(Albany, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew) and Assemblywoman Sandra Lee Wirth (R-C, Elma) today announced that they have secured $35,000 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.
"The East Aurora Boys & Girls Club has been a positive and steadfast resource for our young people for decades," said Senator Dale M. Volker.
(Albany, NY) On Thursday, June 30th, Senator Dale M. Volker will be announcing state funding that he secured as part of the adopted 2005-2006 State Budget for several organizations located within Erie County
All Media is welcomed to attend and participate in Question and Answers following the presentations.
Senator Dale M. Volker (R-C-I, Depew) today announced that he has secured $18,000 to assist the Town of Arcade to renovate the "Cabin in the Park" located the Village of Arcade’s Park. Senator Volker secured these funds as part of the adopted 2005-2006 State Budget.
"The "Cabin in the Park" is heavily used by many organizations and residents of the Town and Village of Arcade and the need to update this building is imperative," said Senator Dale M. Volker.
Senator Dale M. Volker (R-C-I, Depew) announced approval of legislation (S.5731), to authorize the direct shipment of wine into and out of New York State. The bill reflects a three way agreement between the Senate, the Governor, and the Assembly.
"Our state’s winemakers produce some of the finest wines in the entire nation and have received national and international acclaim," said Senator Dale M. Volker.
Senator Dale M. Volker (R-C-I, Depew) today passed legislation (S.5905) that would create the Erie County Fiscal Stability Authority (Erie County Control Board), in order to stabilize Erie County’s dire financial situation and restore taxpayer confidence.
"Erie County taxpayers have been deceived for too long as to the severity of their county’s budget deficits and this legislation will prevent this from happening in the future," said Senator Dale M. Volker.
Senator Dale M. Volker (R-C-I, Depew) today urged the State Assembly to act immediately to pass legislation (A.6427) that would update New York State’s existing law prohibiting the operation of recording devices in a motion picture theater.
Senator Dale M. Volker (R-C-I, Depew) today announced that the State Senate has passed, at the request of the Erie County Legislature, two pieces of legislation (S.5705 and S.5745) that would allow for the addition of a .25% sales tax and for the ability for Erie County to deficit finance to close an approximate $118 million budget deficit.
"Due to fiscal mismanagement and an inability to adopt measures to address Erie County’s financial dilemma, a budget gap of approximately $118.4 million exists in Erie County for 2005," said Senator Dale M. Volker.
Senator Dale M. Volker (R-C-I, Depew) today announced that Patricia Standish of Wyoming County, Sharen Trembath of Erie County and Karen Wolfson of Livingston County have been awarded the 2005 New York State Senate Women of Distinction Award for the 59th Senate District for their contributions to enriching their communities.
(Albany, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew) today passed legislation (S.918), which would allow sportsmen to hunt deer and bear in the southern tier counties with rifles.
"For several years, the growth in the population of deer in the Southern Tier have been profound, to the point that this wildlife management bill has been passed so as to mitigate economic losses to our residents and to save lives as well," said Senator Dale M. Volker.
(Albany, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew) today passed legislation (S.5319 and S.5320), which would designate certain portions of U.S. Route 219 the "Arthur Benson Memorial Highway" and the "Erie County Memorial Highway."
"We owe so much to our professional men and women in our nation’s Armed Forces and for those who served our country with great distinction and honor," said Senator Dale M. Volker.
(Albany, NY) "First, we would like to thank New York State Comptroller Alan Hevesi and his staff for their efforts in getting a fix on the deficit number facing the Erie County Executive, the members of the Erie County Legislature, and most importantly--the residents of Erie County."
(Albany, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew) today passed legislation (S.2545), which would grant peace officer status to the security officers of the Erie County Medical Center.
"Security Officers at the Erie County Medical Center are some of the best trained non-police officers in western New York," said Senator Dale M. Volker. "With the declining numbers of police officers in the City of Buffalo, due to budget cuts, it is even more significant to give additional authority to these trained security personnel.
(Albany, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew) today announced that New York consumers will save an estimated $560 million over the next year, because the State sales tax will drop from 4.25% to 4% beginning June 1, 2005.
"Tax relief is key to remaining competitive economically with other Mid-Atlantic and New England states," said Senator Dale M. Volker. "Our citizens demand that we lessen their tax burden. By reducing New York State’s portion of the sales tax from 4.25% to 4%, our residents will be able to keep more of their money and do with it as they see fit.
(Albany, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew) today announced that the New York State Senate has passed a comprehensive package of bills to expand and enhance penalties against individuals who drink and drive or those who are under the influence of illegal narcotics while driving.
(Albany, New York) "The Erie County Nursing Home will not close. We all understand that Erie County is financially challenged and must find ways to balance its budget. However, closing the Erie County Nursing Home is not one of them. Any proposal to close the Erie County Nursing Home is not in the best interest of the residents of Erie County, many of whom depend on the services provided by Erie County to protect and care for our mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers.
(Albany, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew) today announced that the New York State Senate passed a package of legislation that would crack down on the production of dangerously addictive methamphetamines by establishing tough criminal penalties for possessing the materials used to make "meth" and operating the laboratories used to manufacture the drug.
"What we are seeing in New York State is an explosion of methamphetamine addicts ruining their lives, their families, and their communities," said Senator Dale M. Volker.
(Albany, NY) Joined by members of Erie County’s volunteer fire fighting community, Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew) today announced that he has secured $50,000 in state funding for the continued training of volunteer fire personnel in Erie County. Due to the financial challenges currently taking place in Erie County, funding for fire training instructors was reduced, and 33 instructors were laid off.
(Albany, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew) today announced that the New York State Senate voted unanimously on a legislation (S.2822) that would ban the so-called practice of hunting by remote control via the Internet in New York State.
"The Internet has made a tremendous and positive impact for our society. From gathering up-to-date information on international events, local news, health breakthroughs; to communicating on-line and on-time with people from all over the world.