eNews: December 2021

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Dear e-News Reader: I hope you were able to enjoy the holidays; I’m still looking forward to getting back to the way things used to be where I can see more family and friends. Here’s hoping for a happy and healthy new year. We have a lot of challenges ahead of us, but I’m convinced that the more we work … Read More

eNews: November 2021

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Dear e-News Reader: I hope that you had a Happy Thanksgiving and will have a safe and healthy holiday season. If you would like to sign up for your booster shot, visit: https://www.vaccines.gov/search/. I am currently getting ready for the legislative session to begin in January where we will have many important issues to tackle. As always, my office is open … Read More

eNews: October 2021

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Ballot Proposals There are 5 statewide ballot propositions up for consideration this year. Below is a summary of each one: PROP 1: Makes changes to NY’s redistricting process including speeding up the process in which we receive final draft maps, capping the number of State Senators at 63, increasing the vote threshold to pass draft maps when one party controls … Read More

eNews: September 2021

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Broome County COVID-19 Updates As we head into the colder months, COVID cases and hospitalizations have been steadily creeping back up due in part to the Delta variant. As of 9/23, Broome County had 723 active cases including 121 new cases and 44 hospitalizations. The overwhelming majority of these cases are those who are unvaccinated. While other parts of the … Read More

eNews: August 2021

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Dear e-News Reader: It’s hard to believe that August is over and Fall is right around the corner. The Summer had it’s challenges, but there were also many bright spots. I’m glad to live in a community where people stayed safe while attending the many outdoor events, farmers markets and other activities that were available. I also wanted to provide … Read More

eNews: July 2021

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1. Gloria Poff Remembered Gloria Poff, my Chief of Staff, passed away on Saturday, July 24th after a brief illness. We lost our guide, our problem-solver, cherished co-worker and dearest friend. For over 14 years of dedicated service, she made a positive difference in the lives of so many. Gloria provided assistance to thousands of constituents, local businesses, municipalities, and … Read More

eNews: June 2021

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1. Legislative Session Wrap-Up The end of the legislative session tends to be a sprint as many bills are finalized. Each year, I try to strike a balance, providing a critically important Upstate perspective. I often hear from constituents who want to know what I was able to accomplish. What’s often missing from view is the damage that was prevented, … Read More

eNews: May 2021

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1. COVID NUMBERS IMPROVING; RESTRICTIONS LOOSENING: We’ve been making real progress in reducing the spread of COVID-19 with the Southern Tier leading the way with the number of people vaccinated. Appointments for vaccines are easy to get, and walk-ins are being taken at state-run vaccination sites. To everyone’s credit, the number of new COVID cases in Broome County is declining, … Read More

eNews: April 2021

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1. BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS: Due to better than expected revenues and aid from the federal government, we were able to invest in New York’s recovery with measures such as further phasing in a middle-class income tax cut, a $2.4 billion fund for rent and mortgage relief, and $1 billion for a Small Business Recovery Fund. We were also able to make … Read More

Agriculture Chairs Secure Record Funding for New York Agriculture in FY 2022 State Budget

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ALBANY, NY – Record levels of funding for agriculture are included in the New York State Budget, finalized by the Legislature on Wednesday. The two Agriculture Chairs in the State Legislature, Senator Michelle Hinchey and Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo worked to successfully secure $8 million over the Executive’s original proposal for a total appropriation of over $35 million. This funding will … Read More