Give Thanks This Holiday Season

Legislative column from Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,I,C-Canandaigua)
November 19, 2010

Week in and week out, I utilize my legislative columns as an opportunity to have a personal conversation with you, the reader, about the latest public policy developments in state government and explain how they affect your life. My goal has always been to keep you informed and updated about what your state government is doing.

This week, with Thanksgiving Day almost upon us, I would like to change things up a bit and give thanks for the many blessings that we often take for granted.

I am thankful for a loving and supportive family: my wife, children and grandchild. They continue to be the source of my personal inspiration, have continually kept me grounded and remind me that what we do in Albany genuinely matters to families back home.

I am thankful for the opportunity to live in the best state in the country. For all of its challenges, and there are many, New York State is still a great place to live, work and raise a family. I am proud – and thankful – to be a New Yorker.

I am thankful to be a citizen of the greatest, freest nation in the world. More than 200 years after its founding, America remains the “shining city on a hill” former President Ronald Reagan once described. America’s promise of freedom and liberty continue shining brightly the world over.

I am thankful for the courageous men and women of our Armed Forces, many of whom are serving a world away from their homes and, more importantly, their loved ones. The service, sacrifice, professionalism and patriotism demonstrated by our armed forces should remind us all of just how fortunate we are to live in a nation that is defended by its best and brightest.

I am thankful for the honor and privilege of serving as your voice in the New York State Assembly. Public service is a public trust. Earning and keeping that trust, your trust, is something I will forever be thankful for and never take for granted.

This Thanksgiving, please take a moment out of your busy day to stop and give thanks for the many blessings we all have been given. Happy Thanksgiving to all my readers!

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 You also can follow me on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and informational updates regarding state government and our Assembly Minority Conference.