Timothy M. Kennedy's Press releases

Take Action Now: Kennedy, Panepinto & Wozniak Call for Immediate Assembly Vote on Mixed Martial Arts Legislation

As end of legislative session nears, WNY Senate and Assembly leaders, MMA advocates demand action on legislation to legalize MMA in NYS

Legislators push additional bill creating commission to regulate amateur MMA

May 19, 2015
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Protect Our Kids: Senator Kennedy Announces Legislation to Streamline CPS Passes Out of Committee, Ready for Consideration of Full Senate

Kennedy-sponsored Legislation Designed to Streamline CPS Gains Momentum in Albany, Passes Through Key Committee

Bill Allows Doctors, Nurses and Law Enforcement to Bypass Abuse Hotline, Report Child Maltreatment Directly to CPS

BUFFALO, NY – As Senator Tim Kennedy (D-Buffalo) continues his push to improve Child Protective Services in Western New York and across New York State, he announced new progress today on a key reform to further streamline the process for reporting child abuse. Kennedy helped an important bill that improves the coordination between medical personnel and Child Protective Services workers secure approval from the Senate Finance Committee, which moves it toward a vote before the full Senate. 

April 29, 2015
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Kennedy: With Elections Committee Approval, Now Is The Time For A Full Senate Vote to Close LLC Loophole

Legislation Closing the Notorious “LLC Loophole” Approved This Afternoon by State Senate Elections Committee, Prevents Donors from Circumventing Donation Limits 

Kennedy Calls Loophole “Big Enough to Drive a Brinks Truck Through”

April 27, 2015
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Paying it Forward: Kennedy Pushes Legislation Offering Tax Credit and Job Security for Organ Donors

As local Transplant Miracles Foundation seeks 10,000 new donors, Kennedy Pushes Bill to Assist Those Giving the Gift of Life

Kennedy: Organ donation is a stressful and trying time – New York can do more to ensure donors have the resources and protection they need.

April 14, 2015
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Kennedy & Peoples-Stokes Push for Powdered Alcohol Ban, Call New Product Dangerous and Targeted Towards Teens

“Palcohol” is Easy: Easy to Hide, Easy to Sneak into School, Easy to Slip into Drinks. Should be Easy to Ban.

Bill Introduced In State Legislature Would Ban Sales of Powdered Alcohol

April 9, 2015
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After Year-Long Fight, Kennedy Secures $300,000 In State Funding for Crisis Services, Reverses Catastrophic Cuts to Vital Support Programs

Kennedy: Crisis Services Too Important to Risk – New Funding Stream Will Ensure Victims Get Support They Need 

Albany Heard Voices Of Over 2,000 Who Signed Petition Demanding Restoration of Funding 

April 6, 2015
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WNY Distillers & Brewers Are Toast of the Town – Kennedy, Panepinto & Ryan Push to Make it Easier for Them to Give Customers a Taste of Hometown Craft Beverages

Tasting Tax Exemptions in Governor’s Proposed Budget Would Ease Restrictions on Producers and Drive Western New York Economic Activity 

March 5, 2015
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Erie County Families Not Getting Their Fair Share – Kennedy Calls for Same Child Care Accessibility Offered in Rochester and Albany

Threshold to Qualify for Subsidies Would Rise, Providing Much Needed Relief For Families

With Help, Parents Would No Longer Have to Make Choice Between Job and Child Care 

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy (D-Buffalo) today announced a push for money in this year’s budget to be allocated for child care subsidies for families in Erie County with incomes of up to 275% of the federal poverty level. Currently, these subsidies are only provided to families within the county with incomes of up to 200% by the Department of Social Services. In a letter to Governor Cuomo, Kennedy asked for the state to set aside $2.5 million in the budget in order to expand its subsidy program into Erie County.

February 19, 2015
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Kennedy & Panepinto Say WNY Roads Are Crumbling, More Funding Needed

Senators: Extra $200 Million for CHIPs Would Only Be a “Chip” Out of $5 Billion Surplus

47% of Local Roads in NYS In Need of Rehabilitation 

February 18, 2015
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Kennedy Announces Senate Passage of Bill Designed to Increase Confidentiality Within Child Fatality Reports

Kennedy: Legislation Helps Create Greater Report Transparency, While Maintaining Family Privacy 

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy (D-Buffalo) announced today the passage of legislation which amends the social services law in order to increase the confidentiality of families named in child fatality reports. If enacted, the law would require local social services departments to make sure any comments made in the report protect the confidentiality of the deceased child, the child’s family and the source of the report.  In the past, concerns have been voiced about state officials not releasing fatality reports due to an inability to redact these identities and other sensitive case information.

