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Marchione makes noise early in first year

State Sen. Kathy Marchione, R-Halfmoon, has staked out a hard-right position in her first few days in office as a leading opponent to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's new gun-control legislation.

For her first legislative session, Marchione is hoping to bring mandate relief, reduce regulations that burden businesses, ensure there aren't any new taxes or fees in the budget and carefully move forward non-Indian casinos in the state.

The biggest noise she has made so far is in her opposition to NY SAFE, which she took to the Senate floor to protest late on Monday night. Since then she has started a petition to repeal the new law and says that almost 30,000 people have signed it.

Marchione has also gotten her name on some proposed legislation. She has teamed up with other state legislators who represent racinos to call for full state payments to the host communities. Saratoga Springs and Saratoga County are currently paid about 45 percent of what they are owed for hosting the Saratoga Casino and Raceway.

When it comes to the big issues, Marchione says Medicaid is a crippling mandate for localities. She said localities should be granted the power to decide what they can afford and what they need, which would potentially help them save money.

Her eyes are on the Wage Theft Prevention Act, a reporting requirement for companies, as the type of regulation that could be rolled back to make it easier to do business in the state.

Stemming from her time as Saratoga County Clerk, where she ran a tight and efficient ship, Marchione also wants to make state government more responsive and customer friendly. This effort has begun on her own website, where she offers a constituent service survey

Her hope is to be named to the Senate's racing and wagering committee, but she also requested to be put on agriculture, aging, economic development and consumer protection.

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