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Brian M. Kolb
Assembly District 131
 
Make Your Voice Heard On The Critical Issues Facing Our State By Attending One Of My 2010 Town Hall Meetings
Legislative column from Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,I,C-Canandaigua)
January 15, 2010

Due to popular demand, I am once again hosting a series of Town Hall meetings all across the 129th Assembly District so citizens can have the opportunity to let me know personally of their concerns. The feedback, views and opinions I receive at these Town Hall meetings is critical as it helps shape the 2010 public policy agenda our Assembly Minority Conference and I will champion during the new legislative session.

Town Hall meetings are as old as American democracy itself and have their direct roots right here in the Northeast. Town Halls are a practical model of self-governance where citizens can publicly raise important issues and take an active role in the affairs of, and learn more about their government and the people serving in it. Town Hall meetings helped fan the flames of liberty and independence so crucial in our nation’s founding – and their importance continues some 200 years later.

Some of the issues to be discussed at my 2010 Town Hall meetings include the need for a comprehensive statewide economic development program to create more private sector jobs; a property tax and state spending cap; ethics reform so our state government has the strongest ethics laws in the nation; and a “People’s Convention to Reform New York” to deliver these and other critical fiscal, economic and governmental reforms.

The following is the schedule for my 2010 Town Hall meetings for Seneca, Ontario, Onondaga, Cortland and Cayuga counties. Additional meetings may be scheduled this summer and fall, so stay tuned for updates. I encourage you to attend one or all of my Town Hall meetings and help spread the word with family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. Be assured, your opinion matters!

SENECA COUNTY: SATURDAY, JANUARY 30

10:00 – 10:45 am, at the Lodi Town Hall, 8440 Main St., Lodi

11:00 – 11:45 am, at the Varick Town Hall, 4782 Route 96, Romulus

1:00 – 1:45 pm, at the Magee Fire Hall, 1807 Route 318, Seneca Falls

ONTARIO COUNTY: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16

6:00 – 6:45 pm, at the Canandaigua Town Hall, 5440 Route 5&20 West, Canandaigua

ONTARIO COUNTY: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17

6:00 – 6:45 pm, at the Geneva Town Hall, 3750 County Road 6, Geneva

7:00 – 7:45 pm, at the Manchester Town Hall, 1272 County Road 7, Clifton Springs

ONONDAGA & CORTLAND COUNTIES: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20

9:00 – 9:30 am, at the Preble Town Hall, 1968 Preble Road, Preble

10:00 – 10:30 am, at the Hill N Dale Country Club, 6402 Route 80, Tully

11:00 – 11:30 am, at the Otisco Town Hall, 1924 Barker Street, Tully

Noon – 12:30 pm, at the Spafford Town Hall, 1984 Route 174, Skaneateles

CAYUGA COUNTY: SATURDAY, MARCH 13

10:00 – 10:45 am, at Powers Library, 29 Church Street, Moravia

11:15 am – noon, at the Owasco Town Hall, 2 Bristol Avenue, Auburn

12:30 – 1:15 pm, at the Montezuma Town Hall, 52 Dock Street, Montezuma

Our government works best when the people it serves make their voices heard loud and clear to the elected officials entrusted with the privilege of representing them. It is my hope that you will help make our 2010 Town Hall meetings an even bigger success than last year’s were. I look forward to seeing you soon!

As always, constituents wishing to discuss this topic, or any other state-related matter, should contact my district office at (315) 781-2030, or e-mail me at kolbb@assembly.state.ny.us.