February 2, 2015
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After Monster Storm, Kennedy, Brown & Scanlon Renew Call for More Skyway Onramp Gates

Buffalo Police Officers Needed to Guard Skyway Onramps During Height of Storm

Following Church Street Onramp Installation, NYSDOT Must Establish Additional Gates to Assist Police Department in Extreme Weather Events

December 2, 2014
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Following Record-Breaking Storm, Kennedy Calls on Department of Financial Services to Aid Homeowners’ Insurance Claims

Kennedy to DFS: Bring Mobile Insurance Response Unit to Western New York 

Homeowners Need to Dot the I’s and Cross the T’s – DFS Should Help 

November 25, 2014
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Kennedy and Scanlon to State DOT: Finish the Job and Install Gates on Remaining Skyway Onramps

Kennedy and Scanlon to State DOT: Finish the Job and Install Gates on Remaining Skyway Onramps

After A Two-Blizzard Winter, The Costs of Shuttering The Skyway Are Clear  

Buffalo Taxpayers Pay For a Professional, Highly-Trained Police Force – Not Human Road Blocks 

October 30, 2014
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Governor Cuomo Signs Senator Tim Kennedy’s Legislation to Improve Statewide Child Abuse Hotline

Legislation Sponsored By Senator Kennedy Will Improve State Central Register Of Child Abuse By Enacting Strong Requirements For Tracking Of Repeat Reports. 

September 24, 2014
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Senator Kennedy, Crisis Services Deliver Petition Calling for Funding Restoration

Vital Agency that has Served WNY Since 1968 is Confronting Potentially Unprecedented Loss of Funding for Critical Programs that Support Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.

Funding Cuts Would Negatively Impact Over 8,000 Local Victims of Violent Crime.

Thousands Sign Petition to Stop Potential Funding Loss Facing Crisis Services.

September 2, 2014
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Senator Kennedy Announces New Plan To Encourage Homeownership, Providing Help for Young Professionals with Student Loan Debt

Kennedy’s Legislation Will Help Save First-Time Homebuyers Thousands of Dollars, Entice Young Professionals to Plant Roots in Western New York.

New Legislation Provides for Discounted Interest Rates to Help Young Professionals Balance Buying a Home with Heavy Student Loan Debt Burdens.

August 29, 2014
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Senator Kennedy Secures Funding to Rebuild South Park Avenue and Ridge Road

Kennedy delivers $2.5 million state investment that will repair crumbling South Park Avenue & Ridge Road.

Critical routes through Lackawanna connect residents and visitors to Botanical Gardens, Our Lady of Victory Basilica, waterfront and other important destinations.

August 27, 2014
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New Funding Secured to Expand Proven-Effective Program that Boosts Student Achievement

Higgins, Kennedy, Ryan Deliver $400,000 to Expand Cradle Beach’s Project SOAR, which is Improving Student Performance within Buffalo Public Schools.

New Funding will Allow Project SOAR to Serve Up to 380 Buffalo Students.

Funding will Protect Project SOAR at Lovejoy Discovery School, Southside Elementary School and Lorraine Academy; Support Expansion into International Preparatory School.

August 22, 2014
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Crisis Services Facing Potential Funding Crisis After Ill-Advised Cuts Imposed by State Bureaucracy; Senator Kennedy Leads Push to Reverse Decision

Critical Local Agency that has Served WNY Since 1968 is Confronting Potentially Unprecedented Loss of Funding for Important Programs that Support Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.

Funding Cuts Would Negatively Impact Over 8,000 Local Victims of Violent Crime.

Kennedy Launches Online Petition Drive to Build Community Support Behind Push to Restore Funding for Crisis Services.

August 13, 2014
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Kennedy: $250,000 in Funding to Boost Buffalo’s Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor Commission

Senator Tim Kennedy joined local and state leaders to highlight a $250,000 funding award for the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor Commission. The corridor is a nationally and internationally recognized Buffalo neighborhood, serving as a focal point to residents and visitors learning about Buffalo’s rich and diverse history. The efforts will increase the ability of the corridor to serve as an anchor for tourism.

August 8, 2014
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