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Senator O'Brien to honor veterans in Albany

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Today, Senator Ted O'Brien nominated two Rochester-area veterans, Lyle Dupra and W. Robert Nolan, to the State Senate's "Veterans Hall of Fame," honoring their distinguished service to their country.

"It is my distinct pleasure to honor these two men for their service to this country," Senator O'Brien said.  "I hope that this Hall of Fame and the stories of its honorees serve to remind us all of the sacrifices those in uniform have made and continue to make to keep this country strong."

April 29, 2013
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Senator O'Brien encourages environmental stewardship

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – As part of the Earth Day 2013 observance, Senator Ted O’Brien encourages all New Yorkers to commit to preserving our natural resources and protecting our environment for future generations.

“New York has been blessed with abundant natural resources and we have a responsibility to serve as stewards for our environment,” Senator O’Brien said. “For New York to have a vibrant future, we must ensure our natural resources are used by sustainable industries for long-term job growth. Our children deserve to inherit a New York that is economically prosperous and environmentally sound.” 

April 21, 2013
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Earth Day 2013 Poster Contest: District 55

Dear Students,

Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest.   This year we received many outstanding posters that exemplify the creativity of the young people in the 55th Senatorial District.

Each entry from my District displayed tremendous originality and vision as well as obvious concern for the ecological future of our communities and our state.  I am proud of your work and that of your classmates, and encourage you to continue to study and learn more about the serious challenges that face our environment.

I am pleased to announce that the winner of the 2013 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is:

Tyler Staffieri

April 16, 2013
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Senator O'Brien and Democratic Conference unveil tough ethics package

 

ALBANY, N.Y. – The Senate Democratic Conference today unveiled a tough legislative ethics package designed to reform state government and combat the ongoing corruption issues facing New York State. The Conference also announced their support for the principles of the Governor’s legislative package the “New York Public Trust Act.” 

“The events of the past few weeks have shown all New Yorkers more must be done to clean up Albany,” Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said. “Public corruption and the abuse of power by elected officials is a serious problem that must be confronted and eliminated. I urge my colleagues in the Senate Republican Coalition join with the Senate Democratic Conference to clean up Albany.”

April 16, 2013
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Senator O'Brien, school officials tout positive impact of increased state education funding

 

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Senator Ted O’Brien and the superintendents of four schools districts gathered at his office to speak out on significant increases in school aid in this year’s state budget and the expected positive impact on local students.

“I fought hard to increase school aid because a quality education is the key to giving our young people the tools they need to succeed in the workplace and become the job creators in the future,” Sen. O’Brien said.   “More state funding for schools also relieves the cost burden on local governments and reduces the need to raise property taxes, which are the biggest impediment to growing our middle class.  

April 11, 2013
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Senator O'Brien speaks out against plan to increase energy costs for upstate ratepayers

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Senator Ted O’Brien and business leaders stood together today to send a clear message that upstate homeowners and small businesses should not be forced to pay $200 million to replace a downstate power plant that is of no benefit to local energy consumers.

April 5, 2013
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Ted O’Brien: New York on right track, but work remains

The Messenger Post newspapers were recently kind enough to allow me to share some of my thoughts on the budget process with their readership.

In short, there are many accomplishments in the budget that I believe all New Yorkers should be proud of, but I do think there are several areas where the state legislature's work is far from over.

See http://www.mpnnow.com/opinions/x1433806964/Ted-O-Brien-New-York-on-right-track-but-work-remains for my full comments.(And an archived copy, in case the above link fails: http://www.webcitation.org/6Fd1TZ8XY

April 4, 2013
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Senator O'Brien Nominates Mary Alice Price for "Women of Distinction" Honor

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Senator Ted O’Brien has nominated former Pittsford Schools Superintendent Mary Alice Price for inclusion among the Senate’s “Women of Distinction” honorees, in recognition of achievements during her 40-year career as an educator and administrator.

“Mary Alice Price exemplifies the type of leadership that New York State needs in all of its institutions,” Senator O’Brien said. “The outpouring of support and gratitude that Superintendent Price received from her former students and colleagues when she retired was most impressive. I believe that her style of leadership serves as an example to all of us, myself included.”

April 1, 2013
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O'Brien speaks on the 2013-14 State budget

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Senator O'Brien speaks out on the tax relief and economic development initiatives he embraces in the new state budget.

March 27, 2013
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O'Brien, State Senate pass on-time budget

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Ted O’Brien announced today that he voted in favor of the 2013-14 state budget, as it was passed by the State Senate.  The budget included significant tax relief for middle class families and small businesses in addition to strategic investments to encourage job creation and economic development in the Monroe and Ontario County communities Senator O’Brien represents.

