In Light of Disturbing Local Reports of Housing Discrimination, Kennedy Proposes Bill to Strengthen Protections for Veterans with Therapy Dogs

Senator Stands with WNY Heroes & HOME to Outline New Bill Focused on Veterans Who Have Medically-Prescribed Therapy Animals to Help Treat Trauma 

Kennedy Says it is Our Duty to Protect Those Who Have Served So Bravely to Protect Us

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy (D-Buffalo) stood with Iraq War Veteran and President of WNY Heroes Chris Krieger, Scott Gehl of Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) and other local advocates today to outline newly-created legislation (S.6031) designed to strengthen protections for veterans and individuals with disabilities who rely on and own therapy dogs from housing discrimination. The bill strengthens New York State’s Human Rights law, better aligning it with applicable federal laws.

August 25, 2015

Our Moms Deserve More: Senator Kennedy Stands with WNY Mothers, Doctors & Business Owners to Call for Lactation Rooms in Airports

As National Breastfeeding Month Continues, Kennedy Partners With Local Moms to Call for Increased Accommodations for New and Nursing Mothers

 Study Shows That Barely 8 Percent of Airports Have Designated Lactation Rooms; Kennedy's Bill Calls on NYS to Follow Illinois and California’s Lead & Require All Major New York State Airports to Designate Space for Breastfeeding Moms

August 18, 2015

Following Two Deadly Accidents, Kennedy & Wozniak Call for NYSDOT to Act at Harlem Road & Walden Ave Intersection

12-Year Old & 19-Year Old Killed in Span of Less Than 1 Year at Deadly Intersection, Study and Reforms Badly Needed Say Kennedy & Wozniak

Tens of Thousands Of Cars Compete With Bikers and Pedestrians Every Day – Intersection Requires an Overhaul 

July 22, 2015

Kennedy Delivers: Critical Repairs to Major Lackawanna Roadways Underway After State Investment

After Rough Winter, Milling and Paving Processes Begin to Revive South Park Avenue and Ridge Road

$2.5 Million Grant Secured by Kennedy Will Repair One of Worst Stretches of Pothole-Riddled Roadways in Erie County

July 7, 2015

Statement from Senator Tim Kennedy on the Supreme Court’s Nationwide Legalization of Marriage Equality

“When New York legalized marriage equality in 2011, nobody could have imagined it would have spread nationwide in only four years. For me, affirming the right for two adults to express their love through the institution of marriage was one of the proudest moments I have had during my tenure in the New York State Senate, and I am thrilled that couples nationwide will have access to this fundamental right. The Supreme Court made the right decision both morally and legally, and today is a day to celebrate for the LGBT community and its allies. The fight for full LGBT equality is far from over, but victory has never been closer.”

June 26, 2015

One Step Closer: Kennedy, Ryan-Sponsored Bill to Boost Settlement Payouts for Families of Victims of Terrorist Attacks Moves to Governor Cuomo’s Desk

NYS Senate & Assembly Pass Legislation Allowing Insurance Representatives to Waive Structured Settlement Commissions to Family Members of Victims of Terrorist Attacks

Waiver Already Available to Families of Victims of September 11 Attacks Now Expanded

As Beirut Bombing of 1983 Case Comes to a Close, $1.75 Billion in Seized Assets Could be Structured Pro Bono, Granting Families of Victims a Greater Payout 

June 25, 2015

Kennedy & Peoples-Stokes Announce Passage of Bill Extending Authorization of Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor Commission

Commission Was At Risk of Deauthorization by End of 2015 – Bill Provides Two-Year Extension 

Commission Vital to Progress on Buffalo’s East Side, Kennedy & Peoples-Stokes Urge Governor to Swiftly Sign Into Law 

June 18, 2015

In Final Days of Legislative Session, Senate Passes Kennedy-Sponsored Bill to Keep Powdered Caffeine Off Shelves; Bill to Curb Overdoses Now Awaits Assembly Approval

After At Least 18 Deaths Reported in Connection With Powdered Caffeine Overdoses, New York Cannot Wait for FDA to Take Action

One Teaspoon of Unregulated Powder May Contain Caffeine Equivalent of 25 Cups of Coffee

June 16, 2015

As Final Week of Session Nears, Senators Kennedy, Panepinto Join Local Leaders to Demand Action on Microbead Legislation

With Hundreds of Thousands of Plastics Particles Found in Great Lakes, Concern Over NY Water Quality is at All-Time High

 Nearly Two Months After Assembly Passage, WNY Leaders Say There’s No Excuse for Lack of Senate Action on Microbead Bill This Year

June 15, 2015

Two Months After Kennedy’s Call, State Senate Passes Bill Banning Sale of Powdered Alcohol

New York State Takes Critical Step Towards Prohibiting Dangerous Product Targeted Towards Teens

Bill Outlawing Versatile Powdered Alcohol Now Ready for Consideration of Assembly 

BUFFALO, NY – Just two months after Senator Tim Kennedy (D-Buffalo) and Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes (D-Buffalo) joined local addiction specialists to push for a ban on the sale of powdered alcohol in New York State, the State Senate passed legislation Monday to do just that. (S.1757A) bans the sale of powdered or crystalline alcohol, citing the potential for it to be used illegally by youth as well as a higher risk of overdose.

