As Part Of Governor-Elect Cuomo’s Transition Team Committee On Economic Development & Labor, I Will Use My Business Experience To Grow NY’s Private Sector
Legislative column from Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,I,C-Canandaigua)
November 15, 2010
On Thursday, Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo personally asked me to serve on his newly announced Transition Team’s “Committee on Economic Development and Labor” and I proudly accepted his request. As the only Legislative Leader in state government that has actually started and run successful businesses – and someone who has long recognized the critical importance of growing the private sector and preserving free markets – it was an honor being tapped by Governor-elect Cuomo to lend my expertise to this important effort. LOOKING FOR NEW YORK’S BEST & BRIGHTEST TO SERVE IN STATE AGENCY POSTS RESPONSIBLE FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT The Committee on Economic Development and Labor, part of the recently announced Transition Team being chaired and directed by the Lieutenant Governor-elect and former Rochester Mayor Robert Duffy, will lead the search for new talent to staff the State agencies charged with leading job creation and growing New York’s economy. As noted in its official mission statement, the Committee will recruit, review and recommend high-level leaders. This committee is still in formation and slated to begin meeting next week, so stay tuned for more details. PROUD TO SERVE WITH FELLOW PRIVATE SECTOR LEADERS & EXPERTS In addition to myself, Governor-elect Cuomo made it a point to ask other private sector leaders, business experts and elected officials to serve on his Committee on Economic Development and Labor. Serving alongside me will be some of the leading figures of New York’s business community, including Danny Wegman, C.E.O. of Wegmans; Dean Norton, President of the Farm Bureau; Haejin Baek, President of Barclays Structured Finance; Jamie Dinan, C.E.O. of York Capital; Rob Dyson, Chairman and C.E.O., The Dyson-Kissner-Moran Corp. and President of the Dyson Foundation; Jim Gerace, President, New York Region, Verizon; Howard Milstein, C.E.O., N.Y. Private Bank & Trust and Emigrant Bank; Lisa Rosenblum, Senior Vice President of Cablevision; Asheesh Saksena, Senior Vice President at Time Warner Cable; Rob Simpson, C.E.O. of the CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity; and Sandra Wilkin, Founder & President of Bradford Construction Corporation and President of the Women’s Builder Council. MORE JOBS IS “JOB ONE” Serving on this Transition Team Committee, I will use my years of private sector experience to help Governor-elect Cuomo, Lieutenant Governor-elect Duffy and their entire incoming administration find the highly qualified people we need to serve in crucial economic development posts in state government. Growing New York’s private sector and creating a more competitive business climate that produces jobs and gets folks back to work must be top priorities for the Committee. More jobs must be job one. NEW YORK’S ECONOMY HAS BEEN BATTERED BY THE RECESSION Without question, my fellow Committee members and I will definitely have our work cut out for us. New York State’s economy has weathered some extremely powerful hits these past few years. State job losses actually peaked at 857,578 – the highest since 1992 – back in December of 2009. Since then, the so-called “recovery” has been downright anemic, especially here in upstate. To date, not nearly enough jobs have been created to get all the unemployed New Yorkers back to work and, most important, help get our state out of its economic rut. LOWER COSTS & LESS GOVERNMENT ROADBLOCKS WILL MEAN MORE JOBS What is needed, now more than ever, is a laser-like focus on removing all the barriers to job creation that exist here in the Empire State. This includes all the job-killing taxes, government red tape and unfunded mandates, along with New York’s nation-leading energy, workers’ compensation, transportation and regulatory compliance costs. Addressing each of these areas would dramatically improve New York’s economic competitiveness and send a clear message to employers that our state has finally turned the corner and is the perfect place to add more good-paying jobs. GOVERNOR-ELECT CUOMO IS SETTING THE RIGHT TONE I believe this outreach to myself and other proven business leaders shows that Governor-elect Cuomo means business when it comes to improving New York’s beleaguered business climate. After years of Albany’s hyper-partisanship – where what political party someone belonged to meant more than a good idea – Governor-elect Cuomo’s willingness to reach out and work in such a proactive, bipartisan manner has set the right tone. It also demonstrates that New York is finally ready to tackle its serious fiscal challenges head on. I am proud to be part of just such an effort! As our Committee on Economic Development and Labor prepares to gather, if you have any ideas, suggestions or recommendations for economic development and job creation, please share them with me by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. I will compile and share the best ideas with my fellow Committee members. 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 email@example.com. You also can follow me on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and informational updates regarding state government and our Assembly Minority Conference.