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Third Annual Jay-J Day Picnic Celebrates Boy Who Inspired Law to Toughen Penalties Against Child Abusers

After Hearing Jay-J’s Story, Senator Kennedy Authored Jay-J’s Law and Ushered It Through Legislature.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy joined the Retzer family and Jay-J Bolvin today for the third annual Jay-J Day Picnic. This annual event serves as an opportunity to celebrate Jay-J, a four-year-old boy whose story inspired a new law – Jay-J’s Law – to strengthen penalties against child abusers.

July 12, 2014
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Kennedy, Peoples-Stokes Announce Funding Secured for Local Literacy Programs, Call for Increased Investment in Literacy Training to Support Workforce Development

Studies Show One in Three Residents of City of Buffalo are Functionally Illiterate; Kennedy and Peoples-Stokes are Urging More Investment in Literacy Programs to Combat Unemployment and Poverty in WNY.

Additional funding secured is enough to cover training costs for over 40 students.

July 7, 2014
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Senator Kennedy and Local Gold Star Mothers Lead Cheektowaga’s Independence Day Parade

Kennedy selected to serve as parade’s grand marshal, asks local Gold Star mothers to share the honor.

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – In recognition of the sacrifices made by so many brave Western New Yorkers while serving in our nation’s armed forces, Senator Tim Kennedy invited local Gold Star mothers to join him in leading Cheektowaga’s Independence Day parade today.

When Senator Kennedy was selected to serve as grand marshal for the parade, he wanted to share the honor with area residents who deserve our deepest gratitude for the sacrifices their families made to keep our nation strong and free. He asked local Gold Star mothers, who lost children in service to our nation, to share the grand marshal honors with him.

July 4, 2014
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Following Kennedy’s Call, State Agrees to Hold Crude Oil Emergency Training Drill in WNY in July

An Estimated 200 to 300 Outdated DOT-111 Rail Cars Carrying Crude Oil or Ethanol Travel Through Every Day.

With rising levels of crude oil shipped by rail, Kennedy called on NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services to help ensure local first-responders are ready and prepared.

June 27, 2014
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Senator Kennedy Secures Approval of Bill to Help NY Families Find the Right Afterschool and Summer Programs for their Children

Senate and Assembly Passed Legislation Sponsored by Senator Kennedy and Assemblywoman Mayer that Establishes New Online Tool to Help Parents across New York State Track Down the Best Afterschool and Summer Learning Programs in their Neighborhoods.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, and Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer, D-Yonkers, have secured Senate and Assembly approval of their legislation to establish a new online tool that will help parents across New York State find the right afterschool and summer learning programs for their children.

June 26, 2014
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Senator Kennedy's Bill to Improve Statewide Child Abuse Hotline Passed Through State Legislature

Senator Kennedy’s Legislation Will Improve State Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment by Enacting Strong Requirements for Tracking of Repeat Reports.

Senate, Assembly Approved Key CPS Reform Pushed by Kennedy.

State review of Erie County CPS found 72 percent of existing reports involved families with previous history of CPS investigations within the past four years.

June 23, 2014
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Senator Kennedy Announces Short-Term Extension of Brownfield Cleanup Program

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.

June 20, 2014
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Bill Pushed By Kennedy to Improve CPS Transparency, Caseload Oversight Passes State Legislature

Following Conflicting Reports Related to Caseload Levels for CPS Workers, Kennedy Secures Approval of Bill to Improve Transparency by Requiring Disclosure of CPS Caseloads.

Kennedy-backed bill requires local CPS agencies to outline steps they’ll take to reduce caseloads.

Kennedy: As Erie County Adds More Workers, This Bill Will Shed Light on Future Needs to Reduce Caseloads.

June 19, 2014
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Kennedy and Ryan Announce $1.4 Million for Affordable Housing in Erie County

New Round of Grant Funding from New York State Will Boost Revitalization of Homes and Communities in Buffalo, Cheektowaga, Lackawanna, and the Southtowns

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Today, June 18, 2014, New York State Senator Tim Kennedy and New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan announced $1.4 million in state funding that will be coming to Erie County for affordable housing projects. The funding is provided through the Affordable Housing Corporation (AHC), which is a part of New York State Homes and Community Renewal (NYSHCR).

June 19, 2014
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Senator Kennedy: New Tools to Combat Heroin Epidemic in Legislation Agreed Upon in State Capitol

With 45 Percent Increase in Heroin Overdoses in Erie County in 2013, Kennedy Has Pushed for Necessary Legislative Actions to Combat Growing Crisis.

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, is confident a package of reforms agreed upon in the State Capitol will help combat the growing heroin epidemic facing communities across our state. As this public-health crisis continues to grow more dire, Kennedy believes these new laws will help prevent addiction and reduce drug abuse.

