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Senator Kennedy Stands Up for At-Risk Children in WNY, Calls for CASA Funding to be Restored in State Budget

Funding for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Program cut for 2013, leaving at-risk children without the support they need. 

In the wake of horrible tragedies like the Sandy Hook massacre, Kennedy says we need more access to mental health services for troubled young people, not less. 

Kennedy: CASA gives kids – who have no voice – a voice. You can’t put a price tag on changing the lives of young people in our community

January 16, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Rallies for Minimum Wage Increase, Urges Albany to Raise the People’s Pay

Over 100 people joined Kennedy at Friday’s rally at the Gloria J. Parks Community Center. 

State lawmakers Kennedy, Peoples-Stokes, Ryan support measures to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.75 an hour and linking future increases to the Consumer Price Index. 

Kennedy: Now’s the Time to Raise the Minimum Wage, and Stop Playing Paycheck Roulette by Linking Future Increases to CPI.

January 11, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Praises State of the State Focus on Strengthening Workforce, Raising Minimum Wage, Growing Upstate Economy

Kennedy applauds Governor Cuomo’s efforts to build comprehensive, progressive agenda for 2013 legislative session. 

Governor’s plans to strengthen the workforce reflect concepts Kennedy proposed in his legislation to address the “skills gap” and create “Centers for Workforce Achievement” at community colleges across the state. 

January 9, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Holding Rally to Raise the Minimum Wage on Friday, Jan. 11

Join Senator Kennedy at Rally Planned for Friday, Jan. 11 at 10 a.m. at the Gloria J. Parks Community Center. 

Kennedy: Raising the Minimum Wage will Lift Families from Poverty and Boost the Local Economy 

January 11, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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New Leader for Senate Democrats, New Leadership Position for Senator Kennedy

Last month, Senate Democrats made history when they voted to make Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins the first woman to lead a legislative conference in New York State history.

Senator Kennedy is proud to report that Senator Stewart-Cousins has asked him to serve on her leadership team for the Democratic Conference. In his new role as Assistant Whip, it will be Kennedy's job to help gather and secure support for important pieces of legislation that come before the Senate. Kennedy will be whipping votes and using this new position to make sure his legislative colleagues get behind proposals that are important to Buffalo and Western New York.

January 3, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Applauds AG Schneiderman’s New Requirements to Combat ‘Dark Money,’ Boost Transparency in Political Campaigns

New regulations from AG Schneiderman will shed light on the influence of “dark money” in NY government and politics. 

Kennedy says Schneiderman’s new regulations partnered with real campaign finance reform will boost transparency, combat corruption and eliminate undue corporate influence over the will of the people

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, applauded the efforts of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman today as he announced new regulations and reporting requirements that will combat “dark money” and increase transparency in state government and politics.

December 12, 2012
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Upstate Senators Join Community, Labor, Faith Leaders to Demand Fair Elections Through Real Campaign Finance Reform

Progressive Leaders Say Reduced Contribution Limits, Public Financing, Stronger BOE Enforcement Remain Keys to Meaningful Campaign Finance Reform

BUFFALO, N.Y. - State Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, and State Senator-elect Ted O’Brien, D-Rochester, joined leaders from community and labor organizations Tuesday outside the Erie County Board of Elections to call on their colleagues in the State Senate to strongly pursue passage of Governor Cuomo’s Fair Elections campaign finance reform proposal.

December 11, 2012
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Senator Kennedy Writes to Apple CEO, Urges Company to Consider Buffalo for American Production Line

In appearance on NBC’s Rock Center, Apple CEO Cook announced plans to move a Mac computer production line to United States next year. 

Kennedy’s letter highlights region’s productive workforce, strategic geographic location, low-cost power from Niagara Power Project. 

Kennedy: Buffalo is a City in Resurgence; Apple could Help Lead our Underdog City’s Economic Comeback

December 7, 2012
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Kennedy, Peoples-Stokes Urge State Education to Keep COMMUNITY Charter School Open

COMMUNITY Charter School is up for charter renewal in June 2013; Decision over whether or not to renew set to be made December 10. 

Kennedy, Peoples-Stokes highlight the school’s rebound and steady progress following the adoption of their School Improvement Plan. 

Kennedy, Peoples-Stokes: Our Community Matters. Give COMMUNITY the Opportunity to Complete their Comeback.  

December 7, 2012
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Support our Community. Shop Local this Holiday Season.

By SENATOR TIM KENNEDY

Like so many other families across our state and nation, my family gathered together this Thanksgiving to celebrate and give thanks for all the blessings and gifts we have enjoyed over the past year. 

I feel so very fortunate to have three beautiful children, a loving wife, a tight-knit family and parents who taught me the value of hard work and community service. I am also grateful for all of the support I’ve received throughout Western New York over the course of my first term in the State Senate. Thank you.

As the Holiday season continues, I look forward to more time spent with my family, and I wish you and your family many more happy, fulfilling and relaxing days together.

