Assemblyman Brian M. Kolb (R,C-Canandaigua) has been awarded a grade of “A” from The Business Council of New York State, Inc. The council grades legislators based on their voting records during each legislative session on business issues in New York.
“I pride myself on fighting for businesses, both large and small, in New York. I know how important they are to our economy and our region, but, most importantly, to our residents and their families. I know taxes in New York are too high and there are too many barriers set up for businesses and entrepreneurs, so I fight to curb those barriers every day,” Kolb commented.
The council reached out to legislators across New York early in 2005 to identify topics that its member businesses identified as the most important issues affecting them. The council monitored all legislators throughout the legislative session to determine their votes on the pertinent issues. Legislators are awarded a point for each vote that agrees with the council’s position; a point is deducted for each vote not in line with the council’s stance. Legislators also can receive negative or positive points when taking an active or leadership role for or against the council’s position on issues. Points are calculated after the session ends and are converted into a letter grade.
Kolb concluded, “We’ve made some real progress in New York this year when it comes to supporting our businesses, although there is still more road to cover. I’ll continue to advocate on behalf of New York’s businesses – and residents – in the upcoming legislative year.”
Assemblyman Kolb was also a prior recipient of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Guardian of Small Business Award.