The Mohawk Valley Nine, a bipartisan coalition of state legislators representing Herkimer, Madison and Oneida counties, held its initial caucus meeting today.  Styled in the fashion of other regional caucuses, the Mohawk Valley Nine pledged to work together to address issues within their overlapping districts.

Senator Jim Tedisco (R,C,I,REF-Glenville) today welcomed the Perth Bible Christian Academy to the New York State Capitol and met with Pastor Mark Appell, Pastor Craig Jones and several students.  The Senator talked with the students about the legislative process and the importance of our constitution and the unalienable, God-given rights contained in that document.

Senator Jim Tedisco (R,C,I, REF-Glenville) today honored the New York State Public High School Athletic Association 170-Pound Division 1 State Wrestling Champion Tyler Barnes, a junior at Ballston Spa High School, and presented him with a copy of a resolution he sponsored that unanimously passed the New York State Senate. 

New York State Senator Jim Tedisco (R,C,I,REF-Glenville) today announced that he and his Senate Majority colleagues will be including $45 million in the Senate version of the state budget to help increase salaries for direct care workers who provide compassionate care to some of New York’s most vulnerable populations, including people with developmental disabilities.

Senator Serrano has introduced legislation (S3508) which would increase the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) from 5 to 15 percent. The EITC is a refundable tax credit for low to moderate income working individuals designed to incentivize employment by offsetting federal, state and city taxes. The EITC has proven to help reduce poverty, promote employment, and ensure families can pay their bills. Approximately 20% of New Yorkers currently claim the EITC. By tripling the EITC we can help millions of New Yorkers keep up with the ever-increasing cost of living facing our city.

During the month of February, Senator Serrano’s off-site constituent hours focused on the importance of healthy relationships. Constituents were taught how to identify abusive behaviors and encouraged to seek help if needed. By partnering with organizations such as NYC Healthy Relationships Training Academy and The Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence, participants were able to receive information on important resources available to them in our city.

Senator José M. Serrano and Congressman José E. Serrano hosted their annual Black History Month Celebration at Hostos Community College. Attendants enjoyed live music, delicious food, and an award ceremony that honored those who paved the way for equality throughout their professional and personal lives. This year the esteemed honorees were New York City Public Advocate Letitia James, Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark, Renaissance Youth Center CEO Bervin Harris, and community leader Naimah Bilal.

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