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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, 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.

 

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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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State Senator Ted O’Brien Named To Prominent List Of Environmental Leaders

 

The following press release was issued today by the New York League of Conservation Voters.

NEW YORK --- The New York League of Conservation Voters, which works to make environmental sustainability a top political and policy priority in New York State, has named Senator Ted O’Brien to a list of the state’s most promising new environmental leaders.

Senator O’Brien represents the 55th District, which borders Lake Ontario with Rochester and Irondequoit and stretches South past Bloomfield to Naples.

February 6, 2013
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Black History Month and Rochester's special significance

As February begins and the United States observes Black History Month, Sen. O’Brien encourages the people of his district of all races to take some time to reflect on the rich history of African-Americans in the United States and in his district in particular.

“Black history is American history,” O’Brien said.  “I encourage everyone to take some time to look at Rochester’s importance to the African-American community, from its early role as the longtime home of abolitionist and former slave Frederick Douglass to the civil rights struggle of the 1950s and ‘60s that continues today.”

February 4, 2013
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A visit from Miss New York

Penfield's own Liza Cotter, Miss New York from the National American Miss organization, stopped by my office today.

January 29, 2013
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O'Brien receives committee assignments

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Sen. O’Brien received his committee assignments today, including the position of ranking Democratic member of the Banks Committee.

O’Brien will also serve on Insurance; Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business; Health; Codes; Cultural Affairs, Tourism and Parks and Recreation; and Local Government.

January 29, 2013
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O'Brien acknowledges lasting significance of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s example

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Sen. O’Brien wishes to encourage the people of his district and throughout New York State to stop and reflect on the life of civil rights icon Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, in recognition of the federal holiday commemorating the day of his birth.

January 18, 2013
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Bridge closing will affect access to District Office

Hello friends,

Reconstruction of the Route 250 bridge over the Erie Canal in Fairport will require the use of a detour to access my District Office (or to cross through the village for any other purpose) starting on Monday.  Please see the attached image that shows the truck and passenger vehicle detours through the heart of the village.

And remember, when you see road construction crews -- "give 'em a brake!"

Sincerely,Ted 

January 18, 2013
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O’Brien and Senate pass gun control overhaul

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The Senate passed a bipartisan overhaul of state gun laws late last evening.  This legislation features a balanced approach that preserves Second Amendment rights while increasing restrictions on assault weapons. It also has provisions to take away licenses from individuals with mental illness who, in the opinion of mental health professionals, would pose a danger to themselves or others should they possess guns. Senator Ted O’Brien was one of 43 senators who voted “yes” on the measure.

January 17, 2013
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