Legislative Session A Victory For Assembly And District Residents
June 28, 2006
Over the course of the 2006 legislative session, my Assembly minority colleagues and I spent countless hours working to meet the needs and concerns of our local residents. The many successes of this year’s session, however, made it all worth it. I believe our efforts helped us enact a number of measures that will benefit the residents of the 128th Assembly District and all New Yorkers. We passed an on-time state budget, provided much-needed property tax relief to overburdened homeowners and enacted measures further protecting our children and families from criminals who threaten our safety. Here are some of the specific noteworthy measures I helped advance in the Assembly during this year’s legislative session.
- Creating the Office of Medicaid Inspector General to help eliminate fraud, waste and abuse in the Medicaid program and save taxpayers billions of dollars.
- Expanding the state DNA database to require samples from individuals convicted of all felonies and specific, more serious misdemeanors, such as menacing, stalking and endangering the welfare of a child. This will more than triple the size of the DNA database in New York.
- Eliminating the statute of limitations on all Class B violent felony sex offenses, such as first-degree rape.
- Creating the crime of aggravated DWI for anyone convicted of driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.18 or more.
- Capping the state sales tax on gasoline.
- Strengthening Megan’s Law to increase the length of time that information about convicted sex offenders must remain on the state Sex Offender Registry.
- Enacting a $330 per-child Empire State Child Tax Credit.
- Increasing aid for libraries to record levels and providing more money for library construction.
- Eliminating the state sales tax on clothing and footwear costing $110 or less.
- Securing Local Property Tax Rebate Program checks equal to 30% of a homeowner’s STAR savings.