2012 Legislative Session Survey

 

    Dear Friend,


    The 2012 New York State Legislative Session is fast approaching. Job creation and strengthening our economy remain my top priorities and there is no doubt that this will be a major focus of  our discussions and planning in Albany.


     Last year, The Senate Majority  closed a $10 billion budget deficit without raising taxes or fees and worked closely with Governor Andrew Cuomo to enact a two percent property tax cap and other economy strengthening building blocks. We need to do more in 2012.


    Next year,  the State’s budget deficit is expected to be more than $2 billion dollars – far less than last year’s shortfall,  but like countless families across New York State our government will have to tighten its belt, reduce spending and find creative new ways to deliver essential services without hurting those most in need.


    I have always found that the most important and effective tool in planning my legislative agenda is direct input from my constituents. I would like to know what issues are most important to you and your family in the year ahead.  Please share with me your thoughts, ideas and issues of concern that you think the State Legislature should focus on in 2012.


    I look forward to hearing from you and thank you for taking the time to share your opinions.  Working together we can ensure that the voices of Long Island residents and the unique concerns facing our region are advanced in the State Legislature. 

    Reduce government spending
    Lower taxes
    Consolidation of services (school districts/government)
    Increase education spending
    Decrease education spending
    Eliminate the MTA Payroll Tax
    Crime and quality of life
    Paying for college/higher education
    Access to health care
    Environment