Dave Valesky http://wrvo.org en State Senator Dave Valesky on the Campbell Conversations http://wrvo.org/post/state-senator-dave-valesky-campbell-conversations <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Calibri; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">When the New York State Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference joined in a majority coalition with Republicans in 2012, it claimed that the arrangement would provide more up-or-down floor votes on progressive legislation.&nbsp; In announcing a new intention to caucus with Democrats following this November’s elections, the IDC is claiming that the arrangement will provide….more up-or-down votes on progressive legislation.&nbsp; How can both claims be true?&nbsp; That question and others rela Sun, 27 Jul 2014 20:32:10 +0000 Grant Reeher 59602 at http://wrvo.org State Senator Dave Valesky on the Campbell Conversations Kessner likely to drop challenge to Senator Valesky http://wrvo.org/post/kessner-likely-drop-challenge-senator-valesky <p></p><p>Jean Kessner&nbsp;has gotten her wish and will likely drop her challenge of state Sen. Dave Valesky in Democratic Party primary.</p><p>Kessner, a Democrat herself and Syracuse Common Councilor, was circulating petitions to challenge Valesky (D-Oneida), unless he rejoined the mainstream Democrats in the state Senate.</p><p>Valesky has been a member of the Independent Democratic Caucus, which controls the Senate along with the minority Republicans, since 2011.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 19:49:49 +0000 Ryan Delaney 57977 at http://wrvo.org Kessner likely to drop challenge to Senator Valesky Kessner continues to pursue run against Valesky because of IDC alignment http://wrvo.org/post/kessner-continues-pursue-run-against-valesky-because-idc-alignment <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Syracuse Common Councilor Jean </span>Kessner<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> continues collecting petition signatures for a possible Democratic primary run for the state Senate seat held by Dave </span>Valesky<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> (D-Oneida). On Tuesday, </span>Kessner<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> supporters rallied in front of the State Office Building in Syracuse.</span></p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 19:39:24 +0000 Ellen Abbott 57895 at http://wrvo.org Kessner continues to pursue run against Valesky because of IDC alignment 'Erin's Law' faces hurdles to passing in New York state http://wrvo.org/post/erins-law-faces-hurdles-passing-new-york-state <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the third year in a row, the New York State Senate passed "Erin's Law," a bill requiring schools to teach age-appropriate sexual abuse and assault awareness to children in pre-Kindergarten through </span>12th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> grade.</span></p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 11:05:03 +0000 Tom Magnarelli 57066 at http://wrvo.org 'Erin's Law' faces hurdles to passing in New York state Valesky says Senate leadership coalition is successful in Albany http://wrvo.org/post/valesky-says-senate-leadership-coalition-successful-albany <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Democrats in New York state are vowing to take control of the Senate from the coalition leading it now, made up of Republicans and five breakaway Democrats.</span></p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 10:44:02 +0000 Ellen Abbott 56912 at http://wrvo.org Valesky says Senate leadership coalition is successful in Albany Syracuse's Meachem Ice Rink gets a new ice mat, will reopen http://wrvo.org/post/syracuses-meachem-ice-rink-gets-new-ice-mat-will-reopen <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There will be skating at the </span>Meachem<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Ice Rink in Syracuse’s Valley neighborhood starting in October.</span></p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 10:23:54 +0000 Ellen Abbott 56918 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse's Meachem Ice Rink gets a new ice mat, will reopen Valesky believes IDC-GOP coalition will stay together http://wrvo.org/post/valesky-believes-idc-gop-coalition-will-stay-together <p>State Sen. Dave Valesky, a founding member of the Independent Democratic Conference believes a recent Siena College poll&nbsp; gives credence to the coalition between the IDC and Senate Republicans.</p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 19:52:37 +0000 Ellen Abbott 54725 at http://wrvo.org Valesky believes IDC-GOP coalition will stay together State report shows thousands of regulations impede New York businesses http://wrvo.org/post/state-report-shows-thousands-regulations-impede-new-york-businesses <p></p><p>While tax breaks are the cornerstone of some of the programs in New York state meant to boost business, there are other areas where the state can become an impediment to anyone wanting to do business. A state report released recently points the finger at a bureaucracy that gets in the way.