Today, Assemblyman Andrew Raia (R,I,C-East Northport) touched upon some of the issues he would like to see addressed, and some of his priorities for this year’s state budget. The issues he’d like to see addressed include ethics reforms, enhanced college affordability and a continued commitment to combating the heroin and opioid epidemic.

Earlier this legislative session, the Assembly successfully passed a resolution proposing a constitutional amendment stripping corrupt public officials convicted of felonies related to their position in office of their taxpayer-funded pensions. This coming November, its approval will be in the hands of New York’s voters.

“I look forward to the residents of this state joining me in taking a stand against corruption in state government,” said Raia. “Although this is a step forward in the battle against corruption, we must continue to pass anti-corruption legislation such as term limits and campaign finance reform. Our government belongs to the everyday people of New York, not the entrenched special interest groups.”

Raia has also pushed for reforms in the way New York addresses college affordability. Last month the Assembly Minority introduced a plan to increase the state’s Tuition Assistance Program’s (TAP) brackets and provide tax credits to individuals paying off student loans.

“The brackets for TAP have remained the same for nearly two decades,” said Raia. “My Conference’s plan would update the program to reflect current times and expand assistance for higher education to thousands of New Yorkers. It would also give much-needed financial assistance to recent grads who are struggling to make ends meet.”

Although there has been an increased focus by the state to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic, which has been felt across the country, Raia wants to ensure there is no complacency with efforts and progress as the battle against this disease continues.           

 “I am encouraged by the governor’s commitment to adding $30 million ($200 million in total) to battle heroin and opioid addiction, and I ask my colleagues in the Assembly to join his efforts,” said Raia. “This additional funding is crucial if we are to provide families and individuals with the necessary resources to defeat this crippling disease that is a scourge on in our community.”

With the budget deadline looming, Raia will continue to advocate for these items to be included in the 2017-2018 State Budget, and ensure the 12th Assembly District is well represented.

Assemblyman Raia represents the 12th Assembly District, located in Suffolk County. For more information, please visit Assemblyman Raia’s Official Website.

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