Public financing of political campaigns is on the Governor’s agenda this year. Cuomo said in his State of the State address in January, the state should mimic what New York City has done and publicly fund campaigns. In this column, I want to outline for you why I believe publicly financing campaigns is a bad idea.
In order to allow for additional time to examine further the potential public health risks and environmental safety concerns associated with the new natural gas drilling techniques proposed for the state including high-volume hydraulic fracturing, Assembly Bill Magnarelli announced the Assembly passed legislation that would delay the Department of Environmental Conservation’s issuance of certain new natural gas drilling permits in New York until May 15, 2015 (A.5424-A).
On Feb. 28, there was a gun rally in Albany. There was an estimated 10,000 people who attended from across the state.
The Governor has set forth his Economic Development plan in his proposed 2013 budget. While there are some ideas that I can support, overall our state would benefit from policies that are fair to all businesses.
As Chairman of the New York State Senate Finance Committee, I am currently in the midst of the budget process. Under the Budget Reform Act of 2007, the State Legislature is required to follow a strict schedule, in order to enact a budget by April 1, 2013.
The Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, is on its way to becoming policy.
Last week was the annual drawing of the battle lines called the State of the Union Address presented by President Obama with rebuttals from Senators Rubio and Paul.
There are two initiatives I want to highlight this week. Both would reform the public assistance benefits system and reinstate integrity for everyone's sake. The first one concerns purchases made with electronic benefits cards (EBT cards).
This week I wanted to share with you my thoughts on a few different items of interest happening in Albany.
The Governor proposed his executive budget on Jan. 22. Overall, it was a status quo budget that did not contain a lot of surprises.
There was a full house at last Wednesday’s public hearing regarding a proposed extension to the Lysander Fire District into the Smokey Hollow and Northern fire protection districts in Lysander and Van Buren, respectively.
Van Buren, Lysander to hold joint session at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Van Buren town hall.
What does our NYS Assemblyman Will Barclay do for his $75,000+ salary?
Residents interested in learning more about the possible impact of hydrofracking in greater Baldwinsville are invited to attend the next meeting of the Van Buren board.
The manner in which fire protection services are provided to many greater Baldwinsville residents may soon change.