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.

Senator Jim Tedisco (R,C,I,REF-Glenville) had pleasure of meeting with 5th graders from Malta Avenue Elementary School in Ballston Spa and thanked 5th grade teachers Kathy Constantine, Jean Hoins and Sarah Burr and all the parents and students who visited and toured the Capitol. He said one of the services he is proud to offer is hosting school tours of the state Capitol. If you or your school would like a tour of the Capital, please call (518) 455-2181 for information.

Senator Jim Tedisco today met with representatives from the Southern Adirondack Library System and the Mohawk Valley Library System who support libraries in the 49th State Senate District. As a former educator, Senator Tedisco said he is honored to follow former Senator Hugh Farley's footsteps as a member of the Senate Select Committee on Libraries.

Senator Jim Tedisco (R,C,I,REF-Glenville) joined with the members of the Fulton County Board of Supervisors and many other local officials and business leaders from Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer and Saratoga Counties to officially open and cut the ribbon for his new regional office located in Room B2 of the Fulton County Office Building in Johnstown.