Last Wednesday, I proudly voted for common sense legislation that will put more money in the pockets of middle class families, as well as eliminate or substantially reduce the job-killing MTA payroll tax for Rockland and Orange counties small businesses.
Yesterday, the Veterans Advisory Committee met at the VFW in Suffern to find solutions to issues that veterans face. The next meeting is November 14. If you are interested in joining us please call my office at 623-3627.
I would like to thank everyone who donated school supplies for our back to school drive. We received a lot of supplies that have been put to good use. The students certainly appreciated them. Thanks again!
The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation has released their revised draft report on hydrofracking, opening the 90 public comment period. Your input is very important. You can follow this link to leave your comment http://www.dec.ny.gov/energy/76838.html.
I have arranged for Benjamin M. Lawsky, Superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) to be at the West Nyack Post Office/Hamlet Green Park, 720 West Nyack Road, West Nyack today from 2:00 PM- 6:00 PM to assist residents with insurance related information and claim forms in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.
Hurricane Irene has left approximately 48,000 residents in our area without power and caused extensive damage to homes and businesses. I have been touring Rockland and Orange counties and will continue to do so over the next 24-48 hours with local government officials and business owners to determine how the state can help with recovery both in the immediate and long terms.
My priority over the next several days is to ensure that residents and businesses receive the assistance they require to recover from the damaging effects of Hurricane Irene.
Here is some advice to home and business owners who have suffered damage from Hurricane Irene:
On Friday, I had the pleasure of making gift baskets for homeless children centers with Daisy Troop 40451. My thanks go out to the girls and Troop Leaders for inviting me. What a fun way to build strong character and a sense of community involvement for these young ladies!
In light of the horrific recent earthquake and tsunami that caused the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan to have explosions and cooling failures, I have called on Indian Point to make all safety reports available to the public as well as their earthquake contingency plan.
According to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Indian Point has the highest risk of earthquake damage in the country.
Indian Point provides 12 percent of all power generated statewide, but has long been a concern to residents in our area. Given the recent tragedy in Japan, and the fact that Indian Point sits within two miles of two intersecting fault lines, we need to ensure that all possible safety measures are in place in the event of an emergency.
As part of an ongoing effort to increase constituent outreach, I will be hosting mobile office hours throughout the district. During these mobile office hours I, or a staff member, will be available for residents to speak to regarding state-related matters.
These community mobile office hours make it easier for some local residents to discuss the issues that are important to them. Convenient access to representatives is an important function of elected officials. It is essential that district residents are able to work with their legislators. Only by working together can we make our community the best possible place to live, work and raise a family.
It is unacceptable for our military who are bravely serving abroad, to not have their votes counted. Today the Senate passed legislation that will allow adequate time for military ballots to be sent and returned in the event of a special election.
Former NYC Mayor Ed Koch came to Albany to to urge Senators who signed his NY Uprising pledge to honor their commitment to their constituents to create a independent redistricting commission and pass ethics and budget reform legislation.
Today I participated in a county-wide initiative called Rockland Read In Day that many elementary schools in the district take part in. I was at Stony Point Elementary school reading to students in the 5th Grade.