OSSINING, N.Y. -- Assemblywoman Sandy Galef (D-Ossining) announced this week that the responses to the constituent questionnaire are in.
The questions, which were sent out in Galef's January newsletter, "touched on pressing issues regarding state policy which have the potential to affect millions of lives," according to a press release. Galef said the input from the questionnaire, done annually, would help her decide which bills to support or oppose.
"Once again, I would like to thank all of those who replied to my questionnaire," said Galef in the release. "The responses that I receive allow me to better address many of the pressing issues before me during the legislative process."
On the issue of the change in the proposal that state primaries be held in the month of June, 83 percent of Galef's constituents voted for supporting a bill requiring all New York primaries to take place in June, according to the release. Galef has sponsored A.8198/S.6204, which establishes the fourth Tuesday of June as New York's Primary Day.
"It has been estimated that holding a single primary election would save state and local governments up to $50 million," according to the release.
In the questionnaire, Galef asked about a proposal to require insurance companies to cover the cost of GPS tracking devices for families of autistic children or adults with memory loss. The constituents who supported the proposal made up 51 percent of the responses and those opposed at 49 percent.
Galef sponsors a bill, A.6393, proposing raising the legal age to purchase tobacco products to 19 years old. Westchester is considering similar legislation. In the responses, 57 percent of constituents supported the increase to 21 years old, while slightly fewer than 37 percent opted for no change to the legal age.
Galef asked her constituents if Boating While Intoxicated infractions should impact a person's driver's license. A conviction for a BWI will not affect a person's license to operate a car. Results from the questionnaire indicated that 72 percent of constituents believe that a BWI infraction should have an impact on a person's driver's license, according to the release.