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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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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 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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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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Senator Dale M. Volker's Codes Committee Reports Out 18 Criminal Justice Bills Combatting Sexual Assault

(DEPEW, N.Y.) – Senator Dale M. Volker today announced that the Senate Committee on Codes, in which he is the Chairman, has reported out 18 criminal justice bills (see attachment) to aggressively address the ongoing scourge of sexual assaults against women, men and children in the State of New York.

January 10, 2006
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Senator Volker, Senator Young, Assemblyman Errigo And Assemblyman Burling Secure Empire Zones For Livingston And Wyoming Counties

(DEPEW, N.Y.) – Senator Dale M. Volker, Senator Catharine Young, Assemblyman Joseph Errigo and Assemblyman Daniel Burling today announced that under their advocacy that Governor Pataki has approved Livingston County for Empire Zone designation. Wyoming County will receive their Empire Zone designation by the end of the year.

Yesterday, the Governor announced that Livingston County has received Empire Zone credentials.

January 4, 2006
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Gun Trafficking Blame Game

Unfortunately, the death of NYPD Detective Dillon Stewart has become the political pawn of a public policy issue in the State Legislature that impacts the lives of all New Yorkers. At the heart of the matter is whether the current criminal statutes appropriately punishes the perpetrator who uses an illegal handgun in the commission of a crime. It is safe to say that the current statute is blatantly soft, unfair, weak, and sends the absolute wrong message.

Common sense dictates that this statute needs fixing.

December 8, 2005
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Senator Dale M. Volker Secures $20,000 For Angel Action Located In Wyoming County

(DEPEW, N.Y.) – Senator Dale M. Volker today announced that he has secured $20,000 in state funds for Angel Action--A volunteer program of Community Action for Wyoming County. Angel Action is a grassroots organization founded by Pat Standish to benefit everyone needing assistance including the "working poor". Pat Standish started Angel Action after she herself was assisted by Community Action years ago. Knowing that there was a need, she started this program out of her home in 1999.

December 2, 2005
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Senator Dale M. Volker Secures $750,000 For Steuben Foods Facility Expansion In Elma

(DEPEW, N.Y.) – Senator Dale M. Volker today announced that he has secured $750,000 in state economic development funds to assist Steuben Foods plans to begin a major expansion of its Elma plant next year. This important infusion of financial resources is a pivotal step for Steuben Foods to remain the leader in the fast-growing U.S.

December 1, 2005
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Drastic Measures Needed During Drastic Times

Erie County is in the midst of a financial crisis that will have dramatic fiscal ramifications for many years if the status quo continues in Erie County. For all intent and purpose, The Erie County Legislature has abdicated its responsibilities to protect taxpayers from budgetary gimmicks and mismanagement, and have been willing over the past several years, to allow the county to go deeper and deeper into debt.

November 15, 2005
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Budget Reform Constitutional Amendment And Transportation Bond Act To Be On The November 8th Ballot

On Election Day, November 8th, citizens across the entire state will have the opportunity to voice their opinions on two very important public policy decisions that will profoundly impact the way the State of New York provides funding for our roadways, as well as the way State Budgets are crafted, deliberated and voted upon.

The Budget Reform Constitutional Amendment will give the State Legislature back the authority in the budget process that was taken away by an activist New York State Court of Appeals.

October 19, 2005
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Senator Dale M. Volker And Members Of The Western New York Legislative Delegation Announce Renaming Of Route 219

(Albany, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew) today, along with members of the Western New York Legislative Delegation, announced that Route 219 will be renamed the "Erie County Veterans Memorial Highway" and the "Art Benson Memorial Highway." This new designation was strongly advocated by the entire Western New York Legislative Delegation and the two bills that were passed by both Houses of the Legislature were signed into law by Governor George E.

September 30, 2005
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