(Albany, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew) today announced that New York consumers will save an estimated $560 million over the next year, because the State sales tax will drop from 4.25% to 4% beginning June 1, 2005.
"Tax relief is key to remaining competitive economically with other Mid-Atlantic and New England states," said Senator Dale M. Volker. "Our citizens demand that we lessen their tax burden. By reducing New York State’s portion of the sales tax from 4.25% to 4%, our residents will be able to keep more of their money and do with it as they see fit.
(Albany, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew) today announced that the New York State Senate has passed a comprehensive package of bills to expand and enhance penalties against individuals who drink and drive or those who are under the influence of illegal narcotics while driving.
(Albany, New York) "The Erie County Nursing Home will not close. We all understand that Erie County is financially challenged and must find ways to balance its budget. However, closing the Erie County Nursing Home is not one of them. Any proposal to close the Erie County Nursing Home is not in the best interest of the residents of Erie County, many of whom depend on the services provided by Erie County to protect and care for our mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers.
(Albany, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew) today announced that the New York State Senate passed a package of legislation that would crack down on the production of dangerously addictive methamphetamines by establishing tough criminal penalties for possessing the materials used to make "meth" and operating the laboratories used to manufacture the drug.
"What we are seeing in New York State is an explosion of methamphetamine addicts ruining their lives, their families, and their communities," said Senator Dale M. Volker.
(Albany, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew) today announced that the New York State Senate voted unanimously on a legislation (S.2822) that would ban the so-called practice of hunting by remote control via the Internet in New York State.
"The Internet has made a tremendous and positive impact for our society. From gathering up-to-date information on international events, local news, health breakthroughs; to communicating on-line and on-time with people from all over the world.
(Albany, NY) Joined by members of Erie County’s volunteer fire fighting community, Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew) today announced that he has secured $50,000 in state funding for the continued training of volunteer fire personnel in Erie County. Due to the financial challenges currently taking place in Erie County, funding for fire training instructors was reduced, and 33 instructors were laid off.
(Albany, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew) today, along with members of the Western New York Legislative Delegation, announced $300,000 for the Child Advocacy Center in Buffalo. These funds will be utilized to complement existing funding, and ensure the viability of this important health care program.
"The Child Advocacy Center is instrumental in providing a child-friendly setting in which to offer objective forensic interviews and sensitive medical exams in order to provide necessary evaluation for determining appropriate interventions," said Senator Dale M.
(Albany, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew) today announced that the State Senate has passed legislation (S.1872-B) that would increase penalties for drivers who kill or seriously injure other people while driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
"We must do all that we can to stem the scourge of drinking and driving, as well as those who drive while under the influence of illegal narcotics," said Senator Dale M. Volker.
Press Event for May 5th at 11:00 AM at Child Advocacy Center Located at 556 Franklin Street in Buffalo
(Albany, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker and members of the Western New York Legislative Delegation will announce major funding initiative for the Child Advocacy Center located at 556 Franklin Street in Buffalo.
All Media is welcomed to attend and participate in Question and Answers following the presentation.
(Albany, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew) today announced that the State Senate passed legislation that would overhaul the state’s Medicaid fraud detection effort with the goal of dramatically reducing corruption and waste, and increasing the amounts of money returned to taxpayers.
"The Medicaid program in New York has become a political lightning rod due to its costs, its benefits, and why many county governments are having difficulty with their budgets," said Senator Dale M. Volker.
Senator Dale Volker has announced that he has secured $100,000 in state funding for Happiness House to assist them in continuing their mission in providing the highest quality programs and services to children and adults with disabilities, to their families and to the Finger Lakes community.
"Happiness House has a proven record in delivering high quality services to those children and adults who face physical and medical challenges in their lives," said Senator Dale M. Volker.
Senator Dale M. Volker (R-C-I, Depew) today announced capital funding for Independent Colleges and Universities in the Western New York Region. The funds come from the $150 million dollar Capital Matching Grants Program included in the 2005-06 state budget chapter amendment approved by the State Legislature.
Senator Dale Volker has announced that he has secured $50,000 in state funding for the Epilepsy Association of Western New York’s Neurobehavioral Treatment Program within the adopted 2005-2006 State Budget. Neurobehavioral treatment is a behavioral approach to manage and decrease the duration and frequency of epileptic seizures.
"For the past few years, I have been honored to assist the Epilepsy Association of Western New York’s Neurobehavioral Treatment Program in order to improve the quality of life of those impacted by Epilepsy," said Senator Dale M. Volker.
(Albany, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew) today passed legislation (S.1524-A), that would permit additional members of a victim's family to speak at the sentencing of a criminal.
"Our current law only allows a single victim impact statement at the sentencing phase. This is unfair and unjust. There is simply not just one victim, but several and all must have to live with the traumatic ramifications of being a crime victim.
(Albany, NY) Several media outlets have had County Executive Joel Giambra on their talk shows where he has castigated myself and Assemblyman Paul Tokasz for not doing enough to be of assistance for Erie County on the Medicaid front. I would like to have the opportunity to clarify blatant misstatements made by the County Executive.
(Albany, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew) today announced Senate passage of legislation (S.3256) that would stiffen the penalties against persistent violent felons in New York State and ensure that those who persistently prey against law-abiding New Yorkers. Legislation passed by the State Senate would change the current state law to subject persistent violent felons to a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years, while maintaining life imprisonment as the maximum sentence.
"I am extremely saddened by the passing of my Senate colleague, and dedicated public servant, Patricia McGee. I had known Patricia McGee for over twenty years and she was a remarkable person who worked tirelessly on behalf of her constituents and the communities that she loved so much in representing in the Southern Tier. She was a dear friend, a colleague, a loving mother, and a remarkable advocate in improving the lives and families in New York State. I, and my fellow Senate colleagues, will miss her advice, her compassion, and her knowledge of the issues confronting our state.
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew) today announced that incorporated within the 2005-06 State budget passed by both Houses of the Legislature, is a tax cut package of more than $155 million in business and personal income tax reductions over the next four years to create jobs and strengthen the economy.