Assemblyman Raia
  ASSEMBLYMAN
Andrew Raia
Wants Your View on Issues Impacting You



Assemblyman Raia

Dear Neighbor:

I have enclosed my 2005 Legislative Survey in this newsletter because, as always, what is important to you is important to me. I look forward to continuing to fight hard in Albany for you and your family. If you could please take a few minutes to fill out and return this survey, you would be helping me help you by letting me know what matters most. Having your concerns and views in mind during important deliberations in the upcoming legislative session will assist me in giving you a powerful voice in Albany.

As ranking minority member on the Assembly Aging Committee and a member of the Housing, Local Government and Social Services committees, my surveys help me to best represent your views in Albany on these and many other important issues.

My district and Albany offices are ready to help you with questions or assistance you may need. I am also eager to learn of your ideas regarding legislation and all other matters. Please always feel free to contact me in whichever way is most convenient for you: call the district office at (631) 261-4151; visit or write me at 75 Woodbine Ave., Northport, NY 11768; call my Albany office at (518) 455-5952; visit or write me at 629 Legislative Office Building, Albany, NY 12248; or e-mail me via .

Sincerely,
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Andrew P. Raia
Member of the Assembly
9th District



RAIA DELIVERS $5,000 GRANT TO RONALD McDONALD HOUSE OF LONG ISLAND

photo Recently, I had the privilege to deliver a $5,000 state grant to the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island. This amazing organization is a "home away from home," offering comfort and shelter to families experiencing the pain of having a sick child in an area hospital. The facility offers help to families throughout the United States, with its largest percentage coming from our own community.

I was honored to present the check to the Ronald McDonald House during its third annual legislative reception. At the reception, I had the opportunity to meet some of the families who have made the Ronald McDonald House their home away from home. Pictured with me are, from the left, House Board of Director members Larry Anderer, Mayur Dalal, the world-famous Ronald McDonald, Theresa Brucculeri and Lyn Jurick.






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GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS, TAXES, REFORM

State officials recently announced the 2005-06 fiscal year would end with a projected $1 billion surplus. How do you think the surplus should be used?

Respondent
check boxEducation funding
check boxReal property tax relief
check boxReducing state debt
check boxOther_____________

Respondent 2
check boxEducation funding
check boxReal property tax relief
check boxReducing state debt
check boxOther_____________

The state Assembly earlier this year adopted rules changes - such as an end to empty-seat voting and requiring budget conference committees - to make the legislative process more open and transparent. Should there be more reforms in 2006?

Respondent 1 check boxYes check boxNo check boxUnsure
Respondent 2 check boxYes check boxNo check boxUnsure

What must be done to make the state Legislature more open and responsive?










Initiatives enable citizens to bypass the legislative process by placing proposed statutes and, in some states, constitutional amendments on the ballot. Referendums allow for popular votes on new laws to be enacted. Should the state adopt the initiative and referendum form of government?

Respondent 1 Respondent 2
check boxYes
check boxInitiative only
check boxReferendum only
check boxNeither
check boxNo opinion
check boxYes
check boxInitiative only
check boxReferendum only
check boxNeither
check boxNo opinion

EDUCATION

School taxes throughout Long Island continue to increase by double-digit percentages. Should a personal income tax-based system be used to fund school districts rather than the existing property tax formula?

Respondent 1 check boxYes check boxNo check boxUnsure
Respondent 2 check boxYes check boxNo check boxUnsure

State aid for education in the current budget is $16.2 billion, including $6.1 billion for New York City schools. The Campaign for Fiscal Equity court decision ruled New York City schools are inadequately funded. Should Long Island and upstate taxpayers be forced to bear the burden of providing an additional $23 billion over the next five years to New York City schools?

Respondent 1 check boxYes check boxNo check boxUnsure
Respondent 2 check boxYes check boxNo check boxUnsure

The School District Accountability Act signed into law over the summer requires establishment of an internal audit function within each school district; mandates stricter financial oversight of school finances; accountability and fiduciary responsibility training for trustees, members and voting members of boards of education; and external and internal annual audits.

Should the law be amended to require school district audits, expenditure reports, budgets and meeting minutes be made available to the public in a timely manner?

Respondent 1 check boxYes check boxNo check boxUnsure
Respondent 2 check boxYes check boxNo check boxUnsure

If voters reject a school budget, should the district be allowed to increase its tax levy to cover expenses related to the rate of inflation?

Respondent 1 check boxYes check boxNo check boxUnsure
Respondent 2 check boxYes check boxNo check boxUnsure

Do you support the requirement imposed by the New York State Board of Regents that all high school students pass a series of Regents exams in order to graduate?

Respondent 1 check boxYes check boxNo check boxUnsure
Respondent 2 check boxYes check boxNo check boxUnsure

Should members of the state Board of Regents be elected by voters in the region they represent rather than by the Legislature?

Respondent 1 check boxYes check boxNo check boxUnsure
Respondent 2 check boxYes check boxNo check boxUnsure

Do you support the use of publicly funded vouchers to allow students to attend a school of their parents’ choosing?

Respondent 1 check boxYes check boxNo check boxUnsure
Respondent 2 check boxYes check boxNo check boxUnsure



ELECTION LAW

Would you support an optional checkoff box on your tax return to provide funding for statewide general elections in the same manner as the federal income tax checkoff for presidential elections?

Respondent 1 check boxYes check boxNo check boxUnsure
Respondent 2 check boxYes check boxNo check boxUnsure

If yes, would you continue to support the checkoff method if not enough money is raised and your tax dollars funded the unmet need?

