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Opinion

Looking Ahead to 2010: Report on New Tax Bill, Energy Conservation Projects

The development of a new “Citizen-Friendly” tax bill was one of many projects that I set out to achieve when I presented the state of the county address last February. The 2010 tax bills, which are being delivered over the next few days, have been re-designed to make them easier to read and understand. And, the new format requires less paper, saving money and natural resources. […]

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Barclay

To a Healthier New Year

New York was recently named as one of the most prepared states in the nation in the event of a health emergency. We were one of eight states to achieve this distinction, according to national organizations that annually compare state public health policies and performance. We have people in the public and private health sectors collaborating effectively to provide a safe state and establish our state as an example for others. It takes many hours of planning and hard work to earn this type of designation. […]

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Letters to the Editor

Fulton Mayor Ron Woodward’s Address on the 2010 Budget

Tonight I present the proposed 2010 budget with cautious optimism. The process for the 2011 budget has already begun and it will be challenging but I look forward to working with the Common Council and members of the public to share ideas that will help us through our these difficult times in our City, our State and our Country. We are in it together. […]

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Barclay

Ethics Reform Bill Would Establish More Guidelines for Public Officials

This spring the Assembly passed stronger ethics legislation that would improve oversight for public officials and create a more open government. As the ranking member of the Assembly’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Guidance as well as a member of the Legislative Ethics Committee, I strongly support this legislation and sponsor the bill. Though the Assembly passed this bill, it has since stalled in the Senate. Former Senate leader Joe Bruno’s conviction should provide the Senate with the catalyst to pass this bill. […]