Carlucci’s Column: Fight For Fair Elections

Carlucci’s Column: Fight For Fair Elections

The New York State Senate has taken critical steps to fix our broken electoral system and increase voter turnout. We passed early voting, taking effect on October 26th, consolidated federal and State primaries, closed the LLC loophole, ensured voter registrations can be transferred, and allowed voter pre-registration for 16 and 17-year-olds. We know by breaking […]

Carlucci’s Column: Protecting the Next Generation From Tobacco Products

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in this country, despite us knowing it can give you cancer, diabetes, pulmonary and heart diseases. Each year, cigarette smoking kills more than 480,000 Americans, and more than 41,000 of these deaths are from exposure to second hand smoke. Worse, we see e-cigarettes and vaping products, which […]

Carlucci’s Column: The Fight For Affordability & Jobs 

Carlucci’s Column: The Fight For Affordability & Jobs 

We must do more to create good paying jobs in the Hudson Valley to help our residents and bolster our local economy. As we know, prices continue to go up and the Federal Government has hurt homeowners with a $10,000 cap on state and local tax deductions. As many residents are questioning the affordability of […]

Carlucci’s Column: Care in Crisis

Carlucci’s Column: Care in Crisis

Across New York State, the hardworking people who take care of our most vulnerable individuals are not making a living wage. Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) make on average $11.91 an hour in New York State, according to PayScale. Despite their critical work, helping New Yorkers living with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges, the Governor’s […]

Carlucci’s Column: Breaking Down Voting Barriers 

Carlucci’s Column: Breaking Down Voting Barriers 

New York’s voting laws lag behind much of the country, and due to unfair and burdensome restrictions, some cannot exercise their constitutional right to vote. We must do more to eliminate these obstacles, and it starts with major voting reforms. Historically, voter turnout among young people is far lower than for other age groups. According […]

Carlucci’s Column: Keeping Children Safe On The School Bus

Carlucci’s Column: Keeping Children Safe On The School Bus

BY SENATOR DAVID CARLUCCI It is back to school time, and our children’s safety is a top priority. School buses are very safe, but what happens if there is a rollover crash like the one in Morristown, New Jersey in May that left 2 dead and 43 injured? The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has […]