Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,I,C-Canandaigua) and his colleagues today proudly welcomed three new Minority Assembly Members at a swearing-in ceremony at the State Capitol in Albany. The Hon. Victoria A. Graffeo, Associate Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals, presided over the event.
The new legislators, Assemblymen Robert J. Castelli (R,C,I-Lewisboro), Michael Montesano (R,I,C-Glen Head) and Dean Murray (R,C-East Patchogue) took their oaths of office this afternoon surrounded by friends and family members. Each was victorious in a special election on February 9, 2010.
“These elections weren’t a victory for the minority party of the state of New York, they were victories for all New Yorkers and good public policy,” Kolb said. “Our Conference and I are proud to welcome Robert, Michael and Dean. These three individuals bring a wealth of new energy, knowledge and experience to the state legislature and will help advance our non-partisan agenda of more private sector jobs, lower taxes and real reform for state government,” Kolb stated.
“Westchester County taxpayers are tired of paying the highest property taxes in the nation. I am honored that my neighbors have chosen me to serve as their Assemblyman, and I look forward to bringing their concerns to the statehouse in Albany,” Castelli said. “I will draw on my experience as a veteran, law enforcement professional, educator, and small-business owner to make Westchester a more affordable place to live by capping and cutting out-of-control property taxes, shrinking the size of government and reducing state spending.”
“It’s an honor and privilege for me to serve on behalf of Long Islanders and all New Yorkers in the State Assembly,” Montesano said. “My top priority is job creation and removing any obstacles in the way of New York’s economic recovery. It’s imperative that the state eliminate crippling taxes and regulations that threaten our small businesses. Cutting government waste and widespread tax relief will get New York back on its feet. I’m eager to advocate for these issues on behalf of my constituents.”
“As a newly-elected Assemblyman for the state of New York, I believe we need to end wasteful spending and reform state government so it starts benefiting the people,” said Murray, the first Tea Party organizer to be elected to the New York State Legislature. “I’m excited to embark on the challenges of the state legislature and work on bi-partisan solutions to cut job-killing taxes. We need to create stable jobs and make New York a place people want to call home.”
Kolb said the new Members will assume their legislative duties at the start of session today. They will serve the remainder of their predecessors’ current terms and stand for re-election in November.