Albany – The first budget bills were passed on the Assembly floor late Monday regarding capital projects and public protection.
In the capital projects budget bill, there was funding for Utica-Rome campus upgrades including critical maintenance projects and upgrades to parking and field houses. There is also funding for construction of the Utica-Rome Center for Advanced Technology as well as Utica-Rome schools underground electrical upgrades.
“I was happy to advocate for this bill as our area was in desperate need of upgrades to these facilities.” Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon said, “This is a great step forward for the district.”
In the public protection bill, amendments to the Concealed Carry Improvement Act were made. This bill allows firearms to be used in historical reenactments.
“I applaud the amendments made to the Concealed Carry Improvement Act.” Assemblywoman Buttenschon said, ‘Our history and culture are vital and that is why I previously introduced legislation to allow the authorization of military ceremonies such as the 21-gun salute during holidays, burials or reenactments.”
Other priorities for the Assemblywoman include child-care credit, corrections upgrades, lead pipe abatement, adjustments to carry and conceal, FF training reimbursement, raise cap for rent teachers, increase home healthcare, policy to support our much-needed local pharmacies as well as funding for SUNY/CUNY, American legions, libraries and mental health services.
“I hope to see my priorities reflected in future budget bill decisions this week.” Assemblywoman Buttenschon said, “I plan to work with my colleagues and get this budget done.”