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One Year After Its Enactment, Senator Kennedy and Kelly Cline Praise Impact of Ban on Texting While Driving

Especially proficient enforcement in Western New York, as police officials in Erie County wrote nearly 15 percent of all texting-while-driving tickets issued outside of New York City

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, and safety advocate Kelly Cline commended State Police and local law enforcement agencies for cracking down on distracted driving and effectively enforcing the state’s new texting-while-driving law – which was enacted one year ago. In Erie County, enforcement has been extremely effective. Locally, police officials have issued nearly 15 percent of all texting-while-driving tickets outside New York City.

July 13, 2012

Senator Kennedy, Local Workers Fighting to Stop Offshoring, Save NY Jobs

Kennedy pushing for reforms that protect jobs created in New York State from being outsourced overseas 

BUFFALO, N.Y. – A rampant trend toward offshoring jobs has left too many families without work and kept unemployment high despite surging corporate profits. With about 22-29 percent of all jobs still at risk of being shipped overseas, action is needed to protect Western New Yorkers’ jobs. Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, is standing up to prevent good-paying jobs from leaving New York State.

July 7, 2012

Kennedy, Local Officials Announce DEC Efforts to Address Air Quality at Peace Bridge

Department of Environmental Conservation Agrees To Monitor Air Near Peace Bridge – Put Conservation Officers in Place To Enforce Truck Idling Regulation

BUFFALO – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, joined several of his colleagues in government to announce that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has agreed to institute various measures to address air quality near the Peace Bridge. 

July 6, 2012

Joining Forces to Remember, Honor Hispanic-American Veterans

Efforts ongoing to construct Hispanic-American Veterans Memorial at Buffalo Naval Park.

Senator Kennedy pushing for Hispanic-American Veterans commemorative postage stamp.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – With Independence Day coming up tomorrow, Senator Tim Kennedy, D-58th District, and several prominent community leaders are joining forces to spread awareness of the many contributions of Hispanic-American Veterans. Efforts are underway to construct a Hispanic-American Veterans Memorial at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park, but more work remains before the monument can be completed.

July 3, 2012

Senator Kennedy Sponsors Unyts Independence Day Blood Drives

Blood drives in West Seneca this week on Wednesday, July 4, and Friday, July 6

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, is asking the community to help keep the blood supply strong this Independence Day. The demand for blood tends to outpace supply during the summer season, but Western New Yorkers have an opportunity to change that trend next week at Unyts blood drives, which Senator Kennedy is sponsoring.

July 2, 2012

Senator Kennedy Announces Action to Prevent Bullying, Cyberbullying

State Legislature approves comprehensive bill to prevent growing problem of online harassment.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, announced legislative action to protect children from bullying and cyberbullying across New York State. The State Legislature approved legislation to ensure young people have access to safe learning environments at school, in their neighborhoods and online.

June 27, 2012

Senator Kennedy Stands Up for NY Jobs, Proposes Hostile Amendment to Prevent Corporations from Outsourcing Jobs Overseas

Kennedy tries to push through ‘Save NY Call Center Jobs Act’ as hostile amendment

ALBANY, N.Y. – Standing up to protect New Yorkers’ jobs, Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, proposed a hostile amendment Thursday to prevent corporations from shipping jobs to foreign countries. It was an effort to push the Senate to take action on the ‘Save New York Call Center Jobs Act’ (S.6918) – which Senator Kennedy introduced earlier this year.

June 22, 2012

Senator Kennedy Announces Senate Closes Loophole to Outlaw Accessing Child Pornograph​y

Senate unanimously passes measure making it illegal to access and view child pornography on the internet

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, announced the Senate has taken action to close a loophole that pedophiles had exploited to legally access child pornography. The Senate approved legislation Tuesday that updates the state’s penal law to fully prohibit online viewing of child pornography. An individual will be guilty of a class E felony if he or she knowingly accesses child pornography with the intent to view it.

June 20, 2012

Jay J’s Law Approved in Senate

Kennedy-sponsored legislation, which carries name of local boy, aims to crackdown on repeat child abusers.

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, announced the Senate unanimously approved Jay J’s Law by a vote of 57-0. Jay J’s Law (S.6508/A.9488), which Senator Kennedy authored, will crackdown on repeat child abuse and enact far stiffer penalties for violent offenders who repeatedly hurt children.

June 13, 2012

Senator Kennedy Announces Approval of Legislation to Boost Historic Preservation

Senate unanimously passes measure to increase incentives to spark substantial investment in historic structures and create jobs.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, announced the Senate has passed legislation (S.6134/A.9110) to significantly boost the scope and impact of historic preservation projects. The legislation, which Senator Kennedy cosponsored, will help spark economic growth and job creation by encouraging significant investment in aging, historic structures.

June 12, 2012

Senator Kennedy Announces Reform Legislation Approved to Prevent Prescription Drug Abuse

I-STOP is central component of comprehensive reform bill, which the Senate passed Monday.

