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Brian M. Kolb
Assembly District 131
 
Make Your Voice Heard! Attend One Of My Ontario County Town Hall Meetings On February 4, 2012
Legislative column from Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,I,C-Canandaigua)
January 13, 2012

Due to popular demand, I am once again hosting a series of Town Hall meetings so citizens can have the opportunity to let me know personally of their concerns. The feedback, views, opinions and insights received at these Town Hall meetings will shape the 2012 public policy agenda I will champion during the new Legislative Session.

TOWN HALL MEETINGS: A TIME-HONORED AMERICAN WAY OF MAKING YOUR OPINIONS KNOWN!

Town Hall meetings are as old as American democracy itself and have their direct roots right here in the Northeast. Town Halls are a 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 earliest flames of liberty and independence so crucial in America’s founding – and their importance carries on over 200 years later.

SAVE THE DATE: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4, FOR MY ONTARIO COUNTY TOWN HALL MEETINGS

The following is the schedule for my 2012 Town Hall meetings in Ontario County. I look forward to holding additional meetings in other parts of the district later this year, so be sure and stay tuned for regular 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. Your opinion matters!

ONTARIO COUNTY TOWN HALL MEETINGS:

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., at the Gorham Town Hall, 4736 South Street, Gorham

10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m., at the Geneva Town Hall, 3750 County Road #6, Geneva

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., at the Manchester Town Hall, 1272 County Road 7, Clifton Springs

12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., at the Canandaigua Town Hall, 5440 Routes 5 & 20 West, Canandaigua

SHARE YOUR VIEWS ON PRIVATE SECTOR JOB CREATION, RELIEF FROM ALBANY’S RULES, REGULATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS, 2012-13 STATE BUDGET AND REFORMING GOVERNMENT

This session, this year, I believe we need to continue working together to finish the people’s business that includes the following agenda:

  • Rebuild New York’s economy, jump-start economic development and focus on growing private sector jobs right here in the Finger Lakes and all across New York;
  • Deliver relief from unfunded mandates – all the ridiculous rules, regulations and requirements Albany imposes – for local governments, school districts and taxpayers;
  • Reform and redesign New York’s Medicaid program, which is the nation’s costliest, to cut costs for local governments and reduce the property tax burden on homeowners;
  • Institute a State spending cap, which will force Albany bureaucrats to balance the state’s checkbook, just like you and I do every month;
  • Deliver tax relief and cut bureaucratic red tape for job creators, so they can create new jobs and invest in New York’s future;
  • Ensure low-wealth and average-wealth school districts have the support they need to make sure ALL of our children receive a quality education;
  • Invest in high-tech jobs and support research and development efforts so that our college graduates and young families can stay in New York;
  • Hold the line: no new taxes, fees, surcharges or borrowing;
  • Restructure and redesign government by consolidating State Agencies and delivering high-quality customer service to all taxpayers;
  • Enact comprehensive pension reform; and
  • Demand a new culture in Albany of transparency, openness and accountability.

I firmly believe that this shopping list of common-sense measures will move the ball forward and help bring private sector jobs back to New York. 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. With your help and continued partnership, I will keep delivering a strong message that more jobs and less government must be our top priorities. I look forward to seeing you on Saturday, February 4th!

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.

 
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