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Senator Kennedy Calls Redistricting Proposal Political Gerrymandering, Urges LATFOR to Head Back to the Drawing Boards

Senator testifies before LATFOR public hearing at Buffalo City Hall

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, called Senate Republicans’ redistricting proposal a clear example of political gerrymandering during his testimony before the panel tasked with redrawing the state legislative map at their public hearing Thursday. He urged the panel to take their remap proposal back to the drawing boards.

February 16, 2012
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Senator Kennedy Commends Distracted-Driving Crackdown, Praises Effective Enforcement of New Law

Especially proficient enforcement in Western New York, as police officials in Erie County wrote about 17 percent of all texting-while-driving tickets issued outside of New York City

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, commended State Police and local law enforcement agencies for cracking down on distracted driving and effectively enforcing the state’s new texting-while-driving law – which the Legislature passed and Governor Andrew Cuomo signed last summer.

February 14, 2012
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Senator Kennedy Announces Actions Taken to Advance Fight Against Prescription Drug Abuse

Albany forum brings various perspectives together, Legislation against Rx abuse passes Senate.

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, announced that progress is being made in the fight against prescription drug abuse. At the State Capitol Monday morning, a roundtable forum brought various perspectives together to discuss actions that must be taken to address the growing epidemic. Later in the day, the Senate passed legislation to crackdown on drug dealers and pill mills.

February 13, 2012
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D’Youville Hockey Team Honors DYC Alum Senator Kennedy at Caz Rink

Also a Homecoming for Cazenovia Park Hockey Alumni

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The D’Youville College Spartan club hockey team honored New York State Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, for his strong support of the team at a ceremony Sunday at the Timothy J. Burvid Ice Rink (“The Caz”) in South Buffalo.

Senator Kennedy, proudly wearing a D’Youville Spartan hockey jersey, and his son Connor, who had his own hockey game later that day, participated in a ceremonial puck drop before the game with Medaille College, a league rival.

February 2, 2012
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Local Anti-Rx Drug Abuse Advocates Visit Albany to Push for Reform

Save the Michaels of the World, an advocacy group founded in Buffalo, makes first lobbying trip to the State Capitol

ALBANY, N.Y. – With communities throughout our state and nation experiencing the effects of the growing epidemic of prescription drug abuse, a group led by local advocates is fighting for reform to a system that has failed far too many families.

The group, known as Save the Michaels of the World, visited Albany Tuesday – in the first of what is sure to become many trips to the State Capitol – to urge state legislators to take action against prescription drug addiction.

February 2, 2012
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Questions Remain Unanswered, New Questions Arise: Senator Kennedy Pushes DOT to Fix Mistake that Cost WNY $167M

DOT Commissioner Leaves Questions Unanswered at Public Hearing

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, has been fighting to get the Department of Transportation to fix a mathematical error they made when calculating regional aid allocations for the 2008-09 fiscal year. Their mistake caused a funding shortfall of $167 million to Western New York.

At the joint legislative budget hearing on transportation Thursday, Senator Kennedy continued his push to get the DOT to fix their mistake and rectify the subsequent $167 million shortfall. He questioned DOT Commissioner Joan McDonald to uncover what went wrong in fiscal year 2008-09 and to learn more about steps the DOT plans to take to fix the funding disparity.

January 26, 2012
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Senator Kennedy Calls Senate Republicans’ Plan to Increase the Size of the Senate ‘Government Waste’, ‘Political Ploy’

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, called Senate Republicans’ proposal to increase the size of the Senate a clear example of “government waste” and a “hypocritical political ploy” intended to serve the Republican Majority politicians at the expense of New York taxpayers.

January 10, 2012
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Senator Kennedy Presses for Answers on $200M Thruway Funding Shortfall to Western New York

Thomas Madison confirmed as new executive director of the Thruway Authority.

Senator Kennedy raises questions of regional funding equity during confirmation hearing.

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, pressed Thomas Madison, the new executive director of the New York State Thruway Authority, for more information regarding a $200 million Thruway funding shortfall to Western New York during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Transportation Committee.

January 9, 2012
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State of the State 2012: Senator Kennedy Applauds $1 Billion Commitment to WNY

Praises Governor Cuomo for his Determined Efforts to Grow our Regional and Statewide Economy, as Outlined in State of the State Address

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, applauded the $1 billion investment in Western New York – which Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday in his 2012 State of the State address. While it was the brightest highlight of the speech for Western New York, the Governor also discussed his comprehensive statewide agenda for 2012.

January 4, 2012
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WNY Urges USPS to Reverse Course; Petition in Opposition to Closure Proposals Sent to Postmaster General

William Street and Lackawanna Post Offices face potential closure under U.S. Postal Service plan.

