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Senator Dale M. Volker Announces Senate Passage Of Medicaid Fraud Measures

(Albany, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew) today announced that the Senate passed the toughest, most comprehensive plan to combat Medicaid fraud in the United States. The Medicaid Fraud Prevention and Recovery Reform Act of 2006 is a 10-point plan that would fight fraud and abuse at every step of the process, from billing and pre-payment review to investigation, civil recovery and criminal prosecution of Medicaid thieves.

March 14, 2006
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March 13, 2006
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Senator Volker Announces Senate Passage Of Two Bills For Nfta Fire And Police Personnel

(ALBANY, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-C-I, Depew) today announced that the New York State Senate today passed two bills that would allow for fire and police personnel employed by the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) to be eligible for binding arbitration in the event of an impasse in contract negotiation occurs.

"NFTA aircraft rescue firefighters and police personnel put their lives on the line everyday in order to save lives when an emergency situation arises" said Senator Dale M. Volker.

March 7, 2006
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Senator Volker Urges State Assembly To Act On Technical Fix To Reestablish Capital Punishment In New York

(ALBANY, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-C-I, Depew) today urged the Democratic leadership of the New York State Assembly to act on legislation already approved last year by the State Senate to fix a technical flaw in New York State’s Capital Punishment statute.

Today, a New York State Trooper was shot and killed by an armed suspect near Elmira.

March 2, 2006
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Senator Volker Announces Senate Passage Of Drunk Driving Legislation

(ALBANY, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-C-I, Depew) today announced that the New York State Senate today passed a bill (S.2272), that provides for additional penalties for convictions of drunk or drugged driving where a child under the age of 17 is a passenger.

"We all know what devastation can occur when someone gets behind the wheel of a car after consuming adult beverages irresponsibly," said Senator Dale M. Volker.

March 1, 2006
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February 28, 2006
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Senator Volker Urges Parents And Educators To Boycott Cop Killing Video Game

(ALBANY, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-C-I, Depew) today urged parents, educators and concerned citizens of New York State to boycott a video game called "25 to Life" which rewards the video gamer for killing cops and uses pedestrians as human shields. Additionally, Senator Volker has also created and on-line petition that will be sent to Eidos-maker of "25 to Life", as well as PlayStation manufacturer Sony and Xbox maker Microsoft to cancel their licensing agreements with Eidos.

February 21, 2006
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Medicaid And Your Recent Erie County Tax Bill

Recently, you received your Erie County tax bill in the mail. I was astounded by an erroneous and misleading statement that the 22% property tax increase was due to Medicaid.

Here are the real facts.

The State has taken over the county’s share of Family Health Plus saving Erie County taxpayers in fiscal year 2005-2006, $7.4 million and in fiscal year 2006-2007, $13.5 million. Additionally, the State has capped standard Medicaid costs for Erie County as well, which have saved taxpayers in fiscal year 2005-2006, $2.9 million and in fiscal year 2006-2007, $17.1 million.

February 17, 2006
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Senator Dale M. Volker Praises Work Being Done By Joint Conference Committee On Civil Confinement

(ALBANY, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-C-I, Depew) today praised the work and progress taking place in the Joint Conference Committee on Civil Commitment. However, in order for us to move forward in our quest to ensure that sexual violent predators receive treatment in a secure Office of Mental Health Forensic Facility, and are kept from re-offending against our women and children, the State Senate is willing to reconvene the Joint Conference Committee on Civil Confinement in an expedited manner once the State Assembly addresses their major shortcomings in their bill.

February 15, 2006
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Senator Volker Passes Legislation To Toughen Penalties For Incest

(Albany, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew) today passed legislation (S.6277A) that would close a loophole in current law which permits certain child sexual offenders to obtain a lenient, non violent disposition for child sexual assault.

"Incest is, without a doubt, one of the disturbing and debilitating sexual offenses perpetrated against our young children," said Senator Dale M. Volker. "Unfortunately, our state's criminal statutes can allow perpetrators of this sexual assault to receive only probation.

February 7, 2006
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Senator Volker Announces Senate Passage Of Comprehensive Energy Plan

(ALBANY, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker announced that the New York State Senate today introduced a comprehensive energy plan that would provide $350 million in relief from high energy costs to small businesses to help them create and retain jobs.

January 31, 2006
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Senator Volker Urges State Assembly To Announce Their Conference Committee Members

(Albany, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew) today urged the State Assembly Democratic leadership to announce their members for the joint legislative conference committee on civil confinement legislation.

Last week, Senator Bruno appointed Senator Dale Volker (R-C-I, Depew), Chairman of the Senate Codes Committee, to serve as Co-Chair of the conference committee. He also appointed Senator Ray Meier (R, Western), Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) and Senator Nick Spano (R-C, Westchester).

January 30, 2006
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Senator Volker Announces New State Law Against Sex Offenders

(Depew, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker today announced that the New York State Senate, in collaboration with the State Assembly and Governor Pataki, agreed to legislation, which is now law, that will mandate lifetime registration for the most dangerous sex offenders.

January 26, 2006
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Senate Announces Conference Committee Members For Civil Confinement Legislation

(Albany, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew) today announced that Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno has made appointments to a joint legislative conference committee on civil confinement legislation.

Senator Bruno appointed Senator Dale Volker (R-C-I, Depew), Chairman of the Senate Codes Committee, to serve as Co-Chair of the conference committee. He also appointed Senator Ray Meier (R, Western), Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) and Senator Nick Spano (R-C, Westchester).

January 26, 2006
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Junior Hunting License Nearing A Reality

I was pleased to have read in the NYSCC Grass Roots News your article mentioning the State Legislature’s quest to institute a Junior Big Game Hunting license in New York State. Building upon last years legislative success, and enactment into state law, allowing hunting in the Southern Tier using rifles, I am sponsoring legislation in the State Senate that would authorize a Junior Big Game License in New York State.

January 26, 2006
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Senator Dale M. Volker, Assembly Majority Leader Tokasz & Members Of The Wny Legislative Delegation Announce $44 Million In Funding For Culturals And Economic Development Projects

(Albany, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew) today announced that $44 million in state funds previously earmarked for the Adelphia project has been reallocated to several high-profile economic-development and cultural tourism projects in downtown Buffalo. Senate Majority Leader Joseph L.

January 20, 2006
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Senator Dale M. Volker Secures $16,000 For Cornell Cooperative Extension

(Albany, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew) today announced that he has secured $16,000 for Cornell Cooperative Extension in Wyoming County. These state funds will be used for the purchase of a van.

"Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County provides outstanding services that make a tremendous difference in the lives of our residents," said Senator Dale M. Volker.

January 19, 2006
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Senator Dale M. Volker Announces Enactment Of Sex Offender Legislation To Keep Tabs On Sexual Predators

(DEPEW, N.Y.) – Senator Dale M. Volker today announced that the New York State Legislature passed legislation, to mandate lifetime registration for the most dangerous sex offenders and prevent sex offenders from coming off the registry this week. Agreement on this bill was announced yesterday by the joint legislative conference committee on the sex offender registry created by Megan’s Law. The Governor has signed this bill into law and it becomes effective immediately.

January 18, 2006
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Senator Dale M. Volker Passes Civil Commitment Legislation For Sexual Predators

(Albany, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew) today announced that the State Senate passed legislation (S.3273) that provides for the civil commitment of sexually violent predators after they’ve completed their prison sentence to protect the public from criminals likely to commit repeated acts of sexual violence.

"Time after time, we see in the media another victim of violent sexual assault from the hands of a violent sexual predator," said Senator Dale M. Volker.

January 17, 2006
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Senator Dale M. Volker Secures $10,000 For The Town And Village Of Pike

(DEPEW, N.Y.) – Senator Dale M. Volker today announced that he has secured $10,000 for the Town and Village of Pike’s bicentennial celebration slated for July 14-16th, 2006 in the Village of Pike. These state funds will support funding already appropriated by the Town and Village of Pike for these festivities.

"It has always been my main priority to be of assistance to the municipalities and the residents that I represent," said Senator Dale M. Volker.

January 13, 2006
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