Here in Upstate New York, we know what it means to be part of a “close knit” community. It means collaborating to better our region. It means sharing in experiences that bring us closer together. And above all else, it means working alongside one another to help those in need.
If you’re someone who enjoys outdoor activities, there’s no better place to be than in Upstate New York. From snowmobiling and skiing in the winter, to fishing and boating in the summer, there are so many opportunities for sportsmen to enjoy all that our region has to offer. If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, you’ll want to take note of important sporting license changes that went into effect on February 1.
It’s that time of year again. The time when high school seniors weigh their options and try to find that higher education opportunity that’s the right fit for not only their interests, but also for their bank account. It’s no secret, college can be costly.
I’ve always been a dog person and couldn’t imagine life without my lovable yellow lab. That’s why I’m pleased to report that just recently, a measure I cosponsored to allow municipalities to regulate pet dealers was signed into law. It will give local governments the authority to enact stronger measures to protect the well-being of animals.
Along with a New Year come a number of new laws for New York State. As the calendar page turned to 2014, a number of new measures went into effect, many of them aimed at providing much-needed tax relief that will create new opportunities to enable businesses and taxpayers to succeed.
The New Year is a time for resolutions, and according to recent statistics roughly 45 percent of Americans usually make them. However, of those who make resolutions, only 8 percent actually stick to them.
Between the shopping, baking, wrapping and seemingly endless to-do lists that are so characteristic of the holidays, often times, there is little time to remember to get in the spirit of the season and enjoy this time of year before it’s over. While the holidays can be a lot of fun, the busyness can cause many people lose sight of the true meaning of the season.
Here in Upstate New York, winter can be one of the prettiest times of the year.
However, it can also be one of the most dangerous, especially for our seniors.
From influenza to falls, older members of our population are particularly vulnerable to winter-weather related ailments and accidents. Luckily, there are a number of steps that can be taken to increase safety as the mercury plunges.
This time of year, get-togethers are not only a great way to spend quality time with family and friends, they are also an opportunity to treat ourselves to our favorites, whether it be Christmas cookies, hot cocoa, mulled cider, eggnog or any of the season’s specialties. Much of the food and drink we enjoy during the holidays (and in fact year-round) is produced right here in New York.