I want to take this opportunity to share with you a plan that my colleagues in the Senate Minority and I are supporting in the Senate that is designed to improve New York's business climate, reduce taxes, and create thousands of new jobs for workers across the State.
Last week I was appointed by the Senate Majority to Chair the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee, a post I held previously for a number of years. As I assume this role I am very well aware of a number of mental health priorities that need to be addressed in our state.
“As the immediate relief efforts are underway and ongoing in Haiti, it is my understanding that the Governor has instructed New York State to work with our federal officials and local officials on the ground to identify resource needs. Even as our resources are mobilized as quickly as possible, it will take hours -- and in many cases days -- to get all of our first-responders and resources on the ground in a safe and orderly manner.
Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson, today appointed two Republican Senators to major committee chairmanships. Senator Thomas P. Morahan (R-New City) was appointed Chairman of the Committee on Mental Health and Hygiene, and Senator George Maziarz (R-Newfane) was appointed Chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Telecommunications.
Some of the country's most significant Thanksgivings have come in years when gratitude wouldn't appear to come easy. And yet perhaps because of that it acquired a depth and strength that gave it added meaning and helped Americans weather their troubles and maintain this improbable but amazingly successful Union.
Senator Thomas P. Morahan joined several hundred enthusiastic participants at the recent Nyack Hospital 10K Run & 5K Walk, an event that raised funds for the hospital's Joint Replacement Center. "The Nyack Hospital staff, local sponsors and the community really came out in a big way to support their community hospital," said the Senator, who was invited to kick-off the event.
Senator Morahan along with Hudson Valley Delegation Co-Chair Jeffrey Klein hosted a bipartisan meeting to address MTA regional concerns with an emphasis placed on the payroll tax. New MTA Chairman Jay Walder joined the Senate Delegation to hear their concerns.