In response to increasingly rapid urbanization and development, Senator Neil Breslin (D-Albany) has introduced legislation to help municipalities develop local strategies for community preservation. According to a recent study, New York State loses an average of 174 acres each day to development. Community preservation objectives differ across the state, and include efforts to safeguard drinking water, provide parkland, conserve farmland, protect local habitats, and preserve scenic views and properties of historical significance.
Senator Neil Breslin (D-Albany) today released a package of budget and debt reform bills meant to open up Albany’s secretive state budget process and end slight-of-hand budget practices that have nearly doubled state debt over the past decade. "I am urging my colleagues in both the Senate and Assembly to embrace these common sense reform measures to save the next generation of New Yorkers-- our children and grandchildren -- from being saddled with this dangerously out of control state debt," said Senator Breslin.
State Senator Neil Breslin (D-Albany) has introduced legislation that would create the New York Health Care Financing Commission to bring together experts in the field, hold public hearings, and ultimately devise a proposal for a unified financing system for health services in New York State. Today, he called on the Majority to bring the bill to the floor of the Senate for a full vote. Over 3 million New Yorkers go without health insurance of any kind.
Saying that "the importance of informed food choices and sound eating habits cannot be overemphasized as part of a planned regimen for staying healthy," State Senator Neil Breslin (D- Albany) today reminded his/her constituents that March is National Nutrition Month, and is an ideal time to evaluate their nutritional intake and habits. "Eating right, along with being physically active, may be the two greatest factors in living a long and healthy life," said Senator Breslin .
This time of year, northeast winters can seem endless. Whether it’s your wallet feeling a little light, due to your steadily increasing utility bill or the cabin fever so easily contracted by a lack of social interaction, you may be in need of some help. Whatever it is allowing old man winter to get you down, your county, town or village may have a service or program available to help you get through these next winter months.
Consumers are now entitled to receive one free credit report every 12 months from each of the nationwide consumer reporting agencies due to a recent amendment to the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act. There are several reasons why you should get a copy of your credit report. Your credit report has information on where you live, how you pay your bills, and whether you’ve been sued, arrested or if you filed for bankruptcy.
State Senator Neil D. Breslin (D- Albany) today announced a new charitable program that will help to save the lives of hundreds of abandoned pets. The program sponsored through the pet store chain, PetSmart, will cost nothing -- just a donation of used ink cartridges. Each cartridge sent or brought in will provide $2.00 to PetSmart Charities and go a long way in saving abandoned animals. "This is a very unique and innovative program. We all use printers, whether it be at work or home, and we are left with seemingly useless empty ink cartridges.
State Senator Neil D. Breslin (D- Albany) today offered some tips to help drivers make it through the winter season accident and incident free. With hazardous road conditions and frigid weather to battle it is important that drivers have the necessary equipment to see them through to safety. "Since we have already had our first winter storm and some significant snowfall it is important to remind people to make sure they have the necessary supplies and knowledge to help us through the winter in New York.
Following the Governor’s annual State of the State Address, Senator Neil D. Breslin (D-Albany) called on the Legislature to pass sweeping reform measures meant to improve our public schools, strengthen Medicaid, lower taxes, create jobs and allow state government to better serve New Yorkers.
As the State Senator representing the Albany City School District, I have become increasingly concerned with the number of charter schools moving into the area. I believe that Albany has reached its "saturation" point. Please know that I have written to the Board of Regents, the SUNY Trustees and Governor Pataki to express my views. When the state charter law was signed years ago it was not intended to make Albany a "laboratory" for charter schools.
In the last few months my office has received numerous letters, emails and phone calls from Albany County residents opposed to the death penalty. I want to thank these citizens for taking the time to share their views with me on this important issue. As many of you may already know, Senator Volker introduced Senate Bill 2727, which was intended to "fix" the death penalty statute in New York State, thus reinstating it as a punishment option.
With the holiday season quickly approaching and the aftermath of the hurricanes, many of you may be asking yourselves "how can I help?" Your local food banks and shelters are always looking for a helping hand, either in the form of donations or volunteering your time and services. Senator Breslin is a longtime friend and supporter of both FOCUS Interfaith Food Pantry and the Food Warehouse (Food Pantries of the Capital District).