Timothy M. Kennedy's Press releases

Senator Kennedy Pushes for Historic Designation, Rehabilitation Tax Credits for Buffalo’s Old First Ward

 Kennedy announces the beginnings of commission to pursue historic designation – and the rehabilitation tax credits that come with it – for the Old First Ward.

Community leaders join Kennedy to encourage residents, local preservationists to participate in the effort. 

Kennedy: Buffalo’s First Ward is a relic to the hard work, sweat and endurance that our region is known for. It’s going to take similar determination to secure historic designation, but this extensive process begins today as we start forming our ‘green-ribbon commission’. 

March 15, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Announces Progress in Securing Resources for Operation SNUG, CASA Program

Critical funds for programming to help at-risk youth will be made a priority in Senate budget resolution. 

Kennedy says Senate’s proposal includes funding for Operation SNUG, which combats gang violence, and the Court Appointed Special Advocates program, which assists youth in the Family Court System.

Kennedy: Now we must ensure resources for at-risk youth remain in the final negotiated budget.  

March 11, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Protests Cuts to Developmental Disabilities Programs, Urges Reinstatement of State Support

In recent budget hearing, Kennedy pressed OPWDD Commissioner for answers on how the state will protect the high quality of care in light of a potential six percent funding cut. 

At Kennedy’s urging, Senate Democratic Conference makes restoration of cuts a top statewide priority at negotiating table. 

Kennedy writes letter to Governor urging him to eliminate cuts and restore funding for critical services for people with disabilities.

March 8, 2013
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Kennedy to Senate GOP: It’s Time to Act on Minimum Wage

With Assembly Approving Minimum Wage Hike Today, Kennedy Urges Senate GOP Coalition to Allow the Legislation to Come to a Vote. 

Kennedy: We Have the Votes to Raise the Minimum Wage. The Only Barrier Standing Between Working Families and Higher Wages is the Senate GOP Leadership.

March 5, 2013
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Kennedy, Stewart-Cousins Lead Fight Against Gang Violence, Call for Anti-Violence Funds to Re-Launch Operation SNUG

Following Governor Cuomo’s budget presentation at City Honors, Leader Stewart-Cousins visits Buffalo to outline Senate Democrats’ budget proposal to curb gang violence. 

Senators Kennedy and Stewart-Cousins lead push to reinstate funding for Operation SNUG programs in state budget. 

Kennedy and Stewart-Cousins: In Communities across the State, Operation SNUG Helped Snuff out Gang Activity Until Funds Ran Dry. It’s Clear this Anti-Violence Effort is Needed Once Again.  

February 23, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Calls on SUNY to Ensure Operable Carbon Monoxide Detectors in Every Dorm Room

After UB students sickened and dorm evacuated, Kennedy wants SUNY to ensure CO detectors are present and functional during more frequent inspections. 

Kennedy: A Stronger SUNY Policy on CO Detectors Will Help Students and Parents Breathe a Little Easier.

February 19, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Vows to Sack Proposed Youth Football Ban

Kennedy wants downstate Assembly member to withdraw legislation to ban youth football. 

WNY youth football players and coaches join Kennedy to rally against proposed youth football prohibition. 

Kennedy: Buffalo is a football city, and youth football is a part of our history. It’s about more than just the X's and O's. It teaches qualities like discipline, leadership and teamwork – those lessons last a lifetime.

February 14, 2013
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Kennedy’s Bill to Prepare Workers for 21st Century Jobs Clears First Legislative Hurdle

Senator Kennedy’s Center of Workforce Achievement proposal passes Senate Economic Development Committee. 

‘Skills gap’ cited as force causing hundreds of local jobs to go unfilled. Kennedy’s bill aims to bridge gap between skills demand and supply in local workforce. 

February 12, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Announces New Addiction Treatment Services for Western New York

NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services to add 25 new residential treatment beds for young adults in WNY. 

At August forum, Kennedy called attention to the dramatic lack of treatment beds in WNY, has been pushing for more resource for region.   

Kennedy: Rx drug addiction is a local public health crisis. The addition of 25 new beds is an important step toward ensuring WNY families have access to the treatment services they need.

February 6, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Urges Cheektowaga School Boards to Approve Plans to Examine Cost-Savings, Consolidation Opportunities

About 150 residents attended information meeting Monday on regional funding fairness and consolidations.

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Cheektowaga, is urging the school boards of the four Cheektowaga districts – Cheektowaga Central, Cheektowaga-Sloan, Cleveland Hill and Maryvale – to approve plans to begin the process of studying potential cost savings through mergers, consolidations or sharing of services. Each individual board will consider a resolution to jointly pursue state grant funding for a consolidation study at their upcoming meetings.

January 29, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Proposes New Meth Lab Disclosure Rules to Protect Homeowners, Renters

Hazardous chemicals left behind in homes once used as meth labs pose serious health risks; Kennedy wants new disclosure requirements for sellers and landlords. 

