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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Details of agreement on ethics reform announced at Monday press conference
ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, released the following statement regarding the ethics reform agreement that Governor Cuomo announced Monday afternoon.
“Over the past 10 years, more Albany politicians have been indicted or have resigned amid scandal than have lost general election. Western New Yorkers are sick and tired of seeing elected officials dragged out of office in handcuffs. Cleaning up Albany has been a top priority for me, and I’m very pleased that an agreement on ethics reform has finally been reached.
Package of bills will help get New Yorkers back to work by promoting workforce training, harnessing the growth potential of alternative energy, encouraging small business growth
ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, led the Senate Democratic Conference in pressing for the passage of a set of job creation initiatives and workforce reinvestment proposals that will help get Western New Yorkers back to work, at a press conference Thursday in the State Capitol.
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Albany newsmagazine The Capitol has named Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, a rising star in New York government and politics in its annual “40 Under 40” section. The list acknowledges men and women whose impact has already been felt early in their careers and who possess high potential for the future.
“There is a lot of work that needs to be done in Albany and in Western New York, and I appreciate The Capitol for recognizing me as someone who can get the job done,” Senator Kennedy said.
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, will host a clean-up of South Park Avenue on Saturday, May 28, starting at 9 a.m. at his office located at 2239 South Park Avenue. Volunteers are needed to help with the effort to clean up the Avenue from Bailey to Dorrance.
Senator Kennedy is looking for volunteers of all ages and backgrounds to help with everything from picking up trash to maintaining trees and green spaces.
Business community shares ideas, first-hand experiences with WNY Senator
BUFFALO, N.Y. – “Small businesses are the engines of job growth in the new economy,” said Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, as he addressed a group of business owners gathered Thursday at the Innovation Center on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. It was a meeting of the Small Business Advisory Board that Senator Kennedy created earlier this year to help him identify challenges and develop solutions to improve the small businesses climate in Western New York.
Small Business Advisory Board encourages residents to shop local to stimulate economy
BUFFALO, N.Y. – In recognition of National Small Business Week 2011 which runs May 16 – 20, Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business, outlined some of the resources available to Western New York businesses.
Safety advocate Kelly Cline applauds Senate, turns focus of Families Against Texting While Driving to getting the job done in Assembly
ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, announced Tuesday the Senate passed legislation (S.998B | A.6174A) to strengthen state law against texting while driving, by a vote of 57-3. The bill – co-sponsored by Senator Kennedy – will make it a primary offense to text while operating a vehicle.