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Volker Announces Senate Passage Of Education Budget Bill

(Albany, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew) today announced Senate passage of the Education Budget Bill that provides $24.6 billion, reflecting an increase of $848 million in formula driven and other educational assistance to schools across New York State. The Budget adds $322 million to the Governor’s proposed $526 million increase over last year.

"The State Senate continues to make historic investments for our children in order to for them to reach their personal and professional goals," said Senator Dale M.

March 31, 2005
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Volker Announces Senate Passage Of Health (medicaid) & Mental Hygiene Budget Bill

(Albany, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew) today announced Senate passage of the Health (Medicaid) and Mental Hygiene Budget bill that restores more than $762 million for hospitals, nursing homes and health care proposed to be cut the Governor, and takes aggressive steps to rein in the spiraling cost of Medicaid to local property taxpayers.

"One of my major goals this legislative session was to reign in the cost of Medicaid, which has contributed to local property tax increases for many counties in New York State," said Senator Dale M. Volker.

March 31, 2005
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Senate Passes Transportation Budget Bill

(Albany, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew) today announced Senate passage of the Transportation Budget Bill (S.555-E) that would make substantial investments in our state’s transportation infrastructure.

March 30, 2005
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Senator Dale M. Volker Announces Senate Passage Of Public Protection Budget Bill

(Albany, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew) today announced Senate passage of the Public Protection Budget Bill (S.550-E) that would strengthen public safety in New York.

"The State Senate has been at the forefront of creating, funding, and administrating smart and effective criminal justice policies that have proven to reduce crime, prevent murders, and make New York State one of the safest states in the entire nation," said Senator Dale M. Volker. New York continues to see record lows of criminal behavior.

March 29, 2005
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State Budget Negotiations Continue And Health Care And Medicaid Will Be Addressed

The April 1st State Budget deadline is nearing and the State Senate, State Assembly and the Governor’s office are aggressively pursuing an agreement on a State Budget that we call all agree on to end our history of late budgets. Over the years two major funding issues have played a major factor in delayed budgets, which have hurt the public’s trust in our state government. Health Care (Medicaid being a substantial part of) and Education spending, which combined consume over two-thirds of the entire state budget, have been the profound obstacles in the budget making process.

March 21, 2005
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Senator Dale M. Volker Announces Senate Passage Of Death Penalty Fix

(Albany, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew) today announced Senate passage of legislation (S.2727) that would correct a technical flaw within the state’s capital punishment statute that was issued by the New York State Court of Appeals. The bill has been forwarded to the State Assembly for their immediate consideration.

"The fact remains that our capital punishment statute is free from racial, religious, ethnic, geographic and all other forms of bias," said Senator Dale M. Volker.

March 9, 2005
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Methamphetamine Hits New York

This past week, the New York State Commission on Investigations released a report on the rapidly growing use and manufacture of the illegal and highly addictive drug methamphetamine in New York State. This enlightening report reminds all of us involved in the legislative process that the manufacturing of new illegal drugs continue to be an urgent threat to public health and safety.

February 22, 2005
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Senator Dale M. Volker Applauds President Bush For Curbing Lawsuit Abuse

(Albany, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew) today applauded President Bush and the United State’s Congress for passing and enacting federal legislation that will curtail multimillion-dollar class action lawsuits against companies and ensure that people who are truly injured have the ability to seek and receive fair financial settlements.

"This is tremendous news for our residents, our taxpayers, and our business community," said Senator Dale M. Volker.

February 18, 2005
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Senator Dale M. Volker Announces Senate Passage Of School Based Health Services

(Albany, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew) today announced that the New York State Senate passed legislation (S.21) that would provide improved and expanded school health services for preschool and school-age children. This legislation unanimously passed in the State Senate and will be forwarded to the State Assembly for their immediate action.

"Years ago, former Deputy Assembly Speaker Arthur O.

February 16, 2005
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Senator Dale M. Volker Statement On Buffalo News Article On School Funding For City Of Buffalo

(Albany, NY) Here we go again. Yesterday’s Buffalo News article entitled "Despite Ruling City Schools Face Budget Gap" erroneously states that the Buffalo City Schools would benefit from the New York City "CFE" decision. This is false and totally inaccurate.

The decision by New York City Judge Leland DeGrasse and the New York City oriented Court of Appeals does nothing for any school districts in New York State, other than those in the New York City School District.

February 16, 2005
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Senator Dale M. Volker Announces Senate Passage Of Bill Relating To Tax Delinquent Sites

(Albany, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew) today announced that the New York State Senate passed legislation (S.884) that would allow municipalities (taxing districts) to commence an action for foreclosure on abandoned or tax delinquent sites and conduct environmental investigations on these properties without exposing them to environmental liability claims.

February 15, 2005
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Senator Dale M. Volker Announces $50,000 For The Town Of Wethersfield Salt Shed Construction

(Albany, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew) today announced that he has secured $50,000 in state funding for the construction of a salt shed for the Town of Wethersfield. The funding was secured as part of the adopted 2004-2005 adopted state budget.

"The Town of Wethersfield has, for several years, stored their sand and salt in the open which has made leaching a major issue for this small municipality," said Senator Dale M. Volker.

February 2, 2005
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Senate Passes "giambra Penny" Additional 1% Sales Tax For Erie County

(ALBANY, NY) Today, the State Senate passed Erie County’s additional 1% sales and use tax bill (S.215-A) in order to maintain stable sales and use tax collections to meet operating costs of County government. This "Giambra Penny" legislation will authorize Erie County to impose an additional 1% sales and use tax in addition the temporary 1% additional sales and use tax the County has annually been authorized to impose since March 1, 1985.

February 1, 2005
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2004 Criminal Justice Accomplsihments--one Of The Best Years Since The 1970's

(Albany, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew) today commended the Republican and Democratic Senate Members of the Senate Committee on Codes for their outstanding contributions in protecting law-abiding New Yorkers, our communities, and our families.

February 1, 2005
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Senate Passes Current Additional 1% Sales Tax Extender For Erie County

(ALBANY, NY) Today, the State Senate passed Erie County’s temporary additional 1% sales and use tax in order to maintain stable sales and use tax collections to meet operating costs of County government. This bill was passed in the State Assembly on January 24th 2005.

"The State of New York continues to face fiscal challenges, and Erie County government is not immune from its own financial difficulties," said Senator Dale M. Volker. "This sales tax extender for an additional 1% has assisted Erie County to continue in providing county services for our residents.

January 25, 2005
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Senator Dale M. Volker Announces Senate Passage Of Two Budget Reform Measures

(Albany, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew) today announced that the New York State Senate today passed two comprehensive budget reform bills that would fix the budget process and put an end to late budgets beginning this year with the enactment of a contingency budget in the event a new budget is not enacted by April 1.

January 11, 2005
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Senator Dale M. Volker Secures $180,000 For Wyoming County Indigent Parolee Program

(Albany, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew) today announced that he has secured $180,000 for the Wyoming County Indigent Parolee Program within the adopted 2004-2005 New York State Budget.

January 4, 2005
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