I have scheduled four community information nights in the 120th Assembly District. These are opportunities for my constituents to ask questions about matters that affect and concern them, including the upcoming New York State budget process, and any other topics that may impact their economic well being and quality of life in Central New York.
All sites have free parking and are handicap accessible.I hope you will take the time to attend one of these events so that you may receive factual information regarding your state government. This also allows me to hear directly from my constituents, the issues that are most important to their families. I look forward to receiving feedback and input from my constituents in the 120th Assembly District.
Octavia P. Wilcox, Principal; Senator John DeFrancisco; Laurie Holtsbery an Academic Intervention teacher; Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli; Alice Kim, Director of Government Relations at Time Warner Cable pose during an award presentation for the Time Warner Cable Central New York Super Connector Challenge.
Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli reacted with joy and relief when told that two upstate residents were found unharmed, partly due to the alert system legislation that he wrote and sponsored."This is proof that the alert system matters. It saves lives and protects people," Magnarelli said. A Baldwinsville man was reported missing from Onondaga County and then was located the next morning in Ontario County. Also, a Town of Tonawanda woman was located after being missing for two hours. In both cases, a Missing Adult Alert was sent throughout New York State, informing police agencies and others through a vast communication network providing the description, identities, and specifics of the missing adults. Without the new legislation just signed into law approximately three months ago, a missing person report could be filed only after 24 hours had passed. With this legislation, notification is sent immediately.
"It is unfortunate that we need this type of alert for elderly and vulnerable adults who may have disabilities or are in distress; however, this is a common-sense law, using communication tools that are already in place, to save lives," Magnarelli said.
State Assemblyman William Magnarelli poses with members of the Alzheimer's Association to announce the activation of the Missing Vulnerable Adult Alert System, which operates similarly to the state's "Amber Alert." Pictured are a Baldwinsville caregiver Eileen Krupka, Assemblyman Magnarelli, Alzheimer's Association Central New York Chapter CEO Catherine James, Co-sponsor Senator John DeFrancisco and Board of Directors Chapter President Keith Rung.
Recently, Assemblyman Magnarelli sent a survey to all registered voters in his district asking for their input on issues regarding state spending, priorities, taxes and economic development. The results help Assemblyman Magnarelli to better understand his constituents' outlook on issues and legislation.
A brief look:
952 surveys were returned. When broken down by zip code, each of the areas represented (Syracuse, Van Buren and Geddes) mirrored the overall responses.
Two-thirds (2/3) of those who responded supported a 2% cap on property taxes.
Well over half of those who responded supported raising the income taxes on those making $250,000 or more.
When making changes to close the state budget gap, constituents found that reductions to the state workforce, cuts to transportation, and raising taxes were preferable to cuts in education and cuts to healthcare.
More than half of those who responded would not support a State budget that further reduced spending for SUNY and higher education.
An overwhelming majority (71%) think the state's distribution of public school aid is unfair.
The response was just about split evenly as to supporting cuts or not supporting cuts to non-federally mandated Medicaid benefits such as dental, vision and mental health services.
Most said that reimbursement to hospitals and nursing homes for patient care should not be cut to reduce the cost of Medicaid.
66 percent of those responded did not support hydrofracking.
An overwhelming majority supported creating a law that would attach a boating while intoxicated conviction to one's driving record.
Most of the respondents supported merging services with neighboring municipalities to save money. Merging tax receivers and assessors received the most support.