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HELMING: Busting the myths around Breast Cancer

Many of us, myself included, know people who have been personally impacted by breast cancer. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and it is important that we use this opportunity to raise awareness, recognize survivors, and remember those we lost. In fact, one in eight women will face this diagnosis sometime during their lifetime. We must continue to spread awareness,... more

HELMING: Common Core needs overhaul

Major changes are ahead for New York’s families with school-aged children as the Common Core Standards are headed for a major overhaul. Rolled out nationally in 2011, the Common Core was intended to create a baseline of standards to be used nationally, but is more often known for its confusing language and unsuitability for students with disabilities. Criticism of the... more

Sen. Pam Helming hopeful that budget will benefit Finger Lakes (video)

This budget season was a challenge. Love or hate Governor Andrew Cuomo, he has made passing budgets on time a hallmark of his administration. This year though, the budget process got complicated — and was ultimately late due to friction in a couple of specific areas. The fight to ‘Raise the Age’, which Senator Pam Helming (R, C, I-54) called... more

Lawmakers react to state budget negotiations, extender

An extended budget is the only thing that stands between New York State and a shutdown now that the budget deadline has come and gone. Sen. Pam Helming (R-C-I-54) voted to pass the extension, which provides temporary relief for facilities that would otherwise be hit hard by the failure by state legislators to pass a budget. Hospitals and nursing homes... more

Sen. Helming sees first sponsored bill pass; will go on to Assembly

The New York State Senate passed legislation sponsored by Sen. Pam Helming (R,C,I – 54th District) as part of a comprehensive package of bills that would strengthen and preserve agriculture as the state’s leading industry. This bill is the first piece of legislation sponsored by Sen. Helming to pass the Senate. Senate bill 4535 encourages farmers – particularly those located... more

Sen. Helming calls majority budget proposal ‘road map’ to affordability

Sen. Pam Helming (R-54th District) this week voted for the Senate Majority’s Budget Resolution calling it a road map of affordability. Helming noted that the plan rejects new taxes and fees, while making substantial investments in infrastructure and education. The plan also proposes an $8 billion groundbreaking initiative to ensure clean and reliable drinking water for generations to come. “This week... more

Sen. Helming works to provide new tools in the fight against child abuse

Senator Pam Helming (R-54th District) helped pass two critical public protection measures to help save the lives of abused children. The bills would require follicle testing of young children for drugs if their guardian is arrested on serious drug charges, and restrict high caseloads from jeopardizing the investigation of child abuse or maltreatment. “These are important measures that will help... more

Sen. Helming helps pass legislation to better protect volunteer firefighters

Senator Pam Helming (R-54th District) helped pass legislation to better protect the health of volunteer firefighters who become sick due to the hazards they encounter from their service to the community. The bill (S1411), expands the benefits available to volunteer firefighters when they contract certain illnesses and cancers as a result of their dangerous work. “Volunteer firefighters valiantly serve our... more

Helming launches petition to keep Judith Clark behind bars

Senator Pam Helming (R-54th District) is urging the community to join her efforts to keep Judith Clark behind bars by signing an online petition calling on the New York State Board of Parole to deny Clark’s release. Senator Helming noted Judith Clark’s role as driver of a getaway car in the 1981 robbery of the Brink’s armored car in Rockland... more

Sen. Helming named chairwoman of the Rural Resources Commission

Senator Pam Helming (R-54th District) today announced that she was named Chairwoman of the Rural Resources Commission. Senator Helming noted that the bipartisan Commission is charged with examining the impact of rural resources on the State’s economy, reviewing existing laws and regulations as they relate to rural resources and assessing the effectiveness of programs designed to promote rural viability. “I... more

Sen. Helming asks for input on Gov. Cuomo’s SUNY tuition proposal

Senator Pam Helming (R-54th District) today announced she’s launching a survey for constituents to weigh in on the best methods to make college more affordable for middle-class families. The survey comes in the wake of Gov. Cuomo’s proposal for “free” college tuition at SUNY schools, and asks residents for their thoughts on this idea, as well as other ways to... more

Sen. Helming takes oath in Canandaigua on Saturday in packed courthouse

In some respects, the ceremony held on Saturday for Sen. Pam Helming (R-54) at the Ontario County Courthouse was the pinnacle of a journey she has been on for the last year. In reality though, that journey has just begun. Sen. Helming was sworn in during a ceremony at the North Courtroom in the community she has called home for... more