Jobs Legislation Moves to Governor’s Desk for Signature
ALBANY, N.Y. – Sen. Timothy M. Kennedy (D-58th District) announced today that legislation he sponsored to create jobs by developing a workforce for the state’s emerging “green” economy has passed both houses of the Legislature and is now headed to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s desk for his signature.
After nearly a decade of logjam, bill finally approved by both houses
ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, announced the State Senate and Assembly have passed legislation (S.3111B) to create the Certificate of Still Birth to help heal the pain felt by families enduring the stillbirth of a child.
Currently, the state only issues a fetal death certificate when a child is stillborn – leaving many families feeling that the state does not recognize their stillborn child ever existing. A Certificate of Still Birth will serve as state recognition of the child’s birth and life.
Legislation now awaits Governor’s signature, Kelly Cline cited as driving force behind legislation to crackdown on texting drivers
ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, announced the Senate and Assembly have approved legislation that strengthens state law against texting while driving (S.5643|A.8106). Once the Governor signs the bill, law enforcement will finally have the tools they need to begin cracking down on texting while driving.
Kennedy co-sponsors legislation, bill passes Senate by a vote of 61-0
ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, announced the New York State Senate has passed comprehensive ethics reform legislation, which takes steps to finally bring real change to Albany.
The Public Integrity Reform Act of 2011 – which Senator Kennedy co-sponsored – unanimously passed the Senate by a vote of 61-0. The Assembly also passed the legislation, which now awaits the Governor’s signature to become law.
Cline, Kennedy formed Families Against Texting While Driving to push issue forward
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, and Kelly Cline, a West Seneca mother and relentless safety advocate, commended Governor Andrew Cuomo for introducing a program bill on distracted driving. Cline also announced Families Against Texting While Driving – the advocacy group that she formed with Senator Kennedy earlier this year – will actively support the Governor’s bill.
Sandra Jablonski Bourque was born in Buffalo, New York. She graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2003 with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology. After working in the mental health field, Sandra enlisted in the Army in August of 2006, and went to Fort Jackson, South Carolina for Basic Training.
Project to Add Improved Public Access, Amenities Along Buffalo’s Waterfront
Congressman Brian Higgins, New York Senator Tim Kennedy and Assemblyman Mark J.F. Schroeder announced the latest project contributing to the transformation of Buffalo’s waterfront. The Western New York leaders released details on the current construction project at Gallagher Beach.
“In incremental steps we are building the waterfront that this community demanded and deserves,” said Congressman Higgins. “These improvements will complement the new Parkway and give waterfront destination seekers a new outlet to visit and enjoy.”
Senator sponsors June 11 blood drives to help Red Cross launch drive for 911 units of blood by Sept. 11
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, is sponsoring blood drives on Saturday, June 11 in Cheektowaga and Hamburg to help the Red Cross kick off their “90 Days of Remembrance” effort – which aims to secure 911 units of blood at each of the five Red Cross blood donation centers by September 11.
Details of agreement on ethics reform announced at Monday press conference
ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, released the following statement regarding the ethics reform agreement that Governor Cuomo announced Monday afternoon.
“Over the past 10 years, more Albany politicians have been indicted or have resigned amid scandal than have lost general election. Western New Yorkers are sick and tired of seeing elected officials dragged out of office in handcuffs. Cleaning up Albany has been a top priority for me, and I’m very pleased that an agreement on ethics reform has finally been reached.
Package of bills will help get New Yorkers back to work by promoting workforce training, harnessing the growth potential of alternative energy, encouraging small business growth
ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, led the Senate Democratic Conference in pressing for the passage of a set of job creation initiatives and workforce reinvestment proposals that will help get Western New Yorkers back to work, at a press conference Thursday in the State Capitol.
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Albany newsmagazine The Capitol has named Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, a rising star in New York government and politics in its annual “40 Under 40” section. The list acknowledges men and women whose impact has already been felt early in their careers and who possess high potential for the future.
“There is a lot of work that needs to be done in Albany and in Western New York, and I appreciate The Capitol for recognizing me as someone who can get the job done,” Senator Kennedy said.
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, will host a clean-up of South Park Avenue on Saturday, May 28, starting at 9 a.m. at his office located at 2239 South Park Avenue. Volunteers are needed to help with the effort to clean up the Avenue from Bailey to Dorrance.
Senator Kennedy is looking for volunteers of all ages and backgrounds to help with everything from picking up trash to maintaining trees and green spaces.
Business community shares ideas, first-hand experiences with WNY Senator
BUFFALO, N.Y. – “Small businesses are the engines of job growth in the new economy,” said Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, as he addressed a group of business owners gathered Thursday at the Innovation Center on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. It was a meeting of the Small Business Advisory Board that Senator Kennedy created earlier this year to help him identify challenges and develop solutions to improve the small businesses climate in Western New York.
Mary F. Holtz became the first female Town Supervisor in the long and storied history of the Town of Cheektowaga in 2008.
Ms. Holtz, champion for the revitalization of aging towns and cities, is committed to keeping Cheektowaga’s neighborhoods strong. A founding member of the Erie County Distressed Properties Task Force, Ms. Holtz was invited to attend a distressed property technical assistance seminar at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. To stress the urgency of reviving the Western New York economy, she provided testimony at a field hearing of the Revitalizing Older Cities Congressional Task Force.
Small Business Advisory Board encourages residents to shop local to stimulate economy
BUFFALO, N.Y. – In recognition of National Small Business Week 2011 which runs May 16 – 20, Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business, outlined some of the resources available to Western New York businesses.
Safety advocate Kelly Cline applauds Senate, turns focus of Families Against Texting While Driving to getting the job done in Assembly
ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, announced Tuesday the Senate passed legislation (S.998B | A.6174A) to strengthen state law against texting while driving, by a vote of 57-3. The bill – co-sponsored by Senator Kennedy – will make it a primary offense to text while operating a vehicle.
ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, released the following statement regarding the death of Osama bin Laden, the leader of the terrorist group al-Qaida.
“The American military has been relentless throughout the war against terror, and the brave men and women who have led our nation’s pursuit of Osama bin Laden are to be commended for succeeding in the mission of toppling the leader of the al-Qaida terror network. As we reflect on the many sacrifices made and the many struggles endured since the September 11 terrorist attacks, let us also remember that there is still work to be done to protect our nation and keep our families safe,” Senator Kennedy said.