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Senator Kennedy Announces Minimum Wage Increasing December 31 for Local Workers

On December 31, New York State’s minimum wage will rise to an hourly rate of $8.00. 

Kennedy: A higher minimum wage will help working families make ends meet and live a little more comfortably.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, announced the minimum wage will rise to $8 an hour tomorrow, December 31. Kennedy said this wage increase is the first of three raises that will result in minimum-wage workers earning $9 an hour by the end of 2015. The higher wages will be a welcome boost for workers and families in Western New York and across the state, says Kennedy who has helped lead the charge for raising the minimum wage.

December 30, 2013
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In Wake of Large Breach of Consumer Data at Target, Senator Kennedy Urges State to Help Local Businesses Protect NY Consumers

As investigation continues into security breach impacting 40 million customers at Target, Senator Kennedy wants Dept. of Financial Services to launch new actions to strengthen safeguards protecting consumer data in NY.

Kennedy: New York State should launch new actions to help protect consumer data and ensure this ‘season of giving’ doesn’t become a season of stealing customer information.

December 23, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Celebrates New State Support to Help Meals on Wheels Prevent Hunger in WNY

Kennedy says low-cost power from the state through the Recharge NY program will help protect Meals on Wheels’ vital mission to feed the hungry throughout WNY.

December 20, 2013
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Kennedy and Ryan Urge Homeowners to Re-Register for Basic Star Exemption to Save Hundreds on Taxes

Homeowners Required to Re-Register for Basic STAR Exemption by December 31 – Lawmakers Urge WNY Homeowners to Register for Important School Tax Exemption with Deadline Just Two Weeks Away.

Officials from NYS Department of Taxation and Finance have Expressed Concerns about Buffalo’s Lower Rates of Re-Registration.

Kennedy and Ryan to WNY Homeowners: No Reason to Wait. Process to Re-Register is Quick and Easy.

December 16, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Highlights Nearly $860,000 for Job Training Coming to Erie County

Erie County Set to Receive Total of $857,996 from NY State for Jobs Training Programs.

Kennedy Says State’s Investment Will Train Hundreds of Job Candidates for Positions Employers Need to Fill Today.

December 13, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Proposes New Bill, Pushes for Investment to Make Streets Safer in WNY

Kennedy announces new reform to strengthen the state’s Complete Streets law at dangerous intersection in Cheektowaga.

With collisions involving pedestrians and bicycles on the rise, Kennedy, Supervisor Mary Holtz, Justin Booth of GObike Buffalo and local parents call for investment in infrastructure projects that make streets safer for all roadway users.

December 10, 2013
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Thanksgiving Essays and Contributions

Dear Participant,

Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration. We received outstanding poems, essays, and artwork that exemplify the creativity of New York State’s young people.

The submissions received are remarkable in what they represent – showing gratitude and respect for family, friends, our troops fighting overseas, and many other important subjects and activities. I am humbled and honored to see such inspiring contributions in response to what is a deceptively difficult question: “What are you thankful for?”

On behalf of the New York State Senate, I would like to offer my wholehearted congratulations to all of the participants in this year’s Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration.

Sincerely,

December 6, 2013
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With no response yet from NYSED, Senator Kennedy follows-up with renewed call for community forum in Buffalo

Senator Kennedy wrote to Education Commissioner on November 15 to demand a community forum in Buffalo, but NYSED has not yet responded or scheduled a forum in Buffalo. 

Kennedy wants NYSED to ensure Buffalo parents have the chance to learn more and ask questions about new Common Core standards.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, is still waiting for a response from the New York State Education Department following a letter he sent November 15 urging Commissioner John King to schedule a community forum in Buffalo to ensure local families have the opportunity to hear more and ask questions about the state’s new Common Core standards.

December 4, 2013
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Protecting Children Must Remain Priority for All

By SENATOR TIM KENNEDY

In September, Western New York was once again rocked by the tragic loss of a young child. Five-year-old Eain Clayton Brooks suffered repeated, brutal beatings allegedly at the hands of his mother’s live-in boyfriend. Eain’s life was taken as a result of this senseless abuse.

As the father of three young children, I was deeply saddened by Eain’s death. Our entire community has mourned his loss, and I cannot imagine the immense pain that Eain’s family has endured. My thoughts and prayers remain with them.

Eain’s death is an intolerable and heartbreaking tragedy, and we must do all we can to prevent anything like this from ever happening again.

