Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,I,C-Canandaigua) today invited constituents to take part in his "Tele-Town Hall" meeting on Wednesday, May 18, from 6:30-7:30 p.m., and join him for an important conversation about New York State's future. Leader Kolb's Tele-Town Hall is free and open to all residents of the 129th Assembly District.
A Tele-Town Hall is a constituent outreach tool allowing elected officials to speak with thousands of people simultaneously during an interactive telephone conference call for a discussion in real time. Just like traditional Town Hall meetings, Tele-Town Hall participants will be able to ask Leader Kolb questions and hear his responses. Ontario County Treasurer Gary Baxter will serve as moderator of Leader Kolb's Tele-Town Hall.
Additionally, individuals taking part in Leader Kolb's Tele-Town Hall will have an opportunity to participate in three short "opinion polls" that will seek their views on issues of public policy and state government.
"In this tough economy, with the price of gas, food and just about everything else going through the roof, families are working longer hours than ever before. Busy schedules make it very difficult for folks to find the time to attend a typical Town Hall meeting," Leader Kolb said.
"That's why, instead of asking constituents to travel to one of my Town Hall meetings, I'm bringing my Town Hall meeting to them. My Tele-Town Hall on May 18 is a great way for me to hear from, and speak with, thousands of constituents and discuss important issues like enacting the property tax cap, growing private sector jobs and delivering relief for motorists from soaring gas prices. All of these topics will be part of our conversation," Leader Kolb stated.
Residents of the 129th Assembly District can participate in Leader Kolb's Tele-Town Hall on May 18 by following these easy, step-by-step instructions:
Starting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18, individuals can connect to Leader Kolb's Tele-Town Hall by calling 1-877-229-8493 and entering the PIN number 17906 when prompted;
Callers' phones will be muted, but they can still listen in;
During the question and answer period, callers can press "zero" on their telephone if they would like to ask Leader Kolb a question about public policy or state government;
Callers who want to ask a question will then enter a line-up and be informed when it is time to pose their question; and
When the Tele-Town Hall meeting is over, individuals simply need to hang up to conclude the call.
Leader Kolb's upcoming Tele-Town Hall meeting will mark his second time using the innovative constituent outreach tool to stay in close contact with residents. Back in the spring of 2009, Leader Kolb held his very first Tele-Town Hall for the 129th District. The event was a huge success and, at the call's peak, several thousand local constituents took part in a live conversation with Leader Kolb.
"While this year saw an on-time State Budget - the first time in a long time that it's happened - Albany shouldn't be popping any champagne corks. Homeowners are still waiting for a property tax cap, local governments and school districts are still waiting for unfunded mandate relief, unemployed New Yorkers are still waiting for jobs, and motorists are still waiting for Albany to do something about soaring gas prices," Leader Kolb said.
"The purpose of my Tele-Town Hall is to hear directly from residents on these issues and have a conversation about how we can best move New York forward. I hope constituents will save the date and time - Wednesday, May 18, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. - and join me for what promises to be an exciting and informative dialog," Leader Kolb concluded.