radius of a military funeral, and force protest organizers to post a bond to the local municipality and receive a permit from the New York State Department of Military and Naval Affairs to conduct a protest within 2500 feet of a military funeral.

March 16, 2011
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Senator Gallivan meets with Archbishop Timothy Dolan

Archbishop Timothy Dolan, Senator Thomas O'Mara, and Senator Patrick Gallivan

March 15, 2011
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NEW YORK STATE SENATE CELEBRATES WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH

ALBANY – To celebrate Women’s History Month, the New York State Senate today announced an exhibit honoring historic New York women whose achievements in arts, science, government, military, labor, education, and social reform has earned them recognition as Women of Distinction.

This exhibit includes three new honorees: America’s first trained nurse Linda Richards of Potsdam, (1841-1930), women’s advocate Mary Wiltsie Fuller of Troy and the Glens Falls area (1862-1943) and the first African-American female doctor in New York, and the third in the nation Susan Smith McKenney Steward (1847-1918) of Brooklyn.

March 14, 2011
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Gallivan Honored By The Good Government Club of Western New York

While newly elected State Senator Patrick M. Gallivan hasn’t been in Albany long, on Thursday evening the Good Government Club of Western New York saw fit to bestow upon him their “achievement award” for his career in public service.

Gallivan stated he was “honored and humbled” to receive the prestigious award from such a respected institution. “For over three decades The Good Government Club of Western New York has been actively promoting and encouraging honesty and integrity in government and I am very appreciative that they recognize my adherence to those same principles,” remarked Gallivan.

March 11, 2011
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Gallivan Passes Bill Permitting Rifle Hunting in Wyoming County

FRESHMAN SENATOR PASSES FIRST BILLSenator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I-59th District) passed his first piece of authored legislation (S. 2385), a bill that will permit sportsmen to use rifles when hunting deer or bear in Wyoming County. The bill passed the Senate with near unanimous support. “Hunting large game by rifle is legally practiced across large portions of New York but has not been available to sportsmen in Wyoming County. This bill will rectify that, and at the same time bring economic activity to Wyoming County and further the county’s reputation as a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts,” Gallivan said.

March 9, 2011
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Senate Passes Recharge NY Program

GALLIVAN SEES IT AS KEY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TOOL FOR UPSTATE NEW YORK       Senator Patrick M. Gallivan announced today that the State Senate passed legislation to create a permanent state energy program that will continue to provide affordable energy rates to businesses in the Empire State. The legislation makes permanent the “Power For Jobs” program, which was subject to annual extensions to remain in effect. The new, permanent program is called “Recharge NY”.        “Recharge NY is vital to the economic interests of Western New York.

March 8, 2011
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