Timothy M. Kennedy's Press releases

Senator Kennedy Releases Statement on the Death of Osama bin Laden

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, released the following statement regarding the death of Osama bin Laden, the leader of the terrorist group al-Qaida.

“The American military has been relentless throughout the war against terror, and the brave men and women who have led our nation’s pursuit of Osama bin Laden are to be commended for succeeding in the mission of toppling the leader of the al-Qaida terror network. As we reflect on the many sacrifices made and the many struggles endured since the September 11 terrorist attacks, let us also remember that there is still work to be done to protect our nation and keep our families safe,” Senator Kennedy said.

May 2, 2011
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Senate Honors Chief Christine Ziemba for Service to Community

Senator Kennedy sponsors resolution recognizing Chief Ziemba as trailblazer for women in law enforcement

ALBANY, N.Y. – When Christine Ziemba was hired by the Cheektowaga Police Department, she became the first female police officer in the town’s history. After joining the department, Ziemba started climbing the ranks, and in March 2002, the Cheektowaga Town Board named her Chief of Police, making her the first woman to ever lead a police force in Western New York.

April 26, 2011
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Kelly Cline and Senator Kennedy Launch Families Against Texting While Driving

Click here to join Families Against Texting While Driving

Advocacy group will first focus on making texting while driving a primary offense statewide

April 14, 2011
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Senator Kennedy Announces Next Stops for ‘Senator on Your Street’ Initiative

Outreach program targeted to connect directly to constituents in their communities

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, announced his next “Senator on Your Street” events will be held in two different Buffalo neighborhoods April 14 and 15. The Old First Ward Community Center will be the site for the April 14 “Senator on Your Street” program, and on April 15, Senator Kennedy will take his office to Los Tainos Senior Citizens Center.

A representative from Senator Kennedy’s office will be available to meet with constituents and address any concerns. Senator Kennedy will also join residents to answer constituents’ questions, listen to community concerns and provide any help he can with state programs and agencies.

April 8, 2011
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Senator Kennedy: Make Sweet Corn Official State Vegetable

As debate rages over whether to make sweet corn or the onion New York’s official veggie, WNY Senator launches online petition in support of sweet corn

EDEN, N.Y. – In the debate over whether to make the onion or sweet corn the official vegetable of New York State, Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, is standing up for the hardworking farmers of Western New York and declaring the choice has got to be sweet corn.

April 7, 2011
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Internships Available with Senator Kennedy

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, invites students to apply for an internship in his office. An internship in Senator Kennedy’s office will provide qualified students with the opportunity to gain valuable, first-hand experience in working to build a stronger and more prosperous future in Western New York and across the state. Openings are available in the Western New York and Albany offices.

“It is an honor to represent our community and to spend every day working to push Western New York forward along the path to prosperity,” Senator Kennedy said. “As we fight to restore greatness to the Empire State, I encourage motivated, young Western New Yorkers, who are ready to make a difference in our community, to join us in our work.”

April 5, 2011
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Senator Kennedy Releases Statement on 2011-12 Budget

Kennedy cites exclusion of UB 2020, massive cuts to students, millionaires’ bailout as reasons for ‘no’ vote

ALBANY, N.Y. – For the first time in five years, Albany has passed a budget on time. While Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, is proud of the accomplishment, he is deeply concerned about some of the details contained in – or absent from – the budget bills.

March 31, 2011
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Senator Kennedy on Budget: We Can’t Let the Exclusion of UB 2020 Kill our Efforts to Pass the Plan this Year

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, released this statement, following an initial review of the budget agreement announced Sunday by Governor Cuomo and the legislative leaders.

“I appreciate Governor Cuomo’s commitment to helping us grow the Western New York economy, and I look forward to the summit he will host to discuss how we can make UB 2020 a reality. However, I am disappointed that UB 2020 – a plan that will help spark new job creation in Western New York – was not included in the budget negotiations,” Senator Kennedy said. “I made a commitment to only vote for a budget that includes UB 2020 in its entirety. This budget does not do that.

March 28, 2011
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Senator Kennedy Holds Roundtable Discussion on the Budget’s Effects on Western New York’s Students

Parents and students from Cheektowaga-Sloan meet with Senator Kennedy to discuss their concerns

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, visited the Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School to hold a roundtable discussion with parents, students and educators. The talk focused on the state budget’s effects on schoolchildren in Western New York.

March 25, 2011
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Senator Kennedy to Hold Roundtable Discussion with Parents and Students on the NYS Budget and Education

Roundtable will focus on the budget’s impact on Western New York’s school children

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy will hold a roundtable discussion with parents and students to hear their concerns about the N.Y. State budget at the Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School in Cheektowaga. The focus of the talk will be the budget’s impact on Western New York’s school children, with a specific focus on the impact on students in the Cheektowaga-Sloan School District.

