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Chair, Ways and Means Committee
Dear Neighbor, Welcome to my Web site. This is the place where I will post information about our community which may be of interest to you, fill you in on the latest goings-on at the State Capitol in Albany, and tell you about other things that are occurring across our state. Please feel free to look around this site and make yourself at home here. The telephone numbers of my offices, as well as my personal e-mail address, are on this site as well and I look forward to hearing from you. To those of you whom I have not yet had the good fortune to meet, I was born in Harlem Hospital and grew up about 20 blocks from where I now live, at 160th Street and Riverside Drive. I have represented my community for many years and during that time I have worked hard to make this a place where people would want to live and work and bring up their children as I did. I believe that the single most important part of my job is providing for the education of our children, as they are our future and deserve every advantage we can give them. As chairman of the Assembly’s Ways and Means Committee, I am responsible for looking at a lot of what goes into our state budgets. Over the 15 years I have held the chairmanship, my views on the importance of education have not changed. This year, we kept our promise to students and their families by finding the money in a tight budget year to fully fund schools in New York City. As we ask more from our students, raising the standards of their schooling to prepare them for the future, it would be inexcusable to deprive them of the tools they need to learn and to continue the progress of our state. I am also working to keep affordable housing in our communities. Years ago, I fought to stop landlords from abandoning their buildings and leaving our homes to fall apart. Now, I am fighting to keep landlords from raising the rents on the same apartments and forcing the present tenants out of their homes. Another issue I believe to be very important is our environment, especially having clear air to breathe. Over the last few years, we have seen the introduction of technology that allows us to heat and cool our homes, power our buses and cars, and do many of the things we are used to doing without filling the air with smoke and pollution. After seeing what this technology can do and how it can help us all, especially those of us who have trouble breathing and blame the bad air, I pushed to create programs that will make "green" technology more available and easier to use. On this site, you will find more information about these issues and many others. As time goes on I hope to add more for you to read as well as links to community groups and other people who are trying to make our neighborhoods and our state a better place to live. Thank you for your visit, and I hope to see you again soon.