USPS holding public meeting Wednesday regarding the future of the William Street facility.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – About 800 Western New Yorkers joined State Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, in signing their support to a letter questioning the actions taken by the United State Postal Service in the proposed closing of two local post offices – William Street in Buffalo and Lackawanna.

January 3, 2012
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Senator Kennedy and Agriculture Commissioner Aubertine Host Roundtable Discussion with Eden Valley Growers

Group gathers to discuss issues important to the farming community.   EDEN, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, the ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and Darrel J. Aubertine, Commissioner of the New York State Department of Agriculture, held a roundtable discussion today in Eden with members of the Eden Valley Growers. Kennedy invited members of the local farming community to the event to meet with the new commissioner and to discuss important agricultural issues.

December 15, 2011
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Extraordinary Session Keeps Senator Kennedy from Attending Business Symposium, Sends Video Message from Albany

Senator Kennedy was not able to attend the Business Symposium -- which he held on Thursday, December 7 -- in person because Governor Cuomo had called for the State Legislature to return to Albany Wednesday for an extraordinary session. After making the commute across the I-90 to Albany Tuesday night, Senator Kennedy sent video remarks from the State Capitol in a recorded message posted to YouTube and played at the Symposium. In this video, he discusses the work that's been done and the plans moving forward related to job creation and economic development.

December 7, 2011
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Community Comes Together to Help Family of Teens with Cerebral Palsy

Event held to celebrate renovation work being done to serve the needs of Depew family. DEPEW, N.Y. – Twin sisters Amber and Ashley Geary know what it’s like to overcome great adversity. Since birth, both girls have lived with cerebral palsy – a debilitating disease that has forced them to endure struggles, but has failed to deter their spirits.

December 7, 2011
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Senator Kennedy Hosts ‘Business Symposium’

Local Business Owners Gather at Outreach Event to Gain Access to Programs and Opportunities Available.    

Extraordinary Session Prevents Senator from Attending Symposium, Sends Video Remarks from Albany.

December 7, 2011
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Senator Kennedy's Business Symposium to be Held December 7

Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business, will hold a “Business Symposium” Wednesday, December 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Lucarelli’s Banquet Center in Lackawanna.

December 7, 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
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WNY Shortchanged by Millions of Dollars After DOT Error; Roundtable Forum Held on Regional Economic Impact

Senator Kennedy Holds Roundtable Forum to Discuss the Impact on the Region 

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Western New York was shortchanged by about $167 million in infrastructure funding after the Department of Transportation made a human error while calculating allocation formulas for fiscal year 2008-2009. Senator Tim Kennedy, as a member of the Transportation Committee and ranking member of the Economic Development Committee, hosted a roundtable forum Monday to discuss the on-the-ground impact that the DOT funding shortfall has had on Western New York.

November 22, 2011
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Senator Kennedy Hosts Roundtable Forum to Discuss Impact of DOT Funding Error on WNY Economy and Infrastructure

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Western New York was shortchanged by about $167 million in infrastructure funding after the Department of Transportation made a human error while calculating allocation formulas for fiscal year 2008-2009. Senator Tim Kennedy, as a member of the Transportation Committee and ranking member of the Economic Development Committee, has called for a roundtable forum to be held Monday, November 21 to address the on-the-ground impact that the DOT funding shortfall has had on Western New York.

November 21, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Local Farmer Named to Statewide Agriculture Board

Senator Kennedy Recommended Appointment of Bill Zittel to be Voice for WNY Farmers on state Agricultural Health and Safety Advisory Board

November 3, 2011
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Higgins, Kennedy Take Action to Stop Prescription Drug Abuse

Congressman, Senator join the family of Michael David Israel, other local advocates to encourage Western New Yorkers to fight the epidemic

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) and N.Y. State Senator Timothy M. Kennedy (58th District) announced actions they are taking to address the growing epidemic of prescription drug abuse. This announcement comes just days after U.S. Attorney William Hochul and N.Y. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman hosted a summit calling for action to fight the prescription painkiller problem and as the nation kicks off Red Ribbon week (October 23-31) an annual anti-drug awareness campaign.

October 24, 2011
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Work on Fargo Avenue at D’Youville College Complete

$3.5 Million Project Adds Traffic Circle to West Side Campus Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27), New York State Senator Tim Kennedy, City of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and City Councilman David Rivera joined D’Youville College President Sister Denise A. Roche to mark completion of the Fargo Avenue traffic circle at D’Youville College’s Campus on Buffalo’s West Side.

October 18, 2011
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