Timothy M. Kennedy's Press releases

Jay J.’s Law Passes through Senate Committee, Moves toward Full Senate Vote

Senate Codes Committee approves Jay J.’s Law at their meeting Tuesday, a critical step toward passing the legislation in full Senate

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, announced the Senate Codes Committee approved Jay J.’s Law at their meeting Tuesday morning. Now that it has passed through committee, Jay J.’s Law begins moving toward the Senate floor for a vote of the full chamber.

May 8, 2012
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Prescription Drug Abuse: Progress in Albany, Washington

Local Advocates headed to Washington to take their movement to national-level.

Top state leaders committed to taking action this session.

WNY’s federal and state representatives fighting to stop the prescription drug abuse epidemic.

May 4, 2012
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Senator Kennedy Announces Senate Action to Prevent Underground Trafficking of Synthetic Marijuana, ‘Bath Salts’

Senate passes legislation to establish criminal penalties for the sale and possession of synthetic chemicals that mimic the effects of marijuana, ecstasy or meth

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, announced the Senate has taken action to prevent the underground proliferation of synthetic marijuana and substituted cathinones – often referred to as ‘bath salts’. This follows a recent Health Department order which banned the sales of synthetic marijuana in stores throughout New York State.

April 30, 2012
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Senator Kennedy Presents State Honors to Cheektowaga Veteran, Helps Connect Local Veterans to Support Resources at Outreach Event

Senator awards, posthumously, New York State Medal for Merit to Cheektowaga man who earned recognition in World War II but did not receive medal prior to passing

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, held an event Friday to help connect Veterans to the services and support they earned while serving our great nation. Over 200 Veterans visited Cheektowaga’s Pvt. Leonard Post V.F.W. Post to attend Senator Kennedy’s Veterans Outreach Fair and learn more about resources available to them.

April 20, 2012
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Senator Kennedy, Urban Family Practice Announce State Designation for Innovative “Health Homes” Program

Urban Family Practice of Buffalo being selected to participate in statewide pilot program to improve health outcomes and reduce Medicaid costs

BUFFALO, N.Y. –Senator Tim Kennedy, Urban Family Practice, Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network partners and local stakeholders announced Saturday the state has designated the Buffalo-based healthcare provider to participate in the innovative Medicaid Health Homes program. This new state program, which was approved in the state budget through the Medicaid Redesign Team, aims to improve health outcomes and reduce Medicaid costs.

April 14, 2012
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Senator Kennedy Praises Health Department Decision to Ban Synthetic Marijuana

State health commissioner issues order to stop the sale of all synthetic marijuana products in New York State

March 29, 2012
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Senator Kennedy, WNYPBN Announce Parents Can Now Access Certificate of Still Birth

Perinatal Bereavement Network, Senator held outreach event Sunday to help families complete application to obtain certificate

BUFFALO, N.Y. – March 21, 2012 was a day that bereaved parents throughout New York State had long been awaiting. After fighting for nearly a decade to secure state recognition for the children they lost to stillbirth, New York families finally got the State Legislature to pass a bill to create the Certificate of Still Birth with the support of Senator Tim Kennedy and other state lawmakers.

March 24, 2012
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WNY Lawmakers Urge State Action to Ban Synthetic Drugs

Pending legislation to prohibit sale and distribution of synthetic drugs nearing vote in State Senate

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – Western New York lawmakers are urging immediate action from the state to ban synthetic drugs. Abuse of these chemicals is growing locally and nationally, but the state has done little to slow or stop the rapid spread of synthetic marijuana. Senator Tim Kennedy and Assembly members Dennis Gabryszak and Crystal Peoples-Stokes say the time for delay and inaction are over. They want the state to pass measures to prohibit the sale and distribution of synthetic drugs.

March 23, 2012
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Senator Kennedy, Buffalo’s Irish-American Community Dedicate Monument to the Fenian Invasion of 1866

Monument at Tow Path Park marks point where the Fenian Brotherhood , a group of Irish-Americans, launched an effort to secure Irish independence by first taking Canada

BUFFALO, N.Y. – From the banks of the Niagara River at what is now Tow Path Park in the City of Buffalo, a group of Irish-Americans known as the Fenian Brotherhood – many of whom were Civil War veterans – embarked on a mission to take Canada from Great Britain in an effort to secure Irish independence in 1866. Their designed operation called for them to invade the British colony to our north, seize it and barter it with Great Britain in exchange for the freedom of their home country, the British colony across the ocean, Ireland.

March 19, 2012
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Sen. Kennedy Joins A.G. Schneiderman in Push to Combat Prescription Drug Abuse

Attorney General holds press conference in Western New York to advance I-STOP legislation

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, stands with Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in urging the state to take action to combat prescription drug abuse. While Senator Kennedy was in Albany Tuesday and unable to attend the Attorney General’s press conference in Western New York, he has been stressing the urgency of addressing this epidemic and pushing his colleagues to support prescription drug abuse reform.

