Upstate Senators Join Community, Labor, Faith Leaders to Demand Fair Elections Through Real Campaign Finance Reform

Progressive Leaders Say Reduced Contribution Limits, Public Financing, Stronger BOE Enforcement Remain Keys to Meaningful Campaign Finance Reform

BUFFALO, N.Y. - State Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, and State Senator-elect Ted O’Brien, D-Rochester, joined leaders from community and labor organizations Tuesday outside the Erie County Board of Elections to call on their colleagues in the State Senate to strongly pursue passage of Governor Cuomo’s Fair Elections campaign finance reform proposal.

December 11, 2012

Senator Kennedy Writes to Apple CEO, Urges Company to Consider Buffalo for American Production Line

In appearance on NBC’s Rock Center, Apple CEO Cook announced plans to move a Mac computer production line to United States next year. 

Kennedy’s letter highlights region’s productive workforce, strategic geographic location, low-cost power from Niagara Power Project. 

Kennedy: Buffalo is a City in Resurgence; Apple could Help Lead our Underdog City’s Economic Comeback

December 7, 2012

Kennedy, Peoples-Stokes Urge State Education to Keep COMMUNITY Charter School Open

COMMUNITY Charter School is up for charter renewal in June 2013; Decision over whether or not to renew set to be made December 10. 

Kennedy, Peoples-Stokes highlight the school’s rebound and steady progress following the adoption of their School Improvement Plan. 

Kennedy, Peoples-Stokes: Our Community Matters. Give COMMUNITY the Opportunity to Complete their Comeback.  

December 7, 2012

Support our Community. Shop Local this Holiday Season.


Like so many other families across our state and nation, my family gathered together this Thanksgiving to celebrate and give thanks for all the blessings and gifts we have enjoyed over the past year. 

I feel so very fortunate to have three beautiful children, a loving wife, a tight-knit family and parents who taught me the value of hard work and community service. I am also grateful for all of the support I’ve received throughout Western New York over the course of my first term in the State Senate. Thank you.

As the Holiday season continues, I look forward to more time spent with my family, and I wish you and your family many more happy, fulfilling and relaxing days together.

December 6, 2012

Senator Kennedy Highlights State Investment in Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus to Attract Albany Molecular Research Inc.

Kennedy applauds Governor, WNY REDC for strategic investment to bring AMRI, which will create 250 new jobs, to Western New York

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Economic Development Committee, released the following statement regarding the state investment in the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus – which has attracted Albany Molecular Research, Inc. creating 250 new jobs to Western New York.

December 4, 2012

Senator Kennedy Announces Thruway to Commemorate Anniversary of A.J. Larson’s Death with “Don’t Text While Driving” Message

Digital signs over the NYS Thruway will urge motorists to stay alert behind the wheel with no texting while driving reminder.

Larson’s mother Kelly Cline relentlessly advocated for changes to state law to ban texting while driving. 

Kennedy and Cline Remind Drivers: Keep Your Eyes on the Road and Off Your Phone.

December 3, 2012

Senator Kennedy, Naaman Roosevelt Send off Buffalo Youth Headed to National Football Tournament

Players, coaches from Buffalo’s United Youth Football League depart for national tournament in Florida.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Players and coaches from Buffalo’s United Youth Football League departed for their national tournament in Florida Friday from True Bethel Church in Buffalo. Senator Tim Kennedy, Councilman Demone Smith and Naaman Roosevelt, formerly of Buffalo Bills, were there to send off and congratulate the local contingent headed to Florida. Over 100 Buffalo youth are headed to the national championship tournament.

In recent years, teams from Buffalo have done very well at this national tournament, outperforming teams from across the country. League organizers expect no less this year.

November 30, 2012

Senator Kennedy Urges State Education Department to Move Swiftly on Cantalician Center Expansion Application

State Education Department has put a freeze on applications in process, which could force displacement of hundreds of local students with severe disabilities.

State Ed says it will consider exceptions to their freeze on application approvals; Kennedy pushes for Cantalician Center to receive exception and swift approval of expansion. 

Kennedy: State Ed Can’t Let Student Learning Get Stuck in Bureaucratic Red Tape

November 30, 2012

Senator Kennedy Stands with Walmart Workers

Nationwide actions today to raise awareness of worker mistreatment, retaliation.

Kennedy joins workers and supporters at Black Friday rally at Walmart in Cheektowaga.

Kennedy: I stand with workers in their efforts to fight back and be heard.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Economic Development Committee, stands with workers in their ongoing efforts to end workplace retaliation and secure better wages and benefits, fair treatment and respect. Kennedy joined workers and supporters at a rally Friday at the Walmart in Cheektowaga’s Thruway Plaza where they called for an end to worker mistreatment.

November 23, 2012

Senator Kennedy Announces Upcoming Deadline for NY Youth Works Employment Program

Kennedy reminds residents that youth must apply for certification in NY Youth Works program by December 31, 2012. Businesses must apply for certification by November 30, 2012. 

NY Youth Works helps address unemployment among inner-city youth with job-training for applicants and tax credits for employers. 

Kennedy encourages more businesses to get involved in NY Youth Works to help alleviate unemployment in City of Buffalo.

