I was honored to have the opportunity to speak at the 44th annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Junior commemorative service at Beulah Baptist Church in Poughkeepsie. Dr. King's dream has not yet been fully realized. We must all participate in the fight for equality and justice for all. in New York we can start by raising the minimum wage and ensuring the highest possible quality education for all of our children, no matter where they live.
Our right to vote is one of the most sacred things that we have as Americans and New Yorkers. This Redistricting Amendment does nothing to help this right. In fact, it would add partisan rhetoric to our State Constitution and would disenfranchise thousands of New York State voters. Below is a photo of me explaining my "No" vote on the Amendment.
I had a wonderful time today at the NYSUT Legislative Luncheon. It is so important that we support our local schools. I am committed to reevaluating our educational system in order to make it as efficient as possible.
Dutchess ARC is a non-profit agency that has been serving children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families in Dutchess County since 1971. Michelle and I were delighted to attend their SnowBall this weekend. Pictured with me are Mark Metzger, Tom Frost, Aimee Vargas, Crys McCuin and Corinne Weber. Learn more about ARC at dutchess-arc.org.
Yesterday I met with members from the Workers Justice Center to discuss the difficulty of living on a minimum wage. I understand the need for an indexed increase and will make these people's voices heard on the Senate floor.
Yesterday afternoon, I hosted a press conference in the town of Putnam Valley on the need for the NYDOT to finally make good on a decade-old promise to build an overpass at Pudding Street and the Taconic State Parkway. With me are Assemblymember Stephen Katz, Putnam Valley Supervisor Robert Tendy, Putnam Valley Highway Superintendent Larry Cobb, Putnam Valley Central School District Superintendent Barbara Nuzzi, Putnam County Legislator Sam Oliverio, and A. Gerald Schramek from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department. Let's get this overpass built!
Family Services at the Family Partnership Center provides some of the most important programs in the City of Poughkeepsie and beyond. Collaboration is key, and Family Services embodies this concept with their tenant partners. The 18 diverse programs all share a common goal, and work together to help the neediest in our communities. I fully support their efforts and I look forward to helping the organization better our community.
It was a pleasure to meet with students from Putnam County on the Senate floor. With me are Genevieve Riccoboni, homeschooled student, Steven Youssef, Carmel High School student, Michael Martin, Mahopac High School student, Janeen Cunningham, Executive Director of the Putnam County Youth Bureau, and Diane Moore, Reality Check Coordinator, Putnam County Youth Bureau.