(Brooklyn, NY)- “Our country's most vulnerable populations, seniors, children, hungry families and the disabled have relied on the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program since the early 1940s. We must not balance the nation's budget upon the backs of working families, the Greatest Generation, and the less fortunate. That is why I am urging the Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives, under the leadership of Speaker John Boehner, to save SNAP (formerly the Food Stamp Program).
"I know many of us are worried about the impact of the swine influenza A (H1N1) virus on our families and our community, especially our school community. Obviously, our first concern is that we keep our children and our families as safe as possible. It is important to remember that the most effective way to fight any disease is through prevention. My colleagues and I continue to monitor the situation around the state very closely. In the meantime, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are encouraging Americans to take a few simple steps to protect their health which include:"
"After years of mismanagement and months of threatened fare hikes, the MTA now admits its most recent proposed "doomsday" fare increase is insufficient to balance its books. The MTA is demanding greater financial support from New York taxpayers even though MTA internal revenue forecasts from just three weeks ago are already coming up short.
"I have consistently opposed the MTA’s "doomsday" fare increase and the proposed imposition of bridge tolls because those measures do nothing to address the core problems of fiscal mismanagement and inefficient operations at the MTA. Instead, the MTA seeks to balance its books on the backs of commuters and local taxpayers.