Senator Tim Kennedy, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Economic Development Committee, announced the State Legislature has approved a short-term extension of the Brownfield Cleanup Program. The sunset date of the Brownfield Cleanup Program was pushed back to March 31, 2017, from its current sunset date of December 31, 2015. This extension bill, which Senator Kennedy cosponsored, also appropriates $100 million to the state's hazardous waste cleanup account.
Legislation Inspired by Jackie Wisniewski’s Story Clears Major Hurdle After Push from Kennedy, Peoples-Stokes
Prior to her death, Jackie found a GPS device installed on her car, tracking her whereabouts. Legislation advanced by Kennedy and Peoples-Stokes updates NY’s stalking laws to crackdown on GPS stalking.
This legislation aims to combat domestic violence – in 2012 over 6,300 Erie County residents became victims of domestic violence, and over 4,000 of those victims were women.
Senator Kennedy, Councilman Scanlon to Hold South Park Avenue Spring Clean Up Saturday, May 10
Additional volunteers are needed for clean-up event May 10 to help beautify the neighborhood and get the trees lining South Park Avenue ready for summer.
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy is planning the South Park Avenue Spring Clean Up for Saturday, May 10 with Councilman Chris Scanlon. The clean-up will start at 10 a.m. and run until about 5 p.m., and Kennedy and Scanlon are encouraging the community to come out and help get the neighborhood ready for summer.
In 2014-15 budget, New York State appropriates the remaining $680 million of the Buffalo Billion to fulfill state’s commitment.
Kennedy: Buffalo is a city on the move, and the state’s billion-dollar investment is driving us forward even faster.
ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, announced the state will fulfill its commitment to provide $1 billion to rebuild the economy of Buffalo and Western New York in this year’s budget. In the 2014-15 budget, the state will appropriate $680 million in capital funds which will complete the state’s $1 billion commitment to Buffalo and Western New York for local economic development projects.
State Senate passes bill that Senator Kennedy cosponsored to expand and clarify school officials required to report suspected child abuse by designating school coaches as mandated reporters.
ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, announced the New York State Senate passed legislation to increase the ranks of mandated reporters working in schools across the state. The legislation, which Senator Kennedy cosponsored, will expand and clarify the school officials required to report suspected child abuse by designating school coaches as mandated reporters.
Senator Kennedy cosponsored bill to help veteran-owned businesses gain access to state contracts.
Recent estimates have indicated that approximately 1,000 veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan were unemployed in WNY.
ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, announced the New York State Senate today passed the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act, which will provide veteran-owned businesses with increased access to state contracts. Senator Kennedy cosponsored this legislation (S.6865) to help level the playing field for veterans who are competing with much larger operations to secure state business.
At public hearing today in Albany, Kennedy says there’s an urgent need for additional state resources for local CPS agencies in light of recent child fatalities in Erie County.
ALBANY, N.Y. – At a public hearing where state lawmakers explored the budget’s impact on human services, Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, made a forceful plea for increased state resources for local child protection services in Western New York and across the state. In light of recent child fatalities in Erie County, Kennedy says there is a dire need for new support for child protection services.
Senator Tim Kennedy and Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes are pursuing major changes to reform Child Protective Services in Erie County and across the state. Their CPS reform legislation comes in response to recent child fatalities that have deeply affected the entire Western New York community.
At public hearing today in Albany, Kennedy says lack of state aid for NFTA presents significant challenge for transit riders and economic development in WNY.
ALBANY, N.Y. – At a public hearing on the state budget’s impact on transportation today in Albany, Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, launched a decisive push for increased state support for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA). Kennedy made the case for a more fair share of state aid to be directed to the NFTA and pressed for answers related to NFTA funding concerns in the upcoming year.
Senator Kennedy says Job Fair on January 14 will present job-seekers with new employment opportunities.
CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy is encouraging Western New Yorkers who are seeking new jobs this new year to attend a job fair that the Cheektowaga Chamber of Commerce has planned for January 14.
The job fair will be held Tuesday, January 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Walden Galleria Mall. The event will be held on the lower level of the mall, near the Apple store.
Job-seekers will have the opportunity to connect with exciting new employment opportunities at numerous businesses located throughout Western New York.
BUFFALO, N.Y. – The fight to save the historic St. Ann's Church continued today with a heartfelt tribute to a Western New Yorker who recently died after spending his entire life – all 93 years – as a parishioner of St. Ann's Church. Even in his final days, John Rynn, a Buffalo resident, remained committed to the effort to preserve St. Ann's and protect it from demolition.
Mr. Rynn was featured in a Buffalostyle video produced to help save the threatened church on Buffalo's East Side. Now, with his recent passing, producers of the video have decided to dedicate the film to Rynn’s memory.
With unanimous approval in Senate, pressure grows for the Assembly to act on Jay J’s Law this year.
Kennedy: Unanimous Senate approval of Jay J’s Law sends the message that the Assembly needs to act. This is an opportunity for the Assembly to show that they’re serious about protecting the vulnerable.
New provisions included in budget will strengthen efforts to crackdown on distracted driving on New York State’s roads and highways.
Kennedy: Stronger penalties send a clear message to distracted drivers: keep your eyes on the road and off your phone.
ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, announced the State Senate has approved stronger penalties for distracted driving as part of the 2013-14 budget. Kennedy explained the new provisions will strengthen state efforts to crackdown on texting while driving and other cell phone use while driving.