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A time to give thanks

While I typically devote my weekly column to the work of state government and the efforts of the New York State Senate to propose, craft and pass laws that would improve our l... read more...


State corrections officers needed

As young people consider their futures, some may want to think about working for New York State in various positions of law enforcement and correctional services. The state p... read more...


A time to honor our veterans

On Veterans Day, Americans should pause and reflect on the sacrifices made by our veterans. Whether combat veterans or Cold War veterans, all who served need to be given prop... read more...


Breast cancer awareness month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an ideal time to remind women to get mammograms. It is also a perfect time to highlight a valuable resource available in New York – ... read more...


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...



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