Timothy M. Kennedy's Videos

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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Senator Kennedy Stands Up for NY Jobs, Proposes Hostile Amendment to Prevent Corporations from Outsourcing Jobs Overseas

Kennedy tries to push through ‘Save NY Call Center Jobs Act’ as hostile amendment

ALBANY, N.Y. – Standing up to protect New Yorkers’ jobs, Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, proposed a hostile amendment Thursday to prevent corporations from shipping jobs to foreign countries. It was an effort to push the Senate to take action on the ‘Save New York Call Center Jobs Act’ (S.6918) – which Senator Kennedy introduced earlier this year.

June 22, 2012
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Senator Kennedy Announces Senate Closes Loophole to Outlaw Accessing Child Pornograph​y

Senate unanimously passes measure making it illegal to access and view child pornography on the internet

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, announced the Senate has taken action to close a loophole that pedophiles had exploited to legally access child pornography. The Senate approved legislation Tuesday that updates the state’s penal law to fully prohibit online viewing of child pornography. An individual will be guilty of a class E felony if he or she knowingly accesses child pornography with the intent to view it.

June 20, 2012
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Jay J’s Law Approved in Senate

Kennedy-sponsored legislation, which carries name of local boy, aims to crackdown on repeat child abusers.

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, announced the Senate unanimously approved Jay J’s Law by a vote of 57-0. Jay J’s Law (S.6508/A.9488), which Senator Kennedy authored, will crackdown on repeat child abuse and enact far stiffer penalties for violent offenders who repeatedly hurt children.

June 13, 2012
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Senator Kennedy Announces Reform Legislation Approved to Prevent Prescription Drug Abuse

I-STOP is central component of comprehensive reform bill, which the Senate passed Monday.

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-58th District, announced the Senate approval of comprehensive reform legislation to prevent prescription drug abuse. The central component of the legislation is the Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing (I-STOP), which establishes a real-time prescription drug tracking system. The legislation also requires e-prescriptions of controlled substances, improves training and education for practitioners, expands awareness among patients and the public, creates year-round drug-disposal sites and updates controlled substance schedules.

June 11, 2012
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Senate Passes Legislation to Protect Disabled-Veteran-Owned Businesses from Criminal Impersonation

Kennedy-sponsored legislation approved to stop impersonators who try to cheat the system and steal from veterans

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, passed legislation through the State Senate to crackdown on the impersonation of disabled veteran vendors. Under this bill, offenders who defraud veterans and the public by pretending to be service-disabled-veteran business owners can be punished with time behind bars.

This legislation (S.4726), which Senator Kennedy sponsored, will make criminal impersonation of a disabled-veteran vendor a class A misdemeanor. If convicted, offenders could spend up to one year in prison.

May 31, 2012
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Senator Kennedy Announces Howard Zemsky Confirmed as NFTA Chairman

Western New York businessman and philanthropist secures unanimous approval of Senate

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, a member of the Senate Transportation Committee, announced the Senate has confirmed the appointment of Howard Zemsky to serve as chairman of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority. Zemsky, who also works as co-chair of the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council, becomes chairman of the NFTA after serving on its board of commissioners since 2008.

May 15, 2012
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Jay J. Visits Albany, Progress Made Toward Jay J.’s Law

Jay J. and his family secure the commitments of several key lawmakers

ALBANY, N.Y. – The push for Jay J.’s Law continued this week, when Jay J. and his family visited Albany to lobby lawmakers for support. Jay J., his grandparents, Joseph and Tabitha Retzer, and Uncle Kevin and Aunt Chris Retzer secured commitments from several state legislators whose support will be critical to passing Jay J.’s Law.

May 4, 2012
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Senator Kennedy Says State Budget Focuses on WNY Economy, Infrastructure

State Legislature approves on-time budget that invests in local job creation and transportation improvement

 ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, highlighted provisions in the state budget, which he believes indicate that Albany is finally paying attention to the needs of Western New York. As the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Small Business and Economic Development, Kennedy says the budget’s focus on economic development and infrastructure improvement will help spark job creation across the state and especially in Western New York.

March 30, 2012
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Senator Kennedy Honors L. Nathan Hare, Community Action Organization for Dedicated Service to WNY

As African American History Month comes to a close, Senator Tim Kennedy honored a local man who has worked tirelessly to improve the quality of life for men and women throughout Western New York and New York State. Kennedy sponsored a resolution honoring L. Nathan Hare for his dedicated service to Western New York. Hare leads the Community Action Organization of Erie County, an organization that works every day to prevent and combat poverty in our community. 

March 1, 2012
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VIDEO: Senator Kennedy Testifies Before Redistricting Panel

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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Extraordinary Session Keeps Senator Kennedy from Attending Business Symposium, Sends Video Message from Albany

Senator Kennedy was not able to attend the Business Symposium -- which he held on Thursday, December 7 -- in person because Governor Cuomo had called for the State Legislature to return to Albany Wednesday for an extraordinary session. After making the commute across the I-90 to Albany Tuesday night, Senator Kennedy sent video remarks from the State Capitol in a recorded message posted to YouTube and played at the Symposium. In this video, he discusses the work that's been done and the plans moving forward related to job creation and economic development.

December 7, 2011
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Senator Kennedy Honors Cheektowaga Police Chief Christine Ziemba in Senate Resolution, Remarks on Senate Floor

Cheektowaga Police Chief Christine Ziemba, the first woman to ever lead a police force in Western New York, recently retired after 34 years of service to the town of Cheektowaga and the greater Western New York community. The New York State Senate honored Chief Ziemba for her long and accomplished career protecting our neighborhoods with a resolution put forward by Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District. 

April 26, 2011
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Senator Kennedy: Budget Takes Money from WNY Students and Gives it to Wall Street Millionaires

During the vote on the 2011-12 budget revenue bill, Senator Kennedy stood up to voice Western New York's opposition to budget provisions that will take money away from the region's students, seniors and families and put it into the pockets of Wall Street millionaires.  

March 30, 2011
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Senator Kennedy: It's a Priority of WNY to Have UB 2020 in the Budget

Senator stands up for Western New York economy during budget debate, cites Republicans' failure to include UB 2020 as reason for 'No' vote on Senate bill

ALBANY, N.Y. - In the one-house budget bill the Senate voted on this week, Senator Timothy, M. Kennedy voted 'No', citing the Republicans' failure to include UB 2020 in their proposal.

The budget resolution that the Senate puts forward is essentially a list of budget priorities for the Senate. Senator Kennedy believes it is vital to the economic future of Western New York that UB 2020 is included in the budget proposal. 

March 17, 2011
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