June 18, 2014
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Following Assembly Approval, Kennedy, Peoples-Stokes Urge Senate Passage of Bill to Alleviate Parking Problems for Neighborhoods Near Medical Campus

While rapid development of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus has spurred much-needed job growth, it has also caused some frustrations for residents in neighborhoods nearby.

Kennedy, Peoples-Stokes push residential parking program for Buffalo’s Fruit Belt neighborhood.

Fruit Belt Coalition, Roswell Park, BNMC, Buffalo Common Council and Council President Pridgen All Support Kennedy/Peoples-Stokes Bill for Fruit Belt Parking Program.

June 17, 2014
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Buffalo, Rochester Senators Kennedy and O’Brien Call for Brownfield Cleanup Program to be Extended This Year

Brownfield Cleanup Program Has Proven Effective in Redeveloping Abandoned and Contaminated Industrial Properties to Revitalize Economies of Buffalo, Rochester, Cities across Upstate New York.

If Program is Allowed to Expire, Several Local Projects Would be Put at Risk – Kennedy and O’Brien want it extended this year to provide stability and certainty needed to get major remediation and redevelopment projects started.

Since 2008, over 40 projects in the Buffalo-Niagara region have participated in the Brownfield Cleanup Program, resulting more than $500 million in investment, according to the NYS Economic Development Council.

June 9, 2014
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Kennedy, Schimminger Announce Local Bridge Dedicated for Fallen New York State Trooper Kevin Dobson

Senator Kennedy and Assemblyman Schimminger Passed Legislation to Designate I-290 Bridge over Twin Cities Memorial Highway as “New York State Trooper Kevin P. Dobson Sr. Memorial Bridge”

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, Assemblyman Robin Schimminger and the New York State Police today held a ceremony to officially dedicate the Interstate-290 bridge that crosses N.Y. State Route 425 at the Colvin Boulevard exit as the “New York State Trooper Kevin P. Dobson, Sr. Memorial Bridge.”

June 5, 2014
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Senator Kennedy Announces Legislation to Improve CPS Transparency Passes Out of Committee, Ready for Consideration of Full Senate

Kennedy-sponsored Legislation that Would Add Increased Transparency to CPS has Gained Momentum in Albany and Passed Through Key Committee.

Proposed bills will require local CPS agencies to disclose caseloads – overburdened workers have been a major concern – and allow CPS department heads to, in good faith, share critical information about individual cases to shed light on gaps in the system.

Caseloads in Erie County may be as high as 40 or 50 cases per worker, according to recent reports.

May 30, 2014
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Kennedy, Peoples-Stokes Announce GPS Stalking Bill Passes State Legislature

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.

May 28, 2014
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Senator Kennedy, Lackawanna Leaders Push for State Takeover of South Park Avenue and Ridge Road

With Lackawanna Financially Strained, Kennedy and City Leaders Push Legislation to Secure State Support for South Park & Ridge.

As Kennedy pushes in Senate, Assemblyman Kearns supporting effort in Assembly.

Critical routes through Lackawanna connect residents and visitors to Botanical Gardens, Our Lady of Victory Basilica, waterfront and other important destinations.

May 22, 2014
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Senator Kennedy Announces State Funding for Emergency Home Repairs for Seniors in Buffalo

$50,000 Grant from NYS Homes and Community Renewal for West Side Neighborhood Housing Services will Support Emergency Repairs for Homes Owned by Senior Citizens in Buffalo.

May 17, 2014
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J. Donald Griffin

Staff Sergeant J. Donald Griffin served his country during World War II as a ball turret gunner with the United States Air Force. During his tour, Mr. Griffin’s aircraft was shot down by enemy fire; he parachuted to the ground and spent one and a half years as a prisoner of war.

For his extraordinary sacrifice and service to the United States, Mr. Griffin was awarded an Air Medal, Prisoner of War Medal and the Victory Medal.

May 16, 2014
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Debra Liegl

Debra Liegl has been President and CEO of the Cheektowaga Chamber of Commerce for the past 13 years, where she has maintained a steadfast dedication to supporting the Cheektowaga business community. Her efforts have culminated in the bi-annual Cheektowaga Jobs Fair, which connects hundreds of job-seekers with good careers, a legislative roundtable focused on small business issues, numerous education seminars, networking events and a Women in Business event. 

May 14, 2014
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Hold Irresponsible Absentee Landlords Accountable: Share Your Slumlord Stories

Senator Tim Kennedy is asking Western New Yorkers to help him shed light on the need to hold irresponsible absentee landlords accountable. By sharing your slumlord story in the space below, you will help Senator Kennedy gather necessary information from community members who have lived in or lived near ignored or dilapidated properties that are owned by negligent absentee landlords.

“Through real-life, first-hand accounts of Western New Yorkers’ experiences dealing with blighted, deteriorating properties owned by irresponsible absentee landlords, we will ensure lawmakers across this state understand the urgency of this growing problem which is causing serious harm in otherwise strong and vibrant neighborhoods,” Senator Kennedy said.

May 9, 2014
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