Timothy M. Kennedy's Press releases

Kennedy, Peoples-Stokes Announce Funding Secured for Local Literacy Programs, Call for Increased Investment in Literacy Training to Support Workforce Development

Studies Show One in Three Residents of City of Buffalo are Functionally Illiterate; Kennedy and Peoples-Stokes are Urging More Investment in Literacy Programs to Combat Unemployment and Poverty in WNY.

Additional funding secured is enough to cover training costs for over 40 students.

July 7, 2014
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Senator Kennedy and Local Gold Star Mothers Lead Cheektowaga’s Independence Day Parade

Kennedy selected to serve as parade’s grand marshal, asks local Gold Star mothers to share the honor.

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – In recognition of the sacrifices made by so many brave Western New Yorkers while serving in our nation’s armed forces, Senator Tim Kennedy invited local Gold Star mothers to join him in leading Cheektowaga’s Independence Day parade today.

When Senator Kennedy was selected to serve as grand marshal for the parade, he wanted to share the honor with area residents who deserve our deepest gratitude for the sacrifices their families made to keep our nation strong and free. He asked local Gold Star mothers, who lost children in service to our nation, to share the grand marshal honors with him.

July 4, 2014
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Following Kennedy’s Call, State Agrees to Hold Crude Oil Emergency Training Drill in WNY in July

An Estimated 200 to 300 Outdated DOT-111 Rail Cars Carrying Crude Oil or Ethanol Travel Through Every Day.

With rising levels of crude oil shipped by rail, Kennedy called on NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services to help ensure local first-responders are ready and prepared.

June 27, 2014
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Senator Kennedy Secures Approval of Bill to Help NY Families Find the Right Afterschool and Summer Programs for their Children

Senate and Assembly Passed Legislation Sponsored by Senator Kennedy and Assemblywoman Mayer that Establishes New Online Tool to Help Parents across New York State Track Down the Best Afterschool and Summer Learning Programs in their Neighborhoods.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, and Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer, D-Yonkers, have secured Senate and Assembly approval of their legislation to establish a new online tool that will help parents across New York State find the right afterschool and summer learning programs for their children.

June 26, 2014
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Kennedy and Ryan Announce $1.4 Million for Affordable Housing in Erie County

New Round of Grant Funding from New York State Will Boost Revitalization of Homes and Communities in Buffalo, Cheektowaga, Lackawanna, and the Southtowns

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Today, June 18, 2014, New York State Senator Tim Kennedy and New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan announced $1.4 million in state funding that will be coming to Erie County for affordable housing projects. The funding is provided through the Affordable Housing Corporation (AHC), which is a part of New York State Homes and Community Renewal (NYSHCR).

June 19, 2014
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Senator Kennedy: New Tools to Combat Heroin Epidemic in Legislation Agreed Upon in State Capitol

With 45 Percent Increase in Heroin Overdoses in Erie County in 2013, Kennedy Has Pushed for Necessary Legislative Actions to Combat Growing Crisis.

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, is confident a package of reforms agreed upon in the State Capitol will help combat the growing heroin epidemic facing communities across our state. As this public-health crisis continues to grow more dire, Kennedy believes these new laws will help prevent addiction and reduce drug abuse.

June 18, 2014
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Following Assembly Approval, Kennedy, Peoples-Stokes Urge Senate Passage of Bill to Alleviate Parking Problems for Neighborhoods Near Medical Campus

While rapid development of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus has spurred much-needed job growth, it has also caused some frustrations for residents in neighborhoods nearby.

Kennedy, Peoples-Stokes push residential parking program for Buffalo’s Fruit Belt neighborhood.

Fruit Belt Coalition, Roswell Park, BNMC, Buffalo Common Council and Council President Pridgen All Support Kennedy/Peoples-Stokes Bill for Fruit Belt Parking Program.

June 17, 2014
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Buffalo, Rochester Senators Kennedy and O’Brien Call for Brownfield Cleanup Program to be Extended This Year

Brownfield Cleanup Program Has Proven Effective in Redeveloping Abandoned and Contaminated Industrial Properties to Revitalize Economies of Buffalo, Rochester, Cities across Upstate New York.

If Program is Allowed to Expire, Several Local Projects Would be Put at Risk – Kennedy and O’Brien want it extended this year to provide stability and certainty needed to get major remediation and redevelopment projects started.

Since 2008, over 40 projects in the Buffalo-Niagara region have participated in the Brownfield Cleanup Program, resulting more than $500 million in investment, according to the NYS Economic Development Council.

June 9, 2014
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Kennedy, Schimminger Announce Local Bridge Dedicated for Fallen New York State Trooper Kevin Dobson

Senator Kennedy and Assemblyman Schimminger Passed Legislation to Designate I-290 Bridge over Twin Cities Memorial Highway as “New York State Trooper Kevin P. Dobson Sr. Memorial Bridge”

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, Assemblyman Robin Schimminger and the New York State Police today held a ceremony to officially dedicate the Interstate-290 bridge that crosses N.Y. State Route 425 at the Colvin Boulevard exit as the “New York State Trooper Kevin P. Dobson, Sr. Memorial Bridge.”

