Hudson Valley Democrats release their priorities list
Sep 04, 2020 5:45 am
Nick Reisman is reporting for State of Politics the state Senate Democratic candidates from the Hudson Valley September 3, released their list of legislative priorities. The agenda is backed by a mix of incumbents, including senators James Skoufis, Pete Harckham and Jen Metzger, as well as candidates Elijah Reichlin-Melnick, Karen Smythe and Michelle Hinchey. The measures backed by the candidates and lawmakers include the encouragement of manufacturing and distribution of personal protective equipment while also shifting the economy's focus to small businesses. At the same time, they also back enacting new protections for nursing homes, which have been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Foundation aid for Hudson Valley schools should be fully funded and the region should have a greater share of the Department of Transportation's capital fund. They are calling for the property tax system to be overhauled so there is less of an emphasis on seeking revenue from middle-class and older property owners. The Democrats called for a continued focus on reducing the state's carbon footprint and preserving open spaces. Farmers should be given better incentives, including a minimum wage housing credit for workers and expanded markets for New York products. Broadband should be universally available and the New York State Bridge Authority should be given more independence. Along with Long Island, maintaining control of the Hudson Valley is key for the Democrats to hold onto the Senate majority. Read the full story at nystateofpolitics [dot] com.