Gabryszak: First Day in the Assembly
January 3, 2007

Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak (D – Cheektowaga) attended the governor’s State of the State address on his first day as a member of the New York State Assembly. Gabryszak was pleased to hear that he and the governor shared many of the same goals for the upcoming year.

“I am eager to begin work on stimulating Western New York’s stagnant economy, reforming our state government, providing a quality education for our children, increasing access to health care, creating meaningful tax relief for working families, and making our neighborhoods safe and strong,” Gabryszak said.

Assemblyman Gabryszak noted that for the first time in 12 years, New York will have a governor who will fight to reform state government and change the way that Albany does business. “Eliot Spitzer promises to be a hard-working, dedicated governor who embraces tough challenges. I am looking forward to partnering with him to end the gridlock that we’ve seen in the past. We must make state government more open and accountable,” he said.

Gabryszak also applauded the governor’s promise to make the revitalization of upstate New York’s economy one of his top priorities. The governor plans to open a new economic development office in Buffalo and to appoint an upstate economic development czar to meet the region’s challenges. In addition, he plans to change New York’s workers’ compensation laws, which are in desperate need of reform. “These are important steps to help turn the Western New York economy around,” Gabryszak said.

Assemblyman Gabryszak pledged to work with Eliot Spitzer to provide tax relief for working families. In his State of the State address, the governor proposed a $6 billion property tax reduction over three years for middle class families. Assemblyman Gabryszak said, “I will fight to reduce taxes in order to lessen the burden on Erie County’s hard-working taxpayers.”

Assemblyman Gabryszak noted that New York has many challenges, but expressed confidence that he could help bring positive change to state government.

“Today is a brand new day. We have a new governor and a new Legislature that will meet New York’s challenges with a renewed sense of vitality and confidence. I am looking forward to working with Eliot Spitzer to improve the quality of life for Erie County families,” Gabryszak said.

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