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6 hours ago

Big news: the Governor just signed my bill into law that requires anonymous LLCs disclose who their true owners are when purchasing or selling residential real estate. No longer will neighbors have to wonder who owns the home next-door; no longer will mysterious property owners be able to hide from local governments seeking to enforce building code, crack down on illegal housing or issue fines. No longer will residents have to watch as their property values decline because a nearby home owned by an anonymous LLC has fallen into disrepair. I thank Ken Zebrowski for shepherding this important legislation through the State Assembly. From the City of Newburgh to the Village of South Blooming Grove, this is a major win for those of us who care about the quality of life in our communities.

1 day ago

It’s been great spending time in Haverstraw this past week, both with my hardworking colleagues in government as well as so many local seniors.

4 days ago

Earlier this week, I had the absolute pleasure of presenting Legal Services of the Hudson Valley with a $200k check alongside my Senate partner, @senatorjenmetzger for LSHV's Veterans and Military Advocacy Project. Legal Services of the Hudson Valley goes above and beyond to provide necessary civil services to our veteran community and I'm thrilled that Senator Metzger and I were able to successfully secure this funding. No one should ever take legal advantage of our veterans and, with this funding, LSHV is there to make sure of it.

5 days ago

Today we remember the lives lost, the bravery shown, and the resilience that New Yorkers are capable of. My prayers are with all those who lost loved ones and those who are still suffering from the trauma that ensued from this attack. We will never forget each family torn apart by this unthinkable tragedy, and the unity that our country displayed afterwords.

6 days ago

For #SuicidePrevention day, I wanted to share some resources with all of you. If you or a loved one are suffering from mental health issues, suicidal thoughts, substance addiction, or just need someone to listen, these resources are here to support you. Today is an important reminder to check in with those struggling.

1 week ago

My thanks to Andy's Restaurant for hosting our recent Skoufis On Your Street in Highland Falls! For southern Ulster County constituents, our seventh town hall of the summer is tomorrow, Tuesday, from 9:00am-10:30am at Frank’s Deli in Marlboro. See you there!

1 week ago

Throughout the month of August, I proudly displayed incredible works of art created by local Rockland County artists. 🎨The pieces include topics such as local scenery and abstract objects in the form of paintings and photographs. I would love to share with you the opportunity to view the pieces in person. Please join me for our office gallery opening on Tuesday, September 17th, from 5-7pm. Our office is located in the Garner Arts Center, Building 24 Suite A2, 55 West Railroad Avenue Garnerville, NY (right across the street from Zugibe’s Hardware). This event is free and open to the public. I hope to see you there! Swipe for a sneak peek👀

1 week ago

I was delighted to welcome Washingtonville’s first full-day kindergarten class to school this week! When I was serving in the Assembly, I tirelessly fought to get special funding for full-day kindergarten in Washingtonville as well as North Rockland - and, as of yesterday, both school districts have officially made the transition. Playing a role in this process was one of the proudest moments of my time in the Legislature because all kids in New York deserve a complete education, regardless of their zip code. To all our students: welcome back to school and have an incredible year!

1 week ago

Another tax break for Medline? No. Pay your damn taxes.

1 week ago

As Chairman of the Senate's investigations committee, I just announced a full, comprehensive investigation into Medline's proposed property tax breaks. I stand with concerned local residents and our message is simple: Pay your damn taxes! Some red flags with their attempt to receive corporate welfare: 1. Without a dime of incentives, Medline stands to net - profit - over $74 million in just the first year. Why must taxpayers subsidize this enormously profitable project? 2. Medline abruptly ended negotiations with the Orange County IDA in order to "shop around" for a more lucrative deal with the Town of Montgomery IDA. 3. The company is set to abandon their Wawayanda, Orange County warehouse just as their 10-year property tax breaks are due to expire. Now, they want to start a whole new round of 10-15 years of incentives. What a coincidence. 4. Medline has already purchased prime real estate for their new project at a cost of $17 million. This is not something a company still weighing their options does. This is not a company that requires incentives. I'm not going to stand by and allow some huge corporation to run roughshod over the taxpayers I represent. Document requests associated with the investigation will be going out shortly.

2 weeks ago

Doing the people’s work in our new office in the City of Newburgh😁 If you missed our grand opening yesterday, be sure to visit us at 47 Grand Street or call with your questions/issues/concerns at 845-567-1270. Photo credit📸: Brian Wolfe

2 weeks ago

Reminder: tonight from 5-7pm, Assemblymember Jacobson and I are hosting our official Newburgh office opening. Please come by, check out our new space, and meet our staff! I look forward to seeing everyone there😁

3 weeks ago

#SkoufisSquad looking really proud of how our decorations turned out for the #WeAreNewburgh back to school backpack event in Downing Park. Thanks to everyone who came out for this great event!

3 weeks ago

The Skoufis Squad had a great time today at New Windsor Community Day! It was wonderful speaking with constituents and seeing so many residents make the event such a successful one.

3 weeks ago

Thanks so much to everyone who came to today’s “Skoufis On Your Street” town hall in Cornwall. I’ve had a great time this summer meeting with my constituents from across the district and hearing directly about the issues that matter most to them. Up next: Haverstraw this Friday from 4:00pm-6:30pm!

1 month ago

Everyone in North Rockland knows that Lynch’s is a staple in the community. I was honored to present Lynch’s owner, Kevin, with the Senate’s Empire Business Award. Among Kevin’s countless philanthropic efforts are the free meals that he provides to all active military personnel that come to the restaurant, and the delivery of free meals to those who may not be able to come out to a restaurant for a meal with their family. He hosts in innumerable events and supports so many important causes in the community. Above all, he loves his family and loves North Rockland. Kevin’s commitment to using his life experiences to improve the lives of those in our community is incredibly admirable and I was honored to present him with this award.

1 month ago

I was honored and humbled to stand with Aaron Fried, Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski, and Monroe Town Supervisor Tony Cardone as we announced the enactment of Harper's Law in New York State. It was my privilege to carry this bill in the State Senate and to work with Assemblyman Zebrowski to pass it. New York's children will now be safer due to the selfless efforts of Harper Fried's family to raise awareness and pass this law. Retailers will now be required to take necessary measures to prevent furniture tip-over tragedies from happening. The Fried family's work will have a lasting impact on our state and I am endlessly grateful for that.

1 month ago

Last night, I delivered remarks about Medline’s proposed package of tax breaks. In their own application to the Montgomery IDA, Medline shares that WITHOUT any tax breaks, they still plan to net - profit - $74,804,000 in just the FIRST YEAR. And, by the way, Medline just received ten, full years of tax breaks for the warehouse they’re proposing to leave. It’s no coincidence that, just as these tax breaks are about to expire, they pick up their stakes, propose moving to a new site, and apply for a whole new round of tax breaks. This is nothing short of a scam. Make no mistake, this is not a company that requires incentives. This is all about pure, disgusting corporate greed on the back of Montgomery’s taxpayers. Before there is any further consideration of the project’s merits, I urge the planning board and local elected officials to relay one loud, clear message to Medline: pay your damn taxes! Photo📷: Kelly Marsh for the Times Herald-Record