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Back To School Without Breaking The Bank

This time of year is full of excitement and anxiety for students, parents and teachers. The school year should start off with optimism and hope about what New York’s children will learn and achieve over the coming months. This time of year,...

August 26, 2015
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Public Libraries Are Worth It, More Than $357,000 Being Invested In Assembly District

One of my favorite things to do with my grandchildren is take them to the library. I love when they explore new fiction or get wrapped up in a topic they’d like to learn about. Libraries are more than just depositories for books; they are important...

August 21, 2015
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Heroin Is Ruining Lives, Communities – But There Is Hope

Heroin has seemingly swept into our communities overnight, quietly ushered in by the increased use of prescription painkillers. This drug is infiltrating our communities and families. More and more, we hear heartbreaking stories of lives lost too...

August 18, 2015
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Education In NYS: A System Where Failing Students Can Still Graduate

It was recently reported in the New York Post that a Queens high school student confessed to having graduated despite the fact she was undeserving. The girl admitted that a teacher passed her even though she never attended class, never did the work,...

August 11, 2015
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Education Commissioner Must Adopt Policies That Limit Negative Impact Of Common Core Standards

Recently, I joined 41 of my Assembly Minority colleagues in writing a letter to the new State Education Department (SED) Commissioner, MaryEllen Elia. We voted at the close of session that the new commissioner must conduct a comprehensive review of...

July 31, 2015
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