Timothy M. Kennedy's Press releases

Following Two Deadly Accidents, Kennedy & Wozniak Call for NYSDOT to Act at Harlem Road & Walden Ave Intersection

12-Year Old & 19-Year Old Killed in Span of Less Than 1 Year at Deadly Intersection, Study and Reforms Badly Needed Say Kennedy & Wozniak

Tens of Thousands Of Cars Compete With Bikers and Pedestrians Every Day – Intersection Requires an Overhaul 

July 22, 2015
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Kennedy Delivers: Critical Repairs to Major Lackawanna Roadways Underway After State Investment

After Rough Winter, Milling and Paving Processes Begin to Revive South Park Avenue and Ridge Road

$2.5 Million Grant Secured by Kennedy Will Repair One of Worst Stretches of Pothole-Riddled Roadways in Erie County

July 7, 2015
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Statement from Senator Tim Kennedy on the Supreme Court’s Nationwide Legalization of Marriage Equality

“When New York legalized marriage equality in 2011, nobody could have imagined it would have spread nationwide in only four years. For me, affirming the right for two adults to express their love through the institution of marriage was one of the proudest moments I have had during my tenure in the New York State Senate, and I am thrilled that couples nationwide will have access to this fundamental right. The Supreme Court made the right decision both morally and legally, and today is a day to celebrate for the LGBT community and its allies. The fight for full LGBT equality is far from over, but victory has never been closer.”

June 26, 2015
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One Step Closer: Kennedy, Ryan-Sponsored Bill to Boost Settlement Payouts for Families of Victims of Terrorist Attacks Moves to Governor Cuomo’s Desk

NYS Senate & Assembly Pass Legislation Allowing Insurance Representatives to Waive Structured Settlement Commissions to Family Members of Victims of Terrorist Attacks

Waiver Already Available to Families of Victims of September 11 Attacks Now Expanded

As Beirut Bombing of 1983 Case Comes to a Close, $1.75 Billion in Seized Assets Could be Structured Pro Bono, Granting Families of Victims a Greater Payout 

June 25, 2015
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Kennedy & Peoples-Stokes Announce Passage of Bill Extending Authorization of Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor Commission

Commission Was At Risk of Deauthorization by End of 2015 – Bill Provides Two-Year Extension 

Commission Vital to Progress on Buffalo’s East Side, Kennedy & Peoples-Stokes Urge Governor to Swiftly Sign Into Law 

June 18, 2015
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In Final Days of Legislative Session, Senate Passes Kennedy-Sponsored Bill to Keep Powdered Caffeine Off Shelves; Bill to Curb Overdoses Now Awaits Assembly Approval

After At Least 18 Deaths Reported in Connection With Powdered Caffeine Overdoses, New York Cannot Wait for FDA to Take Action

One Teaspoon of Unregulated Powder May Contain Caffeine Equivalent of 25 Cups of Coffee

June 16, 2015
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As Final Week of Session Nears, Senators Kennedy, Panepinto Join Local Leaders to Demand Action on Microbead Legislation

With Hundreds of Thousands of Plastics Particles Found in Great Lakes, Concern Over NY Water Quality is at All-Time High

 Nearly Two Months After Assembly Passage, WNY Leaders Say There’s No Excuse for Lack of Senate Action on Microbead Bill This Year

June 15, 2015
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Two Months After Kennedy’s Call, State Senate Passes Bill Banning Sale of Powdered Alcohol

New York State Takes Critical Step Towards Prohibiting Dangerous Product Targeted Towards Teens

Bill Outlawing Versatile Powdered Alcohol Now Ready for Consideration of Assembly 

BUFFALO, NY – Just two months after Senator Tim Kennedy (D-Buffalo) and Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes (D-Buffalo) joined local addiction specialists to push for a ban on the sale of powdered alcohol in New York State, the State Senate passed legislation Monday to do just that. (S.1757A) bans the sale of powdered or crystalline alcohol, citing the potential for it to be used illegally by youth as well as a higher risk of overdose.

June 9, 2015
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Kennedy: As Child Porn Continues to Pervade Internet & Feds Strain Under Caseload, New York Must Crack Down

New Legislation from Kennedy Aligns State Law With Federal Law, Creates New Aggravated Promotion and Aggravated Possession Charges 

Kennedy Bill Calls for Enhanced Penalties for Promotion and Possession of Prepubescent or Violent Child Pornography 

May 26, 2015
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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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