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.
Today, eighty years ago Hyde Park resident Franklin Roosevelt delivered his first Inaugural address. Recently I toured the late President's home. As a State Senator and public servant, I am inspired by the work of the Roosevelts to do my best for the people of New York. That is why I have sponsored legislation that I know will carry forth the legacy of the Roosevelts.
The National FFA Organization (formerly Future Farmers of America) envisions a future in which all agricultural education students will discover their passion in life and build on that insight to chart the course for their educations, career and personal future. As a member of the Agriculture Committee it was a pleasure to meet with representatives from the organization.
Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson helps homeowners prevent foreclosures and evictions. The Senator met with Jonathan Bix, Spencer Resnick, Carolyn Phillips and Darrett Roberts about their organization earlier today. For more info: http://nobodyleavesmidhudson.org/
Turned out to be a beautiful morning at Walkway over the Hudson, one of NYS's most beautiful state parks... a great venue for the International Women's Day event. Across the world, and even in our own communities, women still do not have full equality. I'm working to change that.
Press conference today: Asking to provide adequate funding for the Community Mental Health Reinvestment Act, Senators Tkaczyk, Krueger and Gipson appeared with Douglas Cooper, Executive Director of the Association for Community Living; Page Pierce, Executive Director of Families Together in New York State; and Harvey Rosenthal, Executive Director of the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services.
The Senator recently attended the Abilities First Annual Gala. The following awards were presented: Business of the Year(Applebee's), Community Service Award (Odyssey Church), and Participant of the Year (Bruce Bogart).
Another photo from the recent Abilities First Gala. The Senator is pictured with Marc Labo of Applebee's; Pastor Mark Mast and Pastor Steve Danbra, of Odyssey, A Mission of the Hopewell Reformed Church; and Bruce Bogart, Residential Program, Abilities First, Inc.
Thank you Minority Leader Barbara Jeter-Jackson, Legislature Rich Perkins, Correction Administrator Lt Col. George Krom, JR. and CO Lilian Gonzalez for joining me on my tour of the Duchess County Jail, and Sheriff Anderson for meeting with me, so I can best serve the facility, its employees and the county.
I was pleased to stop by the Howland Public Library Awards honoring Rick Price, Maureen Darcy, Rhonda Johnson, Marcia Lumia, and Karen Sovik. Thank you for your dedication. I remain committed to supporting our public libraries.