November 26, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Praises ‘Buffalo Billion’ Investment to Jumpstart Clean Technology Industry in WNY

After unveiling of Buffalo High-Tech Manufacturing Innovation Hub @ RiverBend, Kennedy applauds Governor Cuomo’s intelligent public investment that is spurring private investment and creating hundreds of new jobs.

November 21, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Urges State Education Commissioner to Schedule Community Forum in Buffalo

State Education Commissioner canceled, then rescheduled a series of town-hall meetings across the state, but NYSED has not yet scheduled forum in Erie County. 

 Kennedy wants Commissioner to hold community forum in Buffalo to ensure area parents have the chance to learn more and ask questions about new Common Core standards. 

November 20, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Celebrates National Grid Investment, Breaks Ground on Ohio Street Reconstruction

National Grid to invest $4.2 million to upgrade infrastructure, which will help attract mixed-use development; total investment in Ohio Street corridor now exceeds $15 million.

Ground also broken on City of Buffalo’s streetscape project.

Kennedy: Buffalo’s Old First Ward has a long, storied history, and with the reconstruction of Ohio Street, I believe this neighborhood’s future is just as promising. 

November 20, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Unveils New Bill to Help Veterans Secure SUNY Credit for Military Training

At Veterans Forum and Services Fair, Kennedy outlined the VETS Credits Act, which will make college more affordable for veterans and help them complete coursework faster. 

Kennedy: By giving credit where credit is due, New York State and its public university system can ease and accelerate veterans’ transition into civilian life.

November 19, 2013
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Senator Kennedy to Hold Veterans Forum and Services Fair November 19

Kennedy invites WNY veterans to join him November 19 for event aimed at connecting Vets to the services they’ve earned. 

Kennedy: America’s veterans fought bravely to keep our nation strong. We must ensure they have access to support and services they’ve earned. They’ve served us, now it’s our turn to serve them. 

November 19, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Kennedy, Peoples-Stokes Announce Public Hearing on Child Protective Services

Public hearing, to be held November 14 at Buffalo City Hall, will examine the practices of Child Protective Services in Erie County and explore issues facing protective services across the state.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy and Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes, both Democrats from Buffalo, today announced an important public hearing that will examine the practices of Child Protective Services in Erie County. At the public hearing November 14 at Buffalo City Hall, the state lawmakers aim to uncover any potential problems that currently exist within Child Protective Services and identify improvements that can be made to the system.

November 6, 2013
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Fight to Save Historic St. Ann's Church Continues; “Save St. Ann’s” Video Dedicated to Lifelong Parishioner

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The fight to save the historic St. Ann's Church continued today with a heartfelt tribute to a Western New Yorker who recently died after spending his entire life – all 93 years – as a parishioner of St. Ann's Church. Even in his final days, John Rynn, a Buffalo resident, remained committed to the effort to preserve St. Ann's and protect it from demolition.

Mr. Rynn was featured in a Buffalostyle video produced to help save the threatened church on Buffalo's East Side. Now, with his recent passing, producers of the video have decided to dedicate the film to Rynn’s memory.

November 1, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Urges Support for Stronger Workplace Protections for Interns

Federal Court Judge threw out an unpaid intern’s sexual harassment suit, after ruling unpaid interns are not covered by same workplace protections provided to paid employees. 

Senator Kennedy wants NY’s human rights laws reformed immediately to ensure all workers, including unpaid interns, are protected from sexual harassment, retaliation and discrimination.

Students from colleges across WNY join Senator Kennedy to discuss need for workplace rights for unpaid interns.

October 23, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Urges State Education Commissioner to Reverse Decision to Cancel Community Forums

State Education Commissioner canceled series of town-hall meetings that were scheduled across the state, including one in WNY.

Kennedy wants Commissioner to follow through on the previously-promised meetings to ensure parents have the chance to learn more and ask questions.

Kennedy: Our children deserve a high-quality education, and local families deserve a say on how to improve our schools. 

October 15, 2013
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Senator Kennedy: October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month; Commitment to Domestic Violence Prevention Must Remain Strong Every Month, All Year.

To recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Senator Kennedy reiterates urgent need to pass Jackie’s Law and enact new initiatives to “break the cycle” of domestic violence.

October 11, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Helps Rally Over 2,000 Western New Yorkers in Push to "Get Testing Right" at Summit for Smarter Schools

WNY lawmakers want reform of high-stakes testing of young children; bring together experts, parents, educators and public officials to discuss future of education in NYS at Summit for Smarter Schools.

October 7, 2013
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