December 6, 2012
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Senator Kennedy Highlights State Investment in Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus to Attract Albany Molecular Research Inc.

Kennedy applauds Governor, WNY REDC for strategic investment to bring AMRI, which will create 250 new jobs, to Western New York

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Economic Development Committee, released the following statement regarding the state investment in the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus – which has attracted Albany Molecular Research, Inc. creating 250 new jobs to Western New York.

December 4, 2012
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Senator Kennedy Announces Thruway to Commemorate Anniversary of A.J. Larson’s Death with “Don’t Text While Driving” Message

Digital signs over the NYS Thruway will urge motorists to stay alert behind the wheel with no texting while driving reminder.

Larson’s mother Kelly Cline relentlessly advocated for changes to state law to ban texting while driving. 

Kennedy and Cline Remind Drivers: Keep Your Eyes on the Road and Off Your Phone.

December 3, 2012
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Senator Kennedy, Naaman Roosevelt Send off Buffalo Youth Headed to National Football Tournament

Players, coaches from Buffalo’s United Youth Football League depart for national tournament in Florida.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Players and coaches from Buffalo’s United Youth Football League departed for their national tournament in Florida Friday from True Bethel Church in Buffalo. Senator Tim Kennedy, Councilman Demone Smith and Naaman Roosevelt, formerly of Buffalo Bills, were there to send off and congratulate the local contingent headed to Florida. Over 100 Buffalo youth are headed to the national championship tournament.

In recent years, teams from Buffalo have done very well at this national tournament, outperforming teams from across the country. League organizers expect no less this year.

November 30, 2012
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Senator Kennedy Urges State Education Department to Move Swiftly on Cantalician Center Expansion Application

State Education Department has put a freeze on applications in process, which could force displacement of hundreds of local students with severe disabilities.

State Ed says it will consider exceptions to their freeze on application approvals; Kennedy pushes for Cantalician Center to receive exception and swift approval of expansion. 

Kennedy: State Ed Can’t Let Student Learning Get Stuck in Bureaucratic Red Tape

November 30, 2012
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Senator Kennedy Stands with Walmart Workers

Nationwide actions today to raise awareness of worker mistreatment, retaliation.

Kennedy joins workers and supporters at Black Friday rally at Walmart in Cheektowaga.

Kennedy: I stand with workers in their efforts to fight back and be heard.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Economic Development Committee, stands with workers in their ongoing efforts to end workplace retaliation and secure better wages and benefits, fair treatment and respect. Kennedy joined workers and supporters at a rally Friday at the Walmart in Cheektowaga’s Thruway Plaza where they called for an end to worker mistreatment.

November 23, 2012
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Senator Kennedy Announces Upcoming Deadline for NY Youth Works Employment Program

Kennedy reminds residents that youth must apply for certification in NY Youth Works program by December 31, 2012. Businesses must apply for certification by November 30, 2012. 

NY Youth Works helps address unemployment among inner-city youth with job-training for applicants and tax credits for employers. 

Kennedy encourages more businesses to get involved in NY Youth Works to help alleviate unemployment in City of Buffalo.

November 20, 2012
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Kennedy and Ryan Want Answers: New Contract for NY Driver’s Licenses Will Cost Taxpayers an Extra $38 Million

DMV Tentatively Awards New Contract To Produce NY Driver’s Licenses To Highest Bidder – Kennedy and Ryan Urge DMV To Explain Contract Decision

BUFFALO – Today, November 14, 2012, New York State Senator Tim Kennedy and Assemblyman Sean Ryan urged the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to explain why they have awarded a new contract to produce New York State driver’s licenses that will cost taxpayers an extra $38 million.

November 14, 2012
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Don’t Hike Pay for Legislators, Raise the People’s Pay

By SENATOR TIM KENNEDY

It’s time for lawmakers to go on the record on pay raises. Over the last several weeks and months, I’ve made it clear I am opposed to pay hikes for state legislators. Now, I urge my colleagues to join me in working to restore the public’s trust, rather than moving forward with their ill-conceived money grab.

With our economy now pressing forward along the road to recovery, lawmakers should be focused on economic issues and getting people back to work, not on bigger paychecks for themselves.

November 7, 2012
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Kennedy Calls for New System to Ensure National Guard Members Get Opportunity to Vote

Local National Guard members responding to Superstorm Sandy may miss opportunity to vote in this year’s presidential election.

Kennedy says brave men and women called into duty by disaster or security threat should have a chance to cast ballots.

Kennedy: When disaster strikes, the National Guard is there for New York State. Going forward, the state needs to be there for them and ensure they get ballots for commander-in-chief.    

November 5, 2012
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Senator Kennedy Urges Albany to Act on NYS Fair Pay Act, Calls for Stronger Protections for Women and Minorities in Workforce

Pay equity a top issue in presidential race, but should be addressed at state level

Kennedy says closing wage gap between genders would significantly stimulate economic growth; pushes for critical measure to end wage discrimination

November 1, 2012
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