Hudson Valley Parents Debate Masks in Schools

As the Delta variant rages on, so does the debate over students wearing masks in schools come fall. Children across the country, especially those ineligible for the vaccine, are ending up in the intensive care unit for COVID-19. This is a concern for Tameka Arroy-Santiago, a Hopewell Junction parent of two school-aged children under theContinue reading “Hudson Valley Parents Debate Masks in Schools”

Senator Skoufis Discusses Water Testing Bill

A water testing bill sponsored by Senator James Skoufis (D-39) passed this week. It promises to be a breakthrough in the ongoing statewide issue of water contamination. The bill expands testing for toxic chemicals in drinking water. Through this legislation, every municipality will be able to detect 40 different contaminants. “This bill requires virtually everyContinue reading “Senator Skoufis Discusses Water Testing Bill”

Breaking Families: The Story of Kyra’s Law

Kyra Franchetti died in July 2016 at only 28 months old. Her death was the result of a court-sanctioned unsupervised visit with her biological father. This led her mom Jacqueline to start The Kyra Franchetti Foundation, which brings awareness to how New York’s family court system often fails in handling family violence claims. “I missContinue reading “Breaking Families: The Story of Kyra’s Law”

Assemblyman Gottfried Discusses New York Health Act

Since 1991, New York State Assemblyman Richard Gottfried (NY-75) has fought for single-payer healthcare in the state. This year, he may get his chance. In the wake of the pandemic, the New York Health Act–which Gottfried has co-sponsored with Assemblyman Gustavo Rivera– is gaining momentum in Albany. Assemblyman Gottfried credits this mainly to the supermajorityContinue reading “Assemblyman Gottfried Discusses New York Health Act”

Assemblywoman Barrett Discusses Mental Health Parity

As a member of the New York State Assembly’s mental health committee — and the head of the assembly’s veterans’ committee — Assemblywoman Didi Barrett (NY-106) has worked to increase supports for those suffering from mental health issues. Most recently, she and two fellow Democratic state senators (Senators Elijah Reichlin-Melnick (NY-38) and John Mannion (NY-50))Continue reading “Assemblywoman Barrett Discusses Mental Health Parity”