Timothy M. Kennedy's Press releases

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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In Midst of Harshest Winter in Years, Senator Kennedy Pushes New Initiatives to Combat Western New York’s Pothole Problems

Kennedy Calls for Increased State Investment in Local Roads – Pushes New Legislation to Help Drivers Whose Cars are Damaged by Crumbling State Roads, Create New Online Portal to Report Potholes and Monitor Repairs.

Kennedy: In WNY, we’re accustomed to the woes winter weather can bring, but ‘Old Man Winter’ has packed a particularly hard punch this year. New York State should step in and provide relief.

March 1, 2014
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Senator Kennedy Announces State Funding as Renovation Plans Are Unveiled for Historic Uptown Theater on Bailey Avenue

New York State directing $150,000 in Urban Initiatives funding to University District Community Development Association to renovate Uptown Theater.

February 28, 2014
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Senator Kennedy, Assemblyman Ryan Announce State Funding as Renovation Plans are Outlined at Boys & Girls Club on Buffalo’s West Side

State providing $150,000 grant through the Urban Initiatives program to support Boys & Girls Club renovation project.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy and Assemblyman Sean Ryan today announced state funding to support major renovation plans for the Butler-Mitchell Boys and Girls Club, which is an important yet aging community asset on Buffalo’s West Side. Boys and Girls Clubs of Buffalo officials outlined their plans to improve the Butler-Mitchell Clubhouse and broaden its impact in the neighborhood. Kennedy said this major reconstruction project will help strengthen the West Side community and support families who call the neighborhood home. 

February 18, 2014
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Senator Kennedy Fighting to Improve Community’s Access to State’s Job-Training Programs

Kennedy seeks to address troubling trend of area residents not knowing about state’s job-training programs; Wants Department of Labor to provide services directly in Buffalo neighborhoods.

Kennedy is pushing state DOL to establish satellite offices, drop-in hours at community centers and outreach events in targeted areas.  

February 12, 2014
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Kennedy, Peoples-Stokes, Kearns Push for Commitment from NFTA to Review Recent Route Cuts and Fare Hikes as They Push State for Increased Funds

State Delegation is Working to Help Secure Additional State Funding for NFTA; Lawmakers Want NFTA to Commit to Current Level of Service and Explore Reversing Previous Service Cuts and Fare Hikes.

NFTA Deserves Additional State Funding to Help Support Operations – Kennedy, Peoples-Stokes and Kearns Want Any Funds Secured to Go to Cutting Rates for Families in Need

Kennedy: If the State Does Its Part to Support the NFTA; NFTA Must Do Its Part to Support WNY.

February 7, 2014
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Senator Kennedy Delivers State Funding to Combat Gang Violence in Buffalo

After Kennedy’s successful effort to re-launch Operation SNUG, new state resources are coming to Buffalo and WNY to make our community safer. 

A grant of $366,400, through state’s Operation SNUG, will support neighborhood-based violence prevention project.  

Kennedy: With the support we secured through Operation SNUG, our community will have the chance to ramp up our relentless efforts to prevent crime and make our neighborhoods safer.

February 5, 2014
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Senator Kennedy Confident State Review of Crude Oil Rail Safety Will Prevent Emergencies, Make Communities Disaster Ready

Following December’s train derailment in Cheektowaga, Kennedy urged state review of disaster readiness and safety policies governing the transport of crude oil by rail. 

Volume of crude oil shipped by rail has skyrocketed in recent years. An estimated 100-200 outdated DOT-111 rail cars carrying crude oil travel through WNY daily.

January 29, 2014
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Senator Kennedy Proposes Stronger Protections for Witnesses

In recent Erie County case, judge expressed need for stronger laws to prevent intimidation and tampering of witnesses.

Kennedy: Stronger protections for witnesses will ensure New Yorkers can come forward and speak freely without fear of retribution or retaliation.

January 20, 2014
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Senator Kennedy, New Yorkers for Active Transportation Call for Investment in Pedestrian and Bicycling Projects

More than 50 organizations, 1,300 Postcards, one message—NYS Budget needs dedicated pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure funding

January 14, 2014
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Senator Kennedy Joins Over 80 State Legislature Colleagues to Call for Substantial New Investment in Schools

Kennedy joins wide coalition of legislators from across the state in push for increased funds for education.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, and 82 of his colleagues in the State Legislature today called for substantial new investment in schools across the state.

January 13, 2014
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Kennedy, Peoples-Stokes Propose Major Changes to Reform Child Protective Services

Following the tragic deaths of two young Buffalo children, Senator Kennedy and Assemblywoman Peoples-Stokes pursue new legislation to improve a system long needing reform.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy and Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes, both Democrats from Buffalo, today unveiled a comprehensive series of legislation that will strengthen and improve Child Protective Services in Erie County and across the state. Together, the bills proposed by Kennedy and Peoples-Stokes present major changes to a system long in need of reform.

January 10, 2014
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Senator Kennedy Outlines State of the State Highlights for Western New York

Senator Kennedy responds to Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address, delivered Wednesday in Albany. 

New investment to create jobs in Buffalo, initiatives to improve schools, property tax relief for homeowners are highlights for Kennedy.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, outlined several highlights from Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address that will directly impact Western New York. Kennedy said the speech set the tone and the agenda for the upcoming legislative session, and he commended the Governor’s continued focus on Buffalo and Western New York.

January 8, 2014
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