Epilepsy affects one out of 100 Americans. It is a medical condition that produces seizures, which affect a variety of mental and physical functions. When a person has two or more unprovoked seizures, they are considered to have epilepsy.
This was one of the latest budgets in state history and, unfortunately for New Yorkers it is also one of the worst.
Last week, we wrapped up the budget at last. By no stretch can I or any lawmaker say that this budget is perfect, but in these difficult times, it represents considerable progress from where we were on April 1.
Local child abuse agencies in Onondaga and Oswego counties have each reported that instances of child abuse are on the rise. Research and history shows that when families and heads of households struggle economically, instances of child abuse and domestic violence increase.
This yearâ€™s legislative session has certainly had its share of frustrations, especially in regard to the state budget. With the vast majority of the budget completed, the end is in sight and I am looking forward to closing the process down.
Supporters of the U.S. Constitutionâ€™s 2nd Amendment right to bear arms provision got some welcome news from the U.S. Supreme Court last month when the court ruled that this constitutional right extends to every jurisdiction in the nation.
As Iâ€™ve said many times before, good government puts people ahead of politics. Elected representatives are not in office to serve a political party, but everyone. Iâ€™m proud of the fact that my office operates without regard to party affiliation and, of the more than 50 bills I sponsored that passed the Senate this year, all but a handful passed unanimously and not one passed along party lines.
It is well known that New York state already has some of the toughest gun laws in the country. Nevertheless, each year the Assembly Democratic majority puts forth a legislative gun package which contains bills that would place additional burdens on legal New York gun owners.
For more than a decade now, the stateâ€™s Power for Jobs program and other similar programs have helped to preserve hundreds of thousands of jobs statewide by providing low-cost power to businesses and not-for-profit employers.
The recent passage of Obamacare will provide 32 million uninsured individuals with health insurance coverage but it is also expected to cost $938 billion over the next 10 years.