A new legislative year has begun, and there is a great deal of information to report to you, as the past
few months have been extremely busy and eventful, both in Albany and here at home in the 69th Assembly District.
In this first Community Newsletter of 2004, I have tried to provide you with a brief update about the proposed
Executive Budget and its potential impact on all New Yorkers, a briefing on the legislation that we have
passed in Albany to date, as well as on the legislation that I have introduced in the Assembly. I have also
included updates on the issues of particular importance on a local level in our neighborhood, and some
reminders about upcoming activities and events in our community.
There is no doubt in my mind that the fiscal and legislative decisions that are made in the coming weeks
will determine whether we will be able to meet the needs of New York families. We can and we need to
do better than the choices that have been offered in the Executive Budget proposal, and I firmly believe
that the Assembly stands ready to work with the governor to make the right choices and enact a better
budget for New Yorkers this year.
Some of the legislation I have proposed deals with concerns that various constituents and organizations
have brought to my attention, and reflects what I believe are necessary levels of accountability - both in
government and in the business and consumer arenas.
I want to personally extend my gratitude to all of the people who live and work in our community, who
have made the trip up to Albany to lobby legislators on both sides of the aisle to try and do better for
the residents of our City and State. Every week I am honored to meet with familiar faces who drop by
my Legislative Office to share their ideas and concerns with me, and to remind me that the New York
State Legislature needs to do better. I have to tell you that meeting with all of you has made me love this job.
Your participation invigorates me and my colleagues to continue our fight for what is fair, for what is
progressive and for what is necessary. I thank you for your advocacy, your dedication and your perseverance!
Finally, as you know, my Community Office continues to provide advice and services to all constituents
who call, write, visit, or email the office, as well as to continue to provide our extremely popular and
successful free monthly walk-in legal clinics for tenants.
It is my sincere hope that each and every resident of our community understands how profoundly
humbling it is to have the privilege of representing such an active, diverse and committed constituency.
There is literally no issue where my constituents fail to have an opinion or where they fail to voice that
opinion - usually in great numbers. We may not always be able to satisfy everyone on every issue, but
I assure you that I will continue to work even harder to serve you better, and to always fight for your interests.
Please continue reading this newsletter for valuable information and updates, and if you have any
questions or concerns, please call me at my Community Office at (212) 866-3970 or my Legislative
Office, if you are in Albany, at (518) 455-5603.
I look forward to hearing from you soon!