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The New York State Senate has unanimously passed a bill making the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center a stand-alone facility.

New York State Sen. Patrick Gallivan is among a trio of lawmakers introducing the Community Heroes Protection Act in New York. The act would designate crimes that specifically target police, firefighters and other emergency service workers punishable as hate crimes.

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Last year, the state spent $2 million to cover the funeral costs for over 500 homicide victims. The passage of a new law will allow for more help to mourning families.


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Efforts to improve services for veterans and ensure the future of military bases in upstate New York were key topics Wednesday as the chairman of the State Senate's Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs toured the region.

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During a recent meeting in Amherst, many in attendance seemed startled by the death toll in their town from overdoses of heroin and prescription drugs. Western New York’s state legislators are saying Albany has to deal with the scourge of drugs.


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Some members of the region's state delegation disagree over Governor Cuomo's $145 billion budget, though the reactions are generally mixed along party lines.


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During a state of emergency, local leaders would decide the best way to help their residents. That proposal comes from a bill sponsored by State Senator Patrick Gallivan.


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Some state lawmakers marked International Day of People with Disabilities on Thursday by calling attention to issues faced by the community. 


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Lawmakers from the New York State Senate will resume work next Tuesday as they try to bring the legislative session to a close.

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Legislation to be introduced next session by four state lawmakers would require all police cars across New York be retrofitted with bulletproof glass. The move comes after two New York City officers were gunned down assassination-style in their patrol car over the weekend.

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With schools reopening this week, a new law is being proposed to make the learning environment as safe as possible.

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he believes the Buffalo Bills will need a new stadium to remain viable in Western New York.  That comment spurred quick reaction, including calls to ensure a transparent process as state officials explore spending hundreds of millions on a new home for the Bills. 

Albany may decide on three elections next year as an underground fight continues over the dates for a primary election.

Most New Yorkers don't realize four of the most powerful people in state government have their terms expiring early next year and only a small group will be allowed to decide what happens next.

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It will be harder to leave the scene of an accident and get away with it under legislation unanimously approved in the State Senate Monday.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver wants New York to join the ranks of states with early voting.

A state lawmaker from Elma is calling for changes to the current DW I hit-and-run law. 

Senator Patrick Gallivan is proposing a new bill in the wake of last week's verdict in Dr. James Corasanti's vehicular manslaughter trial.  Gallivan said under his proposal a drunk driver who fails to stop would have no excuse for "not knowing they hit a person."

Corasanti was acquitted of serious charges for the hit-and-run death of Alexandra Rice.

Gallivan, Weinstein won't run for Congress

Mar 21, 2012

Eliminate former Erie County Sheriff Patrick Gallivan from consideration for a Republican run in the newly-drawn 27th Congressional district.

In a statement released last night, Gallivan said, "I cannot in good conscience ignore my commitment to the voters of the 59th Senate District by seeking new office when so much important work remains in New York State."

Gallivan outlasted several Republican primary challengers on his way to replacing retiring veteran lawmaker Dale Volker in 2010.