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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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Power Drives Inc. Receives Funding From NYSERDA to Demonstrate Locomotive Warming System

Six Freight Railroads Around New York to Adopt Technology, Saving Diesel Fuel and Reducing Emissions. Senator Kennedy Praises Power Drives for Energy-Efficient Innovation that will Help the Strengthen Economy.

October 13, 2011
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Fighting for WNY's Fair Share! Show Your Support!

Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, has been fighting to secure increased transportation aid for Western New York to ensure we get our fair share of funding for our roads and bridges. Now, he needs your help. Senator Kennedy is asking Western New Yorkers to voice their support for this fight by signing the online petition below. When the Department of Transportation committed a human error in the calculation of the region’s funding formula, they ended up shortchanging Western New York to the tune of approximately $167 million. Senator Kennedy, a member of the Transportation Committee, is urging the DOT to fix the funding disparity that Western New York has endured as a result of the miscalculation.

September 30, 2011
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Senator Kennedy Hosts ‘Senior Symposium’, Unveils Legislative Plan to Protect Western New York Seniors

About 500 Senior Citizens join Senator Kennedy to gain access to various services, agencies.

September 28, 2011
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Senator Kennedy Announces Governor Signs Certificate of Still Birth into Law

Long-delayed bill becoming law means a sense of closure to families of a stillborn child BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, announced Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed the Certificate of Still Birth bill (S.3111B) into law. The legislation, which Senator Kennedy co-sponsored, creates the Certificate of Still Birth to help provide a sense of closure to families enduring the stillbirth of a child.

September 24, 2011
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Senator Kennedy to Host ‘Senior Symposium’

Invites senior citizens from the 58th Senatorial District to join him at outreach event on September 28. BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, will host a Senior Symposium Wednesday, September 28 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Lucarelli’s Banquet Center in Lackawanna. The event aims to connect Western New York Seniors to services available to them and to help answer any questions that they may have.

September 23, 2011
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Keep WNY's Post Offices Open! Sign the Petition!

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Citing the damage it would do to the Western New York economy, Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, is urging the United States Postal Service to reverse its course as it considers shutting down operations at the William Street Post Office in Buffalo. Senator Kennedy is also encouraging the Western New York community to sign an online petition that calls on the USPS to “Keep WNY’s Post Office Open”. Individuals signing the petition will have their names added to an opposition letter that will be sent to Postmaster General.

September 15, 2011
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Senator Kennedy Open House -- Information on Art Show Submissions

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, invites his constituents to come join him at his district office for an open house on September 29, 2011. The open house, which runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., will be an opportunity to ask questions, raise concerns, learn about services available through the office and meet the Senator. As a supplement to the open house and to promote local cultural groups, Senator Kennedy is inviting local artists to submit artwork to his office for display during the open house. It will be an opportunity for local artists to connect with an audience that might otherwise not be introduced to their artwork.

September 7, 2011
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Senator Kennedy to Introduce Legislation to Deliver Justice for Victims of Child Abuse

Legislation to fix gap in law that let North Tonawanda man off with light sentence after repeat child abuse

August 25, 2011
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August 22, 2011
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WNY Delegation Continues Efforts To Enact Laura Cummings Law

Legislative progress is being made in Albany to protect victims of violence 

Members of the Western New York Legislative Delegation gathered Monday morning to provide key updates on their collaborative efforts to enact Laura Cummings Law, a bill named in honor of the young developmentally disabled Erie County woman who was murdered by her mother in January 2010 after years of abuse and mistreatment. 

August 22, 2011
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Unicell to Expand Operations in Buffalo

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, joined by Senator Tim Kennedy, announced that Unicell, a national and international leader in the designing and manufacturing of bodies for commercial trucks and vans will invest $3.46 million to expand its Howard Street facilities in Buffalo. On the strength of a $175,000 investment package from Empire State Development, Unicell will increase its manufacturing capacity to retain and create over 50 local jobs as part of a green initiative to assemble a cutting edge body for an electric truck.

