New York State Senator Jim Tedisco (R,C,I,REF-Glenville) today was appointed as a new member of the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction by Senate Majority Leader John J. Flanagan.

The Task Force is charged with holding forums, consulting with law enforcement, health and addiction experts, recovering addicts, and families affected by heroin and opioid addiction and then making recommendations on legislation and best practices for New York State to deal with this health and public safety epidemic.

Senator Jim Tedisco (R,C,I,REF-Glenville), Senator George Amedore (R,C,I-Rotterdam), Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara (D-Rotterdam) and Senator Phil Boyle (R,C,I-Suffolk County) today joined with family members of two murdered dogs, law enforcement and animal advocates to make a major announcement on bi-partisan support for “Kirby & Quigley’s Law” to protect pets and people.

Senate Finance Committee Chair Catharine M. Young and Assembly Ways and Means Committee Chair Herman D. Farrell, Jr. have announced the Joint Legislative Hearing Schedule on the 2017-2018 Executive Budget proposal.

Senator Jim Tedisco chaired his first committee meeting today in the Senate, the Social Services Committee. The Committee passed legislation that will now move to the Floor of the Senate a very important public safety measure to protect children sponsored by Senator Betty Little, "Kayleigh Mae’s Law." This bill is named for Kayleigh Mae Cassell of Kingsbury, NY, a 13-month old little girl who was found dead in her Kingsbury home in 2015. She had been badly abused, and then somehow drugged with cocaine and heroin.

Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) recently announced Senate passage of legislation to enact into law a permanent cap on state spending that maintains fiscal responsibility and keeps saving taxpayers more of their hard-earned money.  The bill (S365), sponsored by Senator Joseph Robach (56th Senate District) would limit state spending and continues the progress made by a self-imposed spending cap that has already saved taxpayers a cumulative $31 billion since the 2010-11 budget.