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Let Full Legislature Decide on Education Proposals Outside of Budget

The second biggest budget item in the state budget is education, which is right behind healthcare. Last year, the state spent $22.3 billion on education. In 2012, combined with the local and federal share of education, New Yorkers spent $58.4...

February 23, 2015
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Vaccines Important to Public Health

There have been a number of national and local news stories reporting on the increased cases of measles. The cases have primarily been located in California. However, nationally, the number of cases of measles in the U.S. grew to 635 in 2014—more...

February 17, 2015
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New Health Tax Included In Budget; Debate Over Ethics Needs To Be Had

We have heard a lot from the Governor’s office about the success of New York’s Health Exchange. The exchange was set up pursuant to ObamaCare which mandates that all Americans obtain health insurance. The exchanges, which are either set up by...

February 9, 2015
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New Speaker Elected; Reforms Still Need to be a Priority

Assemblyman Will Barclay (R,C,I--Pulaski) released the following statement today after a new Speaker, Carl Heastie, a Bronx lawmaker, was elected to the position by the Assembly Majority today at 11 a.m. This is the first time a new Speaker has...

February 3, 2015
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With New Speaker Comes Opportunity for Meaningful Reform

It is a tumultuous time in the New York State Assembly. Long-time serving Speaker of the Assembly, Sheldon Silver, has been arrested for public corruption. After initially standing by Silver, claiming, amazingly, that his arrest will not be a...

February 2, 2015
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