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Authority reform

While the debate over the state budget was rightfully grabbing headlines over the past few weeks, other pieces of important legislation were also discussed and voted on in Alb... read more...


‘Tis the season for safe shopping

While shopping our local main streets is still one of the best ways to get in the holiday spirit and at the same time help spark the local economy, shopping online has also be... read more...


Proper protection needed before drilling

The clock is ticking on the public comment period for those interested in registering their thoughts on revised natural gas drilling regulations. The topic has understandabl... read more...


Farmers being forced out of business

In our ever evolving world, one thing has not changed: farming remains the number one industry in New York state.  Despite that fact, many of our hard working farmers are bein... read more...


Seward calls for oversight of stimulus funds

A couple of months ago I made a plea for genuine oversight of the federal stimulus dollars flowing into our state.  While the governor’s office did enact a few minor measures,... read more...


Impasse ends with key reforms

I am pleased to announce that after a brief hiatus, the new and improved New York State Senate is back in business. Admittedly the Albany impasse lasted a bit longer than I ha... 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...


Failures of the new leadership

After three weeks of inactivity, high theater and political dueling, the state senate has finally resumed the people’s business.  By the time you read this, many important bil... read more...


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...



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