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 […]

Carlucci’s Column: Fighting For Funding For East Ramapo

Carlucci’s Column: Fighting For Funding For East Ramapo

BY SENATOR DAVID CARLUCCI  The East Ramapo Central School District is owed $208,311 in federal funding after an error was admittedly made by the State Education Department (SED) for the 2017-2018 school year. This funding is critical to the largely minority district, which has been suffering financially due to unique circumstances. While we were able […]

Carlucci’s Column:  Naloxone Saves Lives

Carlucci’s Column:  Naloxone Saves Lives

BY STATE SENATOR DAVID CARLUCCI  Across the country, individuals, families, and communities, both rich and poor, have been impacted by the opioid epidemic. On average 115 people die every day from an opioid overdose, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Rockland and Westchester Counties have not been immune. In 2017, both counties […]