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@jamesskoufis See full size profile   Senator for New York’s 39th District

1 day ago

Happy Earth Day from the beautiful Hudson Valley! I get some of the highest annual scores from Environmental Advocates of New York because I know how essential protecting our region’s environment is for us and, more importantly, future generations. We have lots of work to do.

4 days ago

Last week, I toured the Lightning Express Delivery Service Inc. in Plattekill. I met with Joe Fitzpatrick, Lightning Express' founder, to discuss transportation in New York, the shortage of truck drivers in the state, and the potential effect of congestion pricing on shipments. We know that policy in Albany has real implications to small businesses here in New York. It’s important to understand the challenges that they face and what we can do to better empower these entrepreneurs to thrive.

5 days ago

SNUG, an important anti-gun violence program, is coming back to Newburgh. I fought hard to secure the necessary $200,000 in this year's state budget to make it happen. SNUG is evidence-based and has successfully worked to lower the shooting rates (dramatically) in communities wherein the program is running. Safety is the most fundamental quality of life matter, and this initiative will be an essential compliment to the excellent work that local stakeholders, including the city's police department, are already doing. Thanks to Assemblymember Jonathan Jacobson, Mayor Torrance Harvey, Councilman Anthony Grice, Kevindaryán Luján - Orange County Legislator, and Police Chief Solomon for joining me at yesterday's announcement. RECAP will be the local administrator for the program.

1 week ago

Special thanks to Temple Hill Academy in New Windsor for inviting me to read to one of their 4th grade classes this afternoon to celebrate Read Across America! Since I began in the Assembly, access to quality education has been a top priority of mine. I’ll never stop fighting for our students to get the education they deserve.

1 week ago

My wife and I just visited Notre-Dame last summer. To see it now is absolutely heartbreaking. My deepest condolences to the people of France.

1 week ago

Meet our staff! 👏🙌 • Elijah is our Legislative Director and the dedicated caretaker of all our office plants.🌱 • “I chose to work with James because in over a decade of working in the public sector, he is one of the most honest, hardworking, and effective public officials that I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet.” • Give our office a call: 845-567-1270 • #ThisIsHowWeSkoufis

2 weeks ago

It has been a busy day today in Albany! I started my morning announcing new legislation that seeks to tax and regulate homesharing in New York State. I then hosted an Investigations and Government Operations Committee meeting with my Senate colleagues where we voted on a number of important bills that affect ticketing policy, repealing the MTA payroll tax on municipalities and community colleges, and accelerating court action during transparency cases. I was then visited by a youth-led organization, Our Climate, to discuss climate change policy and clean energy. Lots more ahead!

2 weeks ago

Skoufis squad spotted cleaning up the roads in Haverstraw on Sunday!

2 weeks ago

It was such an honor to join Senator Jen Metzger in presenting Officer John Skoufis, my uncle, and Officer Sean Burke, for their bravery and success in apprehending two fugitives. Their dedication to keeping our community safe is beyond appreciated.

2 weeks ago

NYS Senate Mets Caucus is in the house for Opening Day! LGM!

2 weeks ago

Yesterday, Senator Metzger and I stood with members of @csearegion3 , nursing home employees, professional ambulance providers, and healthcare advocates in front of the Valley View Center for Nursing Care and Rehabilitation to discuss healthcare victories in the State Budget. Healthcare, especially for our vulnerable and elderly, is a foundation to every community and it cannot be neglected. Valley View is an example of a center that does right by its community, provides essential services for our seniors and veterans, yet, was still in jeopardy of losing $4 million due to cuts being advanced by the Governor. Working alongside Senator Metzger, we fought to successfully protect this funding for Valley View and the hundreds of nursing homes, ambulance providers, and hospitals statewide.

3 weeks ago

@kenzebrowski and I issued the following statement regarding North Rockland debt relief in the NY State Budget.

3 weeks ago

Each year, I’m proud to support our local first responders by attending many fire department and ambulance corps installation events. I was delighted to join Marlborough, Maybrook, Vails Gate, and Dan Leghorn firefighters as well as Cornwall EMS in recent weeks. My staff also represented me at installations for Monroe, Good Will, New Windsor, and Middle Hope firefighters. We owe them all a debt of gratitude for their service to our communities.

4 weeks ago

Meet our staff! 👏🙌 Oneida, one of our Constituent Services Specialists, moved from California to serve the 39th District. • “I have been through many of the issues that constituents are going through here. When I was a field organizer, I met people from many different backgrounds who were facing different problems. I’m so happy to help in this new capacity, with all hands on deck!” • Give our office a call: 845-567-1270 #ThisIsHowWeSkoufis

4 weeks ago

I’m fighting every day to hold government accountable to the people it’s supposed to serve - you! And I couldn’t ask for a better Hudson Valley partner than Senator Jen Metzger. Check out today’s recordonline.com for the full story!

1 month ago

Wishing my Jewish friends and neighbors a very happy and festive Purim! Today, we celebrate the resilient spirit of our Jewish communities.

1 month ago

Hudson and his family walk to school and, last fall, he would ask if they were going to take the “Skoufis way” or “non Skoufis way.” The Skoufis way was the route with lots of our campaign signs! It was wonderful meeting Hudson and everyone else at Sunday’s Awesome Newburgh pitch party!

1 month ago

My colleagues and I just passed our Senate budget proposal in Albany. Some highlights, with more info to come: • A further reduction in middle-class income tax rates to their lowest levels in 70 years; makes the property tax cap permanent • $1.6 billion increase for our schools, which would reduce classroom sizes and shift the burden off local property taxpayers • Provide amnesty against draconian state penalties for Chester and Newburgh schools • Deliver much-needed Mirant debt relief to North Rockland • Require a forensics audit of the most wasteful, unaccountable agency in New York State: the MTA • Restores the Governor’s proposed cuts to hospitals and nursing homes like Valley View; holds pharmacy benefit managers’ feet to the fire • $150 million increase in local road repaving, which would be the first increase in many, many years; restores the proposed local government cuts that the Governor is trying to advance • $2.5 billion for water and sewer infrastructure improvements; additional money for lead remediation which is a problem in Newburgh and elsewhere • A commitment to protect Orange and Rockland residents from a substantial toll hike on the new Tappan Zee Bridge • $250k to study the feasibility of restoring the West Shore Rail Line which served North Rockland and Newburgh many decades ago • Public safety measures such as extending the very successful SNUG program to the City of Newburgh to further reduce gun violence • A much-needed cost of living increase for direct care workers; funding to re-establish the Office for the Advocate for People with Disabilities • And much more. I’m committed to fighting for these critical issues and our local priorities over the next two weeks of final budget negotiations.