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Wine Industry Gets An Economic Boost

The 2005 legislative session proved to be one of the most productive for New York’s bustling wine industry. Central New York and the Finger Lakes region produce – without question – some of the best wines in the world. Legislation and initiatives from...

Special Session Needed Immediately

Last week I joined my colleagues from the Assembly minority in calling on Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to immediately convene a special session of the Assembly so we could pass legislation to ease the burden of increasing costs of heating and motor...

Assemblyman Brian Kolb Reports to You

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and I would like to take this opportunity to remind the women in our lives to schedule their annual mammograms. The Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program, which has volumes of information...

Civil Confinement Must Be Passed

My Assembly minority colleagues and I met in Albany earlier this month to announce the results of our statewide petition drive calling for enactment of civil confinement legislation. That petition drive has yielded over 15,000 signatures in five short...

January: Too Far Away

The state Legislature is not due back in Albany until January, but there are too many issues of importance to New York residents to wait that long. The Senate has plans to call for a special session before the year ends, but there is no word from the...

Higher Gas Prices, Lower Standard of Living

Many of us can remember paying less than $1 for a gallon of gasoline – it really wasn’t that long ago. Inflation, a necessary evil, not only affects the price of commodities we buy daily but also affects our salaries. In a perfect world, inflation...

Canandaigua VA – Veterans Need Your Help

In 2004, our region witnessed a bittersweet victory in the ongoing battle over whether to keep the Canandaigua Veterans Affairs Hospital open. While the C.A.R.E.S. Commission recommended the hospital remain open, it also said psychiatric care beds should...

Wine and Culinary Center Will Add to Region’s Attractions

Earlier this month, I joined Gov. George Pataki and local dignitaries to break ground for construction of the New York Wine and Culinary Center in Canandaigua. The governor, a staunch supporter of Central New York and the beautiful Finger Lakes region,...

Library Staff Deserve Our Recognition and Thanks

New York has more than 7,000 public, school, academic, research, government and special libraries, along with many library systems. All the facilities have personnel who keep them running, stocked and in good working order. About 75 percent of New York...

Vicarious Liability Repeal: A New Lease On Leasing

I am pleased to announce that laws have changed which will allow leasing a vehicle to once again be an option in the state of New York. Many of you may wonder how does this impact me? Why was it not an option in the first place? Oftentimes when...

Family Disaster Planning is Essential

‘Erie Canal Greenway’ A Steppingstone To ‘Empire State Greenway’

Gov. George Pataki in late June announced a bold, new plan to create an "Erie Canal Greenway" that would herald a historic period in the canal’s future development. While it’s an ambitious plan, the Erie Canal Greenway would be a...

Drug Court Saves Lives and Money

The Finger Lakes Misdemeanor Drug Court (FLDC) is celebrating its fifth anniversary this month, a milestone that was earlier recognized by the state Assembly, which took time from its legislative session to celebrate this achievement. I believe it’s...

Wine Legislation Good For New York

During the final days of the 2005 legislative session, the state Legislature passed a bill that will provide financial benefits for our state, our community and our burgeoning wine industry. The bill, which authorizes direct shipment of wine to consumers,...

This July 4th Let’s Remember Our Freedom Fighters

We value our family time, backyard barbeques and parties, and cherish those childhood memories of watching 4th of July parades and festivals in our hometowns. While these things are all important and are often considered part of our summer traditions,...

New York’s Automobile Leasing Law Is Archaic

State consumers are getting less bang for their buck with car leasing having gone the way of the dinosaur in New York state. The state’s outdated vicarious liability law has become a major impediment to many working families looking to drive...

Memorial Day: Beginning, Present and Future

In 1865, Henry C. Welles, one of Waterloo’s most prominent druggists, now known as pharmacists, thought it would be a nice gesture to place flowers on the graves of the patriotic Civil War veterans from the area who had died. The following year,...

Kolb Secures Funding for School Resource Officers

Assemblyman Brian M. Kolb (R,C-Canandaigua) is pleased to announce that he has been able to secure a $10,000 grant for the Geneva City School District that enabled administrators to retain two school resource officers to work with the students during...

New York Safe, But Not Safe Enough

New York is currently ranked among the safest large states in the nation. While we should be proud of this distinction, much more remains to be done. I believe we need to work harder to further reduce violent crime and other illegal activities to ensure...