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Statement From Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,I,C-Canandaigua)

“Today, I had a thorough and frank discussion with Assemblywoman Scozzafava. As a result, Dede has tendered, and I accepted, her resignation as our Conference’s Leader Pro Tempore. Over the coming weeks, I will be assessing who will serve as our Conference’s...

“Quick Start” Forecast Points To Tough Times That Will Test New York’s Policymakers Like Never Before

In 2007, the State Legislature enacted a series of reforms designed to increase transparency and accountability throughout our budget process. These measures, formally known as the “Budget Reform Act of 2007,” require both houses of the State Legislature...

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb: Special Session On Deficit Reduction Too Important To Ignore, Senate Majority Conference Needs To Be Part Of The Solution

“New York State is facing some of the steepest fiscal challenges in its history – a poor economy, record-high unemployment, some of the nation’s highest taxes and an exploding budget deficit are testing policymakers like never before. Make no mistake...

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb Releases “Quick Start” Forecast From Minority Conference

“Today, pursuant to state law, our Conference released its assessment of New York’s fiscal condition, along with our estimates of disbursements for public assistance, Medicaid and school aid, as well as our estimates for tax and lottery receipts. Our...

Kolb, Crouch Call On USDA To Distribute $290 Million In Federal Funds To Nation's Struggling Family Dairy Farms

The Conversation Has Started On Closing New York State’s $3 Billion Budget Deficit

A few weeks ago, I wrote in this column about the challenges posed by New York’s steadily worsening fiscal picture, as a significant drop-off in state revenues resulted in a mid-year budget deficit that had grown beyond initial expectations and is now...

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb Comments On Governor David Paterson’s Deficit Reduction Proposals

“Tuesday afternoon, I instructed my staff to provide to Governor Paterson and his staff a series of ‘conversation starters’ for reducing New York’s projected $3 billion budget deficit. Today, the Governor submitted for the Legislature’s consideration...

Statement From Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,I,C-Canandaigua)

“I was encouraged that during our public Leaders’ meeting this morning Governor Paterson agreed to my suggestion that our legislative staffs and Lieutenant Governor Ravitch should meet and work together toward identifying real solutions to close the state’s...

Kolb: Corruption Has Taken Root At ACORN; Organization Should Not Receive A Dime Of State Taxpayer Money

In response to shocking allegations of corruption having taken root at the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,I,C-Canandaigua) today announced his plan to introduce legislation that...

Kolb Launches On-Line Grassroots Petition To Build Statewide, Bipartisan Support For A "People’s Convention To Reform New York"

Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,I,C-Canandaigua) today launched an on-line grassroots petition to continue building statewide, bi-partisan support for a "People’s Convention to Reform New York." Kolb’s petition for a People’s Convention to...

A People’s Convention To Reform New York Is Our Best Hope To Change The Empire State

Do you think it’s time to change New York State government? Do you think New York State government has stopped working for you? If you answered “YES” to either of those questions, keep reading! A Quinnipiac University Poll released earlier this week...

Official Statewide Policy Poll

Reducing New York’s High Costs Of Doing Business Demands A Holistic Approach

Since becoming Assembly Minority Leader, I have publicly and repeatedly called for the enactment of a statewide economic development and job creation plan. Currently, there is no formal plan in place at the Empire State Development Corporation, New York’s...

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb: Alarming State Budget Deficit Projections Underscore The Need For An Immediate Legislative Leaders’ Meeting

“The currently projected $2.1 billion State Budget deficit is expected to swell to $4.6 billion in 2010-11, $13.3 billion in 2011-12, and $18.2 billion in 2012-13, culminating in a three-year, out-year gap of $38.2 billion, which is $13.6 billion above...

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb: $850,000 “Golden Parachute” For New MTA Boss Is An Affront To Taxpayers

“News that the incoming head of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) could receive an $850,000 ‘golden parachute’ is an affront to hard-working New York taxpayers and small businesses that, earlier this year, picked up the multi-billion dollar...

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb: 53 Days, 854,200 Unemployed New Yorkers – And Still No Legislative Leaders’ Meeting

“Fifty-three long days have passed since our last Legislative Leaders’ meeting. During that time, New York’s economy and unemployment situation have gone from bad to worse. In fact, according to the State Labor Department, there are more jobless New...

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb Renews Call For Legislative Leaders’ Meeting

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb Comments On Conclusion Of 2009 Assembly Session

“Throughout this session, our Conference focused on what the people expected and wanted us to do: debate and move legislation that improves the quality of their lives. Although we obviously did not agree on every matter, we found common ground with the...

Cayuga And Seneca County Residents Need To Make Their Voices Heard On Land Proposal That Could Negatively Impact Our Region’s Quality Of Life

On Wednesday evening, hundreds of citizens from across Cayuga and Seneca counties filled the New York Chiropractic College’s Athletic Center in Seneca Falls to make their voices heard on an issue of critical importance to them, their families and respective...

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb Offers Written Testimony Opposing Conveyance Of Local Lands Across Cayuga And Seneca Counties Into A Trust

“Tonight, as the state Assembly was in session, I submitted written testimony to a public hearing conducted on the Cayuga Indian Nation’s seeking conveyance of nearly 130 acres in local lands across Cayuga and Seneca counties into a trust. As expressed...