News from Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb
Assembly Office:
933 Legislative Office Building • Albany, NY 12248 • (518) 455-3751
District Offices:
607 West Washington Street • Suite 2 • Geneva, NY 14456 • (315) 781-2030

For Release: IMMEDIATELY, January 11, 2017
Contact: Mike Fraser, (518) 455-3751
Statement From Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,C,I,Ref-Canandaigua) On The Start Of The 2017 Session

"Talk to a middle-class family or small-business owner and ask what they think of when they hear the words 'Ever Upward.' They'll likely point to taxes, bills, regulations, fees and pressure.

For the past three days, the governor presented remarks in front of friendly audiences and political allies. But now the real work begins to address the concerns that are driving thousands out of our state.

New Yorkers facing real issues heard few specifics on new job creation, help for small businesses or reducing the high costs Albany forces on localities. Direct care workers have not received a commitment that provides them with a competitive wage. In fact, without actual legislation, there are no true details at all - only lofty promises and press releases.

Among the governor's proposals, there is certainly some common ground: ride-sharing should be available Upstate; we must do more to fight the heroin and opioid epidemic; improving our water infrastructure is critical for future generations; lowering taxes and providing more assistance to schools are important priorities.

But, it is our job to find a balance between funding these efforts and protecting taxpayers already struggling with New York's high cost of living.

The governor spent most of his time away from Albany, avoiding the Capitol, where the people's business is conducted. I look forward to seeing specific details on his proposals and fighting for policies that improve the quality of life and make New York more affordable. The Assembly Minority is eager to start working on meaningful solutions on behalf of the New Yorkers we represent."