The region that I represent is quite large, covering 31 towns and two cities across Cayuga, Cortland, Onondaga, Ontario and Seneca counties. Since my first election to the Assembly in 2000, I have held a number of town hall style meetings, as part of a pledge to be accessible and accountable to the people of our region.
The intention of these forums is to bring my office into the communities of the 129th Assembly District in order to hear directly from constituents. As a legislator, meeting in the communities of my district is very important to me, as this is the best way for me to stay informed on the issues that matter to you and the priority of those issues that you want me to work on.
So far I have held two full days of successful meetings, in which we have discussed the on-going state budget deliberations and other issues concerning state government. Anyone is welcome to come to these forums and the media is encouraged to attend. I will personally be available to answer your questions as time permits. For specific times and locations please call my district office at (315) 781-2030 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Already this year, the state Legislature achieved some significant accomplishments, including the passage of legislation that will implement measures for the civil confinement of the most violent of sex offenders, as well as legislation that reforms parts of the outmoded state Workers’ Compensation system. It is at town hall meetings like the ones I am hosting where good ideas like these are conceived.
Considering the size and scope of state government, it is now more important than ever for residents of New York to take interest in the way our government operates and most-especially the way it spends your tax dollars. By working together we can make our region the best possible place to live, work and raise a family.