<br /><br />There are 750,000 regulations on the books in New York state, many of them outdated and never reviewed. And many of them can get in the way of New York's businesses.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 11:07:29 +0000 Ellen Abbott 50659 at http://wrvo.org IDC introduces its Affordable NY plan http://wrvo.org/post/idc-introduces-its-affordable-ny-plan <p></p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 13:01:25 +0000 Ryan Delaney 48625 at http://wrvo.org IDC introduces its Affordable NY plan Valesky says bipartisan coalition was successful http://wrvo.org/post/valesky-says-bipartisan-coalition-was-successful <p>Syracuse-area state Senator Dave Valesky says the bipartisan coalition that governs the New York Senate was successful this year.<p>The Independent Democratic Conference is a group comprised of four Independent Democrats and 30 Republicans. Together they control the agenda and the committee process in that chamber of the state legislature. In the beginning, critics complained it would prevent certain progressive agendas from moving forward. Mon, 29 Jul 2013 12:38:40 +0000 Ellen Abbott 41783 at http://wrvo.org Valesky says bipartisan coalition was successful Campaign finance reform proposal making its way through Albany http://wrvo.org/post/campaign-finance-reform-proposal-making-its-way-through-albany-0 <p>In the wake of a series of political corruption cases out of Albany in recent weeks, campaign finance reform has become a popular issue in the state capitol.&nbsp; Among the proposals for reforming the way money is used in political campaigns, is one from the Independent Democratic Conference. The group is wrapping up a set of statewide hearings on their plan today in Albany. Mon, 20 May 2013 13:31:00 +0000 Ellen Abbott 38118 at http://wrvo.org DeFrancisco and Valesky on the Independent Democratic Conference http://wrvo.org/post/defrancisco-and-valesky-independent-democratic-conference <p>The new iteration of the New York state Senate will look different in 2013 with the new power sharing agreement in place between Republicans and breakaway Democrats, and two central New York lawmakers will be in the thick of it.</p><p> Wed, 26 Dec 2012 15:37:21 +0000 Ellen Abbott 31044 at http://wrvo.org Dave Valesky on the Campbell Conversations http://wrvo.org/post/dave-valesky-campbell-conversations <p>A potentially significant new chapter in New York's political history will be written in January, as the State Senate's Independent Democratic Caucus joins with the Republican Caucus to form a coalition majority.&nbsp; On this edition of the Campbell Conversations, State Senator Dave Valesky, a founding member of the Independent Democratic group, discusses how this new arrangement will work, and why joining with the Republicans may actually bring more progressive pieces of legislation to the Senate floor.</p><p> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 15:14:01 +0000 Grant Reeher 30656 at http://wrvo.org Dave Valesky on the Campbell Conversations Will new state Senate coalition be good for upstate NY? http://wrvo.org/post/will-new-state-senate-coalition-be-good-upstate-ny <p>Some supporters of the new state Senate coalition between Republicans and the Independent Democrat Caucus say it will keep upstate New York concerns on the table. Some area politicians believe that wasn't the case when Democrats had control of the New York state Senate in 2009 and 2010. Wed, 12 Dec 2012 21:14:37 +0000 Ellen Abbott 30401 at http://wrvo.org Activists protest Valesky office, asking him to stick with Democrats http://wrvo.org/post/activists-protest-valesky-office-asking-him-stick-democrats <p>While the balance of the New York State senate remains unclear, as votes continue to be counted in a pair of close Senate races, activists are calling on a breakaway political coalition to stick with the Democrats. A coalition of union and community groups believe some important issues depend on it. Fri, 30 Nov 2012 14:13:05 +0000 Ellen Abbott 29882 at http://wrvo.org Activists protest Valesky office, asking him to stick with Democrats Central New York state Senator running unopposed http://wrvo.org/post/central-new-york-state-senator-running-unopposed <p>One New York state Senate seat that has been hotly contested in recent years in central New York, will not be this year.&nbsp; Republicans have not been able to come up with anyone to run against Democrat Dave Valesky in the 53rd Senate District.<br /> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 20:03:48 +0000 Ellen Abbott 23280 at http://wrvo.org Erin Merryn's law comes to New York http://wrvo.org/post/erin-merryns-law-comes-new-york <p>There's a move afoot in the State Senate to make sure New York's children are taught what to do if they are sexually abused. Two state senators will propose legislation already in place in two other states, called Erin Merryn's law.</p> Wed, 26 Oct 2011 12:08:06 +0000 Ellen Abbott 8396 at http://wrvo.org