Timothy M. Kennedy's Press releases

WNY Delegation Continues Efforts To Enact Laura Cummings Law

Legislative progress is being made in Albany to protect victims of violence 

Members of the Western New York Legislative Delegation gathered Monday morning to provide key updates on their collaborative efforts to enact Laura Cummings Law, a bill named in honor of the young developmentally disabled Erie County woman who was murdered by her mother in January 2010 after years of abuse and mistreatment. 

August 22, 2011
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Unicell to Expand Operations in Buffalo

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, joined by Senator Tim Kennedy, announced that Unicell, a national and international leader in the designing and manufacturing of bodies for commercial trucks and vans will invest $3.46 million to expand its Howard Street facilities in Buffalo. On the strength of a $175,000 investment package from Empire State Development, Unicell will increase its manufacturing capacity to retain and create over 50 local jobs as part of a green initiative to assemble a cutting edge body for an electric truck.

August 3, 2011
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Texting while driving ban shows the power of grassroots advocacy; Bee News Guest Column

Originally published July 28, 2011, Bee News Group  New York State has taken an important step forward in our fight against distracted driving.

August 1, 2011
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Kennedy, Smardz Present Big Tree Fire Company with Legislative Resolution in Honor of Life and Service of Firefighter Jarrett Eleam

Lieutenant Eleam died earlier this year following training exerciseBLASDELL, N.Y. – Following the tragic passing of Big Tree Firefighter Jarrett Eleam, the New York State Senate and Assembly passed a legislative resolution honoring the life and service of the fire company’s lieutenant at the urging of Senator Tim Kennedy and Assemblyman Kevin Smardz along with the Western New York delegation.Kennedy and Smardz presented the Big Tree Fire Company with a framed, engrossed copy of the resolution at their recent company meeting.

July 29, 2011
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Senator Kennedy: Regional Council Will Help WNY Capitalize on Unique Opportunities for Job Creation and Economic Development

New approach to spark statewide economic development will focus on regional model

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business, joined Governor Andrew Cuomo Tuesday at the launch of the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council. In applauding the Governor for revamping New York’s job growth strategy, Kennedy called this regional approach to economic development a significant opportunity to streamline bureaucracy, improve efficiency and create jobs.

July 26, 2011
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Community Leader Spotlight: Art Robinson, Seneca-Babcock Block Club President

“Don’t ever give up on your neighborhood.”

The word community is defined as a group of people who live in the same area.

Art Robinson believes a community is much more than just an area where you live. For Art, a community is a sense of belonging, a place to be proud of.

Art is the president of the Seneca-Babcock Block Club. He has demonstrated great leadership within the Seneca-Babcock community.

 Taking the reins

Stepping up as the president of the block club 11 years ago, Art believes, “To make a better community, people need to get involved.” Although he felt “drafted” as the block club president, Art said, “I’m glad I did this.”

July 25, 2011
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Statement from Senator Kennedy on Legislation to Protect Services for Children with Special Needs and Save Local Jobs

Governor signed legislation that will keep Hopevale open

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy (D-58th District) released the following statement regarding the announcement Thursday that Governor Andrew Cuomo signed important legislation that will keep Hopevale School open to serve Western New York children and save 50 local jobs.

“As a licensed occupational therapist, I understand how important it is that we protect and support our children with special needs. Throughout my occupational therapy career, I worked with children to ensure they develop the skills to help them thrive every day.

July 21, 2011
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Senator Kennedy Announces Texting While Driving Now a Primary Violation

Governor signs bill to strengthen state law against distracted driving

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy (D-58th District) announced texting while driving is now a primary violation of state law, after Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill to crack down on distracted driving Tuesday.

For years, texting while driving was only a secondary offense. Law enforcement could only stop a driver distracted by a handheld electronic device if he or she were violating another traffic law (speeding, reckless driving, etc.). That changed today when the Governor signed the bill, which Senator Kennedy co-sponsored.

July 12, 2011
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Senator Kennedy Invites Army Sergeant Sandra Jablonski Bourque to Join him as Independence Day Parade Grand Marshal

Sergeant Bourque was inducted into the State Senate’s Veterans’ Hall of Fame in June

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – In recognition of the sacrifices made by Western New York veterans to build and preserve our nation, Senator Timothy M. Kennedy (D-58th District) announced he has invited Army Sergeant Sandra Jablonski Bourque to join him in sharing the honor of grand marshal of the Cheektowaga Independence Day Parade.

Sergeant Bourque, a Depew resident and veteran of the Iraq War, will lead the parade alongside Senator Kennedy, who nominated Bourque for induction into the State Senate’s Veterans’ Hall of Fame this year.

July 1, 2011
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Senator Kennedy Announces Legislature Approves NYSUNY 2020 Bill

Senator calls approval of SUNY plan a critical step toward achieving UB 2020 vision

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, announced that the Senate has approved the NYSUNY 2020 plan to empower the University at Buffalo and the State University of New York to become engines for economic growth. The legislation will make SUNY more sustainable with a rational tuition policy.

