Black History Month, Wadsworth Labs, Net Neutrality Update

February 5, 2018

February kicks off Black History Month, a time to celebrate contributions of Black Americans to our history, culture and scientific progress. At a time of increased divisiveness in our country, this is a good reminder to celebrate our diversity!

Update on Wadsworth Health Labs. My work continues from last year in advocating the proposed consolidated health labs, including Wadsworth Center, remain in Albany. Iím anxiously awaiting the release of a Department of Health Report detailing potential locations and will send continued updates as this plan develops.

Rockefeller Institute Commentary on my Net Neutrality Legislation. The Rockefeller Institute of Government published my commentary explaining the need for states to take action on net neutrality. The Governor last week signed an executive order preventing state contracts from going to ISPs that do not comply with net neutrality principles, however, passing my legislation, in addition to giving the order the force of law, would expand the rule to municipalities, school districts, and libraries. This move would compound the power of the purse and further pressure ISPs doing business in New York to comply with net neutrality.

Fahy on TUís Capitol Confidential Issue Roundtable on Tuesday. Join me and other Capital Region lawmakers and Times Union journalists for an evening of fast-paced small group discussions on state policy issues next Tuesday, February 6th from 6:00 to 7:30 PM at the Hearst Media Center at 645 Albany Shaker Road in Colonie. Everyone who attends will be welcome to interact directly with legislators on state issues ranging from education to health care, ethics reform to the state budget. Registration starts at 5:30, or you can pre-register online.

Community Updates & Events

Albany Poverty Reduction Initiative Workforce Development Scholarship Program. The City of Albany Poverty Reduction Initiative (CAPRI), led by Mayor Kathy Sheehan, announced last week the launch of the Workforce Development Scholarship Program. Scholarships of up to $2,500 will be awarded on a rolling basis for eligible City of Albany residents pursuing a licensing program or a professional and/or technical certification that will lead to full-time employment.

Vote for New CDPHP Cycle Bike Locations. The launch of CDTAís CDPHP Cycle bike share program was a roaring success, with ridership exceeding expectations. Polls are now open to select the location for new bike share locations around the Capital Region Ė be sure to vote for where you would like to see a bike share dock next!

Give Your Heart to a Homeless Family. Homelessness is a serious crisis for any family and Iím proud to support community initiatives to combat it. Please consider attending the Capital Region Family Promiseís 4th annual ďGive Your Heart to a Homeless FamilyĒ celebration which will be held on Thursday, February 8, 5:30-7:30 pm at Glennpeter Diamond Centre located at 1544 Central Avenue in Albany. Admission is free!

Albany Pre-K Lottery. Applications for the lottery that will determine placement in the City School District of Albanyís 4-year-old prekindergarten programs for 2018-19 are available. You can download an application booklet here, or pick one up at Central Registration, 75 Watervliet Ave. Children must be 4 years old by Dec. 1, 2018, to be eligible.The district offers full-day prekindergarten in all 12 elementary schools and at 20 community locations. The application deadline is March 2.

Women of Science at the New York State Museum. Join scientists at New York State Museum on Saturday, February 10th at 10 AM for an exciting day of activities celebrating the amazing women scientists working at the museum! In recognition of the U.N. International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we bring you this program honoring the women working in a variety of scientific disciplines right here in downtown Albany. Lectures, ďAsk the ScientistĒ sessions, and scientific activities will be happening throughout the day.

Gannonís Job List. Whenever Iím asked about jobs in the Capital Region, I always direct people to Peter Gannonís ďGannonís List,Ē a free weekly email list with great opportunities with some of the regionís best employers. Itís worth the subscription for anyone on the job hunt!

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