New Year's Eve has always been a time for reflection and, more importantly, looking forward to the coming year and a time to think about the changes we want to make and resolve to follow through on those changes.
The tradition of New Year's Resolutions goes all the way back to 153 B.C. The Romans named the first month of the year after Janus, the god of beginnings and guardian of doors and entrances. Janus was always depicted with two faces, one on the front of his head and one on the back. Thus he could look backward and forward at the same time. At midnight on December 31, the Romans imagined Janus looking back at the old year and forward to the new.
BE IT RESOLVED - that the Legislature thoroughly examine all proposals designed to reduce spending and protect the taxpayer from any new or increased fees and taxes.
BE IT RESOLVED - that we move to adopt a school property tax and state spending cap, restore the STAR rebate check, and eliminate the MTA tax to help relieve the tax burden for our residents and business owners.
BE IT RESOLVED - that we address people’s health needs and ensure access to quality medical care.
BE IT RESOLVED - that we continue to support higher education and ensure students have access to higher education opportunities as a valuable way to achieve their dreams.
BE IT RESOLVED - that we expand our economy through our higher education and health care institutions.
BE IT RESOLVED - that the incubators at Stony Brook and Calverton, the Center of Excellence in Wireless Technologies, and the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center will help keep us on the cutting edge of emerging technologies and create new jobs.
BE IT RESOLVED - that we continue to invest in green technologies and alternative energy research to preserve our environment and protect the quality of life for the people of this state.
And, finally, BE IT RESOLVED that 2011 bring prosperity, peace, health and happiness to the people of the First Senatorial District.