State lawmakers to focus on criminal justice, education and more in 2020Posted: Updated:
State lawmakers say they want a lot of changes to come in 2020 and what they want is as diverse as the districts they represent.
After a six-month break, Albany is back in session. State Sen. Shelley Mayer, who represents the 37th District, says she wants to focus on proper educational funding.
"The world of the suburbs has changed, and I think it's very important that our school funding recognize the unique needs of the ring of suburbs around New York City," Mayer said.
State Sen. James Skoufis leads the state's 39th District. He wants to focus on infrastructure improvements, like expanding Route 17 into three lanes.
State Sen. Jen Metzger represents the 42nd District. She is prioritizing the fight against the opioid crisis.
"The counties in my district are some of the hardest hit in the state. We're among the highest rates of opioid-related deaths," Metzger said.
State Sen. Sue Serino, of the 41st District, wants to fix the criminal justice system. She says she voted against the bail reform law, which she says is a public safety issue.
Assemblyman Kevin Byrne represents the 94th District. He is pushing to increase the local quality of life by bringing more economic opportunities to the area.
The lawmakers say they are still wondering how Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans to plug the state's $6 billion budget hole.