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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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Senator Kennedy on UB 2020: "This is a sign of hope and opportunity for Western New York"

Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, thanks his colleagues for overwhelmingly supporting the UB 2020 Flexibility and Economic Growth Act, calling the legislation, "a sign of hope and opportunity for Western New York." 

March 3, 2011
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Senator Kennedy Urges Senate to Support UB 2020, Legislation Passes 55-1

Prior to the Senate vote on UB 2020, Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, delivered remarks on the floor of the Senate, urging his colleagues to join him in supporting a measure that will spark new job growth in Western New York.

The UB2020 legislation passed the Senate by a vote of 55 to 1.

March 2, 2011
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UB 2020 PASSES THE SENATE

WNY Delegation pushes legislation through Senate chamber; Senator Kennedy and Democratic colleauges send letter to bring legislators from both chambers and both parties to the table to devise a strategy for passage through Assembly

March 2, 2011
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Senator Kennedy Honors Community Activist Marge Ryan in Speech on Senate Floor

ALBANY, N.Y. – “I rise today to recognize Marjorie S. Ryan, whom all in South Buffalo know simply as Marge,” said Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, as he began his remarks on the floor of the Senate honoring Marge Ryan for her years of dedicated community service.

Senator Kennedy delivered the floor speech in response to the State Senate taking legislative action to pass Kennedy’s resolution recognizing Ryan and her beautification and community-togetherness efforts on the occasion of her receiving the Tom Sands Community Service Award from Bishop Timon – St. Jude High School.

March 2, 2011
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KENNEDY PRESSES DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION FOR ANSWERS

Senator fights for increased transportation aid for Western New York

ALBANY, N.Y. – At the joint legislative budget hearing held Monday to discuss transportation and infrastructure, Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, pressed officials from the Department of Transportation for answers on issues critical to the economic future of Western New York.  

When it was his turn to question the DOT, Senator Kennedy pushed to get Western New York its fair share of transportation aid to revitalize the region’s aging infrastructure.

February 28, 2011
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Senator Kennedy Appears on YNN's Capitol Tonight to Talk Economic Development

Senator Tim Kennedy was invited to appear on YNN's Capitol Tonight to discuss the executive budget proposal's impact on economic development in Western New York and statewide. Senator Kennedy appeared via satellite from YNN's studio on Chicago Street in Buffalo.

Video content courtesy: YNN  

February 18, 2011
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MORE THAN 1,000 VETS FROM IRAQ & AFGHANISTAN OUT OF WORK IN WESTERN NEW YORK – KENNEDY JOINS GILLIBRAND FOR AN IMPORTANT ROUNDTABLE WITH LOCAL VETERANS AND BUSINESS LEADERS TO FIND SOLUTIONS

Gillibrand Urges New Tax Credits For Businesses Who Hire Vets Returning from Iraq & Afghanistan, More Job Training, And Better Efforts to Prepare Servicemembers for the Difficult Job Market

 

February 14, 2011
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Senator Kennedy Announces "Senator on Your Street" Initiative

Western New York’s new senator to launch program to connect directly to constituents in their communities

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – The Cheektowaga Senior Center will be the first site for Senator Timothy M. Kennedy’s new constituent services program, “Senator on Your Street.” Senator Kennedy will visit the senior center Thursday, February 10, and his next stops will be Hamburg Town Hall on Friday, February 11; the Autumnwood Senior Center on Thursday, February 17; and the West Seneca Senior Center on Friday, February 18.

February 11, 2011
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Kennedy Lays Groundwork for his WNY Small Business Advisory Board

Kennedy names his business liaison, requests resumes for individuals interested in advisory board

BUFFALO, N.Y. – In his pursuit for common ground solutions that will help grow jobs in Western New York, Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, is building the Western New York Small Business Advisory Board to turn small business owners’ first-hand expertise into new initiatives to encourage business expansion throughout the region.    

February 10, 2011
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PROPERTY TAX CAP PASSES SENATE

Senator Kennedy adds momentum behind push for governor’s tax cap bill, mandate relief proposal

 ALBANY, N.Y. – With Western New York families and businesses struggling under the largest tax burden in the nation, Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, co-sponsored Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s property tax cap program bill – which caps the growth of property taxes at the lesser of two percent or the rate of inflation – to help push the tax cap through the Senate.

It’s an important step forward in the bipartisan efforts of Senator Kennedy and his colleagues to combat the state’s skyrocketing taxes.

February 9, 2011
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No Time to Waste: Hold the Line and Pass the Cap

Senate Democrats Announce Support for Property Tax Cap; Senator Tim Kennedy Proposes Comprehensive Property Tax Relief Plan

(Albany, NY) As millions of New Yorkers struggle to keep their homes due to skyrocketing property taxes, Senate Democratic leadership, members and local taxpayers from across the state announced their support for immediate passage of Governor Cuomo’s two-percent property tax cap to hold the line on taxes for Middle Class families. Building on his support for Governor Cuomo’s tax cap, Senator Tim Kennedy unveiled a comprehensive property tax relief plan.

Senator Kennedy’s property tax relief plan would:

January 24, 2011
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Supporting New York's Heroes

The Senate recognizes that veterans, whether from recent conflicts or great wars of the past, are responsible for safeguarding the freedoms we all enjoy today. Through the Senate Democratic Leader John Sampson and Senator Eric L. Adams, Chair of the Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, the Senate is developing policies and programs that assist, support, promote, and honor New York’s heroes; below are stories and announcements concerning these efforts.

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January 1, 2011
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Mapping New York's Future

Mapping New York's FutureThe New York State Senate is committed to a fair, objective and transparent 2011-2012 legislative redistricting process. Procedures are being considered to advance the goals of a legislative redistricting plan incorporating clearly stated goals and criteria.

January 1, 2011
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