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Senator Dale M. Volker & Western New York Legislative Delegation Secures $300,000 For The Child Advocacy Center

(Albany, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew) today, along with members of the Western New York Legislative Delegation, announced $300,000 for the Child Advocacy Center in Buffalo. These funds will be utilized to complement existing funding, and ensure the viability of this important health care program.

"The Child Advocacy Center is instrumental in providing a child-friendly setting in which to offer objective forensic interviews and sensitive medical exams in order to provide necessary evaluation for determining appropriate interventions," said Senator Dale M.

May 5, 2005
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Senator Dale M. Volker Announces Senate Passage Of Tougher Penalties For Those Who Kill While Driving Under The Influence Of Drugs Or Alcohol

(Albany, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew) today announced that the State Senate has passed legislation (S.1872-B) that would increase penalties for drivers who kill or seriously injure other people while driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

"We must do all that we can to stem the scourge of drinking and driving, as well as those who drive while under the influence of illegal narcotics," said Senator Dale M. Volker.

May 4, 2005
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Senator Volker And Members Of The Western New York Legislative Delegation Make Major Funding Announcement For Child Advocacy Center

Press Event for May 5th at 11:00 AM at Child Advocacy Center Located at 556 Franklin Street in Buffalo

(Albany, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker and members of the Western New York Legislative Delegation will announce major funding initiative for the Child Advocacy Center located at 556 Franklin Street in Buffalo.

All Media is welcomed to attend and participate in Question and Answers following the presentation.

May 4, 2005
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Senator Dale M. Volker Announces Senate Passage Of Medicaid Fraud Legislation

(Albany, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew) today announced that the State Senate passed legislation that would overhaul the state’s Medicaid fraud detection effort with the goal of dramatically reducing corruption and waste, and increasing the amounts of money returned to taxpayers.

"The Medicaid program in New York has become a political lightning rod due to its costs, its benefits, and why many county governments are having difficulty with their budgets," said Senator Dale M. Volker.

May 2, 2005
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Senator Dale Volker Secures $100,000 For Happiness House/finger Lakes Cerebral Palsy

Senator Dale Volker has announced that he has secured $100,000 in state funding for Happiness House to assist them in continuing their mission in providing the highest quality programs and services to children and adults with disabilities, to their families and to the Finger Lakes community.

"Happiness House has a proven record in delivering high quality services to those children and adults who face physical and medical challenges in their lives," said Senator Dale M. Volker.

April 22, 2005
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Senator Volker Announce Capital Funding For Western New York Colleges And Universities

Senator Dale M. Volker (R-C-I, Depew) today announced capital funding for Independent Colleges and Universities in the Western New York Region. The funds come from the $150 million dollar Capital Matching Grants Program included in the 2005-06 state budget chapter amendment approved by the State Legislature.

April 18, 2005
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Senator Dale Volker Announces $50,000 For The Epilepsy Association Of Western New York's Neurobehavioral Treatment Program

Senator Dale Volker has announced that he has secured $50,000 in state funding for the Epilepsy Association of Western New York’s Neurobehavioral Treatment Program within the adopted 2005-2006 State Budget. Neurobehavioral treatment is a behavioral approach to manage and decrease the duration and frequency of epileptic seizures.

"For the past few years, I have been honored to assist the Epilepsy Association of Western New York’s Neurobehavioral Treatment Program in order to improve the quality of life of those impacted by Epilepsy," said Senator Dale M. Volker.

April 14, 2005
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Senator Dale M. Volker Passes Legislation To Allow Family Members Of A Crime Victim To Speak At Sentencing

(Albany, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew) today passed legislation (S.1524-A), that would permit additional members of a victim's family to speak at the sentencing of a criminal.

"Our current law only allows a single victim impact statement at the sentencing phase. This is unfair and unjust. There is simply not just one victim, but several and all must have to live with the traumatic ramifications of being a crime victim.

April 12, 2005
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Senator Dale M. Volker Statement On County Executive Giambra's Comments

(Albany, NY) Several media outlets have had County Executive Joel Giambra on their talk shows where he has castigated myself and Assemblyman Paul Tokasz for not doing enough to be of assistance for Erie County on the Medicaid front. I would like to have the opportunity to clarify blatant misstatements made by the County Executive.

April 5, 2005
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Senator Dale M. Volker Passes Legislation To Stiffen Penalties For Persistent Violent Felons

(Albany, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew) today announced Senate passage of legislation (S.3256) that would stiffen the penalties against persistent violent felons in New York State and ensure that those who persistently prey against law-abiding New Yorkers. Legislation passed by the State Senate would change the current state law to subject persistent violent felons to a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years, while maintaining life imprisonment as the maximum sentence.

April 4, 2005
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Volker Statement On The Passing Of State Senator Patricia Mcgee

"I am extremely saddened by the passing of my Senate colleague, and dedicated public servant, Patricia McGee. I had known Patricia McGee for over twenty years and she was a remarkable person who worked tirelessly on behalf of her constituents and the communities that she loved so much in representing in the Southern Tier. She was a dear friend, a colleague, a loving mother, and a remarkable advocate in improving the lives and families in New York State. I, and my fellow Senate colleagues, will miss her advice, her compassion, and her knowledge of the issues confronting our state.

April 4, 2005
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Volker Announces Tax Cut Package & Empire Zone Expansion Included In Senate Passage Of 2005-2006 State Budget

(ALBANY, NEW YORK) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew) today announced that incorporated within the 2005-06 State budget passed by both Houses of the Legislature, is a tax cut package of more than $155 million in business and personal income tax reductions over the next four years to create jobs and strengthen the economy.

April 1, 2005
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Volker Announces Senate Passage Of Health (medicaid) & Mental Hygiene Budget Bill

(Albany, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew) today announced Senate passage of the Health (Medicaid) and Mental Hygiene Budget bill that restores more than $762 million for hospitals, nursing homes and health care proposed to be cut the Governor, and takes aggressive steps to rein in the spiraling cost of Medicaid to local property taxpayers.

"One of my major goals this legislative session was to reign in the cost of Medicaid, which has contributed to local property tax increases for many counties in New York State," said Senator Dale M. Volker.

March 31, 2005
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Volker Announces Senate Passage Of Education Budget Bill

(Albany, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew) today announced Senate passage of the Education Budget Bill that provides $24.6 billion, reflecting an increase of $848 million in formula driven and other educational assistance to schools across New York State. The Budget adds $322 million to the Governor’s proposed $526 million increase over last year.

"The State Senate continues to make historic investments for our children in order to for them to reach their personal and professional goals," said Senator Dale M.

March 31, 2005
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Senate Passes Transportation Budget Bill

(Albany, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew) today announced Senate passage of the Transportation Budget Bill (S.555-E) that would make substantial investments in our state’s transportation infrastructure.

March 30, 2005
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Senator Dale M. Volker Announces Senate Passage Of Public Protection Budget Bill

(Albany, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew) today announced Senate passage of the Public Protection Budget Bill (S.550-E) that would strengthen public safety in New York.

"The State Senate has been at the forefront of creating, funding, and administrating smart and effective criminal justice policies that have proven to reduce crime, prevent murders, and make New York State one of the safest states in the entire nation," said Senator Dale M. Volker. New York continues to see record lows of criminal behavior.

March 29, 2005
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State Budget Negotiations Continue And Health Care And Medicaid Will Be Addressed

The April 1st State Budget deadline is nearing and the State Senate, State Assembly and the Governor’s office are aggressively pursuing an agreement on a State Budget that we call all agree on to end our history of late budgets. Over the years two major funding issues have played a major factor in delayed budgets, which have hurt the public’s trust in our state government. Health Care (Medicaid being a substantial part of) and Education spending, which combined consume over two-thirds of the entire state budget, have been the profound obstacles in the budget making process.

March 21, 2005
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Senator Dale M. Volker Announces Senate Passage Of Death Penalty Fix

(Albany, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew) today announced Senate passage of legislation (S.2727) that would correct a technical flaw within the state’s capital punishment statute that was issued by the New York State Court of Appeals. The bill has been forwarded to the State Assembly for their immediate consideration.

"The fact remains that our capital punishment statute is free from racial, religious, ethnic, geographic and all other forms of bias," said Senator Dale M. Volker.

March 9, 2005
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Methamphetamine Hits New York

This past week, the New York State Commission on Investigations released a report on the rapidly growing use and manufacture of the illegal and highly addictive drug methamphetamine in New York State. This enlightening report reminds all of us involved in the legislative process that the manufacturing of new illegal drugs continue to be an urgent threat to public health and safety.

February 22, 2005
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Senator Dale M. Volker Applauds President Bush For Curbing Lawsuit Abuse

(Albany, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew) today applauded President Bush and the United State’s Congress for passing and enacting federal legislation that will curtail multimillion-dollar class action lawsuits against companies and ensure that people who are truly injured have the ability to seek and receive fair financial settlements.

"This is tremendous news for our residents, our taxpayers, and our business community," said Senator Dale M. Volker.

February 18, 2005
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