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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: More resources, prevention efforts needed to combat heroin epidemic

It is well known that opioid and heroin addiction has increased throughout the nation in the last decade. 

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Governor falls short on ethics, gets it right with small business tax cuts, increase in school aid

Gov. Cuomo recently delivered his State of the State address, which, contrary to protocol, he combined with his 2016-17 budget address. The following are some of the highlights of his speech.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Latest ag. receipts show growth in industry; craft beer industry thriving

It was recently reported that agricultural receipts in New York came in at $6.36 billion in 2014 — a $1.7 billion increase over 2010 and a $667 million increase over 2013.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Early detection assists treatment of Alzheimer’s, hope through research

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, an estimated 5.3 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease. Of the 5.3 million Americans with Alzheimer’s, an estimated 5.1 million people are age 65 and older, and approximately 200,000 individuals are under age 65. Research shows that almost two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s are women.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Create tax policies that support low-income earners

At the beginning of the year, New York state’s minimum wage will increase to $9 an hour. Many, particularly left-leaning organizations from NYC, argue that $9 isn’t enough and New York should raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour — a position with which Governor Cuomo agrees. Their basic argument is that we need higher wages to lift low-wage earners out of poverty. 

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From the assembly: Health Republic closure spotlights more Obamacare troubles for residents, small businesses in New York

The old cliché “there is no such thing as a free lunch” sadly rang true when it was announced that Health Republic of New York, one of the most popular insurance choices on New York’s health exchange, was being forced to shut down due to substantial financial losses. The carrier first began to enroll members in 2014 and quickly obtained the largest share of new business under the exchange with more than 200,000 customers or approximately 20 percent of the exchange enrollees and 35 percent of small businesses.

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From the assembly: National Adoption Month spotlights need for foster parents

Nearly 40 percent of American adults, or 81.5 million people, have considered adopting a child, according to the National Adoption Attitudes Survey. If just 1 in 500 of these adults adopted from foster care, every child in foster care would have a permanent family. 

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Firefighters work together to prevent fires, save property and lives

Several local firefighters have been traveling throughout our communities and schools in conjunction with National Fire Prevention Month. This month they’re out teaching young children about the basics of fire safety, hosting tours of fire trucks, and opening their fire departments to meet and greet the public.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Raising wage for one industry sets dangerous precedent

There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the governor’s decision to convene a wage board for the purposes of considering increasing the minimum wage for fast food workers to $15 an hour.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Why is NYS protecting convicted criminals’ public pensions?

Joyce Mitchell, the woman who confessed to assisting two convicted murderers escape from Clinton Correctional Facility, will still collect a public pension thanks to Albany’s failure to pass a widely supported reform measure. In her retirement years, whether spent in prison or elsewhere, we can rest assured that she’ll be able to cash her pension checks.

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