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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

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

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

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


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

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

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

As NHL Lockout Drags on, Senator Kennedy Urges State Action to Provide Emergency Support to Local Businesses

Kennedy calls for an end to the NHL lockout before more economic damage is done. Without relief for local businesses, lockout threatens continued private investment at Canalside.  

As more games get canceled, Kennedy wants state’s top economic development agency to be ready to support local businesses. 

Kennedy: NHL Lockout is Putting Small Businesses in the Penalty Box; Relief is Needed to Prevent ‘Lockout’ on Local Economic Progress.

October 26, 2012

Senator Kennedy Proposes Limit on Food Truck Fees to Unleash Industry Growth

Inflated fees hold back business development and jeopardize local and statewide growth of the booming food truck industry

Food truck industry leaders from the Buffalo and Rochester markets endorse Kennedy’s proposal

Kennedy: New York State is Hungry for Small Business Growth, But Steep Fees Are Putting the Brakes on the Food Truck Industry

October 16, 2012

Kennedy Calls for Senate Transportation Hearing on Future of the Buffalo Skyway

With the DOT planning to spend over $110M in maintenance, Kennedy calls for hearing to ensure plan considers long-term best interest of Buffalo 

Kennedy says removal of  Skyway will provide economic boost to Buffalo and cost savings for taxpayers; calls for hearing to examine DOT's future plans

Kennedy: Skyway's Sky-high Maintenance Costs Make it a Bad Investment

October 10, 2012

ReCharge NY Supporting Job Creation and Retention across Western New York

Senator Tim Kennedy joined officials from the New York Power Authority and Mayer Brothers Apple Products to mark the allocation of low-cost power from ReCharge NY, which is supporting job retention and private capital investments at the Western New York juice producer's facilities. NYPA Chairman John Koelmel, Trustee Terrance Flynn and President Gil Quiniones stopped by Mayer Bros. Cider Mill to highlight the impact of ReCharge NY  at Mayer Bros. and throughout the Western New York region.

ReCharge NY is the new statewide power program, established by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and approved by the State Legislature, to give businesses and other enterprises a boost in lowering their operating costs in support of economic development.

September 6, 2012

Senator Kennedy Announces Upcoming Start for Zurbrick Road Project

After decade of setbacks, project will finally break ground in mid-September.

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy announced work will finally begin on the long-delayed Zurbrick Road project starting mid-September. The project will start with the remediation of waste left behind from the former Depew Landfill and the stabilization of the stream bank.

Cheektowaga Supervisor Mary Holtz and Depew Mayor Steven Hoffman joined Kennedy Tuesday to commend the Department of Environmental Conservation for pressing this project forward.

September 4, 2012

Senator Kennedy Applauds Appointment of Robert Gioia to Serve on Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation Board of Directors

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, released the following statement highlighting the appointment of Robert D. Gioia, president of the John R. Oishei Foundation, to serve on the Board of Directors of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation.

“Western New York has long benefitted from the dedicated leadership and relentless hard work of Robert Gioia,” Kennedy said. “Our community has relied on his vision and energy as he has spearheaded countless important projects and initiatives. Channeling Mr. Gioia’s talents into waterfront development at ECHDC will be a great boost to ongoing efforts to revitalize our economy starting at the water’s edge.

August 31, 2012

Senator Kennedy Announces I-STOP Signed into Law

Kennedy-cosponsored measure to prevent prescription drug abuse becomes law

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, announced new measures to prevent prescription drug abuse have been signed into law. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed I-STOP, or the Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing, into law Monday.

August 27, 2012

Senator Kennedy Stands Opposed to Proposed Thruway Toll Hike

With regional equity concerns still unaddressed, Kennedy urges the Thruway Authority to reverse course on toll hike

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, voiced his opposition to the toll hike proposed by NYS Thruway Authority at their public hearing Thursday at the Downtown Central Library. In outlining his opposition, Kennedy detailed ongoing regional inequities and funding disparities that Western New York has suffered in recent years.

August 16, 2012

Kennedy, Ryan Host Roundtable Forum on Drug Addiction Treatment in Western New York

Several leading treatment providers, advocates and researchers outline local issues related to addiction treatment and prevention. Forum discusses steps forward to improve patient care and adapt to the new challenges of prescription drug addiction

BUFFALO – Senator Tim Kennedy and Assemblyman Sean Ryan hosted a roundtable discussion on the future of drug addiction treatment in Western New York Monday at D’Youville College. Several expert panelists participated in the conversation and detailed challenges facing treatment providers and prevention advocates.

August 13, 2012

Kennedy Unveils Proposal to Bridge Skills Gap, Prepare Workers for Jobs in New Economy

ECC, Ford, UAW join Kennedy to highlight new plan to develop skilled workforce and foster “matchmaking for manufacturing”

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy unveiled a new proposal to help bridge the “skills gap” and prepare workers for jobs in our ever-evolving economy at a press conference Tuesday at Erie Community College’s City Campus. Officials from ECC and Ford Motor Company joined Kennedy, as he outlined his proposed plan to establish Centers of Workforce Achievement – which will partner community colleges with local employers to develop a skilled workforce for growth industries within the regional economy.

August 7, 2012

Senator Kennedy Urges DEC to Keep Zurbrick Road Project on Track

After decade of delay, project is closer than ever to starting. Senator Kennedy, Supervisor Holtz, Mayor Hoffman want work to start this summer.   

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – “After a decade of delay, the DEC needs to get this project started this summer,” said Senator Tim Kennedy, urging the Department of Environmental Conservation to keep its Zurbrick Road project on track. Cheektowaga Supervisor Mary Holtz and Depew Mayor Steven Hoffman joined Kennedy in calling on the DEC to stick to a summer 2012 start date for environmental remediation and bank stabilization work along Zurbrick Road.

July 24, 2012

Kennedy, Higgins & Meegan Announce Improvements to Union Road in West Seneca

Over $1.3 Million in Road & Streetscape Work Underway

Congressman Brian Higgins, N.Y. State Senator Tim Kennedy and West Seneca Town Supervisor Sheila Meegan joined representatives from the New York State Department of Transportation to detail infrastructure improvements underway along Union Road (Route 277) in West Seneca. 

July 23, 2012

Senator Kennedy to Hold Senior Safety Initiative in Lackawanna

Lackawanna Senior Center will be site for July 24 program designed to help protect seniors from fraud and abuse

LACKAWANNA, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-58th District, will hold a program designed to help keep senior citizens safe Tuesday, July 24 at 10:30 a.m. at the Lackawanna  Senior Center. Senator Kennedy’s Senior Safety Initiative brings together officials from law enforcement and public safety to discuss ways for seniors to protect themselves from fraud, deceptive schemes, elder abuse and other potential dangers. The presentation will also highlight efforts to keep our neighborhoods safe.

July 19, 2012

Senator Kennedy, Mayor Brown Team Up to Improve South Park Avenue

South Park Avenue Revitalization Project continues with efforts to clean up, repair environmental amenities along commercial strip.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The South Park Avenue Revitalization Project continues, as Senator Tim Kennedy and Mayor Byron Brown team up with community leaders to make further improvements to this important Buffalo commercial strip. This is the latest chapter in a community development project that has been ongoing for several years, since Kennedy began spearheading this movement as a county legislator.  

July 18, 2012