Stefanik Supports TICK Act of 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-Schuylerville) and her colleagues have sent a bipartisan letter to the leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee expressing support for the Ticks: Identify, Control, and Knockout (TICK) Act of 2019.
The act would create a new Office of Oversight and Coordination for Vector-borne Disease within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, according to a press release.
The office would coordinate strategies across key agencies in order to ensure better programs and opportunities to combat Lyme disease and alleviate the suffering of hundreds of thousands of Americans.
“I am proud to support the TICK Act to develop a national strategy to prevent and treat Lyme Disease and other vector-borne diseases," Stefanik said in a statement.
“The federal Tick-Borne Disease Working Group has stated that, as of 2018, there are approximately 300,000 estimated new cases of Lyme in the United States each year.
"Many of my constituents are affected by Lyme disease, and as co-chair of the Invasive Species Caucus, I will continue to be an outspoken advocate in Congress for strategies and solutions to help fight it.”
Stec Speaks Out Against De Blasio's Plan
ALBANY — Assemblyman Dan Stec (R,C,I-Queensbury) voiced his opposition to a plan announced by Mayor Bill de Blasio this week to release roughly 900 inmates early ahead of bail reform changes that will take effect Jan. 1.
According to a press release from Stec's office, de Blasio announced that, in an effort to entice those released to show up for their court dates, he would be conducting a program that would reward those to return to court with taxpayer-funded baseball tickets, movie passes, and gift cards.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he was not aware of the plan, the release said.
"Where does it end? Democratic leadership in New York has put criminals on a pedestal while slapping law-abiding citizens and victims over and over again," Stec said in a statement.
"Now they want to use taxpayer dollars to get criminals to show up for their court dates after they release them early? They have gone too far."
Stec called the move an abuse of taxpayer money and an insult to law-abiding residents.
"I strongly urge the governor and Mayor De Blasio to reconsider their stance on this program.
"This is not only a public safety issue but a waste of taxpayer dollars.”