From creating the historic STAR and Enhanced STAR programs, to enacting property tax rebate legislation, the Senate Republican Majority has consistently led the fight to provide hardworking families with property tax relief.
This year, I am once again participating in the New York State Senate’s Youth Leadership Recognition program to honor local students, who excel in their classroom studies and in extracurricular and volunteer activities.
You may nominate a student from your high school by filling out the application below. You will be required to complete a brief online form and include an attached letter of recommendation by the nominating faculty member. Additionally, the student must electronically submit a short essay, describing his or her academic achievements and extracurricular and volunteer activities. All nominations must be submitted electronically by May 1, 2015.
Please join our Women’s Equality Now! campaign to help get the State Assembly to pass this landmark package of bills without delay. Let’s tell the Assembly leadership that women throughout our State have waited long enough!
(Thank you for taking the time to complete my legislative questionnaire. The survey is now closed.)
As your State Senator, I am doing my best to help make New York a better place to live and work.
With the 2015 Legislative Session underway, I value your continued input on several key state issues that will be debated throughout the year. That is why, before legislative session began, I asked all constituents of the 50th Senate District to complete a legislative questionnaire, which more than 4,600 people filled out and returned to me, either by mail or online.
As I’m sure you are aware, the elevated portion of Interstate 81, which runs north-south through downtown Syracuse, is nearing the end of its useful life. State and federal officials are now determining a solution for fixing this important thoroughfare. It’s a decision that will impact Central New Yorkers for many decades.
With this in mind, I mailed a survey to all of my constituents of the 50th Senate District to gather their input on the future of I-81. Then in early October, I mailed a letter to members of the business community to also request their participation in this survey, as I-81 will, no doubt, impact their business and the overall economy for years to come.
The survey is now closed.
To date, 168 members of the Central New York business community completed the I-81 survey below. The results are as follows:
47% want to construct a new I-81 viaduct or repair the existing one
21% want to remove the existing viaduct and construct a street-level boulevard only through Syracuse
2% want to remove the existing viaduct and construct a tunnel only through Syracuse
30% want to remove the existing viaduct and replace it with a street-level boulevard for downtown access, with a tunnel under the boulevard for interstate north-south traffic through Syracuse
Furthermore, 77% of the survey respondents, to date, think it is important to maintain a north-south throroughfare, at interstate speed, through the City of Syracuse. Just 23% do not think a thoroughfare is important.
The percentages shown in the above results are almost identical to the results of the survey that was sent to the residents of my Senate District.
Thank you, again, for having completed this short survey to share your vision for I-81 and to help shape our community's future. Your responses will be kept confidential.
It's common sense. Thousands of hardworking families throughout New York State are tightening their belts, pinching pennies and working harder than ever to stretch their hard-earned dollars. I strongly believe that all levels of government should be doing the same.
As your Senator, one of my key priorities is finding ways to reduce government spending, and eliminate wasteful expenditures wherever they might occur. That’s why last year I partnered with Governor Andrew Cuomo on a State Budget plan that reduced overall government spending for the first time in years. By holding the line on spending, we closed a $10 billion budget gap – and we did it without raising any new taxes or fees.
New York has clearly faced major economic challenges in recent years. That’s why – in partnership with Governor Andrew Cuomo – we took decisive action during this year’s Legislative Session to help revitalize our economy and create new job opportunities. Taken together, these changes and reforms represent one of the boldest job-creation plans New York State has enacted in decades. That’s good news – especially in terms of our efforts to create new jobs here right in our local community.REAL PROGRESS / FUNDAMENTAL REFORMS
The positive steps we’ve taken to create a stronger economy include the following: