“Fifty-three long days have passed since our last Legislative Leaders’ meeting. During that time, New York’s economy and unemployment situation have gone from bad to worse. In fact, according to the State Labor Department, there are more jobless New Yorkers now since 1976. In total, 854,200 state residents are unemployed, hurting and in need of help. As that number inches toward the one million mark, it is clear state government must act and find real solutions to these challenges. The first step is Governor Paterson convening an immediate Leaders’ meeting, as I have been continually requesting. As of today, I still have not received a response from the Governor to my request originally made over two weeks ago.
A public Leaders’ meeting should focus on advancing real solutions to address New York’s unemployment epidemic, along with the need for a property tax cap and circuit breaker, a statewide economic development plan to create jobs in the private sector, a comprehensive strategy to lower energy and health care costs, and rolling back the job-killing tax and fee increases in the 2009-10 State Budget. New York cannot afford to wait another 53 days for a Leaders’ meeting or the types of real solutions necessary to get our economy, and the people’s unfinished business, back on track.”