March 24, 2011
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Bringing the Senate to Your Street, Taking Your Voice to the State Capitol

Senator Kennedy's guest column originally published in the Bee Newspapers, February 24, 2011 

By: N.Y. State Senator Timothy M. Kennedy

March 23, 2011
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Senator Kennedy Announces Construction Resumes on South Park Avenue

Work restarted Monday, revitalization project expected to be completed in June

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, announced that work has resumed on South Park Avenue, as crews move toward the completion of the construction component of the South Park Avenue Revitalization Project.

With about 70 work days remaining in the 300-day project, it is expected that the work will be completed during the month of June – barring any unforeseen delays like poor weather. The project officially restarted Monday with workers beginning the process of streetlight installation.

March 16, 2011
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Senator Kennedy Advances Fight for Increased Transportation Aid to Western New York

Kennedy challenges current system as unfair to Western New Yorkers

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, advanced his fight to secure increased transportation aid for Western New York, at the confirmation hearing for Joan McDonald, Governor Cuomo’s appointee to take over the Department of Transportation.

When the DOT committed a human error in the calculation of the region’s funding formula, they ended up shortchanging Western New York to the tune of approximately $167 million.  Senator Kennedy, a member of the Transportation Committee, urged Commissioner McDonald to fix the funding disparity that Western New York has endured as a result of the miscalculation.

March 9, 2011
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UB 2020 PASSES THE SENATE

WNY Delegation pushes legislation through Senate chamber; Senator Kennedy and Democratic colleauges send letter to bring legislators from both chambers and both parties to the table to devise a strategy for passage through Assembly

March 2, 2011
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KENNEDY PRESSES DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION FOR ANSWERS

Senator fights for increased transportation aid for Western New York

ALBANY, N.Y. – At the joint legislative budget hearing held Monday to discuss transportation and infrastructure, Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, pressed officials from the Department of Transportation for answers on issues critical to the economic future of Western New York.  

When it was his turn to question the DOT, Senator Kennedy pushed to get Western New York its fair share of transportation aid to revitalize the region’s aging infrastructure.

February 28, 2011
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MORE THAN 1,000 VETS FROM IRAQ & AFGHANISTAN OUT OF WORK IN WESTERN NEW YORK – KENNEDY JOINS GILLIBRAND FOR AN IMPORTANT ROUNDTABLE WITH LOCAL VETERANS AND BUSINESS LEADERS TO FIND SOLUTIONS

Gillibrand Urges New Tax Credits For Businesses Who Hire Vets Returning from Iraq & Afghanistan, More Job Training, And Better Efforts to Prepare Servicemembers for the Difficult Job Market

 

February 14, 2011
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Senator Kennedy Announces "Senator on Your Street" Initiative

Western New York’s new senator to launch program to connect directly to constituents in their communities

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – The Cheektowaga Senior Center will be the first site for Senator Timothy M. Kennedy’s new constituent services program, “Senator on Your Street.” Senator Kennedy will visit the senior center Thursday, February 10, and his next stops will be Hamburg Town Hall on Friday, February 11; the Autumnwood Senior Center on Thursday, February 17; and the West Seneca Senior Center on Friday, February 18.

February 11, 2011
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Kennedy Lays Groundwork for his WNY Small Business Advisory Board

Kennedy names his business liaison, requests resumes for individuals interested in advisory board

BUFFALO, N.Y. – In his pursuit for common ground solutions that will help grow jobs in Western New York, Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, is building the Western New York Small Business Advisory Board to turn small business owners’ first-hand expertise into new initiatives to encourage business expansion throughout the region.    

February 10, 2011
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PROPERTY TAX CAP PASSES SENATE

Senator Kennedy adds momentum behind push for governor’s tax cap bill, mandate relief proposal

 ALBANY, N.Y. – With Western New York families and businesses struggling under the largest tax burden in the nation, Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, co-sponsored Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s property tax cap program bill – which caps the growth of property taxes at the lesser of two percent or the rate of inflation – to help push the tax cap through the Senate.

It’s an important step forward in the bipartisan efforts of Senator Kennedy and his colleagues to combat the state’s skyrocketing taxes.

February 9, 2011
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No Time to Waste: Hold the Line and Pass the Cap

Senate Democrats Announce Support for Property Tax Cap; Senator Tim Kennedy Proposes Comprehensive Property Tax Relief Plan

(Albany, NY) As millions of New Yorkers struggle to keep their homes due to skyrocketing property taxes, Senate Democratic leadership, members and local taxpayers from across the state announced their support for immediate passage of Governor Cuomo’s two-percent property tax cap to hold the line on taxes for Middle Class families. Building on his support for Governor Cuomo’s tax cap, Senator Tim Kennedy unveiled a comprehensive property tax relief plan.

Senator Kennedy’s property tax relief plan would:

January 24, 2011
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