Respondent 1 check boxYes check boxNo check boxUnsure
Respondent 2 check boxYes check boxNo check boxUnsure

JOBS/ECONOMY

New York established 72 Empire Zones statewide to foster job creation and community development. Companies locating in these zones that create jobs enjoy business tax credits and other benefits. Should the state continue to support the Empire Zones program?

Respondent 1 check boxYes check boxNo check boxUnsure
Respondent 2 check boxYes check boxNo check boxUnsure

The high cost of doing business is the main reason small businesses fail on Long Island. Should the state levy a lower tax for businesses with 10 or fewer employees?

Respondent 1 check boxYes check boxNo check boxUnsure
Respondent 2 check boxYes check boxNo check boxUnsure

Energy prices throughout Long Island continue to rise while some residents believe alternative energy sources would help alleviate the burden of high energy costs. Should the state fund research for alternative energy sources?

Respondent 1 check boxYes check boxNo check boxUnsure
Respondent 2 check boxYes check boxNo check boxUnsure

HEALTH CARE

Some in the scientific community believe research into use of embryonic stem cells will eventually lead to cures for diseases and injuries. Should New York fund embryonic stem cell research?

Respondent 1 check boxYes check boxNo check boxUnsure
Respondent 2 check boxYes check boxNo check boxUnsure

If you belong to a health maintenance organization (HMO), how do you rate the medical care you receive?

Respondent 1 Respondent 2
check boxExcellent
check boxGood
check boxFair
check boxPoor
check boxNo opinion
check boxExcellent
check boxGood
check boxFair
check boxPoor
check boxNo opinion

Would you support legislation holding an HMO liable for personal injury, death or damages caused by the organization’s delay, failure or refusal to cover services the patient is contractually or legally entitled to receive?

Respondent 1 check boxYes check boxNo check boxUnsure
Respondent 2 check boxYes check boxNo check boxUnsure

CRIME/COURTS

Do you support civil confinement, a policy of keeping violent sex offenders who have served their prison sentences confined to mental-health facilities if they are deemed threats to offend again if released?

Respondent 1 check boxYes check boxNo check boxUnsure
Respondent 2 check boxYes check boxNo check boxUnsure

The state Court of Appeals has ruled the state’s death penalty unconstitutional. Do you support reinstatement of the death penalty as a form of criminal punishment?

Respondent 1 check boxYes check boxNo check boxUnsure
Respondent 2 check boxYes check boxNo check boxUnsure

Should the state’s Sex Offender Registry (www.criminaljustice.state.ny.us or toll-free (800) 262-3257) require stricter compliance for photo updates and address changes, as well as inclusion of all three levels of sex offenders?

Respondent 1 check boxYes check boxNo check boxUnsure
Respondent 2 check boxYes check boxNo check boxUnsure

Unlicensed and uninsured drivers are growing concerns on Long Island roadways. Would you favor increased fines, loss of driving privileges, seizure of motor vehicles and jail for repeat offenders?

Respondent 1 check boxYes check boxNo check boxUnsure
Respondent 2 check boxYes check boxNo check boxUnsure

Supporters of tort reform claim the cost of lawsuits is too high and hurts the state’s business climate with liability costs resulting from increased premiums being passed to consumers through higher prices on goods and services. Opponents argue this type of reform would destroy years of protection against dangerous products. Would you support comprehensive legislation designed to reasonably limit lawsuits in the civil justice system?

Respondent 1 check boxYes check boxNo check boxUnsure
Respondent 2 check boxYes check boxNo check boxUnsure

Civil unions entitle same-sex couples to the same benefits and responsibilities related to state taxes, medical decisions, probate, property ownership and other laws that apply to married couples. Would you favor a law allowing civil unions in New York state?

Respondent 1 check boxYes check boxNo check boxUnsure
Respondent 2 check boxYes check boxNo check boxUnsure

Do you think the state should allow courts to issue lifetime orders of protection to victims of domestic violence?

Respondent 1 check boxYes check boxNo check boxUnsure
Respondent 2 check boxYes check boxNo check boxUnsure


Mail to:
Assemblyman Andrew Raia
75 Woodbine Avenue
Northport, NY 11768
(631) 261-4151



SUCCESSFUL SCHOOLS TASK FORCE VISITS HALF HOLLOW HILLS

photo The Assembly Minority Successful Schools Task Force began its roundtable discussions right here in our community at the Half Hollow Hills Central School District. The objective of this task force is to understand the programs and techniques that school districts are using to foster success in their students.

Assemblyman James Conte (R,C-Huntington Station) and I take great pride in the overwhelming success of the Half Hollow Hills School District. Earlier this year, the school district was one of nine Long Island school districts to be named an "outperforming school district" in a prestigious study conducted by Standard and Poor’s and funded by the Broad Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The recognition honors the success of school administration officials, teachers, students and parents in their collective pursuit of the highest educational standards.




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What are your main areas of interest? (Check all that apply)

check boxAging
check boxChildren & Families
check boxEnvironment
check boxLabor
check boxTourism/Recreation/Sports
check boxVeterans
check boxAgriculture
check boxCriminal Justice
check boxHealth
check boxLocal Government
check boxTransportation
check boxBanks
check boxInsurance
check boxHousing
check boxSmall Business
check boxWomen’s Issues
Other:




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Mail to:
Assemblyman Andrew Raia
75 Woodbine Avenue
Northport, NY 11768
(631) 261-4151


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