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E-Mail Newsletter – September 1, 2015

It's back to school for most elementary and secondary students this week and I wishing all a wonderful start for productive and exciting school year! Please remember to slow down for students who are walking, biking, or taking a bus. To promote a safe,...

E-Mail Newsletter – August 25, 2015

As part of Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie’s Upstate tour this summer, the Speaker joined both Assemblymember McDonald and I in a joint tour of the 108th and 109th districts last Thursday. Starting out in the 108th at the Cohoes Falls before venturing...

E-Mail Newsletter – August 4, 2015

As we move into the dog days of summer in August, there are a number of brief updates I wanted to share for you and your family. Citizen Preparedness Training. Gov. Cuomo will be hosting a Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program event on Tuesday,...

E-Mail Newsletter – July 21, 2015

It was an honor to join the Guilderland family of Lt. Col. Clark along with the family's friends, veterans, Senator George Amedore, Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy, and Guilderland Town Supervisor Kenneth Runion to commemorate the extraordinary...

E-Mail Newsletter – July 14, 2015

Tomorrow, Wednesday, July 15 at 2 p.m., you are invited to join us for a ceremony to honor Lieutenant Colonel Todd J. Clark at Guilderland Town Hall (5209 Western Turnpike, Guilderland). A portion of State Route 146 in the Town of Guilderland, Albany...

E-Mail Newsletter – July 9, 2015

Hope everyone had a wonderful Independence Day weekend. Here are a few updates from my office: Sexual assault legislation signed by Governor Cuomo. Proud to support the sexual assault legislation -- a good compromise, which I hope will go a long way...

E-Mail Newsletter – June 29, 2015

I join with others in applauding the Supreme Court’s decision on Marriage Equality and recognizing what New York State has known for the last several years: legalizing same sex marriage is a matter of justice. I am proud our nation has finally embraced...

E-Mail Newsletter – June 19, 2015

This week marks the scheduled end of the legislative session this year. Although many important ("big ugly") issues remain unresolved as of this newsletter, it is expected that both the Assembly and the Senate will reconvene in session next Tuesday in...

E-Mail Newsletter – June 15, 2015

These final days of session have been a whirlwind of passing critical, last minute legislation – including a number of bills I have sponsored and championed. Petroleum Storage Surety. I was joined by Assemblymember McDonald, Assemblymember Steck,...

E-Mail Newsletter – June 5, 2015

With now just two weeks left in this year’s legislative session, a wide variety of issues still remain well in flux – from housing, to the environment, to education, tax credits, and many important priorities – I continue to advocate on...

E-Mail Newsletter – June 3, 2015

In the past two weeks as we near the end of the legislative session, you may have heard of or received a robo-call or a direct mailer regarding my stance with the Education Tax Credit (ETC), a highly controversial tax credit proposal for private schools...

E-Mail Newsletter – May 21, 2015

Education legislation (A.7303-A) passed overwhelmingly earlier this week to provide more time to devise and implement a new teacher and principal evaluation system, to protect vital funding for our schools, and to ensure that state assessments are grade-level...

E-Mail Newsletter – May 14, 2015

With five weeks left of session, the pace of work in the Assembly has intensified in an effort to move legislation on a host of bills I have sponsored relating to economic development, environmental protection, and education. Readability levels of state...

E-Mail Newsletter – April 30, 2015

As reported in the Albany Times Union, the federal government has skipped the Capital Region in a list of “high-threat urban areas” that limits the speed of oil trains to no more than 40 mph – even though the Port of Albany has been nationally...

E-Mail Newsletter – April 17, 2015

With spring weather finally emerging after a long winter, there are a number of environmental-focused events and activities to coincide with Earth Day this month. Earlier this month, I noted that in this year’s 2015-2016 budget, the Environmental...

E-Mail Newsletter – April 10, 2015

The 2015-2016 enacted budget includes a host of increased funds and opportunities for residents, businesses, and schools in New York State. Agriculture, economic development, family and child assistance, and more have seen aid increases for this upcoming...

E-Mail Newsletter – April 3, 2015

Over the past few months, the Assembly was faced with the challenging task of negotiating a series of highly controversial education proposals tied to state education aid in the Governor’s budget with general support in State Senate. The budget passed...

E-Mail Newsletter – March 28, 2015

Passage of the state budget is expected to be on time next week though work continues this weekend on numerous unresolved and contentious issues. Some of these unresolved issues include ethics, education, public transit, the minimum wage and upstate economic...

E-Mail Newsletter – March 16, 2015

The Assembly's one-house 2015-16 Budget Resolution was passed last week and budget negotiations with the Senate and Governor begin in earnest this week with the goal of passing a final bill by April 1st. Highlights from the Assembly version include: Investing...

E-Mail Newsletter – March 1, 2015

The Legislature returned this week, wrapping up joint budget hearings and discussing the next steps with the budget. That being said, it’s been a busy week here in Albany and the rest of the 109th District. Here are a few highlights: Education...

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