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Jackie Schmid

When Jackie Schmid passed away on July 23, 2012 at the age of 51, the Cheektowaga community lost one of its most unselfish servant leaders. A passionate and enthusiastic volunteer, she was loved by her neighbors, friends and Western New York’s elected and civic leaders. 

Ms. Schmid graduated from Villa Maria Academy in 1979 and worked in her family’s restaurant located on Broadway in the City of Buffalo for much of her young adulthood. At an early age, she came to understand the importance of civic engagement. She became driven to improve her community -- and she never turned back. 

May 13, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Urges Regional Economic Development Council to Make Skyway Removal a Top Priority for WNY

Empire State Development President & CEO Ken Adams says state wants advice from the WNY Regional Economic Development Council on Skyway removal. 

In urging the Regional Council to support the effort, Kennedy calls Skyway removal a transformative infrastructure project that will boost the economy, similar to Robert Moses Parkway removal. 

Kennedy: Razing the ‘structurally deficient’ and ‘functionally obsolete’ Skyway will remove a physical barrier that is obstructing future development along Buffalo’s waterfront.

May 9, 2013
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With Yet Another Albany Official in Handcuffs, Kennedy Says Time for Stronger Ethics Laws is Now

State Sen. John Sampson charged today with embezzlement, obstruction of justice, witness tampering 

Kennedy: Immediate action is needed to reform state government and clean up Albany. There’s no time for delay, and there is no room for excuses.

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, says Albany needs to immediately get to work on stronger laws to prevent public corruption. With another state official now facing serious criminal charges, Kennedy is urging swift action on legislation to stiffen penalties against corruption and to clean up Albany.

May 6, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Says Now-Approved Bill Gives Courts Stronger Power to Revoke Parental Rights in Cases of Severe or Repeat Child Abuse

Senate, Assembly pass bill to strengthen courts’ ability to protect children by streamlining process required to revoke parental rights after severe or repeat abuse. Bill now heads to Governor to be signed into law.    

Kennedy:  After taking this important step to protect children, now it’s time to pass Jay J.’s Law and ensure those who hurt children end up behind bars for a long, long time.

May 3, 2013
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May 2, 2013
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Kennedy-Cosponsored Bill That Ensures Parents are Notified of Sex Offenders Living Near Schools Passes Senate; Senator Kennedy Urges Assembly to Approve This Important Legislation

The Kennedy-cosponsored legislation will require school districts to notify parents of sex offenders living within the district in an effort to help keep children and families safe from predators. 

Now that the bill has passed through the Senate with bi-partisan support, Kennedy is urging his Assembly colleagues to pass the bill as well.

Kennedy: With nearly 1,300 sex offenders living in our community, this legislation ensures parents have the knowledge they need to help keep their children safe.

April 30, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Passes Key Bill to Boost Service Collaborative of WNY; Will Save Local Non-Profit $20,000

Kennedy’s bill will result in estimated $20,000 cost savings for The Service Collaborative, allowing them to invest more in neighborhoods, local non-profits. 

Legislation now needs Assembly approval and Governor’s signature. 

Kennedy: The Service Collaborative is Committed to Improving Quality of Life in Buffalo and WNY, and This Will Help Them Reduce Overhead Costs and Invest More in Our Community.

April 29, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Stands with Progressive Coalition to Demand Fair Elections

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Today, a diverse coalition demanded robust campaign finance reform with public financing at its core outside the Erie County Board of Elections. NYS Senator Tim Kennedy, NYS Assemblyman Sean Ryan, Organizing for Action, the Clean Air Coalition, Citizen Action, the Coalition for Economic Justice and several other organizations spoke Thursday morning in favor of passing reform.  

April 26, 2013
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State Doles Out $600,000 Each Year for Corrupt Albany Politicians’ Pensions; Kennedy Pushes Bill to Take Away Disgraced Lawmaker Pensions

Since 1999, 20 Albany politicians have resigned or lost elections after run-ins with the law or ethical failures – and that number may climb higher after the recent political scandals.    

In total, the state has paid out $4.3 million in pension costs to 14 of those 20 individuals. 

Kennedy: Crooked politicians shouldn’t be able to pay their debt to society behind bars while simultaneously being paid by the very society they ripped off. It needs to stop.

April 24, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Wants Justice for Jay J, Renews Fight for Jay J’s Law

Kennedy encourages WNY community to help prevent child abuse and participate in the “Million March Against Child Abuse” on Monday, April 22.

The fight to pass Jay J’s Law continues, as Kennedy urges Senate and Assembly to approve much-needed crackdown on child abuse. 

Kennedy: As Jay J recovers from the abuse he suffered, he’s relying on us to stand up for him and help secure justice for children across our state.

