Timothy M. Kennedy's Press releases

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Senator Kennedy: April 30 is Final Day NYSDOT Shielded from Accountability for Pothole Damage; Outdated Law Must be Changed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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Senator Kennedy Calls for Investigation into Auto Insurers that Charge Blue-Collar Workers Higher Rates Based on their Income and Education

Following a Report from NYPIRG that Auto Insurers are Targeting Lower-Income New Yorkers for Higher Rates, Senator Kennedy is Calling on NYS Dept. of Financial Services to Investigate.

Big Auto Insurers Charging as Much as $400 a Year More to Insure Drivers without a College Degree.

Kennedy: Insurance Companies are Reaching into the Pockets of WNYers and Speeding Away with the Money.

April 7, 2014
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At March Against Child Abuse, Senator Kennedy Announces Increased Funding Secured to Prevent Child Abuse and Support Victims

After Senator Kennedy led budget fight to increase support for Child Advocacy Center in Buffalo and centers across the state, funding rises by $2.57 million, a 43 percent increase.

Kennedy: Our state and nation are facing an epidemic of child abuse, and it is urgent for us all to take action to stop abuse and neglect, once and for all.

April 5, 2014
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Senator Kennedy Outlines New Tax Relief to Strengthen Manufacturing Industry in State Budget

State budget reduces taxes for manufacturing industry to boost job growth.

Kennedy pushed for tax relief for manufacturers to improve the economic competitiveness of Upstate New York.

Kennedy: WNY’s economy supports more than 50,000 manufacturing jobs, and with this new budget, we will spur the creation of even more good-paying jobs.

April 2, 2014
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Senator Kennedy Announces Final Budget Increases Local Road Funds to Support Pothole Repair, Strengthen Infrastructure

Senator Kennedy pushed for increased funding for local highways after harsh winter left many roads in rough shape.

State budget to include a $40 million increase for the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program as an “Extreme Winter Recovery” appropriation.

March 31, 2014
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Senator Kennedy Announces Expanded Access to Naloxone to Prevent Overdose and Save Lives in Bill Passed Through Senate

Senator Kennedy cosponsored bill that will help combat rising numbers of overdoses to heroin and prescription drugs.

Kennedy pushed legislation to provide family members and friends of addicts with access to overdose antidotes that save lives.

March 27, 2014
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Buffalo, Rochester Senators Renew Call for Upstate Manufacturing Tax Relief

After Senate and Assembly proposed changes to the Governor’s proposals, Kennedy and O’Brien join Buffalo Niagara Partnership and Rochester Business Alliance to renew their call for enhanced state support to boost manufacturing in Upstate New York.

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senators Tim Kennedy of Buffalo and Ted O’Brien of Rochester renewed their call today to keep the upstate manufacturers’ tax relief plan, which Governor Cuomo proposed in his executive budget, specifically targeted to manufacturing businesses in Upstate New York, rather than overextending the tax break to downstate.

March 27, 2014
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Senator Kennedy Statement on the Passing of Buffalo Bills’ Owner and Founder Ralph Wilson Jr.

Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, released the following statement following the passing of Buffalo Bills’ Owner and Founder Ralph Wilson Jr.

“Considered by many Bills fans as the father of football in Buffalo and across Western New York, Ralph Wilson’s passing marks the end of an era. Mr. Wilson will be remembered as an immense figure in our city’s history whose contributions extended far beyond the football field and deep into the roots of our community. Western New York would not be the same without Ralph Wilson Jr. and the Buffalo Bills.

March 25, 2014
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Senator Kennedy Pushes for Vital Afterschool Expansion in Final Budget Plan

Funding for Statewide Afterschool Expansion Plans Put in Jeopardy during Budget Negotiations.

With Budget Deadline Days Away, Kennedy Calls for Final Budget to Include $160 Million to Meet Urgent Need to Expand Access to Afterschool Programs in WNY and across the State.

Kennedy: Thousands of Hardworking Families in WNY Desperately Need Access to Afterschool Programs to Help their Children Achieve their Greatest Potential.

March 21, 2014
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As WNY Recovers from Harsh Winter, Senator Kennedy Calls for Increased Aid to Municipalities Strained by Winter’s Heavy Costs

Harsh winter has become financial burden for local governments – Total costs for road salt and cold-patch materials double in Lackawanna. Cheektowaga nearing $1 million in total winter-related costs.

Kennedy urges colleagues in State Government to support efforts to raise aid to municipalities to help communities financially recover from storms.

March 20, 2014
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Senator Kennedy Announces Senate Approval of Bill to Toughen Carjacking Penalties When Child is Inside Vehicle

Bill cosponsored by Kennedy to strengthen penalties for carjacking vehicles when a child is inside passes Senate just weeks after Buffalo incident when SUV was stolen with 11-year-old boy in back seat.

March 13, 2014
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State Commits to Senator Kennedy to Support WNY Communities in Storm Response

With an unprecedented second blizzard warning in 2014, Kennedy calls Emergency Services Commissioner to monitor state response to storm.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, called New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Jerome Hauer this morning to ensure the state's preparedness to support storm response in Western New York. Western New York is facing an unprecedented second blizzard warning in 2014, and Kennedy is closely monitoring the state's response.

March 12, 2014
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Senator Kennedy Votes Against Incumbent Regents to Push Change at State Education Department

Citing concerns over Common Core implementation, Kennedy votes ‘No’ on incumbent members; casts vote for challenger Walter Polka, a Western New Yorker focused on fixing challenges facing schools.

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, today voted against the slate of incumbent candidates for the New York State Board of Regents in an attempt to shake-up and bring change to the State Education Department. Citing widespread frustration over the implementation of the Common Core, Kennedy and several of his colleagues in the Senate and Assembly voted in opposition to the current group of regents whose five-year terms are ending this year.

March 11, 2014
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With Electricity Bills Soaring, Senator Kennedy Pushes for Independent Watchdog to Protect Western New York Utility Consumers

Residential utility customers in New York pay some of the highest electricity rates in the nation – over 50 percent higher than the national average.

Kennedy pushes legislation that will ensure homeowners and small businesses have a strong voice and forceful advocate fighting for them during rate-setting proceedings.

Kennedy: As electricity bills surge ever higher, New York needs a Utility Consumer Advocate fighting hard every day to protect the interests of working families, senior citizens and small businesses.

March 8, 2014
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Senator Kennedy, Group of Senate Democrats to Vote ‘No’ on Incumbent Regents to Bring Change to State Education Department

Four members of the NYS Board of Regents are at the end of their five-year terms.

Citing concerns over failed Common Core implementation, Kennedy and several Senate Democrats vow to vote ‘No’ on incumbent members of Board of Regents.

March 6, 2014
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Senator Kennedy Leads Budget Fight to Protect Cheektowaga YES

Statewide Youth Development Program funding which supports Cheektowaga Youth Engaged in Service (YES) was significantly cut in recent budget proposal – Kennedy pushes to restore funds. 

This funding provides assistance for enrichment and engagement opportunities for children and youth in WNY and across the state. 

Kennedy: New York must say ‘Yes’ to funding Cheektowaga YES and youth programs like it across the state.

March 4, 2014
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