Please submit your written testimony for Senator Roy McDonald (R-Saratoga) and Lee Zeldin's (R-Shirley) public hearing on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in combat Veterans. Your input will help us to gain information on PTSD in order to improve early diagnoses, increase access to treatment, and provide crisis and support services.What is PTSD? Why does it occur? When does it occur? What are the symptoms? What is the Screening Process? What steps are there for early intervention? What is course of treatment? What is the prevalence of PTSD in New York State Veterans?
The 2012 New York State Legislative Session is fast approaching. Job creation and strengthening our economy remain my top priorities and there is no doubt that this will be a major focus of our discussions and planning in Albany.
Last year, The Senate Majority closed a $10 billion budget deficit without raising taxes or fees and worked closely with Governor Andrew Cuomo to enact a two percent property tax cap and other economy strengthening building blocks. We need to do more in 2012.
Overburdened taxpayers in the Capital Region 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.