Yes Senator, I agree with you that public assistance should not be used to purchase items such as alcohol, lottery tickets and cigarettes, and by signing this petition I encourage the State Assembly to pass the Public Assistance Integrity Act.
With hunting season underway, I am interested in your input on a public policy issue that you may find interesting. According to the NYS Whitetail Management Coalition, typically 60-85% of the male deer harvested in New York each year are 1.5 years old or younger. New York State has one of the highest harvest rates of immature deer. In an effort to change this, over the last decade, certain regions of New York have experimented with an antler restriction requiring a minimum of three points on one side.
Western New York Continues to Face the MostSignificant Economic Challenges in New York State
While state government has finally begun to take meaningful action to reduce spending, cut taxes and revitalize our economy -- much work remains. That’s why I am proud to have been recently named as the new chairman of the Senate’s powerful Economic Development Committee.
Western New York has been rocked recently by several high profile incidents involving the hit-and-run deaths of area teens and young adults. The most widely publicized was the hit-and-run death of 18-year-old Alix Rice of Amherst.
Overburdened taxpayers in Western New York and across the state are desperate for relief. The Tax Cap was a great first step but to actually cut property taxes, county governments need relief from unfunded mandates handed down by the State. Medicaid is largest mandated budget item for every county in New York State and is the primary reason that New Yorkers pay the highest property taxes in the nation. I have authored legislation that will remove the Medicaid burden from county government, allowing local government to reduce local taxes, not just slow their growth.Over 100 state and local officials from around the state have signaled their support for this bipartisan legislation, and you can too.Sign the petition below to show your support.
"Information is the currency of democracy." -- Thomas Jefferson
With our State clearly facing serious fiscal and economic challenges, it's important for all New Yorkers to get the facts about Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposed Executive Budget for 2011-2012.
My Senate colleagues and I have begun carefully reviewing the Governor's plan to determine its potential impact on taxpayers, our local communities, and New York's economic future. You can help play a role in this process by reviewing the budget briefing documents below, and then providing me with your feedback on the plan.