Dear Editor: I read with great interest the article, “Star Tax Relief Loses More of Its Luster” in the October 5, 2009 issue of your paper, which discussed the Legislature’s reduction of star benefits and the elimination of star rebate checks. In the article it was stated that the “Legislature quietly” took these actions. In fact, the actions were not taken by all Legislators and some Legislators were anything but quiet about it. During the public hearings, as the Republican Ranking member on the Finance Committee, I spoke loudly,
In your September 18, 2009 issue of the Central New York Business Journal you published an article announcing that the legislature passed the Green Jobs/Green New York program. The bill redirects $112 million of NYSERDA funds to a revolving loan fund to provide resources to residents to weatherize their homes, provide energy audits and the like.
The bill helps to make New York green and helps to create green jobs, so it must be good. Not so fast. I voted against the bill. Let me tell you why.
Because prostate cancer kills so many of its victims, September has been designated Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. It is a treatable and curable disease if caught early enough, yet every 17 minutes a husband, father, son brother, grandfather, uncle, or friend dies from this disease. Most men are not aware that 33 percent more likely to get prostate cancer than women are to get breast cancer. Of the almost 219,000 cases that are diagnosed this year more than 27,000 will die because they did not get an examination soon enough.
All across the state, New Yorkers have just received an unwelcome notice in their monthly utility bills, regarding a new State Assessment Fee. The notice cited a new law that took effect on July 1, 2009, requiring utility companies to collect a special fee from all customers.