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Senator Volker Votes Yes To $200 Million Senior Citizen Property Tax Relief Plan

(ALBANY, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-C-I, Depew) announced today that The New York State Senate has passed a bill to double the size of direct property tax rebate checks for senior citizen homeowners. The bill (S.5742) would return about $200 million to our State’s senior citizens.

May 8, 2007
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Senator Dale M. Volker Statement In Response To New Yorkers Against The Death Penalty

(Depew, NY) Listening to their handlers and paid lobbyists, New Yorkers Against the Death Penalty, continues to resort to disinformation and spin when it comes to the justifiable use of the Death Penalty. Time and time again, the decision that capital punishment may be used in extreme cases is an option that residents of New York State deem appropriate. Certain crimes are themselves so horrific that they are an attack to the very foundation of our nation. In these extreme cases, the appropriate legal action may be capital punishment.

May 8, 2007
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Senator Volker Calls On Governor, Assembly To Enact Death Penalty Bill

(Albany, N.Y.) With four police officers shot in New York in the last two weeks, including three in the last 24 hours, Senator Dale M. Volker and members of the Senate Majority Conference today called on Governor Spitzer to push the State Assembly to pass legislation that would enact the death penalty for people who kill police officers and a bill that would reinstate New York’s death penalty law.

April 25, 2007
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State Senators Face-off As Stanley Cup Fever Splits New York

State Senators from Western New York today challenged their colleagues from the opposite end of the state to a friendly wager over the victor of the first round in the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Long Island lawmakers quickly accepted the challenge. Losers agreed to wear their opponent's team's official jerseys in the halls of the State Capitol.

"This is our turn -- our time," declared Senator Dale M.Volker (R, Depew), representing a united front of Western New York Senators, including Senators George D.

April 17, 2007
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Coalition Of Public Health Groups Endorse Legislation To Fight Cigarette Smuggling

Albany, NY - Senator Dale M. Volker (R-C-I, Depew) announced today that a broad coalition of public health organizations have issued memoranda in support of a bill designed to stop the illegal sale of cigarettes in New York State.

The American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Lung Association and American Stroke Association submitted formal statements of support.

March 28, 2007
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Senator Volker Denounces Governor Spitzer's Health Care Cuts

(DEPEW, NY) Today, together with Presidents and CEO’s from local nursing homes, Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew), assailed the massive cuts to hospitals and nursing homes that have been proposed by Governor Spitzer in his Executive Budget. The devastating impact, if enacted, will take more than $1.2 billion from hospitals and nursing homes across the State, and significantly negatively impact the quality of care in western New York.

A recent vote in the State Senate pertaining to the Governor’s Health Care cuts were unanimously rejected by the State Senate Republican Majority.

March 23, 2007
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Senator Volker And Nursing Home Providers Assail Governor Spitzer's Nursing Home Cuts

(DEPEW, NY) Tomorrow, March 23rd, Senator Dale M. Volker will have a press conference to assail the major nursing home cuts that Governor Spitzer is pushing for in his Executive Budget Proposal.

"If Governor Spitzer has his way, nursing homes and hospitals will be devastated and patient care will no doubt be compromised and harmed," said Senator Dale M. Volker.

March 22, 2007
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Senator Volker Announces New Budget Transparency And Accountability Plan

(Albany, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew) today announced that The New York State Senate unveiled a new three-point budget transparency and accountability plan that is designed to ensure greater openness, performance, and responsiveness in State government.

"Our residents demand accountability from their government, and the State Senate is addressing this matter head on," said Senator Dale M. Volker. "The State Senate has for several years publicly disclosed salaries and expenses of each senate member and their staffs.

March 16, 2007
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Senator Dale M. Volker Announces State Senate $1.3 Billion Small Business Assistance Package

(Depew, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-C-I, Depew) today announced that The New York State Senate passed a small business and manufacturing assistance plan (S.1456), that targets the biggest concerns that hold back small businesses from growing and creating new jobs. The plan would provide $590 million in assistance in the first year and almost $1.3 billion in tax relief and assistance to small businesses when fully implemented after three years.

February 13, 2007
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Senator Volker Statement On Thomas Dinapoli As New York State Comptroller

I realize that there has been a great deal of criticism about the State Legislature’s decision, pursuant to the New York State Constitution, to name an independent comptroller. The concept that naming Thomas DiNapoli was "business as usual" or status quo was ridiculous. The members of the State Legislature decided, as was their right, to in effect overrule their respective leaders and the Governor.

I have always taken my responsibility to my constituents very seriously. I realize that there are some who would prefer an aristocracy rather than a democracy.

February 12, 2007
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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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