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Senator O'Brien, Senator Robach and advocates call for Senate action on Child Safe Products Bill

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - A legislative proposal to disclose the use of toxic chemicals in children’s products is languishing in the New York State Senate, despite passing the Assembly this year, in a 111-25 vote.

State Senator Ted O’Brien, ranking member of the Senate Environmental Conservation committee, today called on the Senate leadership to bring the Child Safe Products Act to the floor for an immediate vote as soon as the Senate reconvenes on April 28. He was joined by Senator Joe Robach and representatives from Moms for a Non Toxic New York and the Child Care Council, Inc.

April 17, 2014
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Legislative Report - State funding for upstate, manufacturing tax credit, property taxes and circuit breaker proposal

In this episode of the Legislative Report, Senator Ted O'Brien discusses his grave concerns with the Senate's one-house budget and how it has neglected key upstate concerns.

March 24, 2014
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Senator O'Brien, Local Leaders "Stand Up for Upstate" in Budget Negotiations

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Senator Ted O’Brien, along with local government and school district officials, came together to state their concerns about the status of current state budget negotiations. Senator O’Brien believes that the needs of upstate New York are not being appropriately addressed in the budget proposals being advanced, particularly by the State Senate.

March 24, 2014
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Ending pensions for corrupt politicians

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Ted O'Brien and fellow legislators have called for a change to the state constitution that would allow pensions to be stripped from public officials who commit felonies and violate the public trust.

"The taxpayers of this state deserve to know that their money is not funding the retirements of former elected officials who have been convicted of felonies in betrayal of the public's trust," said Senator O'Brien.  "I am honored to join my colleagues in support of this change. This is a necessary step if we are to continue to restore accountability, transparency and the confidence of our citizens in New York State government."

March 6, 2014
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Keeping our bridges and roadways safe, well-maintained

Last night, 13WHAM ran an excellent story on the state's Dedicated Highway and Bridge Fund. In a time when a third of Monroe County bridges are past their 50-year lifespan, only 22 cents on the dollar from this fund are being spent on capital projects.I appreciated the opportunity to share a potential solution in the segment. I am cosponsoring legislation that would realign this fund with its original, crucial purpose.

February 27, 2014
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Senator O'Brien celebrates RIT role in Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Today, Senator Ted O'Brien was proud to congratulate the Rochester Institute of Technology on its leading role in the newly announced Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute, organized under the umbrella of the Department of Defense and announced in a White House press conference this afternoon.

February 25, 2014
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Senator O'Brien, staff "Wear Red for Women"

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Senator Ted O'Brien and his district staff are all wearing shades of red today, joining thousands of people nationwide in observing "Wear Red for Women" Day, promoting awareness of the danger heart disease poses to women's health.

February 7, 2014
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Commemorating Black History Month

Dear friends,

This month, we welcome Black History Month as an opportunity to highlight the many accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans to our state and region.  The observation of Black History Month has a special connection to the Rochester area: February was chosen in 1926 partially because it was the birth month of Frederick Douglass, who rose from freed slave to famed abolitionist and orator, and spent almost 30 years living in Rochester.

February 6, 2014
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Senator O'Brien applauds $281,600 grant for violence prevention programming in the City of Rochester

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Senator Ted O’Brien praised a $281,600 state grant announced today that will enable Rochester’s Action for a Better Community (A.B.C.) to work with local law enforcement and youth to encourage nonviolent conflict resolution and discourage gang violence.  A state Division of Criminal Justice Services researcher will be working with A.B.C.

February 5, 2014
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Legislative Report - property and energy tax relief, unfunded mandates, closing the skills gap and ethics reform

Senator Ted O'Brien sat down to discuss some top priorities he will be working on this session.  These include implementing additional tax relief, working to pass his Unfunded Mandate Reform Act, striving to improve availability of job and skills training programs that help match unemployed people up with positions that are open now and fighting to tighten restrictions on how campaigns are financed and more effectively deal with those who flout the rules.

January 27, 2014
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Session priorities: tax relief, economic development and ethics reform must be the Legislature's focus

This essay by Senator O'Brien ran in the Democrat & Chronicle on January 11, 2014

As a new legislative session in Albany begins, I am preparing to address serious challenges to our region’s well-being.

