Monthly Column from Assemblyman Jake Ashby

Our local municipalities are our front line of government and provide the necessary services for each of us to go about our daily lives. As your State Assemblyman, I am committed to providing the necessary resources and support to our local municipalities to make our communities the strongest they can possibly be.

Over the past weeks, I held a series of forums bringing together the mayors and supervisors of our district’s municipalities. These forums gave me unique insight into many of the issues facing our local communities; notably the burdensome state mandates that drive up our local property taxes, the lack of funding for our roads and bridges, the need for expanded broadband internet and cell service and the challenges facing our emergency services. Armed with this information, I have begun drafting a series of bills which will solve many of the issues our localities face and make our local municipalities stronger than ever.

We are also in the midst of budget negotiations at the State Assembly. I am confident that the work my colleagues and I have done advocating for upstate NY will bring much needed funding to our local communities.

Also, with spring finally here, I want to make sure to recognize the great work done by our state, county and local road crews in handling what was a challenging winter with the frequent temperature changes.

Lastly, you should have received my legislative survey in the mail. I would appreciate your sincere feedback so that I can best represent your ideas in Albany. If you have any questions about the survey or any other topic, please don’t hesitate to call (518) 455-5777 or email me at AshbyJ@NYAssembly.gov