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Budget Must Meet Upstate’s Needs

With little over a week remaining for budget negotiations, I am concerned that this year’s enacted state budget will lack the provisions necessary to help revitalize our economy and grow jobs. All across the state, families and communities are struggling...

Gov’s Budget A Mixed Bag Missing Keys To Upstate Renewal

Now that we’ve had some time to review the governor’s 2013-14 Executive Budget Proposal, I can’t help but feel a lack of overwhelming excitement over its contents. Sure, there are a number of things that I can get behind like controlled...

Governor, You’re Sending Mixed Messages To Sportsmen

It has been an interesting year for our sportsmen. Earlier this year, the governor forced through a poorly-written and ill-conceived gun control law that arbitrarily bans modern rifles, limits law enforcement’s ability to protect us and will significantly...

Nanny State New York Has Bigger Things To Worry About: Economic Recovery, Regulation And Unfunded Mandate Relief

What do youth football, bicycles, packaging materials and beverages have in common? Little, except this: downstate legislators have tried to either overregulate or ban what we do, consume or use in our personal lives. Most recently, we’ve seen them...

New York Must Invest In Upstate’s Most Effective Economic Recovery Tool - Agriculture

New York has had a tough time over the last few years. We’ve been hit the hardest by the economic recession and its effects have been felt longer in our state than any other in the nation. It’s been difficult for everyone, especially here in...

Cuomo’s Pension Smoothing Plan A Poor Substitute For Real Mandate Relief

Gov. Cuomo has touted his 2013-14 Executive Budget as sensitive to the needs of Upstate New York; but as I have been reviewing his budget, I’ve found a glaring hole in his plan – meaningful unfunded mandate relief. Unfunded mandates are one...

Why The Rushed NY SAFE Act Will Fail To Keep New Yorkers Safe

During my tenure in the Assembly, we have worked to end the dysfunction that has plagued Albany for decades. We accomplished some great things like the lowest income tax rate for middle-income families in nearly 60 years, among other things. Cooperation...

Where Was The Team Effort At The Beginning Of The 2013 Legislative Session?

After a hurried start to the 2013 Legislative Session, one thing has become quite clear to me. This year will not be like 2011 or 2012. Those years were marked by consistent cooperation between the Legislature and the governor, who worked together as...

There Is More That Unites Us Than Divides Us

Politics can sometimes be polarizing, leaving folks feeling that there is more that divides us than unites us as New Yorkers and Americans. Certainly we face great challenges nationwide and here at home, but by putting aside the bickering we can effectively...

People ask Ken Blankenbush, “How do we fix our economy?”

In just 2 years, Albany has changed for the better

Investing In Renewal: The North Country Revitalized

For Me, It’s Always Been About Helping Working Families

If there’s one thing of which I am certain, it’s that you can never go at it alone during tough times. The last several years have been tough for many of us, and since seeking office in the Assembly, it has always been my desire to work with...

Support the Economic Engine of Our Community.

Farmers’ Markets Connecting Communities To Fresh Food

We’re quite fortunate here in Northern New York. We’re surrounded by food-producing countryside – and even better – we have many vibrant farmers’ markets right here in our own communities. It’s in these direct-to-consumer...

Cultivating Leadership And A Healthy Economy Through Agriculture

New York State is beginning to emerge from the economic downturn, and with this comes new opportunities to start fresh and build ourselves a stronger and more resilient economy. Building this new economy and making the Empire State once again a worldwide...

Hold On Folks, We’re Not Quite Done!

Gov. Andrew Cuomo claims that 90 percent of his agenda is complete and that the remainder of the legislative session will be ‘relatively quiet.’ Hold on a minute. Yes, Gov. Cuomo has accomplished a lot with the help of the legislature,...

Tired of Albany Passing the Buck?

There’s A Viable Future In New York’s Maple Industry

New York is home to a $4 billion agriculture industry, and we’re located at the heart of one of the most productive regions in the state. While agriculture remains an important way of life here in the North Country, the number of family farms is...