The following are highlights of the April meeting:
Health: For over a year, the Minority Legislators have been diligent in informing the public and elected officials on the importance of raising the age to purchase tobacco products. We have made this issue, an important conversation in Rensselaer County and beyond. We repeatedly sponsored legislation to raise the age in Rensselaer County only to be defeated along party lines. The Democratic Minority Legislators are proud to see that Albany was listening and took the steps necessary to address this obvious initiative to lessen the growing numbers of addiction among our youth. We are grateful to see that the Assembly and Senate understand the significance of this passage and in a bipartisan effort overwhelmingly supported our cause.
Environment: Another important cause of the Minority Legislators for years has been the ban of single use plastic bags. Once again, we failed to get the support of the Republican Majority and our efforts were defeated along party lines. Future generations and our planet deserve better and we are happy to see the NYS legislature taking a step in reducing harmful waste from our landfills, highways, waterways, and beautiful green spaces.
The Justice Center of Albany Law School attended our Public Forum and delivered an informative presentation on immigration; “the myths and facts” as well as a broad perspective on 287g; “the intent and results”.
NEXT MEETING – Tuesday, May 14, 2019 in the Rensselaer County Chambers located on the 3rd floor of the Ned Pattison Government Center, 1600 7th Avenue, Troy.
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