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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...


How secure is our homeland?

The debate rages at all levels, from the barbershop to the halls of Congress: How secure is our country from another terrorist attack? As a corollary, how prepared are our com... read more...


Calling all Purple Heart recipients

Athletes, actors and musicians have countless halls of fame and other venues to celebrate their accomplishments. In our area, we have the baseball, soccer and boxing halls of ... read more...


Targeting Medicaid fraud

It’s not in the news every day, but wherever you have vast amounts of government money, you’re going to see waste, fraud and abuse. Medicaid, the state’s program of health car... read more...


One for the road gets a trooper for a chaser

It’s unbelievable. In light of all of the public campaigns against drunken driving, people are still arrested each and every week for driving while intoxicated. Factor in an a... read more...


Consumer protection a key Albany issue

By Sen. James Seward Every year I receive letters from constituents concerned about some aspect of deception in marketing. Many of the concerns people express relate now to... read more...


Not so fast on granting bail

By Senator James Seward Hold it Judge Judy – not so fast on the bail for that guy! Let’s be more careful when deciding who should get bail. Too many violent crimes have be... read more...



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