MTA needs to do more for outer boroughs

A few weeks ago, the MTA unveiled its 2015 Capital Plan. Despite its $32 billion price tag, projects important to Southwest Brooklyn and the outer boroughs are, once again, nowhere to be found.

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Help New York save taxpayer money and trees, this November

When I entered the state legislature in 2011, I couldn’t believe the amount of paper wasted every day. Hundreds of pages of different drafts of bills are put on our chamber desks, sent to our offices, and placed in meeting rooms of the various committees we serve on, despite most legislators reading the bills beforehand and oftentimes electronically.

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Passing crucial legislation to keep our streets safe

In the final hours of the 2014 legislative session, the New York State Legislature took action on one of the most important issues of the year, passing sweeping measures to combat the prescription drug and heroin epidemic plaguing our communities.

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Albany Must Not Fail Women Again

The Women’s Equality Act has been hotly contested for the past two years, and now is the time to come together and deliver legislation that helps New York’s women.

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Tuition assistance for middle class must be priority

With graduation season underway, now is the time to raise awareness about one of the fastest growing problems facing our nation.

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Law-abiding citizens should not be treated like second class citizens

The priorities of those governing New York seem to be lost in a quagmire, and we’re dangerously close to setting two very bad precedents.

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Legislature’s tasks remain plentiful in 2014

Over the past three years, my colleagues and I have worked hard to turn a $10 billion deficit into what is projected to be a $2 billion surplus in 2014.

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Common Core failing early tests

As we begin a new year, it is incumbent upon state legislators to take stock of the successes gained over the past year and the areas where work is left to be done.

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Rooting out crime in our community

South Brooklyn is a gem among our borough’s communities and the entire city. Business is booming, families are moving in and the community has never been more attractive. That’s why it is so critical that we take every measure possible to keep crime off our streets and protect our community.

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Taking action to protect seniors

The 2013 legislative session was filled with philosophical differences and conflicts that slowed the progress made for New Yorkers over the last two years. Ideological debates hindered many important measures from moving forward. However, the state Assembly was able to deliver positive results for seniors in 2013.

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Public Corruption Prevention and Enforcement Act

Every year at the end of the legislative session, many hot-button issues debated over the preceding months develop into bills taken up at the Capitol. A popular topic of discussion in 2013 has been the public financing of political campaigns.

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Preserve the right to spousal refusal

The governor’s executive budget proposal contains language that would eliminate spousal refusal, a vital protection afforded to our aging population.

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Keeping faith-based organizations from ending up homeless

On February 12, a number of religious congregations in our community will lose their home of worship. Over 60 houses of worship hold services at public schools throughout the city and many of these groups are small churches that have rented space in public schools for years.

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Need for tougher punishment of sexual predators

Most would agree that a crime committed against a minor is among the lowest of the low. And when such a crime involves a sexual attack, it almost shocks the conscience.

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A huge win for Brooklyn

Last week, the legislature convened in Albany for an Extraordinary Session to take up a set of issues that were geared toward closing this year’s budget gap and reducing the deficit looming next year.

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