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January 30, 2007
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Senator Dale Volker Takes Up Fight Against Cigarette Smuggling

(ALBANY, N.Y.) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-C-I, Depew) introduced legislation that will give New York a powerful weapon in its fight against cigarette smuggling. The bill mandates the use of new counterfeit-resistant tax stamps, the licensure of all cigarette manufacturers, and the creation of a new "Cigarette Enforcement and Anti-Smuggling Fund."

This legislation will give enforcement officers the tools they need to stop an illegal cigarette trade that is funding organized crime and terrorist operations.

January 30, 2007
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Senator Dale M. Volker Passes State Senate Budget Reform Package

(Depew, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew) today announced that The New York State Senate passed budget reform legislation to require even greater itemization of State spending and make additional reforms to the budget process. The bills go beyond the budget reform law signed last week and include greater reforms to further increase accountability, openness, and transparency in the State budget process and ensure passage of on-time budgets.

January 29, 2007
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Senator Dale M. Volker Announces State Senate $6 Billion Property Tax Plan

(Depew, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew) today announced that The New York State Senate passed a three part plan (S.1) to significantly expand the Senate-initiated property tax relief rebate program to provide $2.6 billion in property tax relief this year and $3.4 billion in 2008. The plan would triple the size of direct property tax rebate checks in the first year, give voters greater input on local property tax rates, and establish a Blue Ribbon Commission to make reforms to help reduce property taxes.

January 23, 2007
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State Senate To Hold Public Hearing On Hospital Closings In Western New York

MONDAY, DECEMBER 11TH at 10:00 AM, Senator Dale M. Volker will commence a public hearing, Chaired by Senator Kemp Hannon of the Senate Committee on Health, on the recommendations by the Commission on Health Care Facilities of the 21st Century. The Public Hearing will take place at the University at Buffalo’s Center for Tomorrow (North Campus).

This will be a public hearing that encourges public participation and input.

December 7, 2006
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Senator Volker Statement On Hospital Closings

(Depew, NY) Having had a chance to carefully review the findings and recommendations of the Commission on Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century (the Berger Commission), I believe the report to be "fatally flawed", particularly in its treatment of Western New York Health Care facilities.

In many ways the report is a "Tale of Two Cities" applying one set of criteria for the reorganization and closure of facilities in Western New York and a completely different set of criteria to reorganization and closure in the rest of the state.The Report fails to rationalize why simi

November 28, 2006
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Senator Dale M. Volker Statement On Court Of Appeals Decision On Civil Commitment Of Sex Offenders

(Depew, NY) Although, from a public safety standpoint, I am extremely disappointed by today's' Court of Appeals decision reversing a lower courts decision authorizing the civil commitment of sex offenders under the current mental hygiene law; we now have the opportunity to review, draft and pass a new statute that would appropriately house, treat and confine violent sex offenders.

This past legislative session, the State Senate took the lead in creating and convening a conference committee to reconcile differences on the issue of civil confinement of sex offenders.

November 21, 2006
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Senator Dale M. Volker Announces Formal Removal Of Buffalo Tolls Booths

(Depew, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew) today announced that the New York State Thruway Authority has voted officially to remove toll collections for those entering the City of Buffalo at Ogden and Black Rock toll areas. This announcement, due to the efforts of Senator Dale M.

October 30, 2006
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Senators Volker, Rath Schedule Insurance Q&a Session To Ensure Speedy Checks From Insurance Companies

Senator Dale M. Volker (R-C-I, Depew) and Senator Mary Lou Rath (R-C, Williamsville) announced today that they have scheduled three public question and answer sessions with representatives of major property and casualty insurance companies next week to ensure that homeowners and other policy holders can get information they need regarding filing insurance claims and receiving payment to repair damages.

"People are concerned about getting their homes fixed, repairing damages and getting their lives back to normal," Senator Volker said.

October 20, 2006
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Senator Dale M. Volker Requests More Guard Troops To Help With Debris Removal

(Albany, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew) today requested that additional New York Guard Units be activated to assist with the cleanup efforts of those specific areas in Erie County still impacted by recent Snowstorm which caused enormous damage to homes and the region’s infrastructure.

"Although a great deal of progress has occurred over the past couple of days, especially pertaining to restoring power to homeowners and businesses, there are many smaller municipalities that are still without power due to tree debris," said Senator Dale M. Volker.

October 17, 2006
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Senator Dale M. Volker Announces Senate Passage Of "timothy's Law"

(ALBANY, N.Y.) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-C-I, Depew) today announced that "Timothy’s Law," a bill to provide parity in insurance coverage for mental illnesses has been passed unanimously by the State Senate. The legislation would require insurance companies to cover most mental illnesses and would require coverage for a broad range of mental illnesses and conditions specifically related to children.

