Monthly Legislative Column from Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I,Ref-Castleton)

As we begin this year’s legislative session, I’d like to start by thanking you for trusting me to represent you in the Assembly. Thank you for your encouragement and active participation in our state and local governments.

For this term I have been appointed to the following committees: Veterans’ Affairs, Higher Education, Health and Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development. I have also been named as the ranking Minority member on the Aging Committee. I am proud to serve on these committees and believe that my background as a combat veteran, college instructor, health care professional and small business owner will prove instrumental in my contributions.

There’s much work to be done for our seniors who continue to serve and guide so many. Last year I was able to allocate $30,000 to the Hoosick Senior Center for renovations. As a clinician, I understand the importance of improving and maintaining the independence of our seniors. I also recognize the appropriate supports which need to be in place for independence to be sustained. This is often a customized balance and requires a thoughtful examination to analyze potential policy consequences. As someone who’s written policy in numerous health care settings and provided care to seniors for nearly two decades, I am ready for this opportunity.

Our team has resubmitted and is working on new legislation that lowers taxes, protects our second amendment, promotes economic growth, establishes environmental regulations aimed to preserve and improve our quality of life, enhances care for our veterans and improves the quality and accessibility of health care.

I will be traveling to several of the towns in our district to hear your concerns. Please contact me for more details regarding my mobile office schedule. Thank you for your continued support.