June 30, 2011
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Senator Kennedy Announces Approval of Property Tax Cap, Mandate Relief Measures

Legislation aims to keep New Yorkers in their homes

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, announced that a historic legislative package to help reduce the state’s property tax burden and keep New York affordable has passed in the Senate and Assembly.

The legislation, which passed Friday, contains proposals that Senator Kennedy has been pushing since taking office, including a property tax cap and mandate relief measures.

June 30, 2011
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Small Business Spotlight: O'Brien's Farm Fresh Meats and Smokehouse

Senator Kennedy's Small Business Spotlight: O'Brien's Farm Fresh Meats and Smokehouse

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June 30, 2011
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Senator Kennedy to Sponsor UNYTS Independence Day Blood Drives

Blood drives in West Seneca this weekend on Friday, July 1 and Monday, July 4

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy (D-58th District) is calling on the community to help keep the blood supply strong this Independence Day. The demand for blood tends to outpace supply during the summer season, but Western New Yorkers have an opportunity to change that trend this weekend at the Upstate New York Transplant Services (UNYTS) blood drives, which are sponsored by Senator Kennedy.

On Friday, July 1, the blood drive runs from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Monday, July 4, the drive will start at 9 a.m. and end at 1 p.m. Both blood drives will take place at the UNYTS Neighborhood Blood Donation Center at the Southgate Plaza (1000 Union Road) in West Seneca.

June 29, 2011
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Kennedy ‘Green’ Jobs Bill Passes Legislature, Will Help New York Capitalize on Clean Energy Economy

Jobs Legislation Moves to Governor’s Desk for Signature

ALBANY, N.Y. – Sen. Timothy M. Kennedy (D-58th District) announced today that legislation he sponsored to create jobs by developing a workforce for the state’s emerging “green” economy has passed both houses of the Legislature and is now headed to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s desk for his signature.

June 21, 2011
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Senator Kennedy Announces Certificate of Still Birth Approved in Senate, Assembly

After nearly a decade of logjam, bill finally approved by both houses

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, announced the State Senate and Assembly have passed legislation (S.3111B) to create the Certificate of Still Birth to help heal the pain felt by families enduring the stillbirth of a child.

Currently, the state only issues a fetal death certificate when a child is stillborn – leaving many families feeling that the state does not recognize their stillborn child ever existing. A Certificate of Still Birth will serve as state recognition of the child’s birth and life.

June 17, 2011
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Senator Kennedy Announces Ban on Texting While Driving Approved in Senate, Assembly

Legislation now awaits Governor’s signature, Kelly Cline cited as driving force behind legislation to crackdown on texting drivers

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, announced the Senate and Assembly have approved legislation that strengthens state law against texting while driving (S.5643|A.8106). Once the Governor signs the bill, law enforcement will finally have the tools they need to begin cracking down on texting while driving.

June 14, 2011
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Senator Kennedy Announces Passage of Comprehensive Ethics Reform Legislation

Kennedy co-sponsors legislation, bill passes Senate by a vote of 61-0

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, announced the New York State Senate has passed comprehensive ethics reform legislation, which takes steps to finally bring real change to Albany.

The Public Integrity Reform Act of 2011 – which Senator Kennedy co-sponsored – unanimously passed the Senate by a vote of 61-0. The Assembly also passed the legislation, which now awaits the Governor’s signature to become law.

June 13, 2011
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Senator Kennedy, Kelly Cline Applaud Governor’s Distracted Driving Bill

Cline, Kennedy formed Families Against Texting While Driving to push issue forward

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, and Kelly Cline, a West Seneca mother and relentless safety advocate, commended Governor Andrew Cuomo for introducing a program bill on distracted driving. Cline also announced Families Against Texting While Driving – the advocacy group that she formed with Senator Kennedy earlier this year – will actively support the Governor’s bill.

June 10, 2011
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Higgins, Kennedy, Schroeder Announce Construction at Gallagher Beach

Project to Add Improved Public Access, Amenities Along Buffalo’s Waterfront

Congressman Brian Higgins, New York Senator Tim Kennedy and Assemblyman Mark J.F. Schroeder announced the latest project contributing to the transformation of Buffalo’s waterfront. The Western New York leaders released details on the current construction project at Gallagher Beach.

“In incremental steps we are building the waterfront that this community demanded and deserves,” said Congressman Higgins. “These improvements will complement the new Parkway and give waterfront destination seekers a new outlet to visit and enjoy.”

June 8, 2011
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Senator Kennedy Announces Kick-Off for ‘90 Days of Remembrance’ Blood Drive

Senator sponsors June 11 blood drives to help Red Cross launch drive for 911 units of blood by Sept. 11

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, is sponsoring blood drives on Saturday, June 11 in Cheektowaga and Hamburg to help the Red Cross kick off their “90 Days of Remembrance” effort – which aims to secure 911 units of blood at each of the five Red Cross blood donation centers by September 11.

June 6, 2011
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