June 5, 2014
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Senator Kennedy Announces Legislation to Improve CPS Transparency Passes Out of Committee, Ready for Consideration of Full Senate

Kennedy-sponsored Legislation that Would Add Increased Transparency to CPS has Gained Momentum in Albany and Passed Through Key Committee.

Proposed bills will require local CPS agencies to disclose caseloads – overburdened workers have been a major concern – and allow CPS department heads to, in good faith, share critical information about individual cases to shed light on gaps in the system.

Caseloads in Erie County may be as high as 40 or 50 cases per worker, according to recent reports.

May 30, 2014
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Senator Kennedy, Lackawanna Leaders Push for State Takeover of South Park Avenue and Ridge Road

With Lackawanna Financially Strained, Kennedy and City Leaders Push Legislation to Secure State Support for South Park & Ridge.

As Kennedy pushes in Senate, Assemblyman Kearns supporting effort in Assembly.

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

May 22, 2014
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Senator Kennedy Announces State Funding for Emergency Home Repairs for Seniors in Buffalo

$50,000 Grant from NYS Homes and Community Renewal for West Side Neighborhood Housing Services will Support Emergency Repairs for Homes Owned by Senior Citizens in Buffalo.

May 17, 2014
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Senator Kennedy Applauds NFG Rate Freeze and Refund Agreement

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, commended the now-approved rate freeze and refund for Western New York customers of National Fuel Gas Distribution Corporation. Kennedy worked closely with PUSH Buffalo and other community advocates to fight for a fair agreement that directly benefited ratepayers in Buffalo and Western New York.

May 8, 2014
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Senator Kennedy Announces Stronger Penalties for Endangering the Welfare of a Child Unanimously Approved in Senate

Senator Kennedy Announces Stronger Penalties for Endangering the Welfare of a Child Unanimously Approved in Senate

Kennedy-cosponsored bill will establish a felony offense of first-degree endangering the welfare of a child; current law only allows for misdemeanor charges.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, announced the State Senate unanimously passed legislation today that will strengthen penalties against those who harm or abuse children. This bill, which Senator Kennedy cosponsored, will establish a felony offense of first-degree endangering the welfare of a child. Current law only allows for misdemeanor charges to be imposed for child endangerment.

May 7, 2014
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Senator Kennedy Pushes for Urgently-Needed Legislation to Combat Heroin and Opioid Epidemic

Legislation Would Increase Penalties for the Sale of Opioids; Provide Local Rehabilitation Services; Extend Insurance Coverage; Reduce Overdoses and Prevent Teen Heroin Abuse.

Last year, in Erie County, heroin overdose deaths up 45 percent; more than 100 overdose deaths from all types of opiates.

May 5, 2014
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Kennedy, Ryan Unveil New Legislation to Protect Homeowners and Fight Blight in WNY Neighborhoods

New bills proposed by Kennedy and Ryan aim to hold slumlords accountable for their blighted properties and will add funding to the city’s weatherization and home-repair programs to help responsible homeowners.

Legislative effort at state-level inspired by Buffalo’s Project Slumlord.

May 1, 2014
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Senator Kennedy: April 30 is Final Day NYSDOT Shielded from Accountability for Pothole Damage; Outdated Law Must be Changed

Under Current Law, State Exempts Itself from Liability for Vehicle Damage Caused by Potholes on State Roads from November 15 to April 30. Kennedy is Leading Fight to Change that Law.

Kennedy Pushing Legislation in State Capitol to Protect Drivers from Massive Potholes During Winter Months.

April 30, 2014
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Following Visit to Buffalo’s Child Advocacy Center, Leader Stewart-Cousins Joins Senator Kennedy, Assemblywoman Peoples-Stokes to Call for Stronger Laws to Prevent Child Abuse

Kennedy and Peoples-Stokes to hold public forum Saturday, April 19 to give families the chance to share experiences and insight to further inform efforts to improve Child Protective Services.

Leader Stewart-Cousins announces support for Kennedy, Peoples-Stokes CPS reform package.

April 14, 2014
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Senator Kennedy Enlists Senate Democratic Leader Stewart-Cousins in Push for Increased State Support for NFTA

State Budget Increased Aid for NFTA and Set Aside Funding for Upstate Transit Projects; Kennedy Wants to Ensure NFTA Receives Fair Share of Upstate Capital Funding.

Senate Democratic Leader Stewart-Cousins Visits Buffalo to See First-Hand Unique Challenges and Opportunities Facing WNY.

Kennedy: Working alongside Leader Stewart-Cousins, we have been able to ensure that Albany always pays attention to the unique needs of Buffalo and Western New York.

April 12, 2014
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Senator Kennedy Announces Expansion of Prescription Drug Coverage Program for WNY Seniors

With first expansion of the EPIC program since 2001, as many as 3,000 seniors in Cheektowaga may now be eligible.

Seniors with incomes under $75,000 if single and $100,000 for married couples now meet EPIC’s income eligibility requirements.

April 11, 2014
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