In April, along strict party lines, my downstate Senate majority colleagues voted to pass a disastrous budget that raised taxes by more than $8 billion and increased spending by 9%, three times the rate of inflation. I joined with other Upstate Senate members to adamantly oppose this horrific budget, warning that the level of spending was unprecedented, irresponsible and unsustainable. As a result
For the fifth consecutive year we have successfully passed an on-time State Budget. This budget includes a significant increase in aid for Rochester and Monroe County schools, property tax relief for hard working men, women and families, and $1 billion to improve Upstate roads and bridges.