Congressman Colin Schmitt traveled to Texas last week for what he described as a "fact-finding mission" to learn about illegal immigration to the US-Mexico border.
In a series of press releases, the New Windsor Republican reported its stops, including an escort from the Val Verde County Sheriff's Department Wednesday at a border barrier, legal and illegal entry points and an emergency shelter for immigrants. He said he talked to border patrol officers, humanitarian workers and some recent immigrants themselves, and concluded that the recent New York policies he had already opposed that should have helped illegal immigrants – how to allow them to get driving license – they are bad because they will encourage more unauthorized border crossing.
"As Assemblyman I intend to bring this reality to my colleagues during the debate and the debate on legislation," said Schmitt. "We cannot continue to hurt and create factors of attraction that damage our state, our nation and lead to the exploitation of men, women and children by cartels."
Schmitt's office stated that it had paid for travel and accommodation expenses and would not request reimbursement from the state.
Metzger: $ 100,000 to study the prevention of Lyme disease
A Dutchess County research organization looking for ways to prevent Lyme disease got $ 100,000 in state funding to support its work through a budget line that Sen. Jen Metzger helped secure in June .
Metzger visited the Millary Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies on Thursday to announce the grant for The Tick Project, a five-year study that the Cary Institute began in 2016 and is expected to end next year. The institute is testing Lyme fighting approaches in 24 Dutchess county neighborhoods that include the use of a tick-killing fungus and a mouse and squirrel bait that kills the ticks they carry .
"Lyme is the fastest-growing disease in the United States and represents over 80% of tick-borne diseases," said Metzger, a Rosendale Democrat who had Lyme disease five times, in a press release after the visit. "I have long admired the Cary Institute for the invaluable work the organization carries out to advance our understanding of Lyme and ways to prevent it."
The Cary Institute grant comes from a $ 250,000 health department allocation that Metzger helped secure efforts to combat tick-borne diseases.
Skoufis, Jacobson will open a shared office in Newburgh
State Senator James Skoufis and Congressman Jonathan Jacobson will hold a ceremonial opening Tuesday for the joint district office that they and their legislative staff will share at 47 Grand St. in the city of Newburgh.
The two democratic legislators and their supporters will meet at 5:00 pm. and cut the ribbon at 6:00 pm Jacobson, who lives in Newburgh and was a city councilor before winning the 104th seat of the Assembly District in November, said in a statement that the Grand Street office is " a commitment to the revitalization of the city of Newburgh "and" a convenient place to meet with components. "
"Having my office on the other side of Senator James Skoufis' room, the constituents can have a" one-stop shop "to meet both of their state representatives," he said.
Metzger supports repairs to the dam to preserve Lake Minnewaska
State Senator Jen Metzger held a press conference with supporters of Tillson Lake this month to promote an estimate of the lowest cost of renewing the 22-acre dam at Minnewaska State Park.
A state engineering report in 2012 would have estimated that repairs would cost from $ 5 to $ 9 million, while dam removal would cost from $ 1 to $ 2 million, but it would also destroy the lake. A new engineering report this year explored a different approach and calculated that the dam could be repaired for $ 3.2 million.
Metzger spoke with members of Friends of Tillson Lake and reporters from Ulster County Park on August 14, and later stated in a statement that he hopes the state will proceed with the reorganization of the dam based on the lowest estimate.
"Lake Tillson is a popular recreational and landscape destination in the community and supports a variety of native plant species, as well as amphibians, reptiles and birds," he said. "Residents enjoy the lake for kayaking, fishing, canoeing and birdwatching, and it is also used by the Shawangunk Valley fire brigade for training."