Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,I,C-Canandaigua) and Members of the Assembly Minority Conference are pictured outside the Assembly Chamber, where they called for the Assembly and Senate Majorities to act on Governor Paterson’s Deficit Reduction Plan.
During the press conference, Kolb and the Assembly Minority Conference publicly called on the two Majorities to bring Governor David Paterson’s DRP to the floor for an up or down vote tonight and begin the process of bringing New York’s budget back into balance.
“After more than a week of legislative gridlock on a DRP, taxpayers have gone from being fed-up and frustrated to downright angry – and rightly so. They keep hearing certain legislators talk about the budget deficit, but don’t see anything getting done to resolve it. That is completely unacceptable. Our Conference and I believe it’s well past time for the Legislature to take action, which is why we are calling for the Assembly and Senate Majorities to bring Governor Paterson’s DRP to the floor for an up or down vote tonight,” Kolb said.
Governor Paterson proposed his DRP on October 15 and called the Legislature back into a Special Session on November 9 to consider his plan and other solutions to close New York’s budget gap. Neither the Assembly nor the Senate Majorities have taken up the Governor’s plan.
During the press conference, Kolb also reiterated some of his Conference’s non-partisan real solutions – initially offered back on October 13 – that would help close New York’s budget deficit. Kolb and the Assembly Minority were the first legislative conference to offer substantive solutions, as Governor Paterson had requested during a public, five-way Legislative Leaders’ meeting.
“The Majorities could, if they wanted, bring Governor Paterson’s DRP to the floor and hold a vote and should have done so last week. Otherwise, why are we here? Taxpayers expect us to be working on their behalf and I can think of nothing more important than advancing non-partisan solutions to close New York’s budget deficit. Our Conference and I are ready to work to get the job done on closing the budget deficit,” Kolb concluded.