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State Archive Site Provides Online Link to the Past

One thing we should be proud of in New York is our history and because of technology, it has never been easier to learn about our past. With the advent of online archives and searchable databases, what once required a trip to the local court house or hours sifting through library archives has, in many cases, been replaced with simple keystrokes. However, knowing what to search or where to start can still be a challenge. […]

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Honoring 100th Year Anniversary of Armistice

Time and again, our service men and women have defended our country’s values and put their lives at risk for the greater good. They have fought to protect our democracy and shown valor and strength in the face of conflict. They have protected our country’s freedoms so that all citizens can live under the democracy set forth in the U.S. Constitution. This Veteran’s Day marks a special milestone. It is the centennial of the Armistice, the 100 year anniversary of the agreement that ended hostilities between Allied forces and Germany in World War I. […]

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It is Time to Pass Violent Offender Registry Law

Domestic violence is a widespread problem across the nation and in New York. According to the State Office of Court Administration, in 2016 more than 28,000 domestic assaults were reported to police agencies outside of New York City. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a reminder that this type of abuse is prevalent and that educating the public on this important topic can help save lives. […]

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Early Cancer Detection Saves Lives

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers among women. According to the New York State Department of Health, more than 15,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and almost 2,600 women die from the disease each year in New York State. Early detection, however, has played a tremendous role in saving lives and allowing many people to live cancer free for years after initial diagnosis. According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 90 out of 100 women survive breast cancer for five years or more after being diagnosed thanks to early detection. […]

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New York Remains Agricultural Leader

Too often it goes unrecognized, but New York state is a leader in agriculture. The farmers in our state grow and produce a diverse range of commodities and Upstate’s nutrient-rich soils give way to some of the best products in the nation. Year after year, New York farms produce award-winning dairy products, wines, and apples that we can be proud to call homegrown. […]

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More Infrastructure Investment Needed Upstate

One of the biggest legislative challenges in Albany is making sure that there is parity in state spending between Upstate and Downstate New York. This is particularly challenging when it comes to transportation spending. New York City relies primarily on mass transit for its transportation needs. In Upstate, our primary mode of transportation is our cars. Accordingly, the needs of each region tend to be very different. […]

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Volunteers Are Backbones of Local Fire Departments

New York is heavily dependent on volunteer fire departments for fire protection. According to the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York, 89% of the state’s fire departments outside of the New York City area are volunteer. Their commitment to volunteer fire protection provides both a critical life-savings service to communities and a tremendous cost savings to area taxpayers. […]