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Senator Kennedy Honors 60 Years Since Cleveland Hill School Fire

Kennedy-sponsored resolution calls the New York State Senate to pause in reflection of the lives lost and changes made to prevent fires in schools locally and across the state.

Local tragedy, which claimed 15 lives, was the last time a child died in a school fire in New York State.

March 31, 2014
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Senator Kennedy Announces $680 Million Appropriation to Fulfill State’s Buffalo Billion Commitment

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.

March 31, 2014
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Senator Kennedy Announces Legislation to Increase Mandated Abuse Reporters Working in Schools

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.

March 26, 2014
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Senator Kennedy Announces Senate Approval of Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act

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.

March 24, 2014
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Senator Kennedy Demands Increased State Resources for Local Child Protection Services

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.

February 4, 2014
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VIDEO: Kennedy, Peoples-Stokes Outline Child Protective Services Reform

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.

Their proposed reforms include:

January 30, 2014
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Senator Kennedy Pushes for Increased NFTA Funding in State Budget

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.

January 30, 2014
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Cheektowaga Chamber of Commerce to Hold Job Fair January 14

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.

January 2, 2014
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Fight to Save Historic St. Ann's Church Continues; “Save St. Ann’s” Video Dedicated to Lifelong Parishioner

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.

November 1, 2013
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Kennedy Announces Senate Approval of Bill to Name I-290 Bridge for Trooper Kevin Dobson

Senate unanimously approves legislation, which Senator Kennedy introduced, to designate I-290 bridge over NY Rt. 425 as the “New York State Trooper Kevin P. Dobson Sr. Memorial Bridge”

Kennedy: The ‘NYS Trooper Kevin P. Dobson, Sr. Memorial Bridge’ will serve as a reminder for all WNYers that our highways were made safe by Trooper Dobson and his brothers and sisters in uniform.

June 17, 2013
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Senate Approves Senator Kennedy’s Bill to Crackdown on Financial Exploitation of Seniors

Legislation would expand the crime of larceny to more harshly prosecute people who commit financial abuse of seniors or individuals with disabilities.

Kennedy believes bill would help ensure stiffer penalties in cases like that of Kenneth Hetizenrater, who exploited the trust of a 90-year-old man to steal $550,000 from him.  

June 11, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Passes Jay-J’s Law through Senate

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.

May 23, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Secures Release of Long-Awaited Funding for Critical Upgrades to Gateway-Longview Family Resource Center in Buffalo

Kennedy fought to cut bureaucratic red tape that had stalled the critical upgrades to East Side Center for over 3 years.

Gateway-Longview will put $200,000 in funds toward improvements at their Family Resource Center. 

Kennedy: Gateway-Longview’s Funding is no longer a long-shot – project to improve important Buffalo community center is now a reality. 

April 8, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Announces Tougher Penalties for Texting, Cell Phone Use While Driving

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.

March 25, 2013
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Kennedy Announces Senate Approval of Funds to Upgrade Ralph Wilson Stadium and Help Keep Bills in WNY

Kennedy: As the state invests in the Bills’ long-term future in WNY, we look forward to next season – and the expected upgrades to both the stadium and the on-field performance. 

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, announced the Senate today approved state funds to upgrade Ralph Wilson Stadium – which will help protect the long-term future of the Buffalo Bills in Western New York. Kennedy said the Senate took up the state budget bill for capital projects, which included $54 million for stadium upgrades and capital improvements at Ralph Wilson Stadium, the home of the Buffalo Bills.

March 24, 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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As I-STOP Takes Effect, Senator Kennedy Presses for Answers on State’s Preparedness for Prescription Drug Abuse

Epidemic of prescription drug abuse has given rise to statewide need to re-tool addiction treatment services. 

Kennedy urges state officials to ensure WNY gets its fair share of resources for addiction treatment and prevention. 

Kennedy: With prescription drug abuse at epidemic levels in WNY, state must re-tool the approach to fighting addiction before more lives are lost.

February 27, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Leads State Senate in Honoring Fallen Buffalo Police Officer Patricia Parete

 Officer Parete passed away Saturday after being shot in the line of duty in 2006. 

WNY Senate Delegation cosponsors resolution honoring the life, contributions and bravery of Officer Patricia Parete.

ALBANY, N.Y. – The New York State Senate today honored Buffalo Police Officer Patricia Parete, who passed away Saturday after being shot in the line of duty in 2006. Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, sponsored the resolution recognizing the life, contributions and bravery of Officer Parete. The entire Western New York Senate Delegation joined Kennedy to cosponsor the resolution adopted in her memory.

February 5, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Presses DOT for Answers on Skyway, Regional Funding Disparities at Transportation Budget Hearing

DOT Commissioner says it is the intention of the department to “use all their best efforts” to deliver promised funds to WNY. 

Commissioner confirmed Skyway ‘plausibility review’ is underway, says she will come to Buffalo to discuss review findings. Also confirms review findings will not just be laid aside and ignored.    

Kennedy: Western New Yorkers Deserve a Responsive DOT that Delivers on its Promises and Acts on Local Transportation Needs. Today’s Public Hearing was a Step in the Right Direction. 

January 31, 2013
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