As schools scramble to mail ballots for this year’s school budget/board elections, Senator Tedisco asks Governor to extend absentee voting by one week until June 16th to prevent voter disenfranchisement
Senator Jim Tedisco (R,C,I,REF-Glenville) today called Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office and asked that the Governor through Executive Order extend New York State’s local school district elections by one week, until Tuesday, June 16th.
Due to COVID-19, this year’s school budget vote was delayed until June 9th as an all-absentee ballot election. Many school districts are scrambling to obtain lists of eligible voters, print and mail the ballots, and give adequate time for voters to complete and return the ballots. As of today, there are still some school districts that have yet to finalize their mailing of ballots.
“I’m getting constituent calls from all parts of the 49th Senate District from residents who want to vote in this year’s school budget elections but still haven’t received their absentee ballots. That’s really concerning, because we are just two days away from when people could reasonably receive their ballots and mail them back in hopes they get to the school districts on time to be counted. Many people, myself included, don’t always check their mailboxes every day. That’s why today, I’m calling on the Governor to extend the voting period for our school district elections by one week until Tuesday, June 16th, to ensure everyone who wants to vote can vote and prevent voter disenfranchisement,” said Senator Jim Tedisco.
“As a former public school teacher, guidance counselor, athletic director and coach, I know how important it is to ensure full voter participation in our school district elections. A real concern is also for our brave service men and women who are putting their lives on the line and may be out of the area. We need to be sure they have the additional time to vote so they can fully exercise their rights that they are putting their lives on the line to defend for all of us,” said Senator Tedisco.
300,000-member Civil Service Employees Association endorses Senator Tedisco
for his record of “defending the rights of working men and women”
Senator Jim Tedisco (R,C,I,REF-Glenville) today announced that the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) has endorsed his re-election to serve as the state Senator for New York’s 49th Senate District.
CSEA represents 300,000 members active and retired public and private sector employees.
The 49th Senate District includes parts of Saratoga, Schenectady and Herkimer Counties and all of Fulton and Hamilton Counties.
“Thanks to CSEA President Danny Donohue and all the hard-working CSEA members for their wonderful endorsement and public service. I am proud of my record of standing up for working people and organized labor. I, myself, as a teacher for several years, was a proud union member. I come from a blue-collar family: my dad spent half his life working at the GE foundry in some of the toughest conditions imaginable. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of my father, and not a day goes by as a state Senator that I don’t stand up for the proud working men and women who make New York the Empire State,” said Senator Tedisco.
“Now more than ever it is important to have friends and allies in the state Senate defending the rights of working men and women. Senator Jim Tedisco has been resolute in his support for CSEA and we are proud to endorse him for re-election,” said CSEA President Danny Donohue.
Legislation will help boost Upstate NY economy, create new jobs and bring the convenience of ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft to the 49th Senate District
New York State Senator Jim Tedisco (R,C,I,REF-Glenville) and his Senate colleagues today took a major step forward in helping grow Upstate New York’s economy by passing new legislation to bring popular ride sharing services such as Uber and Lyft to the 49th Senate District and across Upstate New York.
The measure, Senate bill S.4159, which is prime sponsored by Senator James L. Seward (R,C,I-REF-Oneonta) expands ride sharing outside of New York City and into all regions of Upstate New York.
The bill ensures the safety of passengers by requiring criminal and driver history background checks for all drivers and allows for greater accessibility for people with disabilities.
“One of the things I’ve heard over and over again the past few months from the residents of the 49th Senate District is people saying: ‘we want Uber and Lyft!” said Tedisco. “Ride sharing will create new jobs in our area and be a tremendous benefit to our small businesses for commerce and business traveling and for those who need transportation to medical appointments or grocery shopping. This will be especially helpful for people with disabilities and those who need rides in our rural and suburban areas that don’t have easy access to public transportation.”Read more
Senator who authored NY’s first property tax cap and has championed state spending cap and small business relief measures hailed for “tireless advocacy” on behalf of small businesses who create most of the jobs in our economy
New York State Senator Jim Tedisco (R,C,I,REF-Glenville) today was presented the “Guardian of Small Business” Award by NFIB NY, the state’s leading advocate for small businesses.
