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.
Praises Governor Cuomo for his Determined Efforts to Grow our Regional and Statewide Economy, as Outlined in State of the State Address
ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, applauded the $1 billion investment in Western New York – which Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday in his 2012 State of the State address. While it was the brightest highlight of the speech for Western New York, the Governor also discussed his comprehensive statewide agenda for 2012.
William Street and Lackawanna Post Offices face potential closure under U.S. Postal Service plan.
USPS holding public meeting Wednesday regarding the future of the William Street facility.
BUFFALO, N.Y. – About 800 Western New Yorkers joined State Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, in signing their support to a letter questioning the actions taken by the United State Postal Service in the proposed closing of two local post offices – William Street in Buffalo and Lackawanna.
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.
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.
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Citing the damage it would do to the Western New York economy, Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, is urging the United States Postal Service to reverse its course as it considers shutting down operations at the William Street Post Office in Buffalo. Senator Kennedy is also encouraging the Western New York community to sign an online petition that calls on the USPS to “Keep WNY’s Post Office Open”. Individuals signing the petition will have their names added to an opposition letter that will be sent to Postmaster General.
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.
Leaders Lay Out Plan for Transfer of Waterfront Lands to Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp.
Congressman Brian Higgins, N.Y. State Sen. Timothy M. Kennedy and other local leaders laid out a plan that would once and for all take the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) out of the waterfront business.
In a letter to NFTA Commissioners Higgins wrote, “It is undeniable that this public land has remained in the wrong public hands for too long…The land is not poised to serve its highest and best use…Is clear that NFTA must relinquish its waterfront holdings finally and forever.”