Fighting for tax relief remains my top priority. I was the architect of the original STAR and Enhanced Star programs, which brought tax rebates to Long Island homeowners. In the Senate, we also led the way by providing tax rebate checks directly to taxpayers.
I am proud to be leading the fight to help completely eliminate the GEA school aid budget cuts once and for all.This effort is designed to protect our local schools from harmful cuts in State education aid. This will not only ensure more resources for classroom instruction and quality programs, but will also help us to achieve our goal of ensuring an outstanding education for every child, in every school.
Dear Governor Cuomo and Members of the Legislature;
We support Senator Ken LaValle’s “Truth In Testing” legislation for full disclosure of student exams. The current debate on Common Core testing illustrates the need to ensure that mandated tests are fair, unbiased, grade-level appropriate and administered properly. Parents have a right to know that their children and teachers are being evaluated appropriately.
Senator LaValle’s “Truth in Testing” initiative will result in openness not currently found in the high-stakes testing dialog, but that is a necessary component to any student testing.
We support this legislation that will require annual reports and analyses concerning:
The 2012 New York State Legislative Session is fast approaching. Job creation and strengthening our economy remain my top priorities and there is no doubt that this will be a major focus of our discussions and planning in Albany.
Last year, The Senate Majority closed a $10 billion budget deficit without raising taxes or fees and worked closely with Governor Andrew Cuomo to enact a two percent property tax cap and other economy strengthening building blocks. We need to do more in 2012.
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 REFORMSThe positive steps we’ve taken to create a stronger economy include the following: