BioSenator David J. Valesky was first elected to the New York State Senate in November 2004. He was born and raised in Oneida, and earned a Bachelor’s degree from SUNY Potsdam and a Master’s degree from the University of Connecticut.
Senator Valesky currently serves as the Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee, and as a member of the Agriculture; Banks; Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation; and Transportation Committees.
As a member of the Independent Democratic Conference, Senator Valesky’s legislative priorities include addressing the property tax burden, creating a more streamlined and efficient state government that is transparent and accountable, and creating a business-friendly environment to foster job creation and economic development.
Senator Valesky’s has sponsored several laws that promote investment in communities, such as the Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit, and make it easier for businesses to locate and stay in New York State. Senator Valesky’s top priority remains to serve the people of Central New York by providing the highest quality constituent service.
Senator Valesky has been serving his community throughout his professional career. He began his public service by working in the State Assembly as an aide to former State Assembly Majority Leader Michael Bragman, from 1989 to 1995. While in this position, he gained a thorough working knowledge of the legislative process and helped to develop state and local policies to make government more accessible to New Yorkers.
After leaving Majority Leader Bragman’s office, Senator Valesky dedicated his efforts to the education and enrichment of the lives of Central New Yorkers through his work in public television and radio as Vice President of Communications at WCNY-TV/FM from 1995 through 2004. While there he served as the host of the midday talk show Hour CNY, which focused on current state, national and world events and issues which affect Central New York communities.
Senator Valesky lives in the Madison County city of Oneida with his wife, Julie, and their three sons, Brian, Nathan, and Steven.