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.
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.
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.
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
Diamond’s Family Joins Senator Tim Kennedy at State Capitol to Pay Tribute to His Accomplishments
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Two months to the day after Buffalo music legend Lance Diamond passed away, Senator Tim Kennedy was joined in Albany by Diamond’s sister Paulette Counts to honor his memory and pay tribute to his contributions to Western New York.
Threshold to Qualify for Subsidies Would Rise, Providing Much Needed Relief For Families
With Help, Parents Would No Longer Have to Make Choice Between Job and Child Care
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy (D-Buffalo) today announced a push for money in this year’s budget to be allocated for child care subsidies for families in Erie County with incomes of up to 275% of the federal poverty level. Currently, these subsidies are only provided to families within the county with incomes of up to 200% by the Department of Social Services. In a letter to Governor Cuomo, Kennedy asked for the state to set aside $2.5 million in the budget in order to expand its subsidy program into Erie County.
Kennedy: Legislation Helps Create Greater Report Transparency, While Maintaining Family Privacy
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy (D-Buffalo) announced today the passage of legislation which amends the social services law in order to increase the confidentiality of families named in child fatality reports. If enacted, the law would require local social services departments to make sure any comments made in the report protect the confidentiality of the deceased child, the child’s family and the source of the report. In the past, concerns have been voiced about state officials not releasing fatality reports due to an inability to redact these identities and other sensitive case information.
Acting NYSTA Executive Director Also Discusses Possibility of Future Toll Hikes
BUFFALO, N.Y. – NYS Thruway Authority Acting Executive Director Robert Megna today told Senator Tim Kennedy (D-Buffalo) that a team at the Authority is evaluating its response during Buffalo’s November Storm, and intends to put together a set of recommendations based on those findings.
During a Joint Budget Hearing on Transportation in Albany, Kennedy asked Megna what the NYSTA learned from the storm, and what policies were being examined and identified as needing improvement.
Senators Kennedy, Ranzenhofer, Gallivan, Ortt and Panepinto Introduce Resolution to Remember 13 Lives Lost
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Two months after one of the region’s most devastating winter storms, Senators Tim Kennedy (D-Buffalo), Michael Ranzenhofer (R-C-I, Amherst), Patrick Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma), Robert Ortt (R-C-I, North Tonawanda) and Marc Panepinto (D-Buffalo) today introduced a resolution to honor and recognize the lives lost during that storm.
Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration. We received outstanding poems, essays, and artwork that exemplify the creativity of New York State’s young people.
The submissions received are remarkable in what they represent – showing gratitude and respect for family, friends, our troops fighting overseas, and many other important subjects and activities. I am humbled and honored to see such inspiring contributions in response to what is a deceptively difficult question: “What are you thankful for?”
On behalf of the New York State Senate, I would like to offer my wholehearted congratulations to all of the participants in this year’s Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration.