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Time is now for real reform

Recent events in Albany have sparked a new day of reform that will mean a great deal for the residents of New York state.  The changes came amidst a dramatic, historic week at... read more...


Keep drug dealers out of schools

Each day when parents send their children off to school they worry about many things.  Do they have their lunch?  Have they finished their homework?  Are they ready for their ... read more...


New year starts with new laws

Increasing safety on New York’s highways, assisting volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers in obtaining health insurance, expanding net metering allowances for wind/sola... read more...


Be concerned about meth

Do you know that the fastest-rising drug problem in the country is methamphetamines, or “meth” ? It is a highly addictive drug that destroys people’s lives. Meth labs – the s... read more...


Property tax still heart of the issue

I have received a volume of mail recently concerning rising assessments, community revaluations, and the effect of inflated home assessments in a down market. Many want to kno... read more...


In Albany: Sen. James Seward

New York’s economy needs help. You don’t need a degree in economics to know that our upstate economy lags the rest of the state and the rest of the nation. As the national eco... read more...


Senate passes state budget

April 1 means the traditional first day of trout season – and it also means time for a state budget. The state senate has already passed a $120.6 billion 2007-08 state budget... read more...


How to boost business growth

How does New York help businesses grow and prosper this new year and in the future? The best answer is lower taxes, workers' compensation rates and energy costs. However, the... read more...


New laws to save taxpayers money

Tax credits and reductions that will save New York families and businesses almost $1 billion, an increase in the minimum wage, and procedures to cut down on Medicaid fraud hig... read more...


A very destructive drug

It’s the fastest-rising drug problem in the country – the use of methamphetamines or “meth” – a highly addictive drug that destroys people’s lives. Meth labs – the secret loc... read more...


Eminent domain not so eminent

Property ownership is the bedrock of our Constitution and economic system. But we have seen a lot in the news about the concept of “eminent domain.” From the proposed NYRI pow... read more...


Reforming the legislative process

Reform, reform. It becomes everyone’s cry at this time of the year, and certainly there is always good reason to look anew at how state government can improve. Over the last t... read more...


Protecting children in government care

Countless children are in the web of government sponsored, supervised and supported placement programs. Some have been abandoned or taken from their homes, and it’s important ... read more...


Getting a handle on state debt

“He that goes a borrowing goes a sorrowing” is the old maxim. The book of Proverbs and Old Richard’s Almanack are full of cautionary statements about debt and borrowing at a p... read more...


Give cop killers what they deserve

The newspapers and media have been filled with reports of the manhunt for Ralph “Bucky” Phillips. He’s the prison escapee and career criminal now believed to have wounded two ... read more...



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