Timothy M. Kennedy's Press releases

May 2, 2013
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Kennedy-Cosponsored Bill That Ensures Parents are Notified of Sex Offenders Living Near Schools Passes Senate; Senator Kennedy Urges Assembly to Approve This Important Legislation

The Kennedy-cosponsored legislation will require school districts to notify parents of sex offenders living within the district in an effort to help keep children and families safe from predators. 

Now that the bill has passed through the Senate with bi-partisan support, Kennedy is urging his Assembly colleagues to pass the bill as well.

Kennedy: With nearly 1,300 sex offenders living in our community, this legislation ensures parents have the knowledge they need to help keep their children safe.

April 30, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Passes Key Bill to Boost Service Collaborative of WNY; Will Save Local Non-Profit $20,000

Kennedy’s bill will result in estimated $20,000 cost savings for The Service Collaborative, allowing them to invest more in neighborhoods, local non-profits. 

Legislation now needs Assembly approval and Governor’s signature. 

Kennedy: The Service Collaborative is Committed to Improving Quality of Life in Buffalo and WNY, and This Will Help Them Reduce Overhead Costs and Invest More in Our Community.

April 29, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Stands with Progressive Coalition to Demand Fair Elections

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Today, a diverse coalition demanded robust campaign finance reform with public financing at its core outside the Erie County Board of Elections. NYS Senator Tim Kennedy, NYS Assemblyman Sean Ryan, Organizing for Action, the Clean Air Coalition, Citizen Action, the Coalition for Economic Justice and several other organizations spoke Thursday morning in favor of passing reform.  

April 26, 2013
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State Doles Out $600,000 Each Year for Corrupt Albany Politicians’ Pensions; Kennedy Pushes Bill to Take Away Disgraced Lawmaker Pensions

Since 1999, 20 Albany politicians have resigned or lost elections after run-ins with the law or ethical failures – and that number may climb higher after the recent political scandals.    

In total, the state has paid out $4.3 million in pension costs to 14 of those 20 individuals. 

Kennedy: Crooked politicians shouldn’t be able to pay their debt to society behind bars while simultaneously being paid by the very society they ripped off. It needs to stop.

April 24, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Wants Justice for Jay J, Renews Fight for Jay J’s Law

Kennedy encourages WNY community to help prevent child abuse and participate in the “Million March Against Child Abuse” on Monday, April 22.

The fight to pass Jay J’s Law continues, as Kennedy urges Senate and Assembly to approve much-needed crackdown on child abuse. 

Kennedy: As Jay J recovers from the abuse he suffered, he’s relying on us to stand up for him and help secure justice for children across our state.

April 20, 2013
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With States Rapidly Legalizing Online-Gaming, Senator Kennedy Calls on the New York State Gaming Commission to Investigate Bad Actors

Kennedy says International, Online Gaming Sites have been Circumventing the Law for Years. 

With 10 States Already Legalizing or Looking to Legalize  Online-Gaming; Predatory Sites will Have Easier Access to the NYS Market. 

Kennedy: Online Predators are Stacking the Deck and Consumers are Losing. 

April 19, 2013
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Kennedy: 4 out of 5 At-Risk Youth in Erie County Do Not Have Access to Critical Mental Health Services; Urges Expanded Mental Health Care for Local Children

Kennedy secures $800,000 in state budget to preserve the Erie County Mental Health Association’s Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program, says more funding is needed next year. 

CASA program able to serve 200 of the 1000 at-risk children in need of help in Erie County; MHA, with Kennedy’s support, is pushing to expand the program. 

April 18, 2013
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Senator Kennedy: Public Trust Act is Important, Necessary Step to Crack Down on Albany Crime Spree

Kennedy urges comprehensive, far-reaching efforts to clean up Albany.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, applauded Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed Public Trust Act and urged his colleagues to join him in pursuit of an aggressive anti-corruption agenda. Kennedy wants the state to take on public corruption and enact strong new reforms to clean up Albany during this legislative session.   

April 9, 2013
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Big Banks Have Let 100’s of WNY Homes to Fall into Disrepair; Kennedy, Ryan Push New Legislation to Make Banks Pay for Foreclosure Delay

Kennedy, Ryan, local residents launch push for new state law at 35 Gary Lane, a Cheektowaga home falling into disrepair as a result of Bank of America’s delay. 

Hundreds of homes across Western New York end up in “foreclosure-delay limbo” when banks drag their feet. 

Kennedy: Big banks’ delay hurts our community and our home values. WNY is sending a message to Wall Street: You made this mess. You clean it up.

April 5, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Commemorates April as Autism Awareness Month, Pushes for New Protections for People with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Kennedy Urges Awareness, Advocacy and Understanding of Autism and its Effects.

Push continues to pass Kennedy’s bill to enact a bill of rights for people with autism spectrum disorders. 

BUFFALO, N.Y. – In recognizing April as Autism Awareness Month, Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, is encouraging Western New Yorkers to get engaged in the effort to spread further awareness of autism and its effects on children, adults and their families. Kennedy has also been pushing for several legislative initiatives to strengthen the state’s protections and support for people with autism spectrum disorders and their families.

April 3, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Announces Route 33 Bridge Work Finally Begins

At recent budget hearing, Kennedy pushed DOT to get this project and others in WNY started. 

Kennedy will continue tracking DOT projects, to ensure they are started and completed on-schedule 

Kennedy: After nearly a one-year delay, this critical roadwork is finally beginning to rejuvenate aging structures, improve public safety and strengthen surrounding neighborhoods

April 1, 2013
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Senator Kennedy: $3 Million for NFTA Capital Projects is Needed Boost

Kennedy says New York State will direct more than $3 million in capital assistance to Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority. 

Kennedy: This $3 million state investment to support NFTA capital projects is a much-needed and welcome boost for WNY’s public transit system.

March 28, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Announces State Funding Boost for WNY Schools, Local Highways

Kennedy says all Erie County school districts combined will see a state aid increase of over $35 million and county roads will receive nearly 20 percent more than last year.

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo announced that more state funds will be headed to Western New York to enrich our schools and repair local roads. Kennedy said the state is investing about an additional $1 billion in schools across New York. The state budget also targets $438 million to repair local roads and bridges, which represents the first increase in local highway aid in five years.

March 27, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Announces Funds Secured for At-Risk Youth

Kennedy confirms budget includes funding for Operation SNUG, Court Appointed Special Advocates program.

Kennedy: This minimal state investment will have a tremendous community impact helping at-risk youth avoid destructive decisions.

March 22, 2013
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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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