Tedisco: “A Special Session Is A Terrible Thing To Waste”

Statement from Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Schenectady-Saratoga), Former Assembly Minority Leader and Current Assistant Minority Whip
December 2, 2011
“This holiday season, there’s a real opportunity to make a special session of the Legislature a ‘very special one’ for the taxpayers of New York. At an estimated cost of at least $70,000 a day to bring legislators back to Albany, a special session is a terrible thing to waste taxpayer dollars on without getting real results for New York’s 19.5 million residents. Here are five action items, which would be real stocking suffers for the residents and businesses of the Empire State, that should be on the agenda for any special session and help make this holiday season a happier one:

  1. Address the projected deficit and bring the budget into balance;
  2. Pass mandate relief and begin a state takeover of local Medicaid costs to help reduce local property taxes;
  3. Help flood victims of Tropical Storms Irene and Lee by passing our sales tax relief bill (A.8643A) and other measures to aid people affected by these natural disasters and help get them back on their feet again;
  4. Close the Penn State Loophole and help protect children by making college coaches and professionals mandated reporters of child abuse as I and my colleagues from both sides of the aisle have called for; and
  5. Enable voters, not politicians, to choose who represents them by enacting independent redistricting reform.

Let’s not waste time or taxpayer dollars. Actually producing real results for New Yorkers may be the best holiday gift the Legislature can give our state.”