2000-11-25 / Columnists

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On Saturday, November 4, the Taminent Regular Democratic Club honored Assemblyman Denis Butler for his 24 years of outstanding service to his community, the residents of Queens County and the citizens of New York State.

His charming and gracious wife Mary joined Assemblyman Denis Butler at the dinner.  Mary is an outstanding individual who is loyal, trustworthy and honest.  She and Denis work closely together to improve their community. Their daughter Mary and their two sons Denis and Tom and Tom's wife joined the Butlers.

Denis Butler has an outstanding record on the state level of bringing home the bacon for his constituents. Denis moved up the hierarchy of the New York State Assembly to become the assistant speaker pro tempore and has held that post since 1993. Assemblyman Butler has also served as the vice-chairman of the Majority Conference, chairman of the Majority Conference and chairman of the Committee on Standing Committees.

 In addition, Denis was an integral member of the executive committee of the Eastern Regional Conference of the Council of State Governments.

Through these leadership positions, Denis has been a very forceful advocate for seniors, for the handicapped, the unborn, veterans, family and small businesses and for the men and women who make up the labor force in our state. Denis has sponsored bills, which became law, to raise the minimum wage, increase unemployment insurance and handicapped and workers compensation.  

One of Denis Butlers chief concerns has been the Assembly Committee on Aging.  He played a pivotal role in advancing SCRIE (Senior Citizens Rent Increase Exemptions).  He also fought to raise the income eligibility for SCRIE.

Denis also went to bat for the EPIC Program and the NYS Senior Prescription Program, which helps seniors to pay for their required prescriptions.

On the education forefront Denis Butler served on the Joint Budget Conference Committee's Subcommittee on Higher Education in 1998, 1999 and 2000.  Through his efforts and those of his fellow assemblypersons funding was increased for higher education programs such as TAP, SEEK, HEOP, and BOCES.  Denis Butler worked tirelessly to keep the CUNY and SUNY tuition affordable.

In addition Denis has focused his efforts on increasing the funding for recreational, cultural, education, civic, youth, anti crime and senior projects around the borough of Queens.

Denis and Mary Kerr Butler have served as exemplary forces for good in
the Queens Democratic Party. They have cheerfully and willingly devoted
their lives to public service. I commend them for their significant accomplishments and I look forward to many future successes.

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