Oaks Stands Ready To Partner With Governor Spitzer For Change

January 4, 2007

In reaction to Governor Spitzer’s State-of-the-State message on Wednesday, Assemblyman Bob Oaks (R,C-Macedon) said, “I stand ready to be a partner with Governor Spitzer to enact many of the initiatives he is proposing for the 2007 legislative session.

Specifically, I strongly agree with Governor Spitzer’s goals to:

  1. Provide significant property tax relief to homeowners.
  2. Reform the workers’ compensation system to help improve New York’s competitiveness and create more jobs.
  3. Pass an Article X power plant siting bill to assure available energy in the future for homeowners and businesses.
  4. Pass a civil confinement bill to keep the most dangerous sexual predators off the streets after they have completed their prison term.
  5. Make significant additional reforms to the legislature and state budget process.

These initiatives are all part of an agenda that I have been supporting with my colleagues in the Assembly Minority Conference for a number of years, and I am hopeful that we can make significant progress on each of these key items in 2007.

The legislature needs to immediately focus on the 2007-08 state budget and ensure the budget won’t raise taxes, while holding down the rate of spending.”