Earlier this week, you likely received the 2010 Census questionnaire in the mail. Please take a few minutes to fill out this important form and immediately mail it back in the envelope that was provided.
The devastation in Haiti is heartbreaking beyond words. I am proud that our national government is moving quickly to provide assistance, but at a time of such incomprehensible loss we all have an individual responsibility, as well as a collective one, to contribute to the relief effort.
New York’s campaign finance system ranks among the nation’s worst. With gaping loopholes, sky-high contribution limits, lax enforcement, and no statewide public funding program – this failed system is in desperate need of reform.
The passage of a health care reform bill with a public option in the House ought to be cause for celebration, but an amendment added at the last minute eviscerating the reproductive rights of women casts a dark cloud over this historic victory. The Stupak-Pitts amendment represents the biggest threat to reproductive freedom in decades - and it must be removed from the final bill.
Today is a historic day for the state of New York as the Rockefeller drug law reforms finally go into effect. Now, the failed drug policies of the past are replaced with a smarter approach that will make our communities stronger and safer.
Although the U.S. Senate Finance Committee today rejected several amendments to create a public option to compete with the private insurance industry, the fight for real, robust health care reform is not over yet.Our country's private health care system is a catastrophic failure. The insurance industry has been thriving on the backs of sick Americans for far too long – and politicians are allowing them to do it.
I am happy to report that the 181st Street Station on the 1 line has reopened. As of 5:00 am today, subway service, which was disrupted over the last several weeks as a result of the ceiling collapse at the 181st Street Station, has been completely restored. I understand your frustration with the inconvenience caused by the closure of this station, but I am confident this situation was resolved as quickly and safely as possible.
As a result of the ceiling collapse at the 181st Street Station in Washington Heights, subway service is still disrupted for commuters in Northern Manhattan and the Bronx. I share your frustration with this major inconvenience, but rest assured that my office has been in regular contact with the MTA to make sure this situation is resolved as quickly and safely as possible.As part of our discussions, the MTA has agreed to provide daily updates on the status of the repairs as well as service advisories. Below please find a copy of today’s update.
After weeks of deadlock, I am relieved to report that the Senate is back in business. Thursday night, we passed a host of bills that are critical to the functioning of the state, including Power for Jobs, an extension of Timothy’s Law and revenue enhancers to balance New York City’s budget. But there’s a lot of work left to do. That’s why we are headed back to Albany next week for another session.
Enough is enough. After weeks of deadlock, the people of this state are understandably frustrated and cannot afford to wait any longer for the Senate to act on legislation that’s essential for our state to function. We must get back to the people's business now.
On Wednesday, I was a guest on Capital Tonight with Republican Sen. John DeFrancisco discussing the Democrats' bipartisan governing proposal to fix this mess. Here is the clip
Taking politics out of the process, the Senate Democrats proposed a new power-sharing deal today that will allow us to get back to the people’s business. The bipartisan operating agreement would bring the New York State Senate back into session on a temporary basis to finish the important work that’s before us.
In the aftermath of last week’s failed coup attempt by Senate Republicans, I wanted to give you a brief update on the recent developments in Albany.
As a result of the deadlock caused by Senate Republicans and Senator Pedro Espada during the crucial final weeks of the legislative session, the debate or passage of many of my top legislative priorities has been stalled. Those priorities include the repeal of vacancy decontrol, marriage equality, firearm microstamping, mortgage and pension fraud legislation, the Climate Change Solutions Act, and school governance reform.
Please be sure to check out an op-ed I wrote with Sen. Eric Adams for CBS News about the Obama administration's decision to revive the military commissions to prosecute Guantanamo detainees. We believe the time has come to end, not mend, this substandard judicial system.
An editorial in today’s Newsday calls on the State Senate to pass my legislation requiring firearm microstamping in New York State. Microstamping ensures that when a gun is fired, information identifying the make, model and serial number of the gun is stamped onto the cartridge as numbers and letters.
Crisis averted.This week, the state Senate agreed on an MTA rescue plan that stopped the “doomsday” scenario so many New Yorkers feared. As a result of the deal, millions of subway and bus riders have been spared painful fare hikes and devastating service cuts.The MTA budget agreement also expands oversight of the agency, ending its dubious bookkeeping practices and illegal perks for board members. Check out this clip of me discussing the bill on the Senate floor.Don’t get me wrong, this plan is not perfect. Subway and bus fares will go up, but nowhere near the crippling hikes proposed by the MTA. That said, this deal will make a meaningful difference in the lives of millions of New Yorkers – and that’s something to celebrate.