March 6, 2012
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Kennedy to DOT: Sell the Surplus Properties, Use Revenue to Help Address $167 Million Mistake

State Comptroller releases report that finds Department of Transportation is holding onto surplus properties that could generate revenue for the state.

March 5, 2012
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Senator Kennedy Announces Senate Passage of DNA Databank Expansion

Legislation will improve effectiveness of criminal investigation and prevent crime

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, announced the State Senate has passed legislation to expand the state’s DNA databank to prevent crime by improving the effectiveness and accuracy of criminal investigation. Once passed by the Assembly and signed by the Governor, this bill will create an all-crimes DNA database.

February 22, 2012
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Senator Kennedy Calls Redistricting Proposal Political Gerrymandering, Urges LATFOR to Head Back to the Drawing Boards

Senator testifies before LATFOR public hearing at Buffalo City Hall

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, called Senate Republicans’ redistricting proposal a clear example of political gerrymandering during his testimony before the panel tasked with redrawing the state legislative map at their public hearing Thursday. He urged the panel to take their remap proposal back to the drawing boards.

February 16, 2012
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Senator Kennedy Commends Distracted-Driving Crackdown, Praises Effective Enforcement of New Law

Especially proficient enforcement in Western New York, as police officials in Erie County wrote about 17 percent of all texting-while-driving tickets issued outside of New York City

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, commended State Police and local law enforcement agencies for cracking down on distracted driving and effectively enforcing the state’s new texting-while-driving law – which the Legislature passed and Governor Andrew Cuomo signed last summer.

February 14, 2012
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Senator Kennedy Announces Actions Taken to Advance Fight Against Prescription Drug Abuse

Albany forum brings various perspectives together, Legislation against Rx abuse passes Senate.

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, announced that progress is being made in the fight against prescription drug abuse. At the State Capitol Monday morning, a roundtable forum brought various perspectives together to discuss actions that must be taken to address the growing epidemic. Later in the day, the Senate passed legislation to crackdown on drug dealers and pill mills.

February 13, 2012
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D’Youville Hockey Team Honors DYC Alum Senator Kennedy at Caz Rink

Also a Homecoming for Cazenovia Park Hockey Alumni

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The D’Youville College Spartan club hockey team honored New York State Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, for his strong support of the team at a ceremony Sunday at the Timothy J. Burvid Ice Rink (“The Caz”) in South Buffalo.

Senator Kennedy, proudly wearing a D’Youville Spartan hockey jersey, and his son Connor, who had his own hockey game later that day, participated in a ceremonial puck drop before the game with Medaille College, a league rival.

February 2, 2012
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Local Anti-Rx Drug Abuse Advocates Visit Albany to Push for Reform

Save the Michaels of the World, an advocacy group founded in Buffalo, makes first lobbying trip to the State Capitol

ALBANY, N.Y. – With communities throughout our state and nation experiencing the effects of the growing epidemic of prescription drug abuse, a group led by local advocates is fighting for reform to a system that has failed far too many families.

The group, known as Save the Michaels of the World, visited Albany Tuesday – in the first of what is sure to become many trips to the State Capitol – to urge state legislators to take action against prescription drug addiction.

February 2, 2012
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Questions Remain Unanswered, New Questions Arise: Senator Kennedy Pushes DOT to Fix Mistake that Cost WNY $167M

DOT Commissioner Leaves Questions Unanswered at Public Hearing

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, has been fighting to get the Department of Transportation to fix a mathematical error they made when calculating regional aid allocations for the 2008-09 fiscal year. Their mistake caused a funding shortfall of $167 million to Western New York.

At the joint legislative budget hearing on transportation Thursday, Senator Kennedy continued his push to get the DOT to fix their mistake and rectify the subsequent $167 million shortfall. He questioned DOT Commissioner Joan McDonald to uncover what went wrong in fiscal year 2008-09 and to learn more about steps the DOT plans to take to fix the funding disparity.

January 26, 2012
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Senator Kennedy Calls Senate Republicans’ Plan to Increase the Size of the Senate ‘Government Waste’, ‘Political Ploy’

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, called Senate Republicans’ proposal to increase the size of the Senate a clear example of “government waste” and a “hypocritical political ploy” intended to serve the Republican Majority politicians at the expense of New York taxpayers.

January 10, 2012
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Senator Kennedy Presses for Answers on $200M Thruway Funding Shortfall to Western New York

Thomas Madison confirmed as new executive director of the Thruway Authority.

Senator Kennedy raises questions of regional funding equity during confirmation hearing.

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, pressed Thomas Madison, the new executive director of the New York State Thruway Authority, for more information regarding a $200 million Thruway funding shortfall to Western New York during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Transportation Committee.

January 9, 2012
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