LEGISLATURE FIGHTS HEROIN EPIDEMIC, CORRUPT LAWMAKERS, BUT FEW BONES FOR UPSTATE NY

            “The legislature’s bipartisan compromise on an exhaustive package to combat our state’s heroin crisis is promising and will provide more access to recovery services and ease insurance requirements so those who truly need help will be included. Pension forfeiture for corrupt lawmakers is a great first step toward cleaning up Albany’s pool of corruption, but more is needed. I will continue fighting for term limits for legislative leaders and increased transparency to root out public officials from abusing the power entrusted in their office.

            “While we had some major victories statewide, upstate was once again left high and dry for the most part. We saw no small business relief to counteract the detrimental minimum wage hike passed in April and little infrastructure funding to repair our roads, bridges and highways that are ravaged annually by harsh winters. Creating jobs and improving our business climate will remain a top priority of mine and I will continue to oppose political gimmicks and irresponsible investments made with tax-dollars instead of common sense tax and regulatory cuts for local businesses.”

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