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Heroin Is Ruining Lives, Communities – But There Is Hope

Heroin has seemingly swept into our communities overnight, quietly ushered in by the increased use of prescription painkillers. This drug is infiltrating our communities and families. More and more, we hear heartbreaking stories of lives lost too...

August 18, 2015
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Education In NYS: A System Where Failing Students Can Still Graduate

It was recently reported in the New York Post that a Queens high school student confessed to having graduated despite the fact she was undeserving. The girl admitted that a teacher passed her even though she never attended class, never did the work,...

August 11, 2015
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Education Commissioner Must Adopt Policies That Limit Negative Impact Of Common Core Standards

Recently, I joined 41 of my Assembly Minority colleagues in writing a letter to the new State Education Department (SED) Commissioner, MaryEllen Elia. We voted at the close of session that the new commissioner must conduct a comprehensive review of...

July 31, 2015
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Women’s Equality Wins This Legislative Session

This year, after multiple years of fighting, politics was finally put aside for the benefit of women in our state. After leadership changes in the Assembly, and majority members joining my colleagues and me in the call to bring the Women’s Equality...

July 24, 2015
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Ensuring More Transparency In Our Education System

Education has been at the forefront of the minds of many New Yorkers, including parents and even grandparents like me. We have been working diligently to take back our public schools for the children of this state and to avoid the pitfalls and...

July 10, 2015
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