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Senate Honors Chief Christine Ziemba for Service to Community

Senator Kennedy sponsors resolution recognizing Chief Ziemba as trailblazer for women in law enforcement

ALBANY, N.Y. – When Christine Ziemba was hired by the Cheektowaga Police Department, she became the first female police officer in the town’s history. After joining the department, Ziemba started climbing the ranks, and in March 2002, the Cheektowaga Town Board named her Chief of Police, making her the first woman to ever lead a police force in Western New York.

April 26, 2011
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Senator Kennedy Honors Cheektowaga Police Chief Christine Ziemba in Senate Resolution, Remarks on Senate Floor

Cheektowaga Police Chief Christine Ziemba, the first woman to ever lead a police force in Western New York, recently retired after 34 years of service to the town of Cheektowaga and the greater Western New York community. The New York State Senate honored Chief Ziemba for her long and accomplished career protecting our neighborhoods with a resolution put forward by Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District. 

April 26, 2011
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Kelly Cline and Senator Kennedy Launch Families Against Texting While Driving

Click here to join Families Against Texting While Driving

Advocacy group will first focus on making texting while driving a primary offense statewide

April 14, 2011
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Families Against Texting While Driving: Click here to join the cause

Kelly Cline and Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, officially launched a new advocacy and awareness group called Families Against Texting While Driving Thursday at the West Seneca West Senior High School.

Families Against Texting While Driving is coming together as one strong voice to send a message to Albany: New Yorkers believe in safety first.

April 14, 2011
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Senator Kennedy Announces Next Stops for ‘Senator on Your Street’ Initiative

Outreach program targeted to connect directly to constituents in their communities

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, announced his next “Senator on Your Street” events will be held in two different Buffalo neighborhoods April 14 and 15. The Old First Ward Community Center will be the site for the April 14 “Senator on Your Street” program, and on April 15, Senator Kennedy will take his office to Los Tainos Senior Citizens Center.

A representative from Senator Kennedy’s office will be available to meet with constituents and address any concerns. Senator Kennedy will also join residents to answer constituents’ questions, listen to community concerns and provide any help he can with state programs and agencies.

April 8, 2011
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Senator Kennedy: Make Sweet Corn Official State Vegetable

As debate rages over whether to make sweet corn or the onion New York’s official veggie, WNY Senator launches online petition in support of sweet corn

EDEN, N.Y. – In the debate over whether to make the onion or sweet corn the official vegetable of New York State, Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, is standing up for the hardworking farmers of Western New York and declaring the choice has got to be sweet corn.

April 7, 2011
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Internships Available with Senator Kennedy

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, invites students to apply for an internship in his office. An internship in Senator Kennedy’s office will provide qualified students with the opportunity to gain valuable, first-hand experience in working to build a stronger and more prosperous future in Western New York and across the state. Openings are available in the Western New York and Albany offices.

“It is an honor to represent our community and to spend every day working to push Western New York forward along the path to prosperity,” Senator Kennedy said. “As we fight to restore greatness to the Empire State, I encourage motivated, young Western New Yorkers, who are ready to make a difference in our community, to join us in our work.”

April 5, 2011
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Senator Kennedy Releases Statement on 2011-12 Budget

Kennedy cites exclusion of UB 2020, massive cuts to students, millionaires’ bailout as reasons for ‘no’ vote

ALBANY, N.Y. – For the first time in five years, Albany has passed a budget on time. While Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, is proud of the accomplishment, he is deeply concerned about some of the details contained in – or absent from – the budget bills.

March 31, 2011
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Senator Kennedy Talks to WBEN-AM about On-time Budget, 'No' Vote

Senator Kennedy spoke Thursday to John Zach and Susan Susan Rose on Buffalo's Early News to discuss the state's first on-time budget in five years and his reaction to the budget details.

Click here to listen to the interview.

