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Budget Misses Opportunity To Dig Us Out Of Economic Recession

“Today is a sad day for New York taxpayers. The 2009-10 State Budget increases spending ten percent over last year’s budget and includes $7 billion in tax and fee increases. This will do further harm to already struggling middle-class families and job-creating...

Budget Process Still Lacks Transparency

“Today, I joined my Senate colleagues in expressing concerns with this year’s secretive budget process and calling on Governor David Paterson to bring the budget process out in the open to be discussed in public rather than behind closed doors. Our...

Kolb Calls For Open, On-Time Budget

Assemblyman Brian M. Kolb (R,C,I-Canandaigua) today called on the state’s senior, downstate officials to provide budget transparency. Kolb decried the actions of the Governor, Assembly Speaker and Senate Majority Leader as the state confronts an historic...

Kolb Fights For Small Businesses, Manufacturing

Assemblyman Brian Kolb (R,C,I-Canandaigua) today led his Conference in advancing two amendments on the floor of the Assembly that would ease the burdens our state places on small businesses and manufacturing companies. Kolb, Chairman of the Assembly Minority...

Drugs Laws Working; New Laws Not Necessary

“In 2004, the state Legislature repealed the antiquated Rockefeller Drug Laws and created a new sentencing structure that promoted the use of rehabilitation programs and less prison time for drug addicts. These actions have made a positive impact resulting...

Governor Needs To Put His Fiscal Priorities In Order

In a time of an unprecedented fiscal crisis – with lawmakers attempting to rein in excessive state spending and cut government waste – the governor’s move to substantially increase the pay of his staff, while simultaneously proposing 137 new taxes and...

Ill-Conceived Deficit Plan Will Hurt Residents

“In a mad dash to reduce our state’s $1.6 billion deficit, the majority leaders of the legislature and the Governor failed to recognize the additional pain residents will face upon its implementation. Even worse, the negotiations were done by the three...

Kolb Advocates Assembly Rules Reform

Assemblyman Brian M. Kolb (R,C,I-Canandaigua) yesterday called for sweeping rules reform that will bring greater transparency and accountability to the New York State Assembly. “In order for us to serve the people we represent to the best of our...

Kolb Promotes Correction Officer Career Opportunity

Assemblyman Brian M. Kolb (R,C,I-Canandaigua) today informed upstate residents that the state Department of Correctional Services will hold a competitive Civil Service examination throughout the state on April 4. The filing deadline is February 17. “This...

Kolb Encourages State Residents To Attend Budget Public Hearings

Assemblyman Brian M. Kolb (R,C,I-Canandaigua) today encouraged state residents to participate in the creation of the 2009-2010 state budget. Residents can do so by attending the scheduled legislative public hearings on the Executive Budget proposal in...

Kolb Announces Assembly Committee Assignments

Assemblyman Brian M. Kolb (R,C,I-Canandaigua) was recently appointed by Assembly Minority Leader James Tedisco (R,C,I-Schenectady/Saratoga) to serve as the Conference’s Leader Pro Tem, also known as the Floor Leader. As Leader Pro Tem, Kolb is regarded...

Upstate Needs Fiscally Responsible Budget

“Today, Governor David Paterson unveiled his 2009-2010 Executive Budget, a month before he is constitutionally required to do so. Clearly, he understands the severity of the situation and realizes that we must get to work now in order to produce a budget...

Kolb Hails State’s Justice Court Assistance Program Grants

Assemblyman Brian M. Kolb (R,C,I-Canandaigua) was recently advised by the state’s Chief Administrative Judge, Ann Pfau, that justice courts throughout the 129th Assembly District have been awarded grants under the Justice Court Assistance Program (JCAP)....

Tax Cap Must Be Part Of 2009-10 State Budget

“Yesterday, the State Commission on Property Tax Relief issued its final report to the Governor and it contains a strong message that New York State must rein in excessive spending while adopting a real property tax cap. I have pushed for comprehensive...

Special Session A Failure

“Today’s special legislative session was a failure. The fact that the entire legislature was called to Albany and that no legislative bills were presented for action was a disservice to the nearly 19 million New Yorkers we represent. In addition, there...

More Must be Done to Stop Escalating Property Taxes

New York has a proud heritage of being the land of opportunity for millions of immigrants. It is a shame that in our generation, an unrelenting stream of tax hikes have made families with deep roots in Upstate New York pack their belongings and young...

More Work To Do To Put State Back On Right Economic Track

"The state Assembly worked through the night to reach an agreement during an extraordinary session that was intended to scale back spending and set the state back on the right economic track. We reduced the 2008-09 state budget by over $400 million,...

One-House Bill Is Nothing More Than Political Theater

"Today, the state Legislature held a special economic session at the urging of Governor David Paterson. The results were disappointing as lawmakers chipped away at a budget that spends far more than it earns in revenue. It did, however, grant us...

Special Economic Session Must Yield Results

When the state Legislature passed the 2008-09 budget in May, I warned that because revenues decline during times of economic uncertainty, the funds would not be there to support such an extravagant spending plan. Sadly, my prediction came true and the...

Property Tax Crisis Has Solutions; Needs Action

Just as the force of a freight train barreling down the tracks seems unstoppable, so too is the ever-increasing level of our property taxes. It is sad to note that New York residents pay among the highest property taxes in the nation. Residents are screaming...