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Sen. Kennedy Calls Redistricting Proposal Political Gerrymandering

Sen. Kennedy Calls Redistricting Proposal Political Gerrymandering

Senator testifies before LATFOR public hearing at Buffalo City Hall

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Timothy M. Kennedy, D-58th District, called Senate Republicans’ redistricting proposal a clear example of political gerrymandering during his testimony before the panel tasked with redrawing the state legislative map at their public hearing Thursday. He urged the panel to take their remap proposal back to the drawing boards.

“Rather than making compactness, contiguity and communities of interest the guiding principles of the redistricting process,” Senator Kennedy said, “it appears you have manipulated the map and carefully plotted districts with the goals of maintaining power and safeguarding vulnerable incumbents.”

Assemblymember Gabryszak: ‘Texting’ law having major effect on road safety

Assemblymember Gabryszak: ‘Texting’ law having major effect on road safety

Last year, I helped pass a law that created a statewide ban on the use of portable
electronic devices (PEDs) while driving (Ch. 109 of 2011). The aim of the law is to make
roads safer by cutting down on the amount of distracted drivers. It’s good news for our
area that this legislation is working and the roads across New York State are safer now
than they have been in recent years.
Too many people text or play with electronics while driving, which creates
unnecessary dangerous situations. It not only puts drivers at risk, but everyone else at risk
as well. By having this law in place, police officers can keep our roads safer by cracking
down on distracted driving.
Since the tougher regulations took effect on July 12, 2011, law-enforcement officers
issued 7,495 tickets statewide for texting. In 2010, only 3,248 tickets were issued. In Erie
County, from July 12, 2011 to Feb. 7 of this year, 3,749 tickets have been given out to

Bill to Create Green Jobs, Revitalize WNY Economy

Bill to Create Green Jobs, Revitalize WNY Economy

Assemblymember Gabryszak: Bill would help create new green jobs and revitalize WNY’s economic development  

Assemblymember Dennis H. Gabryszak (D-Cheektowaga) announced the Assembly passed a bill he authored that would create the New York State Innovative Energy and Environmental Technology Program, an initiative that would provide capital grants to small businesses to encourage and support the growth of innovative energy and environmental technology (A.5149-B).

“The success and development of innovative energy and environmental technology-oriented businesses is essential to building our economy right here in Western New York,” Assemblymember Gabryszak said. “By providing financial assistance to companies working to create good-paying jobs in green technology, we can attract more businesses to our region, and in turn help boost our local economy.”

Assemblymember Gabryszak: Governor’s budget proposal includes several projects to stimulate growth

Assemblymember Gabryszak:  Governor’s budget proposal includes several projects to stimulate growth

Recently, Governor Cuomo proposed his 2012-13 budget. The main focus this year is to revitalize our state, attract new businesses and create thousands of jobs for our hardworking families with a $15 billion investment in infrastructure projects and new economic activity. In the coming months, I will work to pass an on-time budget focused on re-establishing prosperity in Western New York. 

A multi-year $1 billion economic development package for Buffalo is included in the proposal. For this year, the proposal includes $75 million for the Buffalo Regional Innovation Cluster to work toward bringing $5 billion in new economic activity to Buffalo, giving the area a much-needed boost to train our workers for new jobs, improving our infrastructure and encouraging private sector re-investment. As new businesses set up shop in our region, countless opportunities for Western New York families are sure to be created. 

Cheektowaga Students Attend State of the State Address

Cheektowaga Students Attend State of the State Address

High school seniors enrolled in the Erie 1 BOCES Legal Academy attended the State of the State address on Wednesday, Jan. 4 at the invitation of Sam Hoyt, senior vice president for Regional Economic Development at the Empire State Development Corporation. Brooke Meehan, a senior from Maryvale High School, and Vinko Pavlovic, a senior from Cleveland Hill High School, were among the attendees. The students, who attend Erie 1 BOCES in a cooperative program supported by six local school districts and one non-public high school, were the representatives of western New York high school students at the annual event.

Assemblymember Gabryszak: EmPower NY Helps Low-income Families Lower Energy Costs

Assemblymember Gabryszak: EmPower NY Helps Low-income Families Lower Energy Costs

Winter can be one of the most difficult times of year for many people living in our
region. In Western New York, winter usually means snow, ice and freezing temperatures,
which can become a grave concern for some households. Low temperatures make home
heating important during the winter months. But many low-income families do not have
the money for the winter months rising heating costs.


This winter, heating affordability could become more pronounced, as federal
funding was reduced for the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), possibly leaving
some families in Western New York with the dilemma of whether to pay for food or pay
for heating. However, there are alternative programs available to reduce energy use and
stay warm this winter for those who may not get the funding they need through HEAP.

Assemblyman Gabryszak Focuses on Continuing Last Year's Success

Assemblyman Gabryszak Focuses on Continuing Last Year's Success

“With today marking the beginning of the legislative session, Western
New York can be confident that last year’s successes will continue into
2012. The ‘Three Part Plan’ Governor Cuomo outlined for 2012 will help
to strengthen New York’s economy, specifically Western New York,
where the governor promised $1 billion to invest in job creation and
growth. Our residents shouldn’t have to relocate to find good paying jobs
and this allocation is an investment in our future. Western New York will
no longer be overlooked.
“The rebuilding of New York began last year when Governor Cuomo
outlined a plan emphasizing job creation, economic competition,
government transparency, and property tax relief. This plan was executed
with the passage of ethics reform, a 2% tax cap, tax cuts for the middle
class, creation of the regional economic councils as well as creating a
business friendly climate. Rebuilding our state will continue and I look