Increasing safety on New York’s highways, assisting volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers in obtaining health insurance, expanding net metering allowances for wind/solar generated power and detecting autism in children at an early age – these are just some of the goals of new laws scheduled to take effect in January 2009.
We are also facing difficult fiscal times, and many people are struggling to make ends meet. That’s why I am continuing to support property tax cuts that will assist families and businesses. I will also be working hard to promote a new job creation plan approved by the senate. This measure would provide tax credits tied to the creation of new jobs; would reduce unnecessary, costly and burdensome government regulations, provide tax credits and interest-free loans to students who stay in New York State, reform the Empire Zone program to make it more effective and accountable and encourage new investments in community revitalization.
One new law I was proud to author will make our rural highways safer. The Roadway Safety / Farm Equipment law directs the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, with the cooperation of the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Agriculture and Markets, and the Division of State Police, to develop and implement a public outreach campaign regarding roadway safety pertaining to farm tractors and farm equipment; establishes lighting requirements for such slow-moving vehicles that will apply from 1/2-hour before sunset to 1/2-hour after sunrise and during periods of low visibility.