About Kathy

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Kathleen A. Marchione
New York State Senator, 43rd District

New York State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione was first elected to the New York State Senate in 2012 and was overwhelmingly re-elected in the fall of 2014 to continue delivering real results and keep representing families of the 43rd Senate District, which includes parts of Rensselaer, Saratoga and Washington Counties, and all of Columbia County.

 

Highly Effective, Bi-Partisan Legislator

Senator Marchione Chairs the Senate’s Committee on Local Government, in addition to serving on several Senate Standing Committees including Aging; Banks; Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation; Elections; Finance; Racing, Gaming and Wagering and Veterans, Military Affairs and Homeland Security. Senator Marchione also serves on the Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, the Senate Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases and the Senate Task Force on Workforce Development.

Since her election to the new York State Senate in 2012, Senator Marchione has 178 sponsored bills – 50 of which have been signed into State law – and continues listening to her constituents many good ideas.

A Trusted, Independent Voice for Real Change and Real Results

Senator Marchione is a trusted, independent voice for the real change – and real results – that New York’s families, taxpayers, communities and small businesses need. Taxpayers know that Kathy cares and that they can “Count on Kathy” to continue putting people before partisan politics, stand up for what’s right and work for a safer, stronger, more affordable New York.

Putting People First

Putting people first and delivering high-quality, responsive, friendly service that treats all constituents like valued customers is a top priority for Senator Marchione. Senator Marchione’s office has helped thousands of constituents, communities and small businesses throughout the 43rd Senate District by performing casework that has solved problems and gotten real results to improve the quality of life for all New Yorkers.

A Record of Success and Working Together to Give Everyone the Opportunity to Succeed

Senator Marchione’s approach to public service and helping her constituents is positive, inclusive, and based on her strong belief in working together to give everyone the opportunity to succeed. Senator Marchione’s legislative agenda includes delivering real tax relief for families and small businesses; cutting wasteful spending; reforming state government; banning Albany’s unfunded mandates; honoring and helping New York’s courageous veterans; strengthening schools; supporting family farmers; combating the deadly rise in heroin and opioid abuse and addiction; standing up for the Second Amendment by leading the fight against the unconstitutional SAFE Act and cutting job-killing rules, regulations and red tape for job creators so they can grow an economy that works for all New Yorkers.

Preserving and Protecting our Right to Keep and Bear Arms

Senator Marchione has been publicly recognized for her strong leadership in leading the fight to preserve and protect New Yorkers’ right to keep and bear arms. Senator Marchione was endorsed for re-election in 2016 by the National Rifle Association (NRA) and earned the grade of an A+  —  the highest possible rating from the NRA provided to only the very strongest champions of the Second Amendment. In 2013 and 2014, based on her strong, principled support of the Second Amendment, Senator Marchione was recognized as a “Legislator of the Year,” by the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association and S.C.O.P.E. (Shooter’s Committee On Political Education), respectively.

Real Results for a Stronger New York

Senator Marchione’s approach to putting people ahead of politics and continued focus on getting real results that make a real difference has continually been recognized. In the fall of 2016 alone, Senator Marchione has been endorsed for re-election and is running on four major ballot lines: Republican, Independence, Conservative and Reform this fall. Senator Marchione also has earned the strong support and endorsements of leading organized labor groups, law enforcement, Second Amendment advocates, teachers and retirees.

Delivering Real Tax Relief, Capping Property Taxes, Securing Record Funding for Even Better Schools, Helping and Honoring our Veterans

Some of the many non-partisan policy successes Senator Marchione has helped achieve include enacting three consecutive on-time State Budgets; holding spending growth below two percent to save taxpayers billions; opposing tax increases; supporting welfare reform; extending the property tax cap to 2020; delivering property tax rebates and historic school aid increases; bringing middle class income taxes down to their lowest rate since 1948 when $4.2 billion in new middle class tax cuts are fully enacted; enacting a true Women’s Equality Agenda, securing funding for the PFC Joseph Dwyer Peer-to-Peer Veteran’s Counseling program to help veterans dealing with PTSD and providing tax credits for businesses that hire veterans.

Keeping the Promise to Put Students First

Senator Marchione also advocated and voted to permanently eliminate the $434 million remaining of the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) budget cuts for schools this year as part of the final 2016-17 State Budget. The draconian GEA education budget cuts were first imposed on New Yorkers back in 2010 by former Governor David Paterson.

Supporting and Strengthening Family Farmers and Agriculture

On behalf of her strong advocacy of New York’s family farmers and strengthening the state’s agricultural sector, the New York Farm Bureau named Senator Marchione to their prestigious “Circle of Friends.” Senator Marchione continues to support hard working family farmers and agricultural businesses that are the backbone of the state’s economy and are New York’s number-one industry.

Cutting Job-Killing Government Red Tape

In her former capacity as Co-Chair of the Senate’s Administrative Regulations Review Commission (ARRC), Senator Marchione helped lead a historic, bi-partisan effort that successfully identified 2,219 State rules and regulations to be revised or eliminated in order to make New York more business friendly.

Senator Marchione is a tireless advocate for the communities she serves, enacting important home rule legislation, securing valuable grant funding for community projects, as well as listening, and being responsive to, community concerns.

Raising Awareness, Celebrating Constituents

Senator Marchione sponsors a bi-partisan legislative resolution memorializing “Down Syndrome Awareness Day” in New York State in conjunction with the global observance of “World Down Syndrome Day.” In 2015, Senator Marchione had the honor of speaking at the World Down Syndrome Day Conference at the United Nations and continues to publicly advocate on this important issue.

Senator Marchione also sponsors many non-partisan community-based service events and recognition programs including the Golden Gathering (a free community health and wellness event that provides free medical services to senior citizens), the Women of Distinction program, the Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame, along with an Earth Day Poster Contest, Youth Leadership Recognition Awards and Summer Reading program, all of which are very popular with local schools and children.

A Recognized, Respected Record of Leadership and Public Service

In 2010, in recognition of her proven record of public service and dedication to the community, Kathy was named a “Woman of Distinction” as part of the New York State Senate’s prestigious Women of Distinction Program. She is a four-time recipient of the Annual Achievement Award for Service to the Association of County Clerks and in 2008, was selected as Clerk of the Year.

Also in 2008, Kathy was selected as “Conservative of the Year” by the Saratoga County Conservative Party and received the Clifton Park Republican Committee’s “Chairman’s Award.” In addition, Senator Marchione also was named “New York State Senator of the Year” for 2013 by the New York State Young Republicans.

Serving as Saratoga County Clerk, Kathy was the 2007 recipient of the New York Association of Local Government Records Officers’ Wheeler B. Melius Award, the highest distinction that a records management professional can receive. Also in 2007, Kathy served as the President of the New York State Association of County Clerks. She is a former Advisory Board Member for Leadership Saratoga where she served for 14 years and was a long-term member, and former Chairwoman, of the Capital District Regional Planning Commission.

After serving as Chair of the New York State Regional Records Advisory Committee for over 10 years, Kathy was appointed to the prestigious New York State Local Government Records Committee. In 2006, Saratoga County was chosen from over 4,000 candidates statewide as the recipient of the William H. Kelly Archives Award for Excellence in Local Government Archival Program Development, which commended Marchione for her work on behalf of Saratoga County.