Tedisco was the first author of the Property Tax Cap, which put a lid on out of control tax hikes and has saved taxpayers $15.3 billion statewide and residents of the 49th State Senate District $344.5 million since its implementation. As a member of the Senate, Tedisco voted for and together with his colleagues, helped pass a state spending cap in the Senate last month. He is now advocating to reduce unfunded state mandates that drive up local property taxes and for efforts to remove obstacles to enable small businesses to grow and create jobs.Read more
Senator Tedisco also named Chairman of Senate Social Services Committee and member of Banks, Codes, Crime Victims, Crime and Correction, Elections, Environmental Conservation, Health and Libraries Committees
New York State Senator Jim Tedisco (R,C,I,REF-Glenville) today was appointed as a new member of the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction by Senate Majority Leader John J. Flanagan.
The Task Force is charged with holding forums, consulting with law enforcement, health and addiction experts, recovering addicts, and families affected by heroin and opioid addiction and then making recommendations on legislation and best practices for New York State to deal with this health and public safety epidemic.
“Heroin and opioid addiction is a terrible scourge that is devastating too many lives and families across New York State and directly impacting the 49th Senate District. We must be compassionate for those who face addiction and try and help them cut through bureaucratic red tape so they get the help and treatment they need to turn their lives around. We also need to work closely with law enforcement to stop the flow of drugs and ensure drug dealers face justice for the lives they destroy,” said Tedisco.Read more
Senator launches petition drive for Assembly to follow Senate and make it a felony punishable by up to 2 years in jail to harm pets during the commission of another felony
As the State Senate today passed “Kirby & Quigley’s Law” by a 59-2 vote, Senator Jim Tedisco (R,C,I,REF-Glenville), the author and lead sponsor of the bill, has announced a new online petition drive to harness the power of the people to urge the Assembly to bring the public safety measure to the Floor of the New York State Assembly for a debate and up or down vote.
“Kirby & Quigley’s Law” was named for two Montgomery County dogs that were shot and killed during a burglary nearly one year ago which is still an unsolved case. The bill (S.1680/A.3038) would make it a Buster’s Law animal cruelty law felony, punishable with two years in jail and a $5,000 fine, for harming a companion animal during the commission of another felony. This enhanced penalty ensures that perpetrators are charged with felony animal cruelty charges when they face other felonies such as burglary. Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara (D-Rotterdam) is sponsoring the bill in the Assembly.
“The Krohn family are true heroes in helping to get this bill passed as they have turned their terrible tragedy into something positive to help others. We must always remember that animal cruelty is a bridge crime and a top tier Group A offense for the FBI when it comes to crime reporting. There’s no question that anyone who would invade a home and assassinate two loving dogs in cold blood would harm a human being,” said Tedisco. “The Senate has passed ‘Kirby and Quigley’s Law’ five years in a row and now it’s time for the Assembly to bring justice to the Krohn family and to the memory of Kirby and Quigley by enabling this bi-partisan legislation to come to the Floor of the Assembly for a debate and up or down vote.”Read more
Tedisco, Amedore, Santabarbara, Boyle Join Krohn Family to Announce Bi-partisan “Kirby & Quigley’s Law” to Protect Pets & People
Lawmakers, animal advocates seek Buster’s Law felony, punishable with 2 years in jail for harming pets during commission of another felony
Senator Jim Tedisco (R,C,I,REF-Glenville), Senator George Amedore (R,C,I-Rotterdam), Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara (D-Rotterdam) and Senator Phil Boyle (R,C,I-Suffolk County) today joined with family members of two murdered dogs, law enforcement and animal advocates to make a major announcement on bi-partisan support for “Kirby & Quigley’s Law” to protect pets and people.
“Kirby & Quigley’s Law” was named for two Montgomery County dogs that were shot and killed during a burglary nearly one year ago which is still an unsolved case. The bill (S.1680/A.3038) would make it a Buster’s Law animal cruelty law felony, punishable with two years in jail and a $5,000 fine, for harming a companion animal during the commission of another felony.