June 9, 2015

Kennedy: As Child Porn Continues to Pervade Internet & Feds Strain Under Caseload, New York Must Crack Down

New Legislation from Kennedy Aligns State Law With Federal Law, Creates New Aggravated Promotion and Aggravated Possession Charges 

Kennedy Bill Calls for Enhanced Penalties for Promotion and Possession of Prepubescent or Violent Child Pornography 

May 26, 2015

Russell A. Guthrie

Russell A. Guthrie, a lifelong resident of the City of Buffalo, honorably served in the United States Army during World War II. As a Sergeant First Class and Tank Gunner, Mr. Guthrie was assigned to the legendary 761st Tank Battalion, the first armored unit of African American soldiers to see combat in World War II. Known as the “Black Panthers,” the unit’s extraordinary bravery and heroism was recognized by General George S. Patton and became known additionally as “Patton’s Panthers.” As a member of the 761st, Mr. Guthrie participated in four major Allied campaigns, including the Battle of the Bulge and D-Day. 

May 19, 2015

Take Action Now: Kennedy, Panepinto & Wozniak Call for Immediate Assembly Vote on Mixed Martial Arts Legislation

As end of legislative session nears, WNY Senate and Assembly leaders, MMA advocates demand action on legislation to legalize MMA in NYS

Legislators push additional bill creating commission to regulate amateur MMA

May 19, 2015

Sister Mary Celeste O’Bryan

Sister Mary Celeste O’Bryan is a Sister of Mercy who has been ministering to God’s people for 65 years. Thousands have been touched by her care, concern and compassionate spirit.

Growing up in Louisville, Kentucky, and Jamestown, New York, along with her parents, Paul and Mary Bernadette O’Bryan and eleven siblings, Sister Mary Celeste learned responsibility and the give-and-take of being a member of a large family. With daily attendance at Mass and family evening prayer as part of the family routine, each one’s spiritual life was also nourished.

May 13, 2015

Protect Our Kids: Senator Kennedy Announces Legislation to Streamline CPS Passes Out of Committee, Ready for Consideration of Full Senate

Kennedy-sponsored Legislation Designed to Streamline CPS Gains Momentum in Albany, Passes Through Key Committee

Bill Allows Doctors, Nurses and Law Enforcement to Bypass Abuse Hotline, Report Child Maltreatment Directly to CPS

BUFFALO, NY – As Senator Tim Kennedy (D-Buffalo) continues his push to improve Child Protective Services in Western New York and across New York State, he announced new progress today on a key reform to further streamline the process for reporting child abuse. Kennedy helped an important bill that improves the coordination between medical personnel and Child Protective Services workers secure approval from the Senate Finance Committee, which moves it toward a vote before the full Senate. 

April 29, 2015

Kennedy: With Elections Committee Approval, Now Is The Time For A Full Senate Vote to Close LLC Loophole

Legislation Closing the Notorious “LLC Loophole” Approved This Afternoon by State Senate Elections Committee, Prevents Donors from Circumventing Donation Limits 

Kennedy Calls Loophole “Big Enough to Drive a Brinks Truck Through”

April 27, 2015

Paying it Forward: Kennedy Pushes Legislation Offering Tax Credit and Job Security for Organ Donors

As local Transplant Miracles Foundation seeks 10,000 new donors, Kennedy Pushes Bill to Assist Those Giving the Gift of Life

Kennedy: Organ donation is a stressful and trying time – New York can do more to ensure donors have the resources and protection they need.

April 14, 2015


Dear Students,Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest.  This year we received many outstanding posters that exemplify the creativity of the young people in the 63rd Senatorial District. Each entry from my District displayed tremendous originality and vision as well as obvious concern for the ecological future of our communities and our state.  I am proud of your work and that of your classmates, and encourage you to continue to study and learn more about the serious challenges that face our environment.I am pleased to announce that the winner of the 2015 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is: Cali Jarosz3rd GradeMartin Rd Elementary

April 10, 2015

Free Electronics Recycling Event

Senator Tim Kennedy presents a free electronics recycling event, in partnership with Time Warner Cable and Sunnking Recycling.

With a new state law now effect, avoid fines and unnecessary harm to the environment, while disposing of unwanted and unused items that have piled up over the winter.

Please see below for a comprehensive list of accepted items:

Acceptable Materials For Electronics Recycling

May 16, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Kennedy & Peoples-Stokes Push for Powdered Alcohol Ban, Call New Product Dangerous and Targeted Towards Teens

“Palcohol” is Easy: Easy to Hide, Easy to Sneak into School, Easy to Slip into Drinks. Should be Easy to Ban.

Bill Introduced In State Legislature Would Ban Sales of Powdered Alcohol

April 9, 2015