Assemblymember's Skoufis and Zebrowski are joined by Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle, Assembly Education Committee Chairwoman Cathy Nolan, Senator David Carlucci and Assemblymembers Harry Bronson, Carrie Woerner and Mary Beth Walsh and Washingtonville School District officials, Barbara Quinn and Maureen Peterson to fight for funding for the six remaining schools districts in New York that do not have full-day kindergarten.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time guest bartending for the Orange County Land Trust at the Newburgh Brewing Company. Tips from the event support the land trusts important work in preserving open space in our community.
I always enjoy attending the Hudson Valley Chapter of the Alzheimers Association walk at Thomas Bull Memorial Park in Montgomery. Bad weather couldnt stop the walkers from having a great time for an important cause.
In 2015, my alma matter, Monroe-Woodbury, hosted the annual Red Ribbon Week event to create substance abuse awareness in our local communities. Here I am speaking to students about encouragement, respect and just saying no to drugs.
At West Point, California Assemblyman David Hadley made good on our bet over the Mets-Dodgers playoff series. Assemblyman Hadley, whose son attends West Point, presented me with a sampling of beer from a local brewery in his California district.
Here I am delivering nearly 10,000 petitions to the Governors office urging him to sign my annexation oversight bill, which received overwhelming support in the Legislature.
Speaker Heastie and I met with a group of veterans to tour the Purple Heart Hall of Honor in New Windsor. The Hall is a unique tribute to those who served and sacrificed in defense of our nation.
At the Stewart Air National Guard Base, the Speaker and I were joined by Assemblyman Skartados where we learned about the facility and the important work of its employees, civilian and military.
In Goshen, the Speaker and I met with local officials and business owners to discuss the concerns of small business owners and economic issues facing New York State.
I joined local officials in briefing Speaker Heastie on the Exit 131 Interchange DOT Project. This critical project will benefit Woodbury and the entire region by establishing a smoother traffic flow.
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and I visiting a class at Butterhill Day School in Cornwall.
Standing with local officials, I was very pleased to announce my ability to secure $3 million in the 2015-16 state budget to fix the pitted and potholed condition of Route 207 in the heart of Goshen. Work will begin in the spring of 2016.
In 2015, I introduced my Integrity in Government Act, a bill to ensure open access to government proceedings, including those of town and village governments (A.5827). The Integrity in Government Act would ensure greater adherence to Freedom of Information (FOIL) and Open Meetings (OML) laws.Assemblyman James Skoufis introduces the Integrity in Government Act, a bill he authored to ensure open access to government proceedings, including those of town and village governments (A.5827). Skoufis Integrity in Government Act would ensure greater adherence to Freedom of Information (FOIL) and Open Meetings (OML) laws.
I was joined by Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski to call on the Department of Transportation to fix the deplorable conditions of the northern section of the Palisades Parkway. During budget negotiations later that year, we were successful in securing over $10 million to repair the parkway.
I recently welcomed local pharmacists who came up to Albany to visit and discuss issues important to them and their field.
Heres me and my team at the 2014 Community Connection and Business EXPO at Monroe-Woodbury High School. I frequently participate in events like these to better listen and speak to constituents in their community.
Supporting first responders, like the Uniformed Firefighters Association constituents pictured here, will always be a top priority.
Safe Homes of Orange County visited me and other legislators to share their support for a number of bills; here I am introducing the group to my colleagues on the Assembly floor.
I had the great opportunity to welcome students from Warwick Valley High School to the Assembly and explain how their state government works.
Here I am supporting the opening of the Goshen Farmers Market! Join me in shopping local and supporting our farmers whenever you can.
I had the pleasure of meeting some Orange County girl scouts who came up to Albany to visit the state capital.
Strong support for the Womens Equality Act, passing all 10-points in the Assembly.
Students and teachers agree: we must do something about the avalanche of student debt and we must begin to make college more affordable and accessible here in our state. Here I am presenting #TuitionFreeNY to Monroe-Woodbury High School.
It was great speaking with the Hudson Valley Family Health Center on ways to help make health care more affordable to those who need it most.
Great attendance at my public education forum, and special thanks to Washingtonville Middle School for allowing us to host there.
I took the #TuitionFreeNY tour to North Rockland High School, sharing the idea with hundreds of receptive students and educators.
I was glad to meet with Stony Point Supervisor Geoff Finn and members of the town's NY Rising planning committee. NY Rising is in place to support rebuilding efforts by those communities hit hardest by the recent hurricanes and superstorms - Stony Point and Washingtonville each qualified for $3 million in grant money through the program.
Here I am with community members, emergency responders, local officials, and hospital employees rallying to save the St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital emergency room. St. Luke's submitted a proposal to the state to make their Cornwall ER part-time, shutting it down from 10pm-10am.
I recently visited the Chester Senior Center and spoke to the group about important issues affecting them such as the unjust property tax system and the Kiryas Joel Pipeline. It's always a pleasure to visit and I look forward to my next meeting with them!
Wishing Mary Clifford of Hamptonburgh a very happy 100th birthday!
Cardinal Timothy Dolan and I were on-hand to commemorate the opening of the newest Catholic Charities location a tremendous organization that assists many struggling individuals and families in our area.
I was extremely privileged to co-host West Point Day the cadets and senior personnel that came up, along with all of their colleagues, past and present, are owed a great deal of gratitude by all of us for keeping our communities and country safe.
This spring, I lent a hand at many local cleanup efforts. Here I am at the Fort Montgomery/9W cleanup with Councilman Bill Edsall and the rest of the Highlands crew before heading out.
Safe Homes of Orange County Executive Director Kellyann Kostyal-Larrier and me at the recent annual Love Gently benefit dinner. I've been a guest waiter the past two years to help raise funds for Safe Homes' mission to eliminate domestic violence from our area.
Stony Point Supervisor Geoff Finn and I participating in the 2013 Polar Plunge to benefit North Rockland's victims of Hurricane Sandy.