Thanks for visiting my campaign website. It’s an honor to represent the people of the City of Binghamton and the Towns of Union and Vestal. I’ve worked hard to make a positive difference in Albany and right here at home. I remain deeply committed to public service that improves lives and communities. As always, I appreciate your continued support.
Working collaboratively with the Governor and my colleagues in the Assembly and Senate, quite a lot was accomplished during this year’s legislative session. We passed an on-time, balanced budget with no new taxes, fees, or gimmicks, and set the state on a sounder financial course. We reduced spending, cut taxes for more than 4 million middle-class New Yorkers, and approved $50 million in additional relief for areas devastated by recent floods.
Major initiatives were approved to protect people with special needs from abuse, protect victims of domestic violence and cyber bullying; and to inform people when their waterways have been contaminated with sewage pollution. We established the most comprehensive DNA data bank in the country and created a system to catch prescription drug abusers.
Unfortunately, a number of measures that I voted for in the Assembly became stalled in the Senate, including raising the minimum wage, campaign finance reform, and allowing the medical use of marijuana. They also did not pass a bill that would have authorized a study of the health effects of hydraulic hydrofracturing for natural gas.
While the tax cap provided a needed break for taxpayers, I remain deeply concerned about the lack of comprehensive and meaningful mandate relief for our schools and municipalities. That will continue to be a major focus next year, along with restructuring the school aid formula so that upstate districts receive a fairer share.
It’s been an exciting year for me. I’m serving in a number of leadership roles including: Chair of the Legislative Commission on Science and Technology, Vice-Chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus, and Co-Chair of the Legislative Aviation Caucus. I was also chosen to serve as a member of DEC’s Hydraulic Fracturing Advisory Panel, and am on several technology related work groups affiliated with our Economic Development Council.
Now that the session in Albany has concluded, I’ll be turning my attention to local matters, and to running for re-election. I expect a spirited campaign and look forward to discussing issue aimed reviewing my accomplishments in the days ahead. I hope I can count on your support.
Member of Assembly