Nearly 16,000 tires were eliminated from area yards and roadsides through State Senator Patty Ritchie’s free waste tire disposal events, held earlier this month in St. Lawrence and Oswego Counties.

The New York State Senate today gave final passage to legislation that would exempt many basic and necessary women’s items from being unfairly taxed. The bill (S7838), sponsored by Senator Susan Serino (R-C-I, Hyde Park), passed unanimously in the Senate and would exempt feminine hygiene feminine such as sanitary napkins, tampons, and panty liners from the New York’s sales and compensating use tax.

Sen. Valesky selected 1st Lt. Phyllis Mills Creamer as the 53rd Senate District's Veteran of the Year. 1st Lt. Mills was honored during a ceremony in Albany on May 24. She was born in Kane, Pennsylvania on August 29, 1921 and was one of seven children raised in Penn Yan, NY. A 1942 graduate of the Syracuse General School of Nursing she joined the Army Nurse Corps in December 1943 at Fort Dix, NJ. After completing basic training in Atlantic City, 2nd Lt.