Senator Jim Tedisco chaired his first committee meeting today in the Senate, the Social Services Committee. The Committee passed legislation that will now move to the Floor of the Senate a very important public safety measure to protect children sponsored by Senator Betty Little, "Kayleigh Mae’s Law." This bill is named for Kayleigh Mae Cassell of Kingsbury, NY, a 13-month old little girl who was found dead in her Kingsbury home in 2015. She had been badly abused, and then somehow drugged with cocaine and heroin.

Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently announced Senate passage of legislation to enact into law a permanent cap on state spending that maintains fiscal responsibility and keeps saving taxpayers more of their hard-earned money.  The bill (S365), sponsored by Senator Joseph Robach (56th Senate District) would limit state spending and continues the progress made by a self-imposed spending cap that has already saved taxpayers a cumulative $31 billion since the 2010-11 budget.

Senator Jim Tedisco (R,C,I,REF-Glenville) and Assemblymember Phil Steck (D-Colonie)  today introduced new legislation to ensure that future State of the State Addresses by New York’s Chief Executive are first given in the Assembly Chamber at the New York State Capitol.

This legislation (S.1639) is in response to the Governor’s decision to bypass the tradition of delivering an annual holistic State of the State message to the Legislature, public and media at the Capitol. 

As we are experiencing increasingly bitter cold temperatures earlier than usual, it is ever important to stay vigilant in protecting yourself and your family from the frigid weather.  Below are the top ten cold weather safety tips from the American Red Cross:

1.  Layer up! Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will help prevent losing your body heat.

2.  Don't forget your furry friends. Bring pets indoors. If they can't come inside, make sure they have enough shelter to keep them warm and that they can get to unfrozen water.

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State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced measures that will continue to help New Yorkers battling heroin and opioid addiction, ensure access to benefits that help veterans and infants, protect consumers, and increase government transparency are among the new laws that take effect January 2017. Other changes being enacted in the new year include several road safety measures, new and extended tax cuts, and a number of consumer assistance laws that will assist New Yorkers when they are at the grocery store, buying and insuring property, or dealing with a car accident.

Dear Friends:

I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 

As you know, the new year will bring major changes for me personally as my tenure in the State Senate will end on December 31st. 

It has been a tremendous honor to represent the people of Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Saratoga and Schenectady counties over the years. 

I continue to be very blessed and humbled by all the support, kindness and assistance I’ve received from people and organizations throughout the region.