“I am eager to set this legislative year in motion with policies that will make New York more responsive and accountable to the public. I am not willing to pay lip service to my constituents and will fight for the policies that matter most in these tough economic times.
“We must fight for smart budgeting and close the anticipated deficit with wise spending reductions and a state spending cap. The promise of unfunded mandate relief must be realized in 2012 to alleviate school and local government budget issues, a problem created by Albany, which has driven up property taxes year after year. Finally, Albany must be committed to working for average New Yorkers and not just the special interest groups. Albany’s lack of commitment to the public has led to many problems – from the overregulation that holds back our economic resurgence to the dysfunction and corruption in state government. I am committed to making 2012 the year that the people’s interests are put first.
“I look forward to all of us working together to usher in real reform.”