While I certainly support any effort to improve the accountability of elected and appointed officials, what my constituents need, and deserve, is some substantive action from Albany on reducing their tax burden and helping to ensure they have jobs. With the stock market in decline for the sixth straight week, and our economy still reeling from the longest recession since the Great Depression, New York State residents are most concerned with their ability to keep their homes. In order for that to happen, they need Albany to cut their property taxes and reduce the bureaucratic red tape, fees and endless regulations that are driving employers out of our state.
With less than one week of session remaining, Albany has yet to take any real action on these priorities. Actions speak louder than words, and while reforming the ethical standards in Albany is important and overdue, most New Yorkers, especially those I represent, would like to see Albany pass some meaningful legislation that helps them keep their homes and their jobs.