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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...


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...


Senate budget features tax relief, school aid, local priorities

It is full steam ahead in Albany as work to complete an on-time state budget is fully underway. While meeting the April 1 deadline is important, it is even more vital that th... read more...


March is Red Cross month

March is American Red Cross Month, a time to recognize the efforts of the professionals and volunteers who constitute the caring and compassionate organization. Inspired by t... read more...


Fine-tuning the state budget

A number of important issues are under discussion in Albany and development of the state budget is at the top of the list. With just over a month to go before the April first... read more...


The future of farming

As our world evolves and technological advances propel us forward at lightning speed, one constant remains – agriculture. No matter how smart our cell phones become or how la... read more...


Rewriting our disaster playbook

Over the last several years, I have spent a great deal of time touring areas of my senate district to inspect flood damage. The devastation I have witnessed is tragic. Homes... read more...


Common Core changes needed

Whether you have a child or grandchild attending a New York State public school, are a teacher, or are simply a concerned citizen, you have no doubt heard of the controversy s... read more...


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...


The do’s and don’ts of charitable giving

America is a very compassionate nation – donating nearly $300 billion to charities last year. When someone is in need, it is in our nature to reach out and help. Thoughtful ... read more...



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