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Ensuring care for our most vulnerable

There are many government agencies and departments in the State of New York that play a role in our daily lives. The New York State Police Department helps protect us, the Ne... read more...


Mold awareness

September is Mold Awareness Month, a designation which takes on added significance as so many people clean up after recent storm and flood damage. Moisture or water damage in... read more...


Go back to school safely

Summer will soon turn to fall and along with the change of season will come a change in lifestyle for our young people as school bells ring once again. For many students it i... read more...


Keep receiving STAR tax benefits

If you are a homeowner, you may have received a letter in the mail, or will be shortly, from the New York State Tax Department concerning STAR registration. While I can under... read more...


Credit card 101

Every fall, New York’s colleges and universities welcome thousands of incoming freshmen to their campuses. It’s a safe bet that many of them will leave school four years late... read more...


Remembering an American hero

I was extremely honored to take part recently in a very patriotic and moving funeral service as a World War II airman from was laid to rest. Sgt. Dominick J. Licari joined th... read more...


Facts about asthma

As the summer months begin to fade away and the back to school season approaches, many children will be ramping up their level of physical activity. Some may be returning to ... 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...


Improved disaster response playbook needed

A number of communities throughout my district are continuing to clean-up following devastating flooding that occurred in late June and early July. It is, unfortunately, a st... read more...


Stay afloat on New York’s waterways

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...


Farming on Albany agenda

New York is always changing, but one thing remains constant – our agricultural past continues to play a significant role in the state’s future. With that in mind, I was pleas... read more...


Legislative session delivers on multiple fronts

With the 2013 legislative session now complete, I am pleased to say that the priorities of those who live and work in the 51st Senate District were strongly reflected in the a... read more...


Benefits are for necessities

Legislation recently adopted by the New York State Senate entitled the “Public Assistance Integrity Act” would serve as a real deterrent in the fight against welfare fraud. L... read more...


Senate advances public safety measures

Measures aimed at improving public safety, protecting vulnerable individuals, and punishing convicted criminals have received senate approval in recent days. Among the measur... read more...


Veterans Hall of Fame highlights the best of the best

As the New York State Senate takes up a number of vital issues over the closing weeks of the 2013 legislative session there is still some time to break from the daily debate a... read more...



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