House Republicans seem more interested in appeasing Tea Party extremists and playing political roulette with our futures than in being serious about protecting our seniors and creating jobs. After starting a dangerous game of chicken with the nation’s economy and putting our credit rating at risk, House Republicans voted again today to end Medicare in a bizarre step that assumes that their budget has passed the Senate, even though that body rejected it. The reality is that the Republican plan to end Medicare has been overwhelmingly rejected by the American people, because it will do irreparable harm to over 40 million Americans and their families.
It’s time for House Republicans to put political theater aside and work together to make this country greater.
Nuclear power in the United States was the topic of interest last week. Bill Robeson spoke to the Mineola Chamber about nuclear energy especially about what happened in Japan and how it affects the nuclear power plants in the United States. He explained how uranium and nuclear fusion work. He said what happened in Japan was nothing like the disaster in the old Soviet Union where the radiation spread over thousands of miles. In Japan the radiation was confined to a 20-mile radius. We have 104 nuclear power plants in the U.S. and get 20 percent of our energy from them. With the exception of the Three Mile Island accident all have been operating safely. France gets 80 percent of its power from nuclear. Most of them are close to large cities and there have been no problems.
Today the senate and the assembly took bold steps to introduce bills A7856 and S4637 asking for an independent audit of the MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority).
I recently had the opportunity to gather with my colleagues from Long Island to urge the Assembly to pass a 2 percent tax cap, an initiative by Governor Cuomo that we passed in the Senate back in January with overwhelming bi-partisan support.
A bill introduced by Senator Jack M. Martins that increases the penalty for criminal sale of a controlled substance to minors under the age of 14 has passed the Senate with wide bipartisan support.
As we head into the summer, we are still hard at work in Albany. We must continue to build on the momentum we’ve established since March when the Senate, Governor and Assembly worked together to pass an historic budget that closed a $10 billion budget without raising any taxes or fees. It represented a vast change in how Albany conducted business in recent years when the state outspent its revenues and then relied on taxpayers to close the deficits with tax increases.
Since the fall of 2005, I have been a member of the Mineola UFSD finance committee. For anyone who is unsure why the Mineola School District is going through the current reconfiguration, I hope this will help make clear why it needs to be done.
Portuguese people love good food, which is one of the reasons that their traditional Palm Sunday breakfast is so popular. Among those there we had a chance to talk to Manuel Costa, Marie and John Caetano, Dick and Marguerite O’Callaghan, Fred Reiger, Victor Dovale, David and Phyllis Stein, Leah and Michael Miller, Tom and Ann Forte, Rosa Ribeiro, Paul Pereira, George Durham, Paul Cusato, Dolores Martins, Eileen Devaney, James Devaney, Marcia Caetano Devaney, Joseph and Barbara Malerba, Kathleen DaCosta and Mrs. Dias, Maria Ferreiro, Lino Pereira, Maria Coelho, Julio and Ana Pereira, Hipolito Ribeiro, Maria and Domingos DeCosta, Edward and Fernanda Costa, John Macedo and Mayor Scott Strauss. Over 500 people came to the breakfast.
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