In todayís State of the State Address the governor acknowledged the dark times ahead, but looked to a brighter future on the horizon. Many of his cornerstone proposals, from a property tax cap to an independent redistricting commission, have been advanced by the Assembly Minority Conference for years.
What we must do now as state legislators is change the way we operate in Albany and run state government like a private sector business. We need to find savings in the state budget through consolidating state agencies and ending optional Medicaid programs that other states do not offer. Unfunded mandates that force localities to raise property taxes and drive our families across state lines must be repealed immediately. Powerful job-creating programs like IDAs need to be embraced, not ignored. I am eager to work with the governor to accomplish these goals that will improve the quality of life for Western New Yorkers.