 

March 31, 2011
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Senator Kennedy: Budget Takes Money from WNY Students and Gives it to Wall Street Millionaires

During the vote on the 2011-12 budget revenue bill, Senator Kennedy stood up to voice Western New York's opposition to budget provisions that will take money away from the region's students, seniors and families and put it into the pockets of Wall Street millionaires.  

March 30, 2011
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Senator Kennedy on Budget: We Can’t Let the Exclusion of UB 2020 Kill our Efforts to Pass the Plan this Year

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, released this statement, following an initial review of the budget agreement announced Sunday by Governor Cuomo and the legislative leaders.

“I appreciate Governor Cuomo’s commitment to helping us grow the Western New York economy, and I look forward to the summit he will host to discuss how we can make UB 2020 a reality. However, I am disappointed that UB 2020 – a plan that will help spark new job creation in Western New York – was not included in the budget negotiations,” Senator Kennedy said. “I made a commitment to only vote for a budget that includes UB 2020 in its entirety. This budget does not do that.

March 28, 2011
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Senator Kennedy Holds Roundtable Discussion on the Budget’s Effects on Western New York’s Students

Parents and students from Cheektowaga-Sloan meet with Senator Kennedy to discuss their concerns

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, visited the Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School to hold a roundtable discussion with parents, students and educators. The talk focused on the state budget’s effects on schoolchildren in Western New York.

March 25, 2011
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Senator Kennedy to Hold Roundtable Discussion with Parents and Students on the NYS Budget and Education

Roundtable will focus on the budget’s impact on Western New York’s school children

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy will hold a roundtable discussion with parents and students to hear their concerns about the N.Y. State budget at the Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School in Cheektowaga. The focus of the talk will be the budget’s impact on Western New York’s school children, with a specific focus on the impact on students in the Cheektowaga-Sloan School District.

March 24, 2011
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Bringing the Senate to Your Street, Taking Your Voice to the State Capitol

Senator Kennedy's guest column originally published in the Bee Newspapers, February 24, 2011 

By: N.Y. State Senator Timothy M. Kennedy

March 23, 2011
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Senator Kennedy: It's a Priority of WNY to Have UB 2020 in the Budget

Senator stands up for Western New York economy during budget debate, cites Republicans' failure to include UB 2020 as reason for 'No' vote on Senate bill

ALBANY, N.Y. - In the one-house budget bill the Senate voted on this week, Senator Timothy, M. Kennedy voted 'No', citing the Republicans' failure to include UB 2020 in their proposal.

The budget resolution that the Senate puts forward is essentially a list of budget priorities for the Senate. Senator Kennedy believes it is vital to the economic future of Western New York that UB 2020 is included in the budget proposal. 

March 17, 2011
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Senator Kennedy Announces Construction Resumes on South Park Avenue

Work restarted Monday, revitalization project expected to be completed in June

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, announced that work has resumed on South Park Avenue, as crews move toward the completion of the construction component of the South Park Avenue Revitalization Project.

With about 70 work days remaining in the 300-day project, it is expected that the work will be completed during the month of June – barring any unforeseen delays like poor weather. The project officially restarted Monday with workers beginning the process of streetlight installation.

March 16, 2011
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Senator Kennedy Advances Fight for Increased Transportation Aid to Western New York

Kennedy challenges current system as unfair to Western New Yorkers

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, advanced his fight to secure increased transportation aid for Western New York, at the confirmation hearing for Joan McDonald, Governor Cuomo’s appointee to take over the Department of Transportation.

When the DOT 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, urged Commissioner McDonald to fix the funding disparity that Western New York has endured as a result of the miscalculation.

March 9, 2011
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Senator Kennedy Lays Out the Facts at DOT Commissioner McDonald's Confirmation Hearing

Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, advanced his fight to secure increased transportation aid for Western New York, at the confirmation hearing for Joan McDonald, Governor Cuomo’s appointee to take over the Department of Transportation.

When the DOT 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, urged Commissioner McDonald to fix the funding disparity that Western New York has endured as a result of the miscalculation. 

March 8, 2011
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