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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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Warsaw Elementary Group 2

Senator Gallivan was pleased to host a group of 4th Graders from Warsaw Central Elementary School during their recent visit to the Capitol in Albany, NY.

June 22, 2011
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Warsaw Elementary Group 1

Senator Gallivan was pleased to host a group of 4th Graders from Warsaw Central Elementary School during their recent visit to the Capitol in Albany, NY.

June 22, 2011
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GALLIVAN, SENATE PASS EXPANSION OF DNA DATABANK

All Criminal Convictions Would Require Submission of DNA Sample

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan announced yesterday that State Senate has taken another definitive step towards making our communities safer, passing legislation (S.5560) that significantly expands the ability of law enforcement to solve crimes by requiring those convicted of all felonies and misdemeanors to submit DNA samples.

The bill would greatly enhance the DNA database, protecting communities by keeping more criminals off the streets, while also reducing the financial costs and victims’ emotional strain by solving crimes more expeditiously.

June 17, 2011
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“How To Care For and Honor The Flag” Information Now Available At Gallivan’s Office

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan announced today that his office will be honoring Flag Day and National Flag Week by providing the public with valuable information regarding the history of Old Glory and guidelines for its proper handling.

“Flag Day and National Flag Week is a special time of the year when all Americans try to do something special to honor the flag and all it represents. My office will be offering information so that everyone knows the proper time to display the flag, when it’s appropriate to salute it, and how to respectfully dispose of worn flags,” the Senator said.

June 16, 2011
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Gallivan Co-Sponsored Ethics Bill Passes Senate

Public Integrity Reform Act Creates Powerful New Oversight Commission, Requires Financial Disclosure

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District) announced today that the New York State Senate overwhelmingly passed the sweeping ethics reform legislation announced last week.

The reform package, titled The Public Integrity Reform Act of 2011, includes measures requiring lawmakers to disclose their outside income, any clients with business before the state and other financial interests. It also creates a stronger oversight entity for elected officials and lobbyists, and calls for the forfeiture of public pensions for officials who commit crimes related to their public office; among other reforms.

June 12, 2011
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Senator Gallivan Thanks Veterans At The Town Of Wales Memorial Day Parade

Senator Gallivan spent Memorial Day thanking veterans and honoring the fallen at the Town of Wales Memorial Day Parade, and later joined Orchard Park's American Legion Post 567 for the dedication of their Memorial Wall.

June 1, 2011
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Gallivan Honors Memorial Day By Announcing Veterans' Programs

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – Erie County) announced a series of initiatives today designed to benefit area veterans, current service members and military families. The announcement comes in conjunction with the national observance of Memorial Day.

June 1, 2011
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Senator Gallivan Honors Janet Miller of Arcade as "Woman of Distinction"

ALBANY – Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – 59th District) honored Janet Miller of Arcade with one of the New York State Senate’s highest honors this week, recognizing her as a contemporary “Woman of Distinction” for volunteerism and devotion to her Wyoming County Community.

“Janet is one of those special people who makes Western New York such a wonderful community,” said Gallivan. “By contributing her time and talent to the Wyoming County Community Hospital and the Wyoming County Community Health System she has made Wyoming County a healthier and happier place to live, work, and raise a family.”

May 25, 2011
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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 23, 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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