August 3, 2011
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Texting while driving ban shows the power of grassroots advocacy; Bee News Guest Column

Originally published July 28, 2011, Bee News Group  New York State has taken an important step forward in our fight against distracted driving.

August 1, 2011
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Kennedy, Smardz Present Big Tree Fire Company with Legislative Resolution in Honor of Life and Service of Firefighter Jarrett Eleam

Lieutenant Eleam died earlier this year following training exerciseBLASDELL, N.Y. – Following the tragic passing of Big Tree Firefighter Jarrett Eleam, the New York State Senate and Assembly passed a legislative resolution honoring the life and service of the fire company’s lieutenant at the urging of Senator Tim Kennedy and Assemblyman Kevin Smardz along with the Western New York delegation.Kennedy and Smardz presented the Big Tree Fire Company with a framed, engrossed copy of the resolution at their recent company meeting.

July 29, 2011
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Senator Kennedy: Regional Council Will Help WNY Capitalize on Unique Opportunities for Job Creation and Economic Development

New approach to spark statewide economic development will focus on regional model

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business, joined Governor Andrew Cuomo Tuesday at the launch of the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council. In applauding the Governor for revamping New York’s job growth strategy, Kennedy called this regional approach to economic development a significant opportunity to streamline bureaucracy, improve efficiency and create jobs.

July 26, 2011
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Community Leader Spotlight: Art Robinson, Seneca-Babcock Block Club President

“Don’t ever give up on your neighborhood.”

The word community is defined as a group of people who live in the same area.

Art Robinson believes a community is much more than just an area where you live. For Art, a community is a sense of belonging, a place to be proud of.

Art is the president of the Seneca-Babcock Block Club. He has demonstrated great leadership within the Seneca-Babcock community.

 Taking the reins

Stepping up as the president of the block club 11 years ago, Art believes, “To make a better community, people need to get involved.” Although he felt “drafted” as the block club president, Art said, “I’m glad I did this.”

July 25, 2011
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Statement from Senator Kennedy on Legislation to Protect Services for Children with Special Needs and Save Local Jobs

Governor signed legislation that will keep Hopevale open

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy (D-58th District) released the following statement regarding the announcement Thursday that Governor Andrew Cuomo signed important legislation that will keep Hopevale School open to serve Western New York children and save 50 local jobs.

“As a licensed occupational therapist, I understand how important it is that we protect and support our children with special needs. Throughout my occupational therapy career, I worked with children to ensure they develop the skills to help them thrive every day.

July 21, 2011
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Senator Kennedy Announces Texting While Driving Now a Primary Violation

Governor signs bill to strengthen state law against distracted driving

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy (D-58th District) announced texting while driving is now a primary violation of state law, after Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill to crack down on distracted driving Tuesday.

For years, texting while driving was only a secondary offense. Law enforcement could only stop a driver distracted by a handheld electronic device if he or she were violating another traffic law (speeding, reckless driving, etc.). That changed today when the Governor signed the bill, which Senator Kennedy co-sponsored.

July 12, 2011
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Senator Kennedy Invites Army Sergeant Sandra Jablonski Bourque to Join him as Independence Day Parade Grand Marshal

Sergeant Bourque was inducted into the State Senate’s Veterans’ Hall of Fame in June

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – In recognition of the sacrifices made by Western New York veterans to build and preserve our nation, Senator Timothy M. Kennedy (D-58th District) announced he has invited Army Sergeant Sandra Jablonski Bourque to join him in sharing the honor of grand marshal of the Cheektowaga Independence Day Parade.

Sergeant Bourque, a Depew resident and veteran of the Iraq War, will lead the parade alongside Senator Kennedy, who nominated Bourque for induction into the State Senate’s Veterans’ Hall of Fame this year.

July 1, 2011
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