Anthony Brindisi

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New York state is sitting on a more than $5 billion budget windfall that it received from several recent bank settlements, but has yet to decide what to do with that money. One Mohawk Valley assemblyman says some should be used to end the state's Gap Elimination Adjustment for school districts.

Since his election in the fall of 2011, Utica-area Democrat Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi has thrown his weight behind promoting education.

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Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi (D-Utica) is blaming what he calls the state's weak gas zone pricing laws for the Mohawk Valley's higher-than-average gas prices.

According to a recent report by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, gas in the Utica-Rome area was selling for an average of $3.24 a gallon, which was the third highest price in the state. By contrast, gas in the Syracuse area was going for twenty cents less.

Brindisi says higher gas prices effect the area's economy.

In an attempt to increase the number of New York high school graduates who are work ready, one state assemblyman is pushing for the approval of a new high-tech and manufacturing-based diploma. The goal is to help employers fill jobs with qualified graduates.

Although the state legislature won't return to Albany until January, Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi is getting an early start by promoting his bill to create a Career and Technical Education, or CTE, diploma.

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Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi (D-Utica) is urging New York state to keep the requirement that all gas stations have fire suppressant systems above their gas pumps. The New York State Code Council has proposed abolishing that regulation, but Brinidisi says that could put drivers at risk.

"These fire suppression systems act like having a firefighter already at the gas station. So if an incident does occur, the suppression system kicks in right away, and minimizes the risk of injury or even worse, potential death," he said.

Oneida County Democrats endorse Dan Lamb

Oct 29, 2012

Democrat candidate for Congress Dan Lamb was in Utica Friday to accept the endorsement of several Oneida County politicians. The first-time candidate is running against incumbent Republican Congressman Richard Hanna in the redrawn 22nd district, which covers an area including the eastern half of Oswego County south through Binghamton.