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  • Green technology can help the economy
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on April 17, 2012 | Preview rr

    The talk coming out of Washington is as rigid and partisan as ever. Some are calling for across-the-board spending cuts. Some are calling for tax increases. And still others, including President Barack Obama, are seeking middle-ground compromise. All the while, the economy moves sluggishly along and the Aug. 2 debt ceiling deadline creeps ever closer.Our nation is at a nexus, and I for one don't want to see our economic recovery cut off at the knees. We must be bold, work together and solve thes... Read more

  • Budget should make statement
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on April 17, 2012 | Preview rr

    Published in Times Union, April 2, 2012The news coming out of Albany last week centered on passage of New York's budget. But another budget battle was under way in Washington; a proposed budget that would shake the foundations of America's principles and priorities — the Ryan budget.The House Republicans have voted for a budget, offered by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, that would end Medicare as we know it and balance the debt on the backs of the middle and working class.But don't take my... Read more

  • Small Businesses are the Engine of Job Growth
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on September 2, 2010 | Preview rr

    Published in the Amsterdam Recorder 9/1/2010To the editor:I am writing in response to the Aug. 25 letter from Deborah Auspelmyer and Charles Schwartz of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce titled "Health care mandate would hurt small businesses." The specific mandate that President Auspelmyer and Chairman Schwartz refer to is section 9006 of the Affordable Care Act. This provision imposes a burdensome 1099 reporting mandate on many small businesses. It requires businesses that pay $600 or ... Read more

  • Rep. Tonko Editorial on IDA Reform in NYS
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on June 12, 2009 | Preview rr

    Word that Global Foundries has struck a deal with New York State to provide prevailing wages for workers who will construct the company's state of the art chip plant in Malta is a huge win for New Yorkers. Read more

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