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Senator Stachowski Introduces Bill To Keep Casino Proceeds in City Of Buffalo

State Senator Bill Stachowski (D 58th District) introduced a New York State Senate bill yesterday proposing that the city of Buffalo keep the local share of the Buffalo Creek Casino slot revenues. "The City of Buffalo will provide sewer, water and emergency services to the proposed Buffalo Creek casino and has been acknowledged by the Seneca Nation as the host municipality," stated Senator Stachowski. "Erie County on the other hand has expressed opposition to the facility in the past and has participated in three separate lawsuits against its construction."

May 13, 2008
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See If You Are Entitled To New York State Unclaimed Funds

You may be entitled to some of the over $8 billion in unclaimed funds in New York State.  A simple internet search is all it takes to see if you are eligible.  Why does New York State have unclaimed funds?

April 8, 2008
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Senator Volker Passes Legislation To Deter Theft Of Feature Films By Camcorder Pirates

(ALBANY, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-C-I, Depew) today announced that he has passed legislation (S.3117) in the State Senate that would update New York State’s existing law prohibiting the operation of recording devices in a motion picture theater. Senator Volker is urging the State Assembly to act immediately and pass their bill (A.6427) so as to limit the negative financial impact this illegal activity is having on New York’s economy.

January 28, 2008
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Highlights Of New Laws To Take Effect January 1, 2008

Additional property tax relief totaling $1.3 billion for New York families, a consumer bill of rights for airline passengers, and legislation to improve oversight of the mortgage lending industry highlight the list of new laws scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2008.

January 25, 2008
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Volker To Hold Public Hearing On The Exploitation Of Children In The Internet Age

(DEPEW, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-C-I, Depew) he has called for a public hearing of the NYS Senate Codes Committee on Thursday, January 31, 2008 at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library in Downtown Buffalo.

January 10, 2008
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Volker Unveils Multibillion Dollar Property Tax Relief Plan

Senator Volker today advanced its top priority for 2008 through introduction of a multi-billion dollar property tax relief plan that would double the size of the current STAR rebate for most homeowners and triple the size of the STAR rebate for seniors next year, while abolishing the current income eligibility thresholds instituted last year by Governor Spitzer.

January 10, 2008
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Senator Dale M. Volker Urges Equity For Western New York As Governor Promises $600 Million For New York City Commuters

(DEPEW, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-C-I, Depew) today urged Governor Spitzer to promise additional state funds to eliminate any and all proposed toll hikes by the New York State Thruway Authority, just as he has for the Metropolitan Transit Authority for downstate New York Commuters. Senator Volker has already urged the State Comptroller to perform a thorough audit of the New York State Thruway Authority finances. The State Comptroller has agreed to an audit and is going to expedite the audit process.

November 21, 2007
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Senator Dale M. Volker Urges Governor To Take Stand On Thruway Increases In Western New York

(DEPEW, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-C-I, Depew) today urged Governor Spitzer to take a position on the proposed toll hikes by the New York State Thruway Authority. Senator Volker has already urged the State Comptroller to perform a thorough audit of the New York State Thruway Authority finances. The State Comptroller has agreed to an audit and is going to expedite the audit process.

November 20, 2007
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Senator Dale M. Volker Sends Letter To Comptroller Requesting Audit Of New York State Thruway Authority

(DEPEW, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-C-I, Depew) today released a letter to state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli requesting he conduct an audit of the New York State Thruway Authority's revenue projections, operations and capital plan, to determine whether the toll increase being considered by the Authority is necessary.

The letter, sent by Senator Dale M.

November 15, 2007
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Senator Volker Urges Audit Of The NYS Thruway Authority By The NYS Comptroller

(DEPEW, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew) today announced that he has contacted New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, to perform an extensive audit on the New York State Thruway Authority. The New York State Thruway Authority recently announced that they have proposed a twenty percent increase in tolls by 2010.

"New Yorkers are facing high gasoline costs, not to mention increased heating fuel costs in the near future that is straining their family budgets," said Senator Dale M. Volker.

November 13, 2007
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New York State Court Of Appeals Blows It Again

(DEPEW, NY) Today is a sad day for New Yorkers. The New York State Court of Appeals have placed the last nail in the coffin on New York State's Death Penalty Statute. Sadly, political ideology has reared its ugly head on a public policy matter that impacts all of our lives.

The case involves the shootings of seven innocent people who were shot in the head at point-blank range, apparently to eliminate the witnesses in a robbery by a murderer by the name of John Taylor. Five of the victims died.

