WSKG’s Election Day watch list

Tuesday’s midterm elections will determine whether Democrats retain control of the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. Democrats are also defending control of the New York governor’s mansion and both houses of the state Legislature.

Lupardo Praises Success Of 2019 Session, Worries About Upstate Issues

“There are currently just four members in the New York State Senate who are from upstate and that’s vastly different than the way it used to be. Many of us in the Assembly majority had majority partners who some of us worked very closely with.”

d52ccfcc-b302-4883-b2fe-38c5fc3e307c

Lupardo On Seniors, Parking Garage Safety And Childcare

Lawmakers returned to Albany for the 2017 legislative session. Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo represents the 123rd district, which includes the city of Binghamton and the towns of Vestal and Union. She joined us to discuss the session and her new role as Chair of the Committee on Aging. Interview highlights:

What do you want to get done in your new role? Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo: Being someone who is over 60 myself and having gone throw the death of my parents, I’m sensitive to a couple of big things: making sure that those individuals who need services and programs have those available, but also, as people are living longer and healthier lives and want to stay more active, that we’re paying attention to that, too.

a73a7dc1-02e2-496c-98ea-b0f8917ca430

NY Must Pay For Child Care Mandates, Lupardo Says

New York is getting ready for big changes to child care regulations. New federal rules say child care centers have to start fingerprinting employees and increase requirements for background checks, training, and annual inspections, among other changes. State Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo expects the rules to take effect next year. She says they’re welcome but have a high price tag. “That’s something we’ve been wanting for a very long time, and we appreciate the federal government stepping in and basically saying, ‘You have to do this,’” she says. “The $90 million impact, however, is what’s a concern to us.”

2c47effc-13f2-4f37-8a35-15efd2b56efa

Lupardo, Hevesi Convene Child Poverty Roundtable

 

Almost a quarter of New York children live in poverty, and in the city of Binghamton, that figure is near 50 percent. State legislators and community leaders gathered in Binghamton today to discuss the problem. Assembly members Donna Lupardo and Andrew Hevesi said some current laws hinder services for low-income people. Joe Sellepack of the Broome County Council of Churches says one of those laws affects people who recently left prison. Inmates can’t apply for social services. So when they’re released, there’s often a gap before they start getting help.