Taxes are the most important issue plaguing the Third Senate District, Long Island and New York State. In the past two years, the New York State Legislature has increased taxes and fees by $14 billion. Raising taxes should be a last resort, not a first option.
In 2010, the State Education Department secured Race to the Top Funding from the U.S. Department of Education. In exchange for $700 Million in funding, the state education department made various commitments related to educational standards, testing, a teacher evaluation system, and data collection.