October 23, 2007
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Statement From Senator Dale M. Volker On Governor Spitzer's Proposal To Allow Illegal Immigrants N.y.s. Drivers Licenses & Voting Rights

(DEPEW, NY) The Governor’s new twist on giving Illegal Aliens legal New York State’s Drivers Licenses just became more troublesome. Now, Governor Spitzer is proposing a plan that will permit illegal aliens to register to vote at the time they apply for a legal New York State License. Once an illegal alien has a drivers license, he or she can register to vote with no verification. This inconceivable mandate from Governor Spitzer would open up the door to massive voter fraud and tainting the election process - the very foundation of our democracy.

October 22, 2007
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Statement From Senator Dale M. Volker On Governor Spitzer's Proposal To Allow Illegal Immigrants N.y.s. Drivers Licenses

(DEPEW, NY) Today’s edict by Governor Spitzer providing New York State Driver’s Licenses to Illegal Aliens is problematic, a complete disregard for homeland security, and should be a concern for all New Yorkers.

September 21, 2007
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Senator Volker Announces Energy Efficiency Grant For Roycroft Campus

(DEPEW, N.Y.) New York State Senator Dale M. Volker (R-C-I, Depew) announced today that the Roycroft Campus in East Aurora, NY will receive a $150,000 grant to facilitate implementation of two energy efficiency projects.

"The Roycroft Campus is without question a historical jewel right in our backyard," said Senator Dale M. Volker. "These state financial resources will provide energy-saving improvements that will provide significant savings and allow this impressive facility to run efficiently and effectively for the foreseeable future.

August 15, 2007
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Senator Volker Announces The Passage Of One Year Extension Of The Power For Jobs Program

(ALBANY, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-C-I, Depew) announced today The New York State Senate today approved legislation (S.5826a), that provides for a one year extension of the Power for Jobs and Energy Cost Savings Benefits programs. The legislation will provide for these low-cost energy programs to continue without a break and will be extended to June 30, 2008.

"Employers throughout western New York depend on the Power for Jobs program and the Energy Cost Savings Benefits program in order to remain competitive in the world marketplace," said Senator Dale M. Volker.

June 7, 2007
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Senator Volker Announces The Passage Of Legislation Reauthorizing Power Plant Sitings

ALBANY, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-C-I, Depew) announced today The New York State Senate today approved legislation (S.5908), that would reauthorize the state’s Article X law that applies to the siting of major electric generating facilities to help meet the demand for power by residents and businesses in New York State. The law expired on January 1, 2003.

"New York is lagging when is comes to building new power generating facilities compared to many of our neighboring states," said Senator Dale M. Volker.

May 31, 2007
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Response To Misinformed Article On Firearms By The New Yorkers Against Gun Violence

This letter is in response to Ms. Robin Ringler from the New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, who portrayed Senator Dale M. Volker as not supportive of police officers and only representing gun dealers. I would not have responded to Ms. Ringler’s complete false allegations against the Senator and myself. However, the vindictiveness and the angry tone, coupled with a complete disregard for the truth, compels me to respond and set the record straight.

First, to make political points at the expense of the truth is a sad reflection on her part. I personally met with Ms.

May 23, 2007
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Senator Volker Announces Assistance To Western New York Dairy Farmers

(ALBANY, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-C-I, Depew) announced today announced that the western New York dairy farmers will receive financial aid made available in the adopted 2007-08 New York State Budget, via the New York State Dairy Assistance Program. The purpose of the fund

is to make up for record low dairy prices during the 2006 calendar year.

"Agriculture continues to be a pivotal segment of our state’s economic fabric, and we must continue to do all that we can to nurture, grow and support their positive impact to our region and state," said Senator Dale M. Volker.

May 18, 2007
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Senator Volker Announces The Launch Of Upstate Now -- A Comprehensive Job Growth & Economic Development Plan For Upstate New York

(ALBANY, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-C-I, Depew) announced today that The New York State Senate today unveiled the Upstate Now agenda, a comprehensive job creation and economic growth plan that will transform and revitalize the upstate economy, generate billions of dollars in new investment, and create thousands of new jobs for New Yorkers.

"The Upstate economy must be our top priority--period," said Senator Dale M. Volker. "We must not continue the rhetoric of saying we must improve the upstate New York economy.

May 16, 2007
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Senator Volker Votes Yes To Death Penalty For Cop Killers

(ALBANY, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-C-I, Depew) announced today that The New York State Senate has passed a bill that would establish the death penalty for criminals who kill police officers.

"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," said Senator Dale M. Volker. "Certain crimes are themselves so horrific that they are an attack on the very foundation of our nation. In these extreme cases, the appropriate legal action may be capital punishment.

May 15, 2007
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