It is unfortunate that the New Senate Majority rejected an amendment sponsored by the Senate Minority that would have reduced skyrocketing health care costs in New York, ensuring that affordable health coverage will continue to remain out of reach for many small businesses, New Yorkers and their families.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and I want to take this opportunity to raise awareness in Rockland and Orange Counties about child abuse and neglect, and encourage individuals and communities to support children and families. Reports of suspected child abuse or maltreatment should be made immediately -- at any time of the day and on any day of the week -- by telephone to the New York Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment (sometimes referred to as the State Central Register or SCR). The Child Abuse Hotline Number: 1-800-342-3720
I applaud the Governor for embracing the recommendation by Senate Republicans that he get rid of the tax and fee hikes in his budget. It’s a good start, but there is much more to be done.
The Republican conference opposed all of the Governor’s tax hikes when they were first proposed in December and we advised him to eliminate all of them when it became clear that federal stimulus money made the increases unnecessary.