This enhanced penalty ensures that perpetrators are charged with felony animal cruelty charges when they face other felonies such as burglary. The measure was renamed “Kirby & Quigley’s Law” in the dogs’ memory with support from the Krohn family who have turned their personal tragedy into something positive to advocate for passage of this law to keep others safe.
“It is by the grace of God that another member of the Krohn family was not present when this horrific event occurred as there’s no question in my mind that whoever would commit such a violent crime against a pet would not hesitate to harm a human. Anyone who would be so dastardly as to assassinate two beautiful, loving dogs in cold blood is a threat to others and should face justice under Buster’s Law and go to jail for a long time for all of their felony crimes,” said Senator Tedisco. “Now that we have bi-partisan majority sponsorship for ‘Kirby and Quigley’s Law’ in both the Senate and Assembly I am hopeful we can get this important public safety bill passed and sent to the Governor for his review.”Read more
Senator Tedisco & Assemblymember Steck Introduce New Bill to Ensure State of the State Address Given at NYS Capitol
Legislation will ensure people’s conduit in the State Legislature will continue to receive holistic State of the State Address from New York’s Chief Executive
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.
The bill, which is an amendment to the state’s constitution, requires that the Governor’s “message shall be delivered orally in the Assembly Chamber, during the first week of legislative session, with a quorum of the Assembly and a quorum of the Senate present.”
For the past six years, the Governor has given his address at the Empire State Convention Center in Albany which is attached to the state Capitol.Read more
Tedisco to represent residents of 49th NYS Senate District in parts of Saratoga, Schenectady and Herkimer Counties and all of Fulton and Hamilton Counties
Jim Tedisco (R,C,I,REF-Glenville) was officially sworn-in to office today to serve as the new State Senator for New York’s 49th State Senate District.
The 49th State Senate District includes parts of Saratoga, Schenectady and Herkimer Counties and all of Fulton and Hamilton Counties.
Tedisco, who has been a fierce and outspoken advocate for his constituents and taxpayers for many years, has a strong track record of not being afraid to stand up to and get in the faces of some of Albany's most powerful leaders when Upstate's quality of life has been threatened. He succeeds former Senator Hugh Farley who stepped down last year after 40 years of distinguished service to New York State.
Senator Tedisco has shown a tremendous ability to work across party lines in a bi-partisan, non-partisan fashion to achieve positive results for New Yorkers. He was an original author of the Tax Cap and helped get that passed and was the driving force behind passage of the landmark Buster's Law making animal cruelty against pets a felony because animal abuse is a bridge crime and those who harm pets often go on to hurt people. In 2014, Tedisco sponsored, promoted and helped pass with 77% of the vote statewide Proposition 2, a constitutional amendment to save millions of tax dollars by stopping the wasteful printing of paper copies of legislation and allow digital copies to suffice on legislators' desks at the Capitol.
“While my job title has changed and I now have a much bigger district to represent, I’m still going to be the same Jim Tedisco -- as outspoken and independent a fighter for my constituents as ever. I will work hard each and every day to not let people down and continue to be a strong voice for the people of the 49th State Senate District who have given me the honor to be their state Senator,” said Tedisco.Read more
49th Senate District candidate earns important support from law enforcement with nods by Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo and Hamilton County Sheriff Karl Abrams
Jim Tedisco today received the endorsement of Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo and Hamilton County Sheriff Karl Abrams to serve as the next State Senator for the 49th Senate District.
The Glenville Assemblyman is the endorsed Republican candidate for the 49th Senate District in the September 13th Republican Primary. Tedisco also will be on the Conservative, Independence and Reform Party ballot lines.
Last week, Tedisco received the backing of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association for his strong record of defending our Second Amendment rights. Tedisco has been endorsed by Senator Hugh T. Farley to succeed him in the Senate seat and has won the backing of scores of local officials representing all the counties of the 49th Senate District.Read more