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Desk of Assemblyman: Thomas McKevitt

Fighting Government Waste With New Website

In an effort to fight waste in New York state government and bring our state back into prosperity, Assemblyman Tom McKevitt (R, C, I – East Meadow) joined his Assembly Republican colleagues in launching a new website, www.stopgovernmentwasteny.com, which will aid taxpayers and state employees in reporting any waste of taxpayer dollars.

“It is no secret that our state is in a fiscal crisis and is struggling to pay its bills. In order to keep ourselves afloat, we need to focus on reining in spending and, more importantly, eliminating waste of valuable tax dollars,” said McKevitt. “This website is just the beginning of what my conference and I are planning this year in the way of reform. We will be proposing many non-partisan bills in order to combat waste, fraud and abuse of the hard-earned money of New York residents.”

The site seeks the direct input of taxpayers and state employees who can anonymously report if they are aware of tax dollars or public resources being wastefully spent, misused or abused. The Assembly Republican Conference will then publicize the reports, submit them to the Administration, and seek non-partisan legislative remedies to rectify the problems and ensure greater fiscal accountability and responsibility in state government.

The website’s features include:

• Offering taxpayers and state employees an on-line mechanism to report known instances of state government waste directly on the website – it also allows individuals reporting such tips an ability to retain their anonymity;

• Listing of several recent examples uncovered by the media of state government waste, fraud and misuse of taxpayer dollars; and

• An outline of how government waste leads to higher taxes, a strain on the delivery of essential public services and further erodes public confidence in state government and the men and women serving in it.

National Wear Red Day Is February 5

“I would like to inform my constituents that Friday, Feb. 5, is National Wear Red day! This is a special day for Americans across the nation because it not only brings awareness to Cardiovascular Disease but showcases support and solidarity for women with heart disease,” said New York State Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt.

The American Red Cross has created this day of support to help fight against the number one disease killing American women today. This year, the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute campaign is the Heart Truth. The Red Dress has become the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness.

Cardiovascular disease attacks both your heart and your blood vessels. Women should go for annual check-ups to ensure that they are healthy and that there are no possibilities of developing the disease. Women of all ages can support the American Red Cross and the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute by just wearing red. By just wearing red women can help spread the critical message that heart disease is the number one killer of women which doesn’t care what you wear. By coming together, women can educate each other on this deadly disease and show their awareness and empower women to help reduce the risk.

Women possess the power to make a change and to inform others about statistics and prevention methods for cardiovascular disease. With simple lifestyle choices such as not smoking, managing your weight, eating healthy and taking part in physical activities, you can beat the fight against cardiovascular disease.

“Information and education is the key to success. Just by showing your support and providing knowledge of cardiovascular disease to one person, you can help save a life,” said McKevitt. “For more information about cardiovascular disease or the American Red Cross you can log onto their website at www.goforwomen.org/wearredday/. You can also visit the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute’s website at http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/educational/hearttruth/index.htm for more information on their campaign as well. Show your colors on Feb. 5 and remember you can always be the change you want to see.”