NEW YORK - Today, State Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh and State Senator Daniel Squadron released the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s decision that changes to the Section 8 Small Area Fair Market Rent (SAFMR) policy -- which could have had severe unintended consequences for NYC Section 8 tenants -- will not apply to cities with low vacancy rates, like NYC:

COOPERSTOWN, 11/15/16 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today joined officials from LEAF Council on Alcoholism and Addictions,  Bassett Healthcare Network, and Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals to unveil a collaborative initiative to help dispose of unused prescription medication.

Brooklyn – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), the Senate representative to the MTA Capital Review Board, today is announcing the approval of the first phase of the MTA’s Enhanced Station Initiative which will include significant renovations and improvements at the Bay Ridge Avenue train station on the R Line.

Small Business Summit

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Senator Patrick M. Gallivan is once again teaming up with the Lancaster Area Chamber of Commerce, the Alden Chamber of Commerce and leaders in business development to present a small business summit.  The event is free and open to the public.

The summit will also feature Frank Swiatek, who serves as Senator Gallivan’s Senior Advisor for Small Business.  Swiatek will discuss ways business owners and employees can focus time, energy and resources to improve business results. 

Making Change in Your Neighborhood: How to Work with Your Government to Improve Your Community

Citizenship isn’t limited to casting your ballot on election day; change is driven by the participation of regular people. Find out how you can help shape the kind of city you want to live in.

We’ll hear from activists including:
- John Raskin, Riders Alliance
- Elaine Walsh, East 86th Street Association
- M. Umair Khan, Office of NYC Public Advocate

RSVP at, or by email at or calling (212) 490-9535.

Sen. Valesky attended Loretto's 90th anniversary celebration on Nov. 10, 2016. He congratulated the organization, which employes 2,500 people who provide care to more than 7,000 people at 19 locations around Central New York.


As winter approaches, many living in Central and Northern New York are preparing for the drop in temperatures—and an increase in our home heating bills. The cold can take a toll on many of our most vulnerable—including senior citizens and those on low or fixed incomes—who find themselves struggling with whether to keep the heat on, or have the money to pay for other necessities. 

Empire State Development announced today that Charter Communications, a leading broadband communications company, will expand their operations and add 228 full-time jobs in Rochester and Henrietta.  The company plans to renovate its existing Rochester-based facility and lease a new 46,000 square-foot facility in Henrietta.

Senator Michael Ranzenhofer has issued the following statement:

BRONX, NYState Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), in partnership with Congressman Joseph Crowley, Assemblyman Michael Benedetto, Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj, and Councilman James Vacca, hosted the 9th Annual Veterans’ Breakfast on Sunday at Villa Barone Manor.

Lieutenant Colonel Ron Watson, the Grand Marshall of the Throggs Neck Veterans’ Parade, was recognized along with 99-year-old Nicholas Calabrese, who received the Lifetime Service Award.  

I am humbled and gratified that my colleagues in the Senate Republican conference have unanimously reelected me as their leader.  After a campaign in which we faced extraordinary challenges and yet still managed to grow our majority in a Presidential year, I couldn't be more proud to lead this outstanding group of lawmakers.