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

November 5, 2009

“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 – the state’s multi-billion dollar budget deficit is real and it must be addressed. Our Conference and I will return to Albany for the Special Session called by Governor Paterson to find real solutions that address the shortfall in a non-partisan manner. After hearing reports that the Senate Democrat Conference will not return and be part of next week’s process, I find their reluctance inexplicable and completely disrespectful not only to the Governor and our Legislative colleagues but most importantly to the residents of our state. The Senate Majority need to decide whether they want to be part of this process or not. If so, they need to start acting like a partner and stop being the ‘Conference of no’ because New Yorkers expect us to work together and confront the real challenges posed by this deficit.”