Last week Arizona passed a State law which poses a serious threat to the safety and prosperity of all Americans, calling attention to the great need for national immigration reform.
Arizona’s new law puts many Americans’ basic freedoms at risk by promoting the use of racial profiling as a method for determining reasonable cause. Such policies will not only lead to unnecessary harassment based on skin color but will also erode the trust between law enforcement officials and the communities they serve.
This past Monday, the 19th, we celebrated the 62nd anniversary of Israeli Independence, a day also known as Yom Ha’atzmaut. I am very happy that this year the Senate commemorated Israeli Independence Day, and the unique bond between Israel and New York, through a resolution honoring the remarkable achievements of Israelis over the past 62 years.
As I am sure you know, New York State, like much of the nation, faces an insecure financial future. We have high unemployment, inadequate tax collections, and a structural budget imbalance. As Vice-Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, my main responsibility for the first part of this year is to evaluate proposals to address the State’s budget deficit. I recognize what a critical responsibility this is, and have been immersing myself in budget hearings and testimony from groups and individuals around the State to help me better understand our options.
Hello Friends,We've all been following the heartbreaking news coming out of Haiti since yesterday's tragic earthquake. I am glad to see that our national government is moving in with assistance, but as New Yorker's many of us have personal relationships with Haiti and with the large Haitian American community in our own great and diverse City.For me, this tragedy reinforces how precious and fragile our lives and safety can be!Nature has taken its course and overnight, an entire country is thrown into turmoil.