November 20, 2012

Kennedy and Ryan Want Answers: New Contract for NY Driver’s Licenses Will Cost Taxpayers an Extra $38 Million

DMV Tentatively Awards New Contract To Produce NY Driver’s Licenses To Highest Bidder – Kennedy and Ryan Urge DMV To Explain Contract Decision

BUFFALO – Today, November 14, 2012, New York State Senator Tim Kennedy and Assemblyman Sean Ryan urged the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to explain why they have awarded a new contract to produce New York State driver’s licenses that will cost taxpayers an extra $38 million.

November 14, 2012

Don’t Hike Pay for Legislators, Raise the People’s Pay


It’s time for lawmakers to go on the record on pay raises. Over the last several weeks and months, I’ve made it clear I am opposed to pay hikes for state legislators. Now, I urge my colleagues to join me in working to restore the public’s trust, rather than moving forward with their ill-conceived money grab.

With our economy now pressing forward along the road to recovery, lawmakers should be focused on economic issues and getting people back to work, not on bigger paychecks for themselves.

November 7, 2012

Kennedy Calls for New System to Ensure National Guard Members Get Opportunity to Vote

Local National Guard members responding to Superstorm Sandy may miss opportunity to vote in this year’s presidential election.

Kennedy says brave men and women called into duty by disaster or security threat should have a chance to cast ballots.

Kennedy: When disaster strikes, the National Guard is there for New York State. Going forward, the state needs to be there for them and ensure they get ballots for commander-in-chief.    

November 5, 2012

Senator Kennedy Urges Albany to Act on NYS Fair Pay Act, Calls for Stronger Protections for Women and Minorities in Workforce

Pay equity a top issue in presidential race, but should be addressed at state level

Kennedy says closing wage gap between genders would significantly stimulate economic growth; pushes for critical measure to end wage discrimination

November 1, 2012

As NHL Lockout Drags on, Senator Kennedy Urges State Action to Provide Emergency Support to Local Businesses

Kennedy calls for an end to the NHL lockout before more economic damage is done. Without relief for local businesses, lockout threatens continued private investment at Canalside.  

As more games get canceled, Kennedy wants state’s top economic development agency to be ready to support local businesses. 

Kennedy: NHL Lockout is Putting Small Businesses in the Penalty Box; Relief is Needed to Prevent ‘Lockout’ on Local Economic Progress.

October 26, 2012

Senator Kennedy Proposes Limit on Food Truck Fees to Unleash Industry Growth

Inflated fees hold back business development and jeopardize local and statewide growth of the booming food truck industry

Food truck industry leaders from the Buffalo and Rochester markets endorse Kennedy’s proposal

Kennedy: New York State is Hungry for Small Business Growth, But Steep Fees Are Putting the Brakes on the Food Truck Industry

October 16, 2012

Kennedy Calls for Senate Transportation Hearing on Future of the Buffalo Skyway

With the DOT planning to spend over $110M in maintenance, Kennedy calls for hearing to ensure plan considers long-term best interest of Buffalo 

Kennedy says removal of  Skyway will provide economic boost to Buffalo and cost savings for taxpayers; calls for hearing to examine DOT's future plans

Kennedy: Skyway's Sky-high Maintenance Costs Make it a Bad Investment

October 10, 2012

ReCharge NY Supporting Job Creation and Retention across Western New York

Senator Tim Kennedy joined officials from the New York Power Authority and Mayer Brothers Apple Products to mark the allocation of low-cost power from ReCharge NY, which is supporting job retention and private capital investments at the Western New York juice producer's facilities. NYPA Chairman John Koelmel, Trustee Terrance Flynn and President Gil Quiniones stopped by Mayer Bros. Cider Mill to highlight the impact of ReCharge NY  at Mayer Bros. and throughout the Western New York region.

ReCharge NY is the new statewide power program, established by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and approved by the State Legislature, to give businesses and other enterprises a boost in lowering their operating costs in support of economic development.

September 6, 2012

Senator Kennedy Announces Upcoming Start for Zurbrick Road Project

After decade of setbacks, project will finally break ground in mid-September.

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy announced work will finally begin on the long-delayed Zurbrick Road project starting mid-September. The project will start with the remediation of waste left behind from the former Depew Landfill and the stabilization of the stream bank.

Cheektowaga Supervisor Mary Holtz and Depew Mayor Steven Hoffman joined Kennedy Tuesday to commend the Department of Environmental Conservation for pressing this project forward.

September 4, 2012

Senator Kennedy Applauds Appointment of Robert Gioia to Serve on Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation Board of Directors

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, released the following statement highlighting the appointment of Robert D. Gioia, president of the John R. Oishei Foundation, to serve on the Board of Directors of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation.

“Western New York has long benefitted from the dedicated leadership and relentless hard work of Robert Gioia,” Kennedy said. “Our community has relied on his vision and energy as he has spearheaded countless important projects and initiatives. Channeling Mr. Gioia’s talents into waterfront development at ECHDC will be a great boost to ongoing efforts to revitalize our economy starting at the water’s edge.

August 31, 2012