I recently joined Senator Dean Skelos and other Senate leaders to unveil the “Taxpayer Empowerment Act” (TEA), a five-part program that addresses the root causes of New York’s fiscal and economic problems -- spending too much and taxing too much. This plan goes to the heart of the reasons that people, businesses and jobs are leaving New York for other states. The TEA will strictly limit taxes, spending and mandates and will increase accountability at the state and local levels.
New York State Senator Thomas P. Morahan joined Senator Dean Skelos and other Senate colleagues to push for legislation, supported by District Attorneys and concerned advocates throughout the State, that would fix a dangerous problem created by state legislators who voted to change the State’s drug laws as part of the 2009-10 state budget. Morahan voted against changing the State’s drug laws as well as the 2009-10 state budget.
Very recently it has come to my attention that more than 2,000 companies across the State - - including a number of businesses located in the lower Hudson Valley, could be retroactively lose their existing Empire Zone benefits under a drastic plan approved in the State Budget that I voted against. The plan is now being implemented by the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC).
I want to thank the representatives of mental health agencies and non-profit organizations in Orange and Rockland for participating in a recent forum on the “STEPS” program (Screening, Treatment, and Education to Promote Strength), a first-of-its-kind virtual mental health initiative for teens and their parents. Funded through a $500,000 state grant I was able to secure, New York University’s Christopher P.
I want to take this opportunity to recommend to families residing in Rockland and Orange Counties, as well as local school officials, that they make every effort to obtain and review a newly revised guide developed by the New York State Department of Health. Entitled, “Children with Diabetes: A Resource Guide for Families and School,” this timely guide is designed to assist families, school officials and others as they work together to care for children with diabetes and help prevent diabetes in children at ri
Hudson Valley State Senators today proposed a regional taskforce to summarize the current MTA services offered to Hudson Valley area residents in Dutchess, Orange, Putnam and Rockland Counties and make specific recommendations for key, specific, desired improvements to MTA service in the Hudson Valley.
The Governor’s State Budget took away your STAR Rebate Check. You and other homeowners in Rockland and Orange Counties depend on these checks to help pay your bills. I voted against the State Budget because it took away an average Basic STAR Rebate Check of $692.00 and an average Enhanced STAR Rebate Check of $705.00. The same State Budget raised taxes for you and other families an average of $2,400.00.
NYC Legislators are praising a deal on an MTA bailout. While they talk a lot about “One New York,” the reality is they always put New York City first.
Almost ten years ago suburban commuters were targeted with a commuter tax. New York City-oriented legislators at that time tried to ignore the fact everyone who works in New York contributes to the city treasury—directly, through sales taxes on purchases in the city, and indirectly, through a broad array of city taxes paid by the firms that employ commuters and profit from their productivity.