State Senator Patrick Gallivan

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Two State Senators and the Erie County Sheriff are urging members of the Assembly to pass a bill they say will make it easier to prosecute those who conduct human sex trafficking, especially in cases involving child victims.


A bill that would close a loophole in the state's child abuse reporting law has passed a State Senate Committee.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has vetoed legislation to keep the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center open in West Seneca.

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With more sexual harassment cases coming into the light, a debate is developing on how to stop similar workplace incidents from emerging in the future.  Two members of the local state delegation shared their views on the matter.


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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a measure that would create new penalties for people who make bomb threats against community centers. The action stems from bomb threats made to Jewish community centers in New York and around the nation last winter.


State lawmakers are putting in a rare weekend searching for consensus on a new state budget, already a day late.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders plan to meet all week, but no agreements are finalized yet on a state budget that’s due Friday.


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With less than two weeks remaining before New York State's April 1 budget deadline, state lawmakers are busy in Albany working towards an agreement. WBFO spoke with two local representatives to find out what's still unresolved.


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An important tool in fighting domestic violence will remain in place at the Family Justice Center in downtown Buffalo. New York State Senator Patrick Gallivan announced he secured $100,000 to the Center to continue to fund its Forensic Medical Unit. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley takes a look at how this unit plays a major role in the prosecution of domestic violence cases.   

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With the State Legislature set to end its session on Thursday, State Senator Patrick Gallivan is hoping his proposed terrorist registry bill - which was passed by his peers - will come up for a vote in the Assembly.

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Two aging group homes in West Seneca are empty today, after up to seven high-risk sex offenders were moved out.


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Daily mail at the Albany office of State Senator Patrick Gallivan contained an unwelcomed surprise on Monday morning. Gallivan’s Communications Director Jim Ranney said the Senator’s office manager opened an envelope addressed to Gallivan, which contained an “unknown substance and a non-specific threat.”

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With the help of some funds provided by New York State, the Erie County Sheriff's Department is installing updated technology in all of its patrol cars that tracks their whereabouts more precisely.


Convictions prompt calls for change in Albany

Dec 14, 2015
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Following the recent convictions of two former legislative leaders, New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Senator Timothy Kennedy says more needs to be done to protect taxpayers. Meanwhile, the head of a government watchdog group suggests the time has come to curb potential conflicts-of-interest by making state legislators full-time employees.


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With little time left in the State Legislature session, it's not clear if there is time for any action on Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes' proposal to shut down the elected city school board and replace it with one appointed by the mayor.


State Senate approves Medical Marijuana bill

Jun 20, 2014

The New York State Senate has passed the Medical Marijuana bill Friday afternoon in Albany. Lawmakers voted 49 to 10 in favor. This means  New York will now become the 23rd state to allow medical marijuana.

State lawmakers have a heavy agenda as they work to end the legislative session by June 19.  One item, a fight over family court seats, has the attention of some local members of the state delegation.

A package of bills that would improve Child Protective Services in New York has been introduced by State Senator Patrick Gallivan.  The Elma Republican says his legislation would better protect children.