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New Yorkers Deserve Good Insurance Options

New Yorkers Deserve Good Insurance Options

Three years ago, a New York public school custodian, returning from his coffee break, was hit by an underinsured driver while crossing the street and left permanently disabled. He was in a training program and on his way to becoming a chief custodian but instead was left disabled, requiring significant physical therapy to even walk again.  While he thought the insurance he purchased would provide some financial relief for the fact he could no longer perform his job, he was left high and dry.

New York State Thruway Toll Increases are Bad for Business

New York State Thruway Toll Increases are Bad for Business

It is no secret that our families and local businesses are fighting to pull themselves out of a downed economy. That is why I am strongly opposing the Thruway Authority’s proposed plan to raise tolls on large trucks by almost 45 percent starting Sept. 30.

This toll increase would have the most direct hit on our region’s small businesses that transport goods around New York State. The 45 percent increase would mean large trucks that now pay $88 to travel from Buffalo to New York City would have to pay $127 per one-way trip. It would increase a truck’s cost to travel from Buffalo to Albany from $20 per trip to $44.70.

Assemblymember Gabryszak Furthers Commitment to Education in Legislative Session

Assemblymember Gabryszak Furthers Commitment to Education in Legislative Session

This year’s state legislative session proved to be one of the most productive sessions in recent history. Working together, my colleagues and I had many successful accomplishments, but perhaps one of our greatest achievements was the amount of progress we made in ensuring our children receive the best possible education.

Education has always been a top priority of mine, which is why I supported many of the important measures that increased education funding in this year’s state budget. I voted to increase overall school aid by 4 percent, which amounted to a $805 million increase. Specifically, the school districts in our area will see a total funding increase of over $5 million. Additionally, funding was increased to libraries by nearly $4 million. This additional aid will help ensure that Western New York students get the high-quality education they deserve and have access to the best resources, teachers and extracurricular programs our schools can offer them.

Assemblymember Gabryszak Helps Pass Legislation to Curb Bullying

Assemblymember Gabryszak Helps Pass Legislation to Curb Bullying

Recently, the Assembly passed legislation I supported that will expand the Dignity for All Students Act, establishing a mandatory reporting system for all incidents of bullying and requiring new training for certain school staff (A.10712).

 Bullying is a major problem across our country and we have seen, first-hand, the devastating effects it can have. Williamsville North freshman Jamey Rodemeyer committed suicide last year and consistently wrote about the bullying he was experiencing, both in school and on the Internet. Rodemeyer blogged about how he was being bullied and no one at his school seemed to care or want to help him.[1] Even though the local police were made aware of the bullying Jamey faced on a daily basis, no criminal charges were brought against the bullies.

West Seneca East Students to Host Roundtable with Local Lawmakers

West Seneca East Students to Host Roundtable with Local Lawmakers

West Seneca East Senior High School Participation in Government students will host a roundtable discussion with several local lawmakers at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 23 in the school auditorium, 4760 Seneca St.

Elected officials slated to take part represent all levels of government, from town to federal office. Participants include Rep. Brian Higgins, D-27th District; state Sen. Tim Kennedy, D-58th District; and Sheila Meegan, West Seneca town supervisor.

Students have been studying public policy and will develop questions based on issues facing the community. Questions will be directed to the appropriate elected official. Fifteen students will be asking the questions, and three have been selected to serve as moderators. These students are Zack Giacobello, Courtney McDermott and Alex Martin. 

Assembly Passes On-Time Budget for 2nd Year

Assembly Passes On-Time Budget for 2nd Year

“Today, I helped the Assembly pass budget that closes a $3.5 billion deficit without any new taxes or fees. Several areas of the budget are focused toward our region of the state. The Western New York Power Proceeds Allocation Board will
appropriate money specifically for economic development in Western New York. This budget also provides an increase in education funding which will help provide our children with the scholastic resources they deserve. In addition, we provided the first increase to community colleges in 5 years, which will help many continue their education. I will continue to fight for the hardworking people of Cheektowaga and Lancaster”

Assemblymember Gabryszak Sponsors Brittany’s Law

Assemblymember Gabryszak Sponsors Brittany’s Law

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