Policy

Eliminate or suspend the state gas tax? Lawmakers offer relief for rising prices
Policy

Eliminate or suspend the state gas tax? Lawmakers offer relief for rising prices

  In response to rising gas prices bright on by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, both Democrats and Republicans in the state Legislature are looking to suspend the state’s gas tax as a way to provide relief for New Yorkers. Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, D-Rotterdam, has introduced legislation (A.9503) to suspend New […]

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Extreme weather due to climate change, as pictured in this December 2021 storm in western New York, can overwhelm sewage and wastewater systems, contributing to sewage overflows that flood lakes, rivers and streams, said two lawmakers during a recent press conference. Sen. Sean Ryan and Assemblyman Bill Conrad are asking the U.S. senate to pass the Build Back Better Act, which includes $550 for environmental protection programs.
Policy

Buffalo-area lawmakers discuss climate protections, economic benefits of the Build Back Better Act

Two Western New York lawmakers today spoke of the need to pass federal funding through the U.S. Senate to prevent future weather emergencies and promote their local manufacturing industries and job markets. State Sen. Sean Ryan, D-Buffalo, Assemblyman Bill Conrad, D-Tonawanda, and climate change activists urged the U.S. Senate to […]

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U.S. Sen Kirsten Gillibrand joins New York State Attorney General Letitia James, at left, to call for non-violent criminal convictions of trafficking survivors to be cleared so they can rebuild their lives without a criminal record.
Policy

Gillibrand, AG Letitia James support bipartisan bills to aid human trafficking survivors

On Feb. 16, 2022, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand announced her support of the Trafficking Survivors Relief Act and Put Trafficking Victims First Act — two bipartisan bills supporting human trafficking survivors. Sen. Gillibrand, via a video press conference, was joined by survivors of sex trafficking and anti-trafficking activists, including Shandra Woworuntu, […]