“The hardworking families and small businesses who live in the 55th District have struggled long enough under a crushing tax burden and stagnant job market." Senator O’Brien said. “The nearly $2 billion in tax cuts included in this year’s budget are a crucial first step toward unleashing a new era of economic growth in our region.”

March 27, 2013
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It's your money: Could you be paying for a downstate power plant?

Upstate businesses and families shouldn't have to pay $200 million to help replace a New York City power plant.I have reached out to the Public Service Commission expressing my concerns about the Indian Point contingency plan, and recently spoke with WHEC-TV Rochester about my concerns, as well.See http://www.whec.com/news/stories/s2965547.shtml?cat=566 for more information.(Here's an archived copy, in case the above link fails: http://www.webcitation.org/6FEsgH3xH

March 19, 2013
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O’Brien: Don't pass Indian Point costs onto upstate taxpayers

Rochester, NY - Senator O'Brien today wrote to the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) opposing efforts by Consolidated Edison (Con Ed) and New York Power Authority (NYPA) to charge Upstate taxpayers at least $200 million to subsidize potential changes to the Indian Point Energy Center, located in Westchester County.

March 15, 2013
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Senator O'Brien votes "yes" on tax relief for families, small business development

ALBANY, N.Y. – Today, Senator Ted O’Brien voted in favor of the Senate’s budget resolution, strongly supporting its calls for millions of dollars of tax relief for families, financial support for new, growing businesses and restoration of funding cuts for programs benefiting people with developmental disabilities.

March 11, 2013
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Senator O'Brien welcomes student participation in Earth Day Poster Contest

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Senator O'Brien invites students throughout his district to participate in the Senate's annual Earth Day Poster Contest, a statewide competition that encourages student awareness of environmental issues.

Students in kindergarten through sixth grade are invited to design a poster featuring the theme of "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" and creative new ways to promote environmentalism to their classmates, friends and family members.

March 8, 2013
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Senator O'Brien seeks restoration of funding for New Yorkers with developmental disabilities

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Today, Senator O'Brien stood with local agencies who provide services and support to people with developmental disabilities in calling for the restoration of $120 million in funding cuts proposed in a recent budget amendment.

"Governor Cuomo has led the way in reforming the budget process and returning stability to Albany.  However, as we continue budget negotiations, I believe it is vital that we enable our state’s nonprofits to fulfill their essential roles in our communities. I look forward to working with the Governor and legislative leaders to pass a responsible, yet fair, budget,” Senator O’Brien said.

March 7, 2013
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Senator O'Brien encouraged by progress on minimum wage increase

ALBANY, N.Y. – With the Assembly’s passage of legislation to raise the minimum wage and index future increases to the rate of inflation, Senator Ted O’Brien has called for immediate action by the State Senate leadership.

“Over 1.1 million hard working New Yorkers are denied a living wage because our state’s minimum wage is too low. When given fair compensation for their work, these New Yorkers will help kick-start the economy and invest in their local communities,” Senator O’Brien said. “I look forward to voting in favor of raising the state’s minimum wage and I urge the Senate leadership to bring this legislation to the floor for a vote.”

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March 5, 2013
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Senator O'Brien keeping our school buses safe

ALBANY, N.Y. – With Sen. O’Brien’s yes vote, the State Senate passed legislation yesterday closing a loophole that allowed those convicted of crimes against children and sexual and drug-related crimes to serve as bus monitors.

“With this simple, common-sense legislation, we’ve made concrete gains in protecting our children from potential predators,” O’Brien said. “It was an unfortunate loophole, since existing restrictions on people convicted of those types of crimes only applied to bus drivers. I was proud to stand with my colleagues and update our laws to keep children on school buses safe.”

March 5, 2013
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O'Brien calls for minimum wage increase

ALBANY, N.Y. – As part of his continuing effort to push New York's minimum towards a true living wage, Sen. O'Brien and the 26 other members of the Democratic stood together at the Capitol today to call for an increase. The full text of Sen. O'Brien's comments follows:

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"Thank you all so much for being here as we discuss raising the minimum wage. I'm Sen. Ted O'Brien, representing parts of Monroe and Ontario counties. My district is a district with significant numbers of low wage earners.

February 27, 2013
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O'Brien to testify at campaign finance hearing

What: Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will be holding a hearing regarding closing loopholes in how nonprofit groups report their political expenditures – an important campaign finance reform.
When: Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at 12 p.m.
Where: Central Library, Lafayette Square, Buffalo, N.Y.

 

Additional information:

February 20, 2013
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Protecting state's resources and health are O'Brien priorities

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Sen. O’Brien has been recognized by the New York League of Conservation Voters as one of the most promising new environmental leaders in the state.

Showing his commitment to protecting our state’s resources and our citizens’ health, O’Brien has recently introduced several bills attempting to tackle serious environmental issues:

February 6, 2013
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