Finch Eager to Learn More about The Governorís Agenda

A Statement by Assemblyman Gary D. Finch (R,C,I-Springport)
January 3, 2018

ďI am so grateful that the governor said he would detail a new $65 million investment to protect the water quality of the Finger Lakes during his State of the State Address this afternoon. Engaged citizens and local officials have been extremely vocal about the dangers harmful algal blooms pose to our local economies, tourism sector and, most important of all, our drinking water. Itís about protecting treasured resources and promoting public health. Cayuga, Owasco and Skaneateles Lakes have all been tapped for new grant funding. Iíll be working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to ensure this investment makes its way into our final state budget agreement.

ďI look forward to learning more about the governorís other proposals this afternoon. Some of them seem very good- new investments in infrastructure, a new emphasis on cybersecurity and a new policy to combat sexual harassment in state government. Some of them seem confusing. Personally, I wouldíve proposed investing in solar energy for the colleges and providing food pantries for low income people, but thatís just me. As a whole, it doesnít seem to address whatís really wrong with New York State - corporate giveaways and rigged development programs work very well for wealthy donors but always fail the middle class.

ďUltimately, today is the start of a long conversation. This session, Iíll be doing everything I can to focus the dialogue on three things: protecting the Finger Lakes, continuing our fight against the heroin epidemic and providing real tax and regulatory relief to small businesses, seniors and middle-class families. We can only afford to invest in what really counts.Ē