September 15, 2006
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Senator Dale M. Volker Secures $40,000 For Marilla Primary School Playground

Senator Dale M. Volker (R-C-I, Depew) today announced that he has secured $40,000 to assist in the construction of a new playground at the Marilla Primary School located on Bullis Road in Marilla. Senator Volker secured these state funds as part of the adopted 2006-2007 State Budget.

"Parents, teachers, administrators and the children who are part of the Marilla Primary School have shown outstanding commitment and dedication to raise funds for a new playground for their school and community," said Senator Volker. "Playgrounds play a instrumental role in our children's futures.

September 9, 2006
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Senator Volker Secures $20,000 For The Towns Of Elma-marilla-wales

(ALBANY, N.Y.) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-C-I, Depew) announced today that he has secured $20,000 for the Town of Elma. These state funds will be utilized for new backstops and safety fences in front of dugouts at the Creek Road Park located in the Town of Elma.

"The Towns of Elma, Marilla and Wales have been innovative in their approach to regionalism and sharing services to protect taxpayers," said Senator Dale M. Volker. "These three towns have for over forty years worked together to provide recreational opportunities at the Creek Road Park.

September 6, 2006
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Senator Volker Secures $40,000 For The

(ALBANY, N.Y.) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-C-I, Depew) announced today that he has secured $40,000 for the Elma Public Library within the adopted 2006-2007 New York State Budget. These state funds will be utilized by the Elma Public Library to ensure that it remains fully staffed and operational for Elma residents."

"The Elma Public Library is a significant public asset to the Elma community and is used by young and old alike," said Senator Dale M. Volker.

September 1, 2006
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Senator Dale M. Volker Secures $50,000 For The Iroquois Central School District

(Albany, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew) today announced that he has secured $50,000 for the installation of a traffic light located at Girdle Road at the school’s main campus. This $50,000 state grant was secured as part of the adopted 2006-2007 state budget.

"Working with Iroquois Central School District Superintendent Neil Rochelle, we together felt that there was a critical need for an installation of a traffic light at the entrance of the school," said Senator Dale M. Volker.

September 1, 2006
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Senator Dale M. Volker Secures $15,000 For The East Aurora Boys & Girls Club

(Albany, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew) today announced that he has secured $15,000 to support the East Aurora Boys & Girls Club so as to address certain facility upgrades and ensure that the operational needs of this organization remain viable. This $15,000 state grant was secured as part of the adopted 2006-2007 state budget.

"Year after year, the East Aurora Boys & Girls Club remains a positive and steadfast resource for our young people in our community to reach their goals and dreams," said Senator Dale M. Volker.

September 1, 2006
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Senator Dale M. Volker Secures $75,000 For The Village Of Orchard Park

(Albany, NY and Depew, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew) today announced that he has secured $75,000 for the Village of Orchard Park in order to address severe flooding and drainage problems impacting this community.

August 31, 2006
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Senator Dale M. Volker Secures $50,000 For The Orchard Park Depot Restoration Project

(Albany, NY and Depew, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew) today announced that he has secured $50,000 for the Orchard Park Depot Restoration Project. Senator Volker secured these funds as part of the adopted 2006-2007 State Budget and will be used for capital construction costs for the restoration of the railway depot located in Orchard Park.

"The historical importance of railroads in western New York has been significant and have played an important role in our economic and cultural fabric," said Senator Dale M. Volker.

August 31, 2006
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Senator Volker Secures $50,000 For The Lothlorien Therapeutic Riding Center

(ALBANY, N.Y.) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-C-I, Depew) announced today that he has secured $50,000 for Lothlorien Therapeutic Riding Center. These state funds will be utilized for a new barn roof and electrical upgrades for their facility.

"Horses are natural therapeutic tools," said Senator Dale M. Volker. "Studies show that during a therapeutic riding session, the horse’s action relaxes and stimulates unused muscles, builds muscle tone, and improves balance, coordination and joint mobility.

August 11, 2006
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Senator Dale M. Volker Secures $7,500 For Toyfest 2006

(Albany, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew) today announced that he has secured $7,500 to support ToyFest’s 2006. Senator Volker secured these funds as part of the adopted 2006-2007 state budget.

"ToyFest 2006 is celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, and it has been one of the most celebrated events focusing on our area’s rich history of toys and toymaking. The Toy Town Museum continues to reinvent itself and promote the historical significance our community has played in toy making for millions of children across our nation and beyond.

August 11, 2006
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