State Senator Patrick Gallivan

A 14-day quarantine for travelers entering New York from certain other states took effect early Thursday morning. The New York State Health Department has posted guidelines. In the meantime, pushback from lawmakers includes a mix of understanding for public health safety but also concern for potential constitutional and commerce issues.

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Under a proposal co-sponsored by State Senator Patrick Gallivan, future declarations of emergency by the governor would have a set time limit and would include submissions of weekly updates that would be reviewed by legislators.

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If one Western New York-based State Senator has his way, New York will end its Film Tax Credit program. Another local State Senator, though, says while the state's tax structure is flawed, this is a credit that works. Both offered their points of view as an April 1 budget deadline approaches.

More than a dozen student-athletes from three SUNY colleges have qualified to compete in the NCAA Division III national swimming and diving championships. There's just one problem. The games are being held in Greensboro, North Carolina, and a ban on New York State-sponsored non-essential travel to that state remains in effect. A local State Senator is urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to lift that ban.

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With a pending change in political leadership in the New York State Senate, hopes are renewed for passage of a proposal which would ease statutes of limitation for adults seeking criminal or civil justice in childhood sexual abuse cases. On Thursday, a Republican State Senator introduced his own version of such legislation, while advocates for victims of alleged abuse by clergy suggest the church may seek to limit liability if such a bill is passed next year.

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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.

Gallivan bill closes abuse reporting loophole

Feb 4, 2018

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.

No state budget yet, Albany talks continue

Apr 2, 2017

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

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.

Gallivan bills would better protect children

Apr 21, 2014

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.