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Lots of Work Needed Before Session Ends

Though the 2005 legislative session has been one of the most successful sessions in recent years, there is still more work to be done. We implemented major changes in the Assembly this year, including rules reforms and an on-time state budget for the...

Albany Update from Assemblyman Brian Kolb

Remember April Is Autism Awareness Month

We dedicate each April as a time to raise awareness about the troubling and complex developmental disability known as autism. There is still much to learn about this disease, though doctors have determined autism is a pervasive developmental disorder...

Assembly Minority Renews Support for Hit, Run and Hide Law

Under current state law, drunk drivers who flee the scene of accidents before authorities arrive are able to take that free time to sober up before they’re caught or surrender to police. This evasive maneuver increases the chances they’ll...

New York’s Budget: On Time, Moving Forward

My Assembly minority colleagues and I have been promoting significant changes in New York’s budget process for some time. Now, the state budget passed, on time, after 20 straight years of late budgets! I’d say progress is being made. The...

Working Toward an On-Time Budget

My Assembly minority colleagues and I held a press conference in Albany on Monday where we unveiled our "New York State Budget Countdown Clock." The clock will remain outside Minority Leader Charles Nesbitt’s office to serve as a reminder to...

Rotary Day

Rotary International is a nonprofit service organization celebrating its 100th anniversary on Wednesday, Feb. 23 as the group marks its 100th anniversary. As a proud Rotary member, I know firsthand the importance and good works of this international...

Assemblyman Brian Kolb Wants Your Opinion

Focus On Jobs

Without a doubt, one of the most important issues we need to work on is job creation. I know New Yorkers love our great state and that they need good paying jobs to stay here. A few weeks ago, I discussed the Assembly minority plan, "Excelsior...

It Is Time To Come Together In Support of America’s Veterans

I would like to take this opportunity to share with you a very important opportunity that our community has to support the proud men and women who have so bravely served our country, and the important Veterans Affairs Hospital that we all fought so hard...

Kolb Reacts to Governor’s Budget Proposal

Last week, I attended Gov. George Pataki’s presentation of his executive budget in which he outlined his priorities for the upcoming fiscal year. He also made it clear that this budget is no different from previous years because many difficult...

State Government: Working for the People?

It is no secret: people are fed up with our state government. People have had enough of the tired, exclusionary, dysfunctional ways of Albany - me included. New York has been, and continues to be, the laughingstock of the entire country. We have not...

Governor Pataki’s State of the State Address

Last week, I joined my legislative colleagues for Gov. George Pataki’s State of the State address in which he laid out his vision for the future of our Empire State. In particular, the governor focused on points that are very important to the Finger...

Toys For Tots: A Resounding Success

This year’s Toys for Tots campaign was the most successful to date. We were able to collect well over 1,000 new toys for needy children in our area and the donations are still arriving daily. Working with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and...

The Year Ahead

It occurs to me, as we close out 2004, that New York state government still has a long way to go before it becomes the efficient, representative government that I know it can and will be. I, for one, am excited for 2005. I believe the New Year brings...