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.
While each of these measures was extremely important, I was disappointed that we could not come to agreement on significant reform of the worker’ compensation system nor were we able to enact important civil confinement of sexual predators legislation in our state. I know that these and other issues must also be addressed by the legislature before we can call it a truly successful year.
Please know that I always have taken, and will continue to take, your thoughts and concerns very seriously. If you have questions, comments or concerns you would like to discuss with me, do not hesitate to contact me in my district office by calling (315) 946-5166.