I am proud to be leading the fight to help completely eliminate the GEA school aid budget cuts once and for all.This effort is designed to protect our local schools from harmful cuts in State education aid. This will not only ensure more resources for classroom instruction and quality programs, but will also help us to achieve our goal of ensuring an outstanding education for every child, in every school.
The 2014 Legislative Session kicks off in January with the Governor’s annual State of the State message.Governor Cuomo will outline his priorities to the Legislature and to all New Yorkers and, in the months that follow, I will work with my colleagues on initiatives that we identify as being important to the future of our state and betterment of our communities.
Your willingness to complete this legislative questionnaire will help me develop a better understanding of the views of the residents of the 45th Senate District. Your responses and information will remain confidential. If you prefer, you may complete this questionnaire below or on my Facebook page.
The ongoing effort to recover and rebuild from the destruction of Irene and Lee continues. Partnering with Governor Cuomo, I was pleased to support the creation of the New York State Flood Assistance Program this past December.
This important program is now up and running. Now is the time to apply.
Empire State Development (ESD) will distribute up to $21 million to "businesses, farms and owners of multiple dwellings" whose properties were damaged by flooding, with grants of up to $20,000 per entity possible.
"Information is the currency of democracy." -- Thomas Jefferson
With our State clearly facing serious fiscal and economic challenges, it's important for all New Yorkers to get the facts about Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposed Executive Budget for 2011-2012.
My Senate colleagues and I have begun carefully reviewing the Governor's plan to determine its potential impact on taxpayers, our local communities, and New York's economic future. You can help play a role in this process by reviewing the budget briefing documents below, and then providing me with your feedback on the plan.