Kennedy-sponsored legislation approved to stop impersonators who try to cheat the system and steal from veterans
ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, passed legislation through the State Senate to crackdown on the impersonation of disabled veteran vendors. Under this bill, offenders who defraud veterans and the public by pretending to be service-disabled-veteran business owners can be punished with time behind bars.
Senator Kennedy presents Walter Casheba with honors he earned during Vietnam War
CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – U.S. Army Veteran and Cheektowaga resident Walter Casheba served during the Vietnam War as an Army Security Agent. In this critically important assignment, Mr. Casheba was charged with the dangerous mission of intercepting enemy intelligence on the front lines.
For his distinguished service, Mr. Casheba earned prestigious honors from New York State, but he has waited 44 years to receive his medals. After contacting Senator Tim Kennedy’s office for help in securing his medals, Mr. Casheba will finally be awarded the state medals he bravely earned in Vietnam.
Senator Kennedy, family of Luke Gould announce efforts to raise awareness of unpredictable, devastating heart condition
WEST SENECA, N.Y. – Luke Gould, a 10-year-old West Seneca boy, passed away unexpectedly November 16, 2011. An active, healthy young athlete, Luke lost his life to an unpredictable heart condition known as myocarditis – which often leads to sudden death.
Debbera M. Ransom served our country as a Military Policewoman in the United States Army stateside and overseas. Born and raised in Buffalo, Ms. Ransom is a community activist, mother, grandmother and a former foster mother. She was the first female in her family to join the military, following in the footsteps of her father, a World War II Army Veteran, and her brother, an Air Force veteran who served in Vietnam. Debbera was among the first Military Policewomen to be stationed within the infantry division.
LaVonne E. Ansari, Ph.D. is an experienced educator, administrator, recreation therapist and manager with more than 25 years of combined experience. She has a diverse background working in the areas of equal employment opportunity and affirmative action compliance, workforce development, higher education and community-based health care and hospital administration. Throughout her career, Dr. Ansari has been steadfast in her commitment to serve communities that have historically been underserved. She has worked diligently to ensure that all Western New Yorkers have equal access to high quality education, career opportunities and health care services.
Senate approves Kennedy-cosponsored bills to make it tougher for dangerous sex offenders to dodge registry rules
ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, announced the Senate has passed legislation to prevent dangerous sex offenders from abusing or evading state registry requirements. This package of bills will make it tougher to dodge the residence-registration rules established in the sex offender registry act.
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.”
Buffalo Central Library Receives One of the Largest Grant Awards in the State
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, a member of the Senate Committee on Libraries, announced a significant state investment in local libraries Thursday at the Downtown Central Library. Joined by library officials and fellow state lawmakers, Senator Kennedy announced the state has directed $617,970 in construction and improvement grants to the Downtown Central Library, as part of the overall award of $740,000 to a total of four libraries in the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System.
Senate Codes Committee approves Jay J.’s Law at their meeting Tuesday, a critical step toward passing the legislation in full Senate
ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, announced the Senate Codes Committee approved Jay J.’s Law at their meeting Tuesday morning. Now that it has passed through committee, Jay J.’s Law begins moving toward the Senate floor for a vote of the full chamber.
Jay J. and his family secure the commitments of several key lawmakers
ALBANY, N.Y. – The push for Jay J.’s Law continued this week, when Jay J. and his family visited Albany to lobby lawmakers for support. Jay J., his grandparents, Joseph and Tabitha Retzer, and Uncle Kevin and Aunt Chris Retzer secured commitments from several state legislators whose support will be critical to passing Jay J.’s Law.
Senate passes legislation to establish criminal penalties for the sale and possession of synthetic chemicals that mimic the effects of marijuana, ecstasy or meth
ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, announced the Senate has taken action to prevent the underground proliferation of synthetic marijuana and substituted cathinones – often referred to as ‘bath salts’. This follows a recent Health Department order which banned the sales of synthetic marijuana in stores throughout New York State.
Senator awards, posthumously, New York State Medal for Merit to Cheektowaga man who earned recognition in World War II but did not receive medal prior to passing
CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, held an event Friday to help connect Veterans to the services and support they earned while serving our great nation. Over 200 Veterans visited Cheektowaga’s Pvt. Leonard Post V.F.W. Post to attend Senator Kennedy’s Veterans Outreach Fair and learn more about resources available to them.
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, announced that he is holding an event to help connect Veterans to the services and support they earned while serving our great nation. Senator Kennedy’s Veterans Outreach Fair will be Friday, April 20 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Pvt. Leonard Post V.F.W. Post at 2450 Walden Ave. in Cheektowaga.
Senator Kennedy invites Veterans from throughout Western New York to attend the event. Because space is limited at the Pvt. Leonard Post V.F.W. Post, all who would like to attend are asked to RSVP by calling Senator Kennedy’s office at 716-826-2683.
Urban Family Practice of Buffalo being selected to participate in statewide pilot program to improve health outcomes and reduce Medicaid costs
BUFFALO, N.Y. –Senator Tim Kennedy, Urban Family Practice, Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network partners and local stakeholders announced Saturday the state has designated the Buffalo-based healthcare provider to participate in the innovative Medicaid Health Homes program. This new state program, which was approved in the state budget through the Medicaid Redesign Team, aims to improve health outcomes and reduce Medicaid costs.
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.
Perinatal Bereavement Network, Senator held outreach event Sunday to help families complete application to obtain certificate
BUFFALO, N.Y. – March 21, 2012 was a day that bereaved parents throughout New York State had long been awaiting. After fighting for nearly a decade to secure state recognition for the children they lost to stillbirth, New York families finally got the State Legislature to pass a bill to create the Certificate of Still Birth with the support of Senator Tim Kennedy and other state lawmakers.