At 148, a record-setting number of meth labs uncovered and broken up across N.Y. State in 2012. 

Kennedy: When Homeowners are Kept in the Dark on Meth Contamination, Serious Health Problems Take Entire Families by Surprise. It’s Time for New Rules to Protect Buyers and Renters. 

January 25, 2013
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Kennedy Remains Top Ranking Democrat on Economic Development Committee, Earns Place on Finance Committee

Assignments to important committee posts follow Leader Stewart-Cousins move to make Kennedy a part of her leadership team. 

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, today announced his committee assignments for the 2013 legislative session. Kennedy will retain his position as the ranking Democratic member on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business. He also earned a post on the Senate Finance Committee, which will give the Senator a larger influence on legislation that carries fiscal implications for the state.

January 22, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Stands Up for At-Risk Children in WNY, Calls for CASA Funding to be Restored in State Budget

Funding for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Program cut for 2013, leaving at-risk children without the support they need. 

In the wake of horrible tragedies like the Sandy Hook massacre, Kennedy says we need more access to mental health services for troubled young people, not less. 

Kennedy: CASA gives kids – who have no voice – a voice. You can’t put a price tag on changing the lives of young people in our community

January 16, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Rallies for Minimum Wage Increase, Urges Albany to Raise the People’s Pay

Over 100 people joined Kennedy at Friday’s rally at the Gloria J. Parks Community Center. 

State lawmakers Kennedy, Peoples-Stokes, Ryan support measures to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.75 an hour and linking future increases to the Consumer Price Index. 

Kennedy: Now’s the Time to Raise the Minimum Wage, and Stop Playing Paycheck Roulette by Linking Future Increases to CPI.

January 11, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Praises State of the State Focus on Strengthening Workforce, Raising Minimum Wage, Growing Upstate Economy

Kennedy applauds Governor Cuomo’s efforts to build comprehensive, progressive agenda for 2013 legislative session. 

Governor’s plans to strengthen the workforce reflect concepts Kennedy proposed in his legislation to address the “skills gap” and create “Centers for Workforce Achievement” at community colleges across the state. 

January 9, 2013
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New Leader for Senate Democrats, New Leadership Position for Senator Kennedy

Last month, Senate Democrats made history when they voted to make Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins the first woman to lead a legislative conference in New York State history.

Senator Kennedy is proud to report that Senator Stewart-Cousins has asked him to serve on her leadership team for the Democratic Conference. In his new role as Assistant Whip, it will be Kennedy's job to help gather and secure support for important pieces of legislation that come before the Senate. Kennedy will be whipping votes and using this new position to make sure his legislative colleagues get behind proposals that are important to Buffalo and Western New York.

January 3, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Applauds AG Schneiderman’s New Requirements to Combat ‘Dark Money,’ Boost Transparency in Political Campaigns

New regulations from AG Schneiderman will shed light on the influence of “dark money” in NY government and politics. 

Kennedy says Schneiderman’s new regulations partnered with real campaign finance reform will boost transparency, combat corruption and eliminate undue corporate influence over the will of the people

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, applauded the efforts of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman today as he announced new regulations and reporting requirements that will combat “dark money” and increase transparency in state government and politics.

December 12, 2012
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Upstate Senators Join Community, Labor, Faith Leaders to Demand Fair Elections Through Real Campaign Finance Reform

Progressive Leaders Say Reduced Contribution Limits, Public Financing, Stronger BOE Enforcement Remain Keys to Meaningful Campaign Finance Reform

BUFFALO, N.Y. - State Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, and State Senator-elect Ted O’Brien, D-Rochester, joined leaders from community and labor organizations Tuesday outside the Erie County Board of Elections to call on their colleagues in the State Senate to strongly pursue passage of Governor Cuomo’s Fair Elections campaign finance reform proposal.

December 11, 2012
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Senator Kennedy Writes to Apple CEO, Urges Company to Consider Buffalo for American Production Line

In appearance on NBC’s Rock Center, Apple CEO Cook announced plans to move a Mac computer production line to United States next year. 

Kennedy’s letter highlights region’s productive workforce, strategic geographic location, low-cost power from Niagara Power Project. 

Kennedy: Buffalo is a City in Resurgence; Apple could Help Lead our Underdog City’s Economic Comeback

December 7, 2012
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Kennedy, Peoples-Stokes Urge State Education to Keep COMMUNITY Charter School Open

COMMUNITY Charter School is up for charter renewal in June 2013; Decision over whether or not to renew set to be made December 10. 

Kennedy, Peoples-Stokes highlight the school’s rebound and steady progress following the adoption of their School Improvement Plan. 

Kennedy, Peoples-Stokes: Our Community Matters. Give COMMUNITY the Opportunity to Complete their Comeback.  

December 7, 2012
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