April 20, 2013
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With States Rapidly Legalizing Online-Gaming, Senator Kennedy Calls on the New York State Gaming Commission to Investigate Bad Actors

Kennedy says International, Online Gaming Sites have been Circumventing the Law for Years. 

With 10 States Already Legalizing or Looking to Legalize  Online-Gaming; Predatory Sites will Have Easier Access to the NYS Market. 

Kennedy: Online Predators are Stacking the Deck and Consumers are Losing. 

April 19, 2013
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Kennedy: 4 out of 5 At-Risk Youth in Erie County Do Not Have Access to Critical Mental Health Services; Urges Expanded Mental Health Care for Local Children

Kennedy secures $800,000 in state budget to preserve the Erie County Mental Health Association’s Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program, says more funding is needed next year. 

CASA program able to serve 200 of the 1000 at-risk children in need of help in Erie County; MHA, with Kennedy’s support, is pushing to expand the program. 

April 18, 2013
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Senator Kennedy: Public Trust Act is Important, Necessary Step to Crack Down on Albany Crime Spree

Kennedy urges comprehensive, far-reaching efforts to clean up Albany.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, applauded Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed Public Trust Act and urged his colleagues to join him in pursuit of an aggressive anti-corruption agenda. Kennedy wants the state to take on public corruption and enact strong new reforms to clean up Albany during this legislative session.   

April 9, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Secures Release of Long-Awaited Funding for Critical Upgrades to Gateway-Longview Family Resource Center in Buffalo

Kennedy fought to cut bureaucratic red tape that had stalled the critical upgrades to East Side Center for over 3 years.

Gateway-Longview will put $200,000 in funds toward improvements at their Family Resource Center. 

Kennedy: Gateway-Longview’s Funding is no longer a long-shot – project to improve important Buffalo community center is now a reality. 

April 8, 2013
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Big Banks Have Let 100’s of WNY Homes to Fall into Disrepair; Kennedy, Ryan Push New Legislation to Make Banks Pay for Foreclosure Delay

Kennedy, Ryan, local residents launch push for new state law at 35 Gary Lane, a Cheektowaga home falling into disrepair as a result of Bank of America’s delay. 

Hundreds of homes across Western New York end up in “foreclosure-delay limbo” when banks drag their feet. 

Kennedy: Big banks’ delay hurts our community and our home values. WNY is sending a message to Wall Street: You made this mess. You clean it up.

April 5, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Commemorates April as Autism Awareness Month, Pushes for New Protections for People with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Kennedy Urges Awareness, Advocacy and Understanding of Autism and its Effects.

Push continues to pass Kennedy’s bill to enact a bill of rights for people with autism spectrum disorders. 

BUFFALO, N.Y. – In recognizing April as Autism Awareness Month, Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, is encouraging Western New Yorkers to get engaged in the effort to spread further awareness of autism and its effects on children, adults and their families. Kennedy has also been pushing for several legislative initiatives to strengthen the state’s protections and support for people with autism spectrum disorders and their families.

April 3, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Announces Route 33 Bridge Work Finally Begins

At recent budget hearing, Kennedy pushed DOT to get this project and others in WNY started. 

Kennedy will continue tracking DOT projects, to ensure they are started and completed on-schedule 

Kennedy: After nearly a one-year delay, this critical roadwork is finally beginning to rejuvenate aging structures, improve public safety and strengthen surrounding neighborhoods

April 1, 2013
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Senator Kennedy: $3 Million for NFTA Capital Projects is Needed Boost

Kennedy says New York State will direct more than $3 million in capital assistance to Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority. 

Kennedy: This $3 million state investment to support NFTA capital projects is a much-needed and welcome boost for WNY’s public transit system.

March 28, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Announces State Funding Boost for WNY Schools, Local Highways

Kennedy says all Erie County school districts combined will see a state aid increase of over $35 million and county roads will receive nearly 20 percent more than last year.

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo announced that more state funds will be headed to Western New York to enrich our schools and repair local roads. Kennedy said the state is investing about an additional $1 billion in schools across New York. The state budget also targets $438 million to repair local roads and bridges, which represents the first increase in local highway aid in five years.

March 27, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Announces Tougher Penalties for Texting, Cell Phone Use While Driving

New provisions included in budget will strengthen efforts to crackdown on distracted driving on New York State’s roads and highways.

Kennedy: Stronger penalties send a clear message to distracted drivers: keep your eyes on the road and off your phone.

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, announced the State Senate has approved stronger penalties for distracted driving as part of the 2013-14 budget. Kennedy explained the new provisions will strengthen state efforts to crackdown on texting while driving and other cell phone use while driving.

March 25, 2013
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