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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MTA Payroll tax stifling economic growth

Coming off an extremely successful legislative session that closed a $10 billion budget deficit without any new or increased taxes, Governor Cuomo has turned state government’s attention to job creation as our number one priority.

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DMV was wrong to remove eye test

Under their proposal, licensed drivers would be able to self-certify that they meet the proper vision requirements when renewing their license every eight years, more than enough time fora person’s vision to deteriorate.

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Brooklyn Riders draw line in the sand

Over the last several months, Brooklyn’s beleaguered bus rider shave scored a pair of major victories with the restoration of service on the X27 and X28 bus lines.

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