An Update from Assemblyman Camara

June 13, 2006
Dear Friend:

During the 2006 legislative session my colleagues and I worked hard to approve a budget that restored the Governor’s cuts to education, healthcare and vital community programs. The budget approved by the Legislature also provides real tax relief for hard working New Yorkers like you and I and small businesses, not just the wealthy.

In addition, we enacted a budget that to drastically increase funds for school renovation and expansion and operating funds to help reduce class size. My office has been working diligently and taking action steps to improve our community. We have focused our efforts on the areas that matter the most.

Affordable Housing – We introduced legislation to expand affordable housing in our community. We also co-sponsored legislation that would require the developers of luxury condos to include affordable housing if they want to benefit from city programs. We will continue to fight the trend of having longtime residents of communities forced out because the rents and homes are far too expensive.

State Funding – We fought hard to maintain state funding for our important institutions such as our local schools, museums, senior citizen centers, after-school and youth programs and a host of other community initiatives.

Constituent Services – We maintained a high level of constituent services and helped hundreds of our community residents solve their cases in a short period of time.

Education – We visited local schools and met with principals and PTA presidents to see first-hand the type of educational and recreational programs that are offered; and introduced legislation to attract the best teachers to our urban schools. We’ll continue to fight to ensure that all of our children get the quality education they deserve.

Quality Jobs – We met with local officials, business and community leaders to discuss and coordinate on current and future plans for economic development, including creating businesses to employ community residents.

I look forward to building on the successes of the past year as well as working with you and community leaders to solve problems facing our community. I welcome you to contact my District Office at 718-756-1776 or my Albany Office at 518-455-5262 with any concerns, questions or comments you may have.