Kennedy-backed Legislation, Now Signed into Law by the Governor, Closes Loophole that had Weakened Crime of Persistent Sexual Abuse.
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, announced strong legislation, which he cosponsored in the Senate, to impose harsher penalties against repeat sex offenders has been signed into law. This new law closes a dangerous loophole that had weakened New York State’s criminal statutes against sexual predators and toughens the crime of persistent sexual abuse.
ALBANY, N.Y. (July 23, 2014) – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation, authored by Senator Tim Kennedy and Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes, that strengthens state law to protect New Yorkers from domestic violence and GPS stalking. This critically important legislation was prompted by the tragic death of Jackie Wisniewski, and is widely known as Jackie’s Law. The new law will crack down on GPS stalking by updating New York State’s stalking statutes to allow law enforcement to pursue criminal charges against those who use GPS or other electronic tracking devices to stalk their victims.
Officials Hail Completion of the Tifft Street Pier and Boardwalk.
Senator Tim Kennedy today joined New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Regional Director Darrell Kaminski, Congressman Brian Higgins, Mayor Byron Brown and other local leaders at a ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of the Tifft Street Pier and Boardwalk along the Outer Harbor in the city of Buffalo.
After Hearing Jay-J’s Story, Senator Kennedy Authored Jay-J’s Law and Ushered It Through Legislature.
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy joined the Retzer family and Jay-J Bolvin today for the third annual Jay-J Day Picnic. This annual event serves as an opportunity to celebrate Jay-J, a four-year-old boy whose story inspired a new law – Jay-J’s Law – to strengthen penalties against child abusers.
Studies Show One in Three Residents of City of Buffalo are Functionally Illiterate; Kennedy and Peoples-Stokes are Urging More Investment in Literacy Programs to Combat Unemployment and Poverty in WNY.
Additional funding secured is enough to cover training costs for over 40 students.
Kennedy selected to serve as parade’s grand marshal, asks local Gold Star mothers to share the honor.
CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – In recognition of the sacrifices made by so many brave Western New Yorkers while serving in our nation’s armed forces, Senator Tim Kennedy invited local Gold Star mothers to join him in leading Cheektowaga’s Independence Day parade today.
When Senator Kennedy was selected to serve as grand marshal for the parade, he wanted to share the honor with area residents who deserve our deepest gratitude for the sacrifices their families made to keep our nation strong and free. He asked local Gold Star mothers, who lost children in service to our nation, to share the grand marshal honors with him.
Senate and Assembly Passed Legislation Sponsored by Senator Kennedy and Assemblywoman Mayer that Establishes New Online Tool to Help Parents across New York State Track Down the Best Afterschool and Summer Learning Programs in their Neighborhoods.
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, and Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer, D-Yonkers, have secured Senate and Assembly approval of their legislation to establish a new online tool that will help parents across New York State find the right afterschool and summer learning programs for their children.
Senator Tim Kennedy, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Economic Development Committee, announced the State Legislature has approved a short-term extension of the Brownfield Cleanup Program. The sunset date of the Brownfield Cleanup Program was pushed back to March 31, 2017, from its current sunset date of December 31, 2015. This extension bill, which Senator Kennedy cosponsored, also appropriates $100 million to the state's hazardous waste cleanup account.
New Round of Grant Funding from New York State Will Boost Revitalization of Homes and Communities in Buffalo, Cheektowaga, Lackawanna, and the Southtowns
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Today, June 18, 2014, New York State Senator Tim Kennedy and New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan announced $1.4 million in state funding that will be coming to Erie County for affordable housing projects. The funding is provided through the Affordable Housing Corporation (AHC), which is a part of New York State Homes and Community Renewal (NYSHCR).
With 45 Percent Increase in Heroin Overdoses in Erie County in 2013, Kennedy Has Pushed for Necessary Legislative Actions to Combat Growing Crisis.
ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, is confident a package of reforms agreed upon in the State Capitol will help combat the growing heroin epidemic facing communities across our state. As this public-health crisis continues to grow more dire, Kennedy believes these new laws will help prevent addiction and reduce drug abuse.
Brownfield Cleanup Program Has Proven Effective in Redeveloping Abandoned and Contaminated Industrial Properties to Revitalize Economies of Buffalo, Rochester, Cities across Upstate New York.
If Program is Allowed to Expire, Several Local Projects Would be Put at Risk – Kennedy and O’Brien want it extended this year to provide stability and certainty needed to get major remediation and redevelopment projects started.
Since 2008, over 40 projects in the Buffalo-Niagara region have participated in the Brownfield Cleanup Program, resulting more than $500 million in investment, according to the NYS Economic Development Council.
Senator Kennedy and Assemblyman Schimminger Passed Legislation to Designate I-290 Bridge over Twin Cities Memorial Highway as “New York State Trooper Kevin P. Dobson Sr. Memorial Bridge”
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, Assemblyman Robin Schimminger and the New York State Police today held a ceremony to officially dedicate the Interstate-290 bridge that crosses N.Y. State Route 425 at the Colvin Boulevard exit as the “New York State Trooper Kevin P. Dobson, Sr. Memorial Bridge.”
Kennedy-sponsored Legislation that Would Add Increased Transparency to CPS has Gained Momentum in Albany and Passed Through Key Committee.
Proposed bills will require local CPS agencies to disclose caseloads – overburdened workers have been a major concern – and allow CPS department heads to, in good faith, share critical information about individual cases to shed light on gaps in the system.
Caseloads in Erie County may be as high as 40 or 50 cases per worker, according to recent reports.
Legislation Inspired by Jackie Wisniewski’s Story Clears Major Hurdle After Push from Kennedy, Peoples-Stokes
Prior to her death, Jackie found a GPS device installed on her car, tracking her whereabouts. Legislation advanced by Kennedy and Peoples-Stokes updates NY’s stalking laws to crackdown on GPS stalking.
This legislation aims to combat domestic violence – in 2012 over 6,300 Erie County residents became victims of domestic violence, and over 4,000 of those victims were women.