Last year, over 250 people attended a summit meeting that I convened to discuss the very complex issue of autism. Many of the parents and providers that attended the meeting traveled hours to participate in the discussion that day. Parents told me about their struggles - not just to meet the needs of their autistic child but the needs of their other children, their spouses, and their professional lives. Divorce rates are high among families with a child diagnosed with autism and issues of child care and after-school care present huge obstacles for these families.
We have come a long way in re-building the Depot since the dark days of the early 1990’s when our region received a devastating one-two punch with the closure of the Seneca Army Depot and the Willard Psychiatric Center.For generations these facilities drove the local economy, employing thousands of area residents who enjoyed the steady, secure employment these two government facilities offered. Once they closed, these facilities became an economic anchor around the necks of local residents as we struggled with the loss of more than 1,000 good-paying jobs.
Dear Friends:Governor Spitzer recently mandated that all illegal aliens in our State will now be eligible to receive a New York State driver’s license. That’s right, as unbelievable as this sounds, Governor Spitzer is rewarding those who have entered our country illegally.As your State Senator, I am strongly opposed to this misguided decision by Governor Spitzer. Granting driver’s licenses to illegal aliens will raise serious issues for our homeland security agencies charged with the responsibility to protect our borders and safeguard our security.