Assemblyman Lopez’s First Day in Office

Comments on State of the State address
January 4, 2007
Assemblyman Peter D. Lopez (R,C,I – Schoharie), joined by family members, Assembly Republican Leader Jim Tedisco (R,C,I – Schenectady-Saratoga) and fellow Assembly minority members, took his oath of office yesterday, beginning his tenure as the representative of the 127th Assembly District.

During his State of the State address today, Governor Eliot Spitzer discussed his agenda for the upcoming fiscal year for New York. Some items discussed, such as property tax reductions, upstate job creation, increased aid for small business and support for upstate farms, resonated with the plans of Assembly minority members.

“This year, my conference members and I have a lot on our agenda,” said Assemblyman Peter D. Lopez (R,C,I – Schoharie). “The State of the State Address was encouraging, but there is still much left to accomplish in order to make New York the best place that it can possibly be.”

Lopez’s priorities for this upcoming session include: property tax relief, growing jobs, supporting farms and small businesses, including support of dairy farms and the economic development of the Catskill Watershed.

“Governor Spitzer’s ideas reflect those the members of my conference have fought for in the past, and that I will continue to work for in the future,” said Lopez. “However, we need strong leadership and sacrifice to make these things happen. I am hoping that we, as a legislature, can work together for the people of New York. The Governor’s message calls for a balanced budget which reduces taxes while increasing spending. I’m looking forward to reviewing the Governor’s budget proposal to see how he balances these two objectives.”