During his State of the State address, the governor made it clear that upstate tax relief is his top priority. Mine, too. Eliminating corporate and energy taxes for upstate manufacturers and implementing the governor’s call for additional property tax relief are on the top of my agenda, as well.

January 14, 2014
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The Unfunded Mandate Reform Act

HIGHLIGHTS:

Unfunded mandates cost New Yorkers $4 billion a year in additional costs to local governments and schools.
This is a leading contributor to the crushing burden of property taxes that New Yorkers pay.
The Unfunded Mandate Reform Act (S.4094-2013 – read the full Act here) requires the legislature to take a stand on the issue and repeal some of these mandates.

 

What are unfunded mandates?

December 9, 2013
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Thanksgiving Essays and Contributions

Dear Participant,

Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration. We received outstanding poems, essays, and artwork that exemplify the creativity of New York State’s young people.

The submissions received are remarkable in what they represent – showing gratitude and respect for family, friends, our troops fighting overseas, and many other important subjects and activities. I am humbled and honored to see such inspiring contributions in response to what is a deceptively difficult question: “What are you thankful for?”

On behalf of the New York State Senate, I would like to offer my wholehearted congratulations to all of the participants in this year’s Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration.

Sincerely,

December 6, 2013
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World War II veterans honored by Senator O'Brien

FAIRPORT, N.Y. -- Two local veterans of the Second World War who were inducted into the New York State Senate's Veterans' Hall of Fame earlier this year were recognized by Senator O'Brien at the Perinton Memorial VFW Post 8495, the home of "Freedom Hill."

Bob Nolan of the Army and Lyle Dupra of the Naval Armed Guard and Navy were recognized for their service.  Dupra is also a veteran of the Korean conflict, while Nolan later had a long career with the Central Intelligence Agency.

November 25, 2013
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O'Brien discusses future of video game industry in New York State

Roundtable at R.I.T. features local entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, national game industry figures and fellow Senators

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Today, Senator Ted O'Brien joined fellow legislators and industry experts in discussing how video game design and development can become part of upstate's economic renaissance.

October 30, 2013
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Senator O'Brien tours ThermoFisher, high-tech local employer

PENFIELD, N.Y. -- Senator Ted O'Brien recently toured ThermoFisher's Penfield production facility, learning about how the manufacturer of equipment and supplies for scientific and research labs uses advanced technology and cost-saving strategies suggested by employees at every level of the organization to prosper.

October 21, 2013
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Senator O'Brien recognizes "Domestic Violence Awareness Month"

 

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Today, Senator Ted O’Brien joined Alternatives for Battered Women, the Rochester and Monroe County Domestic Violence Consortium and other local elected officials in recognizing October as “Domestic Violence Awareness Month.”

“Domestic and dating violence is a scourge that must be confronted and eliminated,” Senator O’Brien said. “Throughout their lifetimes, domestic and dating violence will affect 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men, and many incidents continue to go unreported. We must continue to insist that such violence will not be tolerated in our community.”

“I was proud to support the Domestic and Dating Violence Housing Rights law during my time in the Monroe County Legislature, and in the State Senate, fight for

October 8, 2013
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Tourism Welcomes the Fall

O'Brien, tourism agency leaders tout efforts to maintain momentum from summer's record-breaking success

September 23, 2013
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Senator O’Brien recognizes Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month with local advocacy groups

Note: Each speaker's name is linked to a short extract from their spoken remarks on YouTube.

PENFIELD, N.Y. – Today, Senator Ted O’Brien stood with women’s and health care advocates, including the non-profits Made the Same Inc., the Western New York Ovarian Cancer Project and Gilda’s Club of Rochester, to discuss the serious health risk posed to women by ovarian cancer during its National Awareness Month.

Ovarian cancer is highly treatable if caught early, but current screening methods are unreliable and early symptoms are so minor that they are often dismissed by doctors. The disease will affect roughly 1 in 70 women in their lifetimes.

September 18, 2013
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O'Brien pays respects to those lost on September 11, 2001

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Today, Senator Ted O'Brien expressed his thoughts on the continuing significance of the 9/11 attacks:

"Twelve years ago, tragedy struck the Empire State and our country.  Though the physical wounds on continue to heal, that terrible day still weighs heavily on the hearts and minds of Americans everywhere.

September 11, 2013
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