Earlier this month I attended Governor Cuomo's State of the State address in Albany to kick off the 2014 legislative session. I am encouraged to hear the Governor finally address property tax relief which is sorely needed in the Hudson Valley. I also had a chance to sit down and speak with New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio and create a strong working partnership moving forward.
In the next few weeks I look forward to focusing on innovative ways we can make sure residents throughout the Hudson Valley can afford to stay in New York.
For more information on my attendance at the State of the State check out this video featuring my colleagues and I talking about our reaction to Governor Cuomo's speech.
My colleagues and I were also interviewed by the Journal News Editorial Board about our Affordable New York plans this session.
Making Sure Child Care is Safe and Affordable
Rockland Community College- My son Jack made his debut to talk about the importance of increasing child care subsidies in New York State by $200 million dollars.
Almost half of the families in Rockland County could qualify for one of the two subsidies my colleagues Senator Diane Savino and Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein are proposing.
If were serious about keeping New York affordable we need to focus on the rising costs of day care.
Securing Critical Education Funding
Suffern- Very happy to announce last week with Superintendent Dr. Klein and Principal Alfonso of Pomona Middle School that the East Ramapo School District and specifically Pomona Middle School has been awarded a grant provided through the state’s new community schools initiative.
The competitive grant program is a way to help struggling communities provide additional services for children and their families through school districts. Pomona Middle School was awarded the maximum grant, $500,000 which will be distributed over three years in phases with strict oversight.
East Ramapo School District as a whole will also receive a grant of over $350,000 which will create 150 full day pre-k slots and 100 half day slots and will be implemented as soon as possible with state oversight.
Protecting our Student's Data
Nyack- We need to make sure parents have the power to decide what happens to their child's sensitive data. Together with PTA members from around my district, educators and the AP Government Class at Nyack High School we supported a piece of legislation that promises to do just that.
Recently the Department of Education has announced they will be delaying the uploading of more data to inBloom until the Spring.
Check out the Journal News coverage here.
Affording Your Commute
Nyack- Together with Mayor of Nyack Jen White, John Cortlett of AAA and Mike Hekker, owner of the Nyack River Club, we announced a Commuter Tax Credit for the upcoming legislative session. Commuters are the life force of our communities and small businesses.
We need to make sure they can afford to get to work while not breaking the bank. This session we are proposing a $250 annual tax credit to any commuter throughout New York State. For more information check out last weeks Journal News.Cutting Red Tape and Supporting Small Business
Albany- Small businesses are the heart and soul of New York's economy and the driving force behind job creation in every corner of our state. By working together in a bipartisan fashion, my colleagues and I have identified ways to make doing business in our state easier and create a more competitive and rewarding economic climate.
We are proposing to cut nearly 2000 burdensome regulations state wide. Click here to watch a video of my thoughts after the press conference in Albany on Monday.
For the first time ever I will be hosting my on radio show on Radio Rockland WRCR AM1300, the Capitol Report, focused on giving listeners an up close look at happenings in our State Capitol and around the County.
Remember to tune in every third of the month directly after the Steve and Meredith Morning show or live stream here.