"Today's combined message now gives us an opportunity to really delve into the details. This is very unique. So, now we've seen a lot of what the governor has talked about in the past presented to us. So I hope to go back to my constituents and discuss this with them. I'm really happy that the focus remains on economic issues. That should be a priority. Now we have to determine the best way to accomplish some of the goals and continue to keep a line on spending here in the state of New York to create more job opportunities throughout the state, to lower taxes on our businesses and the middle class. So at least the conversation and the acknowledgment and recognition is on economic issues - upstate recovery - so I'm pleased with that.
Senator Griffo discusses the 2014 session, including tax relief initiatives, Common Core changes, highway and road funding, tuition assistance for college-bound New Yorkers and what to do with a $3 billion windfall from a bank settlement. Julia Lilkendey hosts.
Senator Griffo discusses his recently-passed legislation on low-volume roads and violent felony offenders, before introducing Jason Robinson. Robinson, 11, is a very inspiring 11-year-old boy. Born with a rare form of spina bifida, he was the youngest person to ever finish the 15-kilometer Boilermaker Road Race.
"I'm pleased to once again help educate my colleagues in state government about lupus. I advocate in memory of my aunt, who was afflicted by this devastating autoimmune disease. Lupus affects more than 1.5 million Americans - 100,000 of them live right here in New York. And yet, there's so much we still don't know about it. We need to find a way to diagnose the disease quicker, to treat it effectively and to wipe it out completely." - Sen. Joe Griffo
On this week's episode, Senator Griffo breaks down the budget - taxes, spending, education, Common Core, higher ed, health care, agriculture, transporation and ethics.
With I Love My Parks Day upcoming, Griffo explains what state legislators are doing for the environment and for state parks. And finally, the senator recaps a forum on heroin and opioid abuse that he recently hosted in Utica.
I want to thank all of those who are co-sponsoring this, especially Senator Parker who has carried this bill in the past. I appreciate their efforts as well as Assemblyman Dinowitz.
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Senator Griffo discusses Olympian Erin Hamlin, the governor's Adirondack Challenge, the flawed implementation of Common Core, his opposition to taxpayer-funded college for state inmates, and the Senate's budget with host Julia Lilkendey.
Following Gov. Cuomo's budget unveiling, Sen. Joseph A. Griffo offered the following comment:
“The governor’s budget starts off with a good premise. We’re going to control spending. We’re going to cut taxes. And we’re going to invest in economic opportunity and education.
“So now we’ll have the opportunity to delve into all these details, to examine the document, to moderate where we want to based on deliberations and some of the conversations with our constituents back home. There will be a number of hearings. But overall, I think we’re moving in the right direction and I’m encouraged by many of the elements that have funding.
“I am pleased to represent so many veterans who serve at Fort Drum. My goals is to keep as many of these skilled, knowledgeable people in my district after their military service is finished. I support this legislation because it offers a real opportunity for those with a service-connected disability to start a second career here. I am pleased to again support Senator Ball’s legislation and I commend Governor Cuomo for recently speaking out in support of this bill. Hopefully, this is the year New York joins the federal government and 40 other states in offering a helping hand to these small business owners.” - Senator Joseph A. Griffo
"I thought this was an interesting speech - a lot of exciting initiatives and ideas that have been proposed, mainly focusing on jobs, our economy and tax relief, investing in education. Paying attention to the needs of upstate New York - particularly Central New York and the north country is going to be very important - looking at helping regulatory reform and zero tax for small manufacturers. The I-98 proposal being considered in the north country is, I think, going to be very important. Finally, we get the study. Because transportation is a significant part of economic development.
"So, overall, a lot of ideas and initiatives that are worthy of our consideration and examination. And when the budget comes out, we'll delve into this all. I'm hoping for a successful session."
Joint - Senate Standing Committee on BanksChair: Senator Joseph GriffoSenate Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military AffairsChair: Senator Greg BallSenate Standing Committee on InsuranceChair: Senator James SewardSenate Standing Committee on Commerce, Economic Developmentand Small BusinessChair: Senator David ValeskySenate Select Committee on Science, Technology, Incubation and EntrepreneurshipChair: Senator Martin GoldenSenate Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction