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New laws by Heroin Task Force begin to take hold

From 2002 to 2012, the number of young adults across the state, ages 18 to 25, using heroin has more than doubled. Upstate, the treatment admissions involving heroin have gone... read more...


September is mold awareness month

September is Mold Awareness Month, a designation which has taken on added significance in recent years due to storm and flood damage so many people have experienced. Moisture... read more...


New tax relief measures

Taxes are one of the items cited on a regular basis as a major problem for New York State. That’s why tax relief is one of my top priorities – and several new measures are se... read more...


Getting down to business

Small businesses are among New York’s top employers and to keep them on top it is crucial that state government partner with these job creators. I am committed to advancing l... read more...


Foiling criminals who can prey on young children

Criminals can, at times, be extremely deviant. They look for a weakness and then do all they can to exploit that weakness. One specific group, children, is often seen as a t... read more...


Explore your local county fair

Summer is in full swing and one of the best ways to spend a day or night in upstate New York is enjoying some time at the local county fair. Young or old, there is nothing be... read more...


New York sails into summer boating season

With summer here and long warm days ahead many people will be headed out on our numerous bodies of water to enjoy a day of boating. Whether it is a lazy day on a sail boat, a... read more...


Helping every child succeed

Now that school is out and students, parents, teachers, and school officials have a brief break, I thought it would be a good time to update everyone on the significant steps ... read more...


Help for New York veterans, businesses

A number of stories have been written about high profile legislative proposals which were under the Albany microscope during the closing days of the 2014 legislative session. ... read more...


Keeping the college dream affordable

There are a number of reasons why a college education is valuable. It can increase earning power, open the door to new opportunities and help establish life-long connections ... read more...


Senate says thank you to veterans

The New York State Senate recently took time to honor World War II veterans by adopting a special resolution commemorating the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Norman... read more...


Heroin task force offers strategy to fight epidemic

Two months ago, I was named to the New York State Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction. The task force was established to study the alarming rise in use of ... read more...


Cracking down on sexual predators

April is National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. Each year, public campaigns presented by various organizations attempt to generate awareness about the horrif... read more...


Creating jobs for our military heroes

As a state senator, I have been afforded the great fortune to advance legislation to support the men and women who have served our country, protected our freedoms, and defende... read more...


Senate task force fighting heroin abuse

Turn on the radio news, pick up a newspaper, or watch the local television news and it won’t be long before you are hit with a story, or stories, detailing recent issues invol... read more...



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