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NYSUT Legislative Luncheon

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.

July 24, 2013
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Local Government Budget Hearing

Yesterday I attended my first Local Governments budget hearing.

July 24, 2013
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Dutchess ARC's Snowball event

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.

July 24, 2013
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Meeting with members from the Workers Justice Center

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.

July 24, 2013
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Urging NYDOT to build an overpass at Pudding Street and the Taconic State Parkway

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!

July 24, 2013
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Naturalization Ceremony at the Family Partnership Center

Congratulating our newest citizens at the naturalization ceremony at the Family Partnership Center in Poughkeepsie this afternoon. Inspiring!

July 24, 2013
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Panel discussion on fracking

Questioning DEC about fracking now. 

July 24, 2013
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Family Services at the Family Partnership Center

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.

July 24, 2013
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Meeting with students on the Senate floor

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.

July 24, 2013
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Reopening of the Bull and Buddha restaurant

Revitalizing Poughkeepsie is a top priority of mine. We need more business owners like John Hooper and Andy Arkun to get the job done. I was pleased to help them cut the ribbon at the re-opening of the Bull and Buddha restaurant. Best of Luck!

July 24, 2013
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Press Conference with Senator Schumer to discuss shared concerns about the sale of Central Hudson to Fortis

I am concerned about the proposed sale of Central Hudson to a Canadian electric company. So is Senator Schumer. Today we met in Poughkeepsie and held a press conference to express those concerns. We will want to keep an eye on the regulatory agencies to make sure they look after the people here in the Hudson Valley.

July 24, 2013
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Nubian Directions II Community Technology Resource Center

After visiting with the staff and the wonderful students at the Nubian Directions II Community Technology Resource Center, New Directions Youth Build Partnership, it is clear that investing in our youth is essential to ensuring a bright future for the City of Poughkeepsie and the entire Hudson Valley.

July 24, 2013
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Dutchess County Tourism and Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation

The Hudson Valley is one of the best places on Earth to live and work. I am committed to helping others see firsthand all that we have to offer. To that end, I met with Mary Kay Vrba, Director of Dutchess County Tourism and Catherine Maloney, President and CEO of Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation to discuss bringing more people to the Hudson Valley to enjoy our riches.

July 24, 2013
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The Dyson Center for Cancer Care at Vassar Brothers Medical Center

The Dyson Center for Cancer Care at Vassar Brothers Medical Center is dedicated to quality care. Through prevention, screening, diagnosis, and treatment, they offer state-of-the art services, caring and hope for those effected by cancer.

July 24, 2013
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The Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse

The Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse provides a variety of programs and services designed to address the many causes of child abuse before it occurs. At our meeting Kathleen Murphy Executive Director of The Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse and many others who work at the center discussed the programs that the facility offers to protect our youth. Each year, they serve more than 15,000 abused and at-risk children and provide support and education services to more than 3,000 adults. Currently they are looking to expand to a larger building and they are in the process of a major capital campaign.

July 24, 2013
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Christmas in February at Castle Point Veterans Hospital

We can never do enough to pay back our veterans. A big thanks to John Flowers and all the volunteers who made today's Christmas in February event at Castle Point Veterans Hospital such a success. As a member of the Veterans Committee I look forward to helping our veterans and making sure that we give back to them.

July 24, 2013
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Honoring Volunteer fire Fighters and Emergency Rescue Personnel

Heroism in their daily deeds, that's what our volunteer fire fighters and emergency rescue personnel do. Whether they are in the right place at the right time, return to an emergency after their regular shift is through, or have to tell their families they'll be back as soon as they can, these selfless men and women deserve our gratitude and support. I was please to be able to share my appreciation at the Roosevelt Fire Company's dinner on Saturday night, with folks like Commissioner Ed Desmond and Chief Dan Nichols.

July 24, 2013
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The Revitalization of the City of Poughkeepsie

The revitalization of the City of Poughkeepsie is one of my top priorities. I am optimistic about its future and am looking forward to finding new creative ways to help turn the city around. I had a productive conversation about the future of the city with Stephen Hengst and Patrick Decker from Big Gay Hudson Valley.

July 24, 2013
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The Mediation Center of Dutchess County

The Mediation Center of Dutchess County offers mediations on a wide range of issues.

July 24, 2013
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At NYS Capitol in Albany ensuring that the minimum wage standard is in line with reality

People who work full time for the minimum wage should not live under the poverty level. We must ensure that the minimum wage standard is in line with reality. An increase to $9 will help businesses across New York because it will put more money in people's pockets.

July 24, 2013
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