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-58th District, announced the Senate approval of comprehensive reform legislation to prevent prescription drug abuse. The central component of the legislation is the Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing (I-STOP), which establishes a real-time prescription drug tracking system. The legislation also requires e-prescriptions of controlled substances, improves training and education for practitioners, expands awareness among patients and the public, creates year-round drug-disposal sites and updates controlled substance schedules.

June 11, 2012

Senator Kennedy Announces Buffalo Sabres to Bring Street Hockey Program to Lackawanna

Sabres Street program in Lackawanna kicked-off Sunday as part of Mount Olive Church’s Youth Day. Local youth invited to participate in full Sabres Street program to be launched Monday at 4:30 p.m.  

LACKAWANNA, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy announced the Buffalo Sabres are bringing their Sabres Street mobile hockey program to the streets of Lackawanna this summer. Sabres Street Lackawanna kicked-off Sunday at Mt. Olive Baptist Church with games and giveaways for local children. The full program launches Monday, June 11, at 4:30 p.m. in the church parking lot, 66 Wasson Ave. Local youth, ages 6 to 15, are invited to participate.

June 10, 2012

Senator Kennedy, Avi Israel Praise Deal Struck on Prescription Drug Tracking System

A year after Michael Israel’s death and months after push began for I-STOP and the Michael David Israel Laws, deal struck to reform the system

ALBANY, N.Y. – Last fall, Senator Tim Kennedy and Avi Israel joined forces to announce a new legislative package that they called the Michael David Israel Laws. The bills – which outlined a comprehensive approach to addressing the epidemic of prescription drug abuse – were named for Mr. Israel’s son, Michael, who took his own life after battling addiction to painkillers.

June 8, 2012

Senator Kennedy to Hold Senior Safety Initiative in Cheektowaga

Cheektowaga Senior Center will be site for June 8 program designed to help protect seniors from fraud and abuse

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, will hold a program designed to keep seniors safe this Friday, June 8, at 12:30 p.m. at the Cheektowaga 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 neighborhoods safe.

June 7, 2012

Senate Passes Legislation to Protect Disabled-Veteran-Owned Businesses from Criminal Impersonation

Kennedy-sponsored legislation approved to stop impersonators who try to cheat the system and steal from veterans

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, passed legislation through the State Senate to crackdown on the impersonation of disabled veteran vendors. Under this bill, offenders who defraud veterans and the public by pretending to be service-disabled-veteran business owners can be punished with time behind bars.

This legislation (S.4726), which Senator Kennedy sponsored, will make criminal impersonation of a disabled-veteran vendor a class A misdemeanor. If convicted, offenders could spend up to one year in prison.

May 31, 2012

U.S. Army Veteran from Cheektowaga Awarded State Service Medals 44 Years Overdue

Senator Kennedy presents Walter Casheba with honors he earned during Vietnam War

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – U.S. Army Veteran and Cheektowaga resident Walter Casheba served during the Vietnam War as an Army Security Agent. In this critically important assignment, Mr. Casheba was charged with the dangerous mission of intercepting enemy intelligence on the front lines.

For his distinguished service, Mr. Casheba earned prestigious honors from New York State, but he has waited 44 years to receive his medals. After contacting Senator Tim Kennedy’s office for help in securing his medals, Mr. Casheba will finally be awarded the state medals he bravely earned in Vietnam.

May 30, 2012

After Luke’s Death, a Push for Myocarditis Awareness

Senator Kennedy, family of Luke Gould announce efforts to raise awareness of unpredictable, devastating heart condition

WEST SENECA, N.Y. – Luke Gould, a 10-year-old West Seneca boy, passed away unexpectedly November 16, 2011. An active, healthy young athlete, Luke lost his life to an unpredictable heart condition known as myocarditis – which often leads to sudden death.

May 24, 2012

Senator Kennedy Announces Howard Zemsky Confirmed as NFTA Chairman

Western New York businessman and philanthropist secures unanimous approval of Senate

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, a member of the Senate Transportation Committee, announced the Senate has confirmed the appointment of Howard Zemsky to serve as chairman of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority. Zemsky, who also works as co-chair of the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council, becomes chairman of the NFTA after serving on its board of commissioners since 2008.

May 15, 2012

Senator Kennedy Announces Senate Passage of Legislation to Crackdown on Sex Offenders who Abuse or Evade Registry

Senate approves Kennedy-cosponsored bills to make it tougher for dangerous sex offenders to dodge registry rules

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, announced the Senate has passed legislation to prevent dangerous sex offenders from abusing or evading state registry requirements. This package of bills will make it tougher to dodge the residence-registration rules established in the sex offender registry act.

May 14, 2012

Higgins, Kennedy Want NFTA’s 58-Year Hold on Outer Harbor Land to End, Propose Plan to Spur Further Waterfront Development

Leaders Lay Out Plan for Transfer of Waterfront Lands to Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp.

Congressman Brian Higgins, N.Y. State Sen. Timothy M. Kennedy and other local leaders laid out a plan that would once and for all take the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) out of the waterfront business.

In a letter to NFTA Commissioners Higgins wrote, “It is undeniable that this public land has remained in the wrong public hands for too long…The land is not poised to serve its highest and best use…Is clear that NFTA must relinquish its waterfront holdings finally and forever.”

May 11, 2012