As a state senator representing many communities in the Aqua service area, and as an Aqua customer myself, I am appalled that the state Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved a double-digit Aqua rate increase which will result in higher water bills for Aqua customers.
(This is a letter from NYS Governor David A. Paterson to all residents of the State.)
This is a winter of reckoning. And I write to you today not only about the state of our State, but also the state of our self-government – a fragile instrument of popular will that is breaking under the will to be popular.
All too often in Albany it is easier to deny reality and demand what we cannot afford than to accept that years of living on the margins of our means would one day have to end. Cultures of addiction to spending, power or approval have doomed empires, and now they threaten the Empire State.
But I do not write you today to replay old grievances or reclaim lost ground. We are here to rebuild. Rebuild our State’s economy into a national model of ingenuity and strength. Rebuild our people’s confidence in the stability of our State. Rebuild our manufacturing base to meet the energy standards of this enlightened age. And most importantly, rebuild the trust that the people of New York once had in their government.
I want to thank you for the honor of representing the place where I grew up and have lived my entire life. I went into public service because I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives and to fight for those who couldn’t fight for themselves. Whether in public service or as a private citizen I will continue to work to make the place that I call home a better place to live.
Over the years, I have worked with civic activists, PTAs, fire chiefs, village officials, school boards and school administrators. I thank them for their service as they work to improve the quality of life in our community without regard to politics or partisanship. I drive through the place that I call home and see how it has improved. Whether it was a blighted area turned into a beautiful pocket park, new playgrounds for our schools, downtown revitalization, or knowing that local fire departments have the critical life-saving tools they need, working with them proved that it truly does take “teamwork to make the dream work.”
Once again, thank you for the honor of representing you for the past six years. I will see you around town. Happy New Year!
People came here with vision and purpose. They saw opportunity, and seized it.
What do the following have in common? Asthma, Cancer, Crohn’s Disease, Cystic Fibrosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, End Stage Renal Disease, Hepatitis C, Hypoglycemia, Idiopathic Dilated Cardiomyopathy, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Leg-Calvé-Perthes, Marfan Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, Migraines, Polycystic Kidney Disease, Scoliosis and Supraventricular Tachycardia.
“Tis the Season” has an entirely different meaning for victims/survivors of drunk-driving crashes.
As another year ends and a new year begins, it is time to assess which preventative health measures we as individuals should address in the upcoming new year. For those people turning 50 years of age, it is time to address colon cancer screening. This topic is so important that although we discussed this somewhat earlier this year, I believe that it is worth revisiting. The following three paragraphs come from the flier announcing the National Institutes of Health Consensus Conference on Colorectal Cancer Screening to be held in Bethesda on February 2-4, 2010. I encourage any interested party to attend this meeting.
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