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From the Desk of Assemblyman Jim Conte

Written by Jim Conte Friday, 22 April 2011 00:00

Assembly Needs to Pass a Property Tax Cap

Assemblyman Jim Conte called on the leadership of the New York City dominated Assembly Majority conference to bring the governor’s property tax cap bill to the floor of the Assembly for a vote. The governor’s bill to cap property tax increases at 2 percent was passed earlier this year in the Senate and has broad public support. 

In fact, a recent Siena College poll showed that property taxes were rated the top statewide concern among Empire State residents.


From the Desk of Senator Charles Fuschillo

Written by Senator Fuschillo Friday, 22 April 2011 00:00

New Solutions Needed to Put Transportation Infrastructure on Road to Recovery

There is an old saying that history repeats itself. But when that means that our highways start to resemble the rutted, pothole filled dirt roads seen in silent movies with Model Ts, we have a serious problem that requires new thinking and innovative solutions. 

According to the state Department of Transportation (DOT), in 2009, the state replaced or rehabilitated only 40 percent of the bridges and 57 percent of the lane miles that needed repair or replacement because there was not enough money to pay for the work. It’s estimated that it will take $250 billion over the next 20 years to fix New York’s transportation infrastructure.


From the Desk of Senator Charles Fuschillo - April 15, 2011

Friday, 15 April 2011 00:00

MTA, Nassau County, State Senate Announce Agreement to Save Long Island Bus Service

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), Nassau County and State Senate Republicans announced an agreement to stave off proposed cuts to Long Island Bus that would have affected more than half of the bus routes in Nassau County.


From the Desk of Assemblyman Jim Conte - April 15, 2011

Written by Donna Duffy Friday, 15 April 2011 00:00

Budget Not Without Pain, But Painfully Needed

Assemblyman Jim Conte released the following statement, regarding his vote for the 2011-12 New York State budget:


Letter: Tobacco Control Program Should Not Have Been Cut

Friday, 08 April 2011 00:00

As a New Yorker I was disheartened to hear that the New York State Tobacco Control Program has been slashed to $41 million. This will no doubt be a disservice to the people of New York.


Letter: Smith’s Letter Fails to Mention Reason For Funding Cut

Friday, 01 April 2011 00:00

(Editor’s note: This letter is in response to “Planned Parenthood Calls on Senators to Reject Political Agenda of House Members” by President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Nassau County JoAnn D. Smith that appeared in the Friday, March 11, 2011 edition of the Farmingdale Observer.)

 I am writing in response to Ms. Smith’s letter about “the extreme political agenda by the Republican House leaders.” Ms. Smith’s letter, about 150 words, fails to mention the reason funding was cut off.


Letter: League of Women Voters Calls for Independent Redistricting Commission

Friday, 01 April 2011 00:00

The time has come for New Yorkers to take back their vote. The League of Women Voters of Nassau County believes this can come about only if legislators support an independent, nonpartisan commission for redrawing Assembly and Senate districts in response to the 2010 census. To achieve this end, the LWV has joined ReShape NY, a broad coalition of 30 advocacy, business, union, and civil groups calling on the Governor and state legislature to create an independent redistricting commission that draws district lines using fair and defined criteria while engaging the public in the process. If New York is to have a state legislature that is responsive to the interests of the constituents rather than keeping itself in office, citizens must demand this change from their legislators.


From the Desk of Assemblyman Jim Conte

Friday, 18 March 2011 00:00

Building a Better Budget for Long Island

This week I hosted a public budget hearing at the Suffolk County Legislative Auditorium in Hauppauge. This forum was held to discuss the impacts that Governor Cuomo’s 2011-12 Executive Budget and the recent Medicaid Redesign and Mandate Relief task force proposals could have on Long Island taxpayers, schools, businesses, hospitals, and municipalities.


Letter: Letter to Village Residents From the Mayor

Friday, 18 March 2011 00:00

This probably comes as a surprise to many of you but the Village does not own Main Street, Nassau County does. I don’t know how that came to pass, but it is a fact. They have approached the Village many times over the years asking to divest itself of the road and the responsibilities associated with that ownership. The prior proposals never seemed to be to our advantage.


Letter: Copy of Feb. 22 NYSSBA Letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Friday, 04 March 2011 00:00
Outlines four-point plan to help restore fiscal stability to New York’s finances.

We are writing in response to your Feb. 16 letter to fellow New Yorkers on education reform. We agree that New Yorkers elected you to be their voice in Albany and to make tough decisions; it is also true that New Yorkers elected 5,000 school board members around the state to be the voice of their school districts.


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