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Letters to the Editor: Update from Skoufis

January 20, 2017

 1/17/2017

I would like to sincerely wish everyone in the Cornwall community a very happy, healthy, and successful 2017. 

I'm truly grateful and honored to continue working on your behalf in the State Assembly. Over the past four years, I've worked with members of all parties to deliver results for our district: securing a 20% increase in state aid for our local schools; fighting to ensure the Village of Kiryas Joel is held accountable to the same laws as everyone else; bringing back money for important infrastructure projects; and pushing for real and long-overdue relief from sky-high property taxes.

Whether you were a resident with both Trump and Skoufis signs in your lawn (there were many) or you were a Clinton-Skoufis voter, my continued pledge is to always work hard – 24/7 – and fight for our community’s best interests.

In light of the Cornwall emergency room’s unwarranted closure by hospital executives – a fate I helped fend off for three years – I am committed to expanding urgent care access in town to help mitigate some of the ER closure’s fallout.

There are a number of road rehabilitations I am pushing to take place in 2017, but at the top of my list is the stretch of Route 32 from the Moodna Creek Bridge to “Five Corners” in Vails Gate. Another project already scheduled for this summer that I secured funding for is phase two of the Palisades Parkway repairs: from the PIP Bookstore down to Haverstraw in Rockland County.

Ridesharing like Uber and Lyft need to be legalized. I’m optimistic this is the year we join the rest of the civilized world in offering residents more options to get around.

In an unquestionably political move, the DEC disregarded science and hydrology when approving the Village of Kiryas Joel’s request to withdraw water from the Mountainville well. As a result, I wholeheartedly support the lawsuit brought by a number of groups, including Cornwall; if the ongoing lawsuit does not force corrective action, however, I am prepared to do everything in my power to pursue safeguards for the residents in and around Mountainville who are served by well water.

As we enter 2017, these are a sampling of my top priorities. I always welcome input and feedback so please reach out to me anytime with your thoughts. Thank you once again for affording me the privilege to continue representing you.

James Skoufis
Member of Assembly


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