Al Graf's 2017 Survey

May 2, 2017

Dear Neighbor,

Each year I put out a survey to get comments from people in our community about the issues facing our state. Your input is vital for me to effectively represent you in Albany. Every year we get a bigger response and your answers and comments are invaluable. I look forward to your responses.

Respectfully,
Assemblyman Al Graf

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Education
1.
Parents are opting their children out of the Common Core tests in large numbers. This represents parents’ and educators’ concerns that the tests are not developmentally appropriate. The tests are also ignoring the individualized education plans for children with learning disabilities. Thoughts?
2.
Some children who have successfully completed twelve years of school but were unable to pass three Regents exams are receiving certificates and not diplomas, making it virtually impossible for them to get a job. Do you believe that a student who successfully completes all their course work should receive a diploma? Thoughts?
3.
Do you believe that the state is too focused on college readiness to the detriment of students who would prefer to enter the trades? Thoughts?
4.
Do you believe that schools should offer more vocational programs? (auto mechanics, culinary classes, computer advertising, cosmetology, carpentry, electrician training) Thoughts?
Social Issues
1.
The State Budget rejected funding Recovery High Schools for teens suffering from heroin addiction. What are your thoughts on this proposal?
2.
Do you believe that parents and family members should be allowed to go to court to force their children or loved ones into treatment for opioid addiction? Thoughts?
3.
In this year’s budget, the Governor proposed free college tuition for those earning $125,000 or less. There are many strings attached. Do you believe that this tuition will be free?
Law Enforcement
1.
The Governor pushed raising the age of criminal responsibility and targeting crimes that could go to family court in this year’s budget. Some of these crimes include violent crimes and sex offenses. Do you agree with the Governor?
(Select one)

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No
2.
Many bills are coming through the state Legislature that will limit the authority of the police and hamper their ability to investigate crimes. Do you believe that the state is doing enough to support our police?
(Select one)

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No
3.
The Governor has expressed his concern pertaining to the heroin epidemic, do you believe the state is doing enough? What suggestions would you offer?
(Select one)

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No
4.
The Governor proposed creating a sanctuary state in New York. He proposed to use taxpayer money to pay for the legal defense of illegal immigrants who have committed crimes. What are your thoughts?