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E-Mail Newsletter – April 1, 2014

The New York State Legislature approved the 2014-2015 state budget late Monday, the fourth on-time budget in a row to start the new fiscal year. Again, the budget is a series of compromises and serious trade-offs, where progress has been made on a number...

E-Mail Newsletter – March 28, 2014

We’re close to the end of the budget process, which is on track to meet the April 1st deadline. This multi-billion package is a series of compromises and trade-offs, so while I am pleased overall, there are plenty of items where I had hoped for more,...

E-Mail Newsletter – March 21, 2014

As we head into the final days of the state budget cycle, the Assembly, Senate, and the Governor are in lengthy negotiations particularly on the need for funding – for infrastructure, education, and issues of parity. Some of the major outstanding...

E-Mail Newsletter – March 14, 2014

This week, the New York State Assembly passed its "one-house" budget resolution in response to the Governor's proposed budget, which includes increased funding for education, jobs and economic development, tax relief, and support for local governments...

E-Mail Newsletter – March 6, 2014

The Assembly voted to pass a series of reforms aimed on addressing concerns that I, along with many students, parents, and teachers, have with Common Core and APPR. I appreciate and support the continued efforts of Speaker Silver and Assemblywoman...

E-Mail Newsletter – February 27, 2014

Property tax relief continues to be a top priority for me in the New York State Assembly and I appreciate Governor Cuomo's proposed attempt to "freeze" the cap to provide some relief - without amendment, however, local governments do not expect to achieve...

E-Mail Newsletter – February 15, 2014

The Governor’s budget proposal is at the forefront of discussion and I continue to advocate on a variety of budget-related issues, including: + Municipal aid. Local governments in New York State are struggling to maintain basic services, while...

E-Mail Newsletter – February 7, 2014

This week, I joined a WMHT panel discussion with educators, parents, and community members around the education and race themes presented in American Promise. The program airs as part of WMHT's "New York Now," on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and 11 p.m. Call...

E-Mail Newsletter – January 31, 2014

The balance between protecting our environment and the growth of economic development can be a fine line. The recent Global Partners’ proposal to expand operations at the Port of Albany raises several safety concerns in terms of the transportation...

E-Mail Newsletter – January 26, 2014

This week, Governor Cuomo unveiled his proposed Executive Budget for this fiscal year. The state legislature has until March 31 to pass a budget, and assuming it will be passed on time, it will be the first time since 1973 that the State of New York passed...

E-Mail Newsletter – January 16, 2014

The fight to fund education in New York State is roaring back with the beginning of the state legislative session, with advocates and lawmakers making their case for a number of initiatives that affect public school education in the Empire State. Despite...

E-Mail Newsletter – January 12, 2014

This past week, the State Legislature kicked off the new session and Governor Cuomo presented the State of the State address with a host of policy initiatives. While we await the details of the Governor's proposals, below are some initial thoughts. State...

Fahy, McDonald to Co-Sponsor Legislation to Strengthen Public Lewdness Laws

Albany, N.Y. – Assemblymembers Patricia A. Fahy (D-Albany) and John T. McDonald III (D-Cohoes) will co-sponsor legislation that will increase penalties and charges for those who commit acts of public lewdness in front of minors and repeat offenders. The...

Fahy, McDonald Aim on Protecting Youth

“The deplorable acts that individuals like Jayshawn Owens commit in our neighborhoods is nothing short of despicable. As a mother with a 14-year-old daughter, these repeated incidents of indecent exposure, particularly this last time that involved...

Tests are at the core of failure

Are more than two-thirds of our New York State students really "failures?" Of course not. However, that's the feeling many have been left with following the State Education Department's first try at new and tougher math and English language arts tests...

Assemblymember Patricia Fahy to Participate in Russell Sage College Panel on Women in Politics Friday

Albany, N.Y. – Assemblymember Patricia A. Fahy (D-Albany) will participate in a panel discussion with Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk (D-Duanesburg) and Sen. Kathleen A. Marchione (R-Halfmoon) entitled “Women of Influence in Politics: A Panel Discussion”...

Farley, Fahy Introduce Legislation That Allows for Community Service in Place of Suspension in Schools

Albany, N.Y. – Assemblymember Patricia A. Fahy (D-Albany) and Senator Hugh Farley (R-Niskayuna) have introduced legislation that will allow for community service to be made an option to be in place or in conjunction with suspension of students in...

My Thoughts on Tax-Free NY

As the 2013 State legislative session winds down, Governor Cuomo’s Tax-Free NY proposal to jump start Upstate economic development is gaining broad-based support and seems likely to be voted into law. It is a creative and ambitious plan that has...

New State Program Established to Present Flags Flown Half Staff to Family Members, Next of Kin

ALBANY, N.Y. (June 20, 2013) --- A new state program has been established that provides for flags that have flown at half staff in memorial of the death of a military service member by order of the Governor to be given to the member’s next of kin. The...

Tax-Free NY and Casino Gaming

As we approach the end of the legislative session here in Albany, there are dozens of bills and proposals on the table and I want to share thoughts on a couple of outstanding issues. As an advocate for innovative job creation for our region and state,...

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