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Shop Local, Support Our Communities This Holiday Season

With decorations up and festive music dominating the airwaves, it’s no secret, the holiday season is in full swing. The same goes for the gift-giving season. According to the National Retail Federation, the average American shopper will spend $737 this Christmas. That translates to a total of $602 billion spent nationwide during the 2013 holiday shopping season.

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Cashing In On Star Savings

How does hundreds of extra dollars in your pocket each year sound?  If you’re a homeowner, that’s what you could be receiving through the state’s STAR program, which provides 2.6 million homeowners in New York State, including nearly 85,000 in our region, with savings on their school property tax bills each year.

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Hearing Tales Of Our Troops

From 1941 to 1945, more than one million New Yorkers served in the military and each and every one of them has a story to tell. That’s what I discovered through my “Veterans Voices” program, an initiative designed to preserve veteran experiences for future generations and create a permanent record of service.

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A ‘Touch Of Home’ For Our Troops

From friends and family to good food and gifts, for many people, the holidays are the happiest time of the year. However, for our brave troops serving overseas, they can be the loneliest. In an effort to send a “touch of home” to our troops, I’m once again calling on Central and Northern New Yorkers to participate in my “Holiday Mail for Heroes” program.

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Go Pink – All Year Round

October, also known to many as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, lasts just 31 days.  However, the efforts to diagnose, prevent and treat the disease occur year round. While great strides have been made there’s still a long way to go: more than 40,000 women and 400 men die annually of breast cancer.

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Honoring Our ‘Hometown Heroes’

Since its creation in 1861, more than 3,400 Medals of Honor have been awarded to some of our nation’s bravest Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen. Next week, William Swenson, a former Army captain and Fort Drum soldier, will join the ranks of these brave men and women.

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So Long Summer, Hello School Year!

It’s hard to believe that students are gearing up for the start of another school year full of fun and new challenges. Just like students who will be studying hard, I’m working hard to ensure our children are getting the quality education they deserve and that parents and taxpayers receive the value they expect. A big part of working to improve educational opportunities is listening to your opinions and ideas when it comes to our schools.

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