As a local union representative for the last 20 years, I have had the fortune or misfortune of meeting and working with elected officials and candidates for all levels of government. Some of the elected officers I have met have worked harder for themselves or their political party than the people they represent. I can’t say that about Assemblyman Will Barclay.
Politics is deceitful, divisive and frightening, especially in today’s climate. Emotionally charged words and lies are being bantered around without regard for truthfulness. Misleading statements, inaccuracies, and downright lies are prevalent with certain politicians who should be addressing policies that are important to us.
When the weather turns colder, it leaves many in the troubling position of deciding to pay for heat or pay for other necessities, like food or medication. It is critical for all of us here in New York State to let our family, friends and neighbors know there is help. Applications for the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) are now being accepted.
Domestic violence is a widespread problem across the nation and in New York. According to the State Office of Court Administration, in 2016 more than 28,000 domestic assaults were reported to police agencies outside of New York City. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a reminder that this type of abuse is prevalent and that educating the public on this important topic can help save lives.
This November 6, voters in New York have the chance to end corruption in Albany, once and for all. They have the chance to end the “pay to play” culture that is systemic in awarding public contracts. In order to do so, voters have to elect a truly independent candidate for Governor. That candidate is former Mayor of Syracuse, Stephanie Miner.
It is so sad that a decent man has been put through what has happened to Shawn Doyle.
Every fall, I am fortunate enough to host a series of health and wellness fairs for our region’s senior population. These fairs feature local health-based businesses, organizations and agencies all offering various wellness checks, health tips and even free flu shots. Our community groups also pitch in, with local students making lunches to give to seniors, free of charge.
Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers among women. According to the New York State Department of Health, more than 15,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and almost 2,600 women die from the disease each year in New York State. Early detection, however, has played a tremendous role in saving lives and allowing many people to live cancer free for years after initial diagnosis. According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 90 out of 100 women survive breast cancer for five years or more after being diagnosed thanks to early detection.
To those of you who are not aware, I participated along with Shawn Doyle and Jim Maroney in trying to garner attention last summer to a 15-year-old boy that we had all become acquainted with. Maroney was the first to meet the teen and began counseling with him. He introduced the teen to Doyle for two reasons. The teen in question was looking for a summer job, and Maroney knew that the Rural and Migrant Ministry and the Half-Shire often hired local students to do yard work.
Thanks to some record breaking fishing this summer, the rest of the country is taking notice, too. Lake Ontario is the place to catch that once in a lifetime, trophy fish. Recently, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation shared some data showing that recreational fishing for trout and salmon on Lake